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Art by the masses: B’wick gallery gives world the keys, paint roller

The only art supplies the gallery owners left in the space are a bucket of white paint and a roller brush

By Danielle Furfaro - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com
In the mix: Tom Koehler paints the walls at Where, a shipping container art gallery that is currently open to anyone who wants to make — and show — anything at all.  Photo by Jason Speakman

In the mix: Tom Koehler paints the walls at Where, a shipping container art gallery that is currently open to anyone who wants to make — and show — anything at all.
Photo by Jason Speakman

A Bushwick art gallery is taking the do-it-yourself ethos to new extremes by inviting the world inside to do whatever, whenever.

Where, a gallery housed in a shipping container in a Myrtle Avenue flea market, began the monthlong free-for-all on Sept. 12 by posting instructions online detailing how to get inside. “Where is opening its doors to anyone for anything,” the gallery’s owners wrote. It is bold on its face, but the curators’ decision to subject their space to the whims of the hordes came down to putting off their jobs for a while, one said.

“It is a small act of deferral that has structured everything that has happened since,” Lucy Hunter said. “We said we are going to defer the responsibility of curating the space by sending out a message across the internet that you can do something in there if you want, but we are out.”

The only barrier to entry for would-be featured artists is the pass code to the lockbox containing the key. Hunter and her art partner R. Lyon posted the instructions on Facebook and Craigslist and others have disseminated the message through other forums.

One anonymous evangelist for the project added in the suggestion that readers should bring a handful of sand or dirt each until the room is full to the ceiling. The gallery owners don’t know for certain who the source of the dirt manifesto is, but say only a few people have come packing dirt.

“I think I know who put those messages out there,” she said. “But I do not want to say, because I am not sure.”

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