|Venture Compound interior.|
Jen Sandwich flew in from Oakland, CA and promptly caught our version of the flu while she worked putting up her installation. Like many other installations at VC under Brad Kokay, there was a huge number of works on display, almost wallpapering the space, and in this case, a significant part of the floor.
Part of the reason for this is due to the gallery's philosophy of making art affordable to most, thereby mixing some original works along with great numbers of printed reproductions that are inexpensive and unsigned. This practice has developed into a look of its own. Ms. Sandwich also does zines, and had several on display (I bought a few).
Many of the works on the walls also appear in the zines.
|Work by Jen Sandwich|
Jen told me she is from Palmetto, FL. and ended up moving to Oakland. A lot of the work shown has to do with being a newcomer in a strange place, of being displaced. The themes of alienation, isolation, couple with a vision of life in Oakland as a dystopia with fluctuations of magical revelations.
On one wall, hanging like laundry, were bus/train tickets. From the ceiling, colored paper chains arced down festively, with a Mexican flavor. Everywhere, drawings of a personal, journalistic nature. Not of spectacular things, but things about what is going on in her life.
There were works directly drawn on the walls and floor of the gallery.
There were a few magic word drawings tucked in among all the other works. This one seems to be a cautionary tale.
Congratulations to Jen Sandwich, Brak Kokay, Jesse Vance and the Venture Compound for an interesting show.
This show is up, closing on Feb 7th, and lots of work remains for sale at exceedingly reasonable prices. Treat yourself and visit the Venture Compound gallery, at 2621 Fairfield Ave. Saint Petersburg.