Escape to Yesteryear
Layer Studios / Oakland, CA
While the image of the quintessential summer can vary between individuals, “SPF 30: Escape to Yesteryear's” cues are designed to resonate with a multitude of cultural, economical and geographical backgrounds. The installation not only draws on the nostalgic days of summer, but also illuminates the mundane and aimless ones that are just as memorable.
A two part exhibition, “SPF30” refers to the exhibition and opening reception, while “Escape to Yesteryear” transforms the exhibition into a one day site specific theater.
SPF30 transformed Layer Studios into a one day installation art experience through three installations: the orange living room, the yellow front yard, and the tan beach. Live musical performances by Tyrese Johnson, Joshua Icban and Jon Reyes were integrated into the installations, creating a cohesive soundtrack. Additionally, Hood Yums, a local food pop up provided cuisine inspired by Filipino American experiences during the event.
ESCAPE TO YESTERYEAR
The exhibition closed out with a performance-based production that explored self identity and a coming of age experience within three summer narratives: The working class family, first summer job, and summer loneliness. The production scales these concepts through live soundscape, videos projections, contemporary and TURF dance, spoken word and live storytelling.