It’s not a commercial gallery or a not-for-profit gallery; it’s not a private gallery or an artist run initiative, even though it’s run by two artists. Southwest Contemporary doesn’t fit into any existing gallery structure and that’s the point.
“It’s a commitment that gives us the freedom to make some very subtle moves aesthetically and artistically in a modest but very fine space and then see what happens,” Hart says.
Driven by a desire to exhibit artists whose work isn’t getting an airing anywhere else, Southwest Contemporary will host five projects a year.
“The strength is we have the freedom to put shows on that are in response to what we may perceive as a requirement or a need, something that is not being currently serviced or met,” Andrae says.