Acid Rain is a public art experiment grown from the studio practice of its founder, Jerstin Crosby. Since 2008, the mission has been to bridge the gap between contemporary art practice and the public at large.
2008 – 2013
In its first five years Acid Rain broadcast over 60 episodes of experimental video & film on cable access stations in New York City, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, NC to over 200,000 homes. By utilizing this free community resource we cleverly turned any television connected to basic cable into a potential site for contemporary art. Through a series of guest artist curators the network grew to over 75 participating artists.
2013 – 2015
In July 2013 we ended the television show to focus on other emerging avenues of expression that fulfill the mission of Acid Rain. The final episode was also our first open call titled “The End“. We received submissions from hundreds of artists worldwide. The chosen artist from the open call hailed from Bulgaria. (Neno Belchev, “Lord of the Rainbow“)
Following the end of the TV show we began experimenting with ebooks and other expanded media downloads including a .zip folder group show titled EXHIBITION001 (TRANDSCEND) .ZIP. This new format expanded the periphery beyond moving images to include text based work, comics, photography and internet projects.
Continuing our original purpose further we have reorganized yet again to allow for critical writing, information gathering/distribution, and art reviews to enter into the project. The original site, active since 2008 has been fully redesigned to allow for a culture of art discourse and we hope public engagement.
Acid Rain Team:
Jerstin Crosby, Artist / Founder
David Colagiovanni, Artist / Co-Founder