JACKSON, WY — This summer, a collection of world-class artists came together to create large-scale immersive art installations as a part of the 2019 Creative in Residence initiative at the Center. “All That’s Left Behind” featured works from a number of artists (see below) and was curated by Jeff Stein.
Celebrate the closing of two of the exhibits at The Center for the Arts on Sept 6th from 5-8pm. There will be free food and drinks and tunes by Mr. Whipple. Then continue the celebrations at Hand Fire Pizza at the “Afterparty,” featuring DJ Crayon, Oh Nassi! and Jefe. To purchase tickets to the “Afterparty,” click here.
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/workspace 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.
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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