We are on the path of the culture tourists.
Agenda: Slave (Expanded)
The Ocean / The Waves Gallery & Unknown Press was an expansion of the thought of two artists
as much as it was a gallery: Gillian S. Wilson and Damien Crisp. Set in the center of New York
City's commercial art world, Chelsea, we lived briefly on the path of the culture tourists.
This birth and direction was a resistance to, and a re-thinking of, the art world as a social culture
and the art market as an entity.
The agenda was a text written by co-founder Damien Crisp. Slave (Expanded) is a critique of
contemporary art's context. It is a manifesto composed of prose, tangents, and a narrative of the
irrational drowned by a corporate ethos.
The artists were vulnerable, poetic; their material pressed against - to break - the cold
corporate sphere encasing the aesthetic, conceptual, and social electricities of New York's art
The gallery space was the size of a prison cell or an intimate prayer room. It erased the social
space found in most galleries, where professional networking at openings too often takes over an
experience of love with an artist's work.
The project's three books, published as Unknown Press, were a further expansion of thought,
delivering the ideas and works of artists beyond the closed sphere of a white box.