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      Eastridge in Saratoga

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      October 26, 2012 - January 13, 2013

       

      15400 Montalvo Road
      Saratoga, California 95070

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      Eastridge

      Date: 10/26 Friday - 01/13 Sunday Thurs-Sun: 11am-3pm Date:
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      In and Out of Place will be on display in the Montalvo Arts Center's Project Space Gallery. Concluding Montalvo's exhibition centennial year, this exhibition explores the complex and creative relationships between people, place, and stories. Oakland based artist Ruth Boerefijn and Los Angeles based artist Bia Gayotto will premiere new works, produced while in residence at the Lucas Artists Residency, that together depict a multilayered portrait of the Silicon Valley.

      Boerefijn's Communicated Experience is an ephemeral site-specific installation in which the artist translates the experiences and individual stories of three pioneering women who are important figures in Silicon Valley's history--Alice Phelan Sullivan, sister of California Senator James Duval Phelan and founder of Little Children's Aid; Alice Iola Hare, a photographer whose work provides us with a unique glimpse into life in the Santa Clara Valley in the early 1900s; and Clara Shortridge Foltz, who resided in San Jose from 1875-1878 where she authored the Woman Lawyer's Bill and became the first female lawyer in the United States. Boerefijn uses a variety of materials to examine her relationship to these women and to explore and communicate their personal histories. The public was also invited to submit personal stories about Montalvo to stories@montalvoarts.org for inclusion into the exhibition.

      Gayotto's Somewhere in Between: Silicon Valley is a two-channel video installation that investigates what it feels like to be a bicultural person living in the Silicon Valley today. Based on an open call, residents are invited to participate in an interview and video shoot. The two-screen installation juxtaposes cityscapes, architecture, and domestic settings with portraits of the participants performing simple, everyday actions. The audio consists of ambient sound and voiceover, revealing a state of mind typical of those who live in an intercultural space.

      While Boerefijn and Gayotto adopt quite distinct approaches, they both focus on individuals who have experienced feelings of displacement. Both artists examine how stories define and give form to a specific cultural landscape, while also revealing our sense of self and place in the world.

      Photo: Somewhere In Between: Silicon Valley (2012) by Bia Gayotto

      Cost: Free

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