observations based on my personal experience at the Artery site in Houston, Texas-ML
Things rot fast around here, we are in a swamp after all... it is an advantage in many ways. The humidity and rain hurry the patina on metal and stone. Mosses and fungus abound, patterns of fine green carpet, mushrooms, rust, dangling vines, snail trails, as well as all patterns carved by erosion lend a tactile majesty.
Discarded material is available throughout this city, this wealth of raw material is a vital source for discovery and reclamation. As an artspace incorporates debris from its surroundings it becomes literally 'part' of the city itself.
Note about material, both found and purchased... so much of this enterprise involves moving and stacking things. The most necessary component of this entire illustrious activity is sweat. I can't imagine how a designer could bring about the conditions for discovery necessary to 'sculpt' a large space without considerable physical effort. One should experience the activity as a holy quest (or penitence) because only a spirit-driven sense of urgency and purpose will allow a person to override reason and do the amount of work necessary for a facility of this nature.
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The Artery has concluded its production season as well as its 26 year history as a performance space. Over the next few months new videos will be posted from this past season as well as past years.
A potential new site for recording events is under consideration.
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It is my hope that these notes will help perpetuate the invention that is the Artery - ML
Artists and potential presenters are encouraged to contact Mark Larsen regarding possible collaborations. There may be another venue for operations as soon as summer 2014.