Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Trading Tortoise

Sky High Gallery is very excited to be hosting the Trading Tortoise in Milwaukee. 

Please bring something to trade and join us July 5th from 6pm-9pm, outside weather permitting (inside if we get rain or it's sweltering) for this  family friendly event.

The Trading Tortoise tour organized by artists Souther Salazar & Monica Choy. They developed this traveling art project with the goal to create a unique community experience while exploring America through objects and stories. Their sculptural installation will be set up at Sky High Gallery in the form of a large tortoise-shaped trading post.

At each stop the public is invited to bring an object, story or creation and exchange it for something else special we’ve found or traded for along the way. They hope to connect people in different places in America in this way, through a network of traded treasures and a mutual love of giving and receiving in a non-monetary exchange. Every person has a unique object or story that only they can bring to this project. Each item we receive will be tagged with the person’s name, location, and a number and documented on their website so people can follow our trades and see where their item eventually traveled to.

The Trading Tortoise will be participating in additional creative events in the communities we visit when possible, such as Souther’s solo art show and talk at Narwhal Projects in Toronto and collaborative mural project planned for Children’s Hospital Boston. In between the scheduled events, they will be exploring along the way and documenting the overall adventure on the blog with photos, videos, and artwork, as well as in a series of 5 printed Trading Tortoise zines.

The adventure culminates in an art show Souther has scheduled for May 2013 at Jonathan
Levine Gallery in New York City. The art show will feature a new body of work including paintings, drawings, and an on-site installation of sculptures inspired by our trades and travels.


For additional information, photos & their national tour list visit:
Local media contact: Curator,