I heard beforehand that The Speakeasy was going to be more dynamic than the typical art show, but still I was surprised by the number of events and the breadth of the subjects covered. Except for the food and beer served from behind the counter by people in red striped aprons, there was nothing static about the show at all.
The list of events that transpired over the 6 weeks of the show is exhausting just to consider: scrounged architecture, foraged food, socially conscious art, art as craft, a BBQ cook off, live music ranging from rock to techno to industrial, poetry, and a series of dialogues tackling knotty problems as balancing day jobs with artistic careers, getting grants and working unpaid to support ‘artists for name your cause.’
Most exhibits are tightly bound by time and space, but for this show each event was like an individual piece at…
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