Room for Big Ideas (RBI) presents an installation by Derick Ion in conjunction with The Matter Within: New Contemporary Art of India. The RBI is a free, public space designed to catalyze exploration of, connection to, and meditation within YBCA's contemporary programming and Big Ideas.
Masala BoomJan 15, 2012 3:00pm
We bring you an afternoon with Room for Big Ideas (RBI) resident artist Derick Ion and his artistic and spiritual companions. “Masala” is the blend of spices that creates the unique flavors of India. “Boom” is the call you make aloud to signal the presence of Lord Shiva, the Destroyer, and the gatekeeper to the next life. Derick Ion will offer guests chai tea and mehandi, the art form of henna ritual. This family-friendly day will feature live Kirtan musical experience featuring “Strings of her Vina,” end with a world fusion gypsy jam by the Satya Yuga Players.
Derick Ion is a Bay Area photographer and visionary whose work has been exhibited extensively. Ion creates realms and experiences that bring audiences into direct connection with his subjects. Ion, working with photographs and artifacts, created this artful space that invites and engages all of us to re-center, decompress, and, for moments in time, live the arts. Ion's works are clearly modern yet embody the eternal spirits of the people and places he has captured, closing a circle and connecting our present to the wellspring of the human journey. Ion is a self-taught photographer, arts organizer, nomad and alchemist who relocates with his family for months at a time to Asia and Africa. He has previously exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He runs galleries in different parts of the world, including an arts collective alternative space in West Oakland called Satya Yuga, and creates artwork and installations for the Lightning in a Bottle festival, Burning Man, and the Day of the Dead Festival. He is always just on the verge of creating or participating in something fantastically (un)real.
YBCA’s programs are made possible in part by:
National Endowment for the Arts
Community Engagement and Youth Education Programs are made possible in part by:
The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Sato Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, U.S. Bank and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Innovation, Community Engagement and Audience Development programs supported, in part, by generous grants from:
The James Irvine Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Dance/USA, Creative Capacity Fund's NextGen Innovation Grant Program, The Wallace Foundation and Adobe Foundation