UCPLA Washington Reid Gallery presents, Tale of Two Cities, an art exchange between Creative Growth of Oakland and United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties.  This exhibition spotlights a dynamic workshop series focused on the nature of communication over the internet.  Artists from both programs utilized applications such as google chat, facsimile, and snail mail to exchange ideas and develop discourse.

Tale of Two Cities was proposed to begin a state-wide artistic collaboration between two distinct groups of artists. All participating artists explored the nature of dialogue, starting with a focus on the relationship between people and the technology we use daily. The concept was inspired by the History of Fax Art Shows of the 1990’s, which were part of a larger wave of mail art, networked art, techno art and performance art.  

Tale of Two Cities will showcase the results of our correspondence with over 60 works on paper; decorated envelopes, exchanged letters and the actual faxes which were shown as received and sent from one location to another.

In our Project Space we are delighted to introduce Oakland-based artist, Cara Levine. Levine was the Lead Instructor on the Oakland end of our Tale of Two Cities project, and our primary contact from Creative Growth. Levine’s art explores the intersections of the physical, metaphysical, traumatic and illusionary through sculpture, video and photography. Levine just concluded a residency at the Sedona Art Colony and will be showing prints she made during her time in AZ; she titles this work, Between a Rock and a Soft Place. Levine states that these prints reflect communication, interdependence and relationship

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