Meet The Artists Behind Sunday, A New Kind Of Gallery
If you ask Adi Rajkovic and Teryn Brown, 2 of the founders of Sunday, exactly what Sunday Gallery is, they may say something like, “We’re an artist run space in the East-Hollywood Silver Lake area and we have a store” to get it down to a succinct sentence. But that isn’t completely right, nor are they completely happy with that description. A cursory Google search will tell you that yes, Sunday was started by group of friends/artists/musicians, Rajkovic and Brown, along with Kaya Yusi, Ryan McGuffin, and Thomas Alvarez after they graduated Cal Arts. Yes they are a gallery, and yes they have a (newly re-launched!) store. It’s also important to note that they live there and Sunday it’s technically an apartment. But that’s only reductive, because Sunday aims to be and is much more than that.
Describing Sunday is more like an ongoing conversation than an actual statement, the two founders building off on each other until they reach something sort of definitive:
Adi Rajkovic: “We focus more on emerging artists [and] emerging issues. It’s very young and light hearted but also but also serious, in the way that we want to be important for young people. I think it’s cool because I think our environment is just way more genuine and chill than being in a bigger more corporate gallery. I don’t think about commercial art at all. I want to be a big gallery in a different way, one that affects positive change in the community and is actually doing shit and not just trying to be a money guy.”
Teryn Brown: “-or one that is interested in more than just art. That’s just so boring, it’s the very baseline of what you can do as a gallery. You can do so much more with art and artists, and I feel like artists tend to be more open and willing to do and try a lot of different stuff and a lot of galleries want to be like ‘nope you are going to make painting and we are going to show them’ but we don’t want to do that.”
Adi Rajkovic: I feel like its sort of dying too. I feel like people are getting really bored of that kind of basic art, so much is changing everyday; people are finding new innovative ways of communicating and creating , I don’t know, why resort to that. It almost like going backwards, having a space like that. I’m trying t o be very forward thinking and making our space more.
Teryn Brown: It’s more like a multi-use space.
Adi Rajkovic: Yeah like I hate even calling it a gallery. I hate “Artist’s Space” too, I mean it is our home. We live there, but there is no definitive word that describes it for me, I feel like you just have to experience it and then you’re like ‘oh yeah that’s Sunday.’
Sunday’s most recent show was titled “Hot in Here” (aptly named because their living-room space doesn’t have AC and it was literally hot in there), featured over 40 female artists, some found through Instagram, and was even picked up by CNN, and while they are basking in the afterglow and gratification of pulling off such a successful show, they are only looking forward to expand. Rajkovic says she’s excited for the weather to cool down and to work on their next show. Sunday has always been rooted in having a message and being aware and informed. Brown recalls their time in college and “ being like ‘ah the world is just fucked’, and doing a ton of drugs and being wasted, being so nihilistic about everything and feeling like everything is horrible but then the space happened and it was kind of like wait we can do stuff, we don’t have to feel helpless and sad.” before Rajkovic adds on “I think that we were like yeah let’s actually do something and something that we all care about which definitely is art. I think that it’s up to young people and people know more now than ever and can do something about it. It’s just a matter of coming together. I think our gallery is a lot about bringing people together because we work a lot with our friends but we also are open to people and down for a lot of different forms of art.”
Sunday is looking bring more art into the world and to create a discussion around pressing social issues, but not in the typical ‘political art’ way. “So it’s not like a painting of a bunch of fists in the air, it’s not Obey, it would be more like artistic and poetic,“ clarifies Brown. Sunday is able to appeal to and reach a younger audience, simply because they are younger. A new breed of gallerists whose exhibit openings double as maybe one of the most popping parties you’ll ever go to, and make art a little less intimidating. “We are all free thinkers who have opinions on the world. I think that people too often are afraid to speak their minds, in wanting to be polite or to not want to cause any sort of rupture in a relationship.” chimes in Rajkovic, “If people felt more comfortable talking about [issues] with each other, it could really make a difference.”
So technically mean yes, Sunday is a gallery and yes they show amazing art. Multi-use space is a term that could be used to define it, but that’s not good enough either. There are a million buzzwords that could be applied to Sunday (including but not limited to “a place for change”) but Sunday is inherently itself, reflecting the numerous creatives who inhabit it, or just pass through. Constantly changing but still genuine as ever. Sunday is Sunday.
Check out Sunday’s Instagram or if you’re in the area stop by the gallery to see their current exhibition Soggy Bodied, a show curated by friend and fellow Cal-Arts Alum Michael Ray Von, open 1 – 7 pm through this Friday.
Images courtesy of: Arvida Bystrom, Ada Rajkovic, Ethan Tate, Lindsey Mejia, Sunday Los Angeles