Oakland’s First Friday: November

Oakland Art Murmur First Friday events never disappoint, whether  the visitor seeks vintage automobiles, photorealism, or falafel. The best art was in the street and openly challenged the entire ostensible function of the evening to draw visitors to galleries. Work that stood out played on the very idea of what social practices of spectatorship is like during an “art walk,” that kind of collective “wandering while looking for interesting looking things” cognitive behavior.

Everyone ends up being kind of derpy and become easy pickings for the right of artist—for example, Artismobilus, a community sponsored art space, had set up large white panels on which passersby could paint whatever they wished. People who came to see art ended up making it themselves and the resulting works became a transitory diary of viewer imagination.


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About the author: Peter Mowris

Peter Mowris studied painting and printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he double majored in fine arts and art history. He began graduate study at the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and completed his PHD in 2010. Mowris taught modern and contemporary art for almost a decade before beginning work as a Solution Specialist for Managed Artwork, LLC. His interests include the intersections of art and science, Dada, and Surrealism.


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