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Secret Spaces

On View Friday, May 11–Sunday, September 30, 2012

Useumâ„¢  

Kari Achatz and Nick Napierala are art educators who have combined their art and teaching experiences with their childhood memories to design an interactive installation Secret Spaces in the Useum™. Secret Spaces is derived from the belief in never losing the fresh, uninhibited childhood creativity that comes with imaginary play. As children, Achatz and Napierala remember dragging heavy chairs, gathering sheets and pillows and arranging them into carefully orchestrated forts that served as a private escape. These magical spaces transformed the living room into another world.

Visitors of the Useum™ find themselves in a living space where they are encouraged to investigate and write on furniture. Guests may build their own fort or spaceship and share their secret space with others by taking a photograph and adding it to the artists' blog.

Achatz and Napierala graduates of Buffalo State's Art Education department. Follow their progress at Nickandkarisay.tumblr.com