Monday, August 13, 2007
The Crash Pad, Latitude 53, August 10 - September 8, 2007
Photo credits: Jessica Tse, 2007
As the third installment of Sheri Barclay's ongoing curatorial project, The Crash Pad surpasses any initial hesitation or doubt surrounding the transplant of transient art into the static quo of a gallery setting.
Turning the main space of Latitude into the quintessential crash pad, the exhibit, especially on opening night, was one-part installation and one-part performance. An ideal setting for this close knit city currently underhoused and overpriced rent, Make It Not Suck regulars line the walls along with crash pad props and continue on the one basic unifying thread: i.e. Barclay's insistence to make Edmonton not suck.
The intro piece, a series of photographs of long lost misnomers, confronts nostalgia for what once was with a never-say-die urge to tough it out and explore what "home" could mean. As the statement warns, "Vancouver is not the answer."
Gillian Willans' "Pursuit of Happiness" stands as the keynote to the exhibit, threading together her idea of home cartographically through memory and association--producing an appreciation of place without necessarily stumbling into the realm of longing.
Not out of duty and possibly out of community, the project's mandate from the beginning was one born from boredom and the instinctual "fight or flight" mentality.
In its latest reincarnation, Barclay and co. addresses the live concerns of a very active and real community that exists largely outside of the "legitimate art" radar.
Artists leave Edmonton on a continual basis and arguably they leave because they don't feel that they belong here, that they can make it elsewhere because they'll be appreciated elsewhere. But in staying, and doing, the prospect of making it here and consequently expanding those boundaries of acceptance seem to be gaining its own momentum of appreciation.
at 1:16:00 a.m.