Expose the Arts was not only an exhibition, but also a contest judged by, in the artist category, printmaker/professor, Jeffrey Dell. Tantra’s Expose the Arts contest, held on October 16, 2011, asked for local artist, students, and musicians to enter their work in hopes that they would be named winner and not only benefit from the prizes given, but also be able to appear in another show called Sodatooth Contemporary [held in November].
Visiting Tantra Coffeehouse often gave me good insight of how I my experience of viewing the artwork would be. After entering from the front door and making a left, you see the first piece of artwork. However, “first piece” could be whichever one draws your eye in the most.
What was a little complicated (in my opinion) was that Tantra is in fact a coffeehouse. In other words, the space wasn’t what you would usually expect when going to a gallery or museum. Underneath the hung artwork were customers, sitting at the tables, taking away from artwork and the viewer’s perspective on the piece.
Hollie Brown, Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With You, Year: n/a
The artwork was distributed throughout three rooms and a hallway. With the space irrelevant with the artwork being shown, in addition to the contestant’s art not always complimenting each other - or separated by category – you could easily lose yourself in what exactly you were looking at. Not only lose yourself, but feel overly crowded. Two artworks by Hollie Brown, which I found most interesting, were hanging in the dark, narrow hallway – not allowing me to get a full view of both photographs. My experience had me walking from room to room to make sure that I had seen everything there was to be seen. However, knowing what kind of art space that was being used had me assume prior from my experience that this would be its downfall.
Owen Drysdale, Bassackwards, Year: n/a
Because I enjoyed the art, but not the placement or space, I tried to find a one positive outlook on the exhibition as a whole and concluded that the spontaneous placement of artwork somewhat matched the space being used. In other words, even though there was possibly too much variety, and the space, in my opinion, didn't compliment all the pieces of art, the lack of categorizing the art matched the loose and free environment they were exhibited in.
- Daniela Lawson