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The Space Blanket Society is a youth artist collective that formed in 2020, facilitating various market events for youth artists at the start of the COVID19 pandemic. Although this was a way to provide opportunities for youth artists to sell their work, this put an unwarranted emphasis on the profitability of artwork. The Space Blanket Society is for and by emerging youth artists who need not be stunted by the pressure to create work for the sole purpose of its marketability. In response to the various markets we’ve done over the last 2 years, we introduce the UNMARKET. The Space Blanket Society sought to find “unmarketable” work, the stuff that usually languishes in the corner of a studio table or only ever exists in the mind’s eye of the artist. Work that is too big, too small, too much, too little: what would someone do with it? Why would someone make it? Art for the sake of creation, experimentation, and failure. UNMARKET brings together 8 artists and 2 group collectives to explore what happens when artists are given permission to create for the sake of creation. Exhibiting Artists: AJ Twinn: AJ Twinn is an interdisciplinary artist currently residing on Lekwungen territory, widely known as Victoria, B.C. AJ currently focuses mostly on painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and video art.

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