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Farewell from Christopher Lynn   06.26.13

Within the next few minutes, I'll be walking out of SPACES for the last time as its executive director. I leave SPACES to try something new—trying something new is a basic tenet of SPACES. The past five years have been a whirlwind of activity upon which I often don't pause to reflect.

Since 1978, the founders of SPACES, longtime directors like Susan Channing, and board and staff members built up a monument to life*. As nice as it would be to have a stoic, static monument, I'm glad SPACES is a living, breathing, changing organism that is continually asking, "What if...?"

What if we challenge Clevelanders to pull an 8-ton truck across the city? What if we ask people if capitalism works for them via a large light-up sign? What if we string colored ribbon across a snow-covered vacant lot during a Cleveland winter? What if we challenge traditional exhibition formats by offering an 8-week school instead that invited participants to classes on frosting graffiti, circuit bending and vandalism tourism?

Wendell Berry said, "The mind that is not baffled is not employed." SPACES baffles. SPACES reminds us that we are alive, thinking, smart, astute and aware without being pretentious or condescending.

I love the staff at SPACES—Martha, Marilyn, Kate and Michelle are fantastic and deserve five encores of applause and a hug from everyone they meet. They will carry SPACES well (since they do most of the heavy lifting, anyway). The board at SPACES has been fantastic at finding the balance between giving us enormous freedom while keeping us accountable and responsible. I will value the friends I have made through my association with SPACES, and I will hold close the artists and their projects that happened under my watch. I thank all the people who gave their time, talents and resources to make our bizarre ideas come to life. And I look forward to making a new friend—whoever the new executive director will be. They will be great and they will have a great organization to steer.

You should support whoever that is, and support SPACES. There aren't many organizations like it in the world, and we're lucky enough to have it in Cleveland.

I'll see you all at the next opening, but as a patron.

*If SPACES were a traditional monument, I like to think it would be a giant sculpture of a thumbs up or a high five that mere mortals could approach and slip it some skin.

Image: Steve Lambert, "Capitalism Works for Me! True/False," 2011. Photo courtesy of the artist.


Keywords: christopher lynn, executive director
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Podcast: Interview with Jef Scharf   09.11.12

SPACES Executive Director Christopher Lynn sat down to talk to Jef Scharf about The Euclid Square Mall Project (http://www.spacesgallery.org/project/the-euclid-square-mall-project) —Scharf's combination installation and non-narrative experimental video document. This interview is a second take, since the first time the audio sounded horrible. It's too bad, because there were some gems in that first conversation. That being said, the second take is chock full of goodness as well. Take a listen:

Interview with Jef Scharf 09.11.12 / Download »




Keywords: capitalism, christopher lynn, cleveland, euclid square mall, installation art, interview, jef scharf, podcast, swap, video
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Artists

Podcast: Interview with Brent Budsberg   08.25.12

SPACES Executive Director Christopher Lynn sat down to talk to Brent Budsberg about his collaborative practice with Shana McCaw and the project they created for SPACES titled An Inventory of Absence (http://www.spacesgallery.org/project/an-inventory-of-absence). Take a listen:

Interview with Brent Budsberg, 08.25.12 / Download »




Keywords: architecture, brent budsberg, christopher lynn, installation art, interview, podcast, r&d, shana mccaw
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Artists

Podcast: Interview with Ryan Griffis of Temporary Travel Office   06.29.12

SPACES Executive Director Christopher Lynn sat down to talk to Ryan Griffis of Temporary Travel Office about his practice and the project he created for The Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau at SPACES (http://www.spacesgallery.org/project/the-cleveland-convention-and-visitors-bureau). Take a listen:

Artist: Temproary Travel Office (Ryan Griffis)

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Keywords: ccvb, christopher lynn, interview, podcast, r&d, ryan griffis, temporary travel office, the cleveland convention and visitors bureau
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Artists

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

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