Action Painting

July 20 – August 3, 2013


1708 Gallery is pleased to host Action Painting, a multimedia exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist collaborative Fort Makers, on view July 20 through August 3, 2013. Join us for a gallery talk on Thursday, August 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. The talk will begin at 6:30 p.m.  


For Action Painting, Fort Makers will transform 1708 Gallery into their homebase, studio and information center, where they will paint, sew and assemble materials such as tyvek, canvas, and found clothing into action paintings. Fort Makers will then take these “quilted” paintings out of the gallery and stage them in indoor and outdoor locations in and around downtown Richmond, VA, documenting their interventions with photography and video. The documentation of their planned installations (including sketches, live-video feed of installations, photographs, maps of sites and an installation schedule) will be posted in the gallery/workshop, as well as online at The show will continuously change and build upon itself. Fort Makers invites viewers to venture out and see the “action.” 


Fort Makers is a project-based artist collaborative started by Nana Spears, Noah James Spencer, Naomi Clark, and Elizabeth Whitcomb that combines strategies from fine art, design, and fashion to make useful art objects such as clothing, lighting, furniture, jewelry and blanket tapestries, as well as large-scale art installations. In 2012 and 2013 they designed stage installations for MoMA PS1’s summer concert series, WARM UP. Their work has been featured in the New York TimesAnthropologie the Magazine, the T Magazine blog, Elle Italia, and more. They live and work in Brooklyn, New York.


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Action Painting is generously sponsored in part by CultureWorks.