Song of the South has been a challenging journey. I've started working my way through this project with a series of smaller shows. My last show, TAR BABIES, was a foundation that complimented some of my early research. TWACK is my latest project and will serve as a joist system for this ongoing endeavor. It will open Friday, March 6 at Striped Light - 900 North Central from 5pm - 10pm. Mister Canteen will be serving their wonderful food. John Phillips and I will be performing an improvisational blues. See you there.
Thank you for considering the support of my new body of work. I've launched a Kickstarter to help fund the massive orchestration and other expenses tied to this show. The month will be February. I'll keep you posted on the exact date.
Chocolate Shores is very proud and honored to promote and support this skateboard motion picture in knoxville, tennessee by cal travis oaks. Here's an open invitation to you!
Chocolate Shores has been busy all summer working on projects for the Fall. Looking forward to exposing and exploiting. While you wait, take time to taste the amazing offerings of Knoxville's newest food truck, Mister Canteen!
This food is planted, tended, herded, raised, harvested, prepared, and served by the wonderful girls from Riverplains Farm in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. They hooked up with a Navy Brat and fused their NON-GMO and ORGANIC food with the ideology, design, aesthetics, and kitschy naming of food inspired by the hearty servings of a ship galley. Most of this is truly straight from the farm. If not, when possible, it is sourced from other local farms. Otherwise all is guaranteed organic and Non-GMO...and - good grief - DELICIOUS!
You can find them regularly in the Old City across from the old JFG Building on Friday evenings until they run out of food (usually around 10:00 pm). It is turning into a wonderful place to run into old friends and meet new ones!
Click the blue text above to visit their site.
Absent for some time. I've been quite productive without producing. I had hoped to deliver SONG OF THE SOUTH by May, but I am certain it will be Fall before I'm ready to deliver that. I have continued to document Clyde Walters work. That is another show that is on hold. He works at a pace that he can work at, and that's that. I would say that it is about 3/4 complete though! Evelyn Forester is still in the thick of creating a new collection of paintings under a working title of "Inflictions". My wife, Misty is in the process of curating a show by Claude Ricmon. This show is titled "Lunchbox". There is so much going on, it's just slow coming. So, for now I will try to give you Licorice Life #2 - long overdue. The image to your left is a preview.
LABORERS was a piece from my show that was not easily viewed for many reasons. The night became hectic quick. People were showing up later because of previous obligations related to April's First Friday, the band was setting up, and I was in a general mess because of the unfortunate events of the week leading up to the show. I made no plans for documentation of this show.
Thankfully a friend, Jana Holder, came equipped with her camera and took some wonderful photos for me.
LABORERS was a 6' x 8' panel and twin sheep. The sheep were originally meant to be contained in a fenced area in front of the panels. When I delivered them from my cousins house to my backyard, I found out quickly how high they can jump and how difficult they are to corral. They seemed much more comfortable in the pen anyway.
The sheep were a generic (but strong) representation of myself and my co-worker. (Cattle, masses, livestock, 'we all, like sheep, have gone astray'...the proletariat and so on) The panel consisted of mark making related to measurements, lists for the building supply store, assessing weekly hours, chalk lines, and general ephemera one would see scribbled on plywood or 2 x 4's. I took a few detail shots to include with this post. If you did not see it at the show, I hope you enjoy. Thanks for looking. (I'll update you as soon as I can on the Song of the South progress.)
I, Amos Oaks, am in the middle of the most ambitious body of work to date in this wisp of smoke called life. The image to the left of the text is a morsel for you to savor. The show is titled Song of the South. The general idea of the show is Humidity. That word embodies ideas related to stereotypes, truths, misconceptions, and the general (potential) traumatic existence in the South. It loosely follows the progression of the Disney attraction, Splash Mountain. This ride loosely follows the Disney movie by the same name, and that movie loosely follows the subversive (and often misunderstood) Tales of Uncle Remus. I hope to have the works, production - entire event complete by the end of April. The tentative opening date is Friday, May 10. I will post updates as often as I think to.
I am also just about ready to release Licorice Life #2. There are about 35 copies of LL#1 left if you are interested. Follow the kitschen smells and buy yours today. I'll send you a free Black Licorice Blues sticker.