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Debt Positive: Opening Reception
Jun 3, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free!
*Cayla Mae Presents: Free*SandwichesJune 3 from 6-9pm
Through an evolving exhibition, performances, and workshops Debt Positive beckons people to re-envision debt, sublimate it, and consider possibilities for eliminating its wasteful implementations. Debt might be the fundamental basis of human relations, but today it is also tricky business. Individuals shun it, but organizations welcome it as a means to grow. Debt seems to drive the economy yet appears abstracted to absurdity. Most people in the U.S. share debt, yet debt is borne out privately. How do we put our finger on the debt, which is everywhere powerful and nowhere seen? For three weeks in June Debt Positive invites you to bring interest to bear on indebtedness that is shared openly and not exclusively.
Cassie Thornton’s site-specific paintings for financial institutions, the solidarity building workshops of Rolling Jubilee member Thomas Gokey, and the postcapitalist performances of Nathaniel Sullivan milk the incommensurability of debt’s empirical and emotional dimensions. The participatory system of Cayla Lockwood’s “Free* Sandwiches” celebrates debt-accumulating structures of compounded irrationality. Lisa Hirmer’s “Tablets of Working Bees” beckons viewers to contribute to a collective account of debt and labor using a material that is inherently mutable. The artworks and workshops of this international group of artists leverage a transmedia approach well suited to chopping at the necks of debt’s many heads – from the financial to the microbial. Because debt is a moving target, the works in Debt Positive live in a state of flux and tempt viewer investment.
June 9 7:30pm: Flux Thursday with presentations by Cassie Thornton and Thomas Gokey
June 14 6:30pm: Junk Bonds workshop with Paolo Cirio
June 24 7pm: Closing Performances including Remembering Capitalism by Nathaniel Sullivan, Introducing the Demi by Tori Abernathy, and $1000 Mandala by Sarah Beck
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm June 4-24
Participating Artists Include: Tori Abernathy, Sarah Beck, Paolo Cirio, Eliott Eds, Jehanne-Marie Gavarini, Thomas Gokey, Lisa Hirmer, Cayla Lockwood, PEEP – Paul Carlo Esposito and Evan Paschke, Sarah Petersen, Brittany M. Powell, Nathaniel Sullivan, Cassie Thornton, Ellen Wetmore, Moira Williams with Niki Athanasiadou, Michael Asbill, and Lichen Lovers.
Curators: Caitlin Foley & Misha Rabinovich