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April Street: The Mariners’ Grand Staircase (Armoured Stars, Flying Clouds)

December 6 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until February 17, 2019

Free – $10
Image: April Street, "Park Projects: April Street, The Mariners’ Grand Staircase (Armoured Stars, Flying Clouds)," 2018. 12 paintings with accompanying sound. Installation view, Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
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Inaugurating the Park Projects series at SBMA is a site-specific installation by Los Angeles-based artist April Street. The installation takes its inspiration from the historic voyage of Navigator Eleanor Creesy and Captain Josiah Perkins Creesy in the clipper ship “Flying Cloud” (1851), which set a record by sailing from New York to San Francisco (traveling around Cape Horn in South America) in only 89 days. Comprising 12 three-dimensional paintings in a salon-style configuration, Street’s installation evokes the portrait wall of a grand staircase from ages past. It is also accompanied by sound—an original track by the artist and other actors that may also be construed as an abstracted conversation between the seafaring couple. Referencing history, exploration, mythology, and art history, Street’s work invents sublime parallels with both time and place.

“April Street: The Mariners’ Grand Staircase (Armoured Stars, Flying Clouds)” coincides with the artist’s residency at the Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House and a series of interactive projects and environments designed by the artist, including “Deep Sky Objects made visible for Everyone,” a corresponding installation in SBMA’s Family Resource Center in fall 2018.

Image: April Street, “Park Projects: April Street, The Mariners’ Grand Staircase (Armoured Stars, Flying Clouds),” 2018. 12 paintings with accompanying sound. Installation view, Santa Barbara Museum of Art.