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Walk through the John Slade Ely House:

In November of 2016, No Pop artists Phil Lique and Laura Marsh mounted a full scale utilizing the entire exhibition space at the John Slade Ely House. read the original press release below. 


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PRESS RELEASE: Nov 25th 2016

Join us to experience The Occult News Stand and to participate in a video shoot in The Green Room. Laura invites you to talk about displacement on camera and Phil will read your tarot. We're excited to announce that we'll be on the move to Miami on Oct. 1st to complete more No Pop Site on Location Projects. Reflect with us on Friday about displacement and new beginnings.


No Pop founders, Laura Marsh and Phil Lique, activate the Ely Center for Contemporary Art by engaging viewers through immersive room installations and calls for participation. Borrowed Time acknowledges a real need for dialogue during a period of dislocation. Former Director, Paul Clabby, lost his job and home when Wells Fargo closed the doors on the John Slade Ely House last summer. Friends of John Slade Ely House of Contemporary Art organized soon after the closing and become a 501 (c)(3) in 2016; the space is now a startup to assemble, exchange, learn, and engage through exhibitions, performances, and emerging contemporary practices. 


A few months before, many artists and creatives, including Lique and Marsh, were displaced from Daggett Street Square after The City of New Haven forced the building to close. In shuffle mode, many narratives fail to be told in detail. Artists and collectors alike face the growing challenge of finding a stable place to live and work in many cities like New Haven. Cities across the nation such as New York and San Francisco have become over-saturated, and artists are continually on the move to dodge expensive rents. In times of instability, the affected loose the footholds that they require to engage the community around them and often find it difficult to return to equilibrium. Phil Lique and Laura Marsh will produce two participatory installations, called The Occult News Stand, and The Green Room to discuss the subject of dislocation and relocation. 


The Occult News Stand is a freestanding sculpture and performance booth that includes tarot readings by Lique and a space to read and purchase No Pop printed materials, such as "PANTSDESTROYER" and "a B/W Ritual for the Sneaker that will never be". The news stand introduces the spiritual, conceptual, do-it-yourself, and sell-it-yourself attitude that No Pop supports. This ongoing project draws on the idea that experience is often associated with place, and this setting can be easily relocated. 


The Green Room is designed to be a safe space to relax, rest and regroup. In the entertainment industry, a green room is a place to take a break before and after a performance. If only the weary could inhabit a plush forest to recharge and regroup...Laura Marsh invites the inhabitants of her soft installation to share memories of things they left behind with her video camera, recording frustrations in an effort to reclaim the space they reside in now. Marsh intends to continue the video project to raise awareness about artist displacement. 


Philip Lique was born in 1983. He received his M.F.A. from Western Connecticut State University, CT, and his B.F.A. from Paier College of Art, CT. Lique has attended several residencies including Zona Imaginaria in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. Lique has exhibited at established venues including the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, MA; Giampietro Gallery, CT; Hans Wiess Newspace Gallery, Manchester Community College, CT; Artspace, New Haven, CT; and Blue Mountain Gallery, NY. He currently works as a Shop Technician at Yale University and teaches at Southern Connecticut State University, University of New Haven, and Gateway Community College.


Laura Marsh was born in 1982. She received her M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art, CT, in 2009 and her B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Art, OH, in 2006. Marsh has participated in several residencies including Zona Imaginaria in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, and Tilton Residency in Beijing, China. She has exhibited at the Art Lot in Brooklyn, NY; Giampietro Gallery, CT; Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT; Newman Popiashvili Gallery in New York, NY; Marc Jancou Contemporary in New York, NY; and the Cleveland Foundation in Cleveland, OH. Marsh is currently the Director of Seton Art Gallery and Lecturer at the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT.

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