Tempus Projects is a gallery space and artist residency in Tampa, Florida. If you love discovering new and emerging artists, you’ve got to get here.
Some things you need to know before you go. First, go early because all around it are super cool little businesses that need to be patronized. Stop in to Frolic Exchange, Spool Studio, or Disco Dolls Studio for vintage threads, pick up some unique dead-stock fabric, or grab a new pair of Fluevogs.
Parking: Getting to Tempus is pretty easy and parking is available in front of the building or on the side streets. Florida Avenue is one way so you can circle until you find a spot. Don’t worry, there’s one waiting for you.
Accessibility: Abso-frickin-lutely. LOVE that about this place. Come as you are.
Cunsthaus is connected but separate but still together. Kind of like a sister-in-law of Tempus Projects. The mission aligns with Tempus in that it serves to start dialog and provide a space for artistic expression in Seminole Heights and the Tampa community.
The most recent show was with Jenn Miller who had hand made little brushes made with human hair, elk hair, and so perfectly formed and delicate and beautiful. That show ended on the 10th of August but another is coming up soon.
I initially reached out to Tempus Projects because Shannon Lindsey has a show there until August 24th. It’s a great one and she’s done some incredible stuff with unexpected materials. Underwater creatures and strings that have their own designs on our imagination. It’s one you have to stop in to see. And the giant piece of five or six draped folds of construction fabric is a one-time-only kind of install. She and resident artist William Downs goofed around a bit with it.
Walter Matthews’ work was installed in the side gallery room and his conversation with me turned my art experiences on their head.
“By using pours, various airbrush techniques, staining, and, at times, working on the backside of the unprimed canvas/reversing the surface, Matthews explores the ways in which language – textual and visual – often fail us. Leaving traces of his reversals, indecisions, and rooted in the vernacular of his lived experience, Gaming the Tilt seeks new languages that neither proclaim nor insist, but invite multiple subjectivities.” Text from the Tempus Projects show description. Check out his work here.
I adore Shannon’s work and Walter blew my mind but then appeared William Downs. Standing in the doorway in one of his best safety vests. His voice. If he could just speak into a microphone and read automotive manuals it would be the world’s greatest ASMR for me. But wait, there’s more! He’s also supremely talented and currently living upstairs at Tempus Projects. Holy cow! We headed upstairs to see his live/work space and chat about what he’s got going on. Right now he’s painting the walls over at Tempus and the show officially opens on August 10th. Super lucky to have nabbed thirty minutes of his time. We talked about his practice and exactly how much of his kitchen to cover with artwork. Turn up the volume to listen in to our visit here.
Here are some snaps from our visit: