Best Gallery Parking Lot - 2003
Ego Park Gallery
It's been suggested that there's something of an artistic renaissance under way in the East Bay; for evidence of this, look no farther than Oakland's Ego Park Gallery. Run by Kevin Slagle, the downtown art space has shown Slagle's own sculpture, multimedia work from Aisha Burnes, video art by a host of local artists, and more. But the real action is in the back yard, where the gravel parking lot has seen the likes of Erase Errata, the Quails, Condor, Experimental Dental School, and other fine local rock bands. One sultry evening last summer even saw musicians pulling crayons out of a hat and rolling dice to determine who'd play in a rotating set of game-based improvisations. No wonder Kitchen Sink magazine has chosen the gallery to host the release party for two of its issues. No ego here, just great art.