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Hands & Pants 2


This Thursday, February 21st, marks the opening reception at The Rare Bird in Oakland for Hands & Pants 2, a collaborative project between John Casey and over 50 other artists, of which I am one.

The reception is part of Piedmont Avenue’s February Art Walk
Where: The Rare Bird – 3883 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA
What: Hands & Pants 2 – Collaborative Art Project
When: Thursday, February 21 from 6-9 p.m.
Music: DJ SOB

It should be a fun time—and probably jammed if most of the artists can make it! The show is up now and continues through the month of February, so if you can’t make the opening, or fear a massive crowd, check out The Rare Bird during regular business hours, Tuesday–Saturday. You can also see the work online here.

The funny thing about my participation in this show is that it’s a circular kind of collaboration that began with our Call & Response book last year. One of the drawings that John provided to me for that project, “Balladeer,” stumped me for a while, and I didn’t complete the related story before our publishing deadline for the book. It was thus one of three art-and-story pairings that were in John’s Tall Tales exhibition, but not in print.

When it came time to create a Hands & Pants drawing, I used the Viking story that I’d written to pair with “Balladeer” as the inspiration for a new visual work—a literal map based on the faux-historical adventure. Using the Northwest Passage crossing as the basis for my map, I then devised a tiny symbol to represent each of the pieces that John and I had collaborated on together. Then I marked each of those symbols as a stopping point on the Vikings’ trail.

Here is a picture of the Hands & Pants collaboration. If you look at it very closely you might be able to match each of the symbols in it to a Call & Response story. Two of them (the rug and cigarette) are not in the book, and some of them are hard Good luck!

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Hands & Pants


From → Art, Books, Oakland

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