Monday, February 27, 2017

"Migrations" opens at Sheen Center, NYC

DOEprojekts (Deborah Adams Doering & Glenn N. Doering) opened their newest installation titled Migrations, on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the Sheen Center Gallery, 18 Bleecker Street, NYC. The exhibition continues through Sunday April 9, 2017. The installation explores, interprets, and interrogates the timely cultural keyword "migrations" through the use of the Doerings' visual Coreforms (more about Coreforms may be found here.) The installation offers visitors opportunities to create their own coreform-related "Migration Rubbings" from unique hand cut stencils hanging on the gallery walls.

The Migrations exhibition features several recent print works, including the 130" x 60" Global Waving series. Essayist Allison C. Meier writes "... DOEprojekts' Global Waving warps flag iconography into migratory forms. Using the coreforms as these primal symbols, and turning each flag into an elongated triangle, DOEprojekts involves its audience in building new identities from the fragments. Recognizable icons of national identity are suddenly displaced, rearranged, and reconsidered. Instead of geopolitical meaning, the flags become unstuck from their time and place."

In another part of the installation, the "Migrations Maps" are designed by DOEprojekts and stitched by members of the Rwandan women's art/craft collectives called Savane Kabuye and Savane Kigali. These collectives include women from both sides of the bloody 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis. Educator Juliana Meehan's Pax Rwanda exhibition inspired and connected DOEprojekts to the women's collectives in early 2016. The five "Migrations Maps" were begun in April 2016 and finished just before the beginning of 2017. We are grateful to Pax Rwanda/Juliana Meehan and also the extraordinary women of Savane Kabuye & Kigali, who express in real life, one of the most basic conceptual ideas linked to the Coreforms -- that "opposites" (or those who find themselves on opposite sides of a division) are, in fact, not opposite at all, they can be seen as united, when one changes one's perspective.

The movement/migration of the Coreforms are seen in several other works in the Migrations installation, including the "Migrations Stencils" and "Hot Button" prints. As Meier writes "The 'Hot Buttons' hand-cut stencil and print works visualize the various ways a person can be defined when passing between oscillating borders; expatriate; immigrant; refugee; evacuee; displaced person; alien. Another reads: pilgrim; colonist; pioneer. And yet another reads: artist; agitator; activist. While all these words are familiar, and likely evoke some image in the imagination, seeing them linked together asks for a reevaluation of which we consider synonyms, and which secluded states of being. And turning the words into objects reduces some of that labeling power."

DOEprojekts is very pleased to reduce "labeling power" in our current cultural era.

If you have any questions about our exhibition or would like to reserve your space at one of our participatory events, please contact us at DOEprojekts@gmail.com.
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Monday, January 9, 2017

New Year Celebrations, New Exhibition Preparations — "Migrations"


DOEprojekts (Deborah Adams Doering and Glenn N. Doering) are creating monoprints using environmentally sensitive Akua Inks in preparation for their upcoming exhibition titled "Migrations," opening on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the Sheen Center Gallery, 18 Bleecker Street, NYC. The exhibition continues until Sunday April 9, 2017.

The prints, which combine DOEprojekts' Coreforms with symbolic references to national flags, will form a movable work called "Global Waving." 

Doerings were mentored and assisted by Akua Inks inventor and master printmaker, Susan Rostow, in her Brooklyn workshop and studio.

In addition to the "Global Waving" series of prints, the "Migrations" exhibition will feature "Migration Maps" that have been exquisitely embroidered by a group of Rwandan craftswomen based on DOEprojekts' coreforms. (Read more at PaxRwanda).  

There will be opportunities for visitors to create their own visual responses and learn more about the cultural keyword "Migrations" during the exhibition.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Creative Capital Professional Development Presentation — Artist, Agitator, Activist "Hot Buttons"

DOEprojekts (Deborah Adams Doering and Glenn N. Doering) were pleased to present work related to their upcoming "Migrations" exhibition at the Creative Capital Professional Development Seminar, led by artist/entrepreneur/author Jackie Battenfield on November 7, 2016. 

CCPD artists and participants brainstormed with DOEprojekts/Doerings on promoting the "Migrations" exhibition, gave positive feedback on the "Migrations" preliminary images, and also suggested additional venues for the exhibition, which will open initially on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street, NYC. 


DOEprojekts continues to work with the women of Savane Kigali and Pax Rwanda on "Migrations Maps." The exquisitely embroidered maps showcase continents with no borders -- the maps focus on "Coreforms" -- zero, one, hyphen, tilde and period (aka circles, vertical lines, horizontal lines and points). (See http://doeprojekts.org/coreforms-and-keywords-thoughts-on-invitations-to-interact/). Visual metaphors for these works include freedom to move across borders through digital technologies, through education, through imagination, or through physical mobility. 







Writer Allison C. Meier explains in her essay about "Migrations":
"The Migration embroidered maps are stitched by members of Savane Kigali, a Rwandan women's collective. There is the migration of their hands over each flowing stitch, and a sense of time, as each map can take months to finish. Then there is the journey of the map back to the United States, where it started as an idea before it was made into an artifact. Furthermore, as the collective in Africa includes women from both the Hutu and Tutsi tribes, which had a bloody genocide, there is yet another level of connection evoked in the work, even if it's not visible to the eye.
"The 'Hot Buttons,' DOEprojekt's hand-cut stencil and print works, visualize the various ways a person can be defined when passing between these oscillating borders: expatriate; immigrant; refugee; evacuee; displaced person; alien. Another reads: pilgrim; colonist; pioneer; or artist; agitator; activist.
"While all these words are familiar, and likely evoke some image in the imagination, seeing them linked together asks for a reevaluation of which we consider synonyms, which as secluded states of being. And turning the words into objects reduces some of that labeling power. As does the participatory element of them, involved in past DOEprojekts exhibitions, where anyone can take wax crayon rubbings of these words, and carry them away into another movement." (from Allison C. Meier's essay)

DOEprojekts will lead a number of "Coreforms and Keywords" art-making workshops and participatory events as part of the 7-week exhibition. If you would like to participate in an upcoming 2017 art-making workshop, or have a group who would benefit from one of our workshops, please email DOEprojekts@gmail.com.



In addition to preparing for "Migrations," DOEprojekts has been invited to participate in a group show titled "Protect your Rights" at ShuaSpace at 340 Summit Avenue in Jersey City, NJ. A mono-block print of "Artist • Agitator • Activist" will be part of the exhibition.
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Historicize the Contemporary Moment — Center for Migration Studies Symposium 2016


DOEprojekts (co-direced by Deborah Adams Doering and Glenn N. Doering) participated in the Center for Migration Studies' (www.cmsny.org) "Rethinking Immigration and Integration Policies from a Global Perspective" Symposium in New York City, on October 26, 2016

The CMS symposium's panelists — lawyers, academics, and policy makers — gave data-driven presentations that will inform our work for our upcoming "Migrations" installation/exhibition/workshops at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, NYC, beginning in February 2017

Presentations that are especially noteworthy for our upcoming "Migrations" exhibition include Economist Sonia Plaza's "Migration and Development and Regional Communities and Processes" and Professor Fei Guo's "Immigration and Fertility Rates" -- photos from these presentations follow:




All the symposium presenters, the majority of whom have devoted their professional lives to studying migration-related issues, emphasized the immense complexity of contemporary global migrations, including the "Refugee Crisis" (which was not called a crisis until a very large number of refugees entered Western countries). Also worthy of note is that migrants who are Muslims represent 4% to 7% of total immigrants/refugees in any given year, one of the smaller percentages of overall migrant groups. 


If one's interest concerns "Undocumented Immigrants," CMS's website allows any person to explore and investigate data related to "Unauthorized Population" and "Eligible-to-Naturalize" persons in their area. Go to http://cmsny.org/cms-research/democratizingdata/pumadatatool/.



We have all seen the human interest stories about immigrants and refugees that tear at our hearts — and certainly these stories have their purpose in our US and international "media machine," but at the CMS symposium, it was refreshing to take a close look at the numbers and polices that are behind the larger migration issues that we face in our contemporary moment. 

DOEprojekts' "Migrations" exhibition/installation/workshops will offer a space for aesthetic exploration, media experimentation, and community dialog around the cultural keyword "Migrations." Please mark your calendar for our opening on Thursday, February 23, 5:30 pm at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street, NYC. 

In addition, DOEprojekts will lead a number of "Coreforms and Keywords" art-making workshops and participatory events as part of the 7-week exhibition. If you would like to participate in an upcoming 2017 art-making workshop, or have a group who would benefit from one of our workshops, please email DOEprojekts@gmail.com.
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Monday, October 10, 2016

On the Move


DOEprojekts (Deborah Adams Doering and Glenn N. Doering) have been Artists in Residence at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture since July 1, 2016. We continue to prepare for our upcoming "Migrations" Exhibition and installation, opening February 23, 2017. We plan to feature several tapestries and embroideries that are a collaboration between DOEprojekts and Hutu and Tutsi art and crafts women from Rwanda.

We thank the Sheen Center staff for their support this summer, and their ongoing support as we continue to create work for the exhibition/installation. We continue to apply for grants. The photos above and below are created in a photo editing program -- they show proposed layout and possible objects for exhibition. 



The " Migrations" exhibition will offer workshops. Participants will explore their personal connections to the concept of migration through the use of "prompts" that range from specific to general. All are welcome to participate in the workshops -- if you are interested in participating, please contact Deborah or Glenn at DOEprojekts@gmail.com

We are pleased to be included in the Grünewald Guild's upcoming traveling juried group exhibition "Wonder, Discover, Begin," curated by Sarah Jane, MFA, Guild Art Coordinator. Our mini-installation titled "There's the Rub," will allow for similar participation as in our "Migration" installation -- and since the exhibition will "migrate" throughout the US and Canada, we are amazed at the timing and serendipity! 

We are preparing for an artist residency at Holden Village, an ecumenical retreat center in Chelan, Washington, in July 2017. Artists/Directors Peg and Chuck Hoffman have asked us to create a community work, and we have begun experimenting with designs using Coreforms and Keywords and also themes related to Holden Village's rich history as a place of care for our environment.

We look forward to serving our global community with creativity and dedication to the "common good." Please keep in touch! DOEprojekts@gmail.com
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sheen Center Artist Residency and Risograph Printmaking at the Queens Museum

On Friday, July 1, 2016, DOEprojekts (Deborah Adams Doering and Glenn N. Doering) began working as "Artists in Residence" at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in the NoHo neighborhood of New York City.
Goals for the DOEprojekts' residency include preparing works for their 2017 solo exhibition in the Sheen Center Gallery at 18 Bleecker Street (entrance on Elizabeth Street). The exhibition is titled "Migrations" and will feature works that explore Coreforms and Keywords related to movements that occur when migrating peoples and cultures connect and/or collide. 
On July 9 and 10, Deborah and Glenn participated in the risograph printmaking workshop at the Queens Museum. The workshop allowed participants to learn more about risograph printmaking and also about the unique print-on-demand Queens International 2016 Catalog that allowed for post-opening contributions by a variety of commentators.

The workshop was led by Ayham Ghraowi, arist/designer of the Queens International 2016 Catalog, and artist/designer Martin Bek. Ghraowi, Bek, and Queens Museum Director of Exhibitions and Curator, Hitomi Iwasaki, were also on hand to support DOEprojekts' Coreforms and Keywords experimental prints -- we thank everyone at Queens Museum for providing us with educational and enjoyable sessions! 
DOEprojekts will lead a number of art-making workshops (see photos above) and participatory events as part of the Sheen Center residency and solo exhibition. If you would like to participate in an upcoming art-making workshop, please email DOEprojekts@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

"Coreforms" at Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago

Swedish Covenant Hospital (SCH) in Chicago is committed to offering those persons who are on the road to healing a variety of creative experiences, including opportunities to explore visual art. Curator and artist Kari Lindholm-Johnson contacted DOEprojetks (Deborah and Glenn Doering) over a year ago and suggested introducing our "Coreforms" to participants in SCH's arts group. 

The result is "Coreforms of Life," an exhibit sponsored by SCH, that explores a dialogue between Coreform drawings created by DOEprojekts and drawings created by persons at SCH who are interested in creating a personal visual response to the Coreforms' "zero-and-one-in-movement," often in relationship to their own healing journey. We are very pleased to have Kari and her group use "Coreforms" as a point of departure and an invitation to interact -- in the service of healing and creative expression!



We thank Swedish Covenant Hospital, Kari Lindholm-Johnson, and the artist-participants who allowed us to photograph their drawings!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Frieze Art Fair Fun — and the DOEprojekts' Renegade Frieze Fair Public Participatory Project


DOEprojekts worked at the 2016 edition of the Frieze Art Fair on Randall's Island, May 2-6. We were "unsuspecting participants" in the Reverse Pickpocket Project by artist David Horvitz. A Pewter Double Seahorse Sculpture was dropped into our tote bag as we walked through the art fair.  
We instigated our own renegade Frieze Project as well. We surveyed Frieze on Friday, taking many photos of various artworks and people. On Saturday, we created 24 postcards from our original photos. On Sunday, we again visited indoor and outdoor Frieze Fair venues and approached 24 individuals, asking them to participate in our project by writing a postcard addressed to themselves, commenting on their experiences at the art fair. Below are photos that document our project.
DOEprojekts thanks the participants in the Dynamic Encounters Workshop, led by Wafaa Bilal at MoMA. The brainstorming and experimental processes of the Dynamic Encounters Workshop led to our Frieze Renegade Postcard Project.
We look forward to continuing to use poscards in our upcoming socially-engaged projects!
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