Run by Christian L. Frock
Invisible Venue collaborates with artists to present art in unexpected settings. IV produces artist projects, new commissions, site-specific installations and guerilla interventions in public spaces. Online since 2005, IV originated as a web-based project to host new media online and since then has expanded to produce artist projects in a variety of contexts, including commissions presented in a project space in a 101-year-old Victorian era flat, on billboards, in the mail, on the telephone, in undeveloped lots and public parks, as well as the public library and historic landmark buildings. Often shape-shifting, Invisible Venue consistently endeavors to function as a forum for exchange between artists, curators and a wide reaching public.
Projects are initiated through conversations and personal exchanges between the curator, Christian L. Frock, and the artist. Sometimes projects are realized quickly and informally, while others may take more than a year to fully develop. As site-specificity is a key concern within undertaken projects, location selection is an important factor in the development of the work.
Invisible Venue is independently produced and curated by Christian L. Frock, with support and insight from Aaron Stienstra.
Invisible Venue is a privately initiated not-for-profit organization--most projects have been self-funded and propelled by a DIY work ethic. In 2008, Invisible Venue was the recipient of an Alternative Exposure grant, awarded by San Francisco non-profit artist space Southern Exposure in conjunction with The Andy Warhol Foundation to support independent initiatives in contemporary art. More recently, Invisible Venue has been commissioned to curate public interventions by a larger institution. This potential alternative revenue stream is consistent with the notion of operating outside of the restraints of a formalized non-profit organization and a commercial gallery, a course of action that is intrinsic to the values of Invisible Venue.