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Friday, October 9, 2015

Oddville, An Art Show Celebrating All Things Bizarre, Is Accepting Submissions

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 11:30 AM

  • Ezra Croft
Ezra Croft aims to challenge your conception of art shows.

For many people, the words “art show” conjure up an image a bunch of people in formalwear walking around drinking white wine and making snooty comments about $800 paintings.

Brought to you by the same guy who put on the Christopher Walken-inspired art show last year and the Nicolas Cage-themed art show in February 2014, “Oddville: A Celebration of the Awesomely Strange” is an art show designed to show you “stuff that’s really weird, but in a fun way.”

“We’re trying to turn art shows on their head,” Croft said. “I just want it to be bizarre.”

Oddville will open in Oakland — say that five times fast — in mid-November, but the event’s Facebook page already has more than 2,000 attendees, and Croft has been getting roughly 40 emails a day from people wanting to submit artwork.

So far, the show will feature more than 200 pieces from more than 160 artists. The artwork includes oil paintings “of eyeballs and stuff like that,” a chocolate sculpture, “strange taxidermy,” a submarine mounted on a wall, and a Volkswagen with a stripper pole attached.

“I just want [the show] to be bizarre,” Croft said. “I think beauty can be looked at from different angles.”

All of the art displayed will be for sale, and there will be a raffle with “cool prizes” for the winners.

There are also seven live performance acts booked for the show, including “strange burlesque” — Croft said there’s one burlesque performer who will be dancing while taking off 40 onesies — as well as a contortionist and musical groups such as Mannequin Planet, a synth rock band that brings more than 100 mannequins to their shows.

The show will also feature booths for tickle torture and body bedazzling, along with wheelchair jousting. Croft said that there is also “a guy who’s working out how to put together nacho cheese wrestling.”

“Basically we want it to be like you’re in an insane asylum that is also an art show,” Croft said.

Art show attendees who have a Tinder account are also being encouraged to use the app at the event to “meet other strange people.”

"Why not turn the event into a Tinder party?" Croft said.

Oddville will be happening Friday, November 13 — yep, Friday the 13the — at American Steel Studios in Oakland at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. You can get them here or at the door.

“There’s going to be so much to see and do and interact with,” Croft said. “Dress strange, meet strangers, act weird with them. Discover new angles of [your] personality.”

If you have any “weird” artwork you’d like to have featured in the show, you can send submissions here, but do it quickly, because there’s only a few spots left.

Oddville: A Celebration of the Awesomely Strange, Friday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., $20, at American Steel Studios,  1960 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, 510-776-7694.

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