This utility box will be installed after the completion of EVIVA Midtown, a new six-story mixed-use apartment project. The artist for this location is being selected by the developer outside of the public call to artists process. EVIVA Midtown is slated to be completed in the summer of 2015.
Original Medium: Mixed Media (drawings & digital painting)
Location of box art: 10th & O Streets
Originally from the New York city area, Susan Silvester lived in Dallas, before moving to Sacramento, California. Her artistic background is vast. As a fabricator, she created art pieces for Robert Rauschenberg, Tom Wesselman, and Marisol. Silvester sculpted clay animation models for Pee Wee’s Playhouse, designed computer graphics for the animated TV movie “Santa and the Snowmen,” and she created one of the sets for the retired Back to the Future ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. Silvester created models for TV commercials such as, The Pillsbury Dough Boy, Twizzlers, Teddy Grahams, Acura, and she sculpted prototype toys for Warner Brothers and Disney. She was also a digital designer on one of the first PC computer games, “Rise of the Triad.”
Silvester has also been an adjunct professor teaching fundamentals of design, color theory and observational drawing at a local college. She maintains a studio at the Verge Center for the Arts and is focused on creating new original works.
Inspired by fairy tales, natural science, Sci-Fi, art history, and the decorative arts, my work brings together layered elements which are psychological rather than literal stories. Keeping these concepts in mind, I created a design referencing my personal fantasy world filled with the local animals and my costumed figures that contrasts with the urban terrain.
“Statues and Lights” (above)
Original Medium: Digital photography and Collage
Location: 15th and L Streets
“For Rent” (below, click image to enlarge)
Original Medium: Digital Photography and Collage
Location: 3rd and N Streets
Sam Sellers is a Midtown resident who earns his livelihood as a graphic designer and illustrator, finds a creative outlet in his sketchbook, loves walking aimlessly, is inspired by what he sees on those walks, reads tons of sci-fi, and is looking forward to the summer when he can swim in the American River. He’s honored to be asked to take part in this project, and be able to add to the beauty and character of Sacramento.
My work for this project uses a digital collage technique, featuring manipulated photos of items and objects from all over the Midtown/Downtown grid. I used a digital camera and Photoshop.
Original Medium: Photography & Digital Media
“Supremely High Octane”
Location of box art: 8th & N Streets
As a commercial photographer Donald Satterlee is known for creating, beautifully lit, slick images of electronic devices of all sorts. In total contrast, Donald’s personal work often takes on a grungy textural look that replicates the patina of a rusty old machine.
Donald frequently teaches Photoshop compositing techniques at the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center.
A photo of a weathered old gas pump triggered the inspiration to create this piece entitled Supremely High Octane for the Utility Box Project.
The piece incorporates 5 images taken around Northern California. The pumps were taken at the Empire Mine in Grass Valley and in Broderick. The riveted sides are images of the huge train engine parked behind the California Auto Museum. An abandoned fire truck in Williams provided the gauges and an image from the Folsom Powerhouse Museum provided the blue pipes. All the elements were composited using Photoshop, after which, layers of texture were added to create the aging patina.
Original Medium: Painting
Location of box art: 15th & Q Streets
Arturo Romero was born in Southern California and is currently working out of Sacramento, CA. His work has been in local competitions, displayed in galleries and exhibitions including : The Temp, Raw Artist, Blue Lamp, Sac Fine Arts Center, and Stashcity.com (a Sacramento-based street fashion site). He is participating in a number of public projects, collaborating locally, and growing his base of private collectors of his custom paintings. Romero is also a regular participant in Sacramento’s Second Saturday events.
The goal behind most of my artwork is to positively stimulate the viewer’s mind by using bright, bold colors and patterns. I aim to spark the curiosity and imagination, no matter the age. For this particular project, ancient designs inspired a piece that represents the union of man with his fellow animals, deliberately engaging the viewer to walk around the utility box, capturing there sense of wonder at whats around the corner. The title translates into
“Together Forever” my contribution to Sacramento’s art scene. Public projects of this nature are critical to a communities identity. I am both proud and humbled to do my part for this wonderful city.
Original Medium: Acrylic Paint
“Night Rhythms” & “Giant Orange” (above)
Location of box art: 8th & Capitol Ave
“Figures Passing” & “Toast” (below, click image to enlarge)
Location of box art: 16th & L Streets
Combining the traditional medium of acrylic paint with new technology, motorized parts, and LED lights, Piskoti’s works border on satire, while commenting on important social issues ranging from the death penalty to America’s eating habits.
After receiving his Masters in Art from Yale University, Jim Piskoti taught painting and printmaking at the California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock until his recent retirement in 2005. His large-scale paintings are meticulous depictions of the darker side of California life. Interactivity plays a key role in his mixed media work, as viewers activate sensors that set the work in motion. Since the audience becomes physically engaged with his ‘hands on’ work, they are forced to contemplate their own lifestyle choices and their relationship to Piskoti’s subjects.
Breaking from the typical rectangular format, Piskoti paints on wood and shapes each surface to suit the activities of his characters. Although Piskoti touches on difficult issues such as environmental destruction, social inequalities, and America’s dependence on technology, his work remains playful, as seen in his use of bright, pop art colors. His dynamic art is a testament to the fast paced life of the average American, in perpetual motion through challenging urban and suburban settings.
Piskoti’s painting titled, “Justice” is on display in the Crocker Art Museum’s The Californian art collection.
“Welcome home” (above)
Original Medium: Photography
Location of box art: 16th & K Streets
“Who does your food come from? De quién viene su comida”
(below, click image to enlarge)
Original Medium: Photography
Location of box art: 9th & Capitol Ave
Janine Mapurunga is a native of northeastern Brazil. She grew up between Fortaleza, a bustling coastal metropolis, and Viçosa do Ceará, a small country town nestled atop forested mountains. This duality greatly influenced her decision to leave home at the age of 16 and embark in the series of movements that her life would become. The starting point was California, where she pursued undergraduate studies and developed a career in photography. At the Sacramento City College she discovered documentary photography through the work of Andy DeLucia and at UC Davis she was exposed to the study of culture and belief through theories founded in anthropology. Her teaching career began at the Sacramento City College where, at age 23, she was both the first woman and youngest instructor to teach in the photography department. While pursuing graduate work at the University of Barcelona, she began to discover the possibilities that can spring when combining documentary photography, installation, video and poetry.
Her first documentary project involving video took place in Sri Lanka, where she lived in a secluded village in the rainforest for 6 months. Since then her work has taken her to Costa Rica, the Canary Islands, Spain, Italy, and back to Brazil. Today Janine divides her time between creating commissioned photography work and developing documentary projects in the United States and abroad.
If you asked me to choose one word by which to define my work, I would choose Storytelling.
A curiosity about the human condition and an eagerness to connect with others are the main driving forces behind my work. In my projects I provide an opportunity for people to tell their story and, in so doing, I establish a connection with them.
Original Medium: Oil Paint
Location of box art: 15th & N Streets
Sandra Hernandez’s work is focused on the nostalgia of childhood toys. Some toys are time capsules of the cultural context, others are simply memorable because they are tied to a child’s unique interests. Children create and project their sense of self onto the toys that they play with. So in many ways, the toys become a part of who that child is. Hernandez’s paintings remind us of the world we explored as children and our ability for boundless imagination.
Sandy Hernandez | Verge Center for the Arts
625 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 30+ artist studios 2 galleries 1 classroom
Original Medium: Mixed Media
Location of box art: 9th & O Streets
Gioia Fonda is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in two-dimensional media (painting, drawing, sewing and photography) with occasional forays in sculpture, performance and new media. Her subject matter is wide ranging from working in a colorful non-objective manner to directly addressing the fallout of the Great Recession. A resident member of Verge Center for the Arts, she is a dedicated member of the Sacramento art community contributing as artist, curator, jurist and collaborating artist. She has a bi-coastal art education receiving her BFA at the California College of the Arts in Oakland and her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is a tenured professor of art at Sacramento City College.
I’m a declarer of holidays, a transmitter of trivia, a cultural argonaut and a faux anthropologist. I am simultaneously both neophyte and virtuoso of many skills. I’m a hypothetical historian, a connoisseur of tedium and a collector of the world’s flotsam. It’s by virtue of these proclivities that I create. I wanted my electrical box to evoke a sense of color and playfulness that may be in short supply during the average workday downtown. Many of the elements of this composition were created with repurposed materials familiar to all. It is my hope that a person that walks by this piece often will notice new things with subsequent viewings.
Original Medium: Painting
Location of box art: 15th & S Streets
Mark Emerson is a fine artist with a concentration in painting. He received an Associate of Arts degree from Sacramento City College, California in 1974. He also at the California College of Arts & Crafts (now the California College of the Arts) in 1975 with a concentration in painting and film. Emerson received a BA from California State University, Sacramento in 1979, and an MFA from the University of California, Davis in 1984. To date his work has been featured in 24 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions.
Emerson has taught art since 1986. He is currently a Lecturer Emeritus at California State University, Sacramento art department.
Emerson’s work is found in many private, corporate and public collections, including in California: the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; the University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento and Roseville; California State University Art Department, Sacramento; the University of California Art Department, Davis; Sacramento City College Art Department Permanent Collection, Sacramento; Kaiser Hospitals of California; and in Ohio, the Progressive Insurance Art Collection, Cleveland. Emerson lives and works in Sacramento, California.