THE LAB is an evolution of VAE’s long-running Exchange Gallery! THE LAB is a space to experiment with different themes and challenges for our creative community. THE LAB provides artists a chance to exhibit in a highly-visible space and with a theme that connects a full year of individual exhibitions. The theme for September 2016 - August 2017 is COLLABORATION! 



Subverbal Collective

May 5 - 25, 2017
Opening Reception: May 5, 6-10pm

Project Statement:

“My body is my point of view on the world not just another object in the world.”


In this exhibition the six artists of Subverbal Collective engage with Merleau-Ponty’s notion of der Leib, or the body as lived body.  As a phenomenologist, Merleau-Ponty sought to describe the world of human experience and to describe the world as experience.

One essential structure of human existence for his view is the body. For Merleau-Ponty, the body was not merely an anatomical physical object in the world (der Körper), but a necessary part of the order and the structure of existence. It is how humans engage with the world and how knowledge is directly acquired. The body also organizes and structures our phenomenological knowledge of being a being-in-the-world

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We are super excited that Red Hat, a software company whose open source values encourage community-powered collaboration, is partnering with VAE to support THE LAB. 


To see examples of work from previous exhibitions go to our Exhibition Archives and to see way, way back please visit our Flickr.