A Colony of Drifters

Collaboration by Lani Asuncion & Emcee C. M., Master of None [Colin McMullan]

CWOS: Alternative Space Commission, the Attic
290 Goffe Street Armory, New Haven, CT
Oct. 10-11, 2015

Colin McMullan and I was commissioned to participate in City-Wide Open Studios: Alternative Space weekend with the theme DWELLING in mind. The work was designed for the dimly lit, quiet, secret space of the attic. We created a dreamlike world of images, objects, and actions. Two videos played side-by-side, one played then subsided and the other began. The work incorporates objects, materials, and themes from our individual practices along with new work we produced together for this multimedia collaborative installation.

2 channel HD video projections 15′ x 8′
Front room displayed two parallel projections, at the same time the golden house to the left and handmade boat to the right into could be viewed through parallel doorways.

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Installation materials:
handmade boat [modeled from a Irish Currach & Umiak design]:
willow saplings & split locust gunwhales, grape vine, nylon sailmaker’s twine, canvas, tar, driftwood
chess set: whittled wood, stone, metal
duck house: 1 channel video loop, cedar, dried duck feet
golden house: emergency blankets, pvc pipe, electrical tape
wooden post & sprouted acorn
pile of sprouted acorns
yak hat w/ headphones playing live 24/7 weather feed

Photo credit: Judy Rosenthal

Media:
Home Is Where The Art Is
by Brian Slattery from the New Haven Independent wrote a piece on our work in By Water.

To find out more about what influenced the making of the Golden House in this piece go to this blog this blog post that talks about the VAGABOND project. It is an extension of this concept and this collaboration is considered part of the series. white_sands_standing_still

Here is the book Colin McMullan wrote ‘A Boat to Find Christine Period,’ a small hand-stitched photocopied book in an edition of 31, documenting his research and building process, and incorporating 6 woodblock carvings and engravings, as well as some drawings and a bibliography. Copies of the book are for sale in the Emporium. Head to his webpage to view the full contents.

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SFAI | Santa Fe Art Institute | AiR July 2015

During my time as an artist-in-residence at Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) I began a new body of work titled ‘VAGABON.’

I wanted to reference aspects of New Mexico’s history particularly the Pueblo Revolt and dedicate this project to my mother.

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The process of these forms began with a cast of my face that I created three different mask from made of sun dried terracotta (red clay) and macrame military parachute cables.

These are the three mask of ‘SEARCHING, ‘ each has a different way of seeing & experiencing the world. The first is for exploring and finding ones way, the second is for knowing and understanding. The circular eyes mimic the Ouroboros snake that consumes it’s own tail, symbolizing self-reflection and cycles. The third is for seeing without looking, its eyes are closed but is able to see.

I also created a macrame shawl made of military parachute cables, it’s ends have knots like those made by the Pueblo Indians who kept knots in a rope to count down the days until the Pueblo Revolt. I had to use my whole body to create this piece, using my legs and arms to separate the cords then knot them in the right places.

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My goal before arriving to SFAI was to figure out how to make work again after the loss of my mother last December.  This process of morning and reverence needed to be incorporated into the work.

2015-07-22 13.31.20-1I wanted to make forms that reminded me of home. I came to the conclusion that I was what reminded myself most of my mother. So I used stones and my own body to form these ‘objects,’ creating a heart like form; then cut them open and filled them with my mother’s ashes.

Traveling through different locations throughout New Mexico I wanted to create a sense of multi-dimensional space. Bringing the viewer from below to above like a rebirth, a continual loop. I worked within abandoned Kiva’s, focusing on a constructed one at Pecos National Park. I wanted to bring back a sense of purpose for these sacred places that are now tourist attractions. Allowing them to once again be used for ritual and remembrance.

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Rebecca Solnit ‘s book ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’ sums up well my feelings as I journeyed through this project.

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Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. It disperses amongst the molecules of the air…The world is blue at it’s edges and at it’s depths.

This blue is the light that got lost.

The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude, and of desire. The color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not, and the color of where you can never go. For the blue is not at the place miles away at the horizon but in the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains…

Blue is color of longing for the distances you never arrive in…

…If you can look across the distance without wanting to close it up, you can own your longing the same, as you can own the blue that can never be possessed. For something of this longing will, like the blue of distance, only be relocated not assuaged by acquisition and arrival. Just as the mountains cease to be blue when you arrive among them, and the blue instead tints the next beyond…

OPEN STUDIOS: Erector Square

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Two events coming up this week that I will be participating in during City Wide Studios in New Haven hosted by ArtSpace in New Haven.

Friday, Oct. 11 @ 7-9:30 PM
City Wide Open Studios will offer curator-led studio tours to preview the Erector Square Studios where I am one of the selected artists. Guest are invited to attend a cocktail party hosted by Fred Giampietro’s Erector Sq. Gallery. If you are interested in attending please follow the link to buy tickets, all raised funds go to supporting ArtSpace.
http://www.cwos.org/curatortours

Sat. & Sun., Oct. 12-13 @ 12-5 PM
Erector Square
317 Peck St.,
Bld. 07/ Floor 02/ Suit 02
New Haven, CT

The second event is CWOS at Erector Square Open Studios weekend. I will have photos and books for sale at a special price for this event. Hope you can make it out, I would love to visit!
https://www.facebook.com/events/180826778770421/

Hope you can make it out to one of these events, I would love to visit with you and share the my current work.

Fem//me | SHOW OPENING

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Fem//me – an Independent Art Exhibition
July 19-28

OPENING | July 19 @ 1:00-6:00 PM/ After Party 7:00-10:00 PM
1175 State Street, Suit 215, New Haven, CT

Fem//me is an independent pop-up exhibition showcasing the work of emerging female artists in New Haven.  Curated by Selby Nimrod and Hannah Plotke, the assembled works address and subvert female gender constructs and gendered notions of craft.

Exhibited is collage and sculpture by Laura Marsh, video by Sarah Lasley, assemblage and jewelry by Ashley Khirea Wahba, paintings by Hannah Plotke, sculptural video relics by Lani Asuncion, artist’s books by Grace Moskowitz, and a multimedia installation by Julia Cornell. The concept for Fem//me was inspired both by the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, and famed performance  artist Marina Abramovic’s denouncement of feminism earlier this year.

Located at 1175 State Street, Suite 215, in the former Robby Len swimsuit building, Fem//me opens on Friday July 19. Fem//me is open to the public from 1-6 PM daily through July 28. There is no admission fee.  Donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome.

The organizers would like to extend a special thanks to Artspace for their support and the use of their Flatfile.

For more information, please contact Selby Nimrod selby.nimrod@gmail.com

MAY SHOWS

Local Builders:

An Anthology of Connecticut Sculptors

Lani Asuncion . Anita Balkun . Janice Barnish . Dave Bassine . Meg Bloom . Susan Bradley . Aimée Burg . Natalie Charkow . Susan Classen-Sullivan . Susan Clinard . Paul Cofrancesco . Howard el-Yasin . Richard Falco . Tracy Walter Ferry . Silas Finch . Joe Gitterman . Kevin Harty . Shelby Head . Alexander Hunenko . Blinn Jacobs . Jilaine Jones . Robert Kirschbaum . Jacob Antone Könst .Tony Kosloski . David Livingston . Jacque Metheny . Jeff Ostergren . Dan Potter . Michael Quirk . Margaret Roleke . Joseph Saccio . Suzan Shutan .Jeff Slomba . Alison Walsh . Brian Walters . Jonathan Waters . Matthew Weber . Mark Williams

Curated by Stephen Vincent Kobasa
May 12-June 09, 2012

Opening Reception for the artist:

Saturday, May 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A-Space Gallery @ West Cove Studio
30 Elm Street
West Haven, CT
Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
or by appointment, phone 203.500.0268

Easy access from I-95, to exit 44.
Turn onto Kimberly Ave towards West Haven.
Kimberly Ave. becomes Elm St.
Turn onto Water St (first left after first stoplight),
then immediate left into parking lot.
Entrance is at rear of building, up flight of metal stairs.