Rider Project 2004 presents “CELL,” A
September 17-September 26
By: Stephanie Alberico
Rider Project is a do-it-yourselft alternative
to the traditional gallery and
a collaborative art experiment created by NYC
artists. The truck parks on busy city streets
and invites viewers to enter the truck, view
the exhibited art and interact with participating
artists. The exhibition,
itself, conceived as a mobile, “cell,” travels
through the social body, dispersing art and ideas
throughout diverse neighborhoods across NYC.
|Artist: Bethany Bristow | Medium:
The art was interesting,
to say the least. The art ranged from photographs
to paintings. Peculiar
sketches, drawings, and miniture sculptures lined
the walls of the truck. These pieces gave me a
sort of “in-your-face, purposely anti-art” feel.
It was right up NYC artists’ alley.
the remainder of the time, the truck is parked
in Chelsea on a somewhat
quiet street. I was a bit skeptical, but the
experience was amusing. While I was there,
many people strode in and out of the truck,
with curiousity plastered all over their faces.
This project allowed the artist’s to
find a creative approach to get people to come
and view their art. I was impressed by the ability
of the artist’s trying so hard not to
impress. The art was simple and was not trying
to make a statement. Therefore,
it was pure and made an important statement.
Eric Jiaju Lee | Title: Vitalism, 2004 | Medium:
Aacrylic on canvas
The “un-art,” of the gallery represented
the artist’s choice to present themselves
in an unbiased manner. It felt as though it gave
the artist the freedom to create without the
pressure of an audience’s opinion.
Participating artists include: Bethany Bristow,
Eun Young Choi, Aisha Cousins, Matthew Fletcher,
Asya Geisberg, Tracy Gilman, Geujin Han, Eric
JIaju Lee, Aaron Linn, Brian Lund, Laura Parker,
Irys Schenke, Sara Ching Yu Sun, Emily Toxie,
Sarah Trigg, and Michele Gambetta.
||The project was grounded from
the ideas of Joseph Beuys and the belief that
art can foment postiive social change. This
project not only changes the way we view art,
but the way we feel about it and approach it.
Young Choi | Title: Silver Cloud, 2004 | Medium:
Stickers on mylar
Please check http://www.art-anon.org for location
updates and more information. The truck is parked
in Chelsea from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., except for the
final day, where it will be parked in front of
MoMa Queens from noon-5 p.m.