Inhabitable Drawing: A Carpet Landscape explores and expands traditional concepts of drawing. In order to “erase the limits of architecture,” the artist Paz de la Calzada uses hand-cut pieces of carpet (repurposed from cast-offs from a local hotel) to create an “inhabitable” space of artistic wonder and beauty.
The artist playfully engages with the space of the gallery, working not only with the walls, but also with the floor, allowing her three dimensional “drawings” to take on a life of their own.
According to the artist, “Using a material like carpet that alludes to the idea of home and comfort, and pushing those limits, I create a flowing environment that affects the way we perceive the space and where the drawing becomes inhabitable.”
Paz de la Calzada, a native of Spain, is an artist working in site-specific drawings and temporary installations in dialogue with the urban space, sometimes having a real and direct interaction with the public. Her work goes beyond the idea of art as an object—rather, it proposes spaces that allow a relationship between art and the viewer.
Paz recycles common household objects such as shoes, clothes, shirts and carpet into paths--both physical and metaphorical--that interweave the public and private space and mingle the rich stories of a city’s inhabitants.
Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including the San Jose Museum of Art, the Palo Alto Art Center, YBCA, the De Young, the Union Fenosa Museum and the Fundacion Caixa Galicia in Spain and the Leon Trotsky Museum in Mexico City.
Paz came to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003 as an Artist in Residence at Djerassi Resident Artist Program. Since then she has been in several residency programs like Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, Millay Colony for the Arts in New York, Valparaiso Foundation in Spain, ArtAmari in Crete and most recently Tvak Studios in India. She is a recipient of a Cultural Equity Grants by the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Joining the artist to celebrate her installation with an afternoon concert are singer/songwriters Bob Hillman and Wendy Beckerman. The musicians met in NYC in the mid-90s, where they were part of a long-running community of songwriters with a straightforward mandate: write a new song every week. The spirit of that meeting lives on in the Bay Area, where a similar group meets monthly to present new work to tuned-in peers. In addition to writing, Hillman and Beckerman each recently released their first new albums since the early 00s, with the help of song-oriented producers who nudged them into contemporary sonic territory.
The intelligence, grace, and humor of both of these performers work well to accentuate the thought-provoking yet playful artwork of de la Calzada. The free public reception for the artist on December 4th will culminate with an early evening concert showcasing Hillman and Beckerman.