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On display through August 10, 2019 on Addison Street

Berkeley, California (Thursday, July 18, 2019) - Tendrils of seagrass, seaweed and fishing nets weave through fabric and hang inside a floor-to-ceiling glass cube, a downtown art exhibition space created by the City as part of our work to integrate the arts into our civic life.

With three sides that can be circled on foot, the Cube Space draws in people from the adjacent, Addison Street sidewalk to engage, provoke and enliven public space in the heart of our arts district.

A man and woman stand on the street with their backs to the camera, taking in the art at the Cube Gallery
Photo: Marie-Louise Klotz

Created by artist Dimitra Skandali specifically for this space, Sea Beds and Signals is an exhibit that is composed of elements that allude to oceanic environments, pollution and growing environmental risk.

Come out to the Cube Space, see Skandali's work and reflect on how it may speak to you

Sea Beds and Signals
Cube Space 
2010 Addison Street 
Viewable at any time, any day through August 10.

The City of Berkeley created the Cube Space as part of our Center Street Garage, a self-funded structure that houses up to 720 cars, 350 bicycles and, in the process, facilitates more uses of downtown streets. The City of Berkeley's Civic Arts Commission spearheaded the design and vision for the space and funded Skandali's exhibition which was organized by independent curator Demetri Broxton.

Using materials from locations stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Bay of Bengal, Skandali's work evokes the interconnectedness of individuals separated by geography and worldviews, yet linked by the same global issues of climate change and its impact on our oceans.

Embroidered into and suspended from the woven mass of sea grass, net and fishing line are two frayed reflective emergency blankets that appear to be held in time in an undulating form as if adrift in the sea. The blankets are embroidered with a multitude of letter-like marks and lines made of sea grass which overlap painted charts of both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. For the artist, this mark-making manifests a confused emotional and psychological state suggesting an attempted emergency communication in a coded language. The stitching both punctures and holds together the deteriorated blankets, which are now unable to provide protection or safety. Projected onto the shiny underside of the suspended blankets is an underwater video which reflects light and movement drawing viewers into the installation's watery atmosphere. Sea Beds and Signals evokes fragility, ethereality, and beauty overcoming ugliness, confusion, careless intervention, and destruction.

Dimitra Skandali grew up on Paros, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, and was educated in Greece and the Netherlands before moving to California and earning her MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2013. She creates installations that weave together found elements and sounds from those locales and other sites to create ethereal forms that reference the openness and fragility of the sea. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and her works have been exhibited throughout the United States as well as in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Portugal, the Philippines, and Greece. She lives and works in the United States and Paros Island, Greece.

The Cube Space features exhibitions of works by Bay Area emerging and mid-career artists which are viewable at all hours, every day of the week. Come see it and decide for yourself how it speaks to you.


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