A-B Projects is a space for the exhibition of work by artists who are expanding and redefining the field of ceramics. For the past three years, A-B Projects was located in Claremont, CA, where I was the Lincoln Visiting Professor of Ceramics at Scripps College. This Fall, I am moving the gallery to my Downtown Los Angeles studio in the renowned Bendix Building, alongside a hub of seven other art galleries (including TSA LA, Monte Vista Projects, POST, Track 16, Durden & Ray, JOAN, and Chateau Shatto). Exhibitions and guest lectures at A-B Projects have given hundreds of students and community members access to contemporary ceramics thinkers from across the country. At its new location, an even broader range of individuals will have access to the unique exhibitions and programming at A-B Projects; this is why I need your support!
A-B Projects is a platform that shifts the perception and role of ceramics from a specialized but marginalized craft to a more pluralistic field within the greater realm of contemporary art. The ancillary mission of A-B Projects is to use clay as a conduit to connect and support community. I have curated twenty exhibitions at A-B Projects since its launch three years ago. Past exhibitions included elements such as 30 vertical feet of clay from Chicago, humorous and imperfect duplicates of a ceramic sculpture that is missing from a museum collection, and holographic projections with clay-pigmented fabric. A-B Projects is a non-commercial gallery space that allows artists to push their practices forward by taking personal risks and daring to exhibit seemingly infeasible work.
- View past exhibitions and learn more about the history of A-B Projects on the official website.
- A-B Projects was recently mentioned in this article in the LA Times.
- Follow A-B Projects on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ABprojects.LosAngeles
- Follow A-B Projects on Instagram: @nicole_seisler
- Learn more about my art practice: www.nicoleseisler.com
WHAT DONATIONS WILL SUPPORT
The minimum fundraising goal of $8000 will support:
- honoraria for exhibiting artists
- materials to build walls
- hiring a lead builder
- basic marketing materials such as post cards
- collaborative marketing with other galleries in the Bendix Building
- a moderate salary for a gallery assistant
- preparatory materials for gallery installation
The stretch goal of $12000 (or any contributions above the minimum goal) will help to:
- finance an exhibition by an international or particularly established national artist
- pay the rent for the square footage that A-B Projects takes up in my studio
I have created a functional ceramics project to fund my conceptual ceramics space. For this project, I am investigating the function of a plate. In a home, it most likely functions to serve food, but in my studio, the plate has become a tool for making drawings. Ultimately, these drawings become a record of the process of hand-building a plate.
In step one, I prepare a piece of clay by wedging it one hundred times. Step two involves forming that piece of clay into a circular slab. During step three, the slab is formed into a plate. I use the residue from each step to create unique drawings. At the end of a day in the studio, I create one more drawing from the clay that has accumulated upon my hands. The ‘wedging drawings’ and the ‘end of day drawings’ are made on pieces of paper off-cut from the ‘slab forming’ and ‘plate forming’ drawings. Everything is recorded, nothing is lost.
Adhering to traditional craft principles, the rewards are priced in correlation to the amount of labor required to produce each work. That is, from lowest to highest: Wedging Drawing, Slab Forming Drawing, Plate Forming Drawing, a Single Plate. There are several other higher priced combinations of these works, including two plates, three plates, four plates, one plate + one drawing, two plates + two drawings, three plates + three drawings, etc.
The plates are approximately 8” in diameter, which is a good size for a sandwich or a medium portion of pasta. The ‘wedging drawings’ and ‘end of day drawings’ vary in size from about 1”x4” to 4”x8”. The ‘slab forming drawings’ and the ‘plate forming drawings’ average about 10”x10”. The sizes all vary slightly because although processes are repeated, the outcomes are unique.
There are additional shipping charges ($5-$40) for all rewards. If you are based in or around Los Angeles, you will still have to pay the shipping fee but you will have the option of coming to my studio instead and selecting the plates and/or drawings of your preference.
The specific levels are:
Risks and challenges
Any potential risks are associated with timing. The ideal schedule is as follows:
September 2018: construction of walls
October 2018: inaugural exhibition
December 2018 onwards: continued exhibitions
December 2018: Kickstarter rewards are shipped
Things that could cause delays:
- If this campaign reaches beyond the minimum goal, I would need to create more plates and drawings, which could delay the shipping of rewards.
- I am relying predominantly upon volunteer labor to build walls. If the organization of this is delayed, this could also delay the inaugural exhibition.
- (21 days)