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Inside Out and All Over Town!

Have you seen the front of the Artspace building recently?

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We are thrilled to currently be an installation site for the Inside Out 11M project. The installation is part of Inside Out, a “global participatory art project” initiated by the award-winning artist JR to “pay tribute to the power and dignity of individuals by displaying their portraits in public spaces around the world.” Beginning in July, Inside Out 11M photobooth trucks have been criss-crossing the nation to bring the project directly to the streets in site-specific installations.

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During last month’s First Friday event at Artspace, participants entered the photobooth truck parked out front, made a strong face, and had their portrait snapped by a camera. Within one minute, a black and white poster was printed and handed off to a team of volunteers who used wheatpaste to affix the portrait to the side of the Artspace building.

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According to the project’s website over 120,000 people from more than 108 countries have now participated. We believe Artspace, whose mission includes engaging the community in the visual arts process, is a great location for the installation. As an artistic statement, the project shares some of Artspace’s best core values: community-focused, accessible, and free! It says a lot, too about the diversity of artistic perspectives to be found at Artspace. When you stand outside right now and look at these portraits, you see a mix of people: gallery walkers and Artspace artists, children and adults. Come inside, and see painters and sculptors, weavers and jewlery-makers, realism and abstraction.

If you haven’t already seen the Inside Out installation, this weekend will be a great time to check it out. In addition to the usual First Friday activities, on Saturday and Sunday the Artspace Artists Association is producing the first annual Open Studio Tour. This self-guided and free tour will allow you to experience the works of over 46 different Artspace artists at their studios both inside the Artspace building, and around the Triangle. Participating artists will have their studios open to the public on Saturday, October 5th from 11am to 5pm and Sunday, October 6th from 12pm to 5pm. Go here for more information, and to download a map of Tour locations.

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