LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Interdisciplinary Poet, Vocalist, Curator
May 1 – September 1, 2016
Alex Dodge, Visual Artist
October 1 – December 31, 2016
Graham Kolbeins, Filmmaker
April 1 – September 1, 2016
marksearch (Bruce Douglas & Sue Mark), Interdisciplinary Artists
May 1 – October 1, 2016
Based in Oakland, California, Bruce Douglas and Sue Mark of marksearch refer to themselves as conversation artists, and as such, they “engage people in collaborative expressions of nearly extinct local history as a way to expose and deepen multi-faceted bonds between people and their environments.” Their art practice is deeply research-based, community-based, and interactive – much of their output is in the form of public projects that intimately engage with the personal histories of the people of a specific community. In Japan, they plan to investigate both the formal and informal methods used to support and sustain the creation of social memory – the collective knowledge of a group over time. Springboarding off of their interest in the mingei (Folk Crafts) movement, they will visit small cities and rural villages to study the ways in which traditional art and life practices have been preserved, or have adapted to change, as well as the effects of rural depopulation, artist-in-residence programs, and the consideration of audiences on the local and global level for such material.
Piper Shepard, Textile Artist
May 1 – August 1, 2016
Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Piper Shepard cuts whole cloth into lace-like filigree patterns by hand, creating patterns in the textiles that are at times highly structural and at others, more freely designed. Her work investigates the physical tolerance and qualities of cloth, considering cloth as a skin or membrane, while also considering its ability to sustain, absorb, and hold history and memory. Her large-scale textiles reference architectural elements that act as screens, curtain walls and veils. In Japan, Shepard will study the multiple steps in the creation of a patterned and printed textile, with particular focus on katagami (pattern cutting) and katazome (pattern dyeing) techniques. She plans to travel to Mie prefecture to observe master stencil carvers, Shikoku to study papermaking, indigo dyeing and katazome, and Kyoto to experience dyeing and yuzen (paste resist). In addition to experiencing the various techniques involved, Shepard’s research will also address the history and cultural contexts of these traditional arts.
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