Space Cowboy

cory_mcabee_astronautToday’s post at the Degenerate Art Stream is live:

Space Cowboys and Lullabies: Cory McAbee

Art I Like

Earlier today I updated the links in the right column of this site. I thought I’d write a bit about what they are and why I chose to link to them.

When browsing the blogs I regularly visit, I chose a number of criteria that each should fulfill for inclusion. All of these blogs are

  1. by artists I love
  2. based in the Seattle area
  3. focused on inspirations and influences, process, theory, and/or in-depth descriptions of the author’s own work

Art of Mulata

This blog is by a friend, one of my favorite people around, Pol. He is full of energy, involved in much of the wonderful, provocative art around here, a delight to talk to, and one of the kindest souls I’ve met. (actually, so I’m not repetitive in this list, everyone listed is unbelievably nice. I feel blessed to know each of them).

Pol doesn’t update all to often, but I’m always excited when he does. From his most recent post describing a performance last weekend:

Somehow, I’m really not sure how, Beth grabbed me, dragged me, wrestled me away from the pots and through a lake of spilled beans to the middle of the dance floor. I kept trying to keep at least one thing to bang on, but she was kicking me and I couldn’t find my feet and the beans were slippery. There was an awful lot of clanging and foot stomping and I think she was yelling, but I might have imagined that.

to photos and videos he shot to musings on art to snippets of ideas for new work, it is always fascinating and beautiful.

Degenerate Art Ensemble: Art We Love

Degenerate Art Ensemble was one of the first performance groups I saw when I moved to Seattle 11 years ago. From that first show they have been my favorite interdisciplinary performance group. When I arrived in Seattle I was lucky enough to have friends that drew me into the same circles the DAE crew ran in, so I’ve also known them personally all these years.

Haruko and Joshua are the directors of DAE, and they have been a huge inspiration to me all these years. Their example has been a big influence for me in creating and running Manifold Motion. I have turned to them at times when encountering a new phase of running a company, knowing that they’ve found a path through this already. I’m not sure they know how much I’ve looked up to them over the years, but I have quietly drawn much confidence, strength, and perseverance from their work ahead of me.

Art We Love is a new blog they have started where present and past members of DAE write about, well, art they love. It’s a really great blog to browse through, with so many interesting artist profiles and links to images, videos, sounds. Some I know of, many are brand new to me. It is a joy to discover new artists, but also discovering the various influences of a group of people who are incredible artists in their own right is illuminating.

I Am Listening to This

This blog is also related to DAE, it is by Joshua, and very simply is posts about music he is listening to. His taste, like mine, is rather eclectic, and I have found some real gems in there. Love. This. Blog.

 Mandy Greer

I wrote a whole post about Mandy Greer a few weeks back, here. Simply put, I adore her work. Mandy has a number of blogs to her name, as she tends to start a new one with each project. This link is to her main site, and I believe one can get to any current or past content through there. Mandy is very into process, and through her current project I think she is delving even further into what process is, but in a very public way.

The Project Room: Off Paper

I found to this (blog? more of a journal) via Mandy’s current residency at the Project Room. Inquiry into questions like, “why do we make things?” There are a variety of authors, all well written and thoughtful, and those that I know are great artists and people too. perhaps a quote from the site about what it is will do the most justice:

Critical discourse is an essential element of The Project Room. With this in mind, The Project Room publishes Off Paper, an online journal that follows the themes presented in The Project Room through thoughtful writing and other relevant online content. Off Paper will continue the conversation that is taking place in TPR for audiences everywhere.

So! those are the new links. I’ll describe future links when I add them too. I’m really hoping with this site to curate that sidebar. Not just linking because someone is a friend, or because I like what they do, but because there is content of particular interest on the other side and to know for myself what that interest is. For now it is Seattle-based and people I know, but that may expand.

I’d love to know what you read for inspiration and ideas and interest.

Isthmus

While going through video of my past work to find some good excerpts to show at my talk with Mandy Greer, I watched this video I made in 2009 again.

This piece premiered in Manifold Motion’s show Miscellanea II with live performance of the music on marimba by Memmi Ochi.

The piece came about very organically. In the spring of 2009 Memmi had her PhD recital in which my husband and I created the multimedia aspects of the performance (visual and interactive). She arranged and played this piece of music in the recital, and it really stuck with me. Shortly thereafter Bridget (a Manifold Motion member) and I were interested in shooting and composing a video dance together. Long before, we had hiked through the floating bridges in the Arboretum here in Seattle, and been struck by their odd beauty. We had talked for some time about doing something there.

So, with this music in mind, I suggested we get together with our friend Cheryle and shoot something on the bridges. I then composed the piece and asked Memmi to perform the music live at the performance, and then here we are!

 

A Public Conversation

On Friday August 19th I will be joining Mandy Greer for a conversation as a part of her residency at The Project Room. The conversation will begin at 4pm, and all are welcome come join us!

Mandy has been hosting a series of conversations with people that she would like to learn something from in regard to her current project, Solstenen. I am honored and excited that she asked me to come talk about my work as an interdisciplinary artist and dancer, what I do as a movement analyst, and how that may work into her own impulses to further involve her physical self in the project.

Solstenen

Mandy is one of my favorite artists. I first discovered her amazing crocheted and beaded pieces around the time I was working on Woolgatherer for Manifold Motion. I attended a  community work party for the Degenerate Art Ensemble‘s piece, The Silvering Path, both to help out my friends at DAE, and to get a glimpse of what someone else was doing with yarn.

At the time she was creating a massive yellow slug-princess dress, and I instantly fell in love:

Slug Princess, full back, 2008
Since then I have followed her work closely, attending many installations, gallery shows, and an amazing exhibit at the Bellevue Art Museum. I find her aesthetic sense both beautiful and creepy. The fine detail, rich texture and organic quality create layer upon layer of story and place and movement that just grasps my heart every time. The worlds she creates are places I want to explore, touch, consume.

As I have gotten to know Mandy personally I have learned some crochet techniques (thanks Mandy!) and we have shared materials for our various projects. I love that as a community we can share our knowledge and resources to help each other succeed, and I was so happy to accept Mandy’s invitation for this conversation. I don’t know where exactly it will go, but I can’t wait to find out!

The Project Room is located at 1315 E Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122.