Photo Feature: Real Time & Space Open Studios

by admin on May 12, 2014

Real Time and Space, comprised of about 15 artist studios and an artist residency program located in a former print shop in Oakland’s Chinatown near the Oakland Museum of California held a public Open Studios on May 3.  Founded by artist Emma Spertus, Real Time and Space aims to provide working space for a diverse group of writers, curators, and designers, as well as provide opportunities for collaboration, dialogue, and cross-disciplinary interaction. Permanent artists include Lydia Brawner, Aurora Crispin, Ian Dolton-Thronton, Steven Garen, Conrad Guevera, Amy Ho, Carrie Hott, Nick Lally, Christina Linden, Cybele Lyle, Kait Mooney, Mark Nicola, Emma Spertus, Dan Swindel, Mark Inglis Taylor, Zoe Taleporos, and Lana Williams.

In addition to studio space, RTS also has a large central common area, which is used for public events such as artist talks, film screenings, and social gatherings, supporting further dialogue and collaboration. Just last week the collective hosted a panel with Wattis Institute Director, Anthony Huberman and Jason Benson and Joel Dean, co-founders of Oakland’s alternative gallery Important Projects and RTS honorary members, regarding RTS’ inclusion in Many Places at Once at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, the final exhibition for the 2014 Curatorial Practice class at California College of the Arts.

RTS also hosts monthly residencies open to local and visiting artists. At the end of their residency, residents present an artist talk along with a permanent collective member based upon the work done during their stay. This continues their mission of offering a variety of artists opportunities for furthering connection, collaboration and discourse within and beyond the Bay Area creative community. Current artists in residence include Oakland’s Sofia Cordova and Becca Albee from Brooklyn, New York.