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This past Saturday (December 1st, 2012), True Modern set up a guerilla cocktail party inside The Carbon Warehouse. The abandoned ink factory housing Endless Canvas‘s SPECIAL DELIVERY Bay Area 2012 Mural Exhibit provided a beautiful contrast to the custom Modernist furniture displayed at the cocktail party. As models served h’orderves, guests were given flash lights and encouraged to explore three stories of the post apocalyptic museum. It was pouring rain and the flooded floors turned into giant mirrors giving new life to the artwork. Water ran through the eyes of murals from floor to floor creating the Bay Area’s own Trevi Fountain. What I thought was going to be a simple furniture shoot turned into one of the most gorgeous things I’ve ever seen.
Description by Babak:
On Saturday night, September 8, 2012, I and thousands of others witnessed the concrete and steel ruin that is Carbon Warehouse in the old Flint Ink building at 1350 Fourth Street, Berkeley return to technicolor life as a free, underground art gallery.
For hours, we gawked at the fabulous graffiti that covered close to every inch of the building, with music, beer and wine, and an electric atmosphere that should make world art hubs like London, Berlin and Venice blush.
The floor, the walls, the ceiling and sundry nooks and crannies were painted with explosive colors, designs and styles. Many works displayed wit, wildness and undeniable artistry. We gazed upwards to espy the livid ceiling of this crazy, cement Sistine, then we gazed down to follow the lushly sprays of color at our feet. Meanwhile, the building and its inhabitants trembled as the freight trains–many adorned by the same art sheltered now inside the building–roared by below.
This once-abandoned trilevel factory seemed happy to be hosting thousands of equally colorful guests busy drinking in the art in 3D, dancing, flirting, posing, snap-shooting and juggling, all self-regulated, well-behaved and paying close attention to what they saw.
From where I stand, the project as a whole suggests a rare mindfulness and was executed expertly and with foresight. The City of Berkeley and the police seems to have played a welcome role in facilitating this art event by keeping a very low profile and just letting folks do their stuff.
Neither was this an LA-style, Eli Broadish splash for the rich and pretentious, or some rarified and ultimately impotent extravaganza. This was a grassroots, super-collaborative public tryst between artists and their audience, a rare bird in a cynical, corporate art world that should be nurtured.
Sadly, after the event, a tiny handful of uninspired, vandalous fools are reported to have tagged a few buildings in West Berkeley, leaving an unfortunate hair in the mouth of a community that had so enjoyed an otherwise delicious art feast.
Yet, none were among the artists that awed us that night. And none have the right to distract us from thanking everyone that helped artwork blossom before our eyes in this enjoyable, provocative way.
Because, on that night, Berkeley appeared talented, fearless and exciting, and in a humble, inclusive way, a bastion of public art.
GATS will be participating in this years SPECIAL DELIVERY Bay Area 2012 – Mural Exhibit opening Sept 8th.
Release Event for the SPECIAL DELIVERY Portland 2011 Book,
as well as an Art Show Benefiting the artists participating in this year’s SPECIAL DELIVERY Bay Area 2012 Mural Exhibit (which will open September 8th 2012).
Saturday July 28th, 2012 (Last Saturday) at 7pm
Famous Four Colors Gallery
1525 Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94612
FREE EVENT! All Ages!
ABOUT THE 2011 BOOK:
Full Color, 64 Pages, $16
Special Delivery 2011 was a mural exhibit that filled a 6,000 square foot warehouse in South East Portland. It showcased over 40 artists who have put in a lot of work on the streets of Oakland, San Francisco and the greater Bay Area of California.
Read more about the book…
ABOUT THE BENEFIT ART SHOW:
Many of the artists whom will be participating in this years Special Delivery Mural Exhibit (Optimist, GATS, Upfuk, Attica, Broke, Nart, Dead Eyes, etc.) will be showcasing prints and works on canvas at F4C Gallery (Famous Four Colors) for ONE NIGHT ONLY to raise funds for paint.
Read more about SPECIAL DELIVERY Bay Area 2012…
Invite your friends to the Special Delivery Bay Area 2012 facebook event page…
DON’T BLOW UP THE SPOT
Please don’t tag the venue or the immediate surroundings the night of the event.
Thank you to all the writers that always show respect and help us socially enforce this guideline so that we can keep getting invited back to throw awesome events for you guys.
New Print by GATS
Available for a limited time here…
Shipped safely in a hard cardboard tube.
FOR SALE IN OUR STORE:
Graffiti painted by GATS – Poem written by Roberto Miguel
This was the “BORN INTO LAW” Collaborative Street Poem Project executed by GATS in which he painted an entire poem in large scale rollers across the East Bay. Each line in a location relevant to it’s meaning. The project climaxed with a secret art show and celebration of community where the last line of the poem, “THE CITY IS OURS” was painted.