Cargo Space: Chicago/Milwaukee
August 14- September 20, 2014
Reception: September 19, 4-9 PM
Cargo Space is an artists networking residency housed in a refurbished 27’ diesel transit bus. Part tour bus, part utility vehicle, the bus forms a mobile platform for dialogue, creation, and community among artists. Founders Christopher Sperandio and Simon Grennan conceived the project in order to promote exchange between artists from cities outside of the major art centers. Houston-based Sperandio proposes, “by building a mobile living space, it’s possible to jump beyond the confines of real estate and fixed demographics, to take art and artists to unexpected places.”
This summer, Sperandio travels across the upper Midwest with Duncan MacKenzie of Chicago’s Bad At Sports, making stops at the Walker Art Center’s Open Field and The Poor Farm in Manawa, WI. The road trip winds down as Cargo Space sets up shop at two sites—INOVA in Milwaukee and A + D Gallery in Chicago—and selects artists from each city to collaborate on exhibitions and programs that run simultaneously across state lines. By connecting artists and arts organizations from these neighboring cities, this artist-centered experiment promotes an alternative model for social, creative, and curatorial engagement. The exhibition at A+D Gallery will constantly change as the residents create work and when the bus is in Chicago it will be parked at Columbia College Chicago’s Papermakers Garden as a part of the Wabash Arts Corridor.
Participating Artists: Chicago: Judith Brotman, Alex Chitty, Heather Mekkelson, Erik L. Peterson, John Sparagana, and Wacom TX.
Milwaukee: Sara Daleiden, Ashley Morgan, Paul Druecke and artist duo Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg