Installation view, Matthew Bakkom: Yesterday's Parties, June 24 - August 6 at Match Factory.

Installation view, Matthew Bakkom: Yesterday's Parties, June 24 - August 6 at Match Factory.

 
Image: Ethan Aaro Jones

Image: Ethan Aaro Jones

Match Factory

In May 2016 I co-founded an experimental contemporary art space with artist Claire Abitz of Standard Projects in the semi-rural village of Hortonville in Northeast Wisconsin called Match Factory (the name is derived from Hortonville's historical claim that it was the site of one of the first match light factories in the world). By transforming an old diner into a fresh and unique space that highlights the history of the building and its town, I coordinated a program of exhibitions and events that gave artists the opportunity to develop new work.

In its short life, Match Factory featured a small dual exhibition featuring Wisconsin artists Sara Willadsen and experimental video artist duo Cyber Bullies, as well as a summer exhibition of new work by Matthew Bakkom (UW-Madison). The space was forced to close in August 2016 due to unforeseen circumstances.

A great gallery of the images from the short life of Match Factory can be found here.

 
Installation view of Here & Away; Ethan Aaro Jones (left) and Barbara Diener (right).

Installation view of Here & Away; Ethan Aaro Jones (left) and Barbara Diener (right).

Here and Away: Five Midwestern Photographers

This exhibition was curated for a month-long exhibition of contemporary photography at the ARTGarage in Green Bay, WI. It featured work by Max Cozzi, Barbara Diener, Ethan Aaro Jones, Nathan Pearce, Adam Turner. More information can be found at young-space.com