NYC – Art in General – Common People and Other Stories
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For his residency at Art in General, Heman Chong created Common People and Other Stories, a project inspired by Quantum Leap, a short-lived American science-fiction television program about an imaginary physics experiment gone awry and its consequent ethical dilemmas. Chong took the stories of Sam’s travels and expanded them by bringing them into the context of Art in General’s ground-floor Project Space, which used as a studio as well as a venue where visitors may see the ongoing development of his new work. There, Chong explored the often humorous narratives and serious moral underpinnings of Quantum Leap. He also explored the aspects of the TV show that have caused it to become an underground craze as it touched on a range of gripping themes such as the order of the universe, family drama, nostalgia, coincidence and a seemingly sentient supercomputer named Ziggy.
Art in General assists artists with with the production and presentation of new work. Founded in 1981 by artists Martin Weinstein and Teresa Liszka in the General Hardware building, it has emerged as one of New York City’s leading nonprofit arts organizations. Housed in a six-floor building, at 79 Walker Street, Art in General has a gallery space dedicated to rotating exhibitions of contemporary art. The gallery is located in the building’s 6th floor, and is approximately 2,000 square feet. Art in General’s second gallery is a storefront space located at street-level. It was donated by Gerry Weinstein, CEO of General Tools, in the fall of 2003. This storefront gallery is approximately 600 square feet. The building’s 4th floor houses Art in General’s dynamic office area. General Tools, Inc. occupies the rest of the building.
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