Gray Space: We Are All (Under) Water

Work In Progress

GRAY SPACE

PROJECT I, 2017

8 ARTISTS

1 TRAVELING 6’X 6’ ART SPACE

2 MONTHS

8 OREGON REST AREAS

1 HIGHWAY, I-5

Gray Space is a group of Oregon artists who gather around an ideaphoric concept: the traveling installation space, freely accessible to random audiences.

In its first iteration, Gray Space will be parked at different Rest Areas along the Interstate-5 corridor for a period of 1 day per artist. The artist will be present to talk about their work.

A map will be available soon for dates, times, artist and location. 

Gray Space intentionally engages audience without the confines and expectations of a gallery or art center. While on site, the project activates public space and explores the interplay between site, context, art and viewer. Gray Space creates a space of inclusion, potential, and dialogue.

Gray Space artists are well versed in the mechanisms of art funding, and with this project, choose to jump the fences of institutional thinking. We grant each other permission to install our individual work inside the Gray Space. As collaborators, we find momentum together and tap the generative resource of each other’s creative drive.

We Are All (Under) Water

WORK IN PROGRESS

We Are All (Under) Water is my project for Gray Space. Phase 1 is the creation of a 40″ 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.

Making We Are All (Under) Water:

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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