very small: is large
Most museums and galleries today are large warehouses (somewhere between a database and a cemetery, to paraphrase David Antin) which emphasize a large-scale experience of art: large works in large space for a large set of viewers. We embrace ‘smallness’ and believe that ‘the small’ is a concept as rich as ‘the sublime’ or ‘abstraction’ or ‘realism’.
The CaOW’s small-scale gallery space provides for a one-viewer-at-a-time experience. The CaOW is mobile and invites human interaction between itself and its surroundings.
C(a)OW will simply show up at sites throughout New Mexico (and neighboring states) defining its potential audiences as people waiting at bus stops, or on their way to a night club, or entering a museum, or wandering in the desert, or leaving a hospital emergency room, etc. The goal at any given time may transition from intervening on a crowded urban walk way with a large volume of pedestrians to locating the space miles from any road where the exhibition staff romantically wait for the opportunity for improbable art viewing experiences.