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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