March 13 2012 12:00 AM

Artist Richard B. ChauDavis wants to get creatives back into practice

Jonathan_breaks in the artgym
Artist Jonathan Breaks at ArtGymSD
Photo by Richard ChauDavis
Conceptual artist Richard B. ChauDavis has taken over Larry Caveney's Garage Gallery (4141 Alabama St.), an experimental art space in North Park, for ArtGymSD, a week-long project in which he simply asks people to stop by and make art.

“Just come down and sketch or draw for a little bit,” ChauDavis says. “Do your thing.”---

ChauDavis himself has taken a week off from work and will be posted up in the gallery (which is quite literally a garage) working on his own projects from about 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Saturday, March 17. He says the self-imposed week-long residency is both mimicking a business idea he's had and an attempt to motivate local non-practicing creatives who've put off their art-making practices in exchange for more lucrative careers.

“There are a lot of barriers to doing art,” he explains. “There are a lot of people with MFAs and BAs in art that aren't doing it—life seems to be getting in the way…. For current professionals, why wait until you retire to make art? Why not take a lunch break or, instead of going to the gym after work, go to a place to make art.”

ArtGymSD will end in a public reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 17, with a showing of works made in the Garage Gallery throughout the week.


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