Criss-Cross Exchange, Le Havre, France

I am now enjoying a wonderful artist's residency in Le Havre, France, hosted by the French Institute (Paris) and the city of Le Havre in Upper Normandy, France. It's a gorgeous city with a compelling history, delicious regional foods and friendly people. I am periodically blogging about my time and work at: 

If you have a chance to visit Le Havre, I highly recommend it! 


View inside the city, from the bridge over the Basin du Commerce:



Construct, a dance/theater/art collaboration 

I recently had the immense good fortune to collaborate with Rachel Cohen of Racoco Productions on props and set design for her latest production, Construct, which she and her company performed at Incubator Arts in New York on August 23 - 25.

Construct was a continuation of Rachel's earlier performative exploration of the psychology of Don Quixote but incorporated the idea of a game of pinball as a mirror to the structure of the three "sallies" that make up the narrative. Construct also expanded upon the wooden props and costumes of her earlier production--in this case, almost the entire wooden set and props were constructed in real time by the dancers during the performance. The cast and crew consisted of two of Racoco's veteran talented and playful dancers, a new tap-dancing virtuoso, supremely gifted musicians, a capable and creative carpenter, a wise and talented lighting designer and a friendly, helpful stage manager, all of whom were working around day jobs, apartment moves and other performances. I was incredibly impressed by everyone involved and have a deep new appreciation for the performing arts as well as for woodworkers everywhere. I really enjoyed working with wood and hope to explore it further in the future. In sum, it was an ambitious, thrilling, unpredictable experience from planning and production to performance.

I am also hugely grateful to the numerous donors to the Construct kickstarter campaign who supported the performance and to the friends who came to see it! 

The official Construct photos are here:

But I have to share one of my favorite props from the show: a puppet of Sancho Panza, Don Quixote's portly sidekick. 







Borough on view in Marseille, France October 4 - December 12

My piece, Borough, will be on view at the Maison de l'Architecture et de la Ville in Marseille, France from October 4 - December 12 as part of the "Architectures de papier" exhibition originally displayed at the cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine in 2012. If you're in the Marseille area, please stop and see it!




Upcoming residency in France

I am very excited to have been chosen to participate in Triangle Art Association's partnership artist residency program with the city of Le Havre, France for fall 2013!

I will be living in Le Havre for three months, making work inspired by the city and its fascinating history, particularly the rebuilding of the downtown after its complete destruction during World War II. The new downtown was planned and rebuilt under the direction of architect Auguste Perret and is now classified as a World Heritage site. 

I'm currently taking French in preparation for the trip and am looking forward to making a fool of myself multiple times each day. Stay tuned for blog posts as I explore the city, the country, and the French language! 




Upcoming exhibition: Center for Book Arts, Artists in Residence 2012

My four fellow artists in residence (Asuka Ohsawa, Jessica Lagunas, Sarada Rauch and Frances Gallardo) and I will finally be exhibiting the fruits of our year-long residency (January - December 2012) at the Center for Book Arts from April 19 - June 29, with an artists' talk on June 14. We come from various disciplines and were inspired by different aspects of the residency, so the exhibition shows a wide variety of reactions to what we learned over the course of the year. It will be a fascinating show! 

Detail of one of my new pieces, "Cells", a mutable sculpture of hand-cut, blind letterpress-printed paper cubes. 

Photograph by Jeanette May

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