Loyal readers will remember last year’s PS 1 posts about an experimental space downtown. Sponsored by the Salem Art Association, a group of artists spent the summer trying to make something happen for serious mid-career artists in a donated space. It was a little ragged, but fascinating in many ways.
This summer Project Space is born again in a new form. The donated space is a cavernous former bank in an historic building. The spaces are weird and unlikely but some 40 artists applied to participate. The juror was Astoria painter Royal Nebeker. There will be 3 rotations with 5 or 6 individual shows up at any one time.
Two artists applied for, and were given, summer studio space. One group of four will be working on a collaborative piece through-out the summer. One person (me) will be working on a site-specific drawing piece called “Drawing the Space.”
Through grant funding interns will keep the space open Tuesday- Saturday, 11-6. The building is located at 338 State Street, corner of State and Liberty, next to The Wild Pear. Come down and take a look. I haven’t made the total photo survey yet, but here are a few shots of the space…next time I’ll show you the work underway: