Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Vermont Artists, Part 1

Here's the first part of the story in video. After a clip of the Butoh dancers inside Sophie Hood's plastic bag creatures performing during the reception, we see the Vermont artists arriving in Nagoya, installing the work and finally, shots of the completed installation.

Monday, February 15, 2010

ON THE PLANET actually happened in Nagoya, and here's some of the report!

We’re back, having had an amazing adventure in Nagoya and beyond. Jet lag is almost behind us, so I (Janet) want to post some images from the trip, most of which were taken by other people, as I didn’t bring a camera.

We fit all our artwork into our checked-through baggage, which we think is really impressive! When we arrived at Nagoya airport, we were met by Ai Komatsu and her adorable son Oku, and later by Izuru Mizutani and his wife Noriko. They piled us into vehicles and delivered us to two apartments on the second and third floors of this building, generously provided to us for the duration of our visit, courtesy of the Nagoya University of Fine Arts.

The next morning, Ai arrived to show us how to get to the subway and make our way to the gallery. The subway is very well designed with great signage in both English and Japanese, and the announcements are also in both languages. And on the car doors, there were signs advertising the Congress on Biodiversity that's happening in October.

The gallery is at a stop called Nagoya Dome - Mae Yada, where there is a municipal cultural and entertainment
complex that includes this huge dome, a giant mall, a library, and a theater. I was amazed at how new everything was in this very large city, and discovered that Nagoya was pretty much burned to the ground during WWII, so everything has been rebuilt during the last 60 years.

We spent the next two days hanging the show, with help from translators, especially Aki Tamura (a real sweetie), and the invaluable assistance of tech wizard Licca Ito, who helped with lighting and created the fabulous egg-shaped pools of light on the wall where I installed my piece. And after everything was up, Sophie played her traveling violin (called a fiddlestick?).

All the other artists were hanging their work too, so here's a look at what they exhibited. Across the hall from us was Masayuki Nishimura's installation. There were colored chalks available for visitors to use for drawing on the houses:

Mie Matsuyama's seven magical columns of dripping glass:

Next to us, Midori Harima's installation, featuring a three-dimensional figure of a young girl made with xeroxed paper culled from media images. A digital projection of skaters in Central Park bounced off many mirror disks and scattered circular images on the walls and floor of the darkened room.

Chris Nelson's two room-sized sheets of fabric rotated in the room, barely missing colliding with each other. Visitors could make their way all the way to the back of the room, walking carefully and peeking through the fabric at the outlines of other bold souls, negotiating the space as the fabric created new openings to move through:

Shige Moriya's room had a street video from New York City projected on the far wall, and a collage of cutout pages of magazines and photographs he had taken pasted together on the floor:

Upstairs, in the very large room where the LEIMAY performance and both symposium/panels took place, were photographs by Kita Yoshiaki and two installations by Izuru Mizutani, the exhibit's curator:

I (or one of the other artists) will post information about our subsequent activities -- workshops with children, studio and gallery visits, presentations, and travels -- within the next few weeks.

We want to thank you again for your support, interest, and involvement in the ON THE PLANET project. We are all looking forward to the September exhibits in Vermont that will involve both Japanese and American artists. Tax-deductible contributions to support this continuing effort can be sent to Studio Place Arts, 201 North Main Street, Barre, VT 05641.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Thank you Flynndog for a fabulous preview party!

Phase 2 of ON THE PLANET in September, 2010

Thanks SO MUCH to all who came out for our fabulous party at Flynndog. We will post some images of the party soon.The support was very much appreciated, the music and dancing were great, and we are grateful to our community for caring about us, our artwork, and the issue of biodiversity!

I promised to post a link for the call to artists for the ON THE PLANET exhibits planned for September, 2010. The call is mounted on Studio Place Arts' website. Scroll down to the bottom for this call. Preliminary proposals are due on May 1. Feel free to forward to others you think may be interested!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Come for a Quick Peek at the Artwork

On January 5-8, 2010 we will be showing a portion of the work that will be going to Nagoya at FLYNNDOG, 208 Flynn Avenue, Burlington

Join us on Friday, January 8, 2010
5 - 8 PM at FLYNNDOG
for a great evening of
talk, information, music, refreshments, and ART

  • reception from 5-8 PM
  • presentation about the Nagoya project at 6 PM
  • live music by Occam's Razor at 7 PM

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

More Schedule Information and Links

We will be doing workshops with children while we're in Japan (see below).

January 27 (Wed)

Two performances by Sophie Hood between 14:00 and 18:30

January 29 (Fri)
Workshop for kids 1 (in Daiko Nursery School)

January 30 (Sat)
Artist talks 1 (13:00-15:00)
Performances (LEIMAY . Melon All Stars)17:00-19:00

January 31(Sun)
Symposium 1: Panel discussion with Izuru Mizutani, Yoshiharu Nagano of the Echizen Ecovillage exchange center, and Janet Van Fleet 13:00-16:00

February 6 (Sat)
Workshop for kids 2, 10:00-11:30 and 13:00-14:00
Artist talk 2 (Midori Harima) 16:00
Symposium 2: Panel discussion with Hariu Ichiro (lecturing about Art, Environment, and Society), Masayuki Nishimura, and Izuru Mizutani 17:00-19:00

Friday, November 27, 2009

Artwork Auction

The auction is on until January 10th!

Help send the artists to Nagoya and take advantage of the low opening bids for artwork:

2 beautiful prints of Janet Fredericks
4 stunning illuminated sculptures (lamps) from Riki Moss
an incredible necklace from Sophie Hood
a major piece of artwork from Janet Van Fleet

as well as outright purchase of:

earrings from Janet Van Fleet
the souvenir booklet

Friday, November 13, 2009

Exchange between Nagoya and Boston children

From Janet Van Fleet: I visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston last weekend, and was amazed to find an exhibit of a children's art exchange between Nagoya and Boston children! Here's a link to a description of the exhibit on the MFA's website. A Japanese translation is available at the bottom of the page.

Wonderfully, many of the children's pieces featured animals, so biodiversity is apparently on the minds of many. We will be working with children in Nagoya too, when we are there (see schedule, two posts below) so the connections keep asserting themselves!

Click on images for a readable version.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

From Janet Van Fleet's Installation

From the 36 foot In The Web

Installation pics from Riki Moss

These elements, minus the 9 foot tree which so far has eluded a decent photo, are elements of the approx 27 foot installation called From The Paper Forest. 25 - 30 masks will be suspended from the ceiling, casting shadows on the wall.