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ICYMI: Co-Lab Projects plans for downtown space

Michael Barnes

Caitlin Greenwood wrote a splendid story for the American-Statesman on  Co-Lab Projects final shows at its downtown space. We thought it would be useful to share some text and a link here at Austin Arts.


Soda_Jerk is a two-person video collective. “Astro Black” is a two-channel digital video on display in “Unrealpolitik.” Contributed

“Co-Lab Projects began in 2008 with a gallery space at 613 Allen St. and, after a couple of years of successful exhibitions and events, cemented itself as a cultural hub. On any given weekend night you could find a steady stream of people discussing the work, knocking back beers and just hanging out. But Co-Lab wasn’t immune to the rent increases that affected many arts groups on the city’s east side. Programming started shifting to their annex gallery, the downtown N Space, and 613 Allen closed for good in 2014.

“Co-Lab now occupies Demo Gallery, an empty commercial space on Congress Avenue that’s owned by longtime donor the Nelsen Partners. They have use of the space until this fall, when the building is scheduled to be demolished to make way for new construction. The industrial, exposed concrete aesthetic of the gallery and its central location have no doubt influenced some programming, but what hasn’t changed is the kind of work and the audience it attracts. Executive director and gallery curator Sean Gaulager talked with us about the space, upcoming exhibitions and where Co-Lab grows from here.”