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.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Let the installation begin!


trial run

our mobile office ;)

adding the gate

Woohoo! Done! Thanks Brenda, Yoshie, Alex and Tom for all your help!
Our new fence is up at Side Street Projects! Come check it out for yourself August 31st during Summercamp’s Side Street Fair with Full Moon Pickles and mEAT with Steve Bankhead and Jen Smith from 5-9PM! There will be delicious food to kick off a month and a half of art installations/ events/ workshops. More details soon!!