Photo: Nicholas Gottlund
April 23 – May 29, 2010
Opening: Friday, April 23rd, 7pm to 9pm
103 Broadway, Ground Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Capricious Space proudly presents Smoke Bath, a benefit exhibition in conjunction with an online gallery, to support The Fresh Air Fund. Curated and organized by Peter Sutherland, the gallery hosts the artwork of photographers Andrew Laumann and Nicholas Gottlund. A website dedicated to the cause, www.smokebath.com, features the work of numerous other photographers, ranging from emerging artists like Skye Parrott and Sam Falls, to the very established such as Collier Schorr and Richard Prince.
Smoke Bath is a collection of photographs and artwork loosely based on the theme of camping/nature/exploring. The Fresh Air Fund is an independent, not-for-profit agency that provides free summer vacations to New York City children from low-income communities (wikipedia). The goals of Smoke Bath are to showcase the work of artists who are inspired by nature and to raise money for freshair.org in the process.
For the last few years I’ve been thinking of art out of the context of galleries, sales and museums. I’ve wondered about the power of art and the potential to use it to do something positive. At the core this project is a test, and I hope the result will be an (online) exhibition that people all over the world can enjoy that will raise some money for a very good cause in the process. I hope the images collected here inspire people to think about the beauty of the wilderness, and perhaps inspire them to donate to freshair.org. Getting out of your routine and seeing something new can be a very peaceful and mind expanding experience. I think the exposure to natural and wilderness areas can help people make sense of the world and put things into context. Hopefully this project helps kids to discover this experience. Thanks to all of the artists who contributed to Smoke Bath!
Smoke Bath book by Seems
328 pages | Printed 1 color | 5.25″ x 8
Smoke Bath Tee by Patrick O’Dell
Seems Books, an independent publisher of small-run art books based in New York, has also published an accompanying catalog (also titled “Smoke Bath”), featuring still more images and artists inspired by the bucolic. A t-shirt specially designed by Patrick O’dell will be available as well. All proceeds from these projects will benefit The Fresh Air Fund. Special thanks for making all of this possible to Landon Metz (website design) and Natalie So (Producer and Co-curator).
Sutherland on the exhibition: “Andrew and Nicholas are friends and they live in Baltimore. Both have a heavy feel of adventure and exploration in their work. They seem to pick the best parts out of their travels to then create their own worlds. These worlds seem to be made up of abandoned buildings mixed with pristine wilderness areas. Nicholas came up with the name ‘Smoke Bath’ after a smoky trip they both took to South Carolina.”
Photo: Andrew Laumann
About Andrew Laumann
Andrew Laumann was born in the spring of 1987 in Baltimore, MD. After five years of roaming around the country, he has settled back in Baltimore, where he works in his studio & runs PENT HOUSE gallery. He has published two books with Gottlund Verlag, New Messages and Black book.
Photo: Nicholas Gottlund
About Nicholas Gottlund
Born in 1981, Nicholas Gottlund is an artist and bookmaker. He was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania where he currently runs the small publishing house Gottlund Verlag, which produces limited edition books with contemporary photographers. The Whitney Museum recently acquired his book, Wild Prayer, as well as a forthcoming book, Mr. Natural, which will be published this spring by Perryman Press.
About Capricious Space
Capricious Space is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Our mission is to be a sanctuary away from the city’s clamor and strife. Capricious Space invites emerging artists and curators to transform the space according to their own visions and dreams, thus bringing the Capricious generation together.
Please visit SMOKE BATH and be inspired