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Where art meets audience.


That’s how the Wikiped defines art exhibition.  (Did I tell you that I once had a job in which I read the dictionary all day?  Better than filing.)


Have there been exhibitions where art does not meet audience?  Go to a room and there is nothing?


I know for a fact that was done in 2005 at the Venice Biennale because I was in that room.  The German pavilion.  Thomas Scheibitz and Tino Sehgal.  Instead of art there were questions and a song and a little skipping.  In that room I met the thought of art.


What about an online exhibition?  Reproduction meets audience - does that qualify?


Perhaps it makes one want to see the real thing so badly that you get out of the house, into the car and go…or in some cities the metro or bus or moto or bicycle or…  But I write from los angeles so naturally it is the car I envision.


One thing about going is that there is a returning and then a reflection.  It is a process.  And during the being-there part, a definite meeting between it and me.  This leads to the thought: Where does this meeting begin and end really?  When I first get the idea to go?  With the last time I think about having been?  Time warp – I’m still at the Biennale!


But let me return to artslant and the reason for this rattle.


our rackroom

Here at artslant we wanted an exhibition space of sorts, but something other than that because, of course, we can only give you the repro – a placeholder.  Therefore, we came up with the rackroom. 


The rackroom name alludes to the back room in a gallery where the work is kept in racks.  Often in that back room, people talk about art and maybe take a peek at some art and consider how it might look once hung or placed.  So the rackroom is a place of wanting art. 


Getting There

Our rackroom shows change every two or three weeks.  You can find our rackroom announcements on our homepage in the Community area.


To go to our rackroom you don’t need to leave the house.  Just click twice: once on Community in our main menu; once on Rackroom in our sub-menu.  No wind or rain or scorching sun required.


Being There

In our rackroom we feature emerging and early-stage artists and we try to connect with exhibits they are having at the moment.  In addition to a full slideshow of their work, we showcase the artist through an interview and sometimes photos of them and their studio.  This becomes a meeting of artist and audience once removed.


end of story – or maybe the beginning

The final experience is a thing of beauty: I want to be meeting artist and art. 


I like this idea so much.  This is artslant.

- georgia

Posted by ArtSlant Team on 3/27/07 | tags: rackroom

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