Blasted Art Gallery
Bill Shelley & Chris Beards
Art Alley, South "A" Street
SOFA Arts District
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Arminée Chahbazian & Ben Lastufka
NOTE: “Somewhere Funner” does not promise fun.
“Somewhere Funner” was an installation/social media/photography/performance artwork conceived for Winterblast, a popular Santa Rosa SOFA Arts District street festival. A photo-booth was placed within Blasted Art Gallery. Guests were photographed in front of a “red carpet” style wall. Their photographs were uploaded in real time to Blasted Art Gallery’s Facebook page: facebook.com/blastedartgallery.
Outside of the gallery, a video monitor allowed the crowd to view a live-feed of people having a funner time, getting their pictures taken. Over the course of four hours, approximately 500 people were photographed.
This took place in an art gallery, so it must be art.
Where is the art?
What is the art?
Who is the artist?
“Somewhere Funner” was created by Bill Shelley & Chris Beards, November 2017
Setting up & testing photo booth:
4 hours of photographs condensed into 4½ minutes:
an installation by Bill Shelley & Chris Beards
November 3 - November 17, 2017
Installation view of Somewhere Else:
Our first promotional video:
Our second promotional video:
ABOUT THE WORK
Art can take you somewhere else, serving as a window into different realms. But “somewhere else” is a matter of perspective. With no objective point from which to observe, we realized that the concept for this installation was open-ended. The title of the show wasn’t limited to describing “over there,” but applied to “everywhere.”
This installation was conceived after the devastation of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. As our planning continued, our area suffered disastrous wildfires, which touched the lives of many. Our project then took on a local immediacy. Some viewers of this work may feel a sense of devastation. Others may see an expansion of space, allowing for mourning, contemplation and hope.
Visitors typically enter an art gallery with expectations of white walls, a hushed quiet, and well lit artwork. We are intentionally upending some of those expectations through light, color, and sound. The viewer stands upon the artworks’ color, blurring the line between the viewer and the artwork.
With a desire to make a unique contribution to Santa Rosa’s SOFA Arts District, we are introducing Blasted Art Gallery with an installation that provides the unexpected: transforming a familiar space into Somewhere Else.
– Chris Beards and Bill Shelley