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Fierce Space @ 14th St. Gallery

Story, Video + Photographs by J R Compton

Small Movie of 14th Street's Space

This page and this small movie are about the exhibition space at 14th Street Gallery — My not-at-all planned — I just started videoing it with my little Canon camera as I came in the back door from the largish parking lot. I didn't tell Gaby I was videoing, so her two walk-through cameos were not planned, and she was probably doing something that needed doing. The video is 3 minutes and five seconds long, and pretty low res a video walkthrough of the space showing how all the gallery spaces are strung together.

I started with a 96.8 megabyte, full TV res movie that showed a lot more detail and seemed slower and much finer, but it would not upload fully, no matter how many times I tried it (five times @ more than 30-minutes each). Then I saved it in my first-ever attempt at iMovie (Macs are way too easy to use.) and came up with this 4.9-megabyte Quicktime movie that may be openable via other software — I don't know. If I knew what I was doing, I might be less dangerous. At the end, it just stops.

If you can't open the video, maybe these pictures will tell you what you need to know. They show all but the back gallery in the East Wing at the end of the long hallway, to the right — where we'll probably hang the adults-only art that may inevitably show up. At least I hope so. That medium-sized room has only one, smallish vertical window, lots of wall space and involves alcoves that were difficult to photograph but will be easy to fill with various forms of art.
 

Front of the Building - Copyright 2008 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

1  Front of the Building

This is a short tour through the 14th Street Gallery buildings. There are two wings connected by the entrance to front and back entrances, shown in the middle of the next photo and rightish in the one above.

14th Street Gallery Front Room - Copyright 2008 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

2  14th Street Gallery Front Room

I'm calling them the West and East Wings. The West Wing is just beyond the doorway in the middle of this photograph of the East Wing's main, front gallery. The only space with concrete floor, good for heavy sculpture installation.

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Beginning of Left Hallway - Copyright 2008 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.  

3  Hallway off Main Gallery in the East Wing - Shot from same position as the gallery shot above, only turned 180 degrees.

This photo shows the view when I turn around 180 degrees from the next shot up, photo #2. This is the hallway leading back (right) past two smaller galleries, one larger gallery, then offices on that side. Off to the right, behind that white wall on the right, are two bathrooms off their own little hallway. And behind that is one middle-sized gallery where we'll probably place any art that might be offensive to offendible patrons. Adults-only.

Left Front Corner Room - Copyright 2008 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

4  Left Front Room (doorway shown far left in photo #3)

This is the first gallery space on the far left of the building (facing it). The doorway to it is at the far left of photo #3 just above. I expect to place some translucent piece(s) in the windows themselves. In daytime, it is a bright, airy space. Tables and risers are available for smaller three-dimensional work.

Second Room Back in West Wing - Copyright 2008 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

5  Second Room Back in East Wing

And this is the second of the little galleries along the hallway on the East Wing. They are this size, because they once were examining rooms for the doctors and dentists that once officed there. The other three walls in this room are empty white.

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Back Room - West Wing - Copyright 2008 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

6  Back Room on Left in East Wing

And this is the last of the littler rooms back on the East Wing. Windows along the long wall. Nice white walls along the other walls. See next photo. The lighting looks to be all little spots. We might could find little flood lights to help spread it out. It's always looked pretty good the times I saw art there at night.

Hall Side of Back Room - Copyright 2008 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

7  Hall Side of that Back Room on the left (facing building) in East Wing

The green light you see is in the hallway both bathrooms lead off from. It is illuminated by fluorescent lamps, and unless you are a camera, you probably won't notice the difference, except it is darker back there. That's probably the cause of any color discrepancies in these quickie photographs of the space. To most human eyes, all the walls look — and are — white.

Bathroom Hallway in Wesst Wing - Copyright 2008 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

8  Small Hallway to Bathrooms (shot from doorway at far right in photo 7 above

We may or may not use the shelf. I suspect we will use every available inch of exhibition space throughout the building.

bathroom with art - Copyright 2008 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

9  one of two bathrooms in the East Wing

Including the quite bright little bathrooms, which a couple artists have already asked for space in. If I show anything, I might use some of this space for a small piece. There's another bathroom in the West Wing that I didn't know about, so did not photograph for this page.

 

Right here is where the pictures of that back gallery with one vertical window should go. But it's too difficult to read those photos, so you'll have to watch it on the video.

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Now back to the back door/entry way.

main entrance - Copyright 2008 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

10  Main Entrance from Parking Lot (Looking front to back)

The parking lot in the back is substantially larger than most gallery parking lots. Entrance is usually from there through this door. Lots of space along both sides for large work and small. I'm not the sort who likes one, tiny line of images all leveled up around all the spaces. I go for salon style, meaning floor (or nearly so) to ceiling (almost) use of vertical space.

Right Side of Entryway - Copyright 2008 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

11  Other Side of Main Entryway — looking front to back
The sign-in table will remain, though probably cleaner.

In past DARts shows I've insisted upon ready-to-hang, fully framed and wired work. But this time I wouldn't mind a little judicious use of tape, pushpins and other less permanent hanging styles. I've discussed binder clips with at least two artists. The show will be formal, but all the hanging doesn't have to be. My choice, of course, but significant artists' leeway should be expected. Check with me before you go whole hog, however.

Back of Big Room in East Wing - Copyright 2008 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Back End of Large Front Gallery in West Wing

This big room — the only gallery in the West Wing, accessible from the middle and front of the of the entrance hallway shown in photos #10 and 11. The front of those two doors continues across the very front from the main gallery in the West Wing (across from the space shown in photo #2). I expect this space will be significantly cleaner looking for the opening.

Front End of East Wing Gallery - Copyright 2008 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Front End of West Wing Gallery

I have seen a print bin about where the red furniture is in this photo. It'll be a large and impressive space to show.

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