Adding to the fall roster of immersive experiences coming to the Bay Area, OMCA’s very own Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown aims to separate itself from the pack, inspired by, you guessed it, Mother Nature herself.
OMCA (Oakland Museum of California) has long had its finger on the cultural zeitgeist, limelighting timely, artistically-sound installations that satiate the creative senses. (Like, for example Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest) Now, on the proverbial heels of the hella hyped Ice Cream Museum, OMCA will be opening the doors to their Nature’s Gift exhibit in just two short weeks. An ode to the more au naturale sensations—visual, auditory, olfactory, etc.—the textured, tactile exhibit by FriendsWithYou yearns to reintroduce us to the connection that sit between our hands, our hearts, our heads. With its evocations of naturally occurring flora and fauna, layered with more abstract canvasings, Natural Gift’s aims to lend a aura of imaginative whim to all those who visit.
Earlier this week, we took some time to speak with the museum’s Curator of Arts, Carin Adams, on a few exclusive insights on what we can expect from the creative duo spearheading the installation, Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III.
“Every walk through of the exhibit is meant to be a malleable experience. The social aspect of it is front and center,” says Adams in response to what gallery attendees will likely see meandering through the indoor gallery. “Make a friend while rummaging atop the AstroTurf and listening to the soundtracks of the natural landscapes of both Florida and California. The exhibit goers complete the entire immersive experience.”
And, as if the Pop-Up Shop supplied LED hula hoops and in-gallery hammocks weren’t enough, you can stop by Friday night during the exhibit’s running to grab a drink and collect yourselves for a bit at the Cash Bar and Lounge.
So, gang, lift your heads up from your smartphones for an hour or two, and re-engage with all your sensory inputs. (But, still: don’t forget to snap an IG still before heading out the door.)
// Nature’s Gift will be on display from October 7th through January 21st at OMCA; tickets can be bought here or at the door; 1000 Oak St, Oakland.