Tuesday, June 16, 2015

summertimeshift: workshops and performance


Fountain Workshops organized by Michael Ano
Sunday, June 21: 2-4 PM Wishing Well
Sunday, June 28: 2-4 PM UAG
Performance by Nuttaphol Ma
Sunday, June 28 at 4 PM


WISHING WELL 2.0 with Michael Ano
Sunday, June 21: 2-4 PM
REVISIONS MUST SOMETIMES BE MADE.  Fountains have historically been a meeting place for friends, family, and lovers- being a vital source of fresh drinking water and sustaining life to the community. AS INDOOR PLUMBING BECAME MORE READLY AVAILABLE FOUNTAINS BECAME OBJECTS OF ARCHITECTURAL VANITY. For many early Europeans the fountain and its potable drinking water were a gift from the gods and so visitors would often leave offerings to appease or entice them. HOW DO WE APPEASE/ENTICE AN INFANT- MAKING BLIND OFFERINGS AND SHINEY DISTRACTIONS? Meditating on the tradition of throwing coins into a well Michael Ano asks: what is a wish? why do we dream? what do we wish for? are these wishes actualized? IF WE TELL OUR WISHES WILL WE BE UNFULFILLED?

Join Michael Ano for a conversation and workshop around wishing- contemplating its potential for small actions, a hope for a “better” future, personal gain, and other more sinister notions. After the workshop all offerings will be donated to a local charity.

In reaction to the funding cut and subsequent firing of staff and closure of UC San Diego's University Art Gallery by their current administration, Trevor Amery has liberated a four-foot by four-foot section of wall from the gallery and is continuing programming despite the loss of the historic physical space. This is not a singular event; it is one of several gestures in reaction to an ethos of institutional ignorance, favor for the valuation of private sector concerns over cultural development, and lack of transparency currently being experienced within the university art world.

UAG with Trevor Amery
Sunday, June 28: 2-4 PM

The UAG is now a mobile gallery focused on maintaining "an ongoing commitment to innovative forms of public programming, exhibition, and public intervention. It incorporates artistic and organizational practices that both include, and expand the terrain beyond, the traditional process and form of the art exhibition." (text quoted from the University Art Gallery webpage on UCSD's website)

Trevor Amery invites artists and curators to contact him and submit proposals at UAGcontact@gmail.com.


Passages of our Inner Longing a performance by Nuttaphol Ma
Sunday, June 28: 4 PM

As part of summertimeshift, Nuttaphol Ma activates the crawl space underneath the Summercamp House with a video installation of a lemongrass’s journey from the inner sounds of a cave dwelling to the sea. Ma’s cultivation of store-purchased lemongrass back to life from 01 Mar 2015 - 01 Apr 2015 navigates the process of becoming. The exhibition closes with Ma’s performance of transplanting the lemongrass into a hand-crafted plant bed within the Summercamp grounds.

summertimeshift runs from June 14th—June 28th, 2015
Featuring works by:
Michael Ano
Deborah Aschheim
Neha Choksi
Kohl King
Nuttaphol Ma
Anna Mayer
David Prince
Emily Sudd
and Billy Kheel in Guestroom

Hours by appointment, please contact 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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Summercamp's ProjectProject 3119 Chadwick Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
summertimeshift June 14th—June 28th, 2015
Michael Ano
Deborah Aschheim
Neha Choksi
Kohl King
Nuttaphol Ma
Anna Mayer
David Prince
Emily Sudd
and Billy Kheel in Guestroom



Opening Reception: Sunday June 14th 5-8PM
Musical Guests: Ray & Remora, Abe Lagrimas Jr.

Fountain Workshops organized by Michael Ano
Sunday, June 21: 2-4 PM Wishing Well
Sunday, June 28: 2-4 PM UAG
Performance by Nuttaphol Ma
Sunday, June 28 at 4 PM

Hours by appointment, please contact summercampprojectproject@gmail.com

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Summercamp's ProjectProject presents summertimeshift. An outdoor group exhibition bringing together artists whose work has a shifting relationship to time, be it through sands of the hourglass, endurance, clashing of past and present, memory, or comedic timing. Organized by Fatima Hoang, Elonda Billera Norris & Janice Gomez.


Building on her history of producing ceramic sculpture through analog firings that function as relational ritual and social gatherings, Anna Mayers contribution to summertimeshift incorporates objects pit fired on-site at Summercamp prior to the exhibition’s opening. At each step Mayer’s sculptural process emphasizes the idea of absorption, moving from private, intuitive object making to outdoor fireside reverie. The final wrought steel and ceramic sculpture diagrams the artist’s consciousness about her fluxuation between states of soaking up and spellbinding. Nuttaphol Ma also invites us to enter into a transformation beginning with a lemongrass’s journey from the inner sounds of a cave dwelling to the sea. Ma’s month long cultivation of store-purchased lemongrass back to life navigates the process of becoming. The exhibition closes with Ma’s performance of transplanting the lemongrass into a hand-crafted plant bed within the Summercamp grounds.


Deborah Aschheim constructs a landscape of continual development, renovation and demolition, except in Aschheim’s city there are no buildings, only the ghosts of transparent scaffolding. A reminder of entropy and potentially mortality within the utopian promises of architecture in our city of perpetual newness. Neha Choksi's work explores loss and absence in various ways. Her work for summertimeshift will use as her starting point a chopped down dead apple tree found on site.


Kohl King’s Beat/ Fulmination, a large bundle of used drumsticks tethered by a thick dark grayed braid made from various embroidery threads and yarns in a striking reference women’s work and standards of beauty. The discarded drumsticks show their wear and tear as old keepers of various time measures. They now hang beating against one another and passersby when they are activated by movement. This work is about age and aging, about hearing one's own inconsistent and eventual fading beat. The durational project of David Prince, entices us into another version of a fading, looping beat. A toy hummer doing donuts in the backyard lot at Summercamp. El Sereno Donuts, will run during the opening and remain as an installation for the course of the show.


Combining discarded ceramic objects in structures that engage with still life, narrative, and abstract painting, Emily Sudd’s sculpture challenges hierarchies of materials and taste and the role of the kitsch object. Interested in the transformative qualities of context and process, she collects and arranges various ceramic items and subjects them all to the same firing conditions, with surprising results. For summertimeshift, Sudd has produced a new piece inspired by Summercamp’s C├ęzannesque landscape vista. Michael Ano’s fountain as a site of social practice with a series of workshops throughout the run of the exhibition. Two fountains will pour water back and forth between them as we gather around them sharing ideas, engaging in conversations, and creating community.


And as a compliment to summertimeshift, Billy Kheel will be featured in Guestroom. A field of felt Succulents and Signs, inspired by actual Los Angeles strip mall signs, explores the transitory nature of community over time in ever-changing Los Angeles. The succulents are prehistoric and appear to exist outside of time. Together the Signs and Succulents, transposed into felt, explore the complexity of space and time in L.A..

During the reception, we will host two musical guests. Abe Lagrimas, Jr. will be playing solo on his `ukulele. Predominantly known as a drummer, Abe is highly proficient on the vibraphone and the `ukulele and continues to perform throughout the world on all three instruments and in many different musical situations. Ray & Remora will be performing an acoustic set based on their album of covers, 1994. Check out their music video here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

From the Source

We  had a great time hearing from artists who opened their practice to be in dialogue with the audience about current works and processes in and out of the studio. We are thankful for all the artists that joined us (both presenters and audience members) in our venture to create another platform to engage. Summercamp's ProjectProject is forging ahead. Stay tuned for Open Source IV in the fall! In the meantime, check out our quicklist from Open Source III about balancing parenthood and artisthood below. And check out this webinar on the 29th at 7PM EST:


Kristi Lippire talking about works in her upcoming exhibition in next year.





Yoshie Sakai and the future of soap operas




notes from Open Source III discussion on how to balance parenthood and artist-hood

Arroyo Seco Time Bank: put time in and get time for yourself (studio, design, building, etc.)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Open Source III: Jean Robison, Carly Steward and Macha Suzuki

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Summercamp’s ProjectProject presents Open Source III  featuring artists Jean Robison, Carly Steward, and Macha Suzuki .

Open Source is a dialogue series akin to comedians workshopping new material, bands holding residency at a small venue, or a chef testing out a recipe with close friends before putting it in the restaurant menu. It is not presented as a critique, but rather, Open Source is an intimate discussion in the Livingroom, between artist and audience about ongoing work and ideas.
Artists will be bringing artworks in progress, tests, ephemera, ideas, and questions for the audience. In addition, we will open up the floor to dialogue about balancing parenthood and artisthood. The discussion will take place on Sunday, September 21st 11AM-1:30PM at 3119 Chadwick Drive LA, CA 90032.  

Because of the nature of the event we ask you to arrive promptly. Granola, yogurt, fruit and mimosas will be provided. We have limited childcare available. Please click here to RSVP to reserve a spot for your child.
 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Open Source in the Livingroom




After 5 years, we at Summercamp's ProjectProject revisited our mission and decided to expand our programming. With this in mind, we are introducing a series of artist dialogues entitled Open Source. Open Source is akin to comedians workshopping new material, bands holding residency at a small venue, or a chef testing out a recipe with close friends before putting it in the restaurant menu. Not presented as a critique, Open Source is an intimate discussion in the Livingroom, between artist and audience about ongoing work and ideas.

Artists will be bringing artworks in progress, tests, ephemera, ideas, and questions for the audience.

Sunday, July 27th from 4-6 PM: Kristi Lippire, Gina Osterloh and Jenny Yurshansky

Saturday, August 23rd from 7-9PM: Gina Kelly, Paul Pescador, Yoshie Sakai and Jennifer Juniper Stratford


Because of the nature of the event we ask you to arrive promptly. Rootbeer and Beer Floats will be provided.

We are excited about this new adventure- see you there!
Fatima, Elonda & Janice



Friday, June 6, 2014

HOT OFF THE RISO! A Thaumatrope collaboration with Jay Lizo, Dru McKenzie and Devon Tsuno

A limited edition book of prints by Jay, Dru and Lizo is available for purchase online at the Concrete Gallery site. Copies are signed and numbered. Get them while they're hot (and available)! 
Concrete Walls will donate #1-10 print editions to First Street Gallery Art Center to sell with all proceeds going directly to their artists, studio and gallery programming.

Purchase one here!



Photos Courtesy of Concrete Walls


Friday, May 2, 2014

A Thaumatrope in Claremont



Summercamp's ProjectProject and First Street Gallery present Thaumatrope 

Chan & Mann
Victor Frias
Kiel Johnson
Jay Lizo
Matt MacFarland
Dru McKenzie
Nathan Murri
Christine Nguyen
Nancy Popp
Jean Robison
Yoshie Sakai
Macha Suzuki
Jennifer Tamashiro
Christian Tedeschi
Devon Tsuno
Evan Wright
Joe Zaldivar 

Musical Performance by Sea Moon She and Friends 

It is hard to go to the studio every day. Upon visiting First Street Gallery, we were impressed by the sheer drive and creative fire of the artists. With Thaumatrope we hope to open a visual dialogue with artists from Los Angeles who share the same intense focus. 

First Street Gallery Art Center is an exhibition resource and arts management center for adults with developmental disabilities in Claremont, California. It is a unique art center of the Tierra del Sol Foundation founded on the proposition that human potential for creativity and artistic expression is not limited by physical or intellectual challenges.   Through cultivation of artistic expression, people with significant challenges can develop creatively and make important contributions to the cultural and economic life of their communities.

First Street Gallery
250 W. First Street, Suite 120
Claremont, CA 91711


June 2-July 11, 2014
Monday-Friday, 9:30AM-5PM
Opening Reception: Friday, June 6th 6-8PM