Two weeks ago the GreatFruit Collective gave an unsuspecting Cambridge office space, slated for demolition, one last hurrah. For 72 hours the artists toiled against the clock transforming florescence and white walls into a colorful multi-sensory exhibition space. The YES OUI SI show at 270 3rd St. in Kendall Square was the result of a collaboration with the Cambridge Art Council’s Open Studio event.
We came together with a vision: Find a space and create a variety show, fusing together many unique talents in a vast spectrum of mediums and showcasing the works of our extended family.
Entering the Labyrinth
YES OUI SI
With blue and green waves of acetate dancing up the glass walls and a large bubble wrap projection screen, this underwater space was a briny stage for musicians and performers, including Nina Violet, Baby Brainwaves, Willy Mason, James Sprang, The Hog Stompers, Nate Sprague, Angel Russell, Adam Howell, The Old Edison, Adam Lipsky, Miguel de Braganza, Mike Schlenoff and Horse Thief. Also in this space was a collaborative painting environment, live projections by Sarah Gingras, and a super psychedelic stage backdrop painted by Dawn Simunovich. The guests sat powwow style on the floor and remained captivated by the musical performances, until late Sunday when everybody found their dancing shoes.
The L Gallery
The events most formal space displaying contemporary works in traditional media of painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture.
Salvaged Soundscape, by Blaise Danio
an interactive installation where viewers are invited to sit inside two facing pillars, created from an amalgamation of highly resonate discarded objects such as window panes, steel railroad spikes and drinking glasses,. inorder to encourage the exploration of the vibrationaly neglected.
Jason Bashaw’s re-creation of an eighteenth century woodshop was a performance featuring traditional tools including a shave horse, froe, hand drills and chisels. These were used to transform logs into boards and spindles, which by the end of the event had filled the wood room. The smell of the freshly cut wood was divine, a true highlight of the entire show.
Tiny Nook Gallery
A space for a more intimate investigation of smaller works by Lena Gustafson, Olivia Ives-Flores and Lilla Cory Warren . On display where an array of texture photographs, Litho prints, collage, drawings and hand-held bronze reliquary sculptures.
No Man’s Land
No Man’s Land is a mixed media installation utilizing light, space, and life. It plays with the viewers’ perception of space and the relative confinement of our bodies’ relationship with it. Upon entering the room one’s attention is taken, first, by the ephemeral light reflecting off of the silvery surface of the walls, then immediately by the only object inside: a cube fashioned of two-way mirrors. In the cube are a mirrored dome, green plant-life, and exposed fluorescent light bulbs. The mirrored surface inside the cube gives the effect of an infinitely reflecting world with nothing else to disrupt the pure simplicity of plants and light. The voyeuristic nature of the two-way mirror gives the viewer a sense that while looking into the cube the life inside (obviously blind) cannot see or sense anything beyond their infinite confinement. The room itself being mirrored on every part of it’s boxy surface hints at being in a space similar to the inside of the cube. This connection between the inside of the cube and the inside of the room itself suggests simply that perhaps the spaces we normally exist in are more confining than we think they are.
Prelude to C.A.A.T. photo exhibition by Zacharie Lanoue
exhibiting an smorgasbord of reinterpretations and documentation of Classic Age Appropriate Togetherness (C.A.A.T), GreatFruit Family, Baby BrainWaves as well as his other photographic exploits.
Contemporary Age Appropriate Togetherness C.A.A.T Litter Box
The living, gyrating, pulsating organism oozing and spilling paint and wit. The origin of everything that is C.A.A.T, collaborations by Miguel Horowitz and George Winkler.
Black Box Movie House and Puppet Theater
Using creative ingenuity, staples and black trash bags, a windowless storage space was transformed in to a black box movie house with pillow seating on the flloor. Videos were screened on to a traveling theatre constructed by Mass Art Sculptor Alisa Javitz, showcasing the works of David Henry Gerson, Kevin Clancy, Adrian Molina and Olivia Ives-Flores, and animations by Nick Gibney, Brooke Scibelli, and Zacharie LaNoue were shown as well.