Champions of Empty Rooms Artist Talk



With talented young artists flocking to this city in search of cheap housing and wall space to showcase their work and thousands of abandoned properties just rotting on our streets, it’s about time someone started making the connection—if not the folks in City Hall, then at least members of the local art community. Founded by Philly-based artists Veronica Cianfrano and Jessica Anne Clark, CHER (for Champions of Empty Rooms) is all about putting this city’s many empty spaces to good use, briefly transforming them into vibrant cultural dens where emerging artists can gain exposure, and new audiences can be exposed to art non-stuffy settings. Already, in just the past year, they’ve organized several noteworthy community specific installations and exhibitions around town, including a multimedia group show inspired by the life, work and times of Edgar Allan Poe.

For the closing reception of their latest pop-up exhibit, (no) Hope, which features mixed-media works from more than 20 artists examining hope and despair in the present tense, CHER is hosting an informal chat open to artists, art enthusiasts and non-art enthusiasts alike. After a brief presentation from the show’s curators and CHER founders, several of the featured artists will talk about their work before opening the discussion to the floor. Regardless if whether or not you’re able to come and join in on the conversation, be sure to remain on the lookout for upcoming CHER exhibits. Who knows? They may soon be popping up in a neighborhood near you. / Nicole Finkbiner

6pm. Free. Salon 1522, 1522 N. Lawrence St. salon1522.com



 

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