Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Summer 2019: Bauhaus and Backbone and Bears, Oh My!

We, Glenn and Deborah Doering, DOEprojekts, were very pleased to have been invited (again) to teach at the Grünewald Guild, near Leavenworth, WA, this summer. Our one-week class focused on the centennial of the German art school known as the Bauhaus (1919 - 1933).  In the early 20th century, the Bauhaus was a radical art & design school that evolved from a philosophy centering on the integration of fine art and craft. Bauhaus students were required to take a year-long "preliminary course" that introduced them to, and required them to experiment with, various art forms and materials: modern shapes and colors applied to furniture design, weaving, pottery, printmaking, photography, and many other types of creative expression -- not unlike the Grünewald Guild!
In the spirit of the Bauhaus' innovative objects, installations, and performances, we brought our unique "Backbone" art work (inspired by many art historical works) to the Guild and encouraged everyone to interact with this 4-pound beaded-mantel made of cow bone and fish vertebrae. "Backbone" is a participatory art work that has been shown at several galleries and community art centers in the US and abroad. (Below: DOEprojekts' photos of "Backbone" and The Bauhaus Archive's photos of costumes & performances.) 

In addition to showing "Backbone" as part of the Bauhaus class at the Guild, we submitted it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's online 150th Anniversary Celebration Contest. Although we did not make it to the final round, we finished in one of the top-ten spots -- from over 400 entries. We appreciate the support of all of our friends, family, colleagues, and contacts in affirming our work!
Before teaching at the Guild this summer, we taught two-weeks of workshops titled "Socially-Engaged Storytelling and Symbols" at Holden Village. We were continuously amazed and humbled by the stories and symbols created by our workshop participants; below are just a few photos of the many visual stories created during our workshops at the remote and picturesque former copper-mining town at the tip of Lake Chelan in Washington State.

Our weeks at Holden Village were not only eventful because of the great work of our students, but also because we got and up-close-and-personal look at a momma bear and her cub outside of our window early one morning! The nearness of nature at Holden is always awe-inspiring to us.  

We are now back in New York City, preparing to teach and tutor high school students at the Beekman School during the fall semester. We have also begun another "Bauhaus and Beyond" series of workshops at the Lenox Hill Community Center in Midtown Manhattan. And of course, we continue to plan and create our DOEprojekts' art works.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Growing Things, Going Places

After a spate of cold weather and many days of rain during NYC's late Spring, we are now enjoying sunny skies and more stable temperatures -- so it's a pleasure to see the greenery and pastel colors of blooming things inside and out. Being frequently "out and about," DOEprojekts has visited (and participated in the public art of) seasonal art fairs including: the Armory Show (March 6-10), Frieze Art Fair, (May 2-5) and the Every Woman Biennial (May 20-29).     

At the NYC Armory Show, we were struck by a very large tapestry work titled "The Weather," (above right) by Canadian artist Shannon Bool. More than 10 feet long and 8 feet high, the wool tapestry is embellished by the artist's signature embroidered patterns. Bool's juxtaposition of grided clover quadrifoils with leafless trees asks viewers to consider what can we do to repair devastated landscapes on our distressed planet? The photographic image with the same quadrifoil pattern on the left is titled "Tsunami." Bool's repetitive forms speak to our own Coreforms.

Surprisingly, both the Armory Show and the Every Woman Biennial (EWB) offered opportunities for visitors to recline and reflect on issues such as climate change and art -- and so we did! Glenn takes a break on a large mattress work at the Armory Show (unfortunately, we didn't write down the artist's name, but we appreciated the visual and audio nature of the work). At the EWB, Deborah meditated under the large steel pyramid shape, following the artist's instructions (Angel Favorite is the artist) to meditate for at least 10 minutes.  We remembered our own work titled "Rest" that was exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2009 (shortly before Glenn and Deborah began working together as DOEprojekts).

We took great pleasure in seeing the "Cultivate, Germinate" art booth at Frieze Fair on Randall's Island. Linda Goode Bryant was present to discuss her work about growing community gardens in various boroughs of Manhattan connected through her "Project EATS." For more info about Bryant and Project EATS see the article in ART News

DOEprojekts continues to explore work about and in Nature.  Our "Seasons" series, 2018-2019 (above), using our Coreforms, influenced our participation at Frieze Fair in a project conceptualized by artist Ray Johnson (1927-1995).  Find out more about Ray Johnson and his New York Correspondence School.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Seeding, Seeing

"Seeding" means to plant seeds, and of course "seeing" means perception by means of our eyes. Our creative work in 2019 pursues and embraces both seeding and seeing.
We, Deborah and Glenn Doering, co-directors of DOEprojekts, participated in Sergey Jivetin's "Furrow Project," part of a performance at the SciArt Center and their Future of Food exhibition. The exhibition, curated by Marnie Benney, will continue until March 2, 2019. There is a curator's talk scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 1pm.

Sergey engraved a DOEprojekts' "Hybr" form on a cherry seed. It was amazing and inspiring to watch his skill with his uniquely hand-crafted tools. To see more of Sergey Jivetin's work, view his website at http://www.jivetin.com/.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that DOEprojekts has received a 2019 Creative Learning Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for our class titled "Bauhaus and Beyond." We will teach the 12-weeks class September- December at the Lenox Hill Community Center in Midtown Manhattan. Below is a sketch using our Coreforms on rock forms that will be part of a technique that we will teach in the class. If you are not available to attend "Bauhaus and Beyond" in Manhattan, please consider our "Rock-Paper-Scissors" class this summer at the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, WA, July 14-18, 2019. And we will also be teaching our "Socially-engaging Stories and Symbols" workshop at Holden Village near Chelan, WA from July 1 -13, 2019.

As always, we thank all of you who have supported our journey to date. Let us know if you will be in the Manhattan area this summer — we will be working and traveling in the Pacific Northwest for part of the summer, but there is always time to meet with friends!
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

DOEprojekts' TAOS • Prep for 2019

What is a TAOS? -- it's a "Tiny Apartment Open Studio!" 

We, Deborah and Glenn, DOEprojekts art collaboration, exhibited in our 280 square foot (26 square meter) live/work space to friends and artist colleagues in the early weeks of December 2018. 

We displayed projects that we have created or re-created during the past 2-1/2 years living in our "tiny apartment" in Midtown Manhattan.  A short video "walk through" of our TAOS can be seen on our DOEprojekts' Facebook Page.

We continued our form-explorations in urban-nature by creating Coreforms in white rocks and autumnal leaves in the courtyard attached to the c. 1880s apartment building in which our tiny apartment resides. The courtyard can be seen by standing on the fire escape of the back of the building OR, by visiting "Extraordinary" gift shop on the first floor of 247 E. 57th Street, NYC.

In the past few months, we have continued to explore various printmaking techniques, especially in relationship to our upcoming workshops titled "Bauhaus and Beyond." The Bauhaus' (1919-1933, Germany) teachers and students worked toward a universal language of form, a process that interests both of us as we continue to work and develop our Coreforms, which we consider a 21st century universal language. The Bauhaus became synonymous with a certain modern style -- minimalist, geometric, abstract -- but those associations do not tell the whole story. If you are interested in learning more, please email us about our workshops!

We were delighted to make the acquaintance of master printmaker Pepe Coronado, who directs Coronado Print Studio in East Harlem. Read more about the studio and their artists on their website. We look forward to seeing more of Pepe, his work, and his studio exhibitions in 2019.

Thank you to all of you who have supported our work in 2018! We wish you a creative and prosperous New Year and look forward to keeping in contact in 2019!
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Upside Downside Outside Inside (Human) Nature

"Nature" is a cultural keyword. Nature births us and supports our outer and inner lives. What will humans become if we ignore, debase, and destroy Nature? 

In the effort to support and not sully the environment, DOEprojekts maintains contact with, and teaches at, intentional artist communities that work diligently to care for their natural surroundings (Grunewald Guild, Holden Village). Articles such as "Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change" cause us to abruptly pause and consider carefully how our daily actions, long-term choices, and art-making, support or neglect our natural environment.

During our increasingly hot summer months, we have used more recycled and "found" materials in our art-making. If recycling is not an option for a specific project, we have created unique objects that can be "staged" over and over again, in various natural settings -- like the 3D-printed "Hybr Square" shown in the photo above. 

Our "Hybr" form is meant to be an object of positive change, of hope, of transformation, and of community. This summer, we have participated in community art-making activities outdoors, such as Studio Museum Harlem's workshop on Maren Hassinger in Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan, part of Open Engagement, hosted by the Queens Museum. 

We have been using recycled and found objects in preparing for an upcoming educational series titled "Bauhaus and Beyond." As we research and experiment during our preliminary phase, we are continually reminded about the ingenuity and material-resourcefulness of the teachers and students of the Bauhaus (Germany, 1919-1933).

After WWI, Germany was economically and environmentally devastated, and yet that was the milieu in which the architect Walter Gropius, and teachers such as Paul Klee and Johannes Itten, began a new type of school, one where students studied how nature, design/art, and community could rebuild a war-torn landscape.

The Bauhaus was closed by the Nazis in 1933, and now 100 years later, is remembered mainly for its modern design aesthetic. Our "Bauhaus and Beyond" workshop series will emphasize the radical community and collaborative spirit that revitalized art and design in Germany at that time. We will explore Coreforms and Keywords, especially Nature, related to the Bauhaus and how its ideas continue to influence our environment today.

One last "environmental" note:  we were very happy to participate in the 125th Anniversary celebration of the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), a Block Party that emphasized community art-making. The Modern Wing of the AIC is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified (silver level). How appropriate that art institutions like the AIC become leaders in creating buildings that support and not sully Nature.

DOEprojekts is planning a number of nature-sensitive art-making workshops in 2019, on both the east and west coasts of the US. If you would like to participate in, or host, an upcoming workshop, please email DOEprojekts@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Marching in May — Night and Day

Deborah and Glenn Doering, co-directors of DOEprojekts recently participated in the "Unite in Light" twilight march across the Brooklyn Bridge, NYC, in late April 2018. The event was organized by a group of fellow socially-engaged artists, including Todd Drake and Wayne Moseley, and also peace activists with roots in Quakerism. Blinking LED signs, each stressing love, truth, peace, kindness and hope, were held high as they flashed and shone brightly. Other marchers sewed LED-illuminated messages on their clothing. 

The two-mile march was peaceful and peace-filled; even the police escort was amicable. Passers-by who encountered our march often smiled, clapped, shouted encouragement or even cheered. When we reached the Brooklyn Bridge, many tourists (and New Yorkers as well) asked to take selfies with the lighted signs and the marchers. The "Unite in Light" march concluded at the New York City Hall park grounds. 

Frieze Art Fair, May 4 - 6, provided another opportunity to march. "Suffragette City," a performance art work by activist-artist Lara Schnitger, called for participants to carry bells, banners, and other three-dimensional handmade art, in a procession through the fair, and also on the Randall Island, NYC, fairgrounds. 

Lara marched as well and periodically led marchers in chants such as "A Dress is Not a Yes" and "Don't Let the Boys Win." The performance work aimed to call attention to women's rights, feminist issues, and the #MeToo movement. 

After the performance, we were able to talk with Lara -- and take a photo -- before continuing to view the other works at Frieze. Several other artists, like Lara Schnitger, addressed social activism in their work -- and others provided opportunities for humorous interaction.

We are always inspired by the contemporary art and artists at Frieze Art Fair. Not long after our participation there, we "marched" ourselves to Roosevelt Island and began experimenting with our Coreforms integrated in the beautiful Asian Kwansan Cherry Tree branches that wave in the wind towards Manhattan, on the promenade of the East River. We feel this effort points us toward a new iteration of the DOEprojekts' LANDMARK series. 

We plan to update our Land and Environmental Art catalog -- please let us know if you would like to order a copy by emailing us at DOEprojekts@gmail.com.   

As always, we thank all of you who have supported our journey to date. Let us know if you will be in the Manhattan area this summer — we will be working and traveling for part of the summer, but there is always time to meet with friends!
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

"Symbols and Storytelling" Grant Award, Part 2

Deborah and Glenn Doering, co-directors of DOEprojekts, have completed 10 of 20 workshops supported by their 2018 teaching grant by SU-CASA, one of the funding divisions of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). (Above: Collage work-in-progress by participating artist Amy Geller).

The grant funds 20 weeks of 2-hour workshops titled "Symbols and Storytelling." In the workshops we use our Coreforms and Keywords as points-of-departure and invitations-to-interact in order to explore participants' personal connections to contemporary cultural concepts.

In the "keyword" segment of the workshops, we read texts by Modern and Contemporary theorists and artists. We have examined essays on keywords such as Identity, Body, Youth/Age, Celebrity, Disability, Copy, Aesthetic, and Art. We also view and discuss contemporary works in museum exhibitions that use iconic symbols and forms. (Above: "Celebrate 40,000 Years of American Art," 1995, collagraph, by Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, photo by D. Doering at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC).

We look forward to the upcoming exhibition/project that will be the culmination of our workshops. 

We are pleased that our work is included in the Fossil Tales group exhibition at CENTRAL BOOKING Art Space in Lower Manhattan, curated by artist/director Maddy Rosenberg. (Above: "The Fossil Record is an Open Book, 1/0 and 0/-" installation.) CENTRAL BOOKING is now on Artsy.net and our work may be found and purchased through CENTRAL BOOKING's gallery portal.

In addition, a catalog of our DOEprojekts' "LANDMARKS" Land and Environmental Art has been published. If you would like a copy of "LANDMARKS, please email us at DOEprojekts@gmail.com.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

"Symbols and Storytelling" Grant Award in 2018, Part 1

Deborah and Glenn Doering, co-directors of DOEprojekts, are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a 2018 teaching grant by SU-CASA, one of the funding divisions of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC).

The grant will fund 20 weeks of 2-hour workshops titled "Symbols and Storytelling." In the workshops we will use our Coreforms and Keywords as points-of-departure and invitations-to-interact in order to explore participant's personal connections to contemporary cultural concepts.

LMCC has assigned us to the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (lenoxhill.org) organization. We will be working with participants at the Saint Peters Church location in Midtown East. We are extremely excited to be a part of the socially-engaged missions of SU-CASA, LMCC and Lenox Hill! Our "Symbols and Storytelling" workshops will draw upon many global systems of symbol-making, dating back to the Stone Age and progressing through our contemporary symbols.

A Review of 2017
DOEprojekts had a very full year of artistic activity and social engagement in 2017:
• Artistically supported and participated in the 2017 Women's March in NYC
• "Migrations" solo exhibition at the Sheen Center, NoHo, NYC
• Teaching residency at the Grunewald Guild, Plain, WA 
• Teaching residency at Holden Village, Lake Chelan, WA 
• "HOME(less)" at Hebrew Union College Museum, NYC (on display until June 2018) 
CENTRAL BOOKING, group exhibition, December 2017
• Initiated "Manhattan Micro-Apartment Artist Residency" for two practicing artists, Professor Ying Kit Chan (Univ of Louisville) and Australian painter Tyrone Layne.
Beekman School art teaching (Deborah) and YourBusinessAssistantPlus.com (Glenn)

Goals for 2018
• Support creative communities such as Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. These communities are often located in houses of worship, such as Saint Peters Church and the Metro Baptist Church
• Continue to develop "space resources" for artists and others who benefit from creative space 
• Work with new forms and build upon our Coreforms and Keywords, with an emphasis on interrogating growing economic inequalities between people and communities in the USA   

We thank all of you who have supported our journey to date and we wish you a healthy and happy 2018. Keep in touch! Let us know if you will be in the Manhattan area in 2018.
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