Jesse Bercowetz               Paul Brainard                David B. Frye                  Ben Godward               Luisa Kazanas                 Gwendolyn Skaggs                Jacqueline Skaggs      Chris Uphues                Doug Young
Alcove was founded by artist Gwendolyn Skaggs, founder of SUGAR

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By Gwendolyn Skaggs

Indianapolis, IN Midland Art Center
May 1, 2009 to June 13, 2009

Opening Reception: May 1, 2009 6-9pm
Midland Art Center
907 East Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Monday through Saturday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday - noon to 5 p.m.

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Gwendolyn Skaggs 917-443-1986 New York, NY 09.04.09 - 10.08.09

mission statement

Town Hall Meeting

A Statement

There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born there, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size, its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter—the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is New York of the person who was born some-where else and came to New York in quest of something....Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion.
E.B. White (1899-1985), Here is New York
From Here is New York, Copyright © 1949, 1976 by E. B. White.

I began investigating and creating installation art in 1995 while living in the Midwest, creating artworks in unused “real” estate. In 2000 I moved to New York, and over the years I have adjusted to smaller works and photography to get me through the long period of time of adjusting to smaller live/work spaces and deciding where I wanted to call home. It was in 2006 when I founded Alcove, formerly nestled in New York's Chelsea art district (547 W. 27th st. 6th flr.). Alcove was a cozy alternative exhibition space (hallway, and yet again, unused real estate), where art came face to face with art, and the viewer. It was approximately 5’ wide x 20’ deep. I exhibited group shows with 2-3 artists whose work had no visual commonality. The exhibits where rhymes and sometimes riddles. The exhibits made perfect (perfect is elastic and circumstantial) sense. I appreciated the tug and pull effect of the coupled works, the boisterous with the demure, and the generous give and take when a copasetic dialogue ensued. The space was an “ongoing installation”, for a year and a half. In April of 2008 I decided that Alcove did not have to be tethered to a lease. I could still conjure a mission, gather artists, and locate unused (for art purposes) real estate, without the monthly financial obligation and without borders. It is my shtick. It was in October of 2008 when the idea of a town hall meeting was conceived, over a cup of coffee with a fellow New York based artist who was born and raised in Ilinois.

Town Hall Meeting is an exhibition of works by 9 artist who were born and/or raised in the Midwest and have migrated to New York for the sake of art. The premise of this gathering of works is rooted in process, not only through medium, but also through the constant ongoing procession of choices made to stay beholding to a dream and an ideal. The selection of artwork is nonpartisan to this fact. The artists are devoted to their intuitions, sensibilities, and concerns (or lack thereof); they are relentless and willful with their execution. They are diverse in media and vision, using the strength of subjectivity, suggestion & knowledge to their advantage. This town hall meeting is not a political arena. I do not want to burden the artwork or the artist's history with politics. The curation behind this forum neither embraces nor despises the stereotypes of Midwest America (or it's eastern edge), nor is there intent to unveil or measure ignorance or intellect amongst the dialogues of the works, the viewers, or it's critics (as politics can). My intent is only to bring these artists, along with their labors and diversities, to their roots.

Gwendolyn Charlene Skaggs

To see past Alcove exhibits and purchase the Town Hall Meeting book:

Many thanks to Robert Lebow of Midland Arts and Antiques for opening his doors, mind and heart to this exhibition and making it possible for us to bring our work to this forum. To Shannon Moody, of Midland, for her patience and assistance while coordinating this exhibition from afar, and to David Andrichik of the Chatter Box for his kind donation.

A special thanks to Prof. Steve Mannheimer for his essay Art for Our Home (introduction Town Hall Meeting, the book), whose thoughts and words were just as greatly appreciated when he was the art critic for Indianapolis.