we're hopeful that the space will serve the community on a number of levels: the front room makes for a nice gallery & event space, where we can exhibit work, curate shows, and have lectures and readings. another larger room, placed behind the gallery, is a good setting for teaching classes - something which will hopefully be underway within the next few months. there's also an outdoor space in the back, which carries more possibilities. needless to say, there is still much to figure out, but we're stoked and we're going with it. expect to hear more.
our first show featured work by adam carlin and erich richter, both of whom are among the aforementioned buddies. (they get the credit for getting the ball rolling on this whole space, and both make really fantastic work.) titled OVER THE FENCE, the show was an investigation of enclosure vs. exposure, and the dotted lines between public and private space. below are some shots from the evening.
erich's piece consisted of two facing bicycle frames connected by a shared front wheel. a person sat on each seat, and read aloud the cards from their respective buckets, which held inflammatory comments from running arguments between anonymous users on the internet. by the end, the floor was littered with comments thrown aside in anguish.
adam had two works in the show. the first, pictured above, was an enormous panel of sod mounted on the wall with speakers round back that played a running loop of applause sampled from the speeches of famous leaders over time. though subtle from a distance, the applause became clearly audible as you pressed your cheek against the grass.
the second was a panel of sod on the ground, with a picket fence enclosing the space. stepping foot on the grass triggered another running loop of cheers, this time sampled from the concerts of various pop sensations.
a few lingering shots:
^ side note, this happened the next morning. hehehe hhe ehehehe