Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Don't feel too bad, neither had we...
But we are all in luck, because there is one last fabulous opportunity to check it out.
Update, update... "The Dwelling" will be up for another week. It is a must see. Wild lifesize voodoo dolls, locks of hair pinned to the wall, bones and candles in dishes, painted sagging floors. It is interactive, participatory and spooky.
This past spring, the Durham Storefront Project partnered with Scientific Properties to fill an unoccupied house at #1102 Taylor Street with an art installation by Julia Gartrell and Julienne Alexander. Aptly called “The Dwelling,” the empty house has been transformed into a magical workshop from another era. The installation is comprised of 1,000 square feet of site-specific artwork and furnishings revolving around themes of alchemy, superstition, and magic. Tonight in a celebration of the start of Summer, and what Alexander calls a “psycho-social-spiritual alignment,” the artists are hosting an open house on summer solstice eve.
Visitors can stop by to view the installation – oversized voodoo dolls, raw painted floors, strange edibles, bones and human hair – and celebrate the first moments of Summer. Local musical celebrities will be on hand with moody tunes beginning at 8:30 PM. Alexander also mentions, “There will be a bonfire to promote goodwill with the lords of summer, as well as beer, wine, and herbal cocktails for balancing the humours.” The open house and celebration are free and open to the public.
“The Dwelling” exemplifies the Durham ethic; artists and the community working together to create a more dynamic place for us all.
As part of the development of Golden Belt, Scientific Properties acquired several historic houses in the surrounding neighborhood, restoring the exteriors, but leaving the interior as raw space for the future owner to design and restore. The Durham-based real estate development company connected with the Durham Storefront Project after seeing art installations the group organized in downtown Durham and recognizing the opportunity a vacant interior presents to an artist.
The Durham Storefront Project was started in 2010 to connect artists with empty spaces. The volunteer-run initiative continues to organize installation series in underutilized spaces, highlighting the history and architecture of Durham, providing new opportunities for artists, and adding vibrancy to downtown. Support from many local organizations, including Preservation Durham, the Durham Arts Council, The Scrap Exchange, Scientific Properties, Greenfire Development, Center Studio Architecture, Self Help Credit Union, Through This Lens, have helped make the project a success.
This Fall the Durham Storefront Project will present a new series of windows focusing on the past, present, and future of Durham. For more information on the artists and businesses involved, visit www.durhamstorefrontproject.org.