Wednesday, October 22, 2008

NWAA Presents: Ashley Pigford and Jason Ferguson November 7th at 619 N Market St.

transcendence: object, culture and technology
work by Ashley Pigford and Jason Ferguson
The show opens at 619 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801, Friday, November 7 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Interactive performance by Ashley Pigford begins at 5:30pm.

Ashley Pigford works with language and everday objects. "Knock Knock" is an intereactive doorbell that converts "Knock, knock. Who's There?" into a rhythm. His, "28,770 Megabyte" kinetic piece constists of 15 reclaimed hard drives that seem to dance about like small DJ turntables, creating subtle rhythms.

Jason Ferguson applies scientific practices such as taxidermy and autopsy to inanimate objects from our everyday lives. Ferguson's "Inanimate Dissection" is a piece where he dissects a shoe, creating a beautiful yet disturbing video of the process, and an odd artifact like sculpture. "Visible Object" is another object and video created by slowly cutting away at a lamp similar to the Visible Human Project.

Don't miss an interactive language rhythm performance by Ashley Pigford at 5:30pm.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Brad Turner's new work on display during October 2008

This collection of work called "Genuine Imitation Art” is free thinking meets urban art meets country crap.

The Strains Collide, on October 1st, 2008 = Another great show!!!!

Monday, October 6, 2008


The Strains Collided at 421 N Market St. thanks to Gavin Riley

The Strains Collided

I’ll never forget the faces of my students the first time I showed them the work of Mike Kelley on Art:21. The same faces could be spotted last Friday night at 421 N Market St., some were confused, and some were excited. A few were wide eyed in disbelief, and as always, a few faces were smirked up as they hated between draws on a cigarette, underneath Market Street’s yellow lights.

When I showed Mike Kelley to the kids of Westmoreland County I was hoping to validate any idea that ran through their heads, be it boring, far-out, weird, or pretty. Contemporary art demonstrates that there’s room for it all, sometimes we just need a little permission. When I approached Bohdan and Lauren about showing The Strains Collide to the Wilmington Art Loop, it was my intention to give the Loop a little permission, permission to be a little more far-out.

I’d like to thank everyone who came out and supported the show. Most of all, I’d like to thank Boh and Lauren for reaching out to Gavin Riley to perform as their grown mutant child. When I think of the guests who were drawn in from the street by Gavin’s performance, I become insanely jealous of the experience they must have had. Imagine it… there’s some kid in what appears to be a frog helmet singing, “ I feel like making love”, over and over and over again, more songs follow, and then finally the lights come on ,only to reveal beautifully executed color photographs documenting the early childhood development of little monsters spawned by two strains of HPV.

At the next NWAA exhibition we will have a new President Elect. Will Joe Biden shower love on Lower Market Street? Or will Lower Market Street experience more of the same top down strategies that have made it what it is? Either way, the NWAA will press on with a show curated by Ron Longsdorf, join us Friday, November 7th at 619 N Market Street and experience the work of Jason Ferguson and Ashley Pigford.

-Michael Kalmbach/ The Dr. Dre of NWAA