TRADE SHOW: a collection of traded paintings. Curated x Rachel Wolfson Smith, December 1-December 23, 2017
Trade Show: A collection of traded paintings. Curated x Rachel Wolfson Smith
Opening Reception: Friday, December 1, 7-10pm
Exhibition: December 1-December 23, 2017
Hours: Saturdays 12-5 pm or by appointment
Artists may be poor, but their art collections are mighty. The artwork they hang in their homes is acquired by forging friendships and making trades. Each piece shows a lineage of conversations, critiques, and ideas that their identity as an artist, and as a person were built on.
"Trade Show" is the collection of other-painter’s-paintings that Wolfson traded her work for over the years. Each piece shows insight into her past, be it from Ben McKee’s introspective rainbow spectrums , Chris Fitzwater’s blue drunks, Jovan Erfan’s modern Persian miniatures, or Laura Swytak’s unparalleled eye for light. Each is a piece of the puzzle.
The show is housed in the gallery at Pump Project Art Complex, a 1950’s warehouse built from long pine that’s been subdivided into dozens of artist’s studios and two galleries. Since its birth in 2005 it’s grown into a place of exploration, experimentation, and friendship. Trade Show coincides with sister gallery ICOSA collective’s TSA LA / MVP show, another show of trades with a broader community of artist collectives.
As we sit on the edge of the Pump Project building closing, it feels more timely than ever to show what community can look like, and how important it is to merge the existing history of Austin with the newcomers, like Wolfson, who want to grow with it.
*painting by Ben McKee
Born in Baltimore, MD, Rachel Wolfson Smith earned her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from Indiana University. She is an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant recipient, and has participated in artist residencies at Halka Sanat in Istanbul, the Babyan Culture House in Ibrahimpasa, Turkey, and with the Austin Fire Department. A frequent traveler, Smith is inspired by the similarities of different cultures. Her large scale drawings focus on myth and self through images of forests and crashing cars. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. She maintains a studio at Pump Project Art Complex in Austin, TX.
DONATE TO OUR RELOCATION FUND And please join us this weekend for what might be our last weekend of the East Austin Studio Tour!
For over a decade, Pump Project Art Complex has been proud to call the bright yellow warehouse on Shady Lane home. This big, old building has been our place for community and creativity for 12 years.
Our plan was to raise money for the needed CODE improvements – but the landlord has now decided against extending our lease.
While we are still seeking a way in which we might be able to stay in our iconic big bright yellow building, it's a longshot, so we have decided to refocus our efforts on relocating.
Over the next few months, we will be looking for a new home – we are asking all those who support the artist community here in Austin to donate whatever you can to help Pump Project in this effort.
WHO WE ARE
We are a group of over 40 artists and craftspeople who call Pump Project Art Complex home. Pump Project Art Complex is a 501(c)3 non-profit, East Austin art space that provides working studios and gallery facilities to emerging and established artists.
Our story began in in 2005 as Shady Tree Studios with a few artists, an old empty warehouse, and a substantial amount of initiative. In the past twelve years Pump Project has become a staple of the Austin art community. We serve the community with year-round art exhibition programming in our 1,000 sq. ft. gallery space. We are also a major stop on the East Austin Studio Tour each year, a testament to the great work of our members and the encouraging culture that Austin has for its artists.
Over the last 12 years, we have provided exhibition facilities and affordable studio space for hundreds of artists in the Austin community, and we are very proud of the work we have done. Your donation, in any amount, will help us in our efforts to relocate and to keep our community going.
Please join us for the East Austin Studio Tour November 11-12 & 18-19 from 11a to 6p.
It’s that time of year again! We hope you’re all as excited as we are for this year’s East Austin Studio Tour!
Come browse the artist studios & gallery here at stop #264. Take a look at our studio members here.
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Pump Project is a nonprofit art organization with a mission to enrich and reinforce Austin's creative community through working artist studios and exhibition facilities. With over 30 different artists and craftspeople working in our space, there is almost always something for everyone!