It’s not an exaggeration to say that my recent 6-week art travels to and from New York City, and then around the UK, have changed a few things. I mean, I couldn’t resist effervescing all over social media the entire time, so that’s pretty good, right? Here a few things that have changed, and more importantly, what’s coming up!
After a few months experimenting with showcasing other exhibitions, I’ve decided that there are just too many other folks already doing that (and let’s be honest, so much better) like Contemporary Art Daily and Art Viewer. Exhibitions on yngspc.com are now specific to Young Space projects, but if you’re looking for past exhibition posts, they’re here in a new archived section. This places the emphasis on Young Space exhibitions, and creates a spot for sharing info about upcoming shows.
Is no more. After giving the platform a go a couple of times, it still seems to me that Instagram, followed by Facebook, are simply better for visual art. So I’m sticking with those two!
If you’ve been trying to find the residency application… it’s not you, it’s me. While Claire at Standard Projects is still building out a residency area, and we continue to collaborate on projects, I/Young Space’s involvement will be minimal. As things progress with the space there, and when a new application via Standard Projects becomes available, I’ll be sure to share updates! Pretty much this comes down to…
Hitting the road
Recent travels lit a fire under my ass, let’s just say. And at the precise time when I needed that wakeup call most! I’ve been sitting in one spot for a little while, and it was making me fidgety. So it’s time to put some of that energy in motion. I’m making a go of Young Space as my official gig, especially in terms of art travels. Whatever shape or scale that takes, I’m open to new adventures! That means more travel on the horizon, which means more opportunities for shows, studio visits, and collaborative projects. And one of those is a brand new online project:
Surface Area is a new online gallery/shop on yngspc.com that will feature small finished works from early-career and emerging artists from around the world. It’s an exciting next step in connecting Young Space artists with collectors and art lovers. It rolls out in fall, and I’m SO STOKED.
I have a number of people to blame for putting this idea into my head! And after several months of hemming and hawing over it, mostly due to restrictions on time, I’m ALL IN. Especially after all of the fantastic studio visits I did in NYC and around the UK, it makes all the sense in the world to continue this — with a mic, obvs! So this gal is gonna podcast her way across the country. This fall, I’ll be road tripping from Wisconsin to the Pacific Northwest, and back again, hitting up awesome artist-led spaces, visiting artists in their studios, and generally discovering what the contemporary art scene is like, from Midwest to West. Know of someone/something out that way? Drop me a line. The first series will be released in winter or early spring 2019!
Am I missing anything?
The long and short of it is that Young Space is everything to me, and that’s because there’s no Young Space without You. OH YEAH I WENT THERE. Taking the opportunity to explore new ways of encouraging, supporting, and showcasing artwork and the makers behind it is, well, a no-brainer. More changes and additions will certainly come, but for now, suffice it to say, things have never looked better.