Archive as Action, conceived and organized by the CAC’s outgoing curator Steven Matijcio, has three Cincinnati-based artists disabusing the notion that viewing fine art is a quiet, passive experience.
Whittle cites her mediums as collaboration, connection, color, and shape. That fits her day jobs as a fashion/performance artist, professor, and gallery/bed-and-breakfast co-owner. As for her exhibit at the CAC? “I hope [visitors] will look in the mylar room and get lost in its jungle of color and light. I hope they will lay in the PLOP bean bag and be transported to an other-worldly beach as they look at the photo on the ceiling.”
A social-practice artist and the director of Wave Pool in Camp Washington, Cullen’s portion of the exhibit includes programming such as co-working hours, art classes, and an interactive dinner. Not to mention a landline phone where people around the city, prompted by flyers, can call in and record messages about meeting someone new, and two typewriters connected by one continuous loop of paper.
Curreri, an artist and DAAP professor, created a segment that is participatory and textile-based. In addition to a large-scale installation and a 13-foot work called Jury Box, there’s an active, ongoing piece called Rope Walk, in partnership with the West End’s National Flag Co., where visitors will build braided ropes as an homage to Italian-American labor histories.