When you have a friend who works for a local magazine, sometimes you get to experience really cool things. Keep reading below for some photos and thoughts about WONDERSPACES, a pop-up art exhibit touring the country. Their debut is right here in San Diego!
A LITTLE BACKGROUND INFO
Many of the works in the show have been featured at Burning Man and SXSW, and even features a room installation piece by local Carlsbad artist, Adam Belt. The event is organized by two former marines, Jason Shin and Patrick Charles who wanted to create an art event that was accessible and family friendly. It runs through the end of July, tickets are $24, and after the San Diego stop, they'll be headed to Austin, Phoenix, and Denver.
I was greeted first, by a group of these guys (below), seemingly dancing to the music coming from the patio. Needless to say, my friend and I had an impromptu dance party before heading inside to see the rest of the art.
BY: ADAM BELT
THE LAST WORD
by: ILLEGAL ART
This interactive piece "provides a private moment to recapture what was never uttered." I of course had to leave my own statement. The paper with the red tips are contributions left by others. Call me a Nosey-Nancy, but I read a few ;)
Another interactive piece, "Not Myself Today" was created by Partners for Mental Health, a canadian non-profit, and is made up of buttons with different emotions on them. Spectators are allowed to take their own button of choice. I see it as a way of owning how you feel whether it's good or bad. Which one did I pick? Read on, and you'll find out at the bottom!
by: NONOTAK STUDIO
ANALOG INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION by: KARINA SMIGLA-BOBINSKI
As a kid your Mom always told you not to write on the walls...well now is your chance! This made me so happy.
"SWEET SPOT" by: SHAWN CAUSEY AND MARK DANIELL
I didn't catch the name of this neon wonderland... #fail.
But it was so much fun! Now that I saw how cool head shots look in here, I am bummed I didn't ask anyone to take mine. Oh well, I'll just have to pay Wonderspaces another visit.
Overall the experience was really great. This was a preview event, so some of the installations were still being built and perfected. One in particular was a piano hooked up to projections of different people humming. The volume was a bit low so I couldn't get the full effect, but I would love to go back and see it again. If you're curious, there is a video of "ON A HUMAN SCALE" by MATTHEW MATTHEW here. There were also some VR presentations that I missed.
Also, I picked "Overwhelmed."