"Too Real" Brings Together Craftiness And Extensive Research To Make A Surreal Playland

5 (Bay Area) artists are the minds behind this inventively curated exhibition produced in Oakland and all of the pieces are too beautiful to be real.

Mixing together the craftiness of everyday materials and the research behind modern philosophy, these artists have created a surreal experience in the East Bay. Bringing together matters such as cast rubbers, gorgeous photographs, and faint 1930′s architecture — this group has created a world in which others do not interconnect. It’s magical. The five have developed works that mimic, represent, or create systems of nature. The data of these systems is visualized as false serene landscapes and is manifested in the forms of sculpture, photography, and sound.

The Ridge Space, a converted dining hall now performance, visual art, installation, and experimental sound space located within a historic 1930 SRO Hotel in Oakland makes the arts in the East Bay something worth preserving.

Andrew Lucia // Currently holds a position at the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota. Lucia was also a visiting lecturer and critic at Cornell University and faculty in Visual Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. He was a founding member and Senior Researcher at LabStudio. Lucia is founding principal of the design and research practice ALDeR. and practiced design and architecture at Yunker+Asmus Architects, M+A Architecture, su11 architecture+design, Ruy Klein, Barkow Leibinger Architects; and Keller Easterling Architect.

Martin Fields Miller // After studying ceramics and mathematics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Martin received his masters in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a  founder/partner at Anti Statics Architects in Beijing, and a Professor at Cornell University.

Giffen Clark Ott // Following his architecture education at Cornell, he joined the applied NSF research team. He currently practices independent design for fabrication consulting as well as custom design work. Giffen Co-owns Better; for Living, a gallery/boutique in San Francisco.

Jon Eckhaus // Jon is the former director and editor at Stick Figure Productions in NYC, Jon is also a founding member of the upstate NY experimental music experience “Naked Noise” and a composer of numerous cinematic scores.

Tyler Barker // Tyler left the architecture field with an interest in digital representation and a penchant for custom shirting. He creates rendering assets in NYC and specializes in complicated organic texture mapping.

Check out the rest of the installation pieces below —

// To see the exhibit, email Better For Living to book an appointment — Ridge Space, 634 15th Street, Oakland.


Written by Anthony Rogers, photos courtesy of Giffen Clark Ott — Have you checked our Fall Arts Guide? All the best exhibitions, appearance, and openings on one page.

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