May - August, 2018
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA
Featured artists: Leslie Birch, laura c carlson, Emily Carris and Joanne Douglas, Christina Catanese, Roderick Coover, Noelle Egan, Extension or Communication (Sheldon Abba, Grimaldi Baez, Jessi Koch, and Ricky Yanas), Kate Farqhuar, Marguerita Hagan, Carolyn Hesse, Maddie Hewitt, Kristen Neville Taylor, Emily Rea, Jennifer Turnbull, Waterways (Bri Barton and Meg Lemieur)
laboratory - n.
any place, situation, set of conditions, or the like, conducive to experimentation, investigation, observation, etc.
Wet Lab is a space for artists and Schuylkill Center visitors to explore and reflect on water in a dynamic environment. Over the course of a summer, twenty artists respond to water in a variety of media, and present their work and process in the Center's gallery for two to three week periods. Artists display completed works alongside works in progress, at times using the gallery as a studio to work through a new idea or test creative hypotheses. The artists, art works, and projects on view flow and and shift throughout the summer, with artists spending 1-3 week periods in the space. Water-related books, readings, questions, and reflections provide visitors with resources to do their own observations and sink into their own water laboratory in the gallery space.
This project was part of the Schuylkill Center’s 2018 Year of Water, in which water flowed through many of the programs over the course of the year.