Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Install It 3 - above and below explores hidden history of city

Welcome to the third year of Install It, the installation art component of Artista Vista. 
This year six artists have creating works located in and around the former train tunnel, now part of the Vista Greenway.  
The artists Michaela Pilar Brown, Amanda Ladymon, Bri Kinard, Kara Gunter, Wendell George Brown and Kimberly Bookman were asked to respond to Washington Street which was once a major a business and social street for the African-American community, home to the Zion Baptist Church, an African-American state fair, restaurants, funeral homes, a theater and the Richard Samuel Roberts photography studio and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement.

The tunnel runs directly beneath Washington Street and serves as an apt metaphor for the hidden history of the street above.
The artist did not make directly didactic pieces, but  explores ideas of overcoming challenges, breaking free of social and political confinement, how we are all connected and the ways we are connected. They worked in a variety of mediums: photography, plaster casting, natural materials, ceramics and even grass and tar and each piece was created specifically for this exhibition and space.
The tunnel is just north of the intersection of Lincoln and Lady streets and is open dawn to dark through May 24.  

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