Claudia Bucher (December)

“I perform in order to engage with my thoughts – and my questions, too. I think in images. I focus on the space surrounding me, myself as sculpture within that space, and on how an action can change the relationship between my body and my environment. As I interact intensively with a material in the here and now, a transformation occurs. I‘m interested in the moments of transition – when beauty changes into ugliness, when clean becomes dirty, when gentle turns aggressive and the opposing associations they evoke.” — Claudia Bucher

“Back in December 2005,  a stranger stepped into my art Gallery from the icy sidewalk outside. The cold air swirled in after her and she introduced herself as Claudia Bucher. She represented that feeling of inherent interconnection we can have with a stranger as we both immediately knew we wanted to have her do something in my space. She was a Swiss artist at the Lucerne Artist Studio. I booked her for a performance piece the next weekend See Images on carodoffaygallery.com.

Meetings such as these were the highlights of my time at my art gallery. They are the ones that continued through the years to develop into beautiful relationships and to verify some kind of a larger theme or structure in life. Claudia Bucher flew in from Switzerland again in 2006 for a solo show at my space and a performance at the Chicago Cultural Center where she became known as the artist who did Jane Fonda’s workout on drawing paper with charcoal.

My commercial gallery days are over, but my partner Laura and I continue enjoy supporting artists as they visit Alternative Spacetime, where passersby get to happen upon interesting events as they pass the yard and windows of our undisclosed location of Alternative Spacetime. And I’m thrilled to announce that Claudia Bucher returns to Chicago this Mid-December, to offer Alternative Spacetime passersby a special performance on Saturday the 19th, 6p. We have no idea, what medium or what concept she has in mind and will be just as surprised as anyone else to get to watch it unfold.” –Caro d’Offay

Events are always free.

Claudia Bucher will also have a performance at Elastic Arts on Friday December 18, 2015, which is open to the public.

Lonnie Potter (April)

LonniePotter2Works on Paper by Lonnie Potter

“Collage Social”  4-16-15

Lonnie Potter visits the Alternative Spacetime Residency in April  to bring visual conversations on collage-making to the community.

Lonnie’s pieces are single cut-out shapes, taken from magazines that are pasted on white surfaces. The glossy magazine paper set against white paper gives us the knee-jerk desire to call them “collages”. And while the images are indeed from magazines and his scissors are the means to cut them out to paste them onto the paper, these are as much collages as single words are poems. But to think of Lonnie Potter’s work in the context of “collage” is precisely what delivers us to their depth. Lonnie Potter’s collages are single words that carry the scent of the original poem they came from. Familiarity is the soul of these powerful one-word poems.

Join us (time to be announced) at a community table of collage-making supplies to spend some time with Lonnie and have some drinks during his stay at the Alternative Spacetime Residency.