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List of Works


Parallel Forms
Shana Curtis

Etiquette
Suzanne Paulsen
Jason Edwards

Cultivation
Tanya Dyer

Green Spaces
Brad Fowler


Local Methodologies
Suzanne Paulsen
Margaret Reed


Yellow Ball Projections, 2:32
Brad Fowler

Destocktion, 2:34
John Castellese
Jason Edwards

Campus Drive to Bridge Street, 20:39
Suzanne Paulsen

Local Model
Chris Shearer lead artist
Tanya Dyer project manager
Ashley Lieber curator
John Castellese
Shana Curtis
Jason Edwards
Brad Fowler
Suzanne Paulsen
Adrienne Quint
Margaret Reed
Paul Wittenbraker

Happy Sausage
John Castellese
Shana Curtis
Tanya Dyer
Jason Edwards
Brad Fowler
Ashley Lieber
Suzanne Paulsen
Adrienne Quint
Margaret Reed
Chris Shearer

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Welcome Happy Sausage

Exhibition Statement

“Community is neither a community of subjects, nor a promise of immanence, nor a communion of individuals in some higher or greater totality. . . It is not, most specifically, the product of any work or project; it is not work, not a product of projected labor, nor an oeuvre, but what is unworked,des oeuvre.” -George Van Den Abbeele

This project began as a group of questions which were discussed throughout our time in this location, yet never fully resolved. What is public art? What is the role of the artist within a community? What is community? Is it always desirable or responsible for artists to influence and change their surroundings?
The ambiguous nature of this experience was interesting and proved a challenge. None of us knew what we were getting into when we signed up for Civic Studio. The first day of class, we met at the university for discussion and then drove to 665 Bridge Street to see where we would be spending our semester. After days of renovating the space, it finally came together and began to feel like something. Much of the time spent in the space consisted of dialogue about public art, which was integral to the studio work.

These projects are a visual inquiry of things experienced in or influenced by the area, yet we are not trying to define Bridge Street. Nor are we trying to claim a more knowledgeable view of the things around us. This area is a distinct place; it retains a sense of individuality unlike areas that have been overtaken by chain stores and restaurants. The work is relevant to this neighborhood yet still possesses substance outside of it. We are attempting to look honestly at our surroundings and our role as artists here without idealizing them. These pieces are an exploration of identity; they are not definitive truths.

“True dialogue, the mutual pursuit of critical understanding among equals, will lead to critical consciousness for all involved.” Tom Finkelpearl

Adrienne Quint, Curator

 

-Van Den Abbeele quote as quoted in "One Place After Another" Miwon Kwon

-Finkelpearl quote from "Dialogues on Public Art" by Thomas Finkelpearl