Sunday, November 15, 2009

Summer Space 2009

Opening November 13, 2009
Curtis Carman, Jessica Rosen, Petra Valentova, Julia Whitney Barnes
Curated by Nikki Schiro

I joined forces with artists Anna Lise Jensen and Jo Q. Nelson, and found myself part of Seasonal Coalition, which is essentially a group of artists aligned on our mutual interest in mixing up public, private and functional aspects of exhibition spaces. We operate autonomously, seasonally and independently produce a section for a shared post-exhibition catalog.

For SummerSpace, I was interested in making a group show that was abstractly about relationships, but was primarily about the work; a show that was visually comprehensible and did not need a two-page "curator manifesto" to understand. (I really have never liked, with few exceptions of course, being forced to read at visual events) I convinced two close friends to lend me the unused back portion of their Chelsea office loft, which I transformed into a space suitable to show work, bartering my own artwork in for construction and supplies.

The artists selected for SummerSpace radicalize traditional forms and ideas by their play with relationships. They bring the viewer a new and unexpected experience, each within their own language. I featured work from Curtis Carmen, Jessica Rosen, Petra Valentova and Julia Whitney Barnes.

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