Matt Bua: CRIBS
Through September 7, 2009
CRIBS, the new Kidspace exhibition is a three-part installation project organized by Matt Bua celebrating alternative/experimental architecture. The installation in Kidspace's new gallery, CRIBS, features an overloaded crib complete with hanging mobiles, recorded "lullabies", and the bars that keep the infant safe. Surrounding the crib is an "outro-spective" purging of the artist's pack-ratted material possessions - random detritus: lost gloves, found paintings, vacation slides, many guitars rescued from the streets of New York - all organized into presented collections. The installation also includes a special project by Jesse Bercowetz, and work by Carrie Dashow, Ward Shelley, Lisa Ludwig and other previous collaborators.
The second part of the installation, …To CRIBBAGE, is a piece of the crib climbing out of the second story window of the Kidspace gallery. To escape the chaos of the cluttered future that encroaches on it, the crib must breech the gallery walls, pouring itself down on the museum's entrance below. This piece of crib can be entered outside the museum to experience the collaborative "building game" Bua calls Architectural Cribbage, a game in which he encourages others to start constructing their own small-scale visionary spaces. In …To CRIBBAGE, visitors will find a copy of Visionary Drawing Building (2009), a publication organized and produced by Bua and Max Goldfarb with support from The Joan Mitchell Foundation. This expansive collection of drawings -- which originated with an invitation to a wide range of participants, including established and emerging artist and architects as well as those presenting ideas for the first time -- represents unconstrained ideas about building structures. A website for the project is at drawingbuilding.org.
An additional library of books dealing with hand-crafted, alternative and green architecture will be available. Cribs to Cribbage to b-Home Again is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Beyond Kidspace at MASS MoCA
The third piece of the installation will take place in downtown North Adams at 107 Main Street as part of the annual DownStreet Arts festival and will open on May 2. Students from the North Berkshire School Union (Savoy Florida and Clarksburg, Mass.) will create installations for this space as part of CRIBLIOUSDOME, an off-shoot of CRIBS. Students from the NBSU will also work with writer-in-residence Juliane Hiam Scribner on a project for this space called Writing on the Walls, creating poems and stories related to the themes in Bua's CRIBS. Visitors to Kidspace at MASS MoCA are invited to visit the 107 Main Gallery and add their sculptures to the installation during these hours: May 2 - June 20: Saturdays from noon to 2pm; June 25 - Labor Day Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4pm.
In the CRIBS exhibition, visitors will be invited to make their own junk-itecture sculptures using found objects. A full schedule of art classes will be offered over the summer, relating to the CRIBS exhibit. Public hours for Kidspace at MASS MoCA are: Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm through May 31 and everyday during Spring Break (April 18-26) and on Memorial Day (May 25). From June 1 through June 27 Kidspace is open everyday except Tuesdays from 11am to 4pm. From June 27 through Labor Day, Kidspace is open everyday from 11am to 4pm.
There will be a day-long celebration of the opening of CRIBS and the new Kidspace on March 21 from 11am to 5pm. This family event will include art-making activities all day long, as well as refreshments. Matt Bua will be talk about his work at 11:30am and 1:30pm. At the opening, Kidspace will also celebrate its Massachusetts Cultural Council Creative Schools funded artist residency program with three special performances. Juliane Hiam, fall 2008 writer-in-residence at Inkberry in North Adams, worked with the third graders of North Adams to create three 5 -minute one-acts relating to Kidspace's Illuminations exhibit which was featured in the fall.
About the artist
Matt Bua of Brooklyn, New York, is an installation artist who has extensive experience establishing artist collaborations. He holds a BFA from East Carolina University and has collaborated with Jesse Bercowitz to create large-scale installation projects for such sites as Governor's Island, NYC; The Brooklyn Museum, NYC; and the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA. His solo work has been shown most recently at galleries and sculpture parks in New York City and upstate New York. Bua has experience working with students to develop an installation for the Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City. CRIBS will be installed at Kidspace from March 21-September 7, 2009.
Download a pdf of the exhibition guide.
Photo by Kevin Kennefick