As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been MIA for a while, and I have so much to catch you up on!
Late last year my cousin Ryan asked me if I wanted to join him to check out a new art show in the Bay Area called Art Silicon Valley. My response was something to the effect of “Does Silicon Valley even care about art?” to which my cousin replied “Good question, let’s go find out.”
I’m still not sure if Silicon Valley cares about art, but the pieces at Art Silicon Valley were terrific and definitely worth driving to San Mateo for, and the fair was full of attendees. I naturally gravitate towards pop art, which there was an ample amount of, but there was generally a wide variety of art represented – from sculpture and photography to interactive installations .
Not to mention, art collectors wear the best outfits, as exhibited above. I was mostly trying to get a shot of this woman’s shoes.
The last piece we saw was an interactive installation called “En-Lightening” by Ryan’s friend Nick Dong. This was also the piece that was featured on all of the ads for the show.
We waited in line for about 15 minutes for our turn to go inside the room and experience the piece and chatted with Nick while we waited (he is so nice!). I don’t want to give anything away because each person experiences something different inside, but it is indeed very “enlightening.” The piece also made me want to crawl into a ball and nap. (Nick told us that one person went inside and started taking their clothes off. Isn’t art fun?)
The day ended with burgers at Five Guys nearby, which I had never tried before. It was ok! I liked the fries. But overall, I always enjoy hanging out with my cousin and catching up. It’s also relaxing to go from a somewhat stuffy environment to a place with greasy food and a floor covered in peanut shells.
Bummed you missed the first Art Silicon Valley? Fear not, kittens, as their next show will be happening later this year October 8-11. I unfortunately will be in Europe (I know, how sad for me, right?) but I encourage you to check it out! You can learn more by visiting their website (which is really well-designed by the way): www.artsvfair.com