Founded in 2010, FrontierSpace Missoula is operated by MFA candidates at the University of Montana, completely autonomously from the university. We are 100% self-funded, and our Annual Benefit Auction is our main source of funds each year. This year, due to the sales tax hike in Missoula, our rent has increased significantly, so we are extra appreciative of any donations you are able to send our way.
The exhibition Bad Skin is comprised of drawings, sculptures, paintings, and video works by artists Torey Akers, Ciara Newton, and Ana Hansa-Ogren. Our practices challenge the institutionalization of neoliberal identity praxis in art spaces by asking simple questions — why does the paradigmatic art "body" always seem to be cis, white, thin, and traumatized? What's with all the viscera and confessional wall text? Where's the queer shit? Whether devotional or irreverent, the pieces in Bad Skin shy away from tokenistic art lexis in favor of something weirder, wilder, and more relevant to the thorny desires and theoretical pitfalls of lived experience, however stupid, sloppy or shameful. The conversations between our practices are funny and affectual, strutting against the crass, stupid downbeat of a shared impulse towards the discursive sanguine. In navigating prescribed identity’s silliest moments, Bad Skin refuses procedural abjection as both a political and aesthetic modality. We’re weaponizing inanity in the softest ways possible.
More information coming soon…
Our upcoming March show will feature artist Ben Skiba with his show Adjacent Connections. Show opening is Friday March 2nd from 5 - 9 pm.
The intention of my current work is to create objects that support another object’s instabilities. Through paint, tape, cardboard, wood, and other materials I build supporting relationships for ceramic vessels. Bound quite often by tape, these sculptures shift delicately between one object holding the other, and a mutual embrace.
Ben Skiba was born and raised in a small Northern Wisconsin town bordering Minnesota. Intending to leave college with a degree in the sciences, he ended up spending countless nights sleeping on studio floors and receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Upon graduation he moved to Portland, OR to pursue the yearlong Emerging Artist Mentorship Program at Ash Street Project. Since completing the program he spends his time assisting around the studio at Ash Street Project, working with other artists, creating his own work and showing regularly.
“half notes and stutter steps.” (detail image)
Materials: Ceramic, Tape
About the Auction
On behalf of FrontierSpace, we are very excited to write to you about our Fourth Annual FrontierSpace Benefit Auction. The auction will be held Friday, October 6, from 5-9pm at FrontierSpace. This event is our major fundraiser for the gallery with all proceeds used to advance and continue the essential work FrontierSpace performs in the Missoula community.
Bidding will take place between 5pm and 8pm.
Come see some great work by University of Montana MFA Candidate Tyler Brumfield.