These last few weeks, there hasn't been much dancing going on at the Trey McIntyre Project headquarters. For the second installment of "9+1," McIntyre decided to transform his Fulton Street digs into two drastically different environs. His airy practice studio has morphed into a traditional, groomed gallery space. The walls are hung with paintings and photographs and the floors are lined with thick protective plastic. The company's office area, on the other hand, has gone completely wild. A giant pile of jagged sticks juts toward the ceiling and live Christmas trees line the space.
"I think it's kind of fun to be at an event where you can have different experiences. You can choose where you feel right," said McIntyre.
Last year's inaugural "9+1" exhibit sprang from an ambitious concept: Invite local artists--painters, photographers, glass workers, musicians, bartenders--to render interpretations of the contemporary ballet company's nine dancers and one artistic director. On opening night in 2009, the former J Crist Gallery was a chaotic carnival of activity--oil-on-canvas portraits shared wall space with abstract glass work and limited-edition interpretive booklets. This year, McIntyre wanted more structure to the chaos.
"I thought, 'What if we have two really different experiences? Two separate rooms where we could have the best possible environment to understand what something is?'"
First Thursday, Dec. 2, in the traditional gallery space you'll find everything from Susan Valiquette's photo light-boxes, to Ben Wilson's sold-out illustrations, to Amy O'Brien and Kerry Tullis' colorful furniture pieces.
The other room, which will feature beer and go-go dancers, takes a more tactile approach. Amy Westover and Jennifer Wood's "Dance O'Matic" machine will rub elbows with E.J. Pettinger's bright, carwash-themed calendars, while a video by Nick Garcia's loops in the background.
"I took the idea of making a portrait of Trey McIntyre through the eyes of someone who isn't so familiar with them ... anything you look at, most of how it's perceived is dependent on the person looking at it," explained Garcia.
Garcia’s video, which was shot and edited by Travis Swartz, will feature the local theater actor watching TMP perform on TV, while his stream-of-consciousness narration rolls by in subtitles. Like all of the pieces in the show, Garcia’s video will be available for purchase, with proceeds split between the artist and the dance company.
While “9+1” has proven to be an innovative method to unite Boise’s varied artistic talents—and a great TMP buzz-generator—McIntyre insists the show must continue to evolve in dynamic ways in order to remain relevant.
“We’ll only do this event as long as it’s exciting for people and they’re really going to be engaged and buy the artists’ work,” said McIntyre. “Things always have to evolve and change, I think especially for art. I think I’m always going to try to keep my mind open in terms of what comes next and how it gets deeper or richer or different.”