GROUNDED? 1st Annual Juried Public Art Day
Situate yourself in the public realm for this day of urban interventions and public art projects. The Grounded? Public Art/Urban Interventions Day presents work by artists using the city as a platform for creativity and expression. Pick up a map locating the selected projects at Southern Exposure or Intersection for the Arts or on our websites and start exploring!
Locations: See project descriptions below
Situate yourself in the public realm for this day of urban interventions and public art projects. The GROUNDED? Public Art/Urban Interventions Day presents work by artists using the city as a platform for creativity and expression. PICK UP A MAP locating the selected projects at Southern Exposure or Intersection for the Arts or on our websites and start exploring!
Stacy Asher - The Pink Dot Experiment
16th St. BART to SoEx – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
This project, by recording the ground around us and how it changes with patterns of human behavior, will utilize the discarded chewing gum littering the sidewalks and paint them bright pink, using non-toxic, water soluable tempera paint that will eventually disappear with the rain.
The Counter Narrative Society - Hunting the Now/ Cazando El Momento
Begin at the corner of 14th and Valencia Streets – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Hunting the Now is a bilingual and peculiar treasure hunt that intends to divulge unique but ordinary features of the present social-urban development of Mission and Valencia Streets between 14th and 24th Streets. Brochures containing map, instructions and clues to the unique destinations we have gathered will be available at Southern Exposure / Este es un juego bilingüe artístico de encontrar tesoros que divulga cualidades únicas pero cotidianas del presente desarrollo social-urbano de las calles Mission y Valencia entre la calle 14 y 24. Afiches con mapa, instrucciones y pistas de estas destinaciones inusuales estarán disponibles en el local de Southern Exposure.
James Goode - Fastigium
Dolores Park (Southwest corner) – 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Explore the relationship between the auditory and the visual in an outdoor, social setting: what will be the impact upon the listener when one aspect of their environment seems to be in flux, while another remains fixed? A limited number of CD players will be available on the day of the event so feel free to brinf your own c player and headphones. You can also download the piece here.
Genine Lentine - Listening Booth
Page and Laguna Streets – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
This project offers a place to sit down and talk to an attentive listener for 5 minutes. Participants choose their desired level of listenership: 1) Silence 2) Non-verbal backchannel responses: hmm, nodding, etc. 3) Neutral verbal responses: "I hear you," "I understand," requests for clarifications, etc 4) Comments, questions, analogous examples, poems, stories, etc 5) Advice 6) Freestyle.
Sabina Nieto/Melinda Stone - Sit and Dig
Valencia St. @ Rosa Parks Ln. (btw. 14/15 Sts.) – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
This is an ongoing series of site oriented bench gardens. Wherever installed, whether the city center or the back forty, each Sit and Dig bench garden responds to the particulars of the given site and provides respite and nourishment to the curious passerby.
Kari Orvik - The View From Here
716 Valencia St. (btw 18/19 Sts.) – 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Be photographed against the panoramic view from the roof of 716 Valencia, which will change soon as construction begins next door on one of 6 new luxury condominiums. Maps of the proposed sites will be handed out, as well as information on ways for the public to get involved in the community planning process.
*To view images from this project click here.
Nancy Popp - Untitlted (Climbing Performance)
4-block radius around SoEx and Intersection – 12:00 to 3:00 PM
The artist performs 4 pole climbs. The locations will be pre-determined but not announced. Explore the surrounding area to happen upon and discover the climbs in progress.
Sidney Russell - City Sandcastles
Valencia St. (btw 15/16 Sts.) – Start at 11:00 AM
The artist creates a cityscape of sandcastles along Valencia Street between 15th and 16th Streets.
Markuz Wernil Saito - Have a Tea/Leave a Trace
Directly in front of SoEx – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
You are invited to a simplified and mobile version of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Joshua Short - Red Carpet for the Commons
16th St. BART plaza (Southwest corner) – 1:00 to 3:00 PM
This project will involve greeting pedestrians exiting the 16th Street BART with a red carpet, flashing photo bulbs, the sounds of cheering fans, and bouquets of flowers.
Public Works and Urban Interventions Juror
Erik Knutzen is currently the program developer for the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI). He has collaborated on the research and production of a number of CLUI's exhibitions and programs including "On Locations: Places as Sets in the Landscape of Los Angeles," "Ground Up: Photographs of the Ground in the Margins of Los Angeles," "Emergency State: First Responder and Law Enforcement Training Architecture," "Terminal Island," "Pavement Paradise: American Parking Space," and "Dissipation and Disintegration: Antennas and Debris Basins in the San Gabriel Mountains."