A new interview on B@S

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I’m approaching the end of my Providence interview project: I have two more pieces to upload: something I put together about AS220 and an interview with the Steel Yard. These go live in the coming weeks. This week, I posted an interview with a nomadic gallery called RK Projects. I’ve inserted the introduction below; it was an interesting conversation for me, particularly in thinking through the ways RKP engages history/commerce through a range of architectural sites. Their nomadic nature enables them to activate this dialogue on multiple levels — from industrial trailers to a University gallery setting. You can read the whole interview by going here.

Often art spaces emerge in response to rumbling (and specific) undercurrents in a given community. In the Artists Run Chicago Digest — a book I put together with threewalls that examines artist-run art spaces in Chicag0 between 1999 and 2009— almost every interview conducted with gallery founders talk about how they opened a space because of some recognized lack. Miguel Cortez, for instance, when asked about why he started Antenna Gallery said, “Chicago has long had a history of ‘do-it-yourself’ art spaces and I felt that the Pilsen neighborhood was lacking in contemporary art spaces. I have seen alt. spaces come and go in the Pilsen neighborhood over the years. So I reopened a space on my own after Polvo closed.” In almost every case, founders feels something noticeably underrepresented — nine times out of ten it’s “good art” — and suddenly they takes it upon themselves to fill the niche. In this way, artist-run spaces create corner stones in an ongoing (and usually undocumented) conversation. Very often, whether as an unintended bi-product or a focused agenda, they reflect back on aesthetic, political and economic issues of a geographical local. Providence of course is no different. In the following interview I talk with co-founder and organizer of RK Projects, Tabitha Piseno. RK Projects is a nomadic, contemporary, non-commercial gallery. Each curated exhibit creates a dynamic and reciprocal interrogation between contemporary art work by local artists and the (often unused) architectural site it inhabits. At the moment, RK Projects has a show, “ATLAS” with work by X.V. installed at the Granoff Center in Brown University. You can hear some of the installation sounds from that show by going here.

“Atlas,” X.V, from RK Projects current exhibition at the Granoff Center, Brown University

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