OFF Space is a gallery without walls, a nomadic venture exploring real world site-specificity. We are artists examining the relationship of site, object and curation as part of our art making practices. Our aim is to raise the level of public discourse around contemporary art by staging aesthetically engaging and thought provoking exhibitions in traditional and non-traditional spaces. As an interstitial venture, we are free to “pop up” in weird and wonderful places like storage units and empty warehouses as well as guest curating in more established “white cube” venues. Fundamentally we are passionate about art, making it, showing it, getting people to engage with it and realize the importance of the questions really good art asks about who and what we are.
We at OFF Space further serve our public and the artists we work with by staging artists talks, participating in roundtables and lecturing at universities and colleges to inspire and mentor artists and aspiring curators.
Who We Are:
Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov
Emmanuelle is a curator and conceptual artist who marries sculpture and photography in exploring the ever-shifting concepts of identity and portraiture in a mutating world. Emmanuelle received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has exhibited her work throughout the U.S. She maintains an active dialog with European museum directors and curators and brings to OFF Space her background as a business analyst as well as her talent as a photographer.
Kathrine is a Bay Area based interdisciplinary artist and curator for whom curation is an extension of her personal artistic practice. She earned her MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005 and has curated shows for 21 Grand, Art Engine Gallery and three Garage Biennale Pavilions as well as vacant warehouses, a derelict train station and an Italian internet café. She has exhibited work throughout the U.S., Europe and China.
A Little History:
Founded as a brick-and-mortar venue in 2007 by Kathrine Worel and Julija Learie, we operated under the sponsorship of a tech start-up that donated space. It was great having walls of our own, but when the start-up stopped, we had to re-examine our exhibition strategy and goals. Julija left to create her own start-up and Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov and Elyse Hochstadt joined up to make a great three-some focusing on at-large curatorial projects. Two years, and several outstanding shows later, Elyse left to focus on other projects. Now Emmanuelle and Kathrine are a “Dynamic Duo” focusing on site-specific curation and bringing together a wide variety of artists from around the globe.