Columbus has the Shedd Theater, located inside the Performing Arts Center on Franklin Avenue.

Clintonville has the Shed, which is inside a shed in the backyard of a West Como Avenue house.

The former is a traditional stage where plays and other forms of entertainment are performed.

Little is traditional about the Shed, the brainchild of Blake Turner, an artist and visiting faculty member at Denison University.

Most of the time, it's just a shed. But on certain summer evenings the past few years, it is transformed into the Shed and "functions as a provocative and experimental site of cultural production," according to the website for the nonprofit organization Turner formed.

According to its website, the Shed is a platform for exchanging ideas and culture among artists, thinkers and the people of a city on the fertile ground beyond institutions. All ages are invited to these free openings and conversations.

The summer exhibition series for the structure behind 214 W. Como Ave., titled "Third Installment," opens Wednesday, June 7. The one-night exhibition, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature "Backlot" by artist Molly Pattison. It "develops her body of work of constructed facades and faux objects," according to the announcement from Turner, who received his bachelor's degree from George Mason University and earned his master's degree in fine art at Ohio State University.

The rest of the series will include:

* June 21, 6 to 8 p.m., "Paradisa," recent work by Diana Abbells that "examines memory, misunderstanding and desire in childhood."

* July 19, 6 to 8 p.m., "Guy with Cornrows Eats Corn While Listening to Korn" by Keith Allyn Spencer. Turner termed the work a "deadpan modernist mural."

* Aug. 23, 7 to 9:30 p.m., during which artist Ron Abram "addresses queer identity by combining printmaking, film and projection."

* Sept. 13, 6 to 8 p.m., where Margo Elsayd will "create a new, community-engaged, site-specific installation."

Turner said he and his wife, Amanda, moved into their Clintonville home in 2014. At first, he thought of using the small building in the backyard as a studio, but then conceived of something on a grander scale.

Although titled "Third Installment," the summer series actually is the fourth for the Shed. Only art experts were invited during the first season.

Since then, it's been come one, come all.

"It's been really well-received by the neighbors," Turner said. "That's half of our audience."

This year, Turner has an intern from Denison working with him.

"I love installation art," said Evelyn Kendix, an art major from Washington, D.C. "I think it's super great. I want to go into large-scale installation art."

"It's definitely a unique exhibition opportunity that I had not had before," said Sarah Irvin, an artist in Richmond, Virginia, who participated in the Shed last year. "It was a really interesting opportunity to be part of something where the lines between art and life weren't so clear."

Some have called the Shed a "pop-up gallery," but that's not quite accurate, Turner said.

"Nothing's for sale," he said. "I call it an experimental installation space. I really like it. My favorite part is installing the art, actually doing the labor of putting up the art."

For more information, visit shedshed.org.

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