Join us for the opening reception of Where I'm From, photographs by Chose.
Studio Grand will have the work of East Oakland native photographer and musician Chose on view through March 5. Chose's work caught our attention because of his stunning execution and the stories and people he captures in his photographs. He's a storyteller and craftsman who reflects the beauty found on some of the roughest streets of Oakland.
While Chose's work is up at Studio Grand, there will be performances curated by and featuring him and other local artists. You'll also have a chance to take a print of his home with opportunities to see the work he has up and photographs we'll have for sale from his archives.
Come by and meet Chose. Hear his story and walk through to see the stories he'll have up on the walls.
Growing up in Oakland, California, is no easy task. Even though it’s been designated as an “All-American City” the residents have always seemed a bit detached from the standards of the rest of the country.
Chose grew up in a world of struggle and chaos. Born to a single mother whom wanted the best for her kids, she learned parenting against society proved to be no easy task. Chose took a different path than his siblings. He found refuge at the age of thirteen in the boom bap sounds of the E-MU MP7 drum machine. It was this instrument, along with his cousin Charlie Jones in which he found his path to freedom. His freedom would be hip hop. This later led to an interest in Photography. Shortly after attending Berklee College Of Music he was given a Camera. This sparked a whole new world for Chose. It all started with an old 2000 canon rebel and Look where he is now. Though we live in a free world, the mental barricade on our mind as black youth in Oakland often make us feel locked up, or shackled. This is Chose's path to freedom. To tell stories the way he sees. To document beauty in his city.
Opening Friday, December 4, 8:00pm-11:00pm
with performance by Chose & Special Guests
Show on View: December 4 - March 5