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How to Work in a Creative Field and Get Paid   04.14.11

OK, so this isn't exactly a how-to guide, nor will it solve your employment woes. I know many artists who have full-time or part-time gigs working as designers, consultants, or free-lance creatives. The worst part of this is that many of them never really received business training, so they are feeling their way around in the dark, and stumbling occasionally.

Creative Mornings (http://www.creativemornings.com/) "is a monthly breakfast lecture series of creative types." These 20 minute talks are often geared directly toward designers, but there are some broader applications as well. They cover aesthetics, industry trends, nuts and bolts, and the business side of things. If you'll pardon the cursing and anatomy jokes in the presentation below, there are some helpful tips for any of you contract laborers out there.



Keywords: design
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Stuff We Need, Stuff You Got   04.07.11

It never fails: for every exhibition at SPACES there is an artist who needs stuff—good stuff, new stuff, old stuff, borrowed stuff, tech stuff, free stuff, cheap stuff, expensive stuff, your stuff, our stuff.

So, to make things easy we've listed all the things artists have requested we locate. Can you help? Most likely yes.

How you can help:

  • If you locate items on the list send us an email at contact@spacesgallery.org, Attn: Stuff List
  • let us know what you have located, which artist it is for, how many there are, price, where it is, or if the item(s) be dropped off at SPACES.



So let's begin...
Rainbow Lightning (SPACELab, Akron, OH):
Here is a list of items they need for their SPACELab installation:
  • fake flowers
  • wax
  • fabrics
  • embroidery threads and backing
  • fiber fill and other stuffing
  • house paint
  • clothes, sheets
  • kids tents
  • bleach, rope
  • dyes
  • balls the size of basketballs or soccer
  • clear plastic bottles
  • clear beads
  • shiny objects or beads
  • mirror beads or gems
  • x-mas ornaments
  • fluorescent lighting and fixtures
  • small mirrors



Tamar Harpaz (SWAP artist from Israel):
  • slide projectors (all types)
  • reflecta slide projector 2500 AF-IR with 2.8/90mm
  • slide projector bulbs
  • glass slides



Amy Youngs (SWAP artist from Columbus, OH):
  • claw foot bathtub
  • shower curtain hoop
  • hydroponic herbs and lettuces

photo courtesy of Rainbow Lightning
photo courtesy of Rainbow Lightning

Keywords: amy youngs, chelsea blackerby, erica hoosic, r&d, rainbow lightning, spacelab, swap, tamar harpaz
Author: Sarah Beiderman, Manager, SPACES World Artists Program
Category: General

Join us Friday with an Open Mind   03.15.11

As we prepare for another series of events led by Machine Project, it seems it would be helpful to provide some insight or an attempt at insight as to what environment you should prepare for. This collective has brought over the duration of their exhibition a variety of talent and wisdom, which has proven to be quite enthralling and entertaining.

On Friday, the experimental meditation center of los angeles presents an artist-led evening of experimentation with facilitation by Laura Steenberge and Adam Overton.

You may be wondering what experimental meditation is…the experimental meditation center of los angeles provides a very loose definition on the website and is as follows: "our definition of meditation is loose, areligious, and open to many gentle forms. In fact, we believe that the notion of 'experimental meditation' is redundant, in that all meditation is an experiment in shifting our perceptions." (http://plus1plus1plus.org/emcla/index)

After reading this, you may be a bit more intrigued to do some research on the idea of experimental meditation and it's definitely something I pondered on and did look into. The finding was surprising; there is no one prescribed method…it cannot be pigeonholed. There are various methods with which people practice meditation and believe it to be useful to them.

A website devoted to discussing experimental meditation provided the following about meditation:

Meditation as defined by the presence of 2 qualities:
1) Mental preoccupation with some spiritual topic as opposed to a material concern
2) An effort to listen quietly as a witness or uninvolved, objective observer in order to gain insight (http://experimentalmeditation.com/page4.php)

Therefore, this weekend at SPACES, we will provide events that capture our mission statement: to be a resource and public forum for artists who explore and experiment. And while you may not be a self-described artist, you are encouraged and invited to come and participate in these collaborative efforts.

Keywords: , adam overton, laura steenberge, machine project, meditation
Author: Jodene Velazquez, Office Assistant
Category: General

Arts Education Blog Salon   03.14.11

Americans for the Arts is celebrating Youth Arts Month with an Arts Education Blog Salon and a campaign encouraging advocates to testify on behalf of arts education at local school board meetings. The Blog Salon will run from March 14–18, featuring posts on a variety of arts education subjects from 15 experts across the country. New posts will be added each day, so stop by often! We also encourage you to sign up to support arts education at a school board meeting this month. To find out more about the initiative, pledge to participate, and receive access to a free webinar to help you prepare for the meeting, visit their sign-up page. http://artsactionfund.org/page/s/artsedweek10

Visit the Arts Education Blog Salon at http://bit.ly/feufiN

Keywords: advocacy, arts, education, youth
Author: Martha Loughridge, Development Director
Category: General

Martin Papcún, 2009   03.10.11

Some of you may remember our SWAP artist from the Czech Republic, Martin Papcún. He did the project with the foreclosed house on W. 45th in Ohio City (http://www.spacesgallery.org/project/w-45th) in 2008.

You may not know that we hooked him up with the Cleveland Urban Design Collective (CUDC) to come back and do another house project in Cleveland the following summer. Since the house on W. 45th was Martin's first attempt at house dissection, it was good to see him try something new with the CUDC.

I found this video the other day on YouTube that documents some of the process of Martin's project on Siam Ave in 2009. He took an entire house and turned it inside out!



Keywords: cudc, martin papcún, ohio city, swap
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

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