Random Parts, California
Random Parts is an artist-run project space based in a small storefront in the Eastlake neighborhood of Oakland, California founded by Carlo Ricafort, Colleen Flaherty and Juan Carlos Quintana.
Their vision is to give international, national and local multidisciplinary artists a platform without distinctions among well-known, self-taught and underexposed, believing that these value judgments are a product of the commercial and educational art systems which emphasize career strategies rather than the complexities of a sustained art practice. By leveling the playing field, they see random parts as an equalizer- aiming to showcase provocative and challenging art in an approachable environment in hopes of engaging the public and promoting critical thinking, dialogue, and risk taking.
Random Parts is also a multi-faceted arts initiative. Along with our diverse exhibition programming, we are publishing art books in collaboration with Matteo Bittanti of Concrete Press, operating a print shop and online store, Pinche Print Shop, and creating a visual blog of cartoons and drawings ruminating on the absurdities of art world related issues, Random Art Thoughts (RAT).