Occupations: Art Takes Up Space

Curated by Anuradha Vikram

Ninth Street between Broadway and Washington Street, Old Oakland
Friday and Saturday nights

December 6, 2013-January 4, 2014    5:30 – 8:30 pm

Occupations: Art Takes Up Space invites a group of established mid-career artists, based mostly in the Bay Area, to consider the ways in which we philosophically relate to physical, psychological, and social spaces. Through projections of video and photography in the public space of Old Oakland storefronts, the exhibition brings the intellectual curiosity and visual engagement of contemporary gallery art to the wider and more diverse public of the streets. These artists propose views of the human condition that surpass the simplified categories that customarily define us – our jobs, our politics, our families, our ethnicities. Instead, their works seek to activate viewers’ imaginations by selectively obscuring and revealing visual information and leaving us to fill in the gaps. By engaging the inner space of the mind in this creative way, these artists prompt the external conditions of our existence to fall away and reveal personal freedoms that no one can diminish.

A self-guided audio tour narrated by Anuradha Vikram will accompany the exhibition.



Anuradha Vikram is a curator, critic and educator based in the Bay Area. She holds an M.A. in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts, San Francisco and a B.S. in Studio Art from New York University. She currently holds a position as Lecturer in art practice, history, and theory at San José State University, College of Marin, and UC Berkeley. Vikram has curated exhibitions for Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, and DeYoung Museum Artist Studio in San Francisco; and served as a past board chair for Kearny Street Workshop and for the Northern CA chapter of ArtTable.

Vikram’s writing has appeared in X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, Hyperallergic, Leonardo, SF Camerawork Journal, Afterim- age, and Open Space, the blog of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Forthcoming publications include contributions to Critical Riot and Art Practical. She is a regular contributor to Artillery magazine and Editor of the #Hashtags column for DAILY SERVING. Read more about Vikram’s projects at  www.curativeprojects.net



Installation Projectors
Freddy Chandra Untitled Frames, 2002 Installation
Projectors and aluminum

Two pairs of window-like translucent sculptures are embedded into the four corners of a darkened room.  In the first pair, a frosted glass surface on each window obscures video projections from behind the wall.  In the second pair, a slanted plane of hazed mirror at each corner forms a viewing gap.  The four video projections are accompanied by the isolated sounds of a door opening and closing, and each one is a staggered variation of a similar sequence of images: shadows cast through window grids, movements through an opened doorway, and slowly shifting silhouettes, all of which, while barely recognizable, evoke a kind of passage in between awareness and a state of unknowing.

AUDIO Freddy Chandra



Close Contact 1 Video Installation, 2013
Desirée Holman Close Contact 1, 2013
From the Sophont Series six-channel video installation

Desirée Holman is a artist based in Oakland, California. Her multi-sensory work positions theatrical tools, like costumes or props, in settings that illuminate ideas of identity, knowledge, and the complexities of the human psyche. Holman utilizes references to popular culture as well as subcultures in order to explore concepts around personal life experiences and how we interpret visual culture. In this space, the artist’s work reveals a complex dialogue about truth and the experience of the ‘real’ world.

AUDIO Desirée Holman



Allan deSouza, from the Commute series, 2013, projection, variable size Courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery, NY
Allan deSouza, from the Commute series, 2013, projection, variable size Courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery, NY

Allan deSouza is a San Francisco-based multi-media artist. His photography, installation, text and performance works restage historical evidence through counter-strategies of fiction, erase, and (mis)translation.

AUDIO Allan deSouza



European Picture, a neo-romatic delay:a field of particles 2010 color, silent, 4'15
European Picture, a neo-romatic delay:a field of particles
color, silent, 4’15

In this neo-futurist picture fragmentary scenes appear as glimpses of an uncontainable geophysical narrative; an accumulation of human habit becoming incorporated into the unknown. Drawing from images related to the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, this work is part of a larger investigation of the figure of the nomad and its many contemporary manifestations. The visibly crafted aesthetic brings together cinematic language with tactile painting-like event, attempting to call the viewer into presence.

AUDIO Ranu Mukherjee



Jerome Reyes Pharos (Anonymous) 2012 Gobo Ellipisodial Lighting, C-Stand, Sandbags Variable Dimensions
Jerome Reyes
Pharos (Anonymous)
Gobo Ellipisodial Lighting, C-Stand, Sandbags
Variable Dimensions

This lighting equipment projects a quote from Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pultizer Prize winning American journalist who revealed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times (2011). This text acts as a political and social barometer for our current moment and combines the ethos of this statement with the function of a searchlight. The apparatus itself is used for portraiture and theatrical blocking.

AUDIO Jerome Reyes



The Fall - o exercício da queda 2012 Video Series
The Fall – o exercício da queda
Video Series

This video project stems from a highly personal premise and is based on a participatory and collaborative event. Starting from the definition of “fall”, which in the English semantics adopts several meanings and interpretations, the piece advances into an investigation both visual and theoretical. Considering the literal and performative potential of such concept, but also the symbolic and metaphorical connotations associated with it, a wide range of participants was invited to interact with the artist in a scenic space (a theatre stage). Embracing issues of otherness (both in its external and internal dimensions) the piece explores levels of truth, trust, staging, performativity and (self-) representation. What does it mean to be on a stage? What gaze looks back at me? The final outcome is a quiet, intimate and yet powerful video-essay that incorporates words and gestures, consequences of one single request: to fall.

AUDIO José Carlos Teixeira




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Situated in downtown Oakland, California, Old Oakland is owned by Peter Sullivan Associates and is comprised of ten historic buildings that date back to the 1860’s.  This unique offering of retail and office space provides a historic setting with throughly modern amenities.



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