July is ripe with creativity at Elsewhere Studios. Please enjoy the abundance of talent at the July open studio. Commune with the artists from 6 to 7 and hear what they have to say from 7 to 8.
Michelle constructs paintings that embody mid-century American popular culture, concentrating on the dualities of the human condition. Her usually larger scale expressive and colorful collaged figurative narratives have initiated a small presence in Athens, Georgia where she currently lives.
The Art and Craft of Translation
For Final Friday Open Studio, Elsewhere Resident Kathleen Alcalá will talk about her current project, the translation of a biography of a medieval Hispano Arabic king of Seville, al-Mu'tamid Ibn Abbad.
She will talk about why translation matters, what we have to learn from a culture that is now a thousand years old, and how we all engage in translation every day.
Kathleen is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, forthcoming from the University of Washington Press. She is also a once-upon-a-time resident of Paonia and Montrose before moving to Seattle.
Humbird (Siri Undlin) is a Minneapolis-based musician and artist. While at Elsewhere Studios, she is working on extended body compositions that explore the eco-tones of both internal and external landscapes using mostly vocal arrangements that are performed with a looping pedal. Major influences for this project include the Sami tradition of yoiking, Celtic philosophy, and ghost stories. Siri is in residence for 3 months at Elsewhere on a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Mountain Harvest Creative.
R Y King
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 final, color positive image. The images show us not just that time has passed, but also the passage of time.