I WISH TO SAY

Mezzanine  |  11:00am–4:00pm

"I Wish to Say" grew out of artist Sheryl Oring's concern that not enough voices were being heard about the state-of-affairs in this country and her belief in the value of free expression that is guaranteed under our Constitution. For this project, Oring sets up a portable public office—complete with a manual typewriter—and invites people to dictate postcards to the President. This ongoing project began in 2004 with a commission from The First Amendment Project in Oakland, CA, and has had two national tours thanks to grant support from the Creative Capital Foundation. To date, more than 3,200 postcards have been sent to the White House as part of this project. Sheryl Oring and the Oakland Book Festival encourage you to send one to President Trump today.

SHERYL ORING examines critical social issues through projects that incorporate old and new media to tell stories, examine public opinion and foster open exchange. Using tools typically employed by journalists (the camera, the typewriter, the pen, the interview and the archive) she builds on experience in her former profession to create installations, performances, artist books and internet-based works. Oring has shown her work at the O1SJ Biennial; Bryant Park in Manhattan; the Jewish Museum Berlin; and the McCormick Freedom Museum in Chicago. She has also presented work at Art in Odd Places in New York; the Art Prospect festival in St. Petersburg, Russia; Encuentro in Sao Paolo, Brazil; and the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Dubai. Oring received her MFA from the University of California at San Diego and works as an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She recently completed a public art commission at the San Diego International Airport, and is currently at work on apublic art commission at the Tampa International Airport. Collecting institutions include the Library of Congress; Museum of Modern Art; Tate Britain; Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; La Jolla Athenaeum; Yale University; University of California, Irvine; and many other university libraries across the United States.