Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fall In Review

As we shift into fall, here’s a look back at all of the events at Side Street Projects. Thanks to everyone for all of your hard work, love and attendance at so many events! And a big thanks to Side Street Projects and the Pasadena Art Alliance for making this whole residency possible

For more photos and workshops check out fall residency!

Summercamp’s Side Street Fair with Full Moon Pickles and mEAT
by Steve Bankhead and Jen Smith


Photos courtesy of Steve Bankhead

Afternoon Enchantments- Rituals For Finding Your Way Home
with Nathan Bockelman and Amanda Yates

Photos courtesy of Side Street Projects

Morning Exercises
with Anna Oxygen

Artist Reception and ArtNight
with Eternal Telethon

Erin Payne

Chris Oatey
Kristi Lippire and Erin Payne

Alejandro Sanchez

Yoshie Sakai

Eternal Telethon

Eternal Telethon

Alejandro Sanchez and Yoshie Sakai

Yoshie Sakai, MayJong and Gabie Strong

Eternal Telethon

Monday, September 24, 2012

Feel the burn and pack it all in again!

This weekend Summercamp's ProjectProject at Side Street Project have a plate full of goodies for you! Join us Saturday morning for an hour of exercises with Anna Oxygen on September 29 from 10:30 to 11:30AM. Be sure to bring some water, sunscreen and wear loose comfortable clothing.

Aerobics (Photo Credit: Scott Groller)

Aerobics (Photo Credit: Scott Groller)

Saturday, September 29th from 4:00-5:30PM, Elonda Billera Norris from Summercamp's ProjectProject proper will take you on a Neighborhood Hike. Meet at Side Street Projects for an easy two mile stroll. Leaving the site at 4:15PM, we will walk the first mile together in silence. At our halfway rest point, hikers will share observations and snacks. Bring water and walking shoes.

Sunday, September 30th from 4-6PM, Steven Bankhead of mEAT is back to host a delicious workshop. Discuss the history of BBQ and the lineage of sauce styles including a tasting! He is happily serving ribs, a roast and sweet tea. BYOB if you choose. THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. We'll report back with saucy details soon!

Steven Bankhead at Summercamp's Side Street Fair with Full Moon Pickles and mEAT

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sunday Magic

O! Initiates!

You are invited! We can't wait to see you! Please do come. Instructions are below for this very sacred and fun event.

Also, there will be wine (and snacks!).

Happening Magic: Totems
Where: Side Street Projects (in collaboration with Summercamp's ProjectProject) - 730 North Fair Oaks Avenue  Pasadena, CA 91103
When: September 16, 2012 5pm to 8:30pm. Starts at 5pm sharp. At 7:15 sharp we begin the charging ritual.
What: Amanda Yates and Nathan Bockelman collaborate on an evening workshop. Participants create magic totems made from objects participants bring or objects provided by the artists, which are then used in a ritual ceremony. Participants clarify their understanding of what 'home' means, and make home what they want it to be, both through manipulating objects and materials; and reflecting on the space their home locates in the world. The event culminates in a ceremony through a labyrinth where participants imbue their totems with magic that works to resolve conflicted feelings about their place in the world. 

What to Bring (Note: You will maintain control of your objects, nothing will be destroyed without your consent):

If you are confused about of the below don't worry, just use your imagination.

A container: the container can be a wood box, a glass vase, paper, metal, anything you want, but it should be something important that you like to look at and have around.    
An image: any kind of image (printed, drawn, even written) that conjures the spirit you want (for your home, for your relationship to Los Angeles, or for you in general)
An object: the object should be sacred and your use of it should be a sacrifice in a positive sense. For example, using a piece of trash you were going to throw away is not a sacred sacrifice. Using a piece of jewelry (or something) that you love and treasure IS a sacred sacrifice. Remember, magic is only powerful if it means something to you, using meaningless unwanted things makes meaningless unwanted magic.     
Miscellaneous: any kinds of ancillary objects, charms, binding tools (thread yarn fabric wire decorations carving tools symbols etc). Bring them.
Magic tools: if you can, bring your cup, your wand, your sword or knife, your fire, your smoke (incense, whatever), your crystals and your coins. 

Totem for Publishing (Publishing Fairy), Amanda Yates 2010
Let us know if you have any questions. Can't wait to see you!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fall Residency II: Welcome

Summercamp's ProjectProject in partnership with Side Street Projects invites you to Fall Residency II: Welcome an ongoing open door installation with works by resident artists May Jong, Kristi Lippire, Chris Oatey, Erin Payne, Yoshie Sakai, Alejandro Sanchez and Gabie Strong. In conjunction with the the outdoor exhibition, Fall Residency II: Welcome is punctuated by a series of events and workshops to reveal the evolving nature of the collaborative site-specific works. Organized by Fatima Hoang, Elonda Billera Norris & Janice Gomez.

Summercamp’s Side Street Fair with Full Moon Pickles and mEAT
by Steve Bankhead and Jen Smith
August 31st 5-9PM

Afternoon Enchantments- Rituals For Finding Your Way Home
with Nathan Bockelman and Amanda Yates
September 16th 5-8PM

Morning Exercises
with Anna Oxygen
September 29th 10:30-11:30AM

Artist Reception and ArtNight
with Eternal Telethon
October 12th 6-10PM

Additional workshops by: Steve Bankhead, Nathan Bockelman, Eternal Telethon, Janice Gomez, Fatima Hoang, Cindi Kusuda, Kristi Lippire, Elonda Billera Norris, Anna Oxygen and Jen Smith. For a full description of workshops please visit or

Side Street Projects, 730 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
August 31-October 12, 2012
M-F 10AM-5PM, Saturday 11AM-1PM

For Fall Residency II:Welcome, artists May Jong, Kristi Lippire, Chris Oatey, Erin Payne, Yoshie Sakai, Alejandro Sanchez and Gabie Strong strive to propel their energy into Side Street’s current lot in North Pasadena by creating a space that encourages hospitality. The building and installing process will be an active and interactive part of the exhibition for the community of Northwest Pasadena and the art community at large.

Erin Payne’s work considers the role that artifice and “transitional objects” play in piecing together an understanding of our place within nature. At Side Street, Payne’s painted canvas becomes an organic topiary archway for people entering through the front gates. Kristi Lippire makes large scale objects that reference the visual culture that surrounds her every day. The sculptures are explorations in scale and material, isolating moments in everyday life that are found to be interesting in a manner that emphasizes the humor of a complex social culture. In this exhibit, Lippire and Payne are building upon their ideas in the form of a lenticular sculpture resembling a billboard facing the street.

Further inside the Side Street lot, Alejandro Sanchez creates a small space that acts, but does not function as a backyard wedding reception. Playing on the idea of the wedding, traditionally considered to be one of the most elegant moments in one’s life, it becomes a place of transformation and familiarity when mixed with the space of the backyard. Sanchez will periodically display a 1950 Hudson that he is currently customizing acts as the “Just Married” car. The vehicle at this stage is not complete, but is in transition- gradually transforming throughout the exhibition.

May Jong’s recent work explores humankind's relationship to the natural environment, whether mutually beneficial, detrimental or neutral. Gabie Strong explores spaces of degeneration, drone and decay as a means to improvise new arrangements of self-reflexive meaning. Her work is a study of two arcs of research and the relationships that form between them: the history of the built environment and social culture of the West; and the radical, subversive resistance to convention. Together, Jong and Strong, navigate through the old barbershop foundation producing new paths using dirt, concrete and spray paint relating to a map under the nearby shade canopy.

Yoshie Sakai’s strung candy necklace umbrellas provide shade yet create an uneasy environment that embodies her love-hate relationship with consumerism and pop culture. Sakai’s work simultaneously perpetuates both ecstasy and extreme anxiety in quotidian life. Through concrete pavers, Chris Oatey utilizes processes that embrace randomness and continually reinvents them in order to create unexpected relationships between material and form. Oatey’s finished pieces are the result of performative methods that emphasize the handmade.

Events for Fall Residency II: Welcome

On August 31st from 5-9PM, Steve Bankhead and Jen Smith join forces to host Summercamp’s Side Street Fair with Full Moon Pickles and mEAT. This backyard bar-b-que, complete with a pork roast and fixins is open to all. Please pick some flowers to put on the table in exchange for a plate. Sounds by Lee Harding & Amy Radio.

On September 16th from 5-8PM Nathan Bockelman and Amanda Yates will cast a magical evening- Afternoon Enchantments- Rituals For Finding Your Way Home. Join us from 5-7:15PM to create your Los Angeles totem, then at 7:30PM Yates and Bockelman will lead a procession and ceremony to charge the totems with power.

Sweat it out on September 29th from 10:30-11:30AM with Anna Oxygen’s Morning Exercises. Be sure to bring some water and loose comfortable clothing.

During Pasadena ArtNight, October 12th 6-10PM, Eternal Telethon continues their series of webcast telethons raising funds to build an artist’s retirement community at the Salton Sea. For this event,  artists will perform for the live audience as well as those watching online at

Ingredients for the backyard bar-b-que supported in part by Whole Foods Market Arroyo. This project is made possible through a grant from the Pasadena Art Alliance.