Me & My Neighborhood
KQED’s Check, Please! | Asmara Restaurant Revie Intro (2019)
I’ve spent many nights painting in my neighborhood, but none rival my time spent along Telegraph Avenue between 47th and 45th Streets.
East Bay Express | Radical Sharing Temescal (2015)
“She and Brooks were featured in a 2009 Wall Street Journal article as exemplars of the creative — albeit “yupster” — transformation of Temescal. “Our gallery was funded with money we saved by living frugally and not having a car,” Brooks wrote. “We did not open the gallery as a way to make money, and quickly discovered that the best part about having the space and promoting the art nights was the community we discovered.”
PHOTOGRAPH | SMOKEY’S TANGLE INTERFACE GALLERY TAKEOVER PHOTO BOOTH DIORAMA (2014)
In 2014 our gallery and studio Smokey’s Tangle was invited to takeover a Oakland art galley Interface, located in the Temescal Alley. For the month of February Emily and I used the gallery as our open studio and gallery with works curated by Interface owner Suzanne L’Heureux
Emily also created a photo diorama capturing willing gallery visitors a chance to use our costume box and be photographed agains the white wall. Afterwords the photos were printed onto paper and cut out and grouped together to create a single photo which was captured by the help of local photographer Clayton Mitchel (Clayton J. Mitchell Photography).
Emily used the space for oil paintings, as I spent my time cutting everybody out.
PUBLICATION | SMOKEY’S TANGLE 5 YEARBOOK BY EMILY WICK & BRIAN BROOKS (2014)
On the occasion of Smokey’s Tangle’s 5th anniversary, Emily Wick created the Smokey’s Tangle 5-Yearbook, a 140 collecting artwork from our many shows and artists, fliers and hundreds of photos our numerous far-out photo booths.
“The best gallery in the world!”
(Mr. Let’s Paint T.V.)
OAKLAND ART MURMUR GALLERY MEMBER (SMOKEY’S TANGLE) & POSTCARD/ MAP DESIGNER (2011)
The Temescal Art Hop was a biannual neighborhood event co-created by Brian Brooks and Emily Wick. (2010-2015)
“… the best part about having the space and promoting the art nights was the community we discovered.”
– Brian Brooks
WALL STREET JOURNAL DECEMBER 3, 2009
“It wasn’t always that way. Brian Brooks, who opened the Smokey’s Tangle art gallery in February, said when he moved to the area 10 years ago, it was desolate. “There was a video store and a grocery store with rotten produce,” he said, adding that drug dealing and prostitution were rampant.
Mr. Brooks and other residents said Temescal started transforming five years ago. Drawn by the location and the diversity of the neighborhood’s residents, the eateries Pizzaiolo and Bakesale Betty’s opened to form the core of what is now called the neighborhood’s “Gourmet Ghetto.”
– Wall Street Journal
Smokey’s Tangle Studio & Gallery (2009-2018)
In February 2009 Emily and I rented a storefront building underneath their apartment which had just come up for rent.
We named it Smokey’s Tangle and designed the sign using TAP Plastic, borrowing the existing design of the neighboring Maya Motel’s signage.