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Oceanside Museum of Art Exploring Engagement: Transit

Oceanside CA— With support by the James Irvine Foundation, Oceanside Museum of Art’s (OMA) Exploring Engagement program has sponsored two unique artist voices in Louis Schmidt (Los Angeles) and Ben Horton (El Cajon) throughout late fall 2014 and into early winter of 2015. Beginning this February 7 and ending February 21 a series of interactive and public engagement workshops and events will take place, including a Zine Workshop; muraling practices discussion and podcast; and a live book release coupled with a train ride.

As the first program in the Exploring Engagement: Transit series, on February 7 at 11:00am, artist Brookes Reeder will be offering a free Zine Workshop at Oceanside Museum of Art. The workshop will be followed on February 8 by an interactive artist’s podcast and muraling practices discussion on Ben Horton’s “Blind Spot” at Silver Cloud Lounge in Vista, with Lara Bullock, UCSD Art History Professor.  The Transit series will conclude on February 21 with a limited engagement train ride and a public book release at the Mission Avenue Bar & Grill in Oceanside.

Through the Exploring Engagement program, both Schmidt and Horton have pursued works that conceptually bridge both common and unexpected experiences of daily public transit ridership. Taking form by way of establishing creative content via public inquiry, the winter projects examine Oceanside’s relationship with regional transportation as a primary means for investigation.

Growing up in rural America, Schmidt’s fascination with trains stems from their perceived omnipresence; the sound of their passing “heard across every inch of town, chugging their way into, out of and around the heart of the country, to destinations unknown…” Along similar lines, his wanderings have become the subject matter of a photo-book specific to San Diego while examining Oceanside as a hub. Whereby, Schmidt spent seven days in Oceanside observing every working rail-based commute imaginable.

In parallel, Ben Horton reveals that his interest has to do with specifically getting to know bus riders; their routes as well as their stories. In this phase of Exploring Engagement, Horton has blurred himself amongst fellow commuters – yet all the while thinking, mining, and ultimately acting out upon a wider interest in personal narratives as they relate to ideas revering what public muraling practices might put forward.

Please join OMA’s Exploring Engagement conversation at the following upcoming events:

Zine Workshop lead by artist, Brookes Reeder

February 7, 2015, 11:00am

Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pierview Way, Oceanside, CA

FREE workshop. Materials provided. RSVP to Julia@oma-online.org

Smoking Chimp by Ben Horton

Smoking Chimp by Ben Horton

“Blind Spot” by Ben Horton: Artist’s Podcast & Muraling Practices Discussion with Lara Bullock, UCSD Art History Professor.

February 8, 2015, 11:00am

Silver Cloud Lounge, 821 S. Tremont, Oceanside, CA


Train Ride & Book Release with Louis Schmidt.

February 21, 2015, Train Ride 2:00-5:30pm and Book Release 6:00-8:00pm

Mission Avenue Bar & Grill, 711 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA

FREE, space is limited. Interested parties must RSVP to engagement@oma-online.org.

by Louis Schmidt

by Louis Schmidt

About Exploring Engagement

Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) launched a series of interactive and public artist-in-residency programs carried out in non-traditional off-site locations throughout San Diego, California with an emphasis in North County. The project encourages risk-taking residencies by regional contemporary artists and/or artist collaborative with high levels of public engagement and public art making. This residency series strives to blur the lines between art and life through the process of active participation vs. passive observation. The Exploring Engagement Residency Project is supported by a major two-year grant of $150,000 from The James Irvine Foundation. Visit www .exploringengagement.com or contact James Enos at engagement@oma-online.org for more details. See the Hill Street Country Club podcast at  https://soundcloud.com/the-hscc-gallery.

About Oceanside Museum of Art

Oceanside Museum of Art celebrates its twentieth year as a premier regional art museum for San Diego and Southern California and as a leader of arts and culture in North County San Diego. As host to more than fifteen exhibitions a year, OMA is a contemporary art museum exhibiting art from the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum has also become an integral part in the Oceanside community through its ongoing educational programming. For more information about Oceanside Museum of Art visit www.oma-online.org.