Installation View - Downstairs
The Lost Room was built as a place to send people who stole candy from the Candy Bank, and everyone who enters has to stay for at least a year.
The playground there is for all of the vampires, werewolves, and zombies that entered the lost room and were never allowed to leave. If you were to turn the lights on you would see that it is really just the remains of a playground, all that is left is scratched and bitten wood.
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More Art, a non-profit organization, brings children from New York's Chelsea neighborhood into contact with the contemporary art world. The largest concentration of contemporary art galleries in the world is less than three blocks away from Clinton Middle School and More Art brings artists into the classroom to collaborate, work with, and learn from the students rather than to 'teach' them. When the Waymaker Gallery's New York Associate, Justin Berry, was asked to participate with the program he decided to give the students a chance to curate and produce an art exhibition of their own. After visiting some of the galleries in their neighborhood he asked the students to think of objects and environments that could become part of a compelling art exhibition. Based on the drawings they produced and the ideas that they discussed, Justin visited artist's studios and consulted fabricators in New Caladon to organize a mixture of commissioned and pre-existing works for this exhibition.
Months later when the show was finally installed, Justin Berry put together booklets with images of the finished works and the initial drawings produced by the students. Working with a second group of Clinton Middle School students, this time in the fall semester, he asked them to try and figure out what the artworks might represent. The students wrote down their narratives in the booklets provided and were asked to describe the art with their words or actions on video. The goal is to present an art exhibit about the stories inspired by the art rather than the story behind it. The narratives presented here not only describe the exhibit, they become its most salient feature.
The conceptual motivations behind the specific works will be left without authoritative account, and the three artists (and one craftsman) who contributed their work to the show have all agreed to remain nameless. We encourage you to come and visit our physical space to invent some stories of your own or else to visit the website, if you live far away, and hear some of the stories that these works of art have inspired.
Thank you to More Art for their generous support.