Zachary Rawe on Tiger Strikes Asteroid and Like Spaces
Zachary Rawe, a current MFA candidate at the Tyler School of Art and former member of U.Turn Art Space in Cincianti writes a sincere appraisal of our neighbor and big brother, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, in this month’s issue of the Nicola Midnight St. Claire.
In this article, Rawe praises the space as “one of the most compelling” in all of Philadelphia (and we agree). Tiger Strikes continues to inspire and share their ideas with like spaces, making Philadelphia a bastion of alternative and collectively run artist galleries and an all around great place to be a burgeoning artist.
While Rawe promises to continue his inquiry into TSA and other like spaces and will make predictions as to its lifespan and future in the next issue of the St. Claire, in this essay, Rawe focuses on the role collective art spaces play and uses a quote from the comedian Mitch Hedberg to illustrate the confounding situation of “applying oneself to a career and then being expected to fill another somewhat related role.” Hedberg said:
As a comedian, I always get into situations where I’m auditioning for movies and sitcoms, you know? As a comedian, they want you to do things besides comedy. They say, ‘Alright you’re a comedian, can you write? Write us a script. Act in this sitcom.’ They want me to do shit that is related to comedy, but it’s not comedy, man. It’s not fair, you know? It’s as though if I was a cook, and I worked my ass off to become a really good cook, and they said ‘alright you’re a cook… can you farm?’
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