RAC exists because of the hard work of our innovative and creative staff. We want to introduce you to the people who are making RAC possible, starting with Curator of Printed Matter, Melanie Kress. Melanie is an independent curator, writer, and artist. She is the Co-Founder and Curatorial Director of CONCRETE UTOPIA, a project space in Crown Heights that presents exhibitions and performance, publishes books, and operates a print shop. She is also curating Recession Art’s 2012 Spring group show, Everything is Index, Nothing is History.
We sat down with Melanie and asked her a few questions about her experience working with RAC. Here’s what she had to say:
RA: What’s been the most rewarding part about working at RAC?
MK: Having the opportunity to exhibit and share work by artists and writers I really love and believe in. It’s a dream to have a permanent space to offer as an opportunity to others — and it has expanded beyond anything I could have expected. Mike Lala (founder of Fireside Follies), our fiction and poetry curator in the bookstore continues to bring in amazing work, as has Dominick Rapone, an artist who helped me find many of the artists whose handmade books can be found in the store. Moving forward, we might also be lucky enough to have Kate Wadkins bring her zine and book collection (formerly located at The Storefront in Bushwick) to our shop — and we keep growing!
RA: What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
MK: Finding enough space for everything and everyone I want to show!
RA: What are you most looking forward to in RAC’s future?
MK: Moving forward, we will begin to highlight individual artists whose work we carry in the store, and I am excited to be able to focus in on each one of them on a more significant scale. I’m also looking forward to bringing in new collaborators and artists down the road — with this new space, the possibilities have really opened up. It’s like when you get your first apartment — after all the painting and furniture purchasing, the first thing to do is invite everyone over for dinner! (Speaking of which, second on my list are family dinners at culturefix.)
Visit RAC at 9 Clinton Street, Tuesday through Sunday to see Melanie’s latest print and book picks and take home affordable art you love!