We use a language of visual symbols to express everything from our desires to our discontent. Some are specific to a nationality or religion, others are universal. For the No Vacancy project I chose to work with the ubiquitous symbol of the OPEN sign, which in America, has been a longtime indicator of prosperity, and entrepreneurship. The word OPEN itself has a hopeful connotation of new beginnings, further adventures, multiple possibilities.
I felt thadowntown Napa needed a faux store that sold only OPEN signs, as if the will to attract more businesses to First Street would emanate from my storefront. I looked at historic photographs of Napa—when signs jutted out over bustling streets—recalling a more flourishing era. I turned to 20 local artists to create one-of-a-kind OPEN signs demonstrating the importance of artists’ role in revitalizing this city. I also borrowed antique signs from collectors and flea markets to honor the past, and from professional sign makers at New Bohemia Signs in San Francisco. All are available for purchase to support the artists.
Oscar Aguilar, Shawn Whisenant, Bill Concannon, Hugo Corro, Olivia Everett, Tracy Fitzgerald, Peter Hassen, Cheryl Laube, Mark Mattioli, New Bohemia Signs, Marcus Collar, Manda Moon Reyes, Valerie Raven, Susan Sharman, Tim Sharman, Chris Ford, Marie Shelly, Kirk Shelton, Marnie Spencer, Thea Witsil, Melissa Baker, Mercedes Baker, Daithi
This show runs intill mid September so check it out if your in Napa.For more info on the show please visit Open Sign Show