I’ve been interested in the dynamics of house-show culture for a while now. There is a distinct inclusivity and caring attitude to them; they’re often all-ages and safe. However, because the community is so small, it can also be difficult to fit in if you don’t dress or present in a certain way (i.e., in clothes reminiscent of punk/skater culture, like dad hats, Levis, DIY band merch, et cetera). These collages focus on Salon, a pop-up art show curated by artist Joshua Byron in Bloomington, Indiana. I arrived a bit late and missed the rush of people, but the stragglers were making themselves at home in the small basement-level apartment. The vibe was casual and nonjudgmental. Salon’s premise is that it features work by people who wouldn’t typically call themselves artists, who view their art as emotional release or something different entirely.
A bedroom piece by Salon curator Joshua Byron. As stated on Salon’s Facebook page: “Salon is a monthly series of pop-up art shows in unexpected places. Salon seeks to include nontraditional art forms of all kinds from as many types of people as possible—artists, non-artists, musicians, filmmakers, painters, internet artists, activists, or perhaps something new altogether! We invite you to submit your work even if (especially if) it is slightly outside the mainstream. Each month features a new loose theme with questions for you to consider.”
“Cyerra” by Izabella Robinson.
“Drafts” by Mary Luncsford.
The piece behind them is “I’m a Printmaker” by Tadeusz Sadowski.