THIS IS NOT A GUN: FORWARD UNION 2017

Teaming up with the Forward Union Fair 2017 to host a This Is Not A Gun event in Manhattan December 3, 12-3 pm.  COME!

http://www.forwardunion.org/events/forward-union-fair-2017

This Is Not A Gun

A participatory ceramic workshop during Forward Union Fair

Sunday, December 3, 2017

12–3PM

714 Broadway, Manhattan, NY

Free and open to the public.

A sandwich is not a gun.

A hairbrush is not a gun.

A wallet is not a gun.

These items come from a list of 23 objects that have been mistaken for guns by police officers in civilian shootings since 2001*. The workshop encourages participants to give presence to these objects, calling attention to their not-gun-ness by sculpting their shape in clay. This Is Not A Gun endeavors to carve out time and space to site these issues within our own bodies and stories, without presuming a total understanding of this historically dense and complicated crisis. This gathering upholds a non-judgemental space for sharing amongst anyone who participates. The space is held by local artists, activists and mindfulness collaborators.

Please join us in an effort to honor and unpack what is before us through a collaborative art-making workshop and dialogue.

All materials are provided. Drop-ins are welcome, though we encourage you to stay a while.

Proudly co-hosted by Cara Emily Levine, Jade Thacker, and Forward Union Fair.

This is the third iteration of this event. The first workshop took place at the Tenderloin Museum in San Francisco, CA on March 30, 2017. The second workshop took place at Santa Fe Art Institute on October 7, 2017. Sincere gratitude to Forward Union Fair, Christopher Johnson, Adams Puryear, New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, form & concept gallery, Santa Fe Community College, New Mexico Clay, Pete Jackson, Alicia Inez Guzmán, 100 Days of Action, Amanda Jane Eicher, Keren Johnson, and the Women’s Center for Creative Work.

#thisisnotagun

*Harpers Magazine Dec 2016

 

 

 

 

 

We'll Call It A Boat, Project Grow Portland

After 2 months in residence at Project Grow, part of Port City and Albertina Kerr, in Portland Oregon, we will exhibit the work that has been made.  We have worked through an improvisational manner to construct, carve and paint multiple sculptures in true collaborative form.  The work will be on view after March 10 with a public reception Friday March 10 1-3pm at Port City, Portland.

At A Distance, Shift Space Gallery, Kansas State University, Feb 24 - Mar 11

Happy to announce, a new work made in collaboration with Michael Namkung will be in a show at Shift Space Gallery at Kansas State University.  

Michael and I have been making collaborative video work over the last 6 months.  This work has dealt primarily with ideas of connection, perceptivity and closeness - but always at a distance.  In conceiving this piece, we became interested in locating where the exact middle point between our two locations existed.  Lo and behold, it was under 100 miles from the gallery hosting this exhibition.  Together, Michael and I conceived of this piece, The View from The Middle which enacts meeting exactly in the middle, only through the bodies of two surrogates from the Kansas State Gallery.  The completed work will be on display Feb 24 - Mar 11 2017

Curated by Jesse Allen, Conan Y. Fugit, and A. P. Vague

In conjunction with Alastria Press, Shift Space Gallery is accepting submissions for artwork in any media that can be created at a distance. This exhibition draws from the traditions of mail art, telephone art, and telepresence, and seeks innovative approaches to gallery display. Artists are invited to propose works that utilize long-distance methods of communication such as written instructions, digital/web-based files, teleconferencing performance, or any other method of production from disparate locations. All work will be executed and/or installed by a small team of volunteers based on artist instruction, without the artists present. For this reason, process-based works that focus heavily on endurance and labor are not practical for this project. Alastria Press will produce an exhibition catalog in print that will include artist information and web links in order for viewers to further connect with artists from various parts of the world. All work will be professionally documented and shared online in a permanent web page. Photos and video of the exhibition will be shared with all participating artists.

Between A Rock and A Soft Place @Krowswork, Oakland, Sept-Oct 2016

http://www.krowswork.com/residency_water.html

Reception Oct 7th 6-9 pm!  Come!!!

TONS OF NEW WORK!!

Resident/performance days: Sept 30-Oct 2, Oct 7-8

Talk, Oct 8.

  Opal , 2016

Opal, 2016

Show Statement

There is no such thing as being stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Life has a way of responding and, inevitably, something always moves.  It is just like water finding its way – as if that hard place is secretly a soft one, and at a certain threshold, will surrender, and even, miraculously, make space for something new to emerge.  Life wants, unceasingly, to flourish.  

This is creativity in action, in trauma, in life, and in art.  Artist’s drive themselves into a corner, begin to think they are stuck and somehow, miraculously, maybe in a flash of inspiration, discover a portal through the wall or a way to bend they didn’t know was possible.  In so doing, they create more room to take their creative process further.  This creative stream flows like river over a stone – casually and constantly reforming the shape of the stone with every pass.  In my own work, I am always in search of finding the way to slide into this creative stream.

The work on view here at Krowswork is a meditation on the power of the creative practice to emulate water on stone in healing, softening and accepting capacity.  This work is not only a reflection of my own personal story but, hopefully, also serves to draw an understanding of and empathy towards one’s own relationship to pain, burden, power and even death through action, humor, and curious unprejudiced exploration.  

 

Over the past few years, I have developed a process for myself to interact with both objects and landscape intuitively.  This practice has manifest through video, performance, sculpture and photography.  It is an integration of meditation, movement and art-making, and comes on the heels of the realization that I need to prioritize the unknown. I have found that the more authentically I relate to what I do not know, the more profoundly the work is able to relate to the viewer.  I am eager to share in this discovery that artwork can bring forward.

All the work in the gallery was made in July 2016 in Sedona Arizona while on residence at the inaugural Sedona Arts Colony, co-run by The Sedona Art Center and Verde Valley School.  I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to participate.