I’ve always liked Flux Factory, a warm cockle they must share, as December 20th the organization will be honoring me and Creative Time Chief Curator Nato Thompson at their annual not-so-silent benefit auction. We have made a “lasting imprint on contemporary art.” This is exciting for me for a number of reasons, not the least of which being an opportunity to wear a fancy dress and give a speech in public. Hopefully, when that occurs I’ll be able to impart all the reasons I think it’s important to support organizations like Flux Factory, whose residency program and exhibition space focuses heavily on the collaborative practices I’ve been discussing frequently this year. Flux Factory actively fosters an art making practice that often doesn’t have support from the art market. From Congress of Collectives, a program that encourages collaboration, to their unique studio community and kitchen, the organization is well worth celebrating.
When I met with Flux Factory Executive Director Christina Vassallo earlier this month about the honor, Vassallo explained that one of the reasons Flux Factory felt Art Fag City made such a compelling model was our commitment to community building. This very much resonated with me. AFC isn’t just a bunch of posts I’ve published over the last six years, but it reflects the work of Art Fag City readers, tipsters, commenters, contributors and, well, anyone else who is willing to string a few words together. As such, I do not believe this honor belongs to me alone; it is a recognition of the work that we’ve all done ….even the trolls. Given that this is the case, I hope you will join me December 20th to accept this distinction. In doing so, you not only support Flux Factory, but contribute to a plan in which we’ll all get to hang out in the same room together. That never happens.