Where a dilapidated, junk filled warehouse once stood, a stunning new arts and events venue is opening in Jacksonville next month. While renovators aren’t typically considered artists, the transformation of Space 42 has been so dramatic and comprehensive, it feels like an artistic achievement has occurred.
Artist Michael Alan’s first performance in Jacksonville is titled “Life, the Universe, and Everything.” A bold title that might strike fear into the heart of a more “serious” artist. But after interviewing Alan and learning more about his playful, joyous, startling and dynamic performance, it seems this show may, in fact, include everything that lies between life and the universe.
The founders of SPACE 42 believe that if you build it, they will come. It’s a hybrid warehouse in the newly-proclaimed Arts District of Jacksonville that combines technology with the arts. “Without art, technology fails,” says Kevin Calloway.
New York based artist Michael Alan took over SPACE 42 on April 28th 2017 for a solo show and live drawathon....
Inside, a tech and design center works over a large wood table in one corner, while a 10,000-square-foot gallery space features art. A pop-up shop will sell local art pieces in another section, and a coffee shop on the patio is in the works. In the backyard, a garden is planned, which will be created in conjunction with La Villa sustainable garden.