Friday, March 27, 2009

Art House Gallery : The Canvas Project 2

I have been watching The Art House Gallery and its programs for a while now. They are doing some really interesting & current project shows. After doing the collaboration Eye to Eye for the Zendai MoMA, I feel more drawn to group/community art projects and also art give-aways (like mail art). Also I am in a playful place where I am trying new ways of creating and showing.

I decided to give one of their shows a go and I signed up to do The Canvas Project. Which will have two at the the Art House Gallery and one at the The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's Atrium Gallery. There will also be a book printed.

So the project is you get 5 3x3 canvas and 5 words to interpret. FUN! I received my in the mail words are .................Parthenogenesis, liberation, optical, malignant, & target. I have some thinking to do :-)

Gallery Info.....
Art House Gallery is located in downtown Atlanta, Ga in the Castleberry Hill art district.
The gallery holds shows for our projects as well as emerging local artists. With every show we curate, an emphasis is put towards viewer interaction in some form.

Art House is about family.
Art House creates massive, nationwide art projects that tie hundreds of artists together.

We started two years ago with the goal of bringing art to the masses. Since we started, we have interacted with thousands of artists from around the world, all brought together with the common goal of creating art and sharing it with each other.
We host many of the exhibitions for our projects Atlanta, Ga. In an attempt to give artists as much recognition as possible, as well as providing the opportunity to see the exhibition that they're a part of in person, we have started taking select projects to guest galleries around the country.

A brief history of Art House
Art house was started by Steven and Shane back in Spring of 2006 while they were undergrads at Atlanta College of Art. The idea originally started as a group of artists all getting together to have a show at a local venue. Steven and Shane were just the organizers. They quickly got cocky and decided they were going to open up a store front even if it meant pouring all of their hard earned cash into it and living on the street.
They first opened their doors in December of 2006 in a little complex in Decatur, Ga. That space started as a pay-to-play gallery, but quickly lost it's spark. Steve and Shane wanted to create an idea that would spread their name, as well as create a community of artists. They crafted together the first ever "A Million Little Pictures." Sign-ups were slow for awhile until they got picked up by the Yahoo Daily Wire newsletter and soon received over 150 sign-ups! Though that was exciting for the boys, it still didn't pay the rent. One hot summer night, as a last minute effort to get enough money to pay their rent at the gallery, they started "The Sketchbook Project." Well, apparently people liked sketchbooks because it quickly took off. The first ever sketchbook project had just over 500 participants. From there, they created more projects and spruced up some old ones.
They now reside in Castleberry Hill - the main arts district in Atlanta, Ga. Since it's inception, Art House has interacted with over 5,000 artists from around the world. Art House currently consists of Steven, Shane, and their beloved intern Katherine.

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