Night 3: RELEASE
With news of indecent male to female contact filling our news media—from elected officials to university professors and students flooding mainstream media—the perception of touch and intimacy is replaced with force and objectivity. With RELEASE, we challenged the audience to reconnect with the body as a positive experience through touch, sight, and sound.
Featuring work by Elle Wildhagen and Cait Gordon.
ABOUT SPACE OPEN
In 2011, Robert Glass and Darryl Jones organized a group of designers and artists in the Bay Area around an open salon. This initial gathering was meant to motivate the making and critiquing of our work, while providing a space for a conversation. An ongoing monthly series of nomadic meetups followed with the intention of sharing our voices to expand techniques and insights.
We search for objectivity as a state of truth beyond an observer’s individual biases, interpretations, and feelings. Figure drawing sessions, outdoor excursions, art shows, and live performances continue in various private and public venues as we scout for a more permanent collaborative place. CLIMAX presents their initial immersive art experience that turns the gallery into a canvas and audience in to artists.
Robert Glass is an artist, designer, and educator with interests in the intersection between people and places. His artwork is sparked both by these gatherings where abstract figure drawings express a reinterpretation of form, and further excursions into the California landscape evoke plein air watercolor painting and poetry from the Haiku masters of Japan.
Darryl Jones is an artist and filmmaker based in Oakland, CA. His lifelong quest is to unite his love of film with his love of landscape. This journey has taken him down many roads rich with watercolor sketches, haiku poetry, theatre performances, binge-watching, filmmaking and unguided walking tours.
Elle Wildhagen is a photographer and filmmaker based in the Bay Area. Her work explores feminist themes and sexuality in relationships.
Cait Gordon is a Bay Area creative. She is currently working on a publication that aims to rewrite women’s pleasure and sexuality. Her writings and work focus on feminism, sex and sexuality, and intimacy.