For a while, at least, no one home
With it goes a unique venue in the city's visual arts scene, an exhibition space that doubled as a studio, with contributors creating art in that venue for that venue, but more significantly, one that paired artists with curators or art writers and allowed them to develop a project in close collaboration rather than one after the other. That sort of boundary-crossing enterprise, which has yielded a number of dynamic works in the past six years and which we could use more of, will be hard to lose. Now, on the website for Fluent~Collaborative, the nonprofit venture that sponsors testsite and the online contemporary art journal ... might be good, ...mbg Editor Claire Ruud is upbeat, referring to the closure as a sabbatical from which testsite will return. Even so, there is a casualty in all this: Kate Watson, who has served as testsite coordinator and ...mbg associate editor for the past year.
"I really appreciated Kate as a colleague," says Ruud. "Her energy and vision brought freshness and vitality to both testsite and ...might be good. Though she'll be missed at Fluent~Collaborative, I'm looking forward to see what she does next as an independent curator, writer, and artist. She's overflowing with exciting ideas, and I'm sure we'll continue to see her curatorial projects, art criticism, and videos all over town."
Actually, her criticism may be found in these very pages, beginning with the July 24 issue. We welcome Watson's insights and hope that Fluent~Collaborative's loss may be the Chronicle's gain.
"testsite 09.3 ~ Common Sense: Sheila Pepe & Elizabeth Dunbar" is on view July 19 & 26, noon-6pm, at testsite, 502 W. 33rd. For more information, visit www.fluentcollab.org/testsite.