Art On The Move

The 181:

A light line gets flung out

It's an experiment of course and always an unknown potential

The light hits here and then it hits there

(As a group agreeing to whatever might be we say we are believing that this, what we are trying to achieve, has something and it has something to do with a non-defining trajectory.  It is a very fragile thing it does not have a clear identity and therefore it is actually even more decidedly collective because whatever it is cannot hold its definition alone, it requires a multiplicity of trusts to meet together and form what might be the bounds or contours but we will never say limits, it is the trust of not knowing and that is how what is developed is able to be free and that is how what is developed is inescapably profound)

Or to put it another way, any movement toward or away from an axis is complicated.



As a collective the 181 is interested in composing situations that generate experiential spaces which expand, contract, or reassemble as information sloshes about. Imperfect approximations of the universe as a whole. Artists, a physicist/electronic engineer/musician, a mushroom forager/rockhound, and a former linotype operator—any attempts to formalize their practice they view with distress.

As far as they can tell, the 181 has been working together since 2007 when they found themselves gathered by the Pacific Ocean with a glim glam golden Q, roughly 10 yards of transparent lavender vinyl, and a broken hold on the sea’s reflection. They have gathered and appeared in places like the Arthur Craven Foundation, Milan, Italy; Stockholm Fringe Festival, Stockholm, Sweden; SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; an alley in Eugene, OR; the ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; transmissions beamed from Maine to São Paulo, Brazil; the National Centre for Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, Russia; the Slingshot Festival of Music, Electronic Arts, and Technology, Athens, GA; Live Performers Meeting, Rome, Italy; Unsmoke Systems Art Space, Braddock, PA; Herrick Cave in Lake County, OR; High Desert Test Sites HQ at the Sky Village Swap Meet, Yucca Valley, CA; and most recently a parade of sorts with Mission Street Arts, Jemez Springs, NM.

Currently the collective is engaged in realizing reST stOP, an ongoing non-linear series of situations composed at rest stops across the continental United States.  

The 181 consists of artists:

Brandon Boan

Abby Donovan

Tom Hughes

Jason Rhodes

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