Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences Presents

Chris Kallmyer: All Possible Spaces

 

Public Reception: Sunday, Nov. 5 // 3-6 p.m.

Exhibition: Oct. 11-Nov. 17

Guest Curator: Aandrea Stang

Soft Structure from A Paradise Choir, 2016 at SFMOMA. Photo credit: Ian Byers-Gamber.

Soft Structure from A Paradise Choir, 2016 at SFMOMA. Photo credit: Ian Byers-Gamber.

Artist Chris Kallmyer’s work explores architectural spaces and the things we do to give them meaning. With the exhibition Chris Kallmyer: All Possible Spaces, he further examines structures for human needs such as listening to music, having a focused conversation, eating lots of ramen, or taking a nap.

Working with Crossroads students as an audience as well as collaborators, Kallymer will envision new speculative architecture for spaces that don’t yet exist. Students will explore ideas of ownership, communalism, agency, autonomy, and public space. With his installation Kallmyer will create a Soft Structure in the Sam Francis Gallery that embodies part sculpture and part improvised fort. The project taps into ideas from utopian architecture, to tree houses, to refugees shelters.

In addition to the structure Kallmyer has created 20 flat-pack kits to be distributed to various classes. Students will use the kits to prototype a new architecture to fulfill some specific use of their choosing. As they are completed, the 20 different speculative structures will be displayed in the gallery next to Kallmyer’s real-life realization.

“If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.”—Gaston Bachelard

About Aandrea Stang

Stang is an independent educator and curator/producer with a focus on institutional program development, concentrating on contemporary and socially engaged art practices. She serves on the programming committee for the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) and the exhibition committee for the Armory Center for the Arts.

 

Gallery Address:

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences

Peter Boxenbaum Arts Education Centre

Sam Francis Gallery

1714 21st St.

Santa Monica, 90404 (310) 829-7391

 

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

samfrancisgallery@xrds.org

www.xrds.org/samfrancisgallery

 

About Crossroads School

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences is a K-12, coed college preparatory school in Santa Monica, California. Crossroads was founded upon five basic commitments: to academic excellence; to the arts; to the greater community; to the development of a student population of social, economic and racial diversity; and to the development of each student's physical well-being and full human potential. One in four students receives financial assistance. The School is highly acclaimed for its programs and is a leader in public/private educational partnerships.