Friday, July 11, 2014

Public art • Landmark "home" • DOEprojekts in "Avian Spirits" Exhibition at Brushwood Center


Landmark "home"
"Avian Spirits" group exhibition opens on Sunday, July 13, 1 to 3 pm at the Brushwood Center, Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods. The public is invited. More info may be found at www.BrushwoodCenter.org
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Research and installation of "home"
DOEprojekts installed a 51 foot temporary landmark titled "home" with the help of artist Richard Laurent and curator Franck Mercurio. The landmark incorporates the cultural keyword "home," one of over 100 cultural keywords cited by social scientists as having qualities of "significance but difficulty" in both public discourse and a broad spectrum of academic disciplines.

In relationship to "Avian Spirits," the keyword "home" is a playful "visual cue" for avian friends, such as homing pigeons, who find their way back to their origin through the use of visual landmarks, as well as smell/odors, the earth's magnetic field and the sun's azimuth (see below).




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Group Exhibition
"Avian Spirits" will continue at Brushwood Center, Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, until August 31.
Artists in the exhibition curated by Franck Mercurio: Annette Barbier, Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap, Cosmo Campoli, Helen Maurene Cooper, Molly Cranch, DOEprojekts (Deborah and Glenn Doering), Julia Kemerer, Barbara Koenen, Julie Meridian, Steph Roberts, Dan Streeting, Marlene McCauley. More info may be found at www.BrushwoodCenter.org



Opening of Avian Spirits
"Avian Spirits" opened on Sunday, July 13, 2014. 
"Landmark home" treats were inscribed in cinnamon with the help of the new "Cinnibird" writing utensil. For more information about "Cinnibird," go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cinnibird-the-pen-that-uses-ground-material--3
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Public Art • DOEprojekts Participates in NYC


























As part of our ongoing research and commitment to public and socially-engaged art, DOEprojekts (Deborah Adams Doering and Glenn N. Doering), participated in a number of programs that have been conceptualized, designed, and supervised by a variety of international artists.



Creative Time and Kara Walker at the Domino Sugar Factory

Creative Time, NYC, commissioned artist Kara E. Walker to create a large installation at the soon-to-be demolished Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY. 

As two of approximately 40 volunteer "Wayfinders," we assisted public visitors in a variety of ways, providing information and/or a "listening ear" about Kara Walker's installation. We also helped protect and preserve the individual sculptural works.


Above: Kara E. Walker speaks about her work.

More about the installation may be found here: http://creativetime.org/projects/karawalker/
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Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA)


The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA) invited artist Shantell Martin to create an installation incorporating her fluid signature mark-making imagery on each and every wall of their gallery space. We visited MoCADA, located in Brooklyn, several times. On our last visit, we were fortunate to meet Shantell, and also Isissa Komada-John, Exhibitions Director. We participated in MoCADA's "Drawing on People" event. 

Information about MoCADA and Shantell Martin may be found here: http://mocada.org/are-you-you/
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Museum of Modern Art, NYC (MoMA)

The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, hosted a number of different opportunities for artist participation in relationship to the retrospective of Sigmar Polke (Born in Poland / Died in Germany, 1941 - 2010) and the transformative work created by artist Lygia Clark (Born and died in Brazil, 1920 - 1988).















We attended a number of different participatory workshops led by various international artists including: Carlito Calvarhosa, Michel Groisman, Ricardo Basbaum, and Jeanine Oleson. We thank these artists for the opportunity to learn and contribute in MoMA's educational studios and sculpture gardens. We trust that our experiences will enhance the upcoming public and social-engaged work of DOEprojekts.





More info about MoMA's participatory workshops may be found on their website:  http://www.moma.org
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Open Engagement Conference, Queens, NY

Deborah Doering attended the Open Engagement Conference in Queens, NY, May 16-18, 2014. The theme of the conference was Life/Work.  Over 800 artists attended and participated in a variety of workshops and programs. The keynote speaker on the last evening of the conference was Mierle Laderman Ukeles, artist-in-residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation for over 40 years. More information about Open Engagement may be found at :  http://openengagement.info/home/




Sunday, May 25, 2014

Faces in "Place Setting" • Chicago Sculpture International Biennial 2014 • DOEprojekts


























On Memorial Day Weekend, when we remember veterans and those who still serve in various capacities in the military, as well as those who serve in peacekeeping positions, DOEprojekts visited the Elks Memorial. 

We spoke with many visitors. We photographed participants in "Place Setting." 

We thank our participants for taking the time to reflect on the exhibition at the memorial, and we look forward to continuing to speak with future visitors and participants.

"Place Setting," by DOEprojekts, is one of 22 works chosen as part of the Chicago Sculpture International Biennial 2014, curated by Lucas Cowan. The exhibition is installed at the Elks Veterans National Memorial, 2750 N. Lakeview Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA.

The memorial is open from noon to 4pm, Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday. The exhibition runs from May 17 to October 26, 2014. 

The public is cordially invited to visit the exhibition, which includes artworks by 22 artists who identify sculpture as one of their mediums. 

The exhibit is reviewed on Hyperallergic  by artist and writer Philip A. Hartigan,

For more information, please email DOEprojekts@gmail.com or info@chicagosculptors.com.

Monday, May 19, 2014

"Place Setting" • Chicago Sculpture International Biennial 2014 • DOEprojekts








































The Chicago Sculpture International Biennial 2014, curated by Lucas Cowan, is installed at the Elks Veterans National Memorial, 2750 N. Lakeview Avenue, Chicago. The memorial is open from noon to 4pm, Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.

The public is cordially invited to visit the exhibition, which includes artworks by 22 artists who identify sculpture as one of their mediums. 

The exhibit is reviewed on Hyperallergic  by artist and writer Philip A. Hartigan,


The exhibition runs from May 17 to October 26, 2014. For more information, please email DOEprojekts@gmail.com or info@chicagosculptors.com.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

"Place Setting" Participatory Installation Selected for Chicago Sculpture International Biennial 2014

Shadows of absent Elks' medals and ribbons are printed on the tablecloth and dinner plates in DOEprojekts' participatory installation titled "Place Setting."

We consider questions such as "In spaces such as the Elk's National Veterans Memorial, how is culture 'fed' -- to our generation and future generations?." and "How are we nourished by such patterns?" Viewers are free to participate in the installation by sitting in the dining room chair.

As collaborative artists, we are drawn to these shadowy shapes because, not only do they reference the act of memorializing itself, but also they have a formal relationship to the Coreforms we use as a point of departure. Coreforms  include, but are not limited to, zero (circle), one (vertical line), tilde (swash), hyphen, (horizontal line) and period (point). Keywords considered are: Country, Experience, Freedom, Government, Heritage, History, Ideology, Memory, Narrative, Person, Resistance, Time.

"Invoking the Absence: Chicago Sculpture International Biennial 2014," curated by Lucas Cowan, is installed at the Elks Veterans National Memorial, 2750 N. Lakeview Avenue, Chicago. The public is cordially invited to the exhibition opening, which will include artworks by 22 artists who identify sculpture as one of their mediums. 

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 5 to 8pm. The exhibition runs from May 17 to October 26, 2014. For more information, please email info@chicagosculptors.com.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BACKBONE at CENTRAL BOOKING Gallery, NYC

DOEprojekts performed "Backbone" at CENTRAL BOOKING Gallery, NYC, USA on April 17 and 19, 2014. We thank all our willing participants. Questions and comments on the photos may be sent to DOEprojekts@gmail.com. We look forward to offering the Backbone experience in many other locations.