Factory Obscura
This image makes a lot more sense in the 360-degree slideshow at the end of this article. (Josh McBee)

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Since November 2017, OKC-based art collective Factory Obscura has dominated Current Studio (and most of the metro’s art coverage) with its immersive art exhibit known as SHIFT.

SHIFT represents the first installation project from Factory Obscura, a collective of “artists and community builders” founded in early 2017. The collective boasts a robust, two-tiered organization consisting of about half a dozen members on its Leadership Team while more than a dozen creative types form the Artist Team. For those familiar with Meow Wolf, consider Factory Obscura as Oklahoma City’s answer to that Santa Fe-based collective.

If you have yet to experience the gallery-wide installation, a few more chances still remain: Free admission will be available for SHIFT’s final viewing hours from noon to 6 p.m. today through Sunday.

Current Studio also closing

The closing of the SHIFT installation coincides with the closing of Current Studio itself, which opened in March 2016 at a former commercial space in the Classen Ten Penn neighborhood (1218 N. Penn. Ave.) On Feb. 9, the independent, artist-owned venue announced via press release that, after two years, the “experiment in art, community, and problem solving is coming to an end.”

“We’ll be creating other experiences like this while we’re working on a permanent home,” said artist and Factory Obscura curator Kelsey Karper, who co-founded Current Studio with artist Romy Owens. “We’re narrowing in on some that we think really fit what our needs are, but we’re looking for spaces that are at least 40,000 square feet so we can work on a really large scale.”

If you would like to help Current Studio and the SHIFT installation go out on a high note, a closing reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Capacity for that event is limited, so organizers suggest reserving a spot with a $5 donation.

Take a virtual tour

If you will be unable to attend any of the closing events, NonDoc hopes to bring you the next best thing right here in your web browser: 360-degree images straight from the gallery. Click the three dots on the top right of the image to enter full-screen viewing (or virtual-reality mode if you have a 360-viewing headset).