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For the closing on Saturday the 6th, Kelly Lynn Jones will work with all of the artists involved and create a group exhibition that will ultimately highlight the many actions and objects that occupied the space in October. New pieces will be made from the earlier installations as well as a sound piece from Collin McKelvey who documented the movement …during the making of all the pieces. Victoria Keddie will also be recreating through video and sound a set of objects Jones had sent to her in NYC.
Observation Booth: (The gallery’s window box which became the intermediate between the external outside community and the internal space of the gallery)
The Observation Booth has been a month-long investigation into the physical, historical, and social space surrounding the gallery. Taking up residence in the front window, Georgia Carbone and Kelly Lynn Jones have collected artifacts, stories, and observations from the 5600 block of San Pablo Ave. The final presentation of this project, during the closing on November 6th, will be an interpretive distillation of the material that has accumulated.
Chance plays a huge part in how Jones’s work unfolds, which lead to why she decided to invite other artists to help create a new show each week. This past month 8 artists joined her in re-imagining the same gallery space each week for four weeks. Her role shifted as artist, curator, architect, director and performer simultaneously, creating a variety of perspectives while working on all of the installations.
Each week provided a new space of inquiry, thought and engagement. The collaborations for the weekly installments were first conceived out of considering the commonalities between the artist and Jones. They created a concept around those common interests and how those ideas could function as well as highlight the space. Each weekly project proved to be about process, problem solving, time constraints and ultimately learning to let go once the opening was over since a new installment was beginning. As the reflection of the past month sets in, most of the artists involved saw the weeks as a beginning of a larger collaboration and will continue to build off of the work they began in that week at Sight School.
The ideas that were investigated throughout the month of October within a multitude of media are as follows:
Seeking to define moments of internal focus, homage to the present and the importance of pause and reflection, creating instructions as a way to make art, exploring the many layers of how history unfolds between the archetypal function of an object and story telling, and probing what it means for an artist to work, and what that work is.
Artists include: Kelly Lynn Jones, Michelle Blade, Brandon Walls Olsen, Matthew Waldbillig, Georgia Carbone, Maggie Haas, Samantha Roth, Collin McKelvey, and Victoria Keddie.
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