Site-Specific Exhibition


Mural by Shannon Hood and Dave Young Kim

2360 West Street Oakland, CA

Friday September 7th, 2018

Reading|Performance 7:30-8pm

Poet, playwright and performer Aimee Suzara's mission is to create, and help others create, poetic and theatrical work about race, history, and the body to provoke dialogue and social change. Her poetry book, SOUVENIR, a Willa Award Finalist in 2015, and her plays A HISTORY OF THE BODY and TINY FIRES have been Finalists for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Her work has been supported by the YBCAway Award, Spirited Woman Award, National Endowment for the Arts; the One-Minute Play Festival, APAture, the Utah Arts Festival and many more, and she is currently the Artist-in-Residence with Loco Bloco.

Laura Joyce Davis and AImee Suzara.  Photo by Steve Babuljak

Where Did They Go?

Where Did They Go? acrylic on canvas, 2018 Christine Ferrouge

Event photography by Steve Babuljak,

Installation Fine Art Photography by Francis Baker

Shannon Hood combines pyrography, resins and reclaimed wood to demonstrate a careful harmony among the chaotic nature of her materials. Rhyming her subject matter with her process, Shannon captures powerful, thought provoking moments from life in an evolving urban environment.

Found objects from the East Bay (couch, tarp, rope, netting, bark, branches, blossoms)

Unearthed was a one-night group exhibition featuring site-specific works and performances by Oakland artists. Using Oakland's symbolic poster image oak tree as a point of departure, Unearthed both acknowledges the city's current social fractures and celebrates the vibrancy of life that endures.

Unearthed Writers and Performers

Christine Ferrouge uses large-scale figuration to question environmental and social influences on girls growing up in the world today. Her exploration reflects a deep observation of her own three daughters and their friends in the in-between moments, from games of pretend to quiet introspection.

The 15’ by 12' tall painting was created for Unearthed and references characters and ideas in Ferrouge’s paintings over the last few years. The title Where Did They Go? was initially inspired from visiting the site of the exhibition. Residents in that area of Oakland have been sexually exploited for years, and now removed and displaced by development. Where Did They Go? also comes from previous explorations in Ferrouge’s work that regards her concerns for human’s (especially children’s) ability to sustain life in the face of environmental dangers.

PVC pipe irrigation system, shrink wrap, nylon tarp, 4 mil painters plastic, 16 ga wire, cotton string, cotton and twill rope, one twelve foot ladder, repurposed HVAC insulation and plastic tube from Alameda remodel, fortified dirt from Canyon remodel, redwood bark, planter’s net, cypress and oak branches found on West Oakland sidewalks, clay, driftwood, electrical conduit, flower patterned blue lycra fabric, sliding door assembly decorated with flower patterned wall paper, dining room table legs, foam extracted from two person couch found on downtown Oakland sidewalk, parking enforcement sign, grow lights, garden hose, one left foot basketball shoe size 9.5US, two ratchet straps 500lb test, 9 glass bottles, one flattened NCAA regulation basketball, two 6” bar clamps, one brick, one 3 gallon bucket, a variety of plants.

Transplants, 2018, Zach Cotham

Zach Cotham, in collaboration with Katie Swan, constructed a multi-sensory installations with material from the West Oakland neighborhood: dumped furniture and contractor waste, broken limbs from trees, are reconstituted into a closed system that sustains transplanted life.

Francis Baker combines historic photographic processes with mixed-media to expose a world of civic unrest. Baker’s work explores causes/effects that weigh on the social conscience and is often posed in response to relationships he forms with those effected by poverty and racism.

barricade 2,barrier,and temporary shelter 2a

by Francis Baker

barricade 2
gum bichromate on rabbit skin glue gesso on plywood, gum bichromate on traditional ground on plywood, potassium dichromate on plywood, watercolor, soluvar, concrete, 16" X 8" X 80", 2018

gum bichromate on rabbit skin glue gesso on plywood, watercolor, soluvar, 9" X 80.5", 2017

temporary shelter 2a
gum bichromate on rabbit skin glue gesso on plywood, watercolor, soluvar, 29 X 40”, 2018

I know, it’s just easy to forget, by Olivia Carter

Olivia Carter In a world ever-focused on instant-gratification through technology, Olivia A. Carter finds herself digging in her heels. In her immersive collaged environments, one may find a place to sit and find respite. Through labor intensive processes, Olivia mines personal memories to address the present. Her hand-made worlds challenge viewers to look closer, find the familiar and strange.

Installation with two chairs and a rug, including drawings, embroideries, a painting, personal artifacts from the artist, ephemera, battery powered candles, 2018

Turning in the Wind


Katie Swan

& Brianna Janssen Saldivar, 2018


Oil paint on reclaimed wood found in West Oakland, 8’’ X 26’’, 2018

Woodburning and polyurethane on reclaimed wood found in West Oakland,  8’’ X 26’’,2018

Shannon Hood

Brianna Janssen Saldivar, music performance. 9pm

Novel Excerpt from TYPHOON

Laura Joyce Davis writes to explore the triumph of the human spirit in a world of constant fracture. As a Fulbright scholar to the Philippines, she spent a year working with victims of sex trafficking, whose startling joy in the face of corrosive injustice inspired her novel.

“This House”

“New Grammer”

“We the Beasts”

Laura Joyce Davis & Aimee Suzara