MOMA II Share Chair
The Share Chair is the first of the MOMA II portable galleries to be completed. It was constructed in early 2023 by foundation artist David Freedom Rose from a discarded wheelchair found in the streets of Coburg North (Naarm, Australia) and new materials purchased from an advance on his Disability Support Pension. David commissioned local artist Bryan Itch to create the mural for the front wall and Bryan kindly went the extra mile and donated the design of the MOMA logo.
Features & Specs
The Share Chair gallery has two levels, essentially box like spaces designed for holding artworks to be brought out by a curatorial attendant and displayed to museum visitors. The lower box has a rear door which is hinged at the top - when full open and propped up by its folding tripod leg, this door forms a shelf on which artifacts and artworks can be placed for display.
The upper level 'box' is open at the back to provide another flat surface which can be utilized during the viewing process.
The image above shows that the main lower box area has a low shelf in it which is carrying a black box - this is actually an "Esky" which is rainproof, perfect for storing small artworks; it is also sturdy enough to sit on (so it can be kept out and provide a seat for the curatorial attendant. Of course that space can be occupied by other containers or shelving systems suitable for the needs of any particular exhibition.
Underneath the main shelf there is a smaller cavity suitable for storage.
The front the main wall of the Share Chair is decorated with a mural by artist Bryan Itch of Inkbomb Studios. The front of the upper mezzanine shelf has a sculptural decoration in the form of a gallery wall with hung pictures being viewed by miniature plastic model human figures. The wall facade is removable, so it is possible to change the miniature pictures being exhibited there (though the model museum visitors remain glued in place). A protective cover is planned for safety during transportation.
The Share Chair pop-up gallery can house two types of exhibitions simultaneously:
- A small collection of miniature works on the front wall of the Upper Mezzanine (just described)
- A larger collection of small to medium-sized works on the housed in the interior of the Share Chair and displayed on the horizontal surfaces of the structure.
Us Blood Them?
You will note that in the image above of the Upper Mezzanine Gallery only two pictures can be seen, the left side of the wall is bare. The piece is a work-in-progress and the maker has not yet decided whether or not to continue with an emerging them about gun violence or to proceed with a more eclectic and diverse selection of creative themes for the images decorating the front of the Share Chair.
Two Bigger Exhibitions
Ideas for the first exhibitions that are currently being developed for the main gallery however are quite eclectic and diverse - one is called You're a Treasure and the other Writer's Block.
Current Location & Contact
The Share Chair is currently located in Coburg North, Australia. If you would like to host the gallery, exhibit or curate an exhibition please contact David Rose: Email - email@example.com Phone/SMS - +61 468 948 109 or live chat via the MOMA Discord server.