Goose Cube Project comes to Newberg
Steven Ochs has a unique vision for exposing the masses to art: The Goose Cube Project.
"The mission of the Goose Cube Project is to provide museum quality experiential art to underserved populations," Ochs wrote in an email. "We do this by placing room-sized mobile art in locations where people already frequent such as stores, malls, universities and the like."
Locally, the project is manifest in an installation at Rex Hill Winery in Newberg. It is an 8-foot square "infinity room created for the joy of the dada movement," according to the organization's website.
"You can think of a Goose Cube as a human-sized diorama that people approach, scan a QR code which allows them to pay. The door opens automatically, allowing entry. Once inside, they can enjoy the art experience, take some photos and leave."
Ochs, a designer and disabled veteran, said the project began with an installation at the Portland Armory and is slowly making its way to other towns and venues. "My goal is to provide the area with a COVID-safe experience and something fun to do," he said.
Ochs explained further that each Goose Cube is different inside and out because it is created by a different artist.
"This self-serve system, paired with distributed exhibits, allows us to interact with the public in new ways, test new models and experiment to forward important community goals such as inclusion and diversity," he said.
The Rex Hill Winery installation will be dismantled soon, so Ochs suggested people interested in viewing it do so soon.
"We're making Goose Cube Two now and it should release in March and we're hoping to have 10 of them finished by the end of the year," he said.
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