Interspace: Macon Reed, Chris Watts, & Alessandra Gomez
Join Abrons AIRspace residents Macon Reed and Chris Watts for a moderated conversation with Alessandra Gomez, a performance curator and arts administrator who supports artist residencies and public programming at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Abrons’ AIRspace program offers time-based residencies to emerging and mid-career visual, dance, music and theater artists and cross-disciplinary curators. A variety of residency program structures provide artists with workspace, in-progress performance/exhibition opportunities, infrastructure, professional development and financial support. AIRspace strives to build and serve a broad community of artists working on projects at various stages of development in a collective environment that promotes and encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration and spontaneous creative intersections. Audiences are invited to learn more about artistic creative processes through open studios, discussions and work-in-progress showings in ongoing ways.
Macon Reed is an artist working in sculpture, installation, video, radio documentary, painting, and participatory projects. Her work has shown at venues including PULSE NYC Special Projects, BRIC Media Arts, ABC No Rio, The Kitchen, Wayfarer’s Gallery and Eyebeam in New York; Chicago Cultural Center, Mana Contemporary, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Roots & Culture, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; Art F City’s FAGallery in Miami, FL; The Museum of Human Achievement in Austin,TX; Salt Institute in Portland, ME; The Dah Theater Research Center in Belgrade, Serbia; ICA Baltimore, and Athens Museum of Queer Arts, Athens, Greece. Reed completed her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a University Fellow in 2013 and received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. Additionally she studied Radio Documentary at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Physical Theater at the Dah International School in Belgrade, and Art and Social Engagement at The Kitchen’s Sidney Kahn Summer Institute. Most recently Macon was an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and a Research Fellow at Eyebeam Center for Art+Technology.
Chris Watts is a New York based artist from North Carolina. In drawings, paintings, films and installations, Watts recasts images and scenes, often taken from film, music and found printed material. He seeks not to simply supplement a new narrative, but to create a project of disruption. He recently installed a solo exhibition, Blahk on Blahk on Blak at Gallery Twenty Two, Charlotte NC and has installed solo projects at Davidson College, Davidson, NC; Duke University, Durham, NC; and Artspace Center for the Arts, Raleigh, NC, amongst others. His group exhibitions include Do you see me?, Diggs Gallery at Winston Salem State University, Winston Salem, NC, (2016); Art + Dialogue: Responding to Racial Tension in America, Greensboro College, Greensboro, NC, (2015) and High Point University, High Point, NC, (2016); Realities in Contemporary Video Art, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, Paris, France, (2015); So Much to She, Flanders Gallery, Aaron Fowler and Chris Watts, Raleigh, NC, (2015). Watts has participated as an Artist in Residence at the Lower Manhattan Culture Council Workspace Program, New York, NY (2016-2017); the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, (2014); and the McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC, (2010). Watts received training from the College of Arts and Architecture, University of North Carolina Charlotte and from the Yale University School of Art.
Alessandra Gomez is an independent curator from South Carolina specializing in contemporary art and experimental dance and performance. Since moving to New York in 2014, she has assisted with the development of exhibitions and live programming at various museums and cultural institutions. She is a Program Assistant at The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Curatorial Assistant at Ambient Church, and Consultant Curator for the Queens Museum’s satellite space. Her exhibitions include: As If You Me The Center for Performance Research (co-curated with Christina Yang, featuring work by DonChristian Jones, Morgan Bassichis and Sacha Yanow), Public Setting: Dave Hardy at the Queens Museum satellite space, and two forthcoming exhibitions to be announced in 2018. She was the 2015-16 Curatorial Fellow at The Kitchen and assisted with many projects from Ralph Lemon’s Scaffold Room to Maria Hassabi’s Solo. Gomez is an M.A. candidate in Columbia’s Modern and Contemporary Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies program.