City Wide Open Studios Erector Square

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CWOS 2014

Saturday & Sunday, October 25-26, 2014 @ 12-6 PM

Erector Square Studios
315 Peck Street
New Haven, CT  06513 [MAP]

Studio:
Bld. 6e/ Fl. 02/ Suit G

Come see my new video 3 SISTERS: SustainABLE and other associated works at CWOS. This is a entire weekend of viewing work and visiting artists studios, the building will be open showing hundreds of artists and their work, check out what everyone has been working on. I will have a number of new and older works for sale at a special price.

CURATOR TOURS

Sunday, October 26 @ 1-3 PM

Also my studio along with artist Rachel Bernsen & Megan Craig, Jason Friedes, David Livingston has been selected for a Curator Tour with Cathy Edwards, Director of Programming at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, CT.
If you are interested in joining this tour and helping support Artspace register and get tickets –> HERE

 

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Closing Conference | Vagaries of the Commons

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Closing Conference

Vagaries of the Commons

Saturday, September 13 @ 12:00-6:00 PM
Artspace, 50 Orange St.,
New Haven, CT 06517
http://artspacenh.org/

Go to the link below for the full conference itinerary:
http://artspacenh.org/events/closing%20conference

Panel Discussion
3:15 – 4:30pm

Dr. Gary Aronsen (Research Associate & Supervisor of Yale Biological Anthropology Laboratories, Yale University) and I will be speaking on the topic:
How Bones Talk: Anthropology and Mythmaking Working Together

with:
Evidence Fetish: Excavating the Public’s Trash and Artifacts
Mengyu Chen – Discarded Data as Content
Brooke Singer, Ricardo Miranda, Brad Armstrong and
Nadine Nelson – Discarded Food as Content for the Belly and the Garden

Also speaking & showing:
Elm City Dance Collective; Jason Friedes; Philip Lique; Under 91 Project; Project Storefronts; Occupy New Haven + more…
I hope to see you all there, let me know if you going to make it and I’ll keep an eye out for you!
The event is FREE but please sign-up RSVP Here.

Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak & New Haven Green Exhibit

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Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green 

Opening at the New Haven Museum on April 30th @ 5:00-8:00 PM [Map Here]

The exhibit will be on view during April 30 – November 02, 2014  [Facebook Post]

Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green is a pairing of contemporary art and archaeological analysis featuring new works by:

Lani Asuncion
Susan Clinard
Erich Davis
Michael Quirk
Jeff Slomba
Rachael Vaters-Carr
Alison K. Walsh

In October 2012, winds from Hurricane Sandy toppled the Lincoln Oak, revealing a partial human skeleton among the tree’s exposed roots, along with two buried time capsules, creating an enigmatic story that captured the imagination of the entire country.

For the artistic portion of this exhibit, the artists used branches, limbs, or pieces of the trunk of the Lincoln Oak to interpret the history of the tree and the discoveries found beneath it.

The exhibit also features the results of the on-going archaeological analysis of the bones and materials found beneath the tree. This includes displays of the time capsule contents, and the inquiries into the possible identities of the skeletal remains.

For more information please contact info(at)newhavenmuseum.org or Jason Bischoff-Wurstle at 203-562-4183 x 18

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I will be showing a new work created for this exhibit entitled Shrine of the Common & Undivided Lands which is a multi-media piece that incorporates a one-channel video Reverence and sculptural elements.

Shrine of the Common & Undivided Lands is a memorial tribute to the bones found coiled within the uprooted Lincoln Tree, and all the hundreds of other bodies buried under the Green. In the video Reverence, performers Kate Gonzales and Julie Riccio animate the branches of the tree with a ritual like dance. The cement sculptural base refers to the time capsules found under the tree with a portion of one that was casted into the bone remains of a child and his/her marble, and the ash is derived from the branches of the tree. The large bowl within the cement base is for collecting pennies left by visitors, to show respect and remembrance.

LINCOLN OAK TREE PROJECT: Cement, Paper, & Copper

After somehow lifting an 80 lb. bag of cement into my car (with the help of getting a second bag from Dustin DeMilio, thank you for the help I don’t think I could have lifted another one alone) brought it into my studio and casted the form for the shrine portion of my piece.

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Then after careful preparation (wearing gloves & respirator), taping down the forms that would become the negative of the piece and spraying the inside of the mold with silicon, I began the mixing. Man does it take a lot of energy to mix cement, was not an easy task. After about an hour the piece was all poured into the mold that I left for a week to cure. Thankfully cement is caustic so the fact that my water to cement ratio may not have been 100% accurate did not ruin the mold.

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Returning after a week of letting the piece sit, at first the piece did not budge but after a bit of nudging with a mallet the piece separated from the mold. The glass forms were not easy to remove and had to be smashed with a hammer. All and all casting cement was not as impossible or difficult as I thought it may be and love how the piece came out.

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The head pieces for the dancers was tricky to conceptualize. I wanted the pieces to be light visually and physically and have a unit like multiplicity, the triangle form worked perfectly. At first I wanted to use copper, but the metal was to hard and I was worried it might hurt the dancers when then were wearing and performing with it. I decided to use vellum paper because it had a nice translucent quality but was durable when put together in units. This is one week in.

Last week I added the copper leaf to the inside of the cement bowls.

PechaKucha Winter | Presentations

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Bellow is a slideshow of the slides I used during my PechaKucha presentation, 20 slides each at 20 seconds. Eric Zeiberg was a hard act to follow but I am so blown away by his dedication and sucess of his I Speak 4 U application. It was so wonderful to seeing all the people who came out to listen and support me and my presentation peers.
I am so honored to have had the chance to speak with all the other artists, innovative presenters, and performers. If you have something you are passionate about and would like to share it with the New Haven Community or if you live somewhere else look up to see who to contact for your local PechaKucha 20×20 and how to get involved in one of their sharing & showing events. I am excited to attend future PechKucha events. Come out and support them!

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PechaKucha: Winter