Produced by KQED Public Television, this series is about Bay Area artists and arts organizations/ It is a weekly television show, an educational outreach program and a website. More than a showcase for art objects and the artists who make them, SPARK* takes the audience inside the creative process to witness the challenges, opportunities and rewards of making art.
The Puppet Show (#411) Duration: 28:47 STEREO TVG
Puppet shows aren't just for kids, as proven by the artists in this episode.
* Pop artist and painter Sandow Birk has adapted Dante's Divine Comedy into a modern epic and filmed it in the tradition of "Toy Theatre," a European style of puppetry from the 1700s.
* Basil Twist is collaborating with Joe Goode and Paula Vogel to stage "The Long Christmas Ride Home" using traditional Japanese Bunraku puppets of his own creation.
* Lunatique Fantastique's Liebe Wetzel stages her latest work using found object puppets to address issues women face when confronting breast cancer.
* Also, get an insider's look at the Indonesian puppets from the Herbert Collection at the Asian Art Museum with puppet master Kathy Foley.
Out and About (#406) Duration: 28:17 STEREO TVG
Spark leaves the studio with artists who foray into the public realm.
* Photographer Todd Hido gained a reputation from his eerie twilight images of quiet neighborhoods - find out where he's lurking now.
* Kate Pocrass plots out "Mundane Journeys" in which unique observations of the city are realized as conceptual bus tours.
* Ann Chamberlain's work explores how public spaces and places express the identity, history and experience of the communities they serve.
* Then, go on a walk with Felipe Dulzaides to see his "Double-Take Billboard Project."
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Shailja Patel, and Ronn Guidi (#501H) Duration: 28:15 STEREO TVG
* Meet the Lawrence Ferlinghetti you didn't know - you might already know him as a poet, but did you also know that he's a painter, too?
* Then visit Kenyan-born Indian American Shailja Patel as she performs her spoken word piece about migration and personal history.
* See how Oakland Ballet artistic director Ronn Guidi comes out of retirement to save the dance company he loves.
* And finally see how Rene Garcia Jr.'s glitter portraits shine.