It has always been the goal of the gallery to retain a specific territory for each artist that we represent. What defines the artists as a group is that each, independently, is fully responsible to the medium of their choice and is fully questioning of the role that art plays in the contemporary social-political, and/or cultural arena.
We see the responsibility of the gallery as three fold; to work for the long term development of each artists career, acting as a liaison to international galleries and museums as well as placing works in collections; to create an historical archive for each artist; and to act as an accessible public space in which the exhibitions become an exemplary gesture of the power of subjectivity to the audience at large.
The gallery has primarily been built on the ideals of what it means to represent a specific group of artists over a very long period of time. However, we have also come to realize that infusing the gallery with one-time projects enhances the vocabulary, meaning, and impact of the gallery's agenda. Hence, in 1999 we initiated Gallery 2 as an inspiring and liberating arena to show a large range of selected one-time exhibitions. This program allows us the freedom to show, for instance, a single piece by an artist or a single body of work by an artist we would not otherwise have the opportunity to show, an exhibition of historical works, never been seen artists… Not only does this program broaden the audience's basis of visual reference but it also affords us the opportunity to work with artists that are represented by other galleries, artists that would not seemingly fit neatly into the primary focus of the gallery as well as very young artists that we might otherwise not have the opportunity to show within our primary space.
Interestingly, the inception of Gallery 2 coincided with the joyful event of our ten-year anniversary. At a time when it might be expected that we would be focusing only on the more established it makes us very happy to know that there are many directions that lead to growth.
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