The 50/50 LIGHT project was a year long artistic exploration of LIGHT in all its manifestations – literal, conceptual, metaphorical – and the collaborative possibilities that resulted.
The project was the brainchild of artist Deb Durant who, to celebrate turning 50, embarked on a yearlong focus of thinking and learning about aspects of light, documented on her blog www.5050light.com. The exploration culminated in a pop-up gallery installation that was open to the community for the month of October 2016.
The 50/50 LIGHT show consisted of 50 multi-media pieces representing 10 design disciplines – jewelry, photography, painting, sculpture, encaustics, ceramics, colored pencil, lighting design, clothing design, and writing/peotry. The show was a collaboration between herself and a group of artists she had forged relationships with spanning three decades of work as a professional artist – 25 collaborations / 25 solo pieces = 50/50. The pop-up was located in the former Black Oak Books (which sadly had remained vacant since 2011) on Shattuck Ave, in North Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood. It served as a neighborhood celebration of the arts, and also ushered in the future home of Books Inc., “The West’s Oldest Independant Bookstore”, whose gracious owner, Michael Tucker, was a frequent visitor and enthusiastic supporter of our efforts. Shout outs to Laurie Capitelli, our neighborhood District 5 City Councilman, and Dana Ellsworth of Rue-Ell Enterprises for your support in making the space available.
Many thanks to everyone who helped, participated, created, encouraged, supported and put skin in the game for us- we couldn’t have done it without you!