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Destruction Karaoke   02.24.11

Here is what you missed if you didn't come to Destruction Karaoke last night. If you did come, I hope you managed to get all the shrapnel out of your hair.

From the Plain Dealer 02.24.11, photo by Joshua Gunter
From the Plain Dealer 02.24.11, photo by Joshua Gunter

Keywords: angelica pozo, christopher lynn, destruction karaoke, john farina, liz glynn, machine project
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Exhibitions

Machine Project   02.10.11

Tomorrow evening we open two projects: Elizabeth Dunfee and Machine Project. Elizabeth is an Akron-based artist who has expanded her painting practice to include video and sound in a room-sized environment. What is great and exciting about the SPACELab program is to watch local artists step outside of their comfort zones and try something different. SPACES provides a safe place for that experimentation to happen. Check out Elizabeth's interview on Cool Cleveland about her project:
http://www.coolcleveland.com/blog/2011/02/manic-growth-spaces-elizabeth-dunfee-explores-how-were-harming-ourselves/

Our other "exhibition" opening tomorrow is Machine Project. They are a unique and quirky confederation of artists based in Los Angeles. They provide art experiences that delve into experimental music, massage, psychic mediumship, food and poetry. What I love about Machine Project is how they consider people's full experiences at museums and galleries and not just the experience of looking at a thing. You'll likely find musicians squirreled away in odd corners of the gallery space performing for one or two people. You'll find fun and energetic displays of demolition at Destruction Karaoke (http://www.spacesgallery.org/events/destruction-karaoke-machine-project-event). The video below will give you an idea of how they try to make every interaction with their audiences an artful one.



Keywords: elizabeth dunfee, experimental music, installation art, machine project, painting, r&d, spacelab, swap
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Exhibitions

Me and the Crew!   01.27.11

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Plush, bulls and erie machine sounds are gone from the gallery…now to prep for the next exhibition and believe it or not, the next benefit.

February 11 - April 01, 2011

Machine Project <http://www.spacesgallery.org/artists/machine-project> : Camp Cleveland will invade SPACES with a troop of artists from Los Angeles who will brave the Cleveland cold and bring their West Coast styles to the North Coast. Machine Project is known for their thoughtful and off-kilter approaches to art experiences. During the run of the exhibition MP has scheduled over 15 interactive events, lectures and workshops.

And Elizabeth Dunfee <http://www.spacesgallery.org/artists/elizabeth-dunfee> is our next SPACELab artist. Based in Akron, her current work explodes off the wall with microscopic cell imagery, showing what happens when we tamper with natural elements and infuse them with toxic and synthetic elements.

And then there is the benefit. What can I say?…. details to follow.

So right now the crew and I are working on prepping the gallery and couches for MP, shipping fun creatures and working out the logistics of the LA invasion (11 artists--yes, 11).

Want to help and hang out with a lot of cool artists? Contact me, and you too can be part of the crew.

Here is a taste of Machine Projects' Corey Fogel. Corey will be performing at SPACES Feb 15-21, 2011. See you at SPACES!




 Elizabeth Dunfee, Manic Growth (work in progress), 2011, digital image
Elizabeth Dunfee, Manic Growth (work in progress), 2011, digital image

Keywords: chemicals interactions, corey fogel, elizabeth dunfee, experimental music, machine project, the mae shi, video art
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Exhibitions

SPACES Exhibits the Controversial David Wojnarowicz Film   12.17.10

Now through February 13, 2011, SPACES will be screening the censored David Wojnarowicz film A Fire in My Belly in The Vault, SPACES' digital audio/visual space.

The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian made a decision on December 1, 2010 to remove from the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture (http://npg.si.edu/exhibit/hideseek) a film by the artist David Wojnarowicz. Their decision was made after protests lead by the Catholic League and several members of Congress. In particular, the scenes in the film that the Catholic League found offensive were views of ants crawling over a figurine of Christ on the cross.

Wojnarowicz is no stranger to controversy, as much of his art dealt with AIDS and H.I.V. during the 1980s. A Fire in My Belly, the film in question, was made from 1986 to 1987, a particularly tumultuous time for the artist. In 1987 Wojnarowicz's mentor and lover died of AIDS, and David learned that he himself was H.I.V.-positive. Drawing from his personal experiences in Catholic school and his travels, Wojnarowicz said that he used the imagery of Christ to "make a symbol that would show that [Christ] would take on the suffering of the vast amounts of addiction that I saw on the streets. And I did this because I saw very little treatment available for people who had this illness."

SPACES stands by the estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W. gallery in calling an end to single-sided debates and censorship regarding AIDS, H.I.V. and queer identities in favor of information and dialogue. SPACES presents for the public two versions of the film A Fire in My Belly so that the public may be informed and decide for themselves where they stand on the issue.

Admission to SPACES and The Vault are FREE.

Click here for the full press release: http://www.thisisnotthe.com/2010/press/101217_wojnarowicz.pdf

Additional coverage on the Wojnarowicz/Smithsonian controversy:
PPOW Gallery/Wojnarowicz Estate statement on the censoring of the film:
http://www.ppowgallery.com/press_release.php?id=87

NYTimes' Holland Cotter on the controversy:
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/08/after-dispute-over-video-curators-to-discuss-smithsonian-show/?scp=5&sq=wojnarowicz&st=cse

David Wojnarowicz, A Fire In My Belly (Film In Progress) (film still), 1986-87, Super 8mm film, black and white & color (transferred to video). Courtesy of The Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York and The Fales Library and Special Col
David Wojnarowicz, A Fire In My Belly (Film In Progress) (film still), 1986-87, Super 8mm film, black and white & color (transferred to video). Courtesy of The Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York and The Fales Library and Special Col

Keywords: aids, david wojnarowicz, film, h.i.v., queer, smithsonian, video art
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Exhibitions

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