Star Date 2017, Oakland California, United States of America, Earth.
Artists Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari are part of a special exploration program called NASA, NorCal Artists Seeking America. Their mission, to seek out information and stories that will help illuminate this post-election county that has been turned on its ear.
In the wake of 2016, a tumultuous year that ended with an acidic election that blindsided the county and the recent tragedy of the Ghost Ship fire that deeply effected their home base of Oakland California, Foucault and Treggiari will travel the country in their customized explorer suits and try and make some sense of where we are today as a divided country.
In a nation they no longer can recognize as a familiar and safe landscape it becomes other-worldly, a surreal and at times hostile place that is fractured by social, economic and politic divisions. They have become foreign cosmonauts in their own backyards.
The mission that they have chosen to accept is to investigate both urban and rural sites and document, collect artifacts, and archive information through this lens of an “outsider/explorer” sent to examine this new and uncharted nation.
About Peter Foucault
Peter Foucault creates works on paper, videos, performances and installations that are fueled by his love of drawing and mark making. He has created a series of Drawing-Projects, which utilize systems developed by the artist that produce complex abstract compositions. At the root of these projects is a constant tension between control and the loss of control. Viewer interactivity plays an integral part in his drawing installations, large-scale artworks in which participants influence the outcome of a drawing that is created by a small robot over the duration of an event or exhibition. His work is concept driven, and often utilizes objects that reference printmaking and multiplicities.
Foucault has participated in numerous exhibitions nationwide and his work has been included in group shows at the Getty Museum and Getty Villa, Oakland Museum of California,Torrance Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Marine Contemporary, Smithsonian Institutes’ Freer and Sackler Gallery, Kit Schulte Contemporary (Berlin, Germany), The University of Salford (Manchester, England), and The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.
In addition to his own practice, Foucault is the Co-Founder of the Mobile Arts Platform (MAP), a Bay Area based artmaking and curatorial team that creates interactive “pop-up” mobile exhibitions and performances that directly engage the public.
Foucault has received funding from the California Arts Council, Creative Work Fund, the City of San Jose Public Art Program, the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, US Bank, the Seattle Center Foundation, Puffin Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation. He lives and works in Oakland, CA.
About Chris Treggiari
Chris Treggiari’s artistic practice strives to investigate how art can enter the public realm in a way that can connect wide ranges of people and neighborhoods in a variety of communities. Chris focuses on highlighting diverse community identities, shared histories, and personal stories through participatory, mobile platforms that encourage exploration from the viewer. Often these participatory platforms entail creative methods, which aim to turn the passive viewer into an active art maker who can participate in sharing their personal voice in a community dialogue.
Chris has shown internationally including the Venice Biennale 2012 American Pavilion as well as nationally at Torrance Art Museum, the Getty Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Jose Museum of Art, The Oakland Art Museum and the ZERO1 Biennial to name a few. Chris has received grants from the Puffin Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Creative Work Fund, the Arts Commission of San Jose, The Seattle Center Foundation, and the Oakland Arts Commission, U.S Bank, and the Zellerbach Foundation to name a few. Chris is currently a teaching artist in-residence at the Center for Art and Public Life at the California College of the Arts since 2013-current.
Pro Arts’ The New Situationists exhibition and related program of events are made possible with a generous grant from The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.