Last Thursday June 19th The Nomadic Labyrinth was at the courtyard of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for a Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk. The labyrinth was available for the public to enjoy just for one day as part of Third Thursdays at Yerba Buena District. For the event I also created The Nomadic Labyrinth Elixir, made with herbs and crystal to have a more personal experience during the walk.
Labyrinths have been used for millennia as a tool for meditation. The Nomadic Labyrinth, a temporary public art installation, will be at YBCA offering this Summer Solstice a contemporary interpretation of an ancient design and tradition.
In many cultures, Midsummer’s Eve is a time when both plants and planets offer a special opportunity to tune into nature, the seasonal shift, and take a moment for personal reflection. Inspired by this tradition, I have created The Nomadic Labyrinth Elixir, a potion of crystals and herbs that can be used to support a personal experience while meditating in the labyrinth.
Summer Solstice Walk with Artist Paz de la Calzada
Jun 19, 2014 4:00pm – 8:00pm
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 04103
Music by Mauro Fortissimo
Please join me at YBCA ConVerge Summer Solstice Walk, featuring my public installation The Nomadic Labyrinth on the YBCA plaza. Try The Nomadic Labyrinth Elixir and learn about potions, herbs and tinctures.
The YBCA:ConVerge series is a free monthly public gathering featuring creative and generative social art practices. It is part of Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena.
Learn more about ConVerge here
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History is dedicating the 3rd Friday Event to the idea of the kind of innovative thinking that has created the entrepreneurial atmosphere of Silicon Valley. Under the title of Design and Innovation the MAH gives the public the opportunity to interact with many projects created for this event.
The Nomadic Labyrinth was invited to be part of Design and Innovation and will stay in the atrium of the museum until June 1st. For the event the labyrinth had a lot of visitors, specially children that seemed to enjoy the vibrant carpet patterns and the intricate arabesque design.
From Santa Cruz, the Nomadic Labyrinth will travel back to San Francisco, this time to Yerbabuena Center for the Arts, YBCA.
Summer Solstice Walk at YBCA
Thursday June 19th, 4 - 8pm
The Nomadic Labyrinth is a mobile public art project funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grants.
It is this time of the year to celebrate life and rebirth. The Nomadic Labyrinth is back and will be featured in two upcoming events in the Bay Area. Come and walk the labyrinth, celebrate the change of season and explore art as a transformational tool!
Museum of Art and History
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
May 16th - June 1st
3rd Fridays Festival:
Friday May 16th, 4 - 8pm
3rd Fridays Festivals connects diverse local organizations, artist and visitors around a specific theme in Santa Cruz Arts and Culture.
Learn more here
701 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Solstice Celebration and Labyrinth Walk
Thursday June 19th, 4 - 9pm
Part of Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena, ConVerge series is a free monthly public gathering featuring creative and generative social art practices. ConVerge is where community and innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary arts practices come together in our free and public spaces in a fluid, interactive, experimental format designed to engage audiences. YBCA's Grand Lobby and Front Door Gallery will come alive during ConVerge events with social art, live music and inspiring curated performances, as well as drinks prepared by YBCA mixologists.
Learn about Converge here
After working with the Nomadic Labyrinth project for several months, I have started using the left over small scraps of recycled carpet to create drawings and installations in my new studio. I find carpet to be a great an flexible material that complements perfectly with my charcoal and other line drawings.
It's always surprising to rediscover the value of discarded materials by putting them in a different context. I have always been interested in questioning the boundaries of drawing and incorporating more permanent materials to create lines and traces. I am interested in using recycled material like carpet and rugs not only for their flexibility, durability and easy transportation but to explore space and themes of re-use.
The images below belong to the first of a series of large scale drawing made directly on the wall. Dimensions are 10' x 12' approximately.
I have always been curious about working with silk. One of my new projects is working on a hair drawing and a design to be printed on 100% silk. I am planing on making a limited edition of hair scarves. Last week I was at Kala Art Institute making a few tests and the results are quite optimistic. I printed my first sketches directly on the silk and I am now researching on how to make the silk washable. I found a formula online to pre-coat the fabric and make it durable and I will experiment with it in the coming week. I hope to have the scarves ready for the next Open Studios in San Francisco Mission District, in April 2014.
A few photos below of the first test.
After 7 years as an Art Explosion artist, I am moving to a new studio space in 1890 Bryant Street Studios. Located in the historic Best Foods building in the Mission District, this landmark building is home to creative business, designers, painters, printmakers, jewelers, photographers and ceramists. I will miss the artist community in Art Explosion and I look forward to grow in my art practice in 1890 Bryant Street Studios.
A new studio means a new beginning and for this reason I am doing an Art Sale of some of the work I created over the last 5 years (Yes, I still have a few Hair pieces available!)
Come by and help me say good bye to my old studio!
2425 17th St @ Potrero
San Francisco, 94110
Sunday, February 9th, 11am - 5pm
(or by appointment Friday 7th and Saturday 9th)
Below is a preview of some of the work that will be for sale.
Today early in the morning, my collaborator artist Eliza Barrios and I used the newspaper stands in front of the Vanguard Properties main office in the Mission District to deliver a message about home eviction and loss.
Daily Slots is a collaborative art project started in the summer of 2010. Since then Eliza and I have been using the windows of the newspaper stand structures to deliver messages that call attention to the economy and the un-sustainable of capitalistic culture.
Learn more about Daily Slots here
Presented by the Manresa Galley, The Nomadic Labyrinth will be displayed in Gleeson Plaza at University of San Francisco campus from Sept 6th - 18th.
This interactive installation made with recycled carpet remnants is inspired in an Arabic floral pattern that is been transformed into a unicursal path design. I found interesting the juxtaposition of two different cultural patterns to create a movable, meditative environment where carpet from archetypical western places like the Ritz Carlton meet an inventive Arabesque.
The Nomadic Labyrinth is a traveling art project. It will be displayed in other venues in the Bay Area during 2013 and 1014. It reflects my vision of creating art that is playfully in dialogue with urban space, and it takes this work one step further by exploring the relationship between art and spirituality, daily life and ritual.
Images of the labyrinth at USF including the Peace and Reflection Walk on Sept 11th, 6 - 8PM
Photos by Michael Rauner
The last stages of the Nomadic Labyrinth have been very busy and exciting. I got to use Joe Goode Performance Company space in the Mission to lay out the paper cut patterns and make any possible adjustments. Michael Rauner captured these moments with his distinct touch.
After adjusting the paper patterns and transferring them to the carpet and cutting the pieces out, I needed to find a large space where for a few days I could assemble the final labyrinth and attach the velcro to join the pieces together. I was very lucky to be able to work at McRosky Mattress on Market St, where I had the opportunity meet Robin and Robert, the owners of this wonderful family owned business, and the rest of the crew.
My artist friend Lisa Ruth Elliot helped me put all this puzzle together and it was great to have her on board.
The Nomadic Labyrinth will have its debut at Gleeson Plaza, University of San Francisco and Saint Ignatius Church. Save the date!
The Nomadic Labyrinth
Manresa Gallery at Saint Ignatius Church
Installation Sept 6th - 18th
Labyrinth Walk Celebrating Peace and Reflexion
Complete with an Interfaith Blessing by Fr John Coleman
Wednesday September 11th, 6 - 8 pm
Gleeson Plaza is on the USF Campus, between St. Ignatius Church & USF library