Kickstarter Campaign for Launch Pad Cooperative has 20 days to go!
We recently launched a kickstarter campaign to help raise money for our not for profit gallery, Launch Pad Cooperative. Check it out! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/laun
We are offering some pretty sweet rewards. Thanks to everyone who has pledged so far- every little bit helps!
Special Thanks to Lisa Sipe at Culture Seen for doing this interview with me on behalf of LPC as well! http://www.cultureseen.com/2012/10/17/ga
"Golgotha": New Exhibit Explores Theme of Mortality by Sarah Ottney
Golgotha @ Launch Pad Cooperative
Launch Pad Cooperative is pleased to present the first of a series of solo exhibitions; Golgotha by Crystal Gale Phelps. A participatory, ephemeral, installation will be on view beginning with the September Art Walk.
September 2012, TOLEDO: In a demonstration of light, glass, wood, and dirt, artist Crystal Gale Phelps has developed the site specific installation, Golgotha. Launch Pad Cooperative will house this expansive exhibition from September 13, 2012 until October 5, 2012. An opening reception will be held in conjunction with the Arts Commissions Art Walk on Thursday, September 13 from 6 pm - 9 pm. The public is asked to participate in the work during the opening reception and will be invited back for a closing service and artist talk on October 5 from 7pm - 9pm.
Artist Statement: I use abstracted forms of religious iconography and theological signifiers to act as tools to address themes of grief, loss, and the confrontation of mortality. An environment that is both beautiful and uncomfortable will be created and explored with the participation of viewers for the examination of collective grief. A station in the gallery will be set up for participants to compose letters to the dead; as brief or as lengthy as desired. After the letter is complete viewers are asked to toss it into one of three tombs built in the center of the gallery. A handful of dirt will then be thrown on top of the letter inside of the tomb so as to reenact the process seen at traditional burials.
Launch Pad Cooperative is an artist-run gallery that was established in 2012 with the intent to facilitate a network for emerging visual artists and creative writers of high quality who wish to enrich the community of Toledo and beyond.
Launch Pad Cooperative
911 Jefferson Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604
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IN COLLABORATION WITH
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In a demonstration of cloth, paper, blood, glass and bone, artist Crystal Phelps and fashion designer Tiffe Fermaint develop an art installation of compelling themes. Their marriage of art and fashion is viewable to public for the first time on June 17th at Eye Lounge Contemporary Art. Mannequins adorned with Fermaints latest collection compliment thought provoking images created by Phelps throughout the gallery. The opening reception is from 6 to 10 p.m. and will run though July 9th.
Crystal Phelps graduated from ASU in 2008 with her BFA in printmaking and is now the current co president at Eye Lounge on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. While her background is heavily rooted in traditional printmaking processes her work has transformed to encompass central elements of drawing and painting. This is her first site specific installation.
Tiffe Fermaint attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising for Fashion Design and is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her clothing is best described as bold constructions that have scientific sensibilities. Inspiration for her designs come heavily from music and imaginary societies. Supporters includes Uffie from Paris, two-time Grammy nominee Carmen Rizzo, Electroclash godfather Larry Tee, American synthpop band Freezepop, New York electro group Hong Kong Counterfeit, Ibizas DJ Awards Best Deep House DJ Phonique from Berlin, and electros most promising up & comer, MNDR from NYC.
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