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 postcards in our upcoming socially-engaged projects!
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Monday, May 2, 2016

"Postcard to Myself," Dynamic Encounters with Wafaa Bilal, Chloë Bass, and other moving moments at MoMA

DOEprojekts, Deborah Adams Doering and Glenn N. Doering, were part of a series of performance and art encounters at MoMA. Internationally renowned artist Wafaa Bilal spoke on the history of performance related to social and cultural movements, then encouraged artists to work in groups and create "dynamic encounters" with the public in NYC. Our DOEprojekts' group efforts focused on two projects, one called "Postcard to Myself" and the other "Chat Pot Luck."

In "Postcard to Myself," we as artist-performers offered postcards to various persons moving through the Great Hall at Grand Central NYC, instructing them to write a postcard to themselves. The acceptance of the offer required an act of trust, since the postcard writer had to write a personal address on the card and give it back to the artist-performer, who pledged to mail the card "sometime in the future." Over fifteen participants accepted the offer and several were willing to be photographed. MoMA workshop participants (in addition to Deborah) included, CW Brooks, Alex Kadar, Cami Kupelian, and Amy Stoker. 

In "Chat Pot Luck," local Whole Food's cafeteria tables provided a place for artist-performers to interact with the public, inviting them to participate in conversation around specific topics written on index cards. Only topics written on the cards could be discussed. Whenever a person entered the conversation, they had to bring a topic/card, and when a person left the conversation, they had to take a topic/card with them. Upon returning to MoMA, each group presented images and responses to their dynamic encounters. Wafaa Bilal provided tactical suggestions for continuing each dynamic encounter. Artist-performers (in addition to Glenn) included Mariel Mok, Dusty Ros, and Natalie Nyu.

A week earlier, Artist-&-Public-Practitioner Chloë Bass facilitated a dynamic encounter titled "A Field Guide to Museum Intimacy," part of her "Book of Everyday Instruction." The study of human spatial requirements, proxemics, informed our artist-performance in MoMA's Marcel Broodthaers exhibition.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Migrations — People and Art Ideas Constantly Migrate

DOEprojekts (Deborah Adams Doering and Glenn N. Doering) participated in artist Pia Camil's installation at the New Museum, NYC, titled "A Latch for a Pot." We are wearing cloaks made by Camil, which were given away to participants, part of her previous installation at the 2015 Frieze art fair.

Our "latch" was a long "Coreform" white box adorned with our unique Hybr pin. The New Museum curators embellished our box with three trophies,  which are "latches" from another contributor.

In exchange -- our "pot" -- we chose a handmade quilt by artist-writer Mary Barone that was made in fashion designer Susan Cianciolo's class. New Museum Curator Margot Norton was very kind to provide us with personal and distinctive information about Barone's handmade quilt, as well as general information about all the objects in "A Pot for a Latch." These objects are conceptualized as "res," a term from Roman times, denoting talismans, objects that have personal value, history, and power.

DOEprojekts is constantly exploring contemporary art ideas and creating objects and installations with cultural value, history, and power. Our 2017 installation at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, NYC, will investigate the many facets of the keyword "migrations." Below is a preview of our drawings and art embroidery samples.

We look forward to keeping in touch with you about these upcoming projects and art actions!


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