Relay, Week 1, Day 1

Today marked the beginning of a project that I’ve been developing over the course of the past year, my second curatorial exhibition, Relay. Granted I work at a gallery and often curate the work as it comes in, but this one is completely mine from conception to realization. I am also artistically participating in this one, something that I didn’t initially consider, but felt that I had a vision of a piece that I wanted to construct outside my head for once.

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Blank Slate ready for transformation.

Relay is a five week, intensive installation exhibition with five artists each taking a week to install pretty much whatever their heart desires within the obvious limits of the space (No tearing down walls! But I did say one could dismantle the sink if they could put it back together). The gallery is going to be completely open during the installation process for the public to come and see the artists at work. So this week, I’m kicking us off with my jungle of e-waste!

3/4 of the planned space covered in fabric. Stopping by the fabric store tomorrow.

3/4 of the planned space covered in fabric. Stopping by the fabric store tomorrow.

So much of the materials was collected from a wealth of very generous people willing to give me their trash. The communal process of this was strangely therapeutic and helped ease all the anxieties that I was feeling. Though my collecting was vast, it wasn’t quite enough, but I finally got permission from the town’s outside e-waste handlers giving me free reign of their dumpsters. Thanks Office Recycling Solutions!

Almost all of the electronics that I collected.

Almost all of the electronics that I collected.

Reception is Saturday, 6/27 from 6-8pm at Hera Gallery. Since I won’t have much time to explore outside the gallery during the next few weeks, I’ll be posting from inside it showing the progress of the exhibition!

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