Texas Road Trip 2019
With Jo Hamilton
Chinati Foundation Highlights
Donald Judd...I had previously acknowledged Judd’s artistic contributions, but they had never moved me when seen in the comparatively sterile galleries in MOMA or even DIA Beacon, but I was stopped in my tracks by his “100 Untitled Mill Aluminum” with their infinite variation of shades of gray and tricks of the eye as openings become reflections and light and clouds move across polished surfaces as I slowly weaves through the cubes. I love it when my mind is opened to new ways of thinking and seeing.
Robert Irwin “untitled (dawn to dusk)” played with outside light shining on subtle gradations of scrim, the visitor wandering slowly into the brightness of white
I had never been attracted to Carl Andre’s work (partially influenced by his connection to Ana Mendieta’s death), but his word pieces reminded me of Jon Lodge’s way of thinking.
The public sculpture by Elmgreen and Dragset, as a criticism to consumerism and designed to slowly erode into the earth has become a selfie-stop, but its remoteness along a lonely highway and the train that was reflected in its window created and interesting roadside attraction and brief stop along our travels.
Erected by John Cerney, this was a surprise further down the road, especially when we go out of the car and heard the solar-powered c&w soundtrack.
Delightful visit with Kiley Dunlap and sweet Campbell Bo Warren.
My "Home : Peace" community-engaged installation at Toucan Gallery continues to grow with additions by the Billings Public School's Quest Program's 4th, 5th, and 6th graders (with whom I spent a week discussing community-engaged and environmental art), attendees at the Billings Art Walk, attendees at my discussion about community-engaged art at Kirk's Grocery and preschool visitors from St. Luke's Enrichment Center (who field-tripped to the gallery). ! Here are some shots of the many responses to concepts of home, be it a physical space, loved ones, events, emotions . . . I love that I overheard comments about the painted cushion in front looking like the ripples in the river and the ovals on the wall as partially submerged river rocks!
"Home Grove" is a set of mixed-media sculptures designed to invoke thoughts of peace, comfort, rest and ease. Similar to my public art piece, Thicket, installed under the Sky Point in downtown Billings, these sculptures use the structure of groves of willows and red twig dogwood, which grow along our river and form protective spaces for insects and animals, as symbolic of how our community provides haven for our many and diverse citizens.
Thank you to Dixie Rieger and Bonny Beth Luhman for including eight of my works in the "Wood You Could You" exhibition at Waterworks Art Museum in Miles City,October 11-November 8, and featuring sculpture and furniture. Intriguing shadows within the gallery.
[from upper left in top image]
"Inflamed" (freedom series)
steel, copper, river rocks
94 x 35 x 24
"Rushing Grotto" (from Grottoes series)
34 x 38 x 22 inches
steel, video screen, copper wire, rope, vinyl
"Uncorked" (freedom series)
recycled, repurposed steel and copper
83 x 36 x 36 inches
"Yellowstone River Grotto" (from Grottoes series)
35 x 24 x 15 inches
recycled steel rod, video screen, steel wire, recycled steel mesh, recycled bicycle tires, recycled nylon rope, recycled guitar strings, balloons, nylon hose, trash bags, transparent tape, electrical tape, recycled shower curtain, recycled nylon yarn, recycled VHS tape, wax paper, plastic wrap, organza ribbon, nylon undergarments
"Erupted" (freedom series)
steel, cedar post, deck stain, glue
84 x 28 x 24
"Unfettered" (freedom series)
steel, cedar, chains, wire, zip ties, steel fittings
81 x 48 x 36 inches
"The Answers Await in the Chrysalis" (from Chrysalis series)
84 x 34 x 16 inches
steel, copper, wood, kiln-formed glass
"Iridescence Grotto" (from Grottoes series)
37 x 28 x 18 inches
Steel, copper wire, aluminum foil, aluminum sheeting shards, fabric, video screen, paint
Also including works by: Melissa Burns, Thomas Coulhourst, Bob Janssen, Jake Klamm, Robert Kramer, Rex Luhman, Gifford Wood
So lush, such variety of vegetation and so moist that, unlike at his installations at Tippet Rise Art Center and Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild, the branches in Patrick Dougherty’s “Lopo de Loop” have been reborn and are sprouting, giving another sweet aspect to his enticing environments.
Thank you to Ann and Scott Botel-Barnard for taking me to Morris Arboretum
A 2 hour immersion into the astonishing story of the Barnes Collection. One man collecting more Renoirs (181) then any international museum, 69 Cezannes, and on and on and displaying them in ensembles with other objects to encourage his students to look for visual relationships. Of the 59 Mattises, many were of his Odalisques, and, since the collection was so massive (and I have named my teardrop trailer “Oda” - the Turkish word for room or chamber and the root word of Odalisque, which is often used for reclining nudes, or the relaxing posture required in my not-so-tall trailer)... I decided to focus on the many paintings referencing this posture. Many were from Mattise, but also Renoir, Modigliani, Picasso and Pascin.
I am grateful to Jo Hamilton for introducing me to this collection and do hope to return so I can focus on other aspects.
Trippy, meditative, disorienting, mind-expanding... MACHINE HALLUCINATION
by Refik Anadol
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Such a stimulating, community-infused day at Back Alley Arts Festival - BAAF yesterday! Conversations about creativity while I worked on my "Home : Peace" sculpture (to be completed this week while it resides at Toucan through September), conversations about thoughts and feelings and memories of home as visitors wrote and drew on the painted, canvas panels which will displayed around "Home: Peace", and conversations about continuing the conversation about how we recognize and encourage more comfort in our and others' lives.
My vision for "Home : Peace" evolved as I was working on it ... the nests within the protective alcove of branches, each providing a peaceful haven or home and collectively providing a larger, peaceful home or community. It is part of my Home Grove series: https://www.sherricornett.com/home-grove.html
Thank you again to Samantha, Allison and Mark for inviting me to participate.
We installed “Unearthed” from my Freedom Series today in our parking lot (High Plains Architects and Sherri Cornett Studio), corner of 28th and Minnesota! Signage coming soon. Thank you to Molly Schiltz and Joe Stout and crew of the DBA for the support and power tools! Come to Green Drinks at our building, 2720 Minnesota Ave, Tuesday, 7/30, 5-7, for an official unveiling, chat about public art and, of course, all things environmental! And bring your cup for wine & beer.
Thinking about walls this morning as I ponder a piece of the Berlin wall my mother brought home after it fell and a piece of Doerte Weber's woven version of the US/Mexico border wall recently installed at the 48 Stunden Neukölln Festival in Berlin. (Thank you, Doerte!) And, hoping that our own version of unification - a common humanity, compassion, love over hate, peace over fear - will rise up and tear down the walls that separate us.
Photo 2: Doerte's piece in Berlin
Photo 3: Doerte's piece, "Checkpoint Carlos" in Karen Gutfreund and my exhibition at Santa Clara University, "Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration"
Doerte's statement about "Checkpoint Carlos"
"When the border wall between the US and Mexico was built, memories of my home country's border division (Germany 1961-1989) surfaced. Checkpoint Carlos forms ten passageways - woven plastic bags from from newspapers given to me by a vast number of people in San Antonio, TX. They symbolized our common humanity, support for human rights, and immigration reform." (This piece is the US and Mexican flags separated by a border)
Thank you to Mel Barbour Downtown Billings for these lovely photos of my “Thicket” under SkyPoint!
•ubiquitous to our waterways •broken, nibbled willow and dogwood branches softened by wild clematis vine and connected by entwined roots •shelter for seeds, nests and small creatures • lush, precious weaving together of ideas, beliefs, cultures, children, families and vulnerable communities within a protective haven
New sculpture installed under Skypoint in downtown BillingsPosted: 8:32 PM, Jun 07, 2019
Updated: 12:48 PM, Jul 17, 2019
By: Mitch Lagge
My sculpture "Shelter 1: Respite" has found the perfect home at the Speech and Language Ability Center! Thank you to speech pathologists Vicki Andre and Nancy Rice, who specialize in pediatric speech, language and fluency disorders. Within minutes of installing, two of their young clients took turns quietly sitting "criss-cross applesauce" inside, just as I had envisioned.
Please join Dr. Sue Balter-Reitz, Stephanie Baucus, Reno Charette, Kelly Christy, Brittany Hommer, Juli Pierce, Kassie Runsabove, Chrysti M. Smith, Rian St. Pierre, and Erika Willis and me as we facilitate #HearMeTooMontana table ConverZations at this Zonta Club of Billings event!
Framing the #HearMeToo Narrative: Community Engaged Art
Zonta Club of Billings #HearMeTooMontana ConverZations
April 28, 4-5 Social Hour, 5-6:30 dinner and conversations, 6:30-7 final words
"With examples of national and international artists and art projects that encourage dialogue and seed social change related to violence against women, artist curator Sherri Cornett will facilitate a conversation exploring ways art could further understanding and action in our region".
I am inspired by how many artists I know, at quick glance, who address these issues and whom I will be including in a brochure for my table participants: Suzanne Lacy, Rebecca Belmore, Marita Growing Thunder, Sally Beth Edelstein, Mido Lee, Ianna Brooks, SA Bachman & Neda Nedd Vedd Moridpour, Audrey Chan & Elana Mann, Eva Preston & Joanna Fulginiti, Cat Del Buono, Veronica Cardoso, Carol-Anne McFarlane, , Jane Hickey Caminos, Kay Kang, Kathryn Shinko, Vanessa Filley, Jaime Schaefer ...
Here is my info booklet:
In the 50 degree range, the early sign of spring in our yard, the oddly, but propitiously placed, by a previous owner, pussy willow is on the verge of busting out. I cut it for my mother-in-law, whose birthday is tomorrow... an annual tradition. At the same time, I am creating a new public sculpture. My thoughts run as follows: "This is a thicket, a willow thicket, a red twig dogwood thicket, ubiquitous to our creeks and our river... broken, nibbled branches softened by clematis vine and the nests, pods and egg sacks that tie together/bind branches of the thicket and create places for germination within the thicket.... places for incubation, symbolic of our communities, made up of individuals, families, cultures, coming together, binding together, to create our larger collective community."
In Jon Lodge's words, his opening reception of MATRIXXMODULATION was a "beautiful, energized, collective, creative Thing." And it was. Thank you to everyone who braved yet another night of snow to join us. I am most grateful to Jon, who agreed to mount this exhibition at the 11th hour (after the previously scheduled one cancelled) and stepped immediately in to work with Jodi Lightner's and Keeara Rhoades' students on collaborative pieces, shared his experience and unique perspectives and, overall, was an enthusiastic, curious presence on campus.
MATRIXXMODULATION is up through March 28th. Gallery hours are M-F 8-4 (except for early closing on Tuesday, March 5th and closure on Wednesday, March 6th. You can call Rebecca in the Art Department office at 657-2324 to confirm). PM me about possible visiting beyond regular scheduled hours.
Join us Wednesday, March 13th
LI 148 (auditorium just east of the Northcutt Steele Gallery)
"JPEG/MPEG Time Window Progression (Life as an Artist)", a performance and talk by Jon Lodge in conjunction with this exhibition.
What do the senior art critic of New York Magazine Jerry Saltz and Big Gulp cups have to do with Jon Lodge's JPEG/MPEG Time Window Progression (Life as an Artist) event coming up next week - in conjunction with his MATRIXXMODULATION exhibition, Wednesday, March 13th, 6:30 pm in LI 148, the auditorium just east of Northcutt Steele Gallery at MSU Billings? Hint: it may just be part of the audience participation of this Happening... And it might just have to do with Jon's planned random/stochastic mindset...Come and find out.
Thank you to my Intrepid Gallery Warriors (Morgan Syring, Terri Porta, David Correa, Laura Meintjes, Kari Adams, Liz May) who assisted in this fab event and, in particular, David for these photos! And to Jane Waggoner Deschner for her experienced eye.
Jon Lodge makes art of randomness by 'tapping into an accident'Anna Paige, Feb 22, 2019, The Billings Gazette https://billingsgazette.com/entertainment/community/jon-lodge-makes-art-of-randomness-by-tapping-into-an/article_f2350b96-999f-5bad-9098-1748d43693f5.html?mode=nowapp&fbclid=IwAR2OL4WKeNbAqMfMkyAlNFkwvceTLL3iKPdftxQ5misBowRbLXA_TRL5qAQ
More information at: https://www.sherricornett.com/matrixxmodulation-jon-lodge.html
UNDOCUMENTED: DIFFERENCE IN AMERICA TODAY
Kirk's Grocery, Billings, MT
December 6, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Curated by Sherri Cornett and Dr. Aaron Rosen
The dual show features internationally recognized artists MICHAEL TAKEO MAGRUDER and BENTLY SPANG. Each artist reflects on discourses of intolerance and belonging in the light of their family histories and current events, especially the crisis facing immigrants at the southern border of the United States. Community response to this show, (and the addition of Plaid Shirt Guy's plaid shirt in the front gallery), was powerful.
For more information: https://www.sherricornett.com/undocumented-difference-in-america-today.html
'Undocumented' explores immigration, internment, land access at Billings South Side gallery Anna Paige Dec 7, 2018 Billings Gazette https://billingsgazette.com/entertainment/community/undocumented-explores-immigration-internment-land-access-at-billings-south-side/article_974ee693-9491-5dfd-a27f-aa187a54b896.html?mode=nowapp&fbclid=IwAR3ZyWcEQ-ZWkoSqGfUtNQIj_lzNAIJkfw_S3JFbvUrpoI5Q4Nl24fo8IRQ
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