Fork Project put together its first exhibition in November 2017. With fifteen artists, eleven QR codes, six spaces, five performances and four DJs, the exhibition was an opportunity to bring a collection of interviews between Fork and Sydney artist into the physical. The event showcased and celebrated the conversations that had been documented and archived digitally, but also explored connecting audiences with artists and their ideas in alternative ways. To bring the transcripts to life, Fork placed eleven QR Codes to activate and invite the audio consumption of ideas, creativity and artistic practice. The exhibition attempted to experiment with traditional wall text display methods and audience engagement in social spaces.
OPENING is a curatorial collaboration between artist Jesse Rye (Mucusbubble) and Fork, that looks to activate the ‘commercial gallery/white cube model’ of opening nights and play with the conventions of display.
OPENING considers intellectual elitism and its relationship to private collection, museum and gallery environments. Where does the contemporary art curator stand in all of this? What is their role? Can we create our own market economies outside the traditional art world structures that privilege the art collector and their own private economy?
Thinking about artist-community relationships rather than artist-collector relationships, wanting to value, cultivate and financially support emerging artists and realign the conventional opening night model that serves the art collector and their white cubes.