"Gold Rush: Artist as Prospector"seeks to address the pioneering spirit and moxie that is mythologized in the American West. This show examines how contemporary artists find, organize, and select materials and experiences to mine moments and transform the everyday. The Gold Rush and Dot-Com boom urged many opportunistic, desperate, and hopeful Americans to take a gamble and venture west to try their hands at prospecting and entrepreneurship. While some '49s and dot-comers did accumulate vast amounts of wealth, many did not. The Gold Rush and Dot-Com Boom live on as Americans hoping to strike it big as a result of luck, perserverence, or gall. The 10 artists in "Gold Rush" have used the city and situations that arise out of urban existence to think about architecture, neighborhoods, landscape, wealth, pedestrianism, and tourism.
"Gold Rush: Artist as Prospector" is a traveling exhibition that is currently scheduled at:
The City Museum of Ljubljana, Vzigalica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia, August 5-30, 2008.
Gallerie OP-Nord, Stuttgart, Germany, March 7- April 5, 2009.
The Lab, San Francisco, California, USA, May-June, 2009
Special thanks to Kulturno umetnisko drusto Trivia/Trivia Art Association and the Slovenian Ministry of Culture, Ritter Sport, Stiftugen Landesbank Baden-Württember, and Galerie Op-Nord for facilitating this exhibition