HAPPY MAY DAY!
DEAR FELLOW B.A.A.W.A. MEMBERS & SUPPORTERS,
Thank you to everyone that made it out last weekend to YBCA, to Tour the gallery space for our upcoming PARTICIPATION IN THIS YEARS BAY AREA NOW 7 AT YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS. It was a great meeting & we look forward to working with you all!
& THE DEADLINE IS FAST APPROACHING! (MAY 15TH 5PM)
WE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU, AS ART WORKERS TO PARTICIPATE.
Art workers, Preparators, back of house aficionados, freelancers, on-calls, full timers, hardware geeks, painterly minimalists, sculptural specificities, all eyes on deck!
There are two ways you can be involved in this exhibition:
1. We will be listing all bay area art workers by name on the wall as active participants in the larger economy of art handling, invisible labor, mechanics of exhibition operations, and members of B.A.A.W.A. We would also like to point to your own artist website if you would like to make that available for us.
2. Propose an “art work”
Proposals are “limited” to on-the-job materials and works that grow out of the process of working, as an “art worker”. This may include moments that occur behind the painting, found compositions inside of the crate, on the floor, from truck to gallery. Think also of the physical body in relation to the mechanics of the job, the journey from the artists’ studio to the gallery floor; crates, dollies, boxes, trucks, co-workers, tools, exhibition design and physical placement of the works. How do you move your body while on the job? The simultaneity of choreographed moves are specific in working together to make exhibitions happen, holding a painting for placement, measuring a grid on the wall, lifting a sculpture onto a pedestal. How can these “invisible” moments translate into visible, physical works?
We are looking for proposals to install physical, sculptural interventions in the gallery space. Essentially, we are asking you to replicate, re-build and install an example of “invisible labor”. This is not exclusive to photographic re-presentation.
The space within the gallery we will occupy is the back left corner of “Gallery 2″ in YBCA measuring at approximately 850 sqft +-with one wall being of full windows.
SPECIFICS TO CONSIDER & OR TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FOR PROPOSING WORK :)
- We have space for “take away’s” & or publications
- We have access to a few hours of print time for extra vinyl & signage
Additional available materials include :
- frames (white and black moulding)
- 2 packing blankets
- Various colors of paint
- Various Pedestals
- Long white shelf (currently holding projectors from Public Intimacy exhibition at YBCA now)
- Tables and Benches (from Public Intimacy exhibition at YBCA now)
- Cables and Rated Points in Space (2 aircraft cables coming down from celling to hold a sculpture)
Please let us know if there is anything on this list you would like to reserve- we are working with YBCA to reuse current exhibition furniture and custom pedestals.
As the deadline is fast approaching MAY 15TH, we would like to remind you that as members of b.a.a.w.a. we are very excited about this opportunity & hope you will join us! Please feel free to email us if you have any other questions hello@
*To be a member of Bay Area Art Workers Alliance,
you can either register online as an “art worker”
**still not sure if you are an art worker? That’s okay! Please, feel free to send us an email hello@
PLEASE SEND THIS TO ANY OTHER FRIENDS & FELLOW ART WORKERS WE WOULD LIKE TO REPRESENT AS MANY OF THE BAY AREA ART WORKERS BY NAME AS POSSIBLE!
ALSO IN NEWS:
FELLOW B.A.A.W.A. Member Joey Enos has been invited to present at The Humanities and Changing Conceptions of Work Culminating Conference next week at Berkeley on his research regarding Preparators and the history of Art Handling. We are very excited to join him.
May 8th & 9th at the
David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley,
CA 94704 United States
we look forward to hearing from you.
your fellow art workers