Join us for a two-part closing reception for Everyone is Hypnotized. This event will include a brief talk by curator, Larry Gipe, as well as a guided walking performance by Sebastian Alvarez.

6:00pm: The Impossible Exhibition –  A talk on the basics of Situationism and the “improbability” of the current exhibition “Everyone is Hypnotized” with curator, Lawrence Gipe.

For part one of this event, Lawrence Gipe will highlight a brief and opinionated history of Situationism. Claiming that “the main artistic result of the original Situationist dérive was a hangover,” Gipe will widen the frame of what constitutes the”dérive” in the 21st century by contextualizing it through related contemporary walking practices and recent digital developments, many of which are reflected in “Everyone is Hypnotized”.

7:00pm: DOA [Downtown Oakland Ambulation] – A guided walk and performance by Sebastian Alvarez. Registration is required.*

Oakland’s material reality is the product of a web of resilient echoes of human and nonhuman forces that expand in space and time, moving between fact and fiction. DOA will be an audio-guided peripatetic reflection that moves through Downtown Oakland’s urban ecology and aims to sonify some of the neglected remnants of the past in order to hear new possibilities.

Using Pro Arts as a point of departure, participants will walk through a selection of under-examined places that thrive with the freedom of municipal disregard, as well as surveilled areas that decay through the pseudo concerns and sanitation of hyper-management.

This ambulation intends to both illuminate and obscure the explorers’ knowledge of Oakland’s rich natural and cultural history through a blend of fact and fiction as they move through the built environment.

To register: Please send your full name to info@proartsgallery.org by Tuesday, May 23, 2017. 

Registered participants  will be given a link to download the audio tour. Please bring a smart phone and pair of headphones.

ABOUT THE CURATOR:

Lawrence Gipe’s practice addresses themes of power and the visual propaganda produced by authoritarian political systems, both historic and present-day. Gipe’s work encompasses painting, drawing, video, collaborative installations and curatorial projects. He has had 55 solo exhibitions in US galleries and museums in New York, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Munich, Berlin, and Düsseldorf. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of Arizona.

Gipe has received two NEA Individual Fellowship Grants (Painting, 1989 and Works on Paper, 1996). A mid-career survey, “3 Five-Year Plans: Lawrence Gipe, 1990-2005,” was organized in 2006 by Marilyn Zeitlin at the Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona. Lately, Gipe has concentrated on drawing as a primary medium, and had three solo shows in 2015, including “Where We Were, and How We Got There” at Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Los Angeles, which featured a 50 ft. graphite mural drawing. His last solo exhibition in New York was at Alexander Grey Associates (2007).

Gipe is currently an art correspondent for Squarecylinder.com, a blog covering the Northern California scene. His art criticism has been published in FlashArt (reviews), L.A.Weekly (Reviews and essays), the Santa Barbara Independent (Essays and cover stories on art themes), and Artscribe, along with scores of others now extinct.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Sebastian Alvarez is a Bay Area-based trans-disciplinary artist. His personal practice and collaborative projects highlight the interrelation of disparate infrastructures and the uncanniness of human-made systems. Alvarez’s research-based work manifests in the forms of still and moving allegorical images, video, infographics, performative lectures, sonic compositions, and walks. He is a member of an artist collective facilitating workshops and performances at San Quentin State Prison that collaborates with incarcerated artists to explore their own personal journeys, as well as systemic issues of inequality, violence, and incarceration. Alvarez is currently part of a sci-fi documentary film and transmedia project about the imaginative and material processes of building transcendent, utopian communities in Brasília, Brazil. He has performed, curated, and presented work internationally at such venues as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Whitney Biennial (NYC), Postgarage (Graz, Austria), Townhouse Gallery (Cairo, Egypt), the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art Bourges (Bourges, France), and Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, Austria).