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OPEN

An exhibition by Paul Ramirez Jonas

CAC Gallery exhibition, August 4 – September 9, 2005

Reception: Thursday, August 4, 2005, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The CAC Gallery is proud to present an exhibition created by artist Paul Ramirez Jonas and curated by Amy Mackie related to his new public art for Taylor Square. Taylor Square is the recently renovated site of the Engine 8, Ladder 4 fire station at the intersection of Garden Street, Huron Avenue, and Sherman Street in north Cambridge.

Taylor Square will be the smallest public park in Cambridge, measuring only 57 square feet, and will have locked gates. It will be transformed into a communal space through the distribution of thousands of keys and the invitation to the public to duplicate them endlessly. The exhibition in the CAC Gallery explores aspects of public and private space and the power of keys to connect individuals and communities through those spaces. 

 Simultaneous with the opening of this park, 5000 artist-designed keys will be mailed to Cambridge households and will be made available at the Engine 8, Ladder 4 fire station. Each key is embossed with the phrases “Taylor Square” and “Copy Me”. Further distribution of the keys and, thus, the sustained life of the park will be the task of the public. Duplication of the keys is strongly encouraged to increase access to the park for an expanding community. In the artist’s words, “Taylor Square belongs to the public. It is closed, yet simultaneously open, re-emphasizing that the ownership of public space resides in the public itself.” The keys for Open are a tangible symbol of this relationship between public space and the public. Ramirez Jonas’s artwork activates our sense of civic pride, identification, and responsibility.

Paul Ramirez Jonas’s work has included museum and gallery exhibitions and public art projects throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the International Studio Program in Sweden, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, among others. Ramirez Jonas lives and works in New York. For more information, visit: www.automat.com.