Oakland. Evoco Art Happening. Come Make Art with Midori & Samar!

COME MAKE ART & LOVE BEAUTY WITH MIDORI & SAMAR!

Do you enjoy art? Are you a creative type? Do you enjoy hanging out with strange creative minds? Or are you an artist? Bring your medium with you and work off my work... A jam session of a different sort. Use my process as one of your raw ingredients! Sketch my mess, paint the sculpted model, record the sounds, take photos, sing about it, video it... I want to see what we create

Do you enjoy sharing in and witnessing the process of art? We want you there to sit back, and enjoy and have a lovely afternoon of beauty and creative energy.

Donation to our Oaxaca project encouraged.
** Oaxaca, Mexico, here we come! Samar & Midori are creating an amazing site specific performance in Oaxaca, Mexico for Dia de los Muertos. We're putting out a jar as a fundraiser to make this possible. All funds raised will go to this performance!

Evoco Project: San Francisco 12.10.19.01 by Midori. 2013 Midori creating Evoco Project: San Francisco 12.10.19 with model Tsaiberia. 2012

DATE. TIME. LOCATION. COST.

Date: Saturday, September 21.
Time: 3pm - 7pm
Address: DANA DAVIS PHOTO STUDIO, 3270 Ettie Street, Oakland, CA 94608 - Driving Directions

Cost: Give what you can... (We'd love it if you'd bring libations or snacks to share.)
Donation to our Oaxaca project encouraged. Funds go to make this evening and the Dia de los Muertos performance possible!

FLOWERS + ROPE + FLESH + SUMI = ART.

Come on by and help me make messy art and beautiful memory with my amazing performing partner, Samar!

I’m working on an ongoing project of physicalizing moments of irrational beauty and creating artifacts of the process of memory formation. This starts with me sculpting people with rope, flower arranging them, painting them and using their bodies to create abstract prints on paper. These are the artifacts of fleeting beauty; like dust left behind your hands when you try to catch a butterfly…. These shapes are beautiful and strange. They’re imperfect and distorted as memory. I will then work on these prints, embellish and alter them, like dreams retold over and over, to make scrolls of odd pleasures.

Your Part and Your Promises:

You have a part in this! We ask all guest to be fully present and engage mindfulness in sharing this.
Do you draw, photograph, paint, compose, sing, knit, video, design or otherwise create? Please create with us! Bring your camera, easel, clay, yarn, or what ever medium (nothing with open flames!) and interpret my work. It would be lovely if you let us know if you plan to do this.
You promise to leave your yesterday at the door.
You'll do your best to leave your tomorrow at the door.
You'll enjoy the company you bring and new ones you meet.
You'll witness and take pleasure in the art being created before you.
You won't text, e mail or make unrelated phone calls.
If the mood strikes you, make out.
If the mood strikes you, dance.
If the pleasure suits you, just sit and watch

Looking for Help & Volunteers. Any DJ? Door person? Art Assistant?

We're looking for a bit of assistance and volunteers to make this possible...
If you can help, please drop Midori a note. CONTACT here.

  • DJ or someone with an amazing, weird, ambient play list to be our sound guru
  • Set up assistant
  • Midori's painter's assistant. (Must be ok with getting pain you.
  • Door Greeter / Guards
  • Hospitality. (Help keep the chip bowls filled and place neat.)
  • Fundraising Fairy. (Keep the fundraising jar safe and let people know about this amazing Oaxaca project!)

DETAILED DRIVING DIRECTIONS & MAP TO DANA DAVIS PHOTO STUDIO

3270 Ettie Street, Oakland, CA 94608

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The studio is just south of Emeryville, CA and easy to get to from just about any Bay Area location. Many of the web-based map sites seem not to have noticed that a neighborhood freeway fell down in the 1986 earthquake so here are some directions as seen from the ground:

A. From surface streets around Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley
B. From San Francisco:
C. From I 80 Westbound
D. From I 880 Northbound
E. From I 580 Westbound
F. From Westbound 24


From surface streets around Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley:
Get to the intersection of 40th Street and San Pablo Ave in Oakland.
Travel west (toward the Bay) on 40th street to 2nd light.
Left on Hollis.
Right on Nelson Mandela Parkway (at Home Depot entrance)
Under freeways, curve to left
Left on 34th Street
First right on Ettie
3270 is on first door on large, faded, red building on your left. Park where you can except for Saturdays when you can't park on the West side of the street.


From San Francisco:
Cross the Bay Bridge and stay in the right lane as you come off the East side. Stay as far right as you can if you are not a bus.
You want to choose the 880 South choice to your right.
Exit at the first exit which is Maritime/West Grand.
At the first light, continue straight.
Go up to light, go down to surface.
Turn left at Nelson Mandela Parkway.
Go 5 blocks and turn right on 32 Street.
Immediately you will turn left on Ettie
Long block to large, red building on your right.
Mine is the last door on the building marked 3270. Park where you can except for Saturdays when you can't park on the West side of the street.


From I 80 Westbound
Past Emeryville you will come to the 3-way split.
Take the center choice of 880 south
Take the first exit which is West Grand Av.
Left turn at the first light which is West Grand Av.
Left turn at the first light which is Nelson Mandela Parkway.
About 5 blocks turn right at 32 St
Immediately turn left at Ettie St
Go a long block to 3270 on the right at a faded, red building.
Park where you can except for Saturdays when you can’t park on the West side of the street.


From I 880 Northbound
As you pass downtown Oakland stay on 880 (do not take the 980 choice to the right)
Take the next exit to 7th Street / West Grand
Continue straight at the first light at 7th St.
Turn right at the next light which is West Grand.
Left turn at the next light which is Nelson Mandela Parkway
About 5 blocks turn right at 32 St
Immediately turn left at Ettie St
Go a long block to 3270 on the right at a faded, red building.
Park where you can except for Saturdays when you can’t park on the West side of the street.


From I 580 Westbound
Exit 580 at the Downtown Oakland 980 to 880 ramp and stay to the Right lane.
After the long curve to the left, merge to the right and exit at 27th Street / West Grand Av. At the bottom of the ramp continue straight at the light and continue winding under the freeways on Northgate Av.
Turn Right at West Grand Ave.
About one mile turn Right on Nelson Mandela Parkway
About 5 blocks, turn Right at 32 Street
(from I 580 Westbound cont.)

Immediately turn Left on Ettie Street
Go a long block to 3270 which is the last door on the large, red building.
Park where you can except for Saturdays when you can’t park on the West side of the street.
Ring the buzzer


From Westbound 24
Take 24 westbound toward Oakland. Stay right as 24 merges with 980 after you pass under the Mac Arthur Freeway (I 580). Exit at 27th Street / West Grand. At the bottom of the ramp continue straight at the light and continue winding under the freeways on Northgate Av.
Turn Right at West Grand Ave.
Turn Right on Nelson Mandela Parkway
Turn Right at 32 Street
Immediately turn Left on Ettie Street
Go a long block to 3270 which is the last door on the large, red building.
Park where you can except for Saturdays when you can’t park on the West side of the street.
Ring the buzzer

Evoco Project: Artist's Statement

The Evoco project is an ongoing and multi phase project about how we create, hold, interpret and alter memory, as subjective experience/phenomenon, and as a neurological process. In this increasingly socially connected world, the group felt and group experienced event held with mounting greater regard, especially as the incident is recounted, recorded, retold, reposted and more. We are coming to accept that the reproduction of aggregate fragments, collected over repeated replication, to reach some greater truth. Yet neurologically memory is constantly altered, with each recollection, some neural pathways are strengthened while others atrophy. With each remembrance, some details fade and others expand. Every recollection mutates the memory further and further from original moment’s experience.

It is so with moments of beauty, trauma, pleasure and grief.

Evoco in Latin may mean: recall to the colors, to draw out, draw on, call forth, lure/entice out, summon, produce, evoke.

Evoco Project begins with an incident. This has taken place in San Francisco, Phoenix, Copenhagen, Stockholm, London, Tokyo, and Gothenburg so far. Other cities are in the works. Sometimes it’s a public performance; often it’s a private invitation-only gathering. The guests are asked to be present and to enjoy the moment and the creation that will take place before them. They’re invited to create memory, to take pleasure in each other’s company, to take photos, to post them online, or in other ways to capture the creation before them and create their memory. The witnesses are often invited to bring flowers or branches to contribute to the arrangement. Working with performer, I create a large flower arrangement with their body, flora and ropes in contorted forms of beauty, reflecting the season, location and my mood. I then paint the installation, body and all, with sumi ink. The scent of the flora, rope, skin and charcoal-based ink mix to create a verdant and earthy olfactory experience as well.

This is Phase 1.

Using the painted installation form I print portions of the body onto pieces of paper, capturing portions of the form, but like memory, never the totality of the form.

This is Phase 2.

The prints created there in each incident are collected and put aside, for months. Then I bring them out, and sit with the images, trying to recall what that moment was like. After some time of meditating on them, my mind begins to wonder, to free associate, to dream. With gold leaf and gold paint I embellish what comes forth. The gold leaf adhere like devotional acts of longing to a perfect past.

The gold leaf – Having been raised in a Japan, with its particular forms of austere Buddhism, I was taken aback by the devotional act of Buddhists in Thailand. They take small square pieces of gold foil and adhere them to the statues of Buddha and his aspects. What seems to me the blatantly worship an idol was challenging enough, now they were touching and altering original priceless artwork with the gold foil. The stone and bronze statues became golden and their contours changed with layer of gold. It seemed a desecration of the artist’s work. Over the years I’ve come to see the act as touching one’s mindfulness or intention. I’ve come to accept that the artist was not creating a unique piece precious in it’s original form, but a catalyst for connection and potential transcendence. The shape and image formed by the gold and the touch was the now. The past is forever altered through the action of touching it. It becomes its own unique venerated thing.

This is Phase 3.

Then the painting/print is delivered to a Chinese or Japanese scroll maker. Often I let the scroll maker choose the color of the brocade silk, letting them experience and interpret the piece, though I don’t tell them the history and provenance of the images.

This is Phase 4

In the end, what was originally a recording of an experience and artifact of memory is changed into an object entirely unique, creating new memories for those who encounter it.

Start Date: 
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 15:00 to 19:00