Sommerkampf is a temporary art gallery and innovative project space constructed from a freestanding portable storage unit. It will house the work of five young, contemporary artists from Brooklyn and Manhattan. Sommerkampf is a series of separate experimental solo exhibitions incorporating installation, painting, video and performance over consecutive two-week cycles. Sommerkampf is open to the public from June 9 through August 14. Sommerkampf is located at the foot of Tallman Mountain State Park in the southeastern corner of Rockland County, NY, immediately over the Bergen County border from New Jersey, only 15 min north of the GWB and New York City, up into the lower Hudson River Valley. It is quietly nestled under a spruce tree on the wooded property of The OUTSIDE IN.
Vincent Como June 9 - June 19. (Reception Sunday June 12, 2-5PM.)
David Bernstein June 23 - July 3. (Reception Sunday June 26, 4-8PM @7PM a collaborative sculptural performance with Ray Ray.)
Stephen Wuensch July 7 - July 17. (Reception Friday July 8, 5-9PM @ 8PM New London Fire record release event. Dave Debiak (acoustic guitar & voice) and Rebecca Schlappich (violin) play selections from their new album The Dirt, The Blood, The Faith round the campfire.)
Don Edler July 21 - July 31. (Reception Sunday July 24, 2-5PM.)
Legacy Russell August 4 - August 14. (Reception Sunday August 7, 2-5PM.)
This project was conceived of by Stephen Wuensch as a summer escape for the city's creative community. While The OUTSIDE IN places its focus on artists of the Hudson Valley, Sommerkampf becomes a space of visitation. It provides participants and viewers the opportunity to operate inside of a self-contained space with no limits. The participating artists have been given loose guidelines- responding to the site and community with an aesthetic borrowed from neighborhoods like the Lower East Side, Williamsburg, and Bushwick. The project opens a dialogue on the specificity of place, while highlighting the diversity of the larger metropolitan area. Sommerkampf delivers a creative freedom that comes with contingencies. A space measuring less than 100 square feet with solo exhibitions running only two weeks necessitates a rapid pace of design and installation. This structure is intended to bring an energy and excitement to this unique community while maximizing opportunities for artists and viewers. Additional projects and performances will take place throughout the summer.