Saturday, August 30, 2014

Getting ready to perform The Ophelia Project

I drove down to Riverland Community College to meet and practice with student Ellie Dyke.  We will perform our part of the Ophelia Project Wednesday, September 3, at 1:30 pm.  A few people I know are carpooling from Minneapolis to come and see.  Let me know if you want to be part of that carpool.  The little YouTube video will give you a sense of the installation...sans performers.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Ophelia Project, completed after 7 years!

It has been a long time coming.  I began the Ophelia Project around seven years ago.  I had hired a model to do some drawings involving suits.  Two big bodies of work grew out of this week long modeling session...and lots of other artwork as well. Much of my current work has grown out of this experience with  the model. see: Wearing My Age Project,

Today, with the able assistance of my friend Marcus Larson,  the project was installed at Riverland Community College in Austin, MN.  What is The Ophelia project?  It's been a little hard to explain.

•The Ophelia Project is fine mixed media drawings on handmade paper.
•The Ophelia Project is an installation of evocative objects that expand the story.
•The Ophelia Project is a soundscape that creates an anxious space. 
•The Ophelia Project is a poem describing a small life. 
•The Ophelia project is a performance.
The Ophelia Project, installed
Marcus and I began the day with wall stencils.  Neither of us had ever stenciled walls before.  We thought it would take us a couple of hours.  IT WAS SO EASY!  We knocked it off before lunch!
Then the rest of the show was hung and arranged.  So many pink things for miss Ophelia!
Lighting as it will be half way through the performance

Ophelia, as she expected herself to be.

One-time Performance Wednesday September 3 at 1:30 pm
1900 8th Avenue NW. Austin, MN 55912

Gallery hours are M-F from 9 am - 4 pm.
Exhibition dates August 25-September 25, 2014

Riverland Community College in Austin is just south of Interstate 90 on Highway 218, which is an exit from Interstate 90. The college is south on Highway 218, which becomes 14th St. NW. The college is close to the Interstate. Turn in the main entrance by the college sign and look for the “Frank W. Bridges Theatre” lettering on the side of the middle building facing the parking lot. The gallery is adjacent to the theatre. Look for the doors labeled “E4”.