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Exhibition, Events

Imaginary Friend | Artists in Residence Show

In the blossoming summer days our amazing group of artists in residence, Augustine Cordero, Betsey Gravatt, Jenny ZanderDan Thorpe & Michelle Wan Lok Chan, invited the community to share their work. Whether they had been at Arts Letters & Numbers for months, or for just a few days, the urgency of sharing work with the community was very present. Working closely next to each other sometimes results in beautifully unexpected collaborations - some of these were shared through performances and visual arts during the evening of May 25th, 2018.


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Augustine Cordero

"My work references late 80s/early 90s nostalgia. Specifically, themes from popular culture. Questioing masculinity and personal security from a mixed boy's prespective of this time. My process is primarily intuitive. Working from memory only to arrive at a point that I feel is balanced."

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Betsey Gravatt

"I use an alphabet of bright colors and shapes to create objects that are reminiscent of 90's toys and cartoons. I arrange my pieces and their components until I have created a piece that reminds me of happy memories from my childhood."


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Fast Fashion Fiasco | Artist in Residence Exhibition

On Friday April 27th, designer and artist, in residence, Joyce Watkins King opened up her studio, showing works in progress of her touring exhibition Fast Fashion Fiasco. We truly wished her work around fabric - clothing - fashion, could have been created inside our old cotton mill. Joyce gracefully made the best of the situation, and in the House on the Hill (previously the cotton mill owners house) arranged her fabric and design studio (think lots and lots of denim), in which she worked on during her 4 weeks residency.

In Joyces work she strives to re-use thread, fabric and findings whenever possible, in opposition to the escalating trend of cheap fast fashion creation and consumption, with little regard for its consequences for growers, laborers, and our environment.

By the end of her stay she probably had the best knowledge of where to source used fabrics in the area, and she has been very supported by the community, engaging in her works.



Concerts, Exhibition

Action 11:  Acknowledgement | Exhibition

On April 6th, 2018, visual artist and performer eDuard Helmbold invited the community into his studio at the House on the Hill, where he had spent the last three weeks as artist in residence. Opening his studio was part of his final installation/sculpture/performance of this residency:

 

“For the duration of the residency I set the task of [mis]reading 15 chapters of the Michael Craig Martin’s text: On Being an Artist (Art Books Publishing, 2015). These mis-readings involved searching for insights and reflections on art history and practice relating to the past and present. Each day’s reading resulted in a conceptual practice that directed my Actions for the day. Sometimes these actions came as a result of direct quotes, other times it was through decontextualizing and twisting words by placing nonsensical notions together, and using the Studio to bridge the gaps. These Actions took the form of drawing, sculpture, performance and experimentation.

 

The 11 Actions (or parts thereof) that are presented are therefore both works in/of progress and works in/of process:

 

Process that allowed for a practice to emerge

Process that affirmed this practice

Process that questioned this practice

Process that opened new avenues

Process that created space to be an artist

 

Action 11 the final action of this residency is Acknowledgement: As the community that creates space around the space for Arts Letters and Numbers to thrive you are invited into your/OUR space. I invite you, not to a mere “show and tell”, but to participate in the last Action of my residency; an Action that materializes the people who, through creating space, now being IN the space – influenced my practice irreversibly.”

 

As the audience were invited to participate in eDuard's work, the studio that had been his space for the last three weeks now seamlessly became a space for everyone. We thank eDuard for coming all the way from Australia to immerse himself in his artistic practice and in our community. We also want to thank Natalie Dietterich and Dan Thorpe who amazingly rounded off the event with performing each their pieces on violin and piano.

Events, Exhibition

A Window to Process | Exhibition

A residency at Arts Letters & Numbers is a different experience for every artist. The duration of time, the number of fellow residents, the events, the social gatherings, the weather, the focus, the interactions, the spaces.. One thing that keeps being the heart - witness of all meetings, discussions, thoughts, cooking and interactions is the House on the Hill. 

On February 24th, 2018 the artists in residence at the House on the Hill opened up their spaces of work - To experiment with a process - A way of sharing their thoughts. 

Each artist had found a way to occupy the place. To build their own spaces of intimacy in which they were able to create their work.

 

THE MUDROOM - Eloise Sherrid & Lauryn Welch

404 SOUND - Natalie Dietterich

ESPACES INVARIABLES - Justine Langella

A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN - Elisa Taber

KITCHEN - Frida Foberg

 

Photos by Kate Lovering

Events, Exhibition

Ecran de Veille | Performed installation by Justine Langella

Anyone who has ever been to Arts Letters & Numbers knows the importance of our local community. There is an honest and deep trust and care that has been built over the years, and they keep their engagement and welcomeness to each and everyone who spends time at Arts Letters & Numbers. For an artist in residence, like Justine Langella, the influence of this warm community can be bigger than expected. Spending 8 weeks in residence, in wintertime, Justine built strong bounds to the community, fellow artists in residence as well as session participants. Over the course of time her body of work gradually became the community, and the community became her body of work.

One of the works Justine developed during her time in residence was Ecran de Veille, where she combined her deep interest in traditional family dinners and the experience of our community. This performative mixed media installation was show on February 4th, 2018:

 

écran de veille : séquence d'instruction cyclique qui éprouve des difficultés à se déterminer

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screen saver : cyclic sequence of instructions that has difficulty determining itself

 

a performed installation by Justine Langella

music by Adrien Degioanni

with : Diane, Rob, Bryce, Rebecca, Christina, Michelle, Natasha, Billy, John, Rikke, Frances

Performed Installation - 47min - 2018

Video © Justine Langella

Photos by: Zelé Angelides

Exhibition, Events

Why | Exhibition by capt.

"Why is a question we all ask on a daily basis but realizing there’s no answer to some of those why’s can be easiest or the toughest thing for some. I started this work by just asking myself why and not looking for answers, but knowing I could possibly find answers." - capt. 

On January 20th 2018, capt. showcased the work he had created during his time in residence, and engaged the audience in the question asking of: why.

capt. is from Pasadena, California and is the youngest child of James and Sharon Stovall. After playing college football and attempts to play pro football. capt. left everything and entered art school at the Art Institute of Philadelphia to study advertising. After some time in the cold he made his way to San Diego where he continued his studies in advertising eventually dropping out to focus full time on his practice. While drawing his entire life and becoming strong as a portrait artist, capt. turned his sights on painting wanting to be like the greats before him. His art reflects love, intellect, and childlike desire to have fun and be free.


Photos by Zelé Angelides

Events, Exhibition

Painting Workshop with Asma Mahmood

On Tuesday November 7th our Artist in Residence Asma Mahmood invited the community for an impromptu painting workshop. Through small exercises with oils for textural practice, Asma guided the way and gave the participants a sense of fearless painting and what it can reveal. The workshop was an opportunity to further interact with Asma about her artistic practice.

Events, Exhibition

A September Exhibition | Artists in Residence

On September 27th 5 Artists in Residence exhibited their work, created over the last month, in the Barn, on the Field and in the Mill.  The guests were guided through the exhibitions with each artist introducing their work and leading them to the next. It was a beautiful evening showing a diversity of techniques, colors & materials. 

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Artist in Residence Exhibition | Jiangliu Dong

On Saturday September 16th one of our Artists in Residence, Jiangliu Dong, exhibited the works she had created during her stay at Arts Letters & Numbers. Jiangliu seeks to explore the comprehensive conversation between body, self, and identity. During her time at Arts Letters & Numbers she was deep in her work, carefully creating art of words, paints, fabrics and as a final act she introduced water..

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Exhibition | Artists in Residence

Friday September 1st we invited everyone to join us for an evening exhibition around the House on the Hill: Under the tree, in the Barn and on the grass Field. The exhibition showed works created over two weeks by our residents Kirsty Badenoch, Yingting Cui, Emily Fitzell & James Rogers, see work descriptions below. Together with the artists, 30 people walked around the premise, explored installations, studied drawings and participated in creating artworks. The evening ended around the fire between the House on the Hill and the Barn and  with further conversations about the artists’ work. This was the first Artist in Residence exhibition in Fall 2017.

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Traces: Imprints on the Natural World | Exhibition

Wish You Were Here: Greetings from the Galapagos by Allison Maria Rodriguez
In her practice, Allison is consistently searching for methods and approaches that destabilize perceived ways of knowing and understanding the world.  Her work at ALN includes a three-channel experiential video installation exploring climate change, species extinction and political agency that will be on exhibit. This piece navigates the unsteady terrain in between conservation and consumption, environmental advocacy and tourism, sustainability and exploitation.  It intends to create an alternative space, providing the opportunity for an intimate moment that will ignite dialogue and encourage radical thinking about the current culture surrounding environmentalism.

There not There by Jessica Nichols
Jessica's work has lately been heading down an investigative road. She has been looking into social subjects at a national level, a local level, and also an individual level. Her work touches on topics that stem from her environment and research into our changing society, as well as from an internal, individual search for understanding oneself. There not There is a series of surrealist self portraits transferred onto raw wood materials sourced from ALN and surrounding environments. These photo-sculptures explore the human body in relation to spaces in nature, trying as we do, but inevitably failing to become one with the environment.

Pertinence by Zelé Angelides
Zelé is an artist from Johannesburg, South Africa. Her primary interest is to subvert the norms and values around women that are constructed and reinforced by Western main stream culture. For this body of work she has chosen to go back to traditional mark marking techniques. This series explores the taint of innocence, progression of pain which is learnt and stained in the female psyche derived from values and norms imposed onto the identity of woman. Initiating from a blank state of innocence at birth, through an evolution of circumstantial events which inflicts a tarnish which is held, transcended, transformed and manifests psychological histories which we then engage and react with in social discourse.

To talk for the angels by Agnès Aubague
For the last couple of weeks Agnès has been working closely with the birds in and around ALN's properties. Despite sensations of misunderstanding, her presence was accepted and her meeting with these American birds and their dialogue will be shown in video format. This film will be accompanied by a reading of her latest book Dictapoèmes Polyglottes I (in French, English, Spanish and language of birds). The book is composed from texts recorded with a dictaphone, and jumping from the alligator to the butterfly.

Flying Performance by Thomas Lanfranchi
Thomas deep interest in flying abstract volumes started already in the 90's. Since then he has traveled all over the world creating these majestic artifacts, solely made by scotch tape, plastic and nylon. The current object he is working on will flown in the air, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Hidley Farm, and will be presented as a short film of this black form flying above the fields.

Photos © Zelé Angelides

Film © Thomas Lanfranchi

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Tilted Arc & Exhibition

On March 25, our Artists in Residence came together and invited the community to experience their creations. Sam Torres and Sophia Subbayya Vastek, who performs under the name Tilted Arc, held a concert with their most recent compositions. Using their talents, and recordings of the sounds of the house, they delivered a beautiful series of electroacoustic tunes. 

Heather Martinez who had been with us for a month, exhibited her great amount of work. Being in a state of flow, she truly went deep in to each part of her work. This resulted in a stunning arrangement of work in graphite and ink as well as folds and bindings. 

How would have thought that the old box of ribbon laying around, could be take on the life that Sarah Gallina gave it. During the exhibition, the audience had the chance to visit her interactive installation The Ribbon Factory. This was the world that had been created through her investigations in ribbon, ribbons and ribboning. 

The evening also had an edible element, an interactive piece by ALN's Frida Foberg, created in collaboration with Heather Martinez. 

All photos © Zelé Angelides

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a third thing | Residency Intensive

Arts Letters & Numbers first Residency Intensive was held between January 7th and January 21st. Lead by Che PerezFrida Foberg and Rikke Jørgensen.

For a duration of two weeks, in the midst of the January 2017, the House on the Hill was engulfed in an atmosphere of chaos and calm. Of creative endeavors and breathtaking honesty, as a group of people from all over the world gathered for the Residency Intensive – a third thing. The aim was to explore and create works situated between three distinct, yet kindred subjects - landscape, cuts and color. To search for the unknown between the known; for works that would emerge in the in-between, in the cracks and the spaces between one and the other. Between cuts and color, landscape and cuts, color and landscape. Between all of them, and none of them. Within one, next to the other. Becoming a third.   

 a third thing that is indefinite and undefined but is related to two definite or known things.  
 Def. Tertium Quid (Greek)

The two weeks became a time filled with work and words, pondering, wondering and wine, talks and thoughts, coffee and questions, field trips, laughter and stillness. Moonlit walks on frozen lakes, frozen paint in liquid landscapes, the elusive blue of indigo blending with the blue tones of a tropical carnival. An image of a singular raindrop caught on a singular leaf, letters lost in light and loss, pages lifted by wind, solidified by water. Secret pockets of gold protecting the heart of another, cities in the ceiling sending letters to each other, a meal shared in solitude and the drying of colors that will always be wet. Photographs so fragile they could hardly be touched, yet impossible to destroy. Time filled with the telling of stories too painful to tell, of cutting though skin, through souls, though paper, though time.

A time filled with time - a liquid liminal time - neither frozen, nor thawed.
A time out of which third things emerged and became a collection of Tertium Quids, a new body of work, situated between landscape, cuts and color.

Participating Artists: Anthony Anaya Hannah SmithIda LiedlJulia Rose SutherlandKristín RúnarsdottírMaria NegulescuNathalie AudinNebaPablo MartinezSuzanne Dittenber

Visiting Artist: Chris Rose, Robert Dalton Harris, Zubin Singh, David Gersten, Armand Biglari, Troels Heiredal and Christine Finn

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Untitled: Fleshy Objects | by Bat-Ami Rivlin

On October 29th, 2017 Bat-Ami Rivlin showed her work produced during her residency, in her solo-exhibition Untitled: Fleshy Objects.

Bat-Ami's work explores different performative aspects of the body as meat, sex object, and remnant. Her interest in bodily characteristics transforming objects into flesh, makes an in-between ‘abject’ that is not inanimate, nor alive. The abjection of flesh, its transformation from the proper to the formless, exhausted, and rotten, is a key concept to her work.

The understanding of our bodies as vessels, outer-layer, and as separate from our conscious selves is questioned. Exhausted materials, fleshy forms allude to the meat-like properties of the human body and the social implications of the consideration of our own process of disintegration. The bodily functions that signify our biology and remind us of the ephemeral and embodied nature of existence are rejected in an attempt to create a space separate from deterioration of the body. Thus, the flesh emerges in different roles that are performed for an audience, such as an image, a tool, or an illusion. Our bodies are no longer the makeup of ourselves, but rather a visual representation that is both separate and irrelevant to what we assume as the inner being. The body becomes upgradable, malleable, and theatrical. In its theatricality, it performs the role of 'object' dictated by the social space or context. In domestic spaces and in official social settings, the body becomes a hinderance, as the sight of flesh and its corporal attributes clash with the understanding of the authority of the so-called pure intellect.

Moreover, intimate spaces in which flesh is supposedly allowed to exist, have also become contested, mediated by the beauty ideals of popular mass culture. Particularly with female flesh, the body’s naked appearance becomes an immediate ‘nude’, a showcasing of previously constructed desirable female attributes that are meant to please and entice a potential audience. That is why the re-inserting of flesh in its corporal form into the domestic, the intellectual, and the intimate spaces of culture is an act of disturbance.

Photography © Zelé Angelides. 2016. All rights reserved.