NURTUREart is pleased to present: …Is This Free?, its 2012 Summer exhibition series.
Curated by Marco Antonini, this project will consist of three exhibitions, featuring artworks, ephemera and publications that have been mostly conceived and produced to be freely distributed. Historically relevant artworks, ephemera and publications loaned from private collections will be presented side by side with contemporary work by emerging artists, including a series of project-specific artworks commissioned to emerging artists. Community high-school students and members of our audience will be involved in the production of open-source artworks and instructional pieces, producing work that will ultimately become part of the three exhibitions.
The program aims to address a series of equally timely and important questions: Can art really be free? At what cost do creative ideas exist (and thrive) as acts of generosity? Who owns a work of art, once it is freely distributed and supposedly liberated from commercial interests? … Conceived as a collective effort and produced with the collaboration of a large group of artists, individuals and organizations, …Is This Free? responds to a highly visible trend in the development of artistic practices that use free or alternative forms of exchange as forms of distribution, bypassing the art markets and their rules. The program’s inclusion of artwork, ephemera and publications dating as far as the sixties provides a historical frame of reference for the younger artists involved, tracking down the paths of surprising inter-generational trajectories.
The program will span the whole summer, running from July 6 to September 22, 2012. The exhibition has an incremental dynamic, with new artworks unveiled at every opening, adding up to to an expanding gallery installation.
Mark Your Calendars! Three opening receptions will be held at NURTUREart’s 56 Bogart Gallery, respectively on:
*Friday, July 6
presenting artworks by: Elisabeth Smolarz, Shinsuke Aso, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Daniel Seiple, Leah Raintree, Cesare Pietroiusti, Eric Doeringer, Becca Albee and others
*Friday, August 3
adding artworks by: Elaine Tin Nyo, Julie Torres, Vikenti Komitski, Brad Troemel, Cody Castro, Steve Lambert/Yesmen and others
*Friday, August 31
adding artworks by: Detext, Don Edler, Carrie Dashow, Jiri Thyn, Lotte Van Den Audenaeren, Daniel Bejar and others
All receptions are FREE and open between 7 and 9pm.