Scratch Gallery

Sited along the edge of downtown Dartmouth, the Scratch Gallery celebrates the industrial character of the city's coast. The studio challenged us to begin the project using only 3 dimensional representation methods. I began exploring the condition of flatness and depth evident in the nearby trainyard, and ways of maintaining the existing concrete wall covered in thick vegetation (currently attached to the former City Hall).

The project responds to the adjacent King's Wharf condo development currently under construction. That development is just as likely to gentrify downtown Dartmouth as it is to help revitalize it, and so the outside of the gallery is a place for local street artists to legally hone their craft. Residents of King's Wharf passing the gallery on their daily commute to the ferry terminal provide a large audience.

Digital projection offers groundbreaking experiential possibilities, and is a very accessible medium for the growing number of young artists comfortable with technology. The interior gallery was designed as a series of caves, attempting to capture a primal sense of descent into another world. Just as primitive cave art lit solely by torches created its own world, so too do the projectors, pulling visitors into the phantasmagorias they define.