Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BACKBONE & THE BEAST



















THE BEAST
John Preus' THE BEAST was created as a space for cultural inquiry, public dialogue and creative production within the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC). 

Preus transformed the HPAC's main gallery's interior with a complex architectural framework inspired by the form of a dead steer -- a signifier of sacrifice, violence, atonement, and other rich and complex cultural interactions. He fabricated the structure from discarded wood and furniture from recently closed Chicago Public Schools. More information may be found at http://johnpreus.com

Preus and the HPAC invited community groups and art collaborations were invited to participate in THE BEAST -- including DOEprojekts.


BACKBONE
People of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities participated in the art action BACKBONE as part of John Preus' THE BEAST.

Backbone is a custom "mantle" made of African fish vertebrae, Asian bovine bone, and US stainless steel. Participants are invited to put on BACKBONE with the help of DOEprojekts (Deborah Adams Doering + Glenn N. Doering), creators of the BACKBONE mantle. Selected photos are posted at www.DOEprojekts.com and www.DOEprojekts.org.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Landmark Series — "home" in the Pacific Northwest



Landmark "home" in Plain, Washington
DOEprojekts (Deborah Adams Doering + Glenn N. Doering) continues their Landmark Series "home" in the Pacific Northwest -- specifically, Plain, Washington -- at the foot of the Cascade Mountains.

The town of Plain is home to the Grünewald Guild, a community of artists and artisans. Snowcapped peaks, rushing waters and golden meadows inspire and create an environment in which ALL people are welcome to artistically learn and grow. Exploring the relationship between art and faith often undergirds Guild artists.

DOEprojekts thanks the MANY people who helped install Landmark "home." Special thanks goes to Carey Adams Harsin (pinecone gathering), Sarah Jane Gray (assisting with photography and video), Dan and Lois Oberg (Guild leadership) and Doug McLeod (art sherpa).

Our Landmark Series incorporates cultural keywords such as "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.







Landmark "home" installation
The 51 foot stencil took 3 days to draw and cut. The stencil was first used in Riverwoods, IL, as part of the exhibition Avian Spirits. The "home" stencil was then shipped to Plain, WA. Installation of Landmark "home" took 3 days, including the collection of over 1000 pine cones found in the local environment. The installation is temporary and will cause no harm to the environment.
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Environmental factors
DOEprojekts' installation of Landmark "home" was influenced by the beauty, but also vulnerability, of the Plain Valley, often under a  Level  1 or Level 2 evacuation alert due to local forest fires. 




Saturday, July 26, 2014

Video Mapping Workshop with Luftwerk














Exploring Video Mapping
DOEprojekts (Deborah Adams Doering + Glenn N. Doering) were pleased to participate in a video mapping workshop with several other artists hosted by Luftwerk (Petra Bachmeier + Sean Gallero) and led by teaching artist Liviu Pasare. 

The new media workshop was offered as a perk for supporting Luftwerk's upcoming installation at The Farnsworth House in Plano, IL from October 17-20, 2014. More information about the new media installation may be obtained by contacting Luftwerk at  http://www.luftwerk.net/contact.html

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/