First off, I must extend a HUGE thanks to the Elsewhere Museum. I was fortunate enough to be granted a residency there, and it opened so many new worlds to me. I left that place with new friends, a refreshed state of mind, and a project that I was really proud of.
xoxo, I love you all. <3
This piece is titled "Safe Passage", the following Instructable details my build and experience at the Elsewhere Museum, as I built a site-specific work in one of their stairwells.
The Elsewhere Museum is a magical place.
It is a former thrift store, turned archive, in Greensboro, NC. They invite about 60 artists a year to come into the space, and respond to it.
Yes, that is incredibly vague. But it is intentionally vague. The Elsewhere Museum transports the notion of 'site specificity' to a singular building, and to a finite set of objects. Artists respond to, appropriate, ideate, in and around this iterating time capsule. The space changes rapidly, but always organically.
The building is 100% a representation of it's current inhabitants, a fleet of directors, curators, and interns that are the pulse of that space. I found the space to be a dialectic: one part current inhabitants, responding to the relics of the previous artists and inhabitants, and always considering the building, the thirft store's history, and the materials that have become the collection.