Space Open Live! is the culmination of the Space Open exhibition, featuring two distinct yet radically different live performances in the Wurster Gallery. These performances by The California Chronicles and Apple-Eaters expand upon acts of camaraderie and explorations that the artistic troops have embarked upon in the past. The result is a reinterpretation of the California Landscape and an examination of American culture through storytelling and visual expression.
The California Chronicles
The California Chronicles is the true story of sublime nature writ large across the West, and writ small on the page. Since May 2011, three CED graduates—Bob Glass, Darryl Jones, and Eliot Rose—have been chronicling their journeys into California nature, both around the Bay Area and further afield, and keeping a blog with sketches, poems, and prose from these excursions.
Their aim is to restore a spirit of discovery to an age when every inch of the terrain is mapped by GPS and guidebooks, and present California as a green and granite state wonder. This show looks back on over four years of chronicling with a retrospective of the trio's favorite work, with the trio telling tales and reciting verse over projections of their sketches.
Apple-eaters is a performance choreographed by Kathleen Dycaico that draws on psychologically-born and physically-birthed manifestations of attempts to reach a transcendental state. Seizures, speaking in tongues, stillness, and other paths to the ascension.
In constant dialogue with the absolute freedom of past that American culture pretends to own, the experience is one of induced terror, anxiety, a mistrust in any information not gotten first-hand. This performance is a shout into a cultural void, awaiting echoes of certainty or truth ringing back. Contains nudity.
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This exhibition is made possible by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, and a grant from Beatrix Farrand Fund.