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Day Three: The Event

Brush High School students Chealsia Smedley and Shayna Mell report on the opening night environment …

Artist Kristin Bly poses for participants during the opening.

This is the day we’ve all been working towards; the opening. During the day, SPACES is bustling with constant activity. There was an excess of things to prepare, but in due time, with a touch of magic, everything was ready to go.

A line forms outside of Josh Parker’s installation: “Sometimes an entrance is actually an exit.”

The event: 7:00 p.m. Things were at a good pace. The food was nearly gone, there was a long line outside of the tunnel, and Kristin Bly’s room of viewer portraits was being created right before our eyes. One viewer, on his way to Bly’s room expressed,” I feel like it’s all potential,” which it certainly was.

Ben Kinsley and his mom- also the auction winner- discuss plans  for their future project. At 7:30 p.m. Arzu Ozkal came waltzing in, fully equipped with hooks and ropes. She included the audience, in a pulling performance leading her into her empty space. “SPACES has been doing a lot of creative things. It’s not passive, I love it,” said involved audience member, Elaine Hcilinen.

Every artist was pushed far beyond their comfort areas. “I’m entrusting people with myself, and I’m hoping that they don’t take advantage of me,” said artist Ben Kinsley who auctioned himself off. Ben, who usually directs people to surprise others, now had to allow himself to be surprised and directed.

Arzu Ozkal and her color commentator Eleanor Lebeau prepare to enter SPACES for their live performance.

Even though I knew art and creativity would be utilized and challenged; it was still surprising to actually witness it myself. Witness the artist’s showing of their challenges, and witness the public’s reaction to that challenge. The experience was cultivating, inspiring, and something that I would never take back.

By: Chealsia Smedley and Shayna Mell

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DISTRIBUTE, DISCUSS, EXHIBIT

Art Work at SPACES
Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics; Photography by Jerry Mann

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION ABOUT ART, LABOR, AND ECONOMICS

We are all coping as best we can with the aftermath of the tremendous global economic collapse, the depths of which seem to still be unknown, the criminals who created it still not held accountable. This prolonged economic crisis has already had a transformative effect on the arts. It is disastrous for those who in recent years benefited handsomely from the way things operated. There are a large number of us, however, that did not, and the crisis has caused an even greater reduction in the few resources that were once dependable.

We think that there are some really good things that can come out of this crisis. The established ways of doing things and the treatment of artists and arts professionals were not working well for the majority of people. We think it is an opportune moment to critically reassess the status quo and to push for more equitable working, labor, and economic conditions for artists and arts professionals. It is a chance to insist on an opening up of the infrastructures built for the dissemination of art far beyond commercial market interests and the domination of art discourse by commercial gallery centers and their university training grounds.

We would like to invite you to join us in shifting the discussion and opening things back up. In a collaborative effort, Temporary Services (a Chicago-based art collective) and SPACES (yours truly) produced and distributed Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics, a one-off newspaper that features regional reports, historical analysis, projects past and present that address economic issues within art, and more. After distributing nearly all of the existing newspapers we have in print, we urge your to visit and share the corresponding website where you can find the pdf of the newspaper (high and low res!).

The paper was designed by Temporary Services so that it can easily be taken apart and transformed into an exhibition. We hope to find people who will set up an exhibition of the paper and hold discussions in their cities around the topics within. We also hope that others will see the paper as a challenge and start producing their own publications and start working for a healthy resilient treatment of artists in our society.

The paper continues to be distributed in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. We have been mailing copies to artist run spaces, art collectives, individuals, artist networks and unions, all major art institutions, art media, and universities with art programs.

In addition to the printed paper, artandwork.us presents the contents of the paper and a calendar of exhibitions and discussions around the U.S. A PDF in various formats for use in classes, reprints, electronic dissemination, and other purposes is found here.

Here is how you can get involved:
– Distribute the paper in your city.
– Host an exhibition of the paper.
– Hold a discussion about the economic concerns your community has
– All of the above

If you and/or your venue can host an exhibition, an event, and/or distribute copies of this newspaper, please contact us as soon as possible. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions for the newspaper, related events, and/or the website at any time.

Here is a list of events that have taken place so far …

Thank you and we look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Temporary Services and SPACES
temporaryservices.org
SPACESgallery.org

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#DailyArtDose Round-Up

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Closing out 2009: No worries! We have loads of artists, sites, and projects coming to you in 2010. We continue to be the cure for your daily art needs.

  • Past SPACELab artist Jean Alexander Frater: alexanderfrater.com
  • Andrea Loefke: andrealoefke.com
  • Learning to Love You More: learningtoloveyoumore.com
  • You Are Beautiful: you-are-beautiful.com
  • Susan Hamburger: susanhamburger.net
  • Kyung Woo Han: kyungwoohan.com
  • Posterchild’s marriage proposal: urbanprankster.com/tag/marriage-proposal
  • 20×200 (Great gift idea while supporting emerging artists): 20×200.com
  • SPACES alum Tara Giannini: taragiannini.com
  • The First/Last Newspaper: performa-arts.org; sample it here: dextersinister.org
  • Claire Pentecost: clairepentecost.org
  • Judy Pfaff: judypfaff.org
  • Sarah Ross’ Art + Research: insecurespaces.net
  • Nicole Garneau: nicolegarneau.com
  • D’Lo: myspace.com/dlocokid
  • Cody Critcheloe=SSION: ssion.com; Art in America: artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/cody-critcheloe
  • Lee Walton: leewalton.com
  • SPACELab ’97 Nora Sturges: pages.towson.edu/nsturges
  • Tristan Perch: tristanperich.com
  • Former SPACELab artist Reed Anderson: reedanderson.info
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    As the SPACELab turns

    Joshua Parker, Champion, 2009, kinetic sculpture made from manipulated and found objects, beer, bongwater, french-fry grease and a picture of the champion's (Michael Phelps) mother

    If you were able to stop by the gallery in the past couple months you have probably experienced the first four projects created through our newly revamped SPACELab program. As we say good-bye to the fall season, it is time to welcome the next four Northeast Ohio artists set to experiment and create new projects in 2010.

    Horse Depiction* - Johansen

    Wes Johansen

    Living and working in Cleveland, Johansen has presented projects at Asterisk Gallery, Ingenuity Festival, Heights Arts and Loft 305. A barista by day and installation artist by night, Johansen has been working with themes of technology and nostalgia throughout his career as an artist.

    Horse depiction* - Kulscar

    Chris Kulcsar

    In 2008 Kulcsar received his MFA from the University of Cincinnati before returning to his hometown of Cleveland where he teaches at Lakeland Community College. Working in both audio and visual art forms, Kulscar relies on spontaneity, instinct and gut reactions as indispensable parts of his process.

    Horse depiction* - Parker

    Joshua Parker

    Parker is currently working on his masters at Kent State University where he also received his BFA in sculpture. As an artist, he produces things that he would want to see which often results in fantastical multi-media installations.

    Horse depiction* - Slawson

    Corrie Slawson

    Printer and painter, Corrie Slawson graduated with a BFA from Parsons School of Design and with an MFA from Kent State University. Her interest in abandoned space and society’s arbitrary value systems led her to co-found the online journal Hotel Bruce and continues to inform her artistic practice.

    Only time will tell what these individuals will create, but there will be many opportunities for public interaction with both the artists and their projects. If you miss any of the artists’ projects you can find links on the SPACELab archives and for the kick-off of this season check out the 2009 fall issue of Cleveland Magazine.

    Many thanks to the SPACELab committee members for all of your help during the revamping of this program.

    *SPACELab applicants were asked to “depict a horse in the box” as part of the application. Not meant to make or break someone’s acceptance into the program, the horse box acted as a fun exercise to mix up the stiff structure of application forms.

    –Susan Vincent, SPACELab Manager

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    #DailyArtDose Round-Up

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    Potter-Belmar Labs performing live at Squeaky Wheel in Buffalo, NY, August 2009
    PBL will be visiting SPACES Thursday, December 10 for a live performance! Don’t miss it.

    Catching you up to speed …

  • Mary Magsamen (Co-Existing and Co-Llaborating Curator) & Stephen Hillerbrand: maryandstephan.com
  • Temporary Services (Currently exhibiting and distributing Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics): temporaryservices.org
  • Lutz Bacher: ratio3.org
  • Ellen Harvey: ellenharvey.info
  • Kate Budd: art.uakron.edu
  • Julia Christensen’s Big Box Reuse: bigboxreuse.com
  • Futurefarmers (Contributors to Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics): futurefarmers.com
  • Former SWAP Artist Frances Whitehead: saic.edu
  • Jason Byers: jasonbyers.us
  • TR Ericsson: trericsson.com
  • Potter-Belmar Labs (featured in Co-Existing and Co-Llaborating): potterbelmar.org
  • Duke and Battersby (featured in Co-Existing and Co-Llaborating): dukeandbattersby.com
  • Luis Gispert: zachfeuer.com
  • Watts House Project: wattshouseproject.org
  • Former SPACELab Artist BJ Vogt bjvogt.blogspot.com
  • Erica Duffy Voss: ericaduffyvoss.com
  • Mitch Cope: ericaduffyvoss.com
  • Just Seeds: Visual Resistance Artists Cooperative (Contributors to Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics): justseeds.org
  • Travis Hanmer: hanmerproject.com
  • Sarah Paul: mostlymad.com
  • Steve Lambert: visitsteve.com
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