Gray Space Specs

Gray Space

A Collaborative Project with 8 Oregon Artists

Gray Space is a collaborative endeavor that explores the idea of site/context. To begin, eight artists will separately install and document the placement of a micro/mobile-gallery called Gray Space in site-specific and potentially unsuspecting or unknown locations throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Each of the participating artists will select a location for Gray Space and will install a contextually specific work of art inside. Gray Space will activate public space and point to context as being inherent to the idea of perception and exchange. While on site, the mobile gallery will become a threshold that intentionally engages both audience and place without the confines and expectations of a gallery or art center. Gray Space creates a space of inclusion, potential, and dialogue.

Gray space has the potential to be viewed in a variety of ways.

  • Onsite locations where artists are exploring a relationship to the site/context.
  • Self-contained offsite locations where photographic images of on-location artwork will be projected or otherwise displayed within Gray Space. These will be viewed in public settings such as street corners, parks, and public events.
  • Gallery installations, which will consist of three components:
  1. Installation: part(s) or all of the 6’ x 6’ x 6′ gallery Gray Space
  2. Photographic images documenting Gray Space in its different sites
  3. Installation: including objects or ephemera (ranging in scale) created by the participating artists for Gray Space

 

image credit: Kate Ali, Gray Space Specs

WORK IN PROGRESS

UNDER WATER (WORKING TITLE)

Phase 1 is the creation of a 50″ x 67″ multi-layered, hand-cut image of a piece of water using clear Dura-Lar.

Water is almost an invisible issue. On the green west side of the Cascade mountains it can appear that water will always be abundant. However, as yearly temperatures rise in Oregon, water resources will become more stressed. The state’s largest reservoir is the snowpack. But summers are becoming hotter and longer, stretching out the dry season, and winters are trending warmer and wetter. An abundant snowpack will no longer be a reliable occurrence. More water will come as rain in the winter and the snow will melt earlier, overreaching the natural capacity of the landscape to store water for drier times. Magnifying changes in the ecosystem’s natural water storage patterns are engineered structures such as roads, farms and dams, and natural phenomena like wildfires and erosion.

This project will draw attention to the changing nature of water in Oregon, and our relationship to it.

Blog Posts

Life Size

Kate Ali built a full-scale model of Gray Space. We moved it out of the shop to get a feel of how the scale of the space will work outside. Older Post: Newer Post:

Isolation

I remember a conversation, not so long ago, I had with Kathleen Caprario. We both expressed the isolation we were feeling as artists living in Eugene, with its lack of contemporary art venues and support, and how tired we were of feeling so isolated. Since moving here...

Gray Space

I'm involved with a new collaborative project entitled Gray Space. Gray Space is a collaborative endeavor that explores the idea of site/context. Eight artists will separately install and document the placement of a micro/mobile-gallery called Gray Space in...

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