Who says that art has to be pretentious? The Architrouve, a mixed-use media space located in West Town, aims to embrace and explore a variety of artistic forms, whether haute or street-savvy. Donít expect ho-hum predictability: The quaint space features live tattoo and body art exhibits, musical performances, film festivals and fine art consisting of paintings and sculptures.
Owned by art insurer, Bill O'Connell and his wife (who specializes in art salvage), The Architrouve showcases works by local, national, and international artists. The space is narrow, yet deep, with exposed brick walls and honey-blonde hardwood flooring. Natural light streams through the all-window gallery entrance and track lighting illuminates the shadowy nooks, allowing the pieces to be displayed throughout the space.
A patio area built off the back of the space consists of a wooden porch painted in chartreuse and candy apple red. Equipped with outdoor furniture, itís the perfect backdrop for an outdoor summer performance. Exhibit themes include restoration and preservation, as well as street photography and live tattooing.
Centerstage Reviewer: Jen Hazen