Float On Art Gallery

featuring artists that float

Currently Featured Artist

Kathleen Murney

Kathleen N. Murney (b. Oxford, OH) is an artist, educator, and arts administrator who received a BA from Purdue University and an MFA from the University of Oregon. When she is not making photograms or rock climbing, she enjoys traveling and teaching photography. She likes the desert. 

Artist Statement:

I often have two divergent bodies of work in process, one using digital technology and the other making camera-less images, such as this untitled series. These images rely on photography as a process of transformation, in which the discrepancy between object and image contradicts the indexicality and visual accuracy thought to be inherent to chemical-based photography. To make these images, I broke cockatiel eggshells with a plate of glass then dispersed the fragments across the sensitized paper to make a cyanotype photograms.

These images tickle the memory, inciting a search for a concrete reference such as an imploding star, a celestial body, or the night sky. Closer inspection reveals delicate, deceptive fragments appearing within a purely photographic microcosm. I am interested in the fragility of the tiny shell and the way in which it fractures; its pieces breaking apart and disintegrating with repeated use. The reference to the night sky is a joyful bonus perhaps strengthened by an arrow commonly used as an astronomical notation. It says, “look there.” There (right there) you may find a conceptual framing that points towards the intricacies of perception when confronted with an instance in which this (eggshells) becomes that (stars). 

About Our Gallery

Conceived in 2011, Float On’s art gallery is located in our shop has one exhibition room, and is open nearly 24hrs / day.

 

The displayed art is exclusively by local floaters, with a new original piece featured each month.

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FAQs for Visitors

How often does the art rotate?

Once per month.

When is the gallery open for viewing?

Monday: 7am-11am Tuesday-Sunday: Open 24 Hours

How many pieces does the gallery hold?

11-13 larger pieces, 13-15 medium pieces, or 15-17 smaller pieces

FAQs for Artists

What is your gallery traffic like?

Being as the gallery is located in our float center, we get a lot of crossover foot traffic.  Aside from the gallery, we run 1200 floats a month, and are located in the heart of the SE on Hawthorne Blvd. The shop has large windows facing the street, so the art is visible 24/7 from the sidewalk.

What mediums do you accept in the gallery?

Anything that can be hung vertically by our wire/hook track system. Please do not include any fresh/wet oil pieces.

What is your commission rate?

We only charge a 5% commission!! This basically just covers credit processing charges.

What about the original piece?

Along with the process of being a gallery exhibitor, you will be given 4 float sessions in exchange for one original float inspired piece after completing your float sessions.  It will also be hung in the gallery for the duration of the month. After your month is over the original, float inspired piece will belong to Float On to be appreciated for ages to come.

What is your transport policy?

The gallery artist is completely responsible for all transport of gallery pieces.

Do I have to sign a contract?

Yes, there is a basic contract involved, but it is painless.