No, we're not making an ironic statement about one's choice of beverage at Seattle's annual mega-arts festival. Instant Coffee is an artist collective out of Toronto and Vancouver that, in partnership with the Henry Art Gallery, is presenting Nooks: If You Lived Here You'd Be Home by Now at Bumbershoot this Labor Day weekend.
Nooks is an outdoor sculptural installation of five kitchen nooks, each one identical to the original, specific kitchen nook in an apartment in Vancouver. The group of artists, writers and musicians found themselves congregating in the nook over the years to do, well, what any of us do in a kitchen nook: eat, talk, make food, make lists, retreat, argue, doodle, think about the day ahead, play games, et cetera.
In their own words: "the furniture of the nook shouts, 'I have room for four! Maybe six!' Its form is invitational." It's a creative space, a casual space, a productive space, and above all, a social space. While we are envious of those who have actual kitchen nooks (alas, our little abode is way too small for all that), we hope each of us has a space that fulfills the same function, no?
Throughout the weekend Bumbershoot festival-goers will be able to heed that invitation to sit in the nooks together, while enjoying a program of events that will happen in, around and on the nooks, from karaoke to readings to DJ sets.
Instant Coffee maintains a lively email list of openings, showings, announcements and calls for submissions, as well as curating events, installations and publications. Their website has all the info.