Wet Lab

Wet Lab

Wet Lab

May 23 – August 18, 2018


any place, situation, set of conditions, or the like, conducive to experimentation, investigation, observation, etc.

Water is essential, both to our planet and to our programming. The Schuylkill Center has named 2018 the Year of Water, and water will flow through many of our programs over the course of the year. The art program has been responding to this through a content focus of our exhibitions on various angles on water topics; this summer, we are opening up our process for broader participation by area artists and the public.

Part of the Schuylkill Center’s mission statement charges us to serve as a living laboratory; our LandLab residency likewise serves as a generative program to support artists experimenting with ecological works of art on our site. Now, our art gallery will transform into a laboratory as well.

Throughout the summer, our art gallery will become Wet Lab, a space for artists and Schuylkill Center visitors to explore and reflect on water in a dynamic environment. In contrast to a more traditionally curated exhibition, the artists, art works, and projects on view will flow and shift throughout the summer. Artists will display completed works along with works in progress, at times using the gallery as their studio to work through a new idea or test creative hypotheses. Sometimes multiple artists will be in the space, at other times one artist may occupy the whole space.

As our 2017-2018 LandLab artists approach the end of their residencies this summer, Wet Lab will allow them space to make their process visible to audiences. Other local artists will join Wet Lab for shorter term engagements exploring water from a variety of angles. Water-related books, readings, questions, and reflections will provide visitors with resources to do their own observations and sink into their own water laboratory in the gallery space. And, Schuylkill Center staff will reflect on water in various ways, gathering learnings and insights from our Year of Water programming to date.

Step into the lab with us for a summer of experimentation, investigation, observation, and more.

Wet Lab opens with a reception on May 23rd from 6-8pm.

Participating artists include:

Leslie Birch
laura c carlson
Emily Carris and Joanne Douglas