Shelter In Place

Kate Ali & Lee Imonen

Friday August 18, 5:30-8:30pm

Contact: Kate Ali

GRAY SPACE: Oregon Artists Present
A Cube-Shaped Itinerant Art Space

Preview in Downtown Eugene, Friday August 18, 5:30-8:30pm
(August 2017, Eugene, Oregon) GRAY SPACE is a cube-shaped itinerant art space, welded and wheeled by artists. The artists of the GRAY SPACE group will install their individual work inside the 6’x6’x6’ GRAY SPACE and park it for a day at various locations throughout Oregon. Each artist will create a different art installation. GRAY SPACE intentionally engages an audience without the confines and expectations of a gallery or art center. In advance of its travels, GRAY SPACE premieres in downtown Eugene. The outdoor event takes place Friday, August 18, 5:30-8:30pm, on the Eugene Park Blocks at 8th Avenue and Oak Street.

Kate Ali and Lee Imonen are the first artists to deploy GRAY SPACE. Ali and Imonen are Oregon art leaders and educators, as well as fine art and public art sculptors. They will create, over the course of several hours, a temporary installation and performance piece alongside the GRAY SPACE module. This work, titled Shelter in Place, will be built of brick and mortar and result in the creation of two distinct objects. Members of the art community will join in the work force, with the intention of getting to know one other and building something together.

The idea for Shelter in Place arose from a discussion between the artists about labor and intention. They share an overwhelming feeling that real work needs to be done in contemporary society and that a primary question is where to put one’s attention.

The public is invited to this free event, presented by City of Eugene Cultural Services and ArtCity

Kate Ali works in sculpture and design. Soon after receiving her BFA from California College of the Arts, she was awarded the Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship Grant for Visual Arts. She has exhibited her work in California, New York, and Oregon, and also participated in an international residency at Gallery Sudoh, Japan. Ali has created numerous public artworks, participating as artist, designer and project manager. She initiated GRAY SPACE project out of her drive to create new opportunities for artists. Kate is Art Coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission’s Percent for Art program. Visit Artist Website

Lee Imonen is a public artist working in sculpture and design. His work is centered on the relationships between people and the objects and spaces with which they surround themselves.  He was awarded his BA from Willamette University, and his MFA from the University of Oregon.  He has completed many large public commissions throughout the state of Oregon and his work is held in public and private collections internationally. Imonen has been teaching at Lane Community College since 2000 and is a partner in Imonali Design Team. Visit Artist Website

The GRAY SPACE artists are Kate Ali, Lee Imonen, Michael Boonstra, Kathleen Caprario, Sandee McGee, Andrew Myers, Leah Wilson, Renee Couture and Vicki Amorose. This group of Oregon artists gathers around an ideaphoric concept: the traveling installation space, freely accessible to random audiences. In its first year, GRAY SPACE will be parked at various locations in Oregon. The artist will be present to talk about their work. GRAY SPACE intentionally engages an audience without the confines and expectations of a gallery or art center. While on site, the project activates public space and explores the interplay between site, context, art and viewer. GRAY SPACE artists find momentum together and tap the generative resource of each other’s creative drive.

CONTACT: Email Kate Ali


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