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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Art Produce Gallery invites you to participate in "OurSpace/Creative Exchange", a community gift exchange

"Territories series: landscape # 6", 2009,
acrylic on wood panel, 4x4 inches

"Territories series: landscape # 7", 2009,
acrylic on wood panel, 4x4 inches

An interesting project initiated by Lynn Susholtz, director of Art Produce Gallery. Here are two small pieces I painted for the project. Any object has to fit in a 6.5x6 inches plastic bag.

From Lynn Susholtz, director of Art Produce Gallery:
Space/Creative Exchange stems from the idea of the Potlatch, a public ritual/festival/feast involving a gift exchange practiced by some indigenous cultures. Potlatch was a community celebration of important events, but also a redistribution and reciprocity of wealth. Once banned by Canadian and US governments, it was considered a wasteful and unproductive custom, not associated with “civilized” values. As artists and community activists we wish to reconsider this custom as an antidote to the Internet-based virtual exchanges and market-driven connections so abundant today. It is our belief that real objects exchanged in a real space, in a real community, can initiate real connections between people and communities.
All gifts will be small enough to fit in a baggie and will be accompanied by a tag with your name and a message to the receiver of your gift. Gifts will be collected or dropped off at Art Produce Gallery through the end of May. A photo of you and your gift will be displayed in the gallery throughout the exhibit.

During the month of June, everyone who dropped off a gift will be able to receive a gift at the Art Produce Gallery. Please contribute something small, something you created, something found or something meaningful.

Our Space/Creative Exchange is a component of the art exhibit portion of "Voices: Mapping the Hood" at Art Produce Gallery, from May 17 to June 28, 2009. Create a gift in the gallery at the North Park Arts Festival, May 17, from 11:00 to 4:00 pm.

OurSpace/Creative Exchange is a project of “Art at the Core: Building Community”, a community movement in North Park and City Heights that utilizes art as a catalyzing force for positive change. Our goal is to increase access, engagement and participation in the civic process through community cultural development.

For more info, contact Lynn:

Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue

San Diego, CA 92104


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