Redwood City Improvement Association Invests in Art Kiosk Installation in Downtown’s Courthouse Square
-RCIA has partnered with Fung Collaboratives to create an artistic place for local artists to display their work in the community for all to enjoy-
The Art Kiosk aims to bring thought-provoking Installation Art to Redwood City, CA and the Bay Area through ten, month-long exhibitions, throughout 2019. Artists from the region and around the world have been invited to realize their ambitious site-specific commissions – often with the assistance of local volunteers, artists and vendors. Each artist has researched the City and its history and people to conceive their new temporary installation so that each exhibition is meaningful and relevant to the viewers. The initiative was conceived and curated by Lance Fung. Donated project management of the exhibition series is provided by Fung Collaboratives.
The Redwood City Improvement Association funded the initiative for 2019 through their generous grant program. Redwood City acts as the logistical partner and it’s Civic Cultural Commission awarded the project a seed grant to support collateral educational projects for participating artists in Redwood City.
For more information, schedule of upcoming exhibitions, artist talks, and all other events please visit www.fungcollaboratives.org.
Curated by Lance M. Fung
November 16 - December 16, 2019
Free public opening reception: Saturday, November 16, at 4pm
About the installation
The Bonds Unburnt exhibition is meant to embody the connections we have with other people, and relate those connections to the tragic California fires of 2018. The exhibition attempts to express our horror at the tragic Camp and Mendocino Complex Fires of last year. One of the main ideas for this exhibition is the Japanese “red string of fate” legend. It states that we are each connected to another person, whom we are destined to meet, with an invisible red string. We use orange string to symbolize the fires and our connection to those affected. It becomes a powerful symbol of the fact that most of us will experience a natural disaster. Each time it happens, we feel a connection to the people affected.
After an event like this, the atmosphere itself becomes a constant reminder of the tragedy that took place thanks to the overwhelming smell of smoke. That smell lingers for months, and leaves the affected area a health hazard long after the flames are extinguished, and even clings to clothing, so that reminder travels with you. By recreating a scent in the ART KIOSK atmosphere, Bonds Unburnt hopes to strengthen the theme of connection by giving the audience some semblance of what experiencing the fires was like.
Strings are used as a symbol of the fires combined with charred wood and personal items from the artists and donations from Redwood City residents. These comprise the main sculptural hourglass form. The sculpture consumes the space by being 12 feet high and 6 feet in diameter. Two rings of steel will create the top and bottom. There will be a smaller ring in the middle. Many strings will connect the rings. The created basket at the middle of the hourglass will embrace the personal items and the charred wood will be on the ground under the hourglass. The wood element was carefully transported from the site of the Rim fire near Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite, 2013. Luckily there were no fatalities in that fire. The artist use light to enhance the exhibition’s mood after dark by creating anti-shadows: light seen through the string from the outside.
The personal items we have all contributed to the exhibition are things which we considered somewhat unique to our own lives. We all felt very sad when thinking about the tragedy, and we all wanted to express that sadness in this exhibition. We hope it will somehow help those suffering.
About the Artists
Jose Castillo is a current San Jose State University student finishing out his Bachelors of Arts. His desire to create is fueled by a desire to maintain a connection to childhood and leave the world a kinder place than when he found it. He believes that societal tendencies to view children’s passions and imagination as things they should outgrow are among the leading causes of adult misery in his generation. As such, the main goal of his artwork ranges from drawing to painting to printmaking is to inspire audiences to abandon arbitrary limitations on their own happiness and challenge the worldviews and institutions that put them up.
Peter Moen grew up during the 60's in south San Jose, California. After High School, he went to U.C. Berkeley to become an engineer. He then worked as an engineer at a rocket company. He loves to incorporate portraits into 2D art using oils or acrylics. Moen likes to use his skills as a portrait painter to unburden himself of feelings about current events by using partially abstract or non-objective oil paintings that include natural or abstract portraits. His paintings often depict current political events that he is terrified about. He is currently in the MFA program at San Jose State University.
Tiffany Seav graduated from San Jose State University of Spring 2019 where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Art in Pictorial Arts. Many of Seav’s artworks question whether humanity still exists or not; for Seav, she wants to give up and reject her humanity. Seav is skeptical and doubtful whether humans will ever put aside one’s differences and work together; however,
Seav still has reserved a small aspect of hope while observing and watching what will happen to humans as they proceed forward. Seav explores her art making through painting, printmaking, screen-printing, design, sculpture, and interest in theatre acting.