The Book of Everyday Instruction

Chapter One: you + me together

ChloŽ Bass
March 28 - July 10, 2015

In Residence: April 1-May 22, 2015
Public Presentation: May 17, 2:00pm
On view at SPACES: May 15-July 10, 2015
Opening Reception: May 15, 2015 6pm-9pm

The Book of Everyday Instruction, Chapter One: you + me together is a chronicle of time spent one-on-one. Cleveland residents were invited to spend an afternoon with artist Chlo? Bass, engaging in whatever activity the participant and the artist agree to share. These activities have been documented, timelined, and presented in exhibit format at SPACES.

The works in this exhibition represent time spent with 16 strangers. Some of these people were friends of friends, or SPACES board members. Some were met through interactions with others. Some were found on Craigslist.

Chlo? and her participants shared activities ranging from the suggested dog walks, to neon sign returns and cemetery visits. The amount of time they spent together ranged from one to nine hours, and took place at all times of day.

Every day, Chlo? broke the most basic rule: don't get in the car with a stranger. Starting from this place of incorrect behavior provided an interesting kind of focus. Do we learn best through safety, or when we're reminded we must look more carefully?

Time spent together is imperfect. There is so much that we miss. Sometimes a great deal that we get wrong. This is one attempt at capture.


The Book of Everyday Instruction is a project exploring one-on-one social interaction. For Chapter One: you + me together, artist Chlo? Bass is inviting participants to hang out with her in and around Cleveland. This project is being presented by Cleveland's SPACES Gallery.

Hang out sessions will be comprised of activities that you (yes, you) traditionally do in a pair. For example: if you always walk your dog with one friend or family member, you can invite Chlo? along for your dog-walking session in place of your usual partner. Or: if you only discuss your emotional challenges with one other person, you can invite Chlo? to take the place of this person in discussion. Any and all activities, minus those that are explicitly sexual, are subject for inclusion in the project.

Appointments with Chlo? are available from Saturday, April 4th through Thursday, April 30th. Please email Chlo? with your name, your preferred date and time to hang out, your suggested activity for the hang out, and the amount of time you expect the activity to take. Hang out times (both time of day, and length of time) should be selected based on the time when you usually conduct the activity that you propose to share with Chlo?.

(please note that this project is complete, so do not respond)

Special Thanks for their generous support for this project:

M. Gentile Studios
Matthew Fehrmann Editions

Video and Streaming Media

Tour of Gallery One

SWAP #51 Chloe Bass


National Endowment for the Arts Ohio Arts Council Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts John P. Murphy Foundation M. Gentile Studios

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This project is a part of the SWAP Program.

The SPACES World Artists Program (SWAP) offers residencies to international, national and local artists who explore and experiment. SWAP supports artists in the creation, presentation and discussion of new work, while facilitating opportunities for them to collaborate with artists and audiences in Northeast Ohio.

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