///// Side Street Projects is temporarily located in a vacant lot in-between Church’s Fried Chicken & an abandoned victorian house that is slated for development. Our lot is 25,000 sq ft and has some wonderful features including a foundation of an old barbershop.
During our residency, we are hosting 4 on-site artistprojects annually that engage our community & incorporate into our free weekly Saturday community programming, Saturdays@SideSTREET, 11am-1pm.
>CURRENT ONSITE ARTIST PROJECT
Listening as (a) movement
By Elana Mann
March 8-April 29, 2013
Side Street Project is proud to present Listening as (a) movement, a new public artwork by artist Elana Mann involving interactive sculpture and community based performance art events. Listening as (a) movement investigates sound and the voice as physical entities that can move us emotionally, form deep interpersonal connections, and be agents of social change. The project is taking place at Side Street Projects’ (SSP) mobile headquarters, where Mann has built three outdoor sculptures stemming from the designs of pre-radar sonic technologies. The sculptures simultaneously subvert and evoke the original aim of these early WWII technologies: they will promote active listening in the local neighborhood, symbolically negate the growing polarization of political discourse, and point to the erosion of personal privacy through recent developments in surveillance.
The parabolic and horn shaped acoustic sculptures will be employed in a series of events produced in collaboration with local community groups and a selection of interdisciplinary artists. Community events include a dialog between the Youth Advocates of DayOne and the NW Commission, a sculpture created by students from YouthBuild, and a series of video interviews produced by Youthbuild and members of the Pasadena Senior Center. Local and national artists, including Alex Braidwood, Allison Johnson, Julie Tolentino, and Deborah Kaufman & Alan Snitow, are creating workshops, performances, and screenings in response to the sculptures and the site that will engage the public at large. Each participating artist, filmmaker, composer, and choreographer will uniquely explore ideas such as listening through the body, the politics of listening, and experimental sound making.
SSP invited Mann to create this project in response to the listening needs of their neighborhood in NW Pasadena. This socially engaged artwork acts as an empowering device to amplify real concerns and questions of local individuals and communities. Simultaneously Listening as (a) movement addresses broader concerns about the human voice, acts of communication, and the role of listening in society.
Calendar of Events
March 8, 6-10pm: ArtNight: opening of project and performance by Allison Johnson
March 23, 11-1pm: Interactive workshop with Alex Braidwood (RSVP required)
April 11, 6pm: Dialogue with the Northwest Commission and the Youth Advocates from DayOne
April 20, 7-9pm: Film screening with Deborah Kaufman & Alan Snitow
April 27, 2-4pm: Closing event
About Elana Mann
Elana Mann is an artist whose explores alternative economies, empathic exchange, and the politics of resistance. She has presented her work national and internationally at such places as REDCAT, Los Angeles; Apex Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; the Ford Foundation, New York; The Smithsonian, Washington D.C.; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Mann is a recipient of California Community Foundation’s 2009 Visual Arts Fellowship and a 2012 ARC grant from CCI. She has produced six publications, in the form of books, newspapers, and ‘zines, four of which are in the collection of the Getty Research Institute. Her projects have been covered in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, NPR, O Globo, El Pais, La Reuppublica and X-Tra Magazine. She is the co-founder of the Artist Bailout Collective, the People’s Microphony Camerata and is also part of the collaborative duo Chan & Mann. Mann received her B.F.A. from Washington University, St. Louis and her M.F.A from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA. Currently Mann is a Visiting Lecturer at the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA. www.elanamann.com
For more information on the project please visit:
This project is made possible through a grant from The Pasadena Department of Cultural Affairs Arts and Culture Commission and an ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation.
DAVID P. EARLE : WINTER RESIDENCY
November & December : Opening Reception on Saturday November 3rd, 2012 from 5 – 7pm.
As the Artist in Residence in Side Street’s On-site Artist Projects series, David P. Earle will create intricate wooden collages that visitors will be invited to disassemble and reassemble in unique forms. The resulting two dimensional “sculptures” will be photographed and collected in a limited edition exhibition book.
David P. Earle works in a variety of forms including drawing, collage, woodcutting, sound and film. His work has been featured at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Telic Arts Exchange (Los Angeles), The Fellows of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles) and The IFC Center (New York). Recently he was the artist in residence at The Artist Studio in Pasadena. He is the editor and curator of “The Open Daybook,” a perpetual calendar featuring the work of 365 contemporary artists which was published in book form by Mark Batty Publisher (Random House) and exhibited at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in January 2011. He is an adjunct faculty member in The School of Critical Studies at CalArts and a faculty member of The Armory Center for the Arts.
For more info on David Earle visit: www.davidpearle.com
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Closing Reception: Saturday December 1st, 2012 from 5 – 7pm.
* This show was made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.
>UPCOMING ONSITE ARTIST PROJECTS
ELANA MANN : LISTENING AS (A) MOVEMENT
March-May 2013 – Events : TBA
Pre-radar listening device from WWII, photographer & location unknown.
Listening as (a) movement pairs interactive acoustic sculptures with community-based performance art events at Side Street Projects in Northwest Pasadena that will resonate with changes in both human communication and the act of listening. The project investigates sound and the voice as physical entities that can move us emotionally and form deep interpersonal connections. Listening as (a) movement will take place at Side Street Projects’ (SSP) mobile headquarters in the spring of 2013, where Elana Mann will be exhibiting sculptures stemming from the designs of pre-radar WWII sonic technologies. The sculptures will simultaneously subvert and evoke the original aim of these technologies: they will be used to promote active listening, to symbolize the growing polarization of political discourse, and to point to the erosion of personal privacy through developments in surveillance. The parabolic and tuba shaped acoustic sculptures will be used in a series of events produced in collaboration with musicians and artists based in Los Angeles. These artists will engage the neighborhood surrounding SSP and a larger Los Angeles audience to create and perform original aural compositions with the sculptures, amplifying the concerns and questions of local communities.
For more info about Elana Mann visit : www.elanamann.com
>PAST ARTIST PROJECTS
FALL RESIDENCY II: WELCOME
Welcome is an ongoing open door installation with works by resident artists May Jong, Kristi Lippire, Chris Oatey, Erin Payne, Yoshie Sakai, Alejandro Sanchez and Gabie Strong. In conjunction with the the outdoor exhibition, Fall Residency II: Welcome is punctuated by a series of events and workshops to reveal the evolving nature of the collaborative site-specific works. Organized by Fatima Hoang, Elonda Billera Norris & Janice Gomez. This project is made possible through a grant from the Pasadena Art Alliance.
This project was made possible by generous support from the Pasadena Art Alliance
–> ”SUMMERCAMP’S SIDE STREET FAIR W/ FULL MOON PICKLES AND MEAT“
[ August 31st : 5-9pm ]
Steve Bankhead and Jen Smith join forces to host this backyard bar-b-que, complete with a pork roast and fixins is open to all. Please pick some flowers to put on the table in exchange for a plate. *Ingredients for the backyard bar-b-que supported in part by Whole Foods Market Arroyo.
–>”AFTERNOON ENCHANTMENTS – RITUALS FOR FINDING YOUR WAY HOME”
[ Sunday Sept 16th : 5-8pm ]
Nathan Bockelman and Amanda Yates will cast a magical evening- Afternoon Enchantments- Rituals For Finding Your Way Home. Join us from 5-7:15PM to create your Los Angeles totem, then at 7:30PM Yates and Bockelman will lead a procession and ceremony to charge the totems with power.
–> “MORNING EXERCISES”
[ Saturday Sept 29th : 10:30-11:30am ]
Sweat it out on September 29th from 10:30-11:30AM with Anna Oxygen’s Morning Exercises. Be sure to bring some water and loose comfortable clothing.
–> FALL ARTNIGHT w/ Eternal Telethon
[ Friday Oct 12th : 6:00-10:00pm ]
During Pasadena’s Fall ArtNight, Eternal Telethon continues their series of webcast telethons raising funds to build an artist’s retirement community at the Salton Sea. For this event, artists will perform for the live audience as well as those watching online at eternaltelethon.com. Refreshments for this event will be provided by WholeFoods Arroyo.
For more info about the entire ArtNight event visit www.artnightpasadena.org
For Fall Residency II:Welcome, artists May Jong, Kristi Lippire, Chris Oatey, Erin Payne, Yoshie Sakai, Alejandro Sanchez and Gabie Strong strive to propel their energy into Side Street’s current lot in North Pasadena by creating a space that encourages hospitality. The building and installing process will be an active and interactive part of the exhibition for the community of Northwest Pasadena and the art community at large.
Erin Payne’s work considers the role that artifice and “transitional objects” play in piecing together an understanding of our place within nature. At Side Street, Payne’s painted canvas becomes an organic topiary archway for people entering through the front gates. Kristi Lippire makes large scale objects that reference the visual culture that surrounds her every day. The sculptures are explorations in scale and material, isolating moments in everyday life that are found to be interesting in a manner that emphasizes the humor of a complex social culture. In this exhibit, Lippire and Payne are building upon their ideas in the form of a lenticular sculpture resembling a billboard facing the street.
Further inside the Side Street lot, Alejandro Sanchez creates a small space that acts, but does not function as a backyard wedding reception. Playing on the idea of the wedding, traditionally considered to be one of the most elegant moments in one’s life, it becomes a place of transformation and familiarity when mixed with the space of the backyard. Sanchez will periodically display a 1950 Hudson that he is currently customizing acts as the “Just Married” car. The vehicle at this stage is not complete, but is in transition- gradually transforming throughout the exhibition.
May Jong’s recent work explores humankind’s relationship to the natural environment, whether mutually beneficial, detrimental or neutral. Gabie Strong explores spaces of degeneration, drone and decay as a means to improvise new arrangements of self-reflexive meaning. Her work is a study of two arcs of research and the relationships that form between them: the history of the built environment and social culture of the West; and the radical, subversive resistance to convention. Together, Jong and Strong, navigate through the old barbershop foundation producing new paths using dirt, concrete and spray paint relating to a map under the nearby shade canopy.
Yoshie Sakai’s strung candy necklace umbrellas provide shade yet create an uneasy environment that embodies her love-hate relationship with consumerism and pop culture. Sakai’s work simultaneously perpetuates both ecstasy and extreme anxiety in quotidian life. Through concrete pavers, Chris Oatey utilizes processes that embrace randomness and continually reinvents them in order to create unexpected relationships between material and form. Oatey’s finished pieces are the result of performative methods that emphasize the handmade.
For more info visit: http://summercampprojectproject.blogspot.com/
Untamed (Parking) Spaces
Nine artists transform buses, campers, & tents into unexpected art galleries – curated by NewTown Arts
Exhibition Dates: Fri Mar 9th 6-10pm @ Spring ArtNight Pasadena
Lisa Mann – Tentnology 2.0
Inside her illuminated tent, a blogging camper has brought along the technological comforts of home: cell phone, digital notepad, and laptop.A portable cell tower disguised as an evergreen tree provides a 5-bar signal and a generator recharges all batteries. Projections of U.S. National Parks sprout “stealth” cell towers. The campsite is complete with a flickering, virtual campfire.
Purgatory Arts – Recollect
The afterlife, solitude, peacefulness, the passage of time.A physical representation of a fictional character’s memories and feelings that evoke Nostalgia in the viewer.
Theresia Rosa Kleeman – Allegory of the Tipi
An appropriation of Plato’s Cave Analogy; an ephemeral nomadic structure where the viewer is not bound by chains but rather free to move around.Shadows dance around on the exterior while within the source of the illusion is blatant and the magic is revealed collapsing the spectacle to a mere trick.The illusion falls apart and the magic is lost.
Nicholas Fedak II – Wedding Bell Blues
The past is yet to come!An installation about memory and the evanescent, ethereal, and intangible past. A ‘floating’ disintegrating wedding dress and wedding tuxedo hang in the doorway to welcome visitors inside a private dream world through visual and olfactory bombardment. Once inside, each person is free to discover their own personal memory of the familiar.
Kira Vollman – Do Not Enter
An explosion of broken signs, Frankensteined dead-ends, dripping blood red off-limits and scattered reminiscences of forbidden locations.A metaphorical hysterectomy that blocks the audience from taking a necessary path in life and evokes a jarring sensation through auditory and visual perception.
Margaret Adachi – House of Cards
Life spins out of control. Events can seem to happen in random yet fateful patterns. House of Cards presents the viewer with a choice: to play the hand you’re dealt or to change the game.
* This show was made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division. NewTown is also funded by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission & NewTown memberships.
A Whimsical Inflated Installation by Lisa Mann
Exhibition Dates: December 17, 2011
Artist Lisa Mann’s inflated, whimsical sculpture celebrates hair, culture, and identity in the past, present Northwest Pasadena. Refreshments from Whole Foods Arroyo. Performance by local musician. The sculptural installation will debut during Pasadena’s ArtNIGHT Oct 14th and a series of kids’ workshops will be offered. in conjunction with the project which is funded in part by the Pasadena Arts and Cultural Commission and City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.
The projections will incorporate faces of people who now live in the Northwest community, reframing and relocating them within a cultural and historical period spanning the the 1950s through mid-2000s, using popular hairstyles from each period to provide a context.
Thank you to the Pasadena Department of Cultural Affairs.
*Inflatables hand fabricated by the marvelous “InflataBill” – For more info visit http://inflatabill.com/
This House Has A Bright Future
A Public Art Project by Survey West Collaborative.
Exhibition dates: May 20 – June 24 2011
Survey West Collaborative engages architecture and site symbolically as they collapse past, present and future in their large-scale outdoor installation, This House has a Bright Future. Engaging the metaphoric potential of Side Street Projects’ current headquarters in Pasadena, SWC will build a monumental, temporary, site-specific piece.
SWC’s installation will sit atop one of the on-site foundational ruins that include a neighborhood barbershop, an apartment building, and Maritza’s taquería. The site also boasts the Decker House, one of the oldest Victorian houses in Pasadena, now boarded-up, weathered and ghostly, yet protected for its historical significance. Each of these buildings, except for the Victorian relic, was torn down to make way for the Heritage Square Development; a project intended to revitalize the area. Neighborhood concerns threatened the development and the project came to a halt as the economic crisis made breaking the impasse impossible. An eyesore of a vacant lot remained and Side Street Projects, a completely mobile, artist-run nonprofit organization, moved in and transformed the space through education outreach and artist services.
The duo will represent the future through six sets of brightly painted scaffolding that form a new floor plan for the viewer to enter. This representation of the future will physically embrace its own past as Victorian embellishments, barbershop stripes, Maritza’s horseshoes, and local children’s portraits and ghost stories fill the structure’s grid-system. Here, shifting perspectives on need, success and desire will come into one dynamic vision as distinct moments in time become veils, screens and windows to another.
Thank you to the Pasadena Department of Cultural Affairs.
For more info visit: http://www.surveywestcollaborative.com/
Wall to Wall
A video installation/performance by Daphna Lapidot
Exhibition Dates: April 16-22, 2011
Daphna Lapidot, visual artist, will present her new work “Wall to Wall”, a video installation and performance that explores the themes of motherhood/domesticity.It is a reflection on the issues that women encounter as new mothers inundated with the perpetual daily routine.
Thank you to the Pasadena Department of Cultural Affairs.
Pulse & Parcel
A Continuing Exhibition & Community Engagement by Jamie Crooke
Exhibition Dates: February 5 – March 18, 2011
The project “Pulse and Parcel” aims to create awareness of the space we live within and share with others. Through community participation and investigation, we will explore ways of dividing up space, creating community, and policy planning towards an imagined alternative future. Using the tools of Urban Planners, Policy Makers and Citizens, we will practice ways of engaging with the land around us in a democratic way, with a goal of creating conscientious citizens that engage in their community. You can participate in the project in person (dates below), online (www.GLADPAP.us) or by phone (#). All on-site activities are designed for persons of varying age, ability and art know-how.
Driven by What’s Inside
An Outdoor Performance & Cinema Event
Exhibition Dates: October 2, 2010
Inspired by 10-day-long traffic jams in China, devastating oil spills in the gulf, the “end” of the Iraq war, and fatal off-road races in the Mojave desert, Driven by What’s Inside is an outdoor performance and cinema event that reconsiders the role of the automobile in contemporary society. The evening brings together recent performance and video work by Vera Brunner-Sung, Ecstatic Energy Consultants Inc. in collaboration with Elana Mann, Diana-Sofia Estrada, Alexa Gerrity, Joseph Imhauser, Noah Klersfeld, Julie Lequin, Benjamin Love, Susan Mogul, and Carlin Wing. These artworks undermine the banality and brutality of the automobile by any means possible whether through psychedelic road-tripping, FM radio talk-shows, or love songs. Artist Elana Mann presents Driven by What’s Inside as a way to deepen explorations in her own work related to cars, driving, and war. This event is the second in a new series for Mann, in which she will be attempting to redress her grandfather’s involvement in the Manhattan Project by creating a “peace bomb” with other artists. Drive-in, walk-in, cycle-in, but bring a blanket, folding chair or seatbelt, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
These projects are made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission & the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division & the Pasadena Art Alliance.
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