SiteWork/Hopscotch investigates the relationship between contemporary art and independent music. Projects are presented at sites in downtown Raleigh to coincide with the Hopscotch Music Festival
in September. SiteWork/Hopscotch is comprised strictly of project-based work initiated by an international roster of artists who are either dual practitioners (artist/musicians) or artists working with sound or music-related ideas.
featured site-related work by seven artists at five different sites:
- Casey Cook, Chapel Hill, NC. @ Lump Gallery/Projects (exterior); 505 S. Blount Street.
- Lincoln Hancock, Raleigh, NC. @ The Cube/VAE (interior); 309 W. Martin St.
- Harrison Haynes, Durham, NC. @ Lump Gallery/Projects (interior); 505 S. Blount St.
- Taiyo Kimura, Kamakura, Japan. @ Kings/the Garland (exterior); 14 W. Martin St.
- Sara Magenheimer, New York, NY. @ Kings/the Garland (exterior); 14 W. Martin St.
- Neill Prewitt, Raleigh, NC. @ Flanders Gallery (interior); 302 S. West St.
- Xaviera Simmons, New York, NY. @CAM (interior) 409 W. Martin St.
All SiteWork/Hopscotch project sites are free and open to the public.
Artist information, links and project images below.
Casey was born in Bellefonte, PA. She has a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles and a MFA from University of California, Los Angeles. Currently she resides and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Marcel Mural, 2013. Site-specific wall painting, Lump Gallery/Projects.
The Marcel Mural is a painting based on a small work on paper titled Marcel.
The original painting has been greatly enlarged and images depicting three-dimensional objects have been added. Painted shadows add a trompe l’oeil effect to the otherwise flat exterior wall.
There is no advertisement slogan or decipherable narrative painted on this wall, all things often seen on building exteriors. Instead, the abstract painting has moved outside of the gallery space and is inviting the public to look closer.
The original painting was inspired by the performances of Marcel Marceau. Using movement, facial expression and music, Marceau was able to evoke emotion and build imaginary environments. Painting can speak without using words in this same way. Through color, shape and varying perspectives a wall can be transformed and an abstract environment created. The artist's hope is to elicit curiosity about abstract painting in a public environment via this SiteWork mural.
Lincoln Hancock is an artist, designer, and musician with a background in Philosophy and an advanced degree in Graphic Design. His work was recently featured in a show exploring the intersection of text and image at the North Carolina Museum of Art. He is recipient of a 2013 Regional Artist Project Grant from the United Arts Council of Raleigh.
Journey in Turiya, 2013. Installation. Harp case, light, continuous sound. Dimensions variable.
Journey in Turiya is an homage to Alice Coltrane, the late musician and swamini of the Sai Anantam Ashram in California. Though widely known as the wife of jazz giant John Coltrane—and a crucial member of his late quintet—Alice Coltrane continued long after her husband’s passing to explore the frontiers of sound they’d begun to chart together. A genre-busting harpist, pianist, organist and composer who became a spiritual seeker, Alice Coltrane’s work and persona represent a relevant and timely model of hybrid artistic and spiritual practice. The present installation —which incorporates light, color, a levitating harp case, and continuous sound—functions as a meditation on art, music and spirituality, proposing the figure of Coltrane as a kind of aesthetic guru. Its title refers to Coltrane’s fourth solo album Journey in Satchidananda (1970), inspired by her association with Swami Satchidananda in the late ‘60s. Alice Coltrane became known as Turiya (transcendence, nirvana)—then Turiyasangitananda (the highest song of bliss)—as she deepened spiritually and worked to send “illuminating worlds of sound into the ethers of this universe” (as she describes in the liner notes to her 1971 album Universal Consciousness). This piece is inspired by Alice/Turiya, and represents the outcome of the artist’s effort to create a space in which one might consider the possibility of transcendence through an immersive aesthetic experience.
Harrison Haynes is a visual artist who has worked with photography, painting, video and performance. He received a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Photography from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in New York. Haynes' work has been exhibited nationally and was included in 'The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl' which originated at the Nasher Museum of Art and traveled to the ICA/Boston and the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, and 'Here' at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Philadelphia. As a drummer he has toured and recorded extensively with the New York based group Les Savy Fav.
No Concert, 2013, video projection, inkjet print and sound, dimensions variable
No Concert is a site-specific installation of new work by the Durham-based artist Harrison Haynes consisting of sound, video projection and photography. It is the artist's first solo show at Lump Gallery/Projects and his first solo exhibition since completing the Bard MFA program in 2012. Using Francis Picabia's 1924 collaborative, interdisciplinary event Relâche as a jumping off point, Haynes brings together aspects of his own multifarious practice under one roof. For the installation, Haynes has taken cues from the space itself, both historically and architecturally, in determining the layout. A large projected video screen bisects the gallery and cycles through a series of scenes depicting assemblages of objects in Haynes' studio as they are subjected to certain conditions of light. Large, unframed photographs hang from the ceiling, showing tiers of metal work-lamps, another reference to the stage construction of Relâche. Haynes' photographs hang perpendicular to the gallery walls, obstructing the video screen, requiring motion on the part of the viewer. In contrast to Relâche, which was co-authored by Picabia and composer Eric Satie, Haynes' exhibition coalesces efforts from two branches of his own creative output: music and visual art. In 2008 Haynes began to integrate drumming into his visual practice through modes of performance, and by way of subject matter through photography and collage. With No Concert, Haynes further explores that hybridity, unveiling an original percussion-based sound composition, which runs continually during the exhibition.
Taiyo Kimura is an artist based in Kamakura, Japan. His work has been exhibited extensively in Japan and abroad, including: The Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul; The Hayward Gallery, London; PS1, Queens, NY; and the Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia. This year he was the recipient of a 6-month Asian Cultural Council Residency Grant in New York City.
Lose Me On the Way, 2012, animation, 2:49 min, courtesy the artist
When I sell my artwork, I have to consider that it will be preserved for a very long time, longer than my own life, perhaps. In this video, I imagine how a living piece of artwork would regard the life span of a human being.
Sara Magenheimer is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BA from Tufts University, a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an MFA from Bard College. Magenheimer has screened work and performed at CANADA Gallery, The Berkeley Art Museum, P.S.1 MOMA, The Brooklyn Academy of Music and ISSUE Project Room, among others. She is currently collaborating with artists Ben Vida and Michael Bell-Smith on a multi-media performance event called BLOOPERS, which premiered at the Performa 13 Biennial, through a commission by Triple Canopy.
Mickrys, 2012, video, 1:46 min, courtesy the artist
This short video is about two fictional characters, as in letters, and two fictional characters, as in anthropomorphized mice, falling in love. Just as they start their love-dance/party they are separated by The Hand of language/culture/logic and are forced to learn and embody new signifiers in order to reunite at the end, when they finish their dance party. Mickrys is a parable about the power of love, the power of language, and the power of rhythm.
Nothing Comes from Talking but Sound, 2012, video, 1:30 min, courtesy the artist
This is an instructional video about how to read the alphabet. Each letter has an apparent meaning and many sub-meanings that are described using a blue rectangle made of tape, drawing, spaghetti, and a few other props.
Neill Prewitt is an artist and educator from and based in Raleigh. His practice grew out of Yuxtapongo, a monthly public access TV show broadcasting local artists across the Triangle from 2008 to 2012. In 2012 he received an MFA from UNC Chapel Hill. White People, a series of large-scale paintings abstracting the human form, debuted summer of 2013.
Bad Economy, 2012. Video, 20 min.
Bad Economy is a mixed media work by Neill Prewitt engaging the front room of Flanders Gallery. The work centers around a 20 minute narrative video, a short epic musical about a young man's journey to become an artist during the Great Recession.
Bobby is a rebel with a Liberal Arts degree, on the run from the "creative economy" that's closing in around him. At every turn it instrumentalizes his critical stance, saddling him with low-wage work and student debt. The only way out may be a harrowing passage down to his own depths wherein lies the artist's heart.
Xaviera Simmons produces installations, sculptures, photographic, video and performative works. She received a BFA from Bard College (2004) after spending 2 years of walking pilgrimage retracing the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade with Buddhist Monks. She completed the Whitney Museum’s ISP in Studio Art (2005) while simultaneously completing a two-year actor-training conservatory with The Maggie Flanigan Studio. Xaviera has exhibited nationally and internationally where major exhibitions and performances include; The Museum of Modern, MoMA PS1, Nouveau Museum National de Monaco, The Studio Museum In Harlem, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Public Art Fund and The Sculpture Center. Simmons is a recipient of numerous awards including The David Driskell Prize, The Jerome Foundation Travel Fellowship, an Art Matters Fellowship and a SmARTPower Fellowship. Simmons was a 2012 AIR at The Studio Museum In Harlem.
Number 15 and Number 16, 2012, digital video, 32:00 min, courtesy the artist
Contemplate the genre of Jazz, its histories and implications.
Face a video camera and sing as many standards as you can within an hour.
Feel every emotion and put that emotion into each song.
Collect a series of arbitrary materials that can be utilized for this score specifically.
These materials should be able to be used anyway the performer needs to use them.
Contemplate a room or canvas.
Contemplate shades of the colors pink, blue, yellow, red, black and gold.
Utilize these colors in some way using the arbitrary materials you have collected.
Take as much time as you can to utilize these colors and materials in some way in the room and or on the canvas.
Utilize them in a way you have never seen before.