Monday, August 9, 2010

Gallery Perspective: Kim Fonder from Aberson Exhibits

Aberson Exhibits
3524B S Peoria, Center 1
Tulsa, OK
Aberson Exhibits gallery space

Kim Fonder of Aberson Exhibits buzzes with the energy of the new artwork the gallery represents.  She seems constantly in motion, booking new exhibitions, posting interviews with artists on the blog, adding images to Facebook, and the like. 

Aberson Exhibits opened in 2008 in a stylish area of Peoria in Tulsa.  The gallery shows small group and solo exhibitions, including special projects like the wildly popular 10/2 Watch, for which young artists made custom t-shirt designs.

Fonder took a moment out of her day to tell us a bit about planning for the gallery and upcoming exhibitions. 

Q: What's your Twitter description (140 characters) of the gallery?

KF: Aberson's Exhibits is a venture whose purpose is to exhibit work of mid career and emerging artists.
Artwork by Ty Smith & Morgan Robinson from current exhibition.
Q: How do you prepare exhibitions? Are they planned with a season in mind or more focused on each individual exhibition?

KF: A myriad of factors go into preparing and planning an exhibition. Of course the first criterion is that we are excited about the artists work.  Once a relationship is established, the two entities, gallery and artist, have to collaborate on respective schedules.

Since we have been fortunate to connect with artists who are quite busy, we have to make sure that our calendars jive. Some artists are booking a year to two years in advance.  We have to have a future oriented mindset to book great shows!
Jen Bradford & Pascal April 2010 exhibition.
Q: In what ways do you communicate/work with artists after you've scheduled an exhibition?
KF:  Artists always want to know what the space looks like.  They want to know how their work will present in the space. So, I usually begin with images.   Aberson Exhibits is essentially a white box. This is what we wanted because we feel it allows the work to stand on its own.  What we have found is that the room has an energy all its own for artists.  They can visualize their work in the room.

From there, we begin a dialogue about which work we feel can show best in the space and also appeal to our collectors. Additionally, we like to have work that is “fresh” that will afford our clients a new perspective on art.
Q: Tell us about an exhibition you have coming up about which you are excited.

KF: Our September exhibit is John-Paul Phillipe. John-Paul is from Henryetta originally, but for years has lived all over the world. [See story from the Tulsa World last year]

Also, our November show will be truly amazing.  John Brainard, brother of artist Joe Brainard will be returning to his home town Tulsa, from Paris to open a show of new work.  This is John’s first show in Tulsa and we are so honored to have him return to Tulsa
10/2 Watch exhibition 2009
Q: How does your clothing store intersect with the gallery?
KF: It intersects only tangentially in terms of business, but it intersects directly in terms of point of view.  Abersons is a luxury clothing store with a modern point of view.  Luxury, quality, pure, modern.  I think that describes Aberson Exhibits as well. 
 Q: What do you think has changed about the art scene in Oklahoma and/or Tulsa since you have started the Gallery?

KF: There is a lot going on in terms of new growth and development from The University of Tulsa’s affiliation with Gilcrease, to the new museums downtown, to the Artist Studio Lofts downtown. It all points to greater focus and awareness of arts on Oklahoma

I personally feel that modern work is a natural progression for Oklahomans to embrace. In fact, Oklahoma Territory was initially the area for outlaws and rebels… sounds like modern artists to me.  Individuals such as Richard Serra, Jackson Pollack, Larry Rivers, Agnes Martin, Brice Marden, Donald Judd all rebels in their own right.

Aberson exhibits is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 to 5 and by appointment. The current exhibition includes seven artists. The next exhibition is John Paul Phillipe, opening September 16th.


Lee Roy Chapman said...

I.T. Indian Territory (eastern)was the primary hangout for these outlaws and rebels, you speak of, not Oklahoma Territory. And No Man's Land (panhandle)was home of Beer City, an anarcho-frontier village of mixed ethnicities, full of dropouts and profiteers, until Federal marshalls moved in with the weight of the extralegal Railroad thugs.

Ruth Andre said...

Thank-you for this overview post for the Exhibit Aberson Gallery. Very informative.