"Park Life" at Subliminal Projects: What Defines Community?

Juxtapoz // Friday, 19 Sep 2008
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Subliminal Projects present the first installment of their new Studio Number One curatorial program, Park Life, opening Saturday, October 4, 2008.

Amidst a neighborhood defined by fluid and fixed identities, the series of exhibitions focuses on the creative crossroads of art, design, popular culture, and technology. With works from an expansive network of artists, Park Life attempts to showcase the sense of community that art has the power to create.

In an effort to jumpstart this dialogue of the future, Park Life poses the question, “What defines a community?” Hmmm…good question.

The community theme of Park Life is very much a representation of the biography of Studio Number One, Subliminal Projects Gallery, and Obey Giant Art. With the recent move from Koreatown to Echo Park in early 2008, the underground art trifecta knows what it’s like to be the “new kids on the block” and respects the continuous process of adapting to the new environment they now call home. Throughout this process of discovery, the gallery has made it a priority to uncover new interests with old friends and to build a solid relationship with local vendors, neighbors and residents.

The works in this show celebrate the diverse creative collective of friends, relatives, and fellow creators Subliminal Projects has met along their journey. Subliminal Projects invited these “family members” to submit one to three pieces of artwork no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet, revealing the gallery’s open mind and open arms to those attempting to beautify the chaos of the world while simultaneously stimulating thoughts and ideas.

Of course, the response to Subliminal Project’s invitation has been overwhelming, attracting an impressive group of artistic contributors.

The exhibition will include works by: Willem Augustus, Stephen Bliss, Louise Bonnet, Nicholas Bowers, Lorin Brown, Jaspr Byrnes, Josh Cochran, Lane Coder, Jordan Crane, Poppy DeVilleneuve, Amy Jo Diaz, Keetra Dixon, Abbey Drucker, Elliot Earls, Tristan Eaton, Shepard Fairey, Amanda Fairey, Andrew Foster, Gary Garay, Zachary Gibson, Mathew Goldman, Kristian Henson, Dustin Hostetler, Victor Hu, Cody Hudson, Z James, Theo Jemison, Mel Kadel, Jeremy Kaplan, Mekenzie Kay, Chris Kasch, Michael M. Koehler, Curtis Kulig, Philip Lumbang, Blake E. Marquis, Travis Millard, Dan Monick, Jesselisa Moretti, Garrett Morin, Matthew Muller, Mylinh Nyugen, Kyle Oldoerp, Mike Pare, Louisa St. Pierre, Alia Penner, Cleon Peterson, Kill Pixie, Andrew Rae, Luke Ramsey, Jared Purrington, Razauno, Casey Ryder, Diana Scheunemann, Skullphone, Sophinie Som, Joel Speasmaker, Sumi Ink Club, Marissa Textor, Justin Vanhoy, David Whitcraft, Megan Whitmarsh, Ernesto Yerena, Sean Yoon, and Florencio Zavala.

Please visit www.subliminalprojects.com for details.

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