Fowler Project Space is pleased to present All Together Now, an exhibition of talented artists from the studios that form Fowler Arts Collective, that investigates what it means to work in a collective today. The work presented in All Together Now is self-revelatory and aims to give our audience and ourselves a better understanding about what we make, why we make it, and how working in a shared space might influence our work. Artist-run collectives and galleries are an important part of the art-world ecosystem in New York City. Perhaps in reaction to more commercially driven “white-box” galleries, artist-run spaces offer artists an alternative, more self-directed path to making and showing work while figuring out how to survive this city. By choosing to present individually created work in the same collective space, this exhibition considers whether the work we present exists in some collective consciousness. We ask how this space binds us together or keeps us separate.
During the 1960’s and 70’s, America was confronted with cult movements, the Vietnam War, civil rights, nuclear proliferation, and student protests, to name just a fraction of the political realities happening on US soil. These “years of change” were equally marked by some of the most outstanding contributions in art, politics and society; Andy Warhol presented his Campbell’s Soup Cans, Russia launched the first man onto the moon, and Microsoft was founded, creating the most dramatic shift in technological history.
In response to the wars at home and abroad, “we’ll fight back” promulgated into a worldwide phenomenon. The artist collective re-entered popular memory, and a new wave of people sought to became a catalyst for social change. Models based on “collectivism after modernism” were utilized as an alternative from the one-artist-one-object paradigm. Collectives like LA-based Asco (1972-1987) focused on absurdist projects that were against America’s involvement in Vietnam. Anticapitalist and anti-corporate collectives like Fluxus (1962-1978), and later Bernadette Corporation (1990’s-present), were hell-bent on ways to subvert the dominant modernist discourse. And, groups like the Guerrilla Girls (1985-present) focused on producing objects and experiences as a way to shed light on the complexities of insidious power.
Many of the same issues that afflicted the world during these “years of change” are still unsolved, if not worsened. How does Fowler compare to the collectives that were born during those years? What culture or subculture are we creating, taking part in, or reacting to?
Please join us for the opening reception of All Together Now on Friday, Sept. 13th from 6-9pm. The opening takes place during a neighborhood wide event, Greenpoint Gallery Night, during which 12+ galleries will hold receptions during the same late hours.