The DELVE Networking event Collaboratives + Art is Thursday, May 22 at 7pm! Get tickets here! We are very excited to share short interviews with some collaborative artist-run projects around New York City.
Cinders Gallery was a brick and mortar space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn from 2004-2012, started by Kelie Bowman and Sto. No longer a physical space, they are currently nomadic and project-based. Sto shared some history with us. Thanks, Sto!
Can you briefly describe the history of starting Cinders to where you are today?
Cinders started in 2004. We were 2 artists living in New York and wanted to create our own space to show art that we were excited about and that was surprisingly not being shown anywhere. Our house burned down and we moved into a storefront in Brooklyn that we turned into a gallery space. We went on to curate nearly 100 hundred exhibitions there for the next 7 years. The gallery became a wondrous hub where so many great people came together to see art and hang out. It was a specific time and place in Williamsburg that was truly special. In 2011, our rent doubled and we were forced to move out like so many other amazing spaces. We then became a non-profit in 2012 and started to work nomadically based on our travels, curating at other spaces and continually publishing handmade art books while maintaining a website that features a blog with loads of great art for sale.
What do you think sets your space apart from other galleries?
We were always interested in creating a friendlier, homey vibe in our space. It was a reaction to the stereotypical coldness of many galleries in Chelsea. We wanted people to feel at home, to take their coat off and stick around for a while checking out the work. And maybe even strike up a conversation with us about the art. Nowadays, we are interested in discovering new ways a gallery can exist without being a brick and mortar white cube. Curating a roving community, spreading art to more people by being in more places....it's an adventure and we are excited to see where it takes us.
Their 10th anniversary is coming up this summer and Cinders will be launching a brand new website in conjunction with a massive exhibition in NY. Stay tuned.... follow them on Facebook and Twitter to be up to date!