Soon… a better future for emerging art (Salzburg/Los Angeles – small spaces/web action)

Saturday, July 21 at Galerie 5020 in Salzburg

Alpine Gothic, Franz Bergmüller, Nina Dick, Andreas Duscha, Gudrun Fleischmann, Maria Flöckner / Hermann Schnöll, Andreas Fogarasi, Peter Haas, Kathi Hofer, Johanna Kirsch, Marianne Lang, Claudia Larcher, Christian Mayer / Geoff Tuck, Lilo Nein, Fritz Rücker.

Demnächst: Orte für werdende Kunst

Christian Mayer to Geoff Tuck, July 17:

“The final show of curator Hildegard Fraueneder is named “demnächst” which means something like “soon” or “upcoming.” For this exhibition at Galerie 5020 Fraueneder looks to the future of institutions like this one (Galerie 5020 is what in the US we might term an ‘alternative” and an artist run space) , and how things might change (or are in the middle of changing) between artists and institutions. That is why I proposed our project Eye to Eye (for Deja Vu), as we built it up in between two media, a very old one (print) and a pretty young one (internet blog), and it is independent of institutional spaces like gallery etc. It might open up questions about how artists can and will communicate with viewers, and in the several forms it takes and media it uses Eye to Eye points to ways that projects might get more flexible in terms of media and communication.”

Hildegard Fraueneder lecturing in 2008. (source linked)

It seems very important right now, this question of how art can be experienced and how ideas can be exchanged. Large institutions will continue to succeed and fail in the several ways that they do, and artists and others will debate the value of their actions and offer differing views of the audiences these museums serve.

Los Angeles is my home, and the current travails at LA’s MOCA feel very urgent, and sometimes the news looks very ugly to me. But I am a bit distanced, because when I measure where I place my attention and what experiences of art I value over the years of my looking… I don’t think of big museums, i think of LACE and of LAXART, of the former Workspace and other spaces around Chinatown and Lincoln Heights. I visit Monte Vista, Public Fiction, the Luckman Gallery, the more far off Contemporary Arts Forum in Santa Barbara, and the Pomona College Museum of Art. Working backwards through the art that stays in my mind, there are dozens of artist run spaces and community museums where I have been captivated and which have offered me space for learning. Then when I also consider websites – my list expands greatly. In fact, Notes on Looking is my own very conscious ground level supplement and alternative to the institutional nature of the art world.

With all that said, I would never wish ill on large institutions – among other things such places are the entry point to art for most of us. Unless one has a truly unique childhood, the first place one sees art is when your class goes to the museum, or an aunt or grandparents take one to culture.

But still…

My own interests lie with things closest to the ground, and the experiences I value are those with  artists who are asking themselves questions and by doing so are posing questions that I can consider. The little I know of Salzburg’s Galerie 5020 tells me that it is a space of questioning and risk-taking. This makes me very proud to have Eye to Eye be a part of curator Hildegard Fraueneder’s closing conversation at 5020.

“Hey Galerie 5020 – hello from Los Angeles to Salzburg. Have fun at your opening reception! I will be with a group of artists on a cattle ranch, and probably we will be celebrating, too. Prosit! Cheers! Yay!

Galerie 5020: http://www.galerie5020.at/

MOCA: http://www.moca.org/
LACE: http://www.welcometolace.org/
LAXART: http://laxart.org/
Workspace: http://www.workspace2601.com/
Monte Vista: http://www.montevistaprojects.com/
Public Fiction: http://www.publicfiction.org/
CSULA Luckman Gallery: http://www.luckmanarts.org/gallery/
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum: http://www.sbcaf.org/main.html
Pomona College Museum of Art: http://www.pomona.edu/museum/

Christopher Knight and his colleagues at the LA Times provide excellent coverage of LA MOCA (click around for updates): http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-moca-artists-letter-20120716,0,1063487.story

MOCA Mobilization has rejoined the fray: http://mocamobilization.org/

On a Facebook conversation last evening, I learned from Stacy Allan that East of Borneo have been uploading historical material that is pertinent to the current situation. Let’s hope that we can learn how not to repeat our history of non-support for cultural institutions. (Although this is Hollywood, the capital of remakes…)

http://www.eastofborneo.org/articles/pasadenas-collapse-and-the-simon-takeover-diary-of-a-disaster-1975

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