You'd need more than your own two hands to count up all the new restaurants, music venues and art spaces that have cropped up around central Durham over the last couple of years. Downtown will tally another one this Friday as the Carrack Modern Art Gallery throws itself a grand multimedia opening on Parrish Street. But this isn't intended to be just another gallery.
The Carrack (named after the 15th-century ship that sparked the Age of Sail) aspires to be a relatively open, no-commission space that rolls exhibitions and installations through quickly. Mastermind John Wendelbo describes it as a lively "art incubator." It's part of an ambitious vision that includes his Durham Sculpture Project, an effort to install a large-scale sculpture in Durham and spawn sculptural work and gardens all over town. The Carrack is the first plank in his platform for these bigger things ahead.
Wendelbo has curated a debut show that includes sculptural and his own 2-D work, as well as creations by Paris Alexander, Ed Walker, Edwin White, Jay Rotberg, Kim Marchessault, Kristin Backhaus and Nuno Gomez. At dusk, video works by Gomez and Miss Liz will project onto the building fronts across the street. The gallery is located at 111 West Parrish St.; the event runs from 7–11 p.m. —Chris Vitiello