Six international contemporary artists have been invited to bring a new exhibition to Point of Contact Gallery and Syracuse University. Curated by Joanne Bushnell (director of Aspex Gallery, U.K.); Stephanie James (director of the School of Art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts); and Mark Segal (the artists agency, U.K.), each artist contributes work to this international project, which aims to develop networks and forums for collaboration for contemporary arts practitioners, audiences in New York State and the south of England through the international art hub of the Venice Biennale. The artists include Yvonne Buchanan of VPA's School of Art, Mia Delve (U.K.), Tom Hall of VPA's School of Art, Mika Mollenkopf (U.S.), Harold Offeh (U.K.) and Susan Stockwell (U.K.).
"Boîte-en-Valise" encourages transportability of practice, the nurturing of collaboration and cross-fertilization of artistic practice. For "Boîte-en-Valise: Generate," artists worked with individuals and communities in Portsmouth and Syracuse to develop the work.
Each artist is transporting the means to generate their work for Point of Contact Gallery, begun by working with people and places over several days in Syracuse, in a normal-sized suitcase. To be transported as luggage on a normal flight, train or bus journey and taken from the suitcase for presentation without any fixing to walls, floors and/or ceilings of the venues. These six artists bring together works including sculpture, performance, video, photography and sound as well as interventions and conversations.
"Boîte-en-Valise: Generate" launched at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, U.K., before relocating to the preview week of the Venice Biennale in May 2017 and concludes at the Point of Contact Gallery.