Earlier this year one of my studio mates, Allynn Lodge, told me about an art cooperative in Quincy Market called Spaceus, which is the brainchild of two MIT graduate students – Ellen Shakespear and Stephanie Lee. Their aim is to use vacant storefronts or other brick-and-mortar spaces as collaborative art studio/performance/display spaces. Spaceus is operated on a subscription basis.
I was all set to deliver some of my artwork to their venue at Quincy Market (aka Boston Tourist Central) when I got word that Spaceus was forced to vacate their temporary storefront. After quite a bit of work with local authorities and developers, they found another temporary space in the old Roslindale Substation. This past weekend I delivered several pieces of my artwork to the new location, an amazing renovated historical building that was available after Trillium Brewing left.
Coincidentally, the artist doing the sound installation for Saturday's opening event, Steve Norton, was someone I know! Steve has created a piece called "Requiem: in memoriam, twelve recently extinct species" which is an audio presentation of ten birds and two frogs that became extinct during the era of recorded sound.
Truly dimensional and interesting, I recommend getting over there to check it out. Steve isolated the calls from the backgrounds of some pretty old recordings. He then set them up on loops that played at different times through four channels, creating a seemingly random aural environment of animal voices.
Our friends Tess and Kate showed up and we stayed much longer than expected, checking out the other art and generally catching up.