Thursday, December 26, 2013

Pow(d)er (S)now — We Move Forward Towards 2014

DOEprojekts sends everyone in our circle and beyond -- friends, family, acquaintances, fellow artists, and those we have yet to meet -- holiday greetings and sincere wishes for a Creative, Happy and Healthy New Year!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Pow(d)er — Community Art II

DOEprojekts  introduced "Pow(d)er" to the Chicago creative community this weekend. Over 50 tins of our limited edition, custom-curated spice-herb mix with 'art action' inside were adopted for creative reuse. A resounding success! We thank all who participated in community art by supporting "Pow(d)er." 

We invite photos of individual creative applications of "Pow(d)er." 
Email, phone, or text us: or 1-847-977-0526.

Be Part of Community Art. Create with Pow(d)er.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

KAP + DOE at Kalkbay Modern Gallery in Cape Town, SA

We are pleased to announce the debut of the Keiskamma Art Project (KAP) and DOEprojekts' (DOE) collaborative work at Kalkbay Modern Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa.  Contact:

Purchase of these works will support the Keiskamma Art Project's ongoing "Social Practice" art collaborative. Please view other works by KAP artists at the URL below. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Pow(d)er — Community Art

DOEprojekts' specially curated "Pow(d)er" (Powder Power) is a spice-herb blend with art-action inside! We invite you to participate — and make your next meal a work of art. Our limited-edition "Pow(d)er" includes:
garlic powder • nutmeg powder • onion powder • paprika powder • tomato powder • basil and oregano • 
two recipes and a stencil for you to cut and use with Pow(d)er (or any other art material of your choice). 

Each limited edition tin retails for $7.50 each. Purchase two for $13 and three for just $18. Cash or credit cards accepted. Visit Studio 516 on Dec 13, 5 to 10 pm, Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, OR email, phone, or text us: or 1-847-977-0526.

Be Part of Community Art. Make and Support Local Culture. Collect Pow(d)er!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Workbook: Teaching Artist Collaborations at the Graham School, University of Chicago

DOE Projekts (Glenn Doering, Deborah Adams Doering) spent time in September and October investigating teaching artist collaborations as part of our "Workbook" series.

What did we discover?

1. Good communication is required amongst the collaborators.
2. Planning is essential.
3. Group synergy is helpful.
4. We can encourage each other to exceed ourselves.
5. Collaborations can be a lot of fun!

We thank the Graham School, University of Chicago, and also Hilesh Patel, group facilitator. We thank the participants and also Golden Acrylics for donating supplies for our last project.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Workbook: Luftwerk on Collaboration

Luftwerk (Petra Bachmaier, Sean Gallero) hosted DOE Projekts (Deborah Adams Doering, Glenn N Doering) in Luftwerk's Chicago studio.  

We asked them “What makes a great collaborative art work?”

Both Petra and Sean agreed that a great collaborative work involves mutual aesthetic sensibility and intuition -- it as if one person completes the sentence of another person, and the collaborative sentence makes a beautiful and significant new meaning.

In terms of their own work, the duo strive to create a direct sensory response, especially in relationship to the architecture of space and light. They want to heighten viewers’ response to the space, and show visitors new ways to interact and participate. They have created work at several historical sites in the US and abroad.

“Space expands and goes beyond itself” said Petra, and noted that she had been reading about “volume over mass” as she and Sean are preparing for upcoming exhibitions. One current prototype includes red gas tanks as transmitters of sound.

Sound is a significant component of many of Luftwerk’s works -- they have often collaborated with composer Owen Clayton Condon (

Petra and Sean began to collaborate after meeting each other at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the late 1990s, when both were students.

One of Luftwerk’s newest installations is titled “Shift” and is currently exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center:

We asked Luftwerk to choose keywords related to the coreforms in their work:

Petra: Experience, Place, Space
Sean: Discourse, Nature, Technology

We thank Luftwerk for their hospitality and look forward to continuing our conversation.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Workbook: William Kentridge, Jane Taylor, and Other South African Artists We Know and Care About — Learning More and Reflecting On Collaborations

It was a weekend to listen, learn, reflect, and plan.  
DOE Projekts (Deborah Adams Doering, Glenn Doering) attended "Virtues of Bastardy: Mixed Metaphors and Collaborations in the Studio" at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chicago. Statements we remember and value from the presentation by William Kentridge and Jane Taylor:

1. Collaboration obligates us to "exceed ourselves."
2. The purpose of a collaboration is to do something we have never done before.
3. Find the "least bad failure" when collaborating.
4. Let us think with our hands together.
5. There is always an ongoing battle between structure and spontaneity.
6. Collaborations may ignite the erotic — "eros."
7. "Absurd" is a productive way of understanding the world.
8. Invention and fabrication are causes for celebration.

After the presentation, we remembered and reflected on our collaboration, and collaborators, in Kassel 2012. We discussed the future of DOE Projekts.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Workbook: "Expo Love Hours" in Review

DOE Projekts (Deborah Adams Doering, Glenn Doering)
thanks (John Preus, Lead Artist),, (SHoP, Laura Shaeffer, Programming Coordinator) and (Tricia Van Eck, Curator) for the opportunity to be a part of the KITCHEN ("More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid") in HOME at Expo Chicago. We look forward to working together again -- in or out of the KITCHEN.

A review of Expo Chicago, written by artist-author Philip Hartigan, appears at:

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Workbook: "More Love Hours" at HOME -- Making Coffee

DOE Projekts (Deborah Adams Doering, Glenn Doering) makes coffee in the Kitchen of HOME at Chicago Expo. We thank (John Preus),, (SHoP, Laura Shaeffer) and (Tricia Van Eck).

Coreforms:  Zeros and Ones, Swash, Tilde, Period
Keywords: Collaboration, Rebuild, Reuse, Fragile, Planet and ... Coffee