To all of our supporters over the years,
WE LOVE YOU!
Here and Now, a project space at WE, offers local artists an opportunity to explore and experiment with new mediums while working on site specific installations for the front display window that faces 40th St. These installations will be on view from sunrise to midnight every day of the week.
In March, Erik Parra presented, Roam Home, a large-scale collage based installation that seeks to visually engage the residents and neighbors of the Temescal neighborhood in Oakland, with images sourced from local publications that date back to the 1930's. Roam Home focuses on creating a dialogue about the movement of people and how this movement affects the construction of neighborhood identities, while touching upon ethical issues related to commerce-driven neighborhood change. Coopting a visual style that lends itself from the world of advertising, except WE are not selling a product or lifestyle, but asking the viewers to participate by questioning the driving forces related to transition and gentrification, while engaging in an open dialogue around the contemporary issues that motivate change. Roam Home was on view through the month of April.
Sea Foam Series, 2010, Transparency Light Boxes, by Tina Dillman
On view from May - June 2012
Who Was WE?
WE Artspace was conceived in
April of 2009 and over the course of a few months, walls were built and
track lighting was installed, so that WE could open its doors with its
first group show, in July 2009. WE was formed by, Naaman Rosen and Tina Dillman. It was the mission of the venue to support local artists, by providing a
platform to showcase work and the space to discuss ideas in progress. It was our goal to assist in the process of navigating culture by creating
opportunities for discourse and connections that will build community.
WE primarily worked with visual artists but have collaborated with artists
working in other areas such as dance, music, film and food. Currently,
Naaman and Tina are pursuing their MFA's at the San Francisco Art