Reno's first and only free outdoor gallery. Located at 1251 S. Virginia St.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

The Early Years

The first show began over a year ago and since then there have been 3 shows.
The first was a play off of the idea of removing graffiti, since the alley way was the epitome of buff marks. I passed out booklet maps that lead the participants on a walking tour from the newly born (con)temporary gallery to buff marks that they could hold their transparency booklets up to to make pictures. As they wormed their way through the surrounding neighborhood of odd shaped buff marks the booklet composed every splatter mark of paint negation to create something new out of what was erased.
The second show turned into a graffiti production which was decent but not at all that progressive. Right before the exhibiton the city made the one antique store business paint over their wall because it contained the word antique which broke the sign codes of the city of Reno. After this we were only allowed half of the space even though I met with a member of the city of Reno and got written documentation stating that what we were producing were Architectual Graphics which were completely supported under the City of Reno Sign code laws.
The third show was my favorite so far. The IndePENdent show which was a large mural that played with imagery associated with America, consumerism, Adbustery type jargon but was produced in a sarcastic and honest way. We had 3000 lbs. of sod donated that we layed down the alley way, covering only the good half of the space. We added a slip n' slide, brewskis, and music to complete the project.


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