June Open Studio

This June the creatives of the North Fork Valley are kicking off the summer with the 1st Final Friday Frolic and Elsewhere is jumping on board. We will open our studio doors to showcase the incredible talents housed at the the residency this month. To top it all off Elsewhere has invited local musician Nic Lawless for a night cap cameo performance.

Here is a little insight into the artists Elsewhere has this month.

Hannah Sepúlveda –Davis earned her BFA in Drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2014. She is the recipient of several awards including the John Jackson Memorial ’77 Scholarship, the Jennie Jones Scholarship, and the Ralph. W. Woehrman ’66 Scholarship in Drawing.  The artist currently lives and works outside of Dallas, Texas.  Visit her website for more of her works.

“I use my work as a way to explore and undermine popular notions of young women. The figures and objects in my work derive from red-carpet photography, music videos, fashion ads, and photos posted on internet blogs. In combination with the colors, marks, and materials I use, the images become simultaneously seductive and off-putting. Pop stars morph into grinning alien-human hybrids, scrunchies become germ-like, and cats are anything but cute. During my time at Elsewhere, I began two new series of mixed media drawings that further explore these concepts.” 

 

RY King is a writer and photographer living in Durham, North Carolina.

Cold Snacks Camera Project: Named after cheap beer with beautiful graphics, Cold Snacks is an experimental long-exposure photography project that utilizes analog and digital photographic practices to capture the arc of the sun as it moves across the sky. To arrive at the image, simple cameras are constructed from beer cans and gaffers tape. They are then loaded with traditional black and white photosensitive paper and placed in various locations outside (mostly up high and facing South). While these types of exposures can last days, months, and even years, the Cold Snacks Project cameras will make exposures between 1 and 30 days, depending on the camera. After retrieval, the over-exposed paper negatives go through a unique, chemical-free developing process that results in a
inal, olor positive image. The images show us not just that time has passed, but also the passage of time.

Liz Cantrell is a freelance writer and adventurer who got her start in Burlington, Vermont. She has profiled all types of creative folks, from vintage jewelry restorers and silk-screen t-shirt artists, to honky-tonk crooners and multi-lingual hip-hop performers. During her two months at Elsewhere, Liz worked on a series of poems and non-fiction pieces about relationships old and new, broken and mended, acknowledged or unspoken, familial or romantic. The poems are rooted in the concept of “place” and how location is a thread running through these relationships. For her final open studio, she will read some short works of non-fiction. Follow her travels and read her writing at lizdcantrell.com

 

Nick Collier received his BFA from George Mason University, Virginia, in 2012 and his MFA Florida State University in 2016.  Collier works as an interdisciplinary artist, employing photography, social practice, and sculpture to explore the intersection of ideas revolving around place, history, and contemporary culture.  His work has been shown in galleries in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Florida.  He currently resides in Tallahassee Florida where he works as an arts facilitator at The Plant and serves as the President of the board for 621 Gallery. Check out his work at http://www.nickcollier.com/

While in residency at Elsewhere Nick is working on his body of photography work that investigates the things that embody the town of Paonia as well as the surrounding areas.  He is interested in what defines the idea of place and the lure of the local (to borrow from Lucy Lippard). This is a loose framework and one that he has beenkeeping flexible and able to change organically throughout his time at Elsewhere.  Photographic work is primarily being conducted using a home built Afghan Box Camera (pictured below), an object that he sees as a treasure chest of memory.