This is my love-post to Artspace Raleigh. Because my first Two-Person show there was better than I had allowed myself to imagine. How often does that happen? Does that happen? I can say now, yes.
First, a peek down the hall of the upper floor, lined with artist's studios:
The monumental borrowed-clothing installation by Jarod Charzewski, downstairs in Gallery One:
And my work's two month home, Gallery Two:
where Director of Programs and Exhibitions, (and curatorial magician) Lia Newman and I and my mom Norma (taking photos just then), unwrapped and cut and untwisted the last four years of my life.
So that it could look like this:
and allow me to share the space with the intricately beautiful work of Barry Sparkman.
My stereoscope project made its debut:
And so did Red Collection:
That's me under Climb, Cling and Drift Away,
my formidable mom, Norma, with Conjoined.
Barry Sparkman's mixed media work:
And a dream of an opening, filled with hundreds of visitors, and what I wanted to see so much-pointing and examining and leaning in close.
And there was dancing!
Thank you Artspace, Lia and Mary and Chelsea and Katie and Michelle and Paris, to the Artists-in-Residence that I had a chance to talk with, to the amazing David Dorfman Dance group, that set the place on fire, the people of the lovely city of Raleigh, who made First Friday so much fun, thank you all for everything, for an amazing week, an experience that has been life-changing. And special thank you to Laurie and Jim, who traveled to be there, on a very big night.
Amy Gross and Barry Sparkman
February 3rd - March 31st, 2012