It is that time of year to apply for grants, fellowships and residencies. I spent the last few days editing images of project from the last 3 years. It is hard to know how the images will be viewed and how it all looks together especially when combining three different projects – or should I just show two projects? I still have a few days to decide.
I have so much to tell you about. But first, It is Open Studio in Abiquiu, NM October 7 and 8. I am flying back from Brooklyn to participate. Stonetrigger Press will be open, to the public with a huge sale on prints and drawings.
I will also have loads of one of a kind journals, but it is only for these two days. For more about the AST, maps, times and artists, you can check the website by clicking here. There are 31 stops but multiple artists at each stop. Make sure to come to stop 4!
The Studio Tour is from 10am to 5pm. My studio is at 5 Trigger Drive. From 84, take NM554 (The El Rito Road) 1/2 mile, turn right on CR 142, drive 1 mile to Trigger Drive. It is on your left. There will be signs!
I have two exhibitions happening simultaneously. On September 10th, the exhibition, “Call and Response” Wave Hill, Bronx, NY opened. Wave Hill’s curatorial team invited artists who have shown in the Sunroom over the last ten years to return and present new responses, encompassing an exhilarating reexamination of the site, 50 artists, including myself, created work for the show. The exhibition runs through December 3 and it is amazing!
My work is installed in Wave Hill’s Sunroom Gallery with it’s beautiful arched windows. and incredible light. The piece is hand cast flax pots, filed with laser cut plants and tiny rocks hung to form a 7 x 7 grid of 49 pots. This work is my reflection of the tiny plants in Wave Hill’s Alpine House.
Next the Moth Migration Project website went live! The MMP is an on-going multi-venue international project that engages communities in both science and art through the crowd-sourcing of handmade paper moths. In the first 6 months I collected, almost 15,000 moths from 24 countries.
The premier exhibition is currently on view at 516Arts in Albuquerque, NM. The exhibition opened August 19, 2017 and will run through Nov 11, 2017. This exhibition shows close to 4,000 of the 15,000 moths collected.
This project will continue. I have a commitment letter from the Bundaberg Regional Galleries, Bundaberg, Australia to show the project April to June 2019. This exhibition will focus primary on Australian moths, so I highly encourage all Australian’s of all ages and profession, you do not need to be an artist, to check the instructions and send moths to the project. Click here for Instructions
In addition I have proposals to two Canadian Art Centers and US Galleries. It does not matter where you live, I really want to hear from you. Please consider being a part of this amazing international group. We also have a FB group, click here for the link.
After Open Studio I will get to work on my on a project for next summer. I was selected a 2018 artist for the Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program by Parks Canada, US Parks Service and The Yukon Arts Center for my project “Trail Magic.” “Trail Magic” engaged other backpackers along the trail with a barters system I devised based on hand printed cards of hiking equipment. I get to spend time backpacking and making art in both Alaska and British Columbia. I may never come back to Brooklyn.
It is an extraordinary fall with lots of exhibitions, open studio, and projects underway for the next two years. I hope you can join me along the way.
I am thrilled to be partnering with Susan Martin at Some Serious Business and to release the official press kit for the Moth Migration Project. For further information, images, and interviews contact: Some Serious Business Susan Martin email@example.com. Click here to download the MMP Press Release Kit.
July 15, 2017 is finally here. That is the deadline for submission of moths for the Moth Migration Project exhibition installation at 516Arts in Albuquerque, NM. I know some late entries will come in and they will be counted, but the deadline is important for a number of reasons.
At deadline all registered artists who filled out the on-line form will:
- Receive their Moth Migration Certificate of Recognition postcard in the mail.
- Have their name, as they requested, be written acknowledged on the website,(MothMigrationProject.net), when the website is completed
- Have a dot with their name and the number of moths from their city listed on the website.
- All names will be given to 516Arts administrators to be listed as contributors to the exhibition installation.
- All registered moths will travel to subsequent exhibitions over the next two years. (yes you can still contribute for that!)
Here is a preliminary look at about 2/3 of the moth responders. Each dot represents the registrants name, not the number of people or moths. For example, the The Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery in Kent England contributed 1,894 and engaged 16 schools as well as their own arts but they are just one dot. We need to work the details on the number of people and moths from a single dot. The site will be interactive, it is not an illustration, you will be able to click on each dot and find additional information.
Links for press and information that is beginning to go out:
Click for the ArtWeek.com listing
Finally I would love to tell you the numbers, but I have not added them all up. I will do that in the coming week.
Please share this project, and artist who have already received press, please share a link to the articles! This is amazing international collaboration!
“The Making of a Rock Garden” is a cast paper and linocut installation that I am creating for the exhibition Call & Response curated by Gabriel de Guzman at Wave Hill – a public garden and cultural center in Riverdale, NY. The exhibition opens September 10 and runs through December 3, 2017. Call & Response celebrates the 10th anniversary of Wave Hill’s Sunroom Project Space.
In preparation for this artwork I have been experimenting with casting paper pulp. Part of the experiment is finding the right aesthetic for my idea, the other is learning technical skills. Today, I got to spend the day with the amazing Jacqueline Mallegni of Paper Rain Studio in Abiquiu, NM. Jacqueline makes minimalist sculpture and custom lighting all from natural materials. Today she is teaching me how to make shaped flax paper. Jacqueline teaches classes in her studio as well as at the Espanola Fiber Arts Center in NM; Palo Alto Art Center; Gospel Flat Farm Gallery and Commonweal both in Bolinas, CA and the O’Hanlon Art Center Mill Valley, CA. You can find details on these links or her website.
The first component of my art installation is the paper planters. I would like them translucent, they must resemble real planters while respecting and taking advantage of the material properties. I also need to make 50 in a reasonable amount of time.
I will share with you some of the steps I learned today from Jacqueline.
I love learning new things and today was an exceptional day. I am excited to see how these planters evolve and how they will influence the making of the linocut plants that will tumble out of them.
The Moth Migration Project is developing beautifully thanks to all of you! We are only two months into the project with three to go and it is amazing. I am incredibly lucky to have Josh Lamore, writer, musician and graduate student from Pratt in library science as my fearless assistant. Josh has been brilliant in helping set up the database and cataloging system. He is also an excellent artist who has contributed his own moths plus helped me print countless other. Technically, they are not countless, we have organized every moth.
Here are some notable events I want to share with everyone:
Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery in the UK is currently hosting “Whispers” Moth Migration Project satellite exhibition with an Instagram Feed, check it out here. Along with the exhibition is a collaboration with Danford Grammer, check out their twitter feed with the kids making moths.
Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada is hosting a moth migration project printing party.
I hosted a printing party at Rush Arts in NYC for their V.I.P. Arts Club. Plus I have had 5 in my home. I think I will need a vacation after this.
There are numerous teachers around the world introducing the project to their students, teachers from Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada and Lithuanian. It is such an amazing opportunity to introduce pollination, migration, immigration. I see this project being all about connection and community.
I received sponsorship from Speedball, who very generously supplied me with linoleum, paper and their new professional relief ink which I love! I am a die-hard oil base ink printer, but their new line of water washable professional inks are fantastic. They clean up easily with water but print like oil. This will be amazing to use in upcoming Moth Migration Printing Parties.
In April I received 2864 moths! They are hand drawn, linocut printed, silkscreened, paper cut, gel prints, all types of media and incredibly beautiful. Thank you!
We have a FB group where you can share you moths. Just click here to find it.
Also please tag all your photos with #mothmigrationproject and or @adventureartist so that I can see them all.
Lastly, if you want to join, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome!
I created a Facebook group for the Moth Migration Project! There are over 1200 participants in this project and progress photos and completed prints go by so fast on FB, Twitter and Instagram that I am afraid I am missing them. I invite everyone to post their images to the Moth Migration Project FB page.
Each day I am getting several envelopes filled with moths. It is very exciting. When they arrive I photograph the moths and envelope, then put them into gallon size ziplock bags with the artist’s name and country and check it off the inventory sheet. I have this amazing wall of bagged moths pinned to the wall.
For those of you who want to share the project with people who are not on-line, I have created a PDF that you can download and give to them. Also if you belong to a printmaking workshop or community please share it by clicking here to download and posting it in your shop: moth_migration_project_hilary_lorenz
I plan to travel this exhibition in 2018 and 2019. I especially want to take it to places that contributed the most moths. If you are interested in hosting the project please let me know at email@example.com.
What happens when you combine the Moth Migration Program with PrintSocial? A really good time and an apartment covered in moths. PrintSocial is a project I oriented in 2010. PrintSocial is an exchange between 2-4 people, at least 2 dogs and possibly some babies during the process of making prints in my home rather than the studio. It is about coming together, eating food, making prints, and enjoying each others company. It is a social exchange with artists and non-artists of all ages. You can read more about PrintSocial and download a catalog by clicking here. Maybe you want to come over?
Corra, a new friend is about to move to Canada with her new husband. Jessica is my former TA and now dear friend. Josh, a relatively new friend I met through one of my former and favorite students, Joanna. Corra and Jessica are trained printmakers. It was Josh’s first time! I love first time printmakers. I get the privilege of witness that remarkable moment of discovery when they pull their first print!
You can think of PrintSocual as the old time quilting bee, sitting around a large table with new and old friends making honest connections, except exchange quilting with printmaking and you have PrintSocial! Coupled with the Moth Migration Project, we are collectively working on an exhibition for August. Now through April I will host one per week, all are welcome. Their moths are spectacular!!!!
The moths are rolling in and the project has expanded to 15 countries. To expedite a clean and clear data bank of all moths I created a form where all participants can put in your own details. Moth Migration Participant Data Form.
I am asking everyone to fill this out, even those who have already emailed me as this is your record. This information will also be used when I mail you your letterpress signed and dated participate card. It is also information and permissions on if and how you would like your name attached to the project.
You don’t know about the Crowd Sourcing Moth Migration Project? You may read about it byMoth Migration Project
Any questions email me at MothMigration@gmail.com