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.