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OUT OF THE INCUBATOR: Collaborations

Clarissa Sligh & Chris Petrone: Drawing Conversations

Out of the Incubator: COLLABORATIONS from Women’s Studio Workshop
curated by Ann Kalmbach & Tatana Kellner
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 22 from 2-4 pm

Out of the Incubator features new site-specific installations created by teams of artists who met at WSW during residencies and internships, and developed working bonds. These alumnae were commissioned to explore the creative possibilities engendered by the collaborative process.

Women’s Studio Workshop and the Islip Art Museum present site-specific work by:

Natalie Campbell, Carissa Carman, Heidi Neilson, & Liz Zanis
SP Potluck Project
, Video Installation, 2009

SP Potluck Project
is a working laboratory for video collaboration, the first phase of which was at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Residency. The long term goal of this project is an investigation into the process and nature of collaboration itself. As former residents, fellows, and interns at WSW, the group is interested in the utopian nature of artist communities. The communal meal is the premise for a video installation that documents and reflects the process of working together.

Carolyn Lambert & Dani Leventhal
Suspended in August (late),
Multi-channel Video Installation, 2009
Suspended In August (late)
is an owl drawing constant circles above a roadside-picnic-home-video. Eight years after these two artists first collaborated, Lambert and Leventhal reunite to create this low-tech installation that combines animation and video. Suspended In August (late) presents the relationship between the artists and the ways in which they understand their place in nature and manufactured space. The circling owl hunts and soars while the women eat potatoes, hamburgers, asparagus, and mayonnaise.

Clarissa Sligh & Chris Petrone
Drawing Conversations
, Installation of Works on Paper, 2009
Drawing Conversations
is a long-distance collaboration between Clarissa and Chris, using the US Postal Service. A series of mixed media prints and drawings on paper were sent back and forth between Philadelphia, PA, Asheville, NC, and Rosendale, NY. The artists explored the relationship between exchange and intuition as they altered each other’s work, whose intimate dialogue is now presented in a public space.

Collectively, WSW’s 35 years of commissioned works constitute a critical mass that is changing society’s understanding and appreciation of the content of women’s art. This exhibition offers an in-depth look into the history of support for women artists, and a celebration of this ongoing vision.During the course of the exhibition, the Islip Art Museum will host a series of informative and technical workshops designed to give artists the tools they need to build successful careers in the art world. Call 631-224-5402 for a schedule and reservations.

Check out images from the opening on our Flickr Page

Presented byIslip Art Museum
50 Irish Lane
East Islip, NY 11730

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