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.
Marshall, Hoyle, and LEVYdance (#705H) Duration: 28:10 STEREO TVG
Spark joins renowned visual artist Kerry James Marshall as he creates new murals in the atrium of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Like much of Marshall's work, the murals will explore racial identity, urban experience, and the impact of the Civil Rights movement. Then, Dan Hoyle, son of famed Bay Area circus performer Geoff Hoyle, works on a new one-man show. Entitled "Right?," it's based on his travels across small-town and rural America, and the people he met along the way. Next, Ben Levy and his modern dance company, LEVYdance, collaborate on a new work based on a previously untold family history.
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.