No one declared a finish line, but I felt the finality today.
A mix of accomplishment, completion, and something that felt like the rug, with the saturated colour, because, unlike the rest, not protected by the couch, it preserved its newness, because no one touched it, walked on it, spilled drinks on it, free from crumbs and wear.
It makes you remember what the rug was originally.
No part of the rug is better than the other, they compliment each other like 'before and after' photos; different states of one thing.
In LAB 19, I was the janitor. Clean, wash, wipe, sweep.
In LAB 19, I was assistant curator, the contributing creator dictated wall space, material, theme, tone. Everything.
I just acquiesced. I documented, assisted when needed, and asked few, if any, questions.
I took a lot of shit for that, but that was the freedom the LAB needed in order to function as intended.
For the second and third week of the LAB, I dissolved my life completely into the project.
Scheduling artists, letting go of my jobs to fully commit to the project, rescheduling my life to accommodate artists' whimsy and sudden changes of schedule and writing and thinking a lot about the project and the next.
The result, I think, in fact, I am sure was worth the sacrifice. The artists contributed solid works. Each entry scraping and scratching through traditions, systems and structure toward a new feel, a neo-contemporary.
'Contemporary' because it is in tune with the beat of art now, 'neo-' because it is running outside the current Belizean cultural stop-watch.
The artists, writers, conceptualizers all responded to the urgency, the anxiety, the tension of the project. The if-you-blink-you'll-miss it, not just the launch and the exhibit, but even the idea.
Keep your eyes open, your minds ready, the LAB came and went in a flash, leaving solid footprints on the cultural frontier, of art now and to come.
It's online if you missed it.
To all contributors, followers and questioners, thank you.
To the Image Factory Art Foundation and Yasser Musa, for the space and resources, thanks.