Category: off the rez

justseeds x the young new yorkers

young new yorkers wall 2015

 

The prints that Justseeds donated on view at the Young New Yorkers Benefit show at Joseph Gross Gallery in NYC last night (April !, 20!5). Young New Yorkers is a restorative arts justice program for incarcerated youth in New York State. Read more about Young New Yorkers & the amazing work they do here:www.youngnewyorkers.com

From left to right: Grafica Mazatl, Chip Thomas, Pete Railand, Melanie Cervantes, Jess X. Chen, Thea Gahr, Roger Peet, Molly Fair.

studio grand

While doing a 2 week residency at Random Parts Gallery in east Oakland this past May I learned of Studio Grand. Studio Grand opened in October 2013. It’s founder, Holly Schneider, artist, musician + dancer, was interested in creating a space for music + art that fostered community. I learned Holly was interested in me doing an installation at her gallery. However, in April 2014 she was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer + died 3 weeks later just before I arrived at Random Parts.

I met Holly’s husband, Jaimie, + gallery manager, Vanessa who were interested still in me doing an installation but of Holly.

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Knowing that I’d be installing on a glass window I decided to experiment with creating a giant phototransfer. The process of removing the paper from the gel medium was far more laborious than I realized.

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Trying to get a sense of the translucency of the piece I hung it in my house.
The installation…

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carolyn kualii’s video of the mural unveiling

 

In the end it worked a little differently than I’d imagined. My vision was partially realized by finding a rotating color plate spotlight of the type my family used on our ever so hip aluminum christmas tree each Christmas. This provided a constant color change on Holly’s image.

I hope she digs it.

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