Formerly of Kinkead Contemporary, John Kinkead has moved his objective away from selling art in a traditional Culver City gallery to offering foreign artists live/work residencies in his home and hosting interactive salons with artists and gallerists. I was lucky enough to be included last night and to meet Fette Sans (pictured above) his first salon resident.
The atmosphere was informal and welcoming and we sat in a ever growing circle and listened to Fette talk about her photographic journey as she passed out "Zines" on copy paper she constructs of her photographs. Everyone was encouraged to participate in the discussion or not. The experience left me feeling giddy to participate in such an artistic intimate setting and learn about this young French/German/LA artist who is taking photographic documentation style imagery and turning it inside out into a digital social networking Tumblr/ Zine/Video form of communication.
After Fette spoke we were invited to see her studio space in John's backyard and saw her process in all it's mixed up messy glory. It was beautiful.
I want everyone who is not already aware of this trend in contemporary art to know that these pop up salons and pop up gallery spaces exist. I am seeing more and more examples of artists taking their art back into their homes and studios and of dealers who are organically developing alternative methods of communication between art lovers and artists. I guess the most famous example would be Damien Hirst ending his relationship with Leo Gagosian recently and Jeff Koons soon followed in the same vein but I digress.
For more information on the Kinkead Pop.Up Residency please see his page on Facebook or the link below will take you to his calendar page.
fette sans tumblr page is http://fette.tumblr.com/