Interviews with Mullican, McCracken and Halley
I bet that headline got your attention. (insert big smile) Welcome to the wonderful world of the Silver Shed and the Silver Shed Reader, pdf available for download here http://www.thesilvershed.org/
I’ll allow the group to speak for itself, “Silvershed is an artist-run contemporary art project space in Chelsea, working between New York, Los Angeles and Berlin, as a collaboration for exhibitions, publications and events. Silvershed explores social dynamics of increasingly lateral flow of exchange of information, ideas and resources among artists to generate and to connect discussions of contemporary art values, ethics and aesthetics of the 21st century. Started in 2008 by Patrick Meagher, Yunhee Min and Oliver Lanz, Silvershed is volunteer organized, and accepts tax-deductible contributions as a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.”
I think the Shed now exists online (where downloads of previous projects are available as I noted above) and also through a continuing series of collective exhibitions titled Collective Show. I urge you to visit the Collective Show Frequently Asked Questions page in case I mislead you. For instance I just learned that the CS “evolved out of ABCyz.org, who also have a FAQ page.
Perhaps I’ll continue by offering the vague almost facts and partial misunderstandings I’ve developed by watching from afar, rather than try to scurry around the websites so I may provide what may still be my own misinterpretations of the facts available. Whoo daddy.
My friend Yunhee Min spent the last several years living in NY. Through occasional visits, emails, etc., I learned the she and Patrick Meagher and Oliver Lanz had joined forces and one or another’s studio to create Silver Shed. This I understood to be a space for exhibitions, film screenings, interviews and discussions with artists and that ultimately Silver Shed, through the lens of a new group called “ABCyz” (Artist-run spaces; new curatorial initiatives; open forum for collectives + a reference to Generation Y and Generation Z – our emerging generations of artists.) helped draw together organize a much larger collective of artist collectives.
Yunhee mentioned exciting names: the above Matt Mullican, John McCracken and Peter Halley. And more! Craig Kalpakjian, CLUI, Hague Yang, Digital With Monument, Builder Vor Boatin (curated by Dirk Skreber), I Overheard Two People…, (All names selected as much at random as because I like the sound of them.)
In case I don’t make it back soon I’ll tell you that I’m writing about Silver Shed and ABCyz and recommending the Silver Shed Reader because I was smart enough to attend the launch party at Night Gallery and since then I’ve loaned out my copy, I’ve recommended it to people – to the extent that I’ve only now gotten through the Mullican interview.
So I’m sitting here sending yet another email recommending the book to an acquaintance and I think, “Um, gee Geoff – this is what the blog is for.” Tah Dum! Here we are.
Buy a copy of the Silver Shed Reader, download a copy, do whatever it takes. Your brain will be happy. And if you’re the kind who buys holiday gifts….. the Reader seems perfect for Mom, Dad, a cranky boss, and all of your friends.
More images, more text, more more more. later.