Dashboard Co-op has announced its new crop of artists for 2014. Representing a range of ages and experience, they are: Elizabeth Riley, David Greber, Paper Frank, Hudgens Prize finalist Chris Chambers, Zopi Kristjanson, George Long, Jason Peters, Andre Keichian, Martha Whittington, Kevin Byrd, Lindsey Wolkowicz, and Dustin Chambers. Works by the new group will be featured in an exhibition in February, theme and location to be determined.
Without a permanent home, Dashboard is not a gallery so much as a curatorial enterprise that mounts exhibitions in vacant office spaces. Beth Malone, who co-founded Dashboard with Courtney Hammond, tells artists to “let the idea of making sellable work fly out the window” when working with Dashboard. “It allows artists to spread their wings,” she says. Artworks may be sold from the exhibitions, she says, but the artist receives 100 percent of the proceeds.
Still, artists cough up most the funds to produce their works for Dashboard shows. A $30,000 grant received last year from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has provided stipends of up to $1,000 for specific projects, as with the recent No Vacancy. Artists in the large group show don’t receive a stipend but can apply for a $500 micro-loan. Dashboard “offers a wealth of resources (supplies, volunteers, promotion and moral support, food),” says Malone, and “we pay contractors on any build out and fabrication artists might need.” Malone and Hammond are also experts at procuring in-kind donations.
Dashboard artists are selected annually from online submissions. Malone says that they sometimes invite artists to apply, but that doesn’t guarantee their acceptance. “It depends on what they’re working on at that time,” she explains. “We don’t want them to try to tailor their work for our purposes.” This year’s focus is on large-scale and immersive projects. “There were a number of great artists that we couldn’t take because their current interests didn’t align with ours,” says Malone.
“My work is not that sellable anyway,” says Whittington , who recently showed in the project room at Whitespace. Among the more seasoned of the 2014 group, she describes the Dashboard shows as “pretty knockout,” with a well-rounded selection of national artists. For her, being a Dashboard artist is an opportunity to work with younger artists and to gain exposure in other cities in which the organization is active: New York, New Orleans, Seattle, and San Francisco. Her Dashboard project will involve the manufacture of steel beds and audio of nighttime stories that she will collect from a diverse selection of people.