“Abraham Lincoln Dragon Slayer” by Kumpa Tawornprom, was voted favorite installation by the audience at Dunedin Fine Art Center’s CONTAIN IT! show 2014.
The award-winning Dunedin Fine Art Center’s annual Contain IT!/Trashy Treasures two-day event last weekend evolved into Contain IT! Eat IT, Brew IT + Trashy Treasures — in other words, the "It Weekend." On Friday night, the Trashy Treasures Art Auction (inside DFAC) set up shop again with lines of people overflowing outside, and art installations made use of PODS storage-units that stood by food trucks, craft brew vendors and a stage featuring live music by The Nancy Ray-Guns (featuring Sean Delong). Curated by Christine Renc-Carter, Contain IT! included another installation by yearly favorite Shane Hoffman. He created his Mayflower truck-inspired installation with a student from his day job at Pyramid Inc., a Tampa arts-educational program that helps the mental and emotionally challenged find a new voice through art. The Spolek Collaborative (Nathan Beard, Corey O’Connor, Aaron Schallenberger, Cate Clark, Marketa O’Connor, Hallie Schallenberger) offered a detailed view of domesticity vs. identity, and several other PODs offered thought-provoking themes and the fruits of unique collaborations. Peruse the slideshow below to find out more.
Dunedin's big "It" Weekend was a hit. The Dunedin Fine Art Center is just giddy with satisfaction over the success of its Contain It! PODS installation show Feb. 21-22. The DFAC, which recently received best St. Pete/Clearwater museum honors from the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, hosted its annual event with artists converting storage containers into interactive environments was extended to two days with a strong focus on education and collaboration in the community — especially amongst artists, art educators and students. There were 25 students from St. Petersburg College, a student from Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, and a developmentally disabled adult student from Pyramid Inc. collaborated with art instructors. And of course, many of the artists, like event photographer Nicole Abbett, collaborated with other artists.
Standouts in the show included “Memories of a Shifting Future” by the Spolek Collaborative, a a group of young parents (Nathan Beard, Cate Clark, Corey O’Connor, Marketa O’Connor, Aaron Schallenberger and Hallie Schallenberger) who created a detailed contemplation on domesticity vs. personal needs, among other things.
"My wife Cate Clark came up with the genius idea of having our wives install something on the exterior of the POD," said Beard, "to tie into their roles as working moms. The project then became about the reverence we as parents have for our children and an examination of the changes our children have affected in us. Another theme we wanted to explore was the idea of gender role reversal and the conversation our culture is having about this."
Other pieces included a stunning Abraham Lincoln shadow piece by Kumpa Tawornprom, Abbett's urban Tampa "B is for Box, P is for PODS" installation with graffiti and a peep hole revealing a mannequin and Ybor-style brick road (with real bricks, even). Wes Roos installed a skateboard half-pipe in his multimedia POD, and Theo Georgiou's lovely living room sported a unique use of black light. Check out the slideshow here for more details about the uniquely compelling works in the show.