Past Exhibits
Funktional Art
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Exhibition Dates: April 15 – May 9, 2009

Funktional Art, an exhibition curated by Phil Linhares, Chief Curator for the Oakland Museum of California, shows a wide variety of artful ideas combined with functional outcomes. The odd, the useful, and the inquisitive are all presented.

Artists play with the idea of what is function. Some even go so far as to mock the function of everyday items, such as a chair, by rendering them in two dimension therefore questioning their usefulness.

Curator Statement:

“I was honored and pleased to be invited to serve as juror for this exhibition. As a curator representing the “Museum of California,” I appreciate the opportunity to become acquainted with the work of artists working throughout the state; with limited time for travel, even on-line information advances my knowledge of what artists are doing statewide. I was greatly impressed with the diversity and quality of the work presented, and hope that my selections will form a substantial exhibition.

I was also pleased to learn that Yreka is the home of a thriving regional art community. Given that California’s big cities generally claim the most active artist communities due to the proximity of universities, art schools and museums, it is encouraging to know that many well-educated and accomplished artists have chosen to live and work in less distracting and perhaps more congenial circumstances. In any case, I want to thank all the artists who submitted work for my consideration, and hope that the resulting exhibition is well-received by the artist community and visitors to your gallery as well.”

Philip E. Linhares
Chief Curator of Art
The Oakland Museum of California


Chairs by William Wareham
Tables by William Wareham and Monica Zinda


“Rain Table” by Joseph DiStefano

One Response

  1. Brenda Woods says:

    Wow, what a fun idea. I would be interested in seeing this happen again.