A group of 15 artists put this space together given to them by the Downtown Partnership.
Through C A R T, Current Gallery is positing that art is not optional, but essential. It affects all of us internally, whether we are aware of it or not, and it should therefore be considered as fundamental to our daily lives as the products we purchase at grocery stores every week. Therefore, Current Space will be transformed into a fully functional mini-supermarket, complete with aisles, window displays, shopping baskets, and cash registers in an attempt to explore the exchange of artists’ labor for profit in a familiar, everyday setting. (ending reception 7-10 p.m. Oct. 21)
Practically all galleries have the same sparse set-up-monochrome walls, wood floors, lots of open space-so as not to detract from the pieces being exhibited. Current Gallery turns this concept on its head, allowing the environment to dictate the nature of its inhabitants. For C A R T, only open for a few more days, Current Gallery transformed its space into a mini-supermarket, and a fully functional one at that. Aisles, window displays, cash registers, and shopping baskets have all been erected, perhaps to say that art is as necessary a labor as the employment we undertake in order to purchase the food we consume, and that art should not be seen as separate from the average American's labor and consumption cycle; it should be an integrated and significant part of the whole. The mini-supermarket allows artists to explore the exchange of their labor for profit in a familiar, everyday setting. In honor of the exhibition's closing reception 7-10 p.m. Oct. 21, prices are being slashed left and right on pieces from local artists and those from as far as Europe and Australia. (Sarah Salovaara)
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