Today, because it’s Change of Venue Friday, I’ll take you far afield from law practice.
Last Friday, my family and I attended an art opening in which we played a role beyond “observers.” It was the 10 Cameras Project, an art bartering experience.
It all began last fall, when my wife, Kathy Nakagawa, saw a pitch for the project. The concept was that the organizer had provided 10 artists with disposable cameras. He had instructed them to shoot anything they liked and then to return the cameras to a certain location. The artists were not told anything about what would happen next.
What did happen next was that the organizer, ASU MFA candidate Peter Christenson, began looking for people willing to barter something for the images in the cameras—sight unseen. (Here is more about Peter and his idea.)
Kathy thought that sounded pretty cool. She assumed that many of the barter offers would be of a thing or even of an artwork. But she went a different way. She offered an experience. The artist whose prints would be given to our family would get some experiences with our family.
Initially, Kathy offered an invitation to our New Year’s Day party, where ample amazing foods (and a large number of neighbors) would be gathered. She also offered tickets to a show our older daughter was to be in.
Alas, the organizers said “Yes!”—but after those events had passed. Would we be willing to offer some different experiences?
So that’s how our late February re-creation of New Year’s came about. That night, we got to enjoy the company of many friends and neighbors, and the wonderful company of our assigned artist: Kelsey Wiskirchen. (When Kelly is not shooting photos with a disposable camera for an odd art project, she is an amazing fiber artist. See more about her work here, here and here.)
At our house that night there was food, drink, board games, and even a backyard hooping celebration. (I say “hooping,” but you can think hula-hoop, though these hoops are heavier than hula hoops.)
We even presented Kelsey with her own hand-made hoop (not made by us, but by a great neighbor).
More photos from the evening are below.
After that evening, Kathy still had to prepare something for the art gallery opening, for that was the second part of Peter Christenson’s vision: a show that would display the photo prints (which we still had not seen), as well as what had been bartered for them. So Kathy framed photos from the evening and made an album of the experience (and included tickets to another of our daughter’s upcoming shows).
On Friday, March 25, we went to the art opening at ARTSPACE Scottsdale at Optima Camelview Village. That’s where Peter had arranged the 10 matched pairs of photo prints and whatever had been given—so we finally got to see what we had bartered for (and we were very pleased!).
Read a review of the show here. (“10 Cameras Project” is on display through April 10 at 7177 E. Rancho Vista Dr. in Scottsdale, after which it will move to Phoenix’s Regular Gallery on April 15. Admission is free.)
It was a cool idea and a cool paired set of evenings (at home and in the gallery). Thanks to Peter for the concept, to Kelsey for her beautiful photos, and to Kathy for the execution!