ROOM 35 | SYDNEY | 31.08.2005
35 turns 8
FERNANDO OCTAVIO PINO
For eight years and 71 shows, Room 35 has established itself
as a singular alternative site, never claiming authority over the panoply
of exhibition spaces available to artists, but assured in a vision which
sought to provide for a perceived gap. Never an artist-run initiative,
nor a forum of representation and certainly not a shop, Room 35
is a manifest desire to allow for something else.
There is always a risk of self-aggrandisement when overlooking a history
from the vantagepoint of an anniversary.
However, Room 35 has provided a place somewhere between an artist-run
initiative's room for hire, and the tension of a commercial galleries
need to satisfy the often (some might say essentially) contradicting ideologies
of market and criticality.
Over these eight years, artists from many varied ideological positions
have wilfully and enthusiastically put themselves into this bright, intense,
in-between site. If glory is being applauded, then all these artists should
rightfully take a bow. All who have shown in Room 35 have continued
to enjoy success in many varied forms, some in gallery representation,
institutional exhibitions, overseas study, and developing sophistication
Please join with Gitte Weise Gallery in celebration, in equal parts, of
eight dedicated years of the Room 35 program and all of the artists
who filled it with their hard work and imagination.