Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan and Jacob Spacek.
Megan and Jacob, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We’re a brother & sister team who both studied Fine Arts at Texas State University. After graduation, we decided to move to Houston and get involved in its bustling art community. BLUEorange started as a way to share the art and artists we love with those around us and also build lasting relationships within the art community. We began primarily showing Central Texas based artists with the idea of bringing new artists into the area and have since expanded to exhibit both Houston and out of state artists. Our main goal is to support the artist and their visions and typically host installation based shows that encourage artists to push their boundaries and take over the space. We aspire to transform the gallery into a completely different environment from show to show to keep our viewers interested and coming back to see what we’re doing next.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
With starting any business there are obstacles you need to overcome. It definitely hasn’t been an easy journey, we had no idea what we were doing when we started. We just jumped in and stayed true to our vision of supporting artists. The biggest obstacle was figuring out the market and building a collector base.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about BLUEorange Contemporary Art Gallery – what should we know?
BLUEorange supports the production and exhibition of innovative art and a range of creative endeavors. We bring in artists that challenge the viewer in different ways; maybe it’s the scale of the show, or the difficulty of technique, non-traditional materials used, or controversial subject matter. The goal is to spark new ideas and take conversations about the art beyond the walls of the gallery and apply them to the world around us. Every show is a learning experience for us, the artist(s) and our audience.
I would have to say that I am most proud of the conversations started as a result of our shows. I sometimes step back and watch our patrons talking about the work and think: that is the real power of art.
What I think sets us apart is our space, in that it’s an older house and the imperfect architecture and walls not only create opportunities of unique connections between rooms and the work but also allows for more experimentation and, for lack of a better term, destruction and creation in the space. It’s easy to agree to cutting into a wall that’s already had so much “love”. It’s not very often (if at all) that we have to tell an artist they CAN’T do something in our gallery.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think it’s our willingness to find artists that we believe in and give them the opportunity to experiment and explore their work in our space. Our curatorial process is unique in that it’s based on trusting in the artist and trusting that they’ll do what they do well. Our artists know we’re there to support them and their creative visions but we try to only advise them when needed or asked which allows for certain magic moments in the gallery.
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