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We have moved!   07.18.10

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Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

#DailyArtDose Round-Up   06.22.10

The following #DailyArtDose clusters will feature several South African contemporary artists as we prepare for SWAP artist Nandipha Mntambo and celebrate The World Cup!

Week of June 14

Hasan & Husain Essop: http://goodman-gallery.com
Zander Blom: mhttp://ichaelstevenson.com
Marcus Neustetter: http://marcusneustetter.net
Bettina Malcomess: http://creativeafricanetwork.com & http://paulkleezentrum.ch
Meschac Gaba: http://michaelstevenson.com

Zander Blom (image via: http://voltashow.com)
Zander Blom (image via: http://voltashow.com)

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Day One: Lasting Impressions   05.21.10

We are proud to present the fine writing and documentation of Brush High School students Chealsia Smedley and Shayna Mell. As part of their senior project, the students chose to shadow SPACES staff over the course of a few weeks. We are very grateful to have them on our team, even if it is for a short time. We are all so happy to have them work right by our sides as we push through exhibition openings and events. They continuously provide valuable insights into the process along the way.

I walked up to the tiny door, without research and without knowing. The only information that I previously obtained was that SPACES was an art gallery and that I was helping with an opening- that would commence in two days. I know that being unprepared is usually a disadvantage, but in this case I wouldn't have it any other way. When I walked through the entrance I was awestruck by this space of endless possibilities awaiting me.

The first thing that caught my eye was the bulging green wall decorated with a scarcity of scattered flowers. While at first it appeared merely an interesting wall, it revealed a room containing a multitude of boxes which would later make up a tunnel. Everyone was in a line to enter a room, with an imitation 'doggy door' to gain access. The room looked like something taken directly from a horror film. The trap door and dripping water went hand in hand to create a foreboding room. It was difficult to imagine that this separate entity would become an inviting final step at the end of a tunnel adventure Friday night.

This interactive art piece and the mission of SPACES were both inspiring, and original. The idea of taking something that is already creative and original and challenging it can be described as beyond cool. The fact that the staff at SPACES kept a movement alive and challenged art itself made them artists in that way. They encouraged me to be an artist among them by giving me the freedom to think and carve my own ideas. When my first day concluded, I realized that I would be coming back tomorrow, and I couldn't wait!

Written by: Chealsia Smedley
Photos by: Shayna Mellnn

View from Ben Kinsley's
View from Ben Kinsley's "Art Auction" stand

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Day Two: The space   05.21.10

High School Seniors Chealsia Smedley and Shayna Mell rethink space ...

A space is usually filled or occupied. A space is used for gatherings of people and storage of things. But today I learned about SPACES and how they break the bounds of a space.

When coming back to SPACES there's an overwhelming feeling of new and fresh energy. It's amazing how much things have changed, from the black vinyl letters being put on the wall, the torn down lights, and the fully separating black curtain in the back. A room that was completely empty yesterday is now filled with little paper notes and lines of black tape marking off areas. The funny thing is that we don't know if these are requests for the things written or if they are part of the display. Any avenue can be explored.

Seeing these changes and looking at booklets from other displays gives me a clue that this isn't going to be a traditional art show. The jelly splashed walls and usage of popcorn bowls from prior shows mixed with the interactive tunnel of this show means that anything can happen by tomorrow night.

By: Chealsia Smedley and Shayna Mellnn


Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Day Three: The Event   05.21.10

Brush High School students Chealsia Smedley and Shayna Mell report on the opening night environment ...

This is the day we've all been working towards; the opening. During the day, SPACES is bustling with constant activity. There was an excess of things to prepare, but in due time, with a touch of magic, everything was ready to go.

A line forms outside of Josh Parker's installation: "Sometimes an entrance is actually an exit."

The event: 7:00 p.m. Things were at a good pace. The food was nearly gone, there was a long line outside of the tunnel, and Kristin Bly's room of viewer portraits was being created right before our eyes. One viewer, on his way to Bly's room expressed," I feel like it's all potential," which it certainly was.

At 7:30 p.m. Arzu Ozkal came waltzing in, fully equipped with hooks and ropes. She included the audience, in a pulling performance leading her into her empty space. "SPACES has been doing a lot of creative things. It's not passive, I love it," said involved audience member, Elaine Hcilinen.

Every artist was pushed far beyond their comfort areas. I'm entrusting people with myself, and I'm hoping that they don't take advantage of me," said artist Ben Kinsley who auctioned himself off. Ben, who usually directs people to surprise others, now had to allow himself to be surprised and directed.

Arzu Ozkal and her color commentator Eleanor Lebeau prepare to enter SPACES for their live performance.

Even though I knew art and creativity would be utilized and challenged; it was still surprising to actually witness it myself. Witness the artist's showing of their challenges, and witness the public's reaction to that challenge. The experience was cultivating, inspiring, and something that I would never take back.

By: Chealsia Smedley and Shayna Mell

Artist Kristin Bly poses for participants during the opening.
Artist Kristin Bly poses for participants during the opening.

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

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