Art on San Fernando: Re-visioning the Corridor explores the intersection of culture and community through elements as different as faux sheep, particles in the atmosphere, and poetry, through a series of six temporary public art projects along the San Fernando corridor from Diridon Station to Market Street. The artworks will be installed in August and remain until mid-November 2010.
The Corridor was selected for this program to enhance, expand and re-examine the use of San Fernando Street. All projects will be on view during the late summer and early fall, coinciding with a summer and fall events - including the 01SJ Biennial (September 16-19), and are free and open to the public. San Fernando Street is the major east/west corridor through downtown San Jose. San Fernando will continue to transition as a significant multi-modal thoroughfare in the downtown with the upcoming addition of enhanced pedestrian and bicycle access, and with the future expansion of Diridon to include California High Speed Rail and BART. Art on San Fernando:Re-visioning the Corridor aims to bring new awareness to and engagement with this diverse and ever changing route.
SJPA, in partnership with the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, the City’s Department of Transportation, ZER01: the Art and Technology Network, and the San Jose Museum of Art identified six artists to install artworks that address themes of environmental and community engagement. All artworks are free and open to the public.
A Champion Flock of Weed Eaters. Artist: Jed Berk
Location: Great lawn in front of Diridon Station. Installed.
Jed Berk’s A Champion Flock of Weed Eaters considers stewardship of land in urban space. Most visitors will be drawn to the barn located on the lawn in front of Diridon Station for the duration of the installation. Peer inside the barn and see a tableau of the “Mother Sheep” and her herd. On several occasions throughout the installation, the barn will be open and staffed by a shepherd. The public will be encouraged to, like a library book, check-out a sheep and take it to be photographed in a location of their choice. The photos and times the shepherds will be on site will be on the project website: FlockofWeedEaters.
In-kind support: SoloPower
Shepherd On-Site Schedule for Sheep "Check-out/Return"
2 - 6 p.m.
2 - 6 p.m.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
2 - 6 p.m.
2 - 6 p.m.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
noon - 4 p.m.
The Poetics of Dis-communication. Artist: Patrick Manning
Locations: San Fernando VTA Lightrail Station (Delmas at San Fernando) and the southeast corner of Market and West San Fernando adjacent to San Jose Museum of Art. Installed.
Patrick Manning’s The Poetics of Dis-Communication is a sound and text installation using text and voice recognition software, and video. The artwork was inspired by time the artist spent waiting at a VTA station; the bits of conversation and social interaction we all encounter daily – and how these disconnected bits of communication can be transformed into art. The artwork generates poetry from sounds and images in the environment. The poems are presented in two kiosks, each containing a monitor along with a webcam and speakers. The archived poems can be found on the artist's website along with more information about the artwork: SanJosePoems
A Floating World. Artists: Robin Lasser and Marguerite Perret
Location: San Fernando Underpass at Hwy 87. Installed.
Robin Lasser (Professor, San Jose State University) and Marguerite Perret’s A Floating World is a group of five "tent encampment" sculptures, birdhouses actually, that are cantilevered off the San Fernando Street Underpass of Highway 87. The houses appear to "float" above the water and include sound and light elements that further the narrative of the artwork. The tent designs are fashioned after FEMA relief shelters. The artists are interested in exploring the relationship between humans and other animals, the built environment and the natural world, and how our actions can create an impact – either positive or negative. More information about the project can be found at A Floating World.
Particle Falls. Artists: Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga
Location: Projection onto AT&T building - San Fernando and Almaden Blvd. Hours are 8:30 P.M. - Midnight; earlier as the days get shorter. Installed.
Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga created Particle Falls, a large-scale projection image, to examine the variable nature of air quality. The image, a waterfall of light, is a real-time data visual quantification of airborne particulate matter. The project uses a nephelometer to measure air quality at the site of the artwork, a computer translates that data into the artwork's visual imagery – the heavier the particulate quantity, the denser the light imagery on the building. The project's air monitoring is intended to educate the public and to promote air quality improvement. More information about the project will soon be available at ParticleFalls.
Mobile Arts Platform (MAP). Artists: Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari
Location: various locations on various dates including AbsoluteZero (September 17) and Green Prix (September 18) on South First Street. Ongoing.
The Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) by Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari is comprised of two interactive elements that are "activated" by a mobile exhibitions program. MAP brings together a Fal-Core van with a Mobile Store – a flexible performance and display platform. MAP events include video screenings, visual art display and making, performance art, and live music. In essence, they build a temporary, creative microcosm where community and creativity reconnect through shared interaction and experience of the platforms. MAP will participate in two ZER01 events: AbsoluteZERO on Friday, September 17 (5-midnight), and the GreenPrix on Saturday, September 18 (11-6). More information about MAP can be found at MobileArtsPlatform
Flag. Artist: Leo Villareal,
Location: In partnership with San Jose Museum of Art, San Fernando facade of the museum at Market Street. To be installed early September.
Flag by Leo Villareal is an LED-based light sculpture, a dynamic representation of the American flag, and a potent symbol of national identity. Villareal sees the flag not as a static, immutable icon, but rather as a symbol of transition and change. The work was initially created in 2008 in conjunction with the Presidential Election.
Artworks will be on view through November 15, 2010, except Leo Villareal’s artwork, which will be on view through Jan. 9, 2011.
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