Bik Van der Pol
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In 2000, on the invitation of the Public Art Fund in New York City, we formulated the project GOOD.
With this project we proposed transforming a site with a house and garage, on Jackson Avenue, Queens, into a temporary meeting place and workspace for artists.
The garage was situated on a desolate piece of wasteland, which was being used as a dumping ground for refuse from road construction, cables and drainpipes, and this site immediately attracted our attention when we arrived at P.S. 1 in September 2000 - as we always have our eyes peeled for redundant spaces and niches.

The small house with its over-sized garage was completely without glamour and as ordinary as the suburban dream; an utterly non-place begging to be deciphered and reconstructed.

GOOD's strategy is to reinvent free spaces: against our better judgment, though not naively, as we are 'burdened'with our own and other's knowledge, experience and history of the last few decades. The Public Art Fund itself was a crucial component in the projectproposal. The creation of free spaces, or sanctuaries, has been one the most powerful ventures
undertaken by artists since 1945. It has provided other artists with a way to step outside the traditional art circuit and to become self-determining. Located opposite the large art institution P.S. 1 (itself at one time a free space) this pathetic little house becomes a mirror.

By using and negotiating with the official platforms and through official channels, the 'inside' and 'outside' of various spaces where art can take place is constructively problematized and free space becomes transformed into a working strategy.