Great White is an exhibit based on ideas relating to the physical gallery space of Culture Lounge, its proximity to its harbor setting, and the broader community need for exhibition space.
Inspired by the design of collapsible shipping containers and art handling crates, artist Victoria Munro designed and constructed a small, folding, portable gallery, debuting and testing the prototype in Staten Island Arts’ Culture Lounge over the course of 10 weeks. This portable gallery, called Great White, will sit inside the Culture Lounge gallery space and function both as its own gallery and as a model for possible future exhibitions in other locations involving the broader Staten Island and New York arts community.
Great White aims to create a dialogue around contemporary notions of art making and exhibition practice, curatorial roles, the role of gallery and its impact on the creation and viewing of art, and sustainable practices both in art making and shipping industry.
Visitors to the gallery will be able to walk inside and experience the ‘show within a show’. The portable gallery itself when not in use will fold down to a flat rectangle made of lightweight plywood for easy installation and transportation.
During the course of the exhibit there will be four, solo, one-day exhibitions held in the portable gallery to exercise its flexible design and function. The exhibiting artists, Rossana Martinez, Arrow Muller, Lisa Dahl and Holli McEntegart, all maintain practices that engage with notions of the “gallery space.” The artists will have individual opening celebrations for their work/performance/installation/intervention. Great White will culminate with a panel discussion by the participating artists and Victoria Munro to explore contemporary ideas around gallery practices for artists and curators. Organized by Monica Valenzuela.
We Go Far……And Way Back
Curated By Victoria Munro. SHOW Gallery June 20 – August 1, 2009
‘We Go Far….And Way Back.’, is a group painting show comprised of artists with shared work philosophies and exhibition histories. ‘We Go Far…., refers to not only the distances geographically between the artists but also the integral nature of travel in their practice. …..’And Way Back.’ – each of the nine artists here including the show curator have directed/founded and exhibited in variations of the ‘artist run space’. They have ‘bed hopped’ between countries and each other’s galleries, creating a constantly shifting informal collective.
Andrew Barber is a practicing artist, based in Auckland, New Zealand, with a record of involvement in artist-run spaces – formerly as director of Room103 from 2004 – 2007 and currently as a founding member of Gambia Castle, a new art space in Auckland run by a collective of artists and writers. In 2007 He was invited to join the Starkwhite stable of artists.
Julian Dashper was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1960. He has been exhibiting regularly throughout New Zealand since 1980, Australia and Europe since 1992 and across America since 2001. In 2001 Dashper was based as an artist in residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas (www.chinati.org) funded by a senior Fulbright fellowship. Dashper’s work from the last 25 years has recently been the subject of a major touring retrospective in America, curated by Christopher Cook and David Raskin.
Matthew Deleget (Brooklyn, USA) is an abstract painter, curator, and writer. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is a member of American Abstract Artists and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Artist Advisory Committee. Matthew has received awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, Brooklyn Arts Council, and The Golden Rule Foundation, and his work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Flash Art, Artnet Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Basler Zeitung, among others.
He is the director of Minus Space in Brooklyn, NY.
Daniel Göttin lives & works in Basel (Switzerland) Göttin’s works are site-related installations and all-over drawings made of industrial materials. The real space with its own qualities has a strong influence on his artistic concept and practice; it becomes an integral part of the installation. Artwork and real space appear as transformed entities, both exist simultaneously in time and size. Each new spatial situation provides a new experience of perception. The creative manipulation of simple functional material can translate the act of looking into the art of seeing, transforming the place itself into an experience of perception. Göttin’s practice includes wall drawings and spatial interventions. He is the founder of Hebel, an artist-run exhibition space in Basel (CH).
Kyle Jenkins lives and works in Toowoomba, Australia, where he is the coordinator of Visual Arts at the University of Southern Queensland. Through the spatial expectations of architecture as well as traditional developments of abstraction his work fluctuates within and between the act of habitation and the creation of imagined space which produces work positioned within canvas and wall paintings (soft and hard edge geometry), architectural models, drawings, photographs, films and objects. He is currently i.e. gallery, director, Toowoomba, Australia and was also a board member of Sydney Non-Objective (S.N.O) from 2004 – 2007
Lucy McMillan is a New Zealand visual artist who currently lives and works in Berlin. She is the current recipient of a Culturia artist residency in Berlin. She is the co-editor of art publication SOAP.
Dane Mitchell lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. Mitchell is currently living in Berlin completing a one-year residency in the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme. He is the first New Zealand artist to be awarded a place in this internationally renowned program since it’s beginning in 1968. He joins a line up of DAAD artists that includes: Carl Andre, Daniel Buren, Douglas Gordon, Dan Graham, Damien Hirst, Ilya Kabakov, On Kawara, Nam June Paik, Bridget Riley, Pippilotti Rist, Lawrence Weiner and Rachel Whiteread.
Jan van der Ploeg lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He exhibits internationally, often completing large-scale wallpaintings as well as works on canvas. Van der Ploeg’s wallpaintings exist of different layers of paint, as a result of which a soft and smooth texture arises, comparable to his paintings on canvas. He has developed his own color-vocabulary, existing of black, white and contrasting tones as pink, purple and orange. He is also the artistic director of PS gallery in Amsterdam (NL) 1999-2009.
Tilman is a Visual Artist who lives and works in Brussels (B) and New York NY (USA). As well as his own international art practice he is artistic director & chief curator of CCNOA center for contemporary non-objective art Brussels (BE) since 2003 http://www.ccnoa.org , and Co-founder and artistic director of H29 Brussels (B) 2005 – 2008 http://h29brussels.com/