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.
You are the Tree
Curated by Lance M. Fung
February 1 - March 8, 2020
Free public opening reception: Saturday, February 1, at 4pm
About the installation
You are the Tree is an interdisciplinary, community-focused artwork which celebrates local labor while considering the linked histories of Redwood City and California as members of our shared global citizenry. The project juxtaposes the historical facts of the 19th century clear cutting of old growth redwoods from the Santa Cruz Mountains with the resultant development of Redwood City, both historically and currently, with emphasis on the contrast of disruptive inventions and resurgent interests in slow/by hand/craft industries.
Centered on the floor of the kiosk is a seven-foot diameter replica of an old growth, coast redwood tree stump. The stump’s multi-colored and highly textured bark alludes to the beauty and value of human and environmental diversity. Concentric growth rings are visible on the surface of the stump. Small flags mark significant disruptive invention events which occurred during the last 1000 years, the lifespan of the tree. A living redwood tree sprouts from the stump’s center. For the Redwood City installation, photographic slices of Redwood City’s new residential high-rise buildings tower in each of the glass kiosk’s four corners. Through the windows, landmark buildings, including the Fox Theatre and the former San Mateo County Courthouse, are visible. The kiosk windows contain four words: you are the tree.
This handcrafted paper pulp assembly was made from locally sourced, Redwood City, craft industry byproducts such as spent beer grains, eggshells, fabric scraps, flower parts and hair. The twenty-five unique bark sections are tagged with legacy tree markers to identify both merchant and byproduct. Each section celebrates local labor and honors people who make things with their hands.
Over 30 Redwood City small business entities have contributed their industry byproducts for You are the Tree. The contributors include: Alana’s Cafe, Alloy Cutting, Broadway Cleaners, Connoisseur Coffee Company, The Daily Journal, Dobson Beekeepers, Donato Enoteca Restaurant, Dragon Theatre, Freewheel Brewing Company, Fuse Theatre, Gents Barber Parlor, Ghostwood Brewing Company, Golden Bay Glass, La Honda Winery, Main & Elm Restaurant, Milagros Latin Kitchen, Old Port Lobster Shack, Radhika Beauty Salon, Raul’s Grooming Center, Redwood City Florist, Sigona’s Farmers Market, Torres Custom Upholstery, and University Art Supply. Hold Fast Tattoo, Poseidon Pools, Redwood City Ace Hardware, and Woodside Bike Shop contributed infrastructure materials. Wegman’s Nursery donated the living coast redwood tree which will be planted in Redwood City’s Red Morton Park at the end of the Art Kiosk exhibition. Research assistance was provided by the Local History Archive Room, Redwood City Public Library; and the San Mateo County History Museum. The book Redwood City, A Hometown History by the Archives Committee of the Redwood City Public Library provided valuable contextual and historical documentation. Photographer David Beres photographed the residential towers specifically for this project.
You Are the Tree asks us to consider:
- What constitutes a meaningful life?
- What constitutes meaningful labor?
- What are we willing to put at risk for future generations to have something ourselves today?
- What role can and do individuals play in environmental health and a sustainable culture?
- What can I do to participate positively in creating a sustainable, healthy Redwood City?
- What is my byproduct and what can I do with it creatively without causing harm?
An artist’s statement and documentation of process, including the making of the paper pulp can be found at preneo.org/youarethetree.
About the Artists
Kent Manske creates images and symbols to inquire, process, manage, convey and assign meaning to ideas about human existence. He uses both traditional and digital printmaking and book publishing processes to create one-of-a-kind and limited-edition works on paper. Manske has a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was Professor of Art at Foothill College from 1990-2015. In 1992 he co-founded PreNeo Press in Redwood City, California. His work can be found in public and private collections, including the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums and the Oakland Museum of California.
California born Nanette Wylde is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and cultural worker making socially reflective and often language-based works using a variety of hybrid media. Wylde has a BA in Behavioral Science from San José State University. Her MFA is in Interactive Multimedia and Printmaking from Ohio State University. She is Professor Emerita of Art and Art History at California State University Chico where she taught for 21 years. Wylde currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Women Eco Artists Dialog and The California Society of Printmakers. Her artist's books, prints and electronic works are included in significant international collections. Wylde's interests include: language, personality, difference, beliefs, systems, ideas, movement, history, identity, perceptions, structures, stories, socialization, definitions, context, memory, experience, the natural world, change, and residue.
The artists will be available in the Art Kiosk for public interaction at these times:
Monday, February 3, 12 - 2 pm
Tuesday, February 11, 1 - 3 pm
Wednesday, February 19, 2 - 4 pm
Thursday, February 27, 3 - 5 pm
Friday, March 6, 4 - 6 pm
Saturday, March 7, 10 - 12 pm
School, community group and corporate office tours by appointment. Contact the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650.454.4570.