September 4–October 3, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 4, 6-9pm
Archive Pop-Up Hours: M–F, 12–5pm; SA 12–4:30pm
Kala Art Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Kala Art Institute is pleased to present Lacey Halsam’s Archive this September as part of PRINT PUBLIC’s 2014–2015 Programming. Archive is a living collection of books sourced from the personal libraries of influential visual and literary artists, curators, musicians and cultural leaders. Mirroring how we access information and share knowledge, the collection aims to trigger new patterns of collaboration.
The project emerges from an overwhelming desire for a cultural resource built from the direct participation of our most revered and respected creative minds. Each book within the collection is accompanied by a note from the participant and represents inspiration, reference, and connection for both the reader and the contributor alike.
During the month-long installation at Kala, Archive will map the network of those participating and document the growth of the collection via the online catalog. In-house access to the books will be available during gallery hours and virtual access to the catalog can be found at archive-project.com.
Lacey Haslam is the director of BLOCK Gallery, a site-specific exhibition program that takes place in alternative and public spaces. She began the archive project based on her experiences with removing art from traditional gallery spaces, where she recognized the desire to further embed creative thought into our daily routine and saw an opportunity to broaden our definition of what art is – not merely as an object, but as the conversation catalyzed by the object. This concept evolved into a place of reference where people can gather, read, learn, talk, connect, and collaborate to engage in creative risks and elevate current paradigms.
Haslam continues to work with the city of Oakland and private businesses to advocate for art in everyday spaces. She holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from University of North Carolina at Asheville. She currently lives and works in Oakland, California.
PRINT PUBLIC is an innovative place-making project bringing Kala Art Institute and multiple community partners together to create art installations, print kiosks, pop-up projects and other innovative acts of culture along San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. Artist-teams are developing distinct projects within the San Pablo Avenue transit corridor, creating an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation. Visit Print Public online to learn more.