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‘Avalon’ Closing Reception + Artist Talk by Alex Costantino

‘Avalon’ by Alex Costantino

First Friday Artwalk, August 3rd

Closing Reception from 5-8pm

Artist Talk at 7pm


‘East Island Tracts’, 3-D landscape installation by Alex Costantino

‘Avalon’
Landscape Installations by Alex Costantino
NOW’S YOUR CHANCE! Check out this unique exhibition for the first time or visit again to hear the talented Alex Costantino speak about the work, material, process, and concept behind ‘Avalon’, August 3rd at 7pm.
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In the better half of the 21st century, in the middle of a glacier-carved lake in the hilly north edge of a certain green, mountainous state, there is an island village called Avalon. It exists after scarcity, with a peculiar continuity to its past as a lumber milling center and a summertime retreat for farther-flung wealth. Avalon is a portrait of a particular rural future, one in which the questions of life in the outer edges of a wealthy, deeply unequal society have been answered in unexpected ways.

 

The world of Avalon is partially one of technological post scarcity, with much of the challenge of keeping everyone housed and clothed solved by careful and efficient extraction of the means of keeping all people housed, clothed, and fed using technologies most analogous to contemporary rapid prototyping, made democratically cheap and ubiquitous, but also changes in society, locally and throughout this global future, of more free and more equal distribution not only of the technology at issue, but the knowledge and means to use it. It hasn’t meant that there are no clerks, or farmers, or teachers on Avalon, but that none of them really want for anything.

The project of Avalon comes from a desire to see a future for the world we live in, one not mired in dystopias that warn us against our worst possible todays without pointing toward the better world that is indeed possible. It’s particularly pressed on by a desire to see a future that isn’t characterized by the bleeding edge of the technologically and culturally possible we see in most speculative fiction, one centered on the great cosmopolitan global cities or interplanetary frontiers, but one that can be envisioned in the small, aging towns, the remote and currently-shrinking places that have and likely will be receiving the future’s distribution second and third-hand.

 

‘Lighthouse Island’, three dimensional landscape installation by Alex Costantino

July 2018: ‘Avalon’ by Alex Costantino

‘Avalon’

Landscape Installations by Alex Costantino

July 6 – 28, 2018

Opening Reception First Friday: July 6th from 5 – 9pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday from 12 – 5pm

‘Avalon Islands’ 3-D landscape vignette by Alex Costantino

In the better half of the 21st century, in the middle of a glacier-carved lake in the hilly north edge of a certain green, mountainous state, there is an island village called Avalon. It exists after scarcity, with a peculiar continuity to its past as a lumber milling center and a summertime retreat for farther-flung wealth. Avalon is a portrait of a particular rural future, one in which the questions of life in the outer edges of a wealthy, deeply unequal society have been answered in unexpected ways.

‘House on the Plain’ 3-D landscape vignette by Alex Costantino

For the month of July, join The Space Gallery as we transport you to Avalon, through a series of three dimensional landscape vignettes by Alex Costantino.

June 2017 Exhibition – Peter Richards

Solo Exhibitions for First Friday Art Walk!

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2 from 5 – 9pm
Exhibition Duration: June 2 – July 1, 2017

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery:
‘A Hair in the Stars and Grass’
by Peter Richards

Peter Richards – ‘If I Remember Those Seas Out of Kenai’

The Backspace Gallery:
‘Character Witness’
by Alex Costantino

Alex Costantino – ‘Resilience’

A pair of prolific studio members of The Backspace Gallery, Peter Richards and Alex Costantino, launch exciting solo exhibitions to kick off this June’s First Friday Art Walk!
With the loss of our auxiliary gallery, The Backspace, in June, this will be our last First Friday Art Reception in there…so don’t miss it!
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‘A Hair in the Stars and Grass’
Peter Richards
June 2 – July 1, 2017

In this new work I want each piece to tell a story, but with only the aura of a story and perhaps its setting doing the telling. I enjoy reading stories and so I’m interested in the ways stories evoke, transport, and enlist the reader into adventures built more out of atmosphere, tone, and voice, than what is ostensibly narrative. While events in life are important, I find it curious, and perhaps it stands as a rule—a great novel is great always despite it’s story. So I look in this new work to explore the question— outside of figure, what are some of the utilities a painting enjoys for creating realities that are at once habitable, intimate, and convincing, I’m also curious about the activity that exists somewhere in the overlap between viewing a painting and reading a text. I like to populate my paintings (suggestively) with what might be perceived as purely imaginary letters, and from alphabets and languages that are equally imagined. Imagined, but are they real? and if so, what are the semiotic, aesthetic, and spatial consequences when such lettering presents itself as not only imaginary, but also biological in form, and sentient in disposition? For me the question occurs simultaneous with the painting becoming embryonic in its outcome, and perhaps even still astral yet in the stage and mode it presents itself to the viewer. And as much as I want my painting to each one tell the particular story of how it came into being, it’s also true I wish for the viewer’s attention to absorb into the painting as one of its happily imagined, and living constituents.

Peter Richards – ‘The Slips’

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‘Character Witness’
Alex Costantino
May 27 – June 3, 2017

Although these are images riddled and defined by abstraction, still they are images of human beings experiencing change, life, transformation. They are meant at once to be paintings- objects concerned with their own materiality and the manner of their creation- as well as communions of artist and subject. What makes them portraits is, as much as anything, that they are not the human beings they represent.

Every portrait is a fiction, just as every painting is simultaneously an engagement with a subject and, in itself, an inert object. Whether full scale nudes or merely a pair of hands, these paintings are meant to capture some measure of an individual- some measure of the subjects’ emotional residue, of their physical presence, of their life lived apart from being a subject. And because these paintings depict people through varied ages and stages of life, these pictures communicate that transition. Each one is being, and becoming.

Alex Costantino – ‘Domenica’

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