Suyama Space, a gallery inside an architecture studio, will close its Second Avenue space next December.
Suyama Space, the Second Avenue gallery that specializes in big, site-specific work, will shut its doors at the end of 2016.
“As we move into our 19th year, the social and cultural environment around us is radically changing. It feels this is an ideal time for change,” curator Beth Sellars and director George Suyama said in a release. The space is at the heart of Suyama Peterson Deguchi’s architectural studio on Second Avenue and presented three installations per year. Admission was free and the exhibitions usually kicked off with a reception and closed in at least one case with a demolition.
“Having few conventional administrative limitations freed Suyama Space to pursue a fluid presentation of art devoid of constraints, and to provide opportunities for inspired artistic experimentation,” the pair noted.
Notable installations in the brick-and-wood former livery stable included enormous figures made of everything from mattresses to cardboard, by Sacramento, Calif.-based Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor; “Drawn from the Olympics” by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen, a crumpled-paper work that drew inspiration from the Washington rain forest; and local artist and “cave geek” Dan Corson’s “Grotesque Arabesque,” which transformed Suyama Space into an eerily lit cave.