“Bags” Opens at D.A. Arts

by Paul Hogarth on March 23, 2007

Bloum Cardenas – or “Bloum” – is a Bali-born artist who was raised in Paris, and now lives in San Francisco. Bloum’s work has been in exhibits in San Francisco, France and Orange County, and has collaborated with Brazilian artist Regis Silva. Her latest exhibit “Bags” is currently on display at the D.A. Arts Gallery – in the Sunnyside Hotel at 135 Sixth Street – from now until April 15th.

The D.A. Arts Gallery is run by the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, and is in a glass storefront that is visible from the street. Therefore, it is an ongoing exhibit over the next month with no fixed hours. Passersby are encouraged to stop and look at the art work.

In 1995, Bloum started working exclusively around and with plastic bags, and received a BFA from Parsons School of Design. “I see beauty in bags,” she said. “They are like nomads who carry with them their history and belongings. They are disposable, but to me they are precious. Each one of them represents an identity, a status, a history and an environment. I collect bags systematically and people around the world collect them for me.”

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