The McCleave Gallery of Fine Art (2002 - 2007)
The McCleave Gallery of Fine Art is a not for profit, independently run portable art gallery that is available for viewing on a “by chance or appointment” basis, out of a suitcase which is carried during regular business hours by a gallery attendant. The gallery houses shows by emerging and established artists, challenging them to consider community, mobility, and the borderlines between art and the institution, and “public” and “private” spaces.
The McCleave Gallery of Fine Art, responds to the ideological implications of “typical” institutions. The experience a viewer has with The McCleave Gallery facilitates an immediate collective experience or cultural exchange between the viewer and the curator in which the curator becomes increasingly visible and therefore a collaborator with both the exhibiting artist and the participating viewer.
Since 2002, The McCleave Gallery has exhibited in galleries and communities across Canada and internationally, most recently organizing a series of public installations and performances representing a fictitious space academy entitled, Suitcase Art Gallery Space Research Institute (SAGSRI). The McCleave Gallery has recently “retired” into the plotline of an “unreachable” venue that exists only through documentation and storytelling.