The Transportation Business

The Transportation BusinesS

Curated by Gregory Volk

July 1 – August 14, 2015
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 1, 6–8 PM


Sebastiaan Bremer (The Netherlands/US), chameckilerner (Brazil/US), Mónica de la Torre (Mexico/US),
Klara Hobza (The Czech Republic/Germany), Matt King (US), Ashley Lyon (US), Ati Maier (Germany/US),
Ander Mikalson (US), Bruce Pearson (US), Ragna Róbertsdóttir (Iceland), Roman Signer (Switzerland),
(Canada), Tavares Strachan (Bahamas/US), Fred Tomaselli (US), Sarah Walker (US), Holly Zausner (US)

Mickey Hart, one of the two drummers for the Grateful Dead, once described this famously questing band as: “We’re in the transportation business—we move minds.” You don’t have to be an enthusiast of the band to be intrigued, but if you are you know exactly what Hart meant.  The band’s live concerts, but also individual songs, involved improvisation and discovery, risk and pleasure, breakthroughs and mistakes, and both band and audience went on a collective, exhilarating, deeply human voyage. In the American tradition there are many precedents for this sort of thing. Walt Whitman, imaginatively traversing the country in “Song of Myself,” while exploring his consciousness and ours, was definitely in the transportation business, as was Transcendentalist poet/philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, a prime inspiration for Whitman and many others as well. In his great 1844 essay “The Poet” Emerson declares, “All symbols are fluxional; all language is vehicular and transitive,” and he goes on to announce, “the quality of the imagination is to flow and not to freeze.”

The Transportation Business features diverse works by 16 visual artists and one poet. The artworks deal in multiple kinds of transportation, which should be understood eclectically, as physical but also visual, intellectual, psychological, and emotional voyaging. These works offer ample visual pleasure, take you to surprising places, and trigger heightened consciousness.