Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
Parachute Factory: art and music from the margins
Downtown warehouse will host over 30 local artists including Exist 1981, Joshua Krause, Bujwah Strangers, Eric Wixon, and Tocayo.
On Saturday, February 16, digital creatives Mindgruve are teaming up with Yeller Studio, non-profit Sezio, and musical residents of the Sweat Lodge warehouse to throw a Downtown party (627 8th Ave.) dubbed Parachute Factory.
The bi-level warehouse is the former location of the World War II-era Pacific Parachute Co.
“It's a huge space,” the Yeller collective writes.
“We had a timeline of about 5 weeks from inception, and we knew we needed a lot of artists. We decided that Yeller and Sezio coming together like a really passive, artistically inclined Voltron would be the most effective approach.”
As a result of their Defender-of-the-Universe-like alliance, Saturday’s exhibition will feature paintings, installations, and cinematic works from over thirty San Diego-based artists.
“Because of the short window to contact and get artists on board we knew we had to approach people who were used to working under severe time constraints and comfortable with the idea that whatever they've contributed will be completely obliterated within a few days of completion,” writes Yeller.
“The ephemerality and massive scale of the artwork really lent itself to artists accustomed to adapting and creating installations based on the environment they are put into.”
While most of the artists have roots in "street art," Yeller says the show is more importantly about “bringing together and highlighting an insane mix of San Diego's artist community.”
“Superficially there’s a bit of a theme, but once you get past the fact that most of the artists have used spraypaint, krinks, and maybe some wheat paste in one form or another, it deteriorates quickly. Each artist or group was given a room or a wall in one of the larger rooms, and was given free rein to do pretty much whatever they wanted in there. So we've ended up with some pretty intense installations, large murals, small murals, body parts, hot rods, hotdogs... you name it.”
“In my mind, the core theme of the Parachute Factory show is existence on the margins and the impressive creative forces that are present where (and when) most people aren't looking,” writes Derek Emery, aka dj ill spectre.
Emery will be bringing experimental beats and bass-heavy dance jams with fellow Sweat Lodge residents gEars and CutMod along with special guest Tenshun of local dark beat duo Skrapez.
Live visuals will be provided by Mystery Cave and CutMod in addition to projected loops from Matt Coors.
“It’s the perfect vibe for the takeover of a dank, abandoned industrial space,” Emery writes.
“As the artists have transformed this building into a vibrant visual display for this one night only event, we aim to further transform with our sounds before the space is gutted, torn down, and reappropriated.”
Bradford Lynn, Brent Sandor, Bujwah Stangers, Carly Ealey, Chandu Reading, Chris Bilyeu, Chris Konecki, Christina Liu, Dane Danner, Dave Persue aka Bunny Kitty, DieKuts, DNZA, Dusty Dirtweed, Elliott Moeller, Eric Wixon, Exist 1981, Honkey Kong, Jordan Josafat, Josh Hunter, Joshua Krause, Katherine Brannock, Kyle Miller, Michael Tussey, Nate Banuelos, Neko, Product Etcetera, Sean Dejecacion, Senz Wen, Taylor Johnson, Tyler Cristobal, That Kid Peep, Surge, Tocayo, and Wes Bruce.
Karl Strauss beer and MIHO Gastrotruck will be on hand to sate your earthly appetites.
All ages – five dollars at the door.
More about the Parachute Factory from their website:
“The exhibition’s title references the venue’s former purpose as the old factory and headquarters for Pacific Parachute Co.—a San Diego manufacturing company that was started in 1942 by two African-American businessmen: Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, a famed comedian and actor, and Howard "Skippy" Smith, a skillful aviator during a time when only few African-Americans held pilots' licenses. The company that the two men started would eventually go on to play an integral role in the manufacturing and distribution of parachutes for American paratroopers during WWII.
“Unfortunately, along with the end of the war would also come the end for Pacific Parachute Co. In addition to its contributions for the war, the factory would also be remembered as a pioneer in promoting racially-integrated employment within the United States defense industry.”