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A New Artist-Run Gallery: Alaska Projects

Written by Lauren Carroll Harris on September 20, 2011

The wave of artist-run initiatives in Sydney is building to tidal proportions, with the announcement of yet another space: Alaska Projects.

The initiative’s concept is fresh: work is exhibited inside, and spills out of, a white cube in a Kings Cross carpark. Another creative intervention into the city’s wealth of disused (or rather, abused) urban spaces.

Here’s the lowdown from the Alaska crew:

“The project space measures a mere 5×5 metres and features a concrete floor with an original yellow parking bay line splitting it in two. It has been designed as a modular white cube space that artists are free to embrace or dramatically alter to create immersive environments for their work.

“The Car Park project has been conceived to operate beyond the white cube of the project space with exhibition elements devised to occur in other areas of the car park including stairwells, elevators and common areas.

“Alaska sees the isolated location of its inaugural project Car Park as positive, an inverted shop front, a cold and distant outpost that visitors need to search for, to discover.”

The launch show, “Lorem Ipsum”, takes a swab of work from artists who’ll feature in the full project’s 2011/2012 program. It’s an impressive, too-cool-for-art-school line-up including Tom Polo, Jess Olivieri, Sarah Contos and Biljana Jancic.

Lorem Ipsum: Alaska Opening Group Show
Exhibition: Wed 5th October 2011-Sunday 23rd October
Opening Night: Wed 5th October 2011 6-8PM

Alaska Projects
Located on Level 2 of the Kings Cross Car Park

9A Elizabeth Bay Rd Elizabeth Bay (directly behind the Kings Cross Police station)

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