A Copious Flow presents a selection of artworks concerned with the imagining, use, and control of public space, made by artists affiliated with Shandaken Projects. In a gallery presentation and in artworks appearing in the public sphere, the exhibition explores how a commons can be constructed from haptic, civic, poetic, and hegemonic perspectives.
The phrase “a copious flow” is drawn from George Maciunas’ Fluxus Manifesto, where it appears as a foundational metaphor in his call for wide distribution of art for the people. Accompanying the works presented in the Athens Cultural Center, Phoebe Berglund will offer a movement workshop in the Athens Riverfront Park, Athens, NY on Saturday August 5 from 10am to 12pm; a new artwork by Maggie Hazen will be exhibited on a billboard on Route 23A immediately west of Jovial Court from July 31 through August 27 (across the street from Scribner’s Lodge); a new artwork by David Horvitz will be mailed to every resident of the Village of Athens; and Julia Weist’s video work Governing Body will be aired on Channel Albany, if its broadcast is allowed by that station. On the occasion of A Copious Flow, the Juvenile Justice Arts and Media Network (a nonprofit organization founded and run by Maggie Hazen) will also present new artworks by the Columbia Collective, a multimedia group of young female and trans artists named after a facility in which they were incarcerated, on billboards throughout Columbia County from July 31 through August 27.