Sulfur will be bringing the house down with their newest exhibition, On::View::Year ::Two, bringing together 10 of this years’ artist’s in residence as a celebration of the collectives’ second-year offering it’s residency. The residency which offers the Bull Street buildings' large front window as the artists' studio for a month at a time is one of the organizations most evident efforts to provide pedestrians and the passing public with accessible art outside of their Drive-Thru Art Box located within Green Truck Pub’s perennially packed parking lot.
Artists of all mediums and methods will be featured in this collective exhibition from Eoley Mulally’s apocalypse inspired puppetry the “Judgment Day Circus” to Jemma Castiglioni’s nostalgic and inviting Tintype Portraits. Kevin Clancy’s “Worth Dying For” will offer a particularly timely revisit to themes of patriotism and nationality through the deconstruction of The American Flag.
“We had such a wide array of artists at our residency program this past year from collage artists to puppeteers, painters doing mediation work, and photographers working with a 150-year-old process. We’re so glad that we can bring in these artists to do all these interesting projects and that these projects get to be shared with the public. What’s really special about it is that you can walk by any time of day or night and see this work in progress through our windows,” said gallery co-founder and photographer Emily Earl via email.
“Putting a group exhibition together is challenging but exciting. We always ask the artists to send in images of their work to get a vague idea of what the show will look like but it’s really when standing in the gallery with the work that it all comes together. Spending time moving work around in the space is my favorite part. You see connections and how different pieces complement each other and help you move around the space.”
Many of the non-profits selected artists used the space allotted for social activism to include Karina Rosenstein’s “I bleed all the time and I’m fine: Social practice & menstruation” Maggie Hayes’ “Unconditional love will break down the hierarchy of oppression” and Joseph Malson’s Piecing Starland (Queer).”
“Each artist does some sort of community outreach event like a workshop or an artist talk as well,” added Earl, “and I hope we can continue to attract people to attend those events because it’s a really special way to not only learn something new but to build a relationship with a working artist. We do a community potluck with for each residency as well where the community is invited to come eat some food, meet the artist and see their work in progress. You don’t even need to bring anything, just bring yourself.”
Earl and the rest of Sulfur’s administration continue their beckoning call to artists of all sorts to apply for residency themselves.
“Hopefully this exhibition reaches more people so that they can be aware of this really awesome opportunity for artists and the public,” said Earl “We have a few very interesting new artists signed up for 2020. We put out calls quarterly so hopefully more artists are finding out about this residency opportunity.”
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