The Artery is a multi-purpose inter-disciplinary artspace. Similar to the role of an artery in a living organism, the Artery is meant to deliver sustenance to the soul. The lush forested setting and mysterious lighting offer an inspirational environment worthy of the talent of those who work or perform or exhibit at the site. Those who attend an "Artery" (also the name given to the events which occur there), will experience the cross-fertilization of ideas and expression as put forth in the work of artists, writers, musicians, dancers, and environmentalists. It is the hope of those who maintain the Artery that the combined effect of setting and experience engenders appreciation of both nature and creativity, and inspires people to commit to the stewardship of these fragile concepts.
A space designed to facilitate exchange, where natural forms and human-made forms exist in harmony, thus affecting visitors and presenters, compelling them toward collaborations and relationships to pursue civic and artistic purpose.
- Mark Larsen 2004
Dictionary definitions of the word 'monument' indicate two roots, which together signify: 'memory, fixed.' For emergent cities of the 21st Century, the fixing of collective memory has evolved beyond the semantic limits of traditional statuary to rely on ephemeral public rituals of rediscovery and reenactment. Although many of these activities largely dispense with architecture per se, such as certain annual parades and festivals, others are sited in permanent locations especially designed to sponsor spontaneous but self-conscious performances reprising group values. Attendance at such places, attention to their calendars of events, and direct participation in their activities comprise a range of engagements that embed these values in the repetitions by which social recollection is produced. As specialized contexts - among which in turn-of-the-century Houston there numbered the Artery, Notsuoh, the Orange Show, Project Row Houses and TemplO (since demolished), and others - they have become acknowledged agents in the reproduction of local memory. Together with their ephemeral cousins, they have appropriated the city's fluid potential for mass performance to a self-directed theater of common purpose, remembered. Their calendars mark cycles of rededication, setting the past and present in a monumental landscape unbounded by the normative visions of traditional urbanity.
- Cameron Armstrong, Architect, Sculpture Magazine 2004
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The Artery has concluded its production season as well as its 26 year history as a performance space. Over the next few months new videos will be posted from this past season as well as past years.
A potential new site for recording events is under consideration.
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It is my hope that these notes will help perpetuate the invention that is the Artery - ML
Artists and potential presenters are encouraged to contact Mark Larsen regarding possible collaborations. There may be another venue for operations as soon as summer 2014.