"Ohio" by Todd Chilton
Chilton’s exhibition “Evens” is up until December 3rd at the Central Utah Art Center. The show is accompanied by an essay I wrote about Chilton’s work titled “Imperfect Wonder” which I’ll post on my website. Chilton was in the exhibition Ps & Qs at the Glassell School of Art and Hyde Park Art Center co-curated with Jeff M. Ward.
I haven’t really learned the fine art of blogging, tumblring or maintaining a website, as evidenced by the fact that its been 5 months since I posted anything here and that my website still fails to include images or texts for past exhibitions.
My excuse is that moving into a new place definitely put a wrench in things, eating up most of the fall after/between work, but we’re finally happily settled just steps from work (a few lighting and closet projects/problems not withstanding).
Projects this fall that got off the ground:
Writ Deep at The Jack Olson Gallery
The Propeller Fund awards
And thrilled that Gestures of Resistance was reviewed in the winter issue of Art Papers.
Going into winter I’m excited about some collaborations, that all seem to involve the super-talented Abigail Satinsky. Abigail will be coming onto the staff at threewalls as Director in January. I’m thrilled to have her as she brings an enthusiasm for arts administration and a creative thinking about public programs, residencies and funding models that will be a true asset to the organization. She’s beginning her tenure by bringing with her a design for a Chicago Community Supported Art program based on Minneapolis’s Springboard for the Arts CSA that has proven a great success.
In the summer we will join forces again with Harold Arts for the Survival Session, this year a three-week think tank: Food/Shelter/Love with special weekend symposiums of talks, screenings, performances, tours, dinners and more. 9 featured residents will do research and complete new work around themes of the session, culminating in an exhibition in fall 2010 at Cleveland Institute of the Arts Reinberger Galleries.
And finally in October we will play host to the first of a biannual conference on grass-roots arts administration, co-chaired with Elizabeth Chodos of OxBow and Bryce Dwyer of InCUBATE. First confirmed key-note speaker: A.A. Bronson.
In January I’m looking forward to leading a session at OxBow on Utopias with artist Michael Milano. I’ll be sure not to create any related tumblr or blog sites associated with the session, given my lax attitude towards this one! Speaking of which, students of my class, Critical Issues in Fiber and Material Studies post to this blog, The New Material.
This summer I am fortunate to visit four residency programs as a guest: DFLUX (Detroit, MI), Harold (OH), Mildred’s Lane (PA) and Ox-Bow (MI). Each of these programs is either the brainchild of a friend or a project a friend is involved in as an administrator.
For me, a visit to these places is research in-and-of-itself as I think about how arts and culture and resources for artists, particularly the residency, are being administrated in new ways - especially on a small scale, in terms of both budget and intimacy. As I spend some time at each of these places I plan to post here about those projects as well create podcasts with their founders, administrators and participants that will be housed at Bad At Sports.
The first residency I spent some time at is Jon Brumit and Sarah Wagner's DFLUX in Hamtramck Heights / Banglatown, Detroit. It was a brief stop on my way to Ohio, but a fantastic couple of days talking to Sarah and Jon about their plans, their neighborhood and what they had discovered about Detroit.
Sarah and Jon started DFLUX in the home they famously purchased in Hamtramck Heights for $100.00 last year (2009). The house needed gutting, and is still a work in progress, but allowed them an opportunity for home ownership and opened up the idea of creating a studio and research residency that would encourage artists, writers and scholars to visit Detroit and the diverse community they now call home.
This summer was their first batch of residents: a group of artists called Finishing School (Los Angeles, CA), artist Christine Tarkowski (Chicago, IL), landscape architect Aicha Mendez (Chicago, IL), writer Sarah Cox (New York, NY), composer and musician Wayne Grim (Oakland, CA), architect Helene Renard (Blacksburg, VA) and arts administration scholar Abigail Satinsky (Chicago, IL). Following this summer, Sarah and Jon will be creating a publication with contributions from each of their residents.
Tomorrow they’ll take me on a walking tour of the neighborhood for the podcast, including a drop-in at Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope’s Powerhouse (just around the corner). Stay tuned for a link to that conversation and further posts on the small-scale or modest arts organizations - including residencies and micro-funding projects - that are re-emerging as viable (and valuable) mainstays to the visual arts ecology.
Group dinner: chicken and pierogies made in giant skillet on propane stove. Fantastic!
Theaster Gates performing at Gestures of Resistance at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, June 18th, 2010.