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Break Time at MTS

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Hello fellow friends and supporters of the MTS Gallery…

No, Break Time isn’t the name of a new exhibit of art or a performance art piece that will be shown at the gallery.

Actually, MTS Gallery is having a wonderful little break in the normal ebb and flow of events and happenings. Don’t worry, the Unauthorized blog will still be changing, with new interviews of board members, supporters and artists posted as soon as they are available.
My sources told me that the artists from the current exhibit had an out-of-town-experience planned, so they took down their show a bit early so that they could travel. So, there is no art hung in the gallery, which means that the normal gallery hours are currently suspended.

The next event will be July 18th, 2008. Click on the next event tab for more info.

This also means that the gallery volunteers have a little time off to relax and enjoy the summer.
Worried about going through MTS Gallery withdrawl? So am I. If you like, you can submit a piece about the MTS Gallery to be posted on the blog. What was the best show you have seen at the gallery and how did it make an impact on you? What do you like best about MTS Gallery? Email responses to the unauthorized email – mtsgallery at gmail dot com

Don’t worry, MTS will be back in full force on July 18th.

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June 24, 2008 at 1:41 am

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MTS Gallery Spotlight – Interview with Hal Gage

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The following is an email interview with Hal Gage, photographer and MTS Board member. This is the first of a series of interviews of MTS Gallery supporters, artists and also Trailer Art Center Board members. Stay tuned for more “Gallery Spotlights”….

How would you describe yourself and what you do?
I am a photographic artist that sometimes works in mixed media. My photographic art usually revolves around long projects such as my Ice project and my most recent series on trash.

What is your current role with MTS Gallery?

I am a board member and serve on the economical feasibility steering committee as will as on the gallery committee.

How did you first become involved with the MTS?

I have been involved in one form or another with the Mobile Trailer Supply property since Bruce Farnsworth first identified it as a possible art space. After the founding board established the nonprofit a couple of years ago I was asked to serve on the newly expanded board.

What do you like most about being a part of the MTS Gallery and the Trailer Art Center?
The chance to help create a multi-disciplinary art center in Anchorage that will serve all of Alaska.

Have you had any work shown at the gallery and/or been involved in any performances?
I was one of a three person show that inaugurated the gallery (Harold Wallin, Gretchen Sagan and myself). I don’t do performance art, but I try and attend all the performances and document them in photography for the galleries archives.

How long have you been a photographer? How did you initially become involved with photography?

I have played with photography since high school, but my interests were always in drawing and painting. While studying painting at UAA in the 70s my painting mentor, Marc Bourassa, got me interested in photography and showed me that it could be used for creative self expression. I have been hooked ever since.

What inspires you to do your work?

Life, light and the shadows in between.

Can you tell part of the story about the Trailer Family and how the Trailer Art Center got it’s name?
No. I’ll not contribute the the wild rumors flying about.

What show are you most excited about to see/be involved in at the MTS Gallery this year?
“Words and Pictures” opening November 21, 2008. Curated by myself and Bruce Farnsworth, it will combine visual artists working in a narrative vein and writers working pictorially.

Are you a Mountain View resident? How long have you lived in Alaska and where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Anchorage. I lived in Mountain view for a couple of years back in the 80s.

If you had a vision for a transportation solution in the greater Anchorage area, what would it be?

Jet packs.

What, in your opinion, makes a good artist?
Clean living, standard portions of fruits and vegetables and a strict adherence to the good book (The Big Book of Art, ISBN-13: 978-0060832858)

Any other comments?
“You crazy kids. What will you think of next?”

Thanks to Hal Gage for taking time for this email interview. Want more info on his work? Visit http://www.halgage.com

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June 21, 2008 at 1:09 am

“Buy My Art” part 2

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Here are some more images from the “Buy My Art” show that is currently up at the MTS Gallery.
above image – “Reprise” by Jessie Brown
above image – “Retirement” by Jessie Brown
above image – “Peck” by Jesus Landin III
above image – “Holy Rider” by Jesus Landin III
above image – “One Night In February” by Jesus Landin III
above image – “Untitled” by Jessie Brown
above image – “Untitled” by Rachel Nore
above image – “My Ball and Chain Has a Ball and Chain” by Jesus Landin III

Check the HOURS tab to find out when to come down to the gallery and see the art in person! I didn’t take photos of the sculptures and some of the art on the walls, so to see the rest of the exhibit, come on down and take a look!

Do you have any images of MTS Gallery that you would like to share or would you like to post on the page? Send them to me at the unofficial address – mtsgallery at gmail dot com Thanks! “”

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June 17, 2008 at 8:12 pm

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May 16th Third Friday – Buy My Art

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The following are images and/or snippets of images of the May 16th show that is still up at the MTS Gallery.

Come down and see the art and Buy Their Art!

I missed the opening performance, but am here at the gallery volunteering and have been enjoying keeping the show company. Volunteer! contact andasaylor at airpost dot net

Above image – “American Samurai” by Mariano Gonzales

above image – Vending machine that you can buy art from…

above is a snippet of the larger image – “St. Daddy” by Jessie Brown
(come to the Gallery to see the full painting)

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above image – “Love Is the Devil but it Won’t Get Me” by AAASC

above image is a small piece of the larger painting – “Perfect Match” by Jessie Brown (come to the gallery to see the full image)

above is a snippet of the larger painting – “B.G.P.S.I.A.” by Ashleigh Popplewell

There is more art than just these photos and also they have cool t-shirts with these images on them for sale, some mugs with the images on them for sale and also a sheet set with images for sale! Come down during MTS Gallery hours to check the art out! See you there!

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June 14, 2008 at 10:32 pm

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Trailer Art Center Board Wants To KNOW, “Will it Work?”

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The Trailer Art Center is a non-profit organization that runs the MTS Gallery. But really they want to make a great big, internationally famous, multidisciplinary art center in Anchorage. They have money to conduct what’s called a feasibility study to see if it will work. They have consultants and they have their **** together most excellently. The other night (thursday) they held a strategy session with their advisors and consultants. Here’s what our spys saw….

above photo – Gretchen Sagan, Allison Warden and Bruce Farnsworth

above photo is Sheila Wyne, amazing artist, phenomenally cool and intelligent woman

above photo – Hal Gage and Sheila Wyne

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June 13, 2008 at 6:58 am

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Corinna Delgado

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The above photo is of Corinna Delgado’s performance at MTS Gallery on April 4th, 2008.

She is on the Board of the Trailer Art Center which is the non-profit that runs MTS Gallery. If you missed her performance, it was phenomenal and touching. Want to catch her again?

Corinna Delgado will be performing on Thursday, June 19th at Bernie’s Bungalow Lounge
located at 626 D Street, Anchorage, AK 99501 phone 907-276-8808
It is part of a House of Hip Hop event that is taking place all week at Bernie’s. I’ll be out of town for the event, but hope you go and see her show.

(photos stolen from Hal Gage)

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June 13, 2008 at 6:42 am

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Workshop on June 6th

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I attended the workshops for the most recent event at the MTS Gallery.

There were two workshops, one called – Claire Evans Workshop: The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction and another entitled – Steve Schroeder Workshop: Running a Record Label in an Uncertain Future. The workshops were held at the gallery on June 8th at 4pm and 6pm and cost $5 dollars each.

These workshops were put on as an extension of the Universe: 14 Billion Years performance art piece at MTS Gallery on June 6th from 8pm to 10pm.
The workshops were great. I got bang for my buck and came away with a greater knowledge of internet media art that is emerging right now and I also got an insight to the world of running an independent record label. They had visuals, started basically on-time, were interesting and they answered all of my questions.

After the workshop, I was lucky enough to have dinner with the presenters and they both were awesome. I hope they will revisit Alaska sometimes in the future.

Here are some links that were shared in both workshops.


and if you are looking for blogs about music? Here are some names to google…

pitchforkmedia stereogum largeheartedboy cokemachineglow gorrilla versus bear brooklynvegan the fader magazine catbirdseat fluxblog
musicforrobots pampelmoose youaintnopocasso

the above photo is of Claire Evans who performed at MTS on June 6th, 2008

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June 12, 2008 at 5:36 am

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