9x18: The Parking Lot Art Experiment - an alternative/performative/experimental/live art fair took over the parking lot of 2927 Colerain Avenue on April 30th, 2017 from 1-5pm. “9x18” describes the dimensions of a standard parking space, and that space constraint is the only rule to abide by for this fair. Tents, wire hangers, and plastic sleeves for goods sold will be absent from this fair. Instead, viewers will be inundated with performance, art actions, experimental engagements, and ephemeral works. 

Artists/projects included Ingrid Alexandra and Marc Governanti, Annie Brown, Elise Barrington with Nina Devine and Hugh Patton, Nina Caporale, Caravan, Erin Drew, Abbie Mae Friend, Steve Kemple, John Lawson, Dana Hamblen and Melissa Soluski , POPP=D Art, the Camp Washington Art and Mobile Produce (CAMP), Anissa Lewis, Mary Clare Rietz, Amy Rudnik, Sayak Shome, Aubrey Theobald, Stacey Vest and Pam Kravetz. 

9x18 came about when a group of local creatives asked a simple question, “Where can artists who don’t create “things” and sell commodified objects showcase their work to a large and accessible public?” 9x18 aims to answer this question and change the way we look at art fairs. 9x18 is less about purchasing work (though there will be some opportunity for that), and more about creating an immersive experience. 

This project was curated by Andy Marko, Karay Martin, and Cal Cullen. 9x18 is a Wave Pool project and has been approved by semantics gallery. This project is sponsored by the Camp Washington Community Board. This project was funded by a grant from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. 

Stay tuned for details/invitations for the second iteration to happen in Spring 2018!