ILSSA, or Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts, is a membership organization for those who make experimental or conceptual work with obsolete technology. For this exhibition, the Center will see its galleries turned into a project space as ILSSA members converge for their first conference. This ‘Working Group’ will occur on July 6th and the documentation of their meeting as well as the ILSSA Library will be on display through the end of the month.
Working Group Laurie Corrall, North Carolina, Local 828 Shop BW Lyman Edwards, Florida, Local 850 Shop LL Bridget Elmer, Florida, Local 347 Shop FS John Labovitz, Washington, Local 917 Shop JL Emily Larned, Connecticut, Local 917 Shop RC Meghan Reedy, Pennsylvania, Local 717 Whop WP Chris Ruggiero, Connecticut, Local 917 Shop SE Charlotte Taylor, North Carolina, Local 828 Shop CT Marilyn Zapf, North Carolina, assistant director, CCCD
With special thanks to contributions from… “Michael” Cunningham, Illinois, Local 847 Shop M Maria P. Epes, North Carolina, Local 828 Shop ME Scott McCarney, New York, Local 585 Shop VB Kris Merola, California, Local 585 Shop KM Melanie Mowinski, Massachusetts, Local 413 Shop 29P Jessica Peterson, Alabama, Local 973 Shop PS Erin Sweeney, New Hampshire, Local 603 Shop ES Sally Hagy-Boyer, New York, Local 914, SHB Jessica White, North Carolina, Local 828 Shop JW Karen Zimmermann, Arizona, Local 520 Shop KZ
And thank you to Highland Brewing Company for their generous in-kind donation for the opening.
Asheville, NC – Recent economic reports speculate that a third industrial revolution, shaped by digital technologies, is underway. This summer, Benchspace Gallery & Workshop will investigate the implications of such technologies on the making of sculptural and functional objects in the 21st century.