More Art is a non-profit organization devoted to creating a link between artists and the community. More Art is committed to bringing innovative art projects to the public by creating unique opportunities to approach and enjoy art for people from all walks of life. More Art fosters appreciation for the many ways art can improve life by making it accessible in unconventional ways and unexpected venues. While More Art is committed to making a difference in people’s lives through the arts, educational and therapeutic goals are not the primary intention of the organization. Rather than educating people through the arts, More Art seeks to expose the world of contemporary art to those who have limited access and familiarity with it.
Since 2004, More Art has created several programs such as Art Creates Communities, a collaboration between renowned contemporary artists from the Chelsea galleries and teenagers from local public schools and seniors from senior centers in full-fledged art projects that spanned all possible media, including photography, video, painting, installation, and performance. Artists who have participated so far include Tim Rollins, Slater Bradley, Luca Buvoli, Jay Davis, Nancy Drew, Elmgreen and Dragset, Anna Gaskell, Anthony Goicolea, Michael Joo, Tony Oursler, Michael Rakowitz, Gary Simmons, and Nicola Verlato. The works have been exhibited in private foundations in New York and Miami, at the Chelsea Art Museum, and in outdoor spaces in Chelsea.
During their stay at Swing Space, More Art will work on several projects at various stages of completion, among them the final editing and production of a video project by Korean artist Kimsooja, and of a web-based project by US artist Justin Berry, and the development phase of the video installation by Paul Pfeiffer documenting the lifespan of a group of pigs from day-old piglets to fully grown at six months. The pigs will be captured on surveillance cameras installed in the pigs’ habitat on a small-scale organic farm in upstate New York. A collaboration with NYC public school students will include a blog, visits to the farm, and a live feed in the school for the full duration of the project.