On View: May 8- June 5, 2021
“Controlled burning, also known as prescribed burning, involves setting planned fires to maintain the health of a forest. These burns are scheduled for a time when the fire will not pose a threat to the public or to fire managers. In addition, forest conditions should call for a controlled burn and weather conditions should be right to allow burning but not enable a fire to spread out of control. Materials burned in a planned fire include dead grass, fallen tree branches, dead trees, and thick undergrowth.”1
but, also is pleased to present, Controlled Burn: A Fire Sale. In keeping with our mission to support all the aspects of an artistic practice that surround the making of art, Controlled Burn challenged artists to consider what gets to stay in their practice and what gets “cleared out for new growth.” Controlled Burn will be on view and on sale from May 8- June 5, 2021 at but, also’s temporary space at 3015b Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 and online at but-also.com. but, also will be adhering to Washington, DC’s Covid-19 protocol with regularly open hours as well as private appointments.
The past year has caused us all to reevaluate our spaces, our artistic practices and our time. Faced with the opportunity to make space, Controlled Burn artists are liquidating some old work, and it may be just what they all need to move on and rejuvenate. For the health of their studio practices, they decided if that piece that they so dearly loved or that transitioned their conceptual framework forward needs to stay in their studio, or if it’s haunting them.
The sheer number of artworks in this exhibit will be among the first things you notice. While the artists have been invited to narrow their inventory, we have taken the complimentary approach: filling the front of our space with floor to ceiling artwork. The maximal installation illustrates the impressive accumulation of works in an artist’s practice, while highlighting this particular selection of artists. The installation will evolve over the course of the show as the pieces find new homes, further hybridizing our storefront and exhibition model at the core of but, also’s vision.
The works in the show represent a variety of reasons why artists might want to make space. Perhaps you’ll see that old painting from undergrad that the artist can’t bring themself to throw away but would rather get rid of, that experiment that led to something better in their practice, the thing that they’d rather not end up in their retrospective one day, the piece that’s never sold but they wish had a better home than their mom’s attic or maybe they just needed to clear some space in their storage units for something new.
Claire Alrich | Amber Eve Anderson | Jason Bulluck | Michelle Casto | Chris Combs | Gayle Friedman | Amy Finkelstein | Bridgette Heidmous | Turner Hilliker | Jesse Kirsch | PD Klein | Suzie Kopf | Marisa LaGuardia | Hannah Lansburgh | Mehves Lelic | Kim Llerena | Bryan McGinnis | Matthew McLaughlin | Patrick McMahon | Gary Murrell | Rhianon Newman | Carly Rounds | Eileen Schofield | Miriam J Sutton | Dafna Steinberg
but, also is dedicated to the sustaining of art practices, in a multitude of forms, through a series of short-term projects. Through open calls, exhibitions, storefront installations, online promotion, documentation, discussion, and direct sales, the mission of but, also is to support all the aspects of an artistic practice that surround the making of art. For more information, please visit their website but-also.com.
but, also’s temporary space is located at 3015b Georgia Ave NW.