Through April 22: AUTO BODY: ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE at 6BASE
By Lily Frances Pendery
Upon walking into AUTO BODY: ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, currently on view at 6BASE in the Bronx, one is immediately confronted by the color blue. Laid out on a vibrant blue table, thirty-five miscellaneous objects are organized and labeled with corresponding numbers. Ranging from building bricks to a taxidermy blowfish, this collection of objects is the latest curatorial endeavor from the collective AUTO BODY, consisting of Tyler Healy, Aria McManus, Georgia Read, Quinn Sherman, Johnny Knapp, Claire Read, Will Rose, and Charlie Stravinsky. Each item has been collected from an artist’s studio, and serves to represent that particular space or practice, literally or abstractly.
Here, the color blue is representative of blueprints, bringing into question what an artist’s space looks like, and how it manifests outside of traditional conceptions of the studio. These issues are significant to AUTO BODY’s practice and mission to artistically engage with unconventional spaces (past projects have included installations along the Montauk Highway, Fire Island Wilderness Visitor Center, and the Post-Morrow Foundation). Blueprints are also literally relevant to AUTO BODY, as the collective is currently searching for a new location for their residency program. Two editioned prints have been produced in conjunction with ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, depicting the blueprint for the George Tooker house in Bellport, New York, a potential site for the group.
6BASE has similarly responded to the challenge artists face regarding space, especially in New York City. Founded by Marina Gluckman in 2016, the South Bronx-based exhibition and artist studio program serves to create opportunities and networks for artists. Through the program, artists are able to make and show work in a supportive and engaging environment.
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