Texas Biennial 2011

The RJP Nomadic Gallery will be a participating organization with the Texas Biennial 2011

Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery presentsUnpacking Access
Friday, April 15, Austin, Texas

Trailer Space Records (1319 Rosewood Avenue) @ 7
Pump Project (702 Shady Lane)@ 9

Formed in 2007, the roving project RJP Nomadic Gallery has both exhibited at numerous venues and served as a venue for curated exhibitions. Unpacking Access is a performance investigating the possibility of decentralizing more traditional art distribution systems. Nomadic Gallery founders and artists Ryder Richards (Dallas, TX), Jonathan Whitfill (Lubbock, TX) and Piotr Chizinski (Ithaca, NY) use a rented 40’ Ryder moving truck to transport a ‘gallery kit’ which enables them to transform the vehicle into a functioning art venue. The work seeks to import open source media concepts and values to the notion of ‘the art exhibition’, modeling alternative forms of community access, engagement and collaborative ingenuity.

During opening performances the artists park the truck, unpack and install the gallery kit. Works by the artists related to information systems will be on display. Closing performances return the arts venue to its original function, as the artists pack up the truck and drive away. Performances are filmed and broadcast online as a further gesture toward transparency and accessibility — a gesture that is intended to acknowledge its limits, as the notion of the Internet itself as truly public and accessible space is only that, a notion.

~ Virginia Rutledge, Curator of TX B 2011

Post-event press:

Glasstire_ “Arty Party opens Texas Biennial” by Sarah Fisch_ PDF

Austin 360_ “Biennial survives — and keeps thriving — as new exhibits show” by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin_ PDF

Fort Worth Weekly_ Texas Biennial: Austin Bias?” by Anthony Mariani _ PDF

D-magazine: Frontrow_ “Texas Biennial comes to Dallas” by Peter Simek _ PDF


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