About 2A Gallery
Address: 400 S Main St #2A
Contact: Calvin Phelps
How is the project operated?
This is an independent artist/curator-run space.
How long has it been in existence?
The project was founded in August of 2013.
What was your motivation?
To utilize a unique space as a venue for creative production and exhibition. 2A Gallery occupies a small office space in a renovated downtown LA office building. My apartment is just down the hallway from 2A Gallery, so during openings, guest are invited to circulate between the two spaces.
Number of organizers/responsible persons of the project.
One, with the support of my husband, Clay. A former chef, he prepares the food for the opening and closing events.
How are programs funded?
The programs are self funded, but sales are welcomed. There is a ‘flat file’ of works available for purchase by artists shown.
Who is responsible for the programming?
I am, but I plan to bring together various viewpoints and voices.
Number and average duration of exhibitions/events per year.
I expect to have about eight exhibitions per year with various performance or video screenings interspersed within that schedule.
What kind of events are usually organized?
Solo exhibits, group shows, video shows and performances.
How is your programming determined?
By the quality of the work. I listen to suggestions from artists and curator friends, and conduct as many studio visits as possible. In addition to emerging artists coming from the various academic programs in Los Angeles, I listen to the advice of those who have defined the trajectory of contemporary art in the region. Also, the space determines what is and is not possible.
Do you accept proposals/submissions?
Yes, but they must take 2A’s spatial limitations into account. Please, send materials via email.
What is your artistic/curatorial approach?
I’m interested in interstices and how artwork can occupy those loosely defined spaces.
What’s working? What’s not working?
Everything seems to be off to a great start. Maybe I’ll have a different answer after there have been a few shows.
What kind of role do you hope to play in your local art scene or community?
I want to provide an intimate experience where people can come together and enjoy a specific work or show.
What idea are you most excited about for the future?
There will be a show in 2014 that turns the space into a slaughterhouse. I may also open the space for a short term residency. Oh, and a tarot card reading performance should happen soon, too!!