JACKSON, WY — This summer, a collection of world-class artists will come together to create large-scale immersive art installations on The Center Campus. The 2019 Creative In Residence, titled “All That’s Left Behind,” opens Saturday, June 8.
The Opening Celebration includes exhibition openings in the Art Association Gallery, The Center Theater Gallery, and The Center Courtyard from 6:30-8 p.m. on June 8, followed by a special, ticketed performance from the genre-bending Southern sisters Rising Appalachia. On Sunday, June 9, artists Shrine, Aaron Taylor Kuffner, and Mia Dungeon will give a free artist talk “Art as Catalyst” in The Center Theater Lobby from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Meet the Artists
Aaron Taylor Kuffner: The Gamelatron Gandaberunda
The Art Association Gallery
Kuffner is a conceptual artist whose dynamic work reaches far outside conventional forms of representation and is uniquely attached to the idea of providing conceptual tools that further the evolution of consciousness through experiences of beauty and the sublime. Gamelatrons draw on the thousand-year-old sonic tradition of Indonesia–Gamelan–and the emerging field of robotics to create magical, viscerally-powerful, site-specific performances, installations and stand-alone artworks.
Shrine: Expansion Towers
A collaboration with Aaron Taylor Kuffner and Mia Dungeon
The Center Courtyard
Shrine is a multi-faceted artist who has been making work across disciplines for over 30 years. The richness of his practice comes from lovingly embracing the unknown, working with items discarded by humans all over the world, and the complete dedication to his immersive process. Shrine’s work can be seen in countless countries on nearly all 7 continents.
Mia Dungeon: Desert Bloom
The Center Theater Gallery
A self-proclaimed Hermit Crab, Mia Dungeon lives and works out of her 1986 Toyota van. Navigating ever-changing landscapes, her work is a sponge to the constant influx of the vast visual stimuli innate to life on the road. The windshield of this 6’x8’ live/work space on wheels provides a viewing portal that frames her transient experiences that Mia translates into Surreal paintings. Her most recent series “Desert Bloom” was inspired by, and created in, Mia’s time spent in the Mojave Desert between Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, and the West Coastline of Southern California.
Meet the Curator
“Passionately curious, inspired by non-genre bound creativity, and motivated by the power of art and experiences to create the opportunity for systemic change,” would be a good way to describe Jeff Stein’s ambitions as a curator of cultural offerings.
Inspired early on by the art based performance gathering Bread And Puppet in Vermont, he felt the major impact that visceral art experiences can provide. Over the course of the next 20 years, he built production experience, created art focused spaces and parties, and has collaborated on art and music projects at festivals across the West Coast and Canada. He founded a production company, Nomadic Events, in Jackson, WY in 2007, that focuses on sharing a range of unique and diverse art and music events, with clients ranging from The North Face, The Jackson Center for the Arts, The National Wildlife Museum, Arc’ Teryx, What The Festival, and the Bass Coast Project, in addition to working with private clients. In 2015, he co-founded the Contour Music Festival in Jackson, WY which over the course of 3 days featured over 80 multi-genre artists, ranging from live bands to DJ’s, dance performances, mural, gallery, and physical installation artists as well as featured workshops. He can’t help but constantly be dreaming up new projects that await the proper catalyst.
Meet the Entertainers
Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots and built its legion of listeners independently — a self-made success story that has led to major festival appearances and sold-out shows at venues across the country. Their music has emerged out of the idea of taking the traditions of Southern music and rising out of them, creating different bridges between cultures and stories to make them feel alive and reflective of the times right now.
Tickets for Rising Appalachia’s June 8th performance in The Center Theater will go on sale on May 8 at 12 p.m. at jhcenterforthearts.org.
About The Center’s Creative in Residence initiative
The Center’s Creative in Residence program provides support and space for guests to work at The Center, along with the local artistic community, to highlight an interdisciplinary process and result in an impactful and inspiring end product. Past residencies featured Jackson Hole Public Art’s Pavilion Project designed by Carney Logan Burke Architects in 2018, and in 2017, Matthew Day Jackson, Camille Obering, and Andy Kincaid presented Observatories.
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