Solstenen films screened at “Latent Liminal Improbable Exuberance” : Film night at Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater in Seattle

I’m so giddy to be showing some of my new Solstenen Project films with some of my favorite Seattle-based artsts/filmmakers during an evening presentation at Seattle’s gorgeous Jewelbox Theater!

“Latent Liminal Improbable Exuberance : Film night with,
Gala Bent, Jennifer Zwick, Britta Johnson, Mandy Greer, Scott Kolbo and Vis-a-Vis Society at Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater,  January 9th, 2013,    7-10 pm

Something old, something new, something odd, something blue.
In-process, foundlings, archived, favorites and brand new films by an exuberant collection of artists:

Gala Bent
Jennifer Zwick
Britta Johnson
Mandy Greer
Scott Kolbo and
Vis-a-Vis Society.

Films will begin at 7pm and cycle throughout the evening until 10pm.

Drop in when you can. Delicious treats by the Rendezvous kitchen!  FREE

Film still from "My farm and Yours", Mandy Greer 2013

Film still from “My farm and Yours”, Mandy Greer 2013

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‘Solstenen Project’ residencies were sponsored in part by grants from 4 Culture, Artist Trust and the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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Film still from Scott Kolbo

Film still from Scott Kolbo

Film still from "I shall loan you these rags", Mandy Greer 2013

Film still from “I shall loan you these rags”, Mandy Greer 2013

Film still from "Nothing to give", Mandy Greer, 2013

Film still from “Nothing to give”, Mandy Greer, 2013

Film still from "Birch Play", Mandy Greer, 2013

Film still from “Birch Play”, Mandy Greer, 2013

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The geologic calibration of the family: a show at NEPO House, Dec. 22nd, 6-10pm

I am really finding some peace in bringing some of our works in Iceland to a close ( or sort of…I never seem to be done with anything completely).  One strong aspect of Solstenen project was to use my family culture as medium, like it was a one of the materials I had to choose from.  I’ve wanted to do a Little Treats show at NEPO House for quite awhile, and presenting some of the work about family archetypes, embracing and rebelling against them, seemed so appropriate for Klara Glosova’s project.  NEPO House and Little Treats in particular is about finding new options for sharing and experiencing art, more approachable, less hierarchal, as “a series of exhibitions, performances and screenings at NEPO House. Our goal is to provide a platform for local artists to show new work and an opportunity for the audience to experience artwork in an intimate setting of a home. Ultimately Little Treats is about hospitality, our encounters with art and with each other. In order to avoid moving too much furniture the shows take place only and entirely in our entry room.”

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Pleas join us in December 22nd, 2012, from 6-10 pm. We’ll be making Icelandic heart-shaped waffles, Norwegian creme pudding and glogg and eggnog!  My favorite day to celebrate is the winter solstice and this opens the day after, so please come share some light with us!

“We Live Our Patient Day’s Allotted Span”

A multi-media exhibition by Mandy Greer, Paul Margolis and Hazel Margolis

NEPO HOUSE

1723 S Lander Street
Seattle, WA 98144

www.nepohouse.org

 

Opens Dec. 22nd,   6-10pm

Conflating the private and public — traveling to places unknown, but working as a unit — the Mandy Greer-Paul Margolis clan of multi-generational artists set out to engage with the natural environment of Iceland in an intimate and hermetic approach.  Through fiber and film, play-acting, intuitive performance, obsessive accumulation of found natural and man-made artifacts, many of the artistic results explore and tear open the archetypes that each family member inhabits.

Through play and repetition, the roles each member played became refracted, as each sometimes embraced, sometimes rejected what seemed inexorably inevitable.    The family culture became medium, and that microcosm was expressed in the macrocosm of the geologic, a move that transcends the heartbreak of the day-to-day.

In this way, the emotional force of the child became the slow but constant pressure of a glacier, both a monumentally creative and destructive force.  The maternal instinct both emerges and retreats from isolation, like squeezing water from a stone and appositionally, an endless gorgeous torrent of a glacial swollen river.  The distant but shelter-building father figure moves earth and fire in an autonomic process of both steadfast strength and hapless misadventure.

Greer writes, “By locating our bodies at the center of this work about familial bonds, we are attempting to confront, repair and heal rifts in our lives that have both made our artistic life together possible and also strained it to near-breaking.  In breathtaking geographic isolation, an honesty emerges about the possibilities and failures of blending our roles as artists, parents and partners.

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This presentation of photographs, installation sculpture, video, and performance artifacts is but one outcome of Mandy Greer’s ‘Solstenen Project’, a series of residencies over the course of a year exploring themes of weight and physical burden as external symbols of internal self-transformation — identity metamorphosing into the environmental — including 5 weeks in Iceland in the fall of 2012.

‘Solstenen Project’ residencies were sponsored in part by grants from 4 Culture, Artist Trust and the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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As part of NEPO “Little Treats” series, Mandy and Paul will be cooking Icelandic heart-shaped waffles and Norwegian Rommegrot (cream pudding), and maybe some glogg!

Intergenerational art making…

I’m deep in ( and almost done with ) the agonizing process of selecting a few images from 17 photoshoots we did in Iceland, for a show at NEPO House that focuses in on some of the intergenerational art making we did while there for 5 weeks.  Agonizing because each shoot turned up about 10 good images, but I’m trying to tell a specific story and some of the images fall outside that, but are still my favorites.  And there are dreaded moments of ‘everything about this image is perfect but that dumb look in my eyes’ and there is no second shot of it.  Lighting/color can be adjusted….dumb looks are hard to manage.  It was such a fast and intuitive and rugged process, in many cases pushing the limits of how wet or cold I wanted my cameras, or quickly fading light or how much a child would take.  I’m feeling exhausted and could prowl through these files for months, and will be doing that, to focus on different narratives than this one for this show.  But this set of behind-the-scene images soothes me….we all miss our time together.  More info on the show to come…

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Works for the body inspired by Iceland @Favorite Art Projects

Before we left for Iceland, I was invited to participate in this fascinating little project happening at The Henry Art Gallery.  Tova Elise Cubert has started up a non-profit called Favorite Art Projects with a “mission to instigate conversations about art and commerce in unconventional ways.”  This season’s iteration of Favorite is as a pop-up shop at the Henry Art Gallery that opened November 16th and running until February, in homage to Jeffry Mitchell’s show there ‘Like a Valentine’.

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Tova invited a group of artists who, I would say, are all investigating craft, comfort and home in some tangential way, which means they are all investigating the body.  Doesn’t it? Jeffry has always been a guru to me of how to make work that slips and slides between boundaries, pleasure seeking, about the body.  There is no difference in the electricity of an installation of his and a pickle jar or wall screen.  His work is always a teacher for me.

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Jeffry Mitchell Pickle Jar with Silver (swooooooon!)

So I went away on my travels, a little perplexed about how to investigate my current ideas in the context of commerce.  I have never been very good at translating my ideas into a smaller scale….I think because I have tried to make those small things ‘sellable’.  Which I am happy for things to sell, of course,  But putting ‘sellable’ in my mind always seems to put a wrench in things. I rarely sell my work, it rarely seems to apply to commerce, and I rarely seem to even think about that exchange (this can be both really good and very bad or both or neither, I guess…..common reaction from some artists). But then I began to think about specific people, incredibly creative strong weirdo women artists I admire, and imagined them wearing things I made, and it suddenly seemed very easy what to make.  ‘Sellable’ in my mind had somehow been a cue to hold back, yet my imaginary clients demanded no holding back, and I made what they and I both wanted! (check out a few things here)

I also wanted to use the techniques and textures and colors I was using to take with me to Iceland, as well as what filled my eyes and touched my skin while there.  For my bodily experience there was a pull between the essential comfort of the body to stay warm and the sometimes stark land the body existed upon.  I wanted to turn landscape into dense softness and warmth.  I had been using a super dense hand-weaving technique to make superthick blankets that I then sewed into big costumes for Hazel, Paul and I to wear.

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So I continued with the thick weaving and have made thick heavy ‘stone’  and ‘sulfur’ blankets for the shop, made of more than a hundred different hand selected and cut fabrics, reclaimed wool and cashmere sweaters. I have always loved to sleep under a huge stack of blankets, like gravity is thicker in the air.  And these blankets do this! I also did a series of neck pieces of pillows of puffy moss to surround the neck and the bright energy propelled by molten lava to represent the intense energy of the body.

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weaving blankets out of hundreds of handcut and selected fibers, wool and cashmere sweaters

I also feel influenced and  greatly admired the practice of many Icelandic artists to blend and hybridize art and design.  In some way this has always been a source inspiration for me from Jeffry Mitchell’s work, that lack of boundaries between art, craft, handicraft and design.  I made this work to celebrate what I love about his work and give the opportunity for my installations to take place on the small scale of the body.  I hope you’ll stop by the Henry and see all the other beautiful things by artists such as Izzie Klingels, Nicholas Nyland, Joey Veltkamp, Eric Eley and Seth Damm.

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I’ll also be hosting a Community Crochet event at the shop at the Henry (15th Avenue Northeast, Seattle) on Sunday December 16th from 12:30-3:30.  (Facebook event here). All skill levels welcome, all materials provided!  And will be delivering another round of wearable pieces and blankets in time for the crochet event!  Come join us!

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Tonight, 11/16/11, Solstenen comes back to TPR for an evening of community crocheting and films from guest artists Saskia Delores and Rodrigo Valenzuela

I have had an industrious fall in my studio…..not making piles of work, but excavating some physical and psychological space to do it….Many many things needed shedding, which seems oddly telling with the project I am working on, all about weight, burden, labor and armor.  But after a summer full of crocheting with people at The Project Room, I wanted to get back into the thick of the project by once again working on ‘Solstenen’ with anyone willing to join me.  And like this summer, I wanted to share the work of artists who are inspiring and mentoring my new body of work.

Please join me tonight from 5-8 at TPR for one night only of community crocheting, tea/treats, and films by Guest Artists Saskia Delores and Rodrigo Valenzuela.

At 5pm, I’ll be on hand with yarn, fabric and crochet hooks to teach anyone willing to learn to crochet, contributing stitches to the Solstenen crocheting heading to Iceland in 2012.

From 6-8pm, then we’ll continue crocheting while watching a presentation of films by Solstenen guest artists performance artist/musician Saskia Delores and filmmaker/photographer Rodrigo Valenzuela.
As with the other Solstenen guest artists, join me in an informal Q and A with these incredible filmmakers, as I pick their brains and find out why they make things.

Saskia and Rodrigo both make subtly provocative work that highlights how the magic in the mundane can be captured and bloom in the medium of film. Their bodies of work both reveal the cinematic psychological tension and expansive capacity of the eyes to reveal a volcano of emotion… how we reveal when we try to hide. And both continue to encourage my fledgling pursuit of using film/movement to explore themes in the Solstenen project. I am thrilled to share their work, learn more about their projects with anyone willing to take a dip into the Solstenen project, while also basking in their encouragement for expanding into new media with my work.

Come see their films on the big wall of The Project Room!

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Creative works engaged with the land : “Lo-Fi Arts Festival” this weekend, 8/13, ‘Solstenen’ off-site

I am SO thrilled to be getting out of the city and taking Solstenen project up to the   Lo-Fi Arts Festival-”Not to Scale”,  at Smoke Farm, Arlington Washington!

Sarah Kavage's "grass braid" from 2009 Lo-Fi Festival

Sarah Kavage's "grass braid" from 2009 Lo-Fi Festival

Smoke Farm is a truly transformative place, itself a metamorphosis from wilderness to farmland and now back to salmon habitat and a space to creatively engage with the land.  I have had the privilege of getting to do a few residencies at Smoke Farm, and the site has changed me; the massive slugs that crawl out at dusk were the beginning of my Slug Princess for The Silvering Path film I co-created in 2008 (shot on location at Smoke Farm), and my photographs from my recent show “Honey and Lightening” were all shot at various places at this incredible site.  Please come experience it for yourself, August 13th, Saturday, All-day, Join Solstenen off-site for Community Crochet!

winter fields at Smoke Farm

winter fields at Smoke Farm

You still have time to get tickets before you come, camp or just stay for the day.

ADVANCE TICKETS: Gates open at 12 noon on Saturday August 13. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpaperticke​ts.com/event/171964

INFO: festival@smokefarm.org

Keely Isaak Meehan at Smoke Farm

Keely Isaak Meehan at Smoke Farm

From the Facebook invite:

The 2011 Lo-Fi Arts Festival *Not to Scale features site-specific work in all visual and performance media and happens at Smoke Farm on August 13, 2011.

The Lo-Fi Festival Vision: A 24 hour exploration of installation, performance, and interaction with the Farm which seeks to seed the Farm with narrative and inquiry about place and our use of landscape; providing an unusual opportunity for artists to work in expansive ways within a specific site.

Lo-Fi Artists: Aaron Loveitt, Alexandra Baybutt, Amy Billharz, flatchestedmama, Anne Blackburn, The Lonely Coast, Arne Pihl, Interrupture, Chris McMullen and Steve Withycombe, Daryle Conners, “Awesome”, South Meadow Cabaret, dk pan/NKO, Doug Nufer, ticktock with Sculpture by Miguel Edwards, Ellen Welcker, Eric John Olson, Dr. Calamari and Acrophelia, Greg Bem, ilvs strauss, Jennifer Law and Toby Cohen, Jenna Bean Veatch, Jodee Adams-Moore, John Boylan, Josh Peterson, Kate Fernandez, Fruition Productions, Kathleen Skeels, Keely Isaak Meehan, Kelly Igoe, Ken Turner, Kristin Tollefson, Laura Becker and Evan Blackwell, Mandy Greer, Maridee Slater, Meg Hartwig, Mike Katell, Mike McCracken, soikowski research/performance, Rick Araluce, Robb Kunz, Sara Edwards, Sarah DeWeerdt, Sarah Ferreter and Katherine Wimble, Sarah Kavage and Adria Garcia, Saskia Delores, Vis-a-Vis Society, Stephen Roxborough, Steve Leroux, Bear and Beaster, Susan Balshor, Valet Design, Titanium Sporkesta, Tom de Beauchamp

Food: Regional food trucks and produce vendors will be on hand, so bring your cash! We will also provide grills and charcoal to cook your own.

CAMPING: BYO gear!

Tickets: Gates open at 12 noon on Saturday August 13. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpaperticke​ts.com/event/171964

Info: festival@smokefarm.org

Parking is limited – carpooling is recommended.

DISCOUNT OPTION: Bike to the farm and pay only $15! Available only at the gate with bike! (Be sweaty..)

The Smoke Farm Venue: As the Farm is invested in conservation and habitat restoration as part of its mission, a lo-tech or no-tech; pack it in, pack it out ethos is central to our approach to the land. A 360 acre former dairy farm in a serene river valley situated outside Arlington, WA; Smoke Farm focuses on supporting art, science, and philosophy through creative engagement and community work as a project of the Rubicon Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

New Events updated on the Calendar!

My ‘Guest Artist’ calendar of events continues to evolve, and I am realizing I can’t do everything I want to do, and visit with everyone that I want to share ideas with, just during this 7 weeks.  The ‘guest artist’ idea came out of having this fantastic space available to me, and a platform to mess with ideas, but now I am seeing, it can and should and will continue beyond the limited time period of my residency at The Project Room.  It takes away my sense of urgency when contacting people – (“I have this idea I want to develop with you, let’s make it happen NOW!!”) – to letting things develop as they need to.  But despite that shift in thinking, I’m going to do as much, and share as much with whomever chooses to join in for the next month! So, I have a bevy of Calendar updates, some coming up very soon! And there will continue to be updates…!

  • THIS SAT!   August 6th, Solstenen Guest Artist Event, 11 am -3 pm : Join me in a Learning Demo in “low-tech/low water dyeing” from fabric artist and dyeing genius Cameron Anne Mason
  • August 11th, Thursday, Solstenen Guest Artist Event and Community Crochet, 5 – 8pm; drop in during Blitz Capital Hill Arts Walk for crocheting, and at 6pm join artist Cameron Anne Mason for a follow-up talk after her demo on the how and why she creates pattern in fabric
  • August 15th – 20th, Guest Artist Working, Amanda Manitach will be working in the studio with me, using The Project Room’s large lovely walls for drawing, and other things!  Amanda’s hours: M, T, Th, Fr, S; 12 -5 pm
  • August 24th, Wednesday, Guest Artist Event, 6pm – 10pm;  MAN NIGHT Crochet!  Hosted by Paul Margolis (who taught me to crochet for real), retired UW Ceramic Tech Master Dick Law, and gentleman fiber artist and art collector Robert Andrew Shavin .  Men teaching men to not fear the hook, the needle, the yarn, the thread.  Novices encouraged!  Bringing your own projects encouraged as well!

Please join us all at The Project Room!

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