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New Art Kiosk: Tara de la Garza Monument to the Plastocene IV

About the Installation

Tara de la Garza’s immersive light installation contains stories of Redwood City. Stories of community; her art community, that collect single use plastic to wrap around her light fixtures as colorful gels. Her walking community, through daily adventures in Stulsaft Park, where on the hill in the early morning you can still see the Redwood Trees towering over the misty valley.

The lights in the center of the installation represent a redwood tree and also Tatlin’s Tower a symbol of modernity that reflects the city’s working class origins, its current development and its continuing future success. This work specifically references Dan Flavin’s version of the tower, who’s minimalist ideals influence much of de la Garza’s sculptural work.

The 4th in her installations called Monuments to the Plastocene, De la Garza believes that this non-recyclable material will be a relic in the future, that we will no longer use throw-away plastic and that her lights will become time capsules, monuments to our current consumption.

Also emanating from the Art Kiosk is a soundscape that recreates the birds of the Peninsula from morning song through night. The story of our avian past.

This Art Kiosk installation will be in place from March 28 - May 10.

About the Artist

Tara de la Garza studied Fine Art at Curtin University in Western Australia and is currently in a resident studio program at Cubberley in Palo Alto.

De la Garza’s work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library, NYC. She has had two solo exhibitions at The Lodge Gallery in NYC. She has also exhibited extensively throughout the US in museums and galleries such as Mass MOCA, Chicago Art Institute, Cornell University, San Diego Art Institute, Palo Alto Arts Center, Palace of Fine Arts SF and SF Design Week.

De la Garza has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant through Chashama. 

About the Art Kiosk

The Art Kiosk aims to bring thought-provoking installation art to Redwood City and the Bay Area through ten month-long exhibitions during 2019. Artists from the region and around the world have been invited to realize their ambitious site-specific artworks - often with the assistance of local volunteers, artists, and vendors. The initiative was conceived and curated by Lance M. Fung. Donated project management of the exhibition series is provided by Fung Collaboratives. The Redwood City Improvement Association funded the initiative for the second year of 2020. Redwood City acts as the logistical partner and its Civic Cultural Commission awarded small grant to support the efforts of participating Redwood City based artists. Please drop by for a visit 24/7 at 2208 Broadway, Redwood City.

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