“Show and Tell” Mobile Gallery (August 13-14, 2011)

Co-curators Victoria Yee Howe and Sierra Stinson discuss their 48-hour pop up gallery and shop on wheels hitting the streets of New York City this weekend.

In Features by Teri Duerr 2011-08-12 print

Some of the 'zines in "Show and Tell"

“Show & Tell,” the mobile gallery, shop, and reading room co-curated by longtime friends and first-time collaborators Victoria Yee Howe and Sierra Stinson, will hit the streets of New York this weekend (August 13-14) when the two show and tell about work from some of their favorite artists, writers, and independent presses drawn largely from their stomping grounds on opposite coasts, Stinson’s Seattle, and Howe’s New York.

Stinson, a photo and video artist in her own right, has been curating pop-up exhibitions, Vignettes, in her Seattle apartment for the past year; while curator, one-woman publisher, and baker behind the pop-up bakery Chinatown Cake Club, Victoria Howe, has been looking for her next pop-up venture since shuttering the oven door on her secret bake shop last year.

“A few months ago I was in Hong Kong,” said Howe, “I was super inspired by all the people I met there to try doing a pop-up again, but this time showcasing my true loves, independent press and art. I asked Sierra to collaborate with me, and a couple months and many emails, meetings, and Skype talks later, we rented a truck and our taking our idea out onto the streets of New York.”

The work on view includes a cross-section of bi-coastal artists, each chosen with their special connection to Seattle or New York in mind: Levi Mandel, Amanda Manitach, Klara Glosova, Jackie Mock, Shaun Kardinal, Aleah Chapin, Shino Soma, and the collective Holly Holly Hobby Hobby to name just a few, as well as an excellent selection of ‘zine and independent publications from Eader’s Digest, Kingsboro Press, Museum Paper, and Swallow Magazine among others.

“It’s a mysterious project. We have no idea how it will look until we are both in New York City in the U-Haul with all of the work!” said Stinson. “I have selected artists whose work resonates within this moment in these two cities,” she continued. “Victoria has hand selected a number of brilliant publications and together I am sure we will find themes and connections especially after it is all installed this weekend.”

“Seattle and New York City are two amazing cities for creative minds,” said Stinson, “I hope to simply combine forces within a truck for them temporarily and see if any seeds are planted.”

One seed that may take root if all goes well this weekend is the possibility of repeating “Show and Tell” in other cities. “‘Show and Tell’ is a bit of an adventure for us and we don’t know what to expect,” said Howe. “We both like the idea of a temporary pop-up – in some ways it’s like a concert, just a two day only magical event happening briefly in a crazy, vibrant city we both love. Replication is a possibility but the future is uncertain.”

“This weekend it would be nice to meet, talk about the art, the creators, Seattle, New York, and of course,” added Stinson, referring to the delicious Chinatown Cake Club additions of her creative partner, “eat cake.”

Saturday & Sunday, August 13-14, 2011 | 12-7pm | Show and Tell at various locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Follow in real time at twitter.com/#!/showandtell_nyc

Shaun Kardinal (Seattle Based) 500/500 (after 'All Fires' by Spencer Krug) Hand-embroidered collage, 2011, $200 framed

Amanda Manitach (seattle based) Stock Character (Pierrots with Pipes), 15 x 15", graphite on paper, 2011 $500, framed

Teri Duerr

Teri Duerr. Teri lives in Brooklyn where she co-runs Horse+Dragon NYC, a boutique agency that puts creative talents to work on publicity, editing, design, and events/exhibitions for artists, writers and nonprofit friends. She has spent much of the last year launching publicity campaigns for films at Tribeca, Sundance, SXSW, MoMA, and for television broadcast. In addition to being a contributing editor for the highly dubious culture publication Chief Magazine, and a book reviews editor for Mystery Scene, she spent four years as director and editorial mentor for the Minneapolis teen girls’ magazine Chicas in the Mix, followed In 2000 by editor in chief posts at events & culture magazines Tokyo Scene and Kansai Scene in Japan. Her editorial and photo production work has appeared in places like Best Life, The Source, Men’s Health, Organic Style, Vogue Korea, Vogue China, and most recently Tom Tom Magazine and CODE. » See other writings


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