Monday, February 4, 2013

Dashboard Co-Op presents BOOM City

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Rebekah Weaver holds a butterfly in the butterfly room at the BOOM City opening
  • Heather Hendricks
  • Rebekah Weaver holds a butterfly in the butterfly room at the BOOM City opening

Dashboard Co-Op, a group of like-minded people committed to bringing art to a wider audience, among other things, presented BOOM City on Saturday night at the M. Rich Building in downtown. Artists from Atlanta, New York, and New Orleans came together to transform a building that sat aging and forgotten into a space teeming with art and life.

It wasn't difficult finding the building - the entire facade was lit with pink lights. After checking in and riding an ancient elevator, I walked down pink-lit stairs and entered a vast space, cordoned off here and there with walls not quite reaching the ceiling. A large performance space was ringed with sculpture, paintings, and a larger-than-life drawing. Through a looped hallway, I could enter any of the rooms on the right, left, or middle and experience a fabricated world - from installation to interaction to painting to sculpture to photography. A room of butterflies ringed with large framed photographs. A room in almost complete darkness, grass and mulch, stars above and brightly lit photographs. One-way glass booths so others could watch your audio experience. Interactive light installations repeated again and again. Brightly colored pipes weaving through it all. The night was filled with performance after performance.

BOOM City took place one night only, but you can still check out the space - the show will be up until March 2. The gallery is open on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. by appointment only.

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