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APRIL 2024

…safe travels w/ puppet destruction

hey folks,


groundhog day felt especially relevant this year as my yesterday's obstacles so messily fold into tomorrow's. the whole year seemed like an extensive today...but alas this year's travels helped break up the monotony of constant troubleshooting. i'm designing puppets for a new film which i have yet to discover meaningful vocabulary for. so far, my ramblings include stories like this:


appendages use swift movement economy to preserve energy when escaping temperamental landscapes: a forest of tall, omniscient white hairs that sift through their furrows gleaning intruders, a seductive slimy pulsing abdomen whose exhale pushes violent geysers through pore-like blowholes in its membrane to drown invasive species in large swimming pools, a cavernous fleshy landscape of twin sister mounds adorned by large flapping bouffants that angrily siren against outsiders.


i'm hopeful that this imagery might lead to something interesting in the studio...lots of material decisions to make



The Expectation of the Observed, originally a project for Stone Quarry Art Park and completed at Yaddo, continues to travel the film festival circuit with recent screenings at the Slamdance, Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Boston Underground, Defy and Sweaty Eyeballs. I've also included some other photos from events throughout the year.




Cheech and i also spent some time in Portugal, starting in Porto and making our way through Coimbra, Óbidos, Fatima, Sintra, and Lisbon...well eating and limping through hilly cobblestone streets snacking on pasteis de nata and doing some puppet research...photos below from the Museu da Marioneta.


so much to learn about...


until soon,


-s




press:

Mark Jenkins, In the Galleries: Intersecting Themes, Washington Post, December 8, 2023

Mark Jenkins, In the Galleries: Concept of Time, Washington Post, October 27, 2023

Artworks Season 9: Episode 9011, The Art of Animation, Maryland Public Television, PBS, July 28, 2023

Olivia Niuman, Art Reviews - Re/envisioning, East City Art, August 1, 2023

Kriston Capps, ...Art and Identity Politics, Washington Post, August 1, 2023

Katherine Mahoney, Reflect on Your Story Re/envisioning, District Fray, July 6, 2023 

Murat Cem Mengüç, 10 Art Shows to See in Washington DC This Summer, Hyperallergic, July 13, 2023


other events & things:

Artists Working Across Disciplines: Amina Ross & Stephanie J. Williams, Hamiltonian Artists, WDC, facilitated by Anisa Olufemi

Visiting Artist Lecture, The Kreeger Museum, WDC



In Person: March 26 - 31, 2024

Virtual: March 26 - April 7, 2024

In Person: March 20 - 24, 2024




In Person: January 19 - 28, 2024

Virtual: January 19 - 28, 2024



Traveling throughout 2024 season

screening: mutiple


In Person: October 5-8, 2023



In Person screening/exhibition: August 18-19, 2023, Studio 615



An Adventure in Being MOCA ARLINGTON

group show CURATED BY Blair Murphy



ON VIEW September 9 - February 11, 2024

OPENING Thursday, July 6, 2023, 6-8pm

ARTISTS TALK Tuesday, July 18, 2023, 6:30pm (virtual)


LOCATION

MOCA Arlington

3550 Wilson Blvd

Arlington, VA 22201


Smith & Meyer Galleries, Main Level


Featured Artists: Vincent Cy Chen, Nicki Cherry, Jeremy Olson, and Stephanie J. Williams


An Adventure of Being explores blurred boundaries, physical breakdown, and states of in-between-ness. The painting, sculpture, and installations included in the exhibition incorporate materials and forms that bring to mind living beings. Sometimes fully formed, sometimes represented by parts or substances, these human forms, non-human animals, plants, and otherworldly creatures are unsettling and humorous, alien and familiar. Reflecting visual influences from surrealism, science fiction, technology, and popular culture, An Adventure of Being explores the experience of having a body through forms that exceed, break down, transcend, or blur the boundaries of the corporeal form.

The title of the exhibition, An Adventure of Being, is borrowed from Jean-Paul Sarte’s Being and Nothingness and comes from a roughly 6,000 word rumination on slime that appears towards the end of the book. Sartre’s analysis focuses on the in-between-ness of the slimy or viscous, its refusal to be either this or that, which is central to both its threat and its appeal.

An Adventure of Being is organized by Blair Murphy, MoCA Arlington’s curator of exhibitions.


residency program, Washington DC


The Nicholson Project is a paid artist residency program and neighborhood garden in Ward 7’s Fairlawn neighborhood. Our mission is to support, provide opportunities, engage, and amplify artists and creatives from our community and the local artist community—particularly artists of color and those from Ward 7 and 8—while engaging our neighbors through community-based programming. Our vision is to serve as a cultural hub and community anchor celebrating Ward 7’s authentic identity, while infusing new vibrancy into Southeast DC. We hope to inspire others to use similar non-traditional arts and community-centered projects as a pathway toward stronger, more vibrant communities.


RESIDENCY DATES July 5 - September 12, 2023


LOCATION

2310 Nicholson St SE, Washington, DC 20020

Sweaty Eyeballs, Outside the Frame Current Space

group show CURATED BY Phil Davis


ON VIEW September 8 - October 13, 2023

ARTISTS TALK Saturday, October 7, 2023


LOCATION

Current Space

421 N Howard

Baltimore, MD 21201


Come for the free films stay for the great cocktails at the bar. And of course, check out "Sweaty Eyeballs: Outside the Frame"in the gallery if you haven't already! It's a group exhibition of expanded animation and behind-the-scenes process by animators from Baltimore and beyond. Curated by Phil Davis, director and founder of the Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival.


Artists include:


Isaac King, Eric Dyer, Stephanie Williams, Corrie Francis Parks, Lynn Tomlinson, Kat Navarro, Adam Davies, Albert Birney, Zoe Friedman, Joanna Priestley, Miranda Javid, Alexi Scheiber, Erinn Hagerty & Adam Savje


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