UNLOADED continues to travel the country, now in Atlanta at Marcia Wood Gallery, where it is one mile from the annual NRA conference happening at the same time. The show now includes 42 artists - with new curatorial additions by Dashboard Arts. From their website: "We are an experimental creative agency that encourages risk-taking and immersive practice. Our goal is to use artistic disruptions to challenge the status quo and inspire critical thinking. We mediate a nationwide network of like-minded artists, builders, designers, and developers to produce unique projects that engage a broad public."
I have new visual artwork included in this group exhibition and important symposium happening at the Santa Fe Art Institute - very important work being done in New Mexico, and so pleased to be part of it. My contribution was two slate beds (seen below). The slate is from PA and they were made in New Mexico, I feel that they are very closely linked to the serious and catastrophic impact that fracking is having in both places... the size is around 7" x 4" x 1/4" with gouache, acrylic, and Chinese ink.
I received the Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts to support the post-production and screening presentation and performance of the first public debut of Wild Clarity. We will debut the a selection of short films on Tuesday April 25 at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Melwood Theater. Gia Cacalano and slowdanger will perform live with the videos, which they are featured in.
Facebook invite here!
On April 4, 2017, J.M. Design Studios submitted our proposals to the US Border and Customs Control Agency for The Other Border Wall. This was a public RFQ that our design team signed up to bid on. We got covered in all the major media outlets including Time, CNN Money, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The San Diego Union Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Verge, and many others.
J.M. Design Studios is an all-women team composed of Tereneh Mosley, Leah Patgorski, and myself. The next phase of our plan is to build prototypes of some of these ideas in the San Diego desert, near Trump's top picks.
In this case, my favorite comes from Pittsburgh-based J.M. Studio - whose seemingly nonsensical designs include a wall of 3 million hammocks and a wall of lighthouses, the latter adorned with eyes that allude the border patrol's watchful glance. It's sure to be rejected by the Trump administration. But as in the royal courts of medieval times, the jester tells the truth. - The San Diego Union Tribune
From March 29 - April 19, 2017 I am a resident artist at The Santa Fe Art Institute. I will be working on several ongoing projects here as well as planting the seeds for new work. As I work here, I will be seeing the world and my work through the lens of water rights. It is an honor to be here among such distinguished international artists!
My work here will be made as both solo work and collaborative work within an ongoing, evolving collective of artists and performers from Detroit, New York, and Pittsburgh.
A residency created by myself and three other artists that allows us to work together at this potent and inspiring site to create work that will be shown in a group show later this year. We did this in 2015 for one week, and again in 2017 for one week. The artists include:
Jill R. Baker, Megan Berner, Nicole Donnelly. You can see our works in progress, known as Desert Notes, here.
January 17 - March 3, 2017
Carlow University Art Gallery
3333 Fifth Avenue
A new version of "A City Without Guns" will be shown in a group exhibition that showcases a smaller version of the Unloaded traveling group show. Presented by Sylvia Rohr, Professor of Art History at Carlow University, with the help of Susanne Slavick who curated Unloaded.
January 13 - February 4, 2017
Work | Release Art Museum
759 Granby Street
A new version of "A City Without Guns" will be shown at Work | Release in Norfolk, VA. The show, titled Under the Gun, features artists working with the theme of guns and gun violence - and the space will be used as a community center for dialogue and events around this national epidemic. Curated and presented by Jesse Scaccia.
As the resident artists selected to participate in the The Fresh Works Residency - part of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater - we are creating new work that will debut Friday December 2, 2016 at the Alloy Studios in Pittsburgh. I am working with Hannah G Thompson, who primarily creates wearable fabric sculptures that transform the body. Inspired by our shared interest in the connection and dis-connection of the human body to the earth body, we will make new work that brings the wearable sculptures and the slate material into the same performance space.