Process at the Crocker

  • Crocker Art Museum 216 O Street Sacramento, CA, 95811 United States

In June 2015 I had a show at Lux Quabus Gallery in Old Sacramento. They are an experimental gallery who endeavor to engage with art patrons in direct ways, breaking down the comfortable roles of presenter/observer that is easily settled into by art patrons and galleries alike. We knew we wanted to work together, but it was obvious that the usual "Hang some work on the walls and invite people to come look at it" method would not be happening in this space. And so the idea for "Process" was born. 

For me, art is the process. Once a piece of work is on the wall, I am an observer just like anyone else. But getting a photo up on the wall is the result of a long, often chaotic process. I wanted to invite people in to see the whole mess, from technical difficulties and pedestrian failures to brilliant success. 

Over the course of three consecutive Fridays, we turned the gallery into a photo studio. I asked some artist friends - Shaun Burner, Miss Marianna and Dave Stone - to come and collaborate doing whatever inspirational things they do. I gave them a time to show up, and that was it. We all arrived with a clean slate and worked with whoever showed up, using whatever props were lying around. Some of the images we produced from this are on my page titled "Process - Lux Quabus". 

This iteration will be a bit more focused, but the public will be invited to join in again. Come on out, be part of the art, or just hang out and see what really goes into the making of these photographs. 

 

-Jesse Vasquez