Art Whino's G40 Summit is a pop-up urban art show fresh in its multi-experiential innovation. At G40, virtually all surfaces are used as part of any given installation - floors, ceilings, walls, stairwells. Most senses are engaged, too. Ambient music streams through some rooms, while other rooms remain intentionally quiet. One installation provides the viewer with actual candy to enjoy, and another has a dedicated room that makes you feel as if you have stepped into the artist's scrapbook and features journals to peruse. At last year's Summit, there was a small room dedicated to the audience's doodles, a haven for the inner child who yearned to draw on walls. More importantly, G40 gives average people of diverse backgrounds and aesthetic preferences access to the explosive creativity of emerging art, once considered "underground art". What I love most about new art forms is the truly border-free license it seems to grant creatives, in not only a spatial but also a conceptual sense. It doesn't limit the artist's or the audience's experience to a canvas, dimension, aesthetic or statement. It seems to say, "go play!". Don't you miss that chance to play, to follow your imagination without reservation?
1 The words "truth, justice, no crimes" surrounded the painting and window boxes of broken pieces of china lined the bottom edge. 3 If I could buy one work, it would have been these 3 skateboards with butterfly appliqués. 4 Stairwell between exhibition floors.
1 Refreshingly feminine, this artist's work - in this case, crafted with tulle, found book pages, handmade paper - "is intimate and personal, with a bent towards exploring things that have remained unspoken, secret or denied." 2 Is she evil or distraught? Pilgrim or elfin? Either way, her gaze is mesmerizing.
1 cloth blossoms on mesh with coated wire. 2 twine installation that evokes car wash, hair, hay. 3 all in the eyes. 4 almost phosphorescent.
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photos: sculpture by stan @ calliope, rest by natalie @ calliope
China artwork by Gabriel Pons, topographical artwork by Charles Clary, skateboards and graffiti mural unknown, tulle dressform artwork by Kelly O'Brien, elfin pilgrim by Rich Salcido, mesh wire and pink artwork by Christina Martinelli, hanging twine artwork by Natalie Andrews, sculpture and hummingbird mural unknown