Some Thing Spacious

Role: Co-Director and Co-Founder
Collaborators: Erich Richter
When: January 2013 - January 2015


Some Thing Spacious was an experimental project space in Oakland, CA that existed from 2013 - 2015. It was Co-Directed by Adam Carlin and Erich Richter.


We think of what we do as being more akin to travel, to create destinations. This is often described with words like sculpture or installation or performance, but the goal is to expand what people expect from these forms and to free ourselves from the constraint of definitions. Those come after the fact. Our interest is in what comes before.

Our intent is to show works that extend beyond gallery walls and beyond Oakland itself. We look for artists that somehow experiment with methods for engaging some part of the world that is not readily available to local audiences.

The space, schedule, and the initiative are intentionally plastic so that we can explore these outgoing strategies.

To do this the work must experiment with how we exist in the culture we live in and the culture we bring with us. It's not enough for people to look at something, take away a feeling, form an opinion. We want a physical experience of art; to confront it, participate in it.

We live in abstract times. In our time this sort of physical grounding couldn't be more necessary. Each new project expands the map of this territory and makes it easier for others to travel onward.