Remote View is the second large-scale Young Space group exhibition of young and emerging contemporary artists from Wisconsin and around the country. Via an open call for art promoted in fall of 2015, 19 artists were juried in by Claire Abitz and myself (Kate Mothes). They included: Cande Aguilar (TX), Lexi Ames (WI), Olav Bjornerud (WI), Katy DeZellar (WI), Donny Gettinger (MN), Maeve Jackson (WI), Heidi Jeub (MN), Spencer Karls (WI), Daniel Klewer (WI), Mel Kolstad (WI), Elyse-Krista Mische (WI), Sarah O’Neil (WI), Victor Perez (FL), Nicholas Perry (WI), Mariana Russell (WI), Beth Servais (WI), Shannon Slane (WI), Joni Van Bockel (MN), and Calvin Whitehurst (AZ).
Additional local artists and artisans stocked a small “off-the-wall” section of small artworks including artists participating in the ARTiculture program, David Aragon, Nathan Pearce, Claire Abitz, and By E&M jewelry and accessories. In the rear of the space, responses from high school students at Appleton Career Academy, a charter program at Appleton North High School, were presented alongside artworks. Students aged 15-18 answered the question, “What function does art have in the community and in our lives? Why is art important?” During the course of the pop-up show, the students were assigned to visit and see the show as they work on a group project in class to curate their own exhibitions and explore museum and gallery careers.
The opening reception from 6-9pm on Friday, March 18 drew, at a rough estimate, about 100 people, and subsequent days, despite a winter storm that closed the space for a couple of weekday afternoons, drew at least a dozen people each day along with several return visitors. A huge thanks to the fantastic sounds of Appleton-based J-COUNCIL who provided an amazing musical performance for the opening.
Another gigantic thanks is due to humorous folk-punk duo Duodenum, also based in Appleton, who drew an enthusiastic group to Green Bay for a show and live album recording on Friday, March 25, and generously donated all proceeds to support Young Space.
As a pop-up show, this exhibition faced challenges that aren’t typically present in a purpose-built gallery, such as unusual build-out and challenging lighting situations, but with the help of the helpful folks at Pfefferle Management, the space cleaned up great and the extra lighting was appreciated!
This show was presented solely by Young Space with local support by Mosaic Arts, Inc. and Downtown Green Bay Inc. who were instrumental in helping to find the amazing 1750sq. ft. converted warehouse space at Main Street Commons. This show was also supported in large part by funds raised during a special fundraising event by Kyle Megna & The Monsoons at Rock Garden Studio in February 2016. Food was generously supplied by Kaukauna Coffee & Tea.
The biggest thanks of all to everyone who stopped out, chatted about art, purchased artwork, and shared in the creative energy!