About the project:
Inspired by the neighborhoods and culture of Savannah, Georgia I've been thinking about the way we divide ourselves into living a diversity of ways--thinking about how all our ways of living--for all the differences that exist--are all part of one community--though they feel worlds apart. I've been reflecting on our common desires: desires for a safe place to call home, for our children to be educated, to have access to food.
Reflections on Desires embodies these reflections. Places of intersection in Savannah--homes, schools and grocery stores-- are woven together where patterns in the environment across images reflects the one reality in which these seemingly separate places exist.
Current and Upcoming Residents
About the project:
Page Laughlin, will engage the ON::View residency space as a living laboratory for developing the Community Coloringbook Project. This is the next series in the Coloringbook Portfolio and “Paper Doll” Series, large scale oil and digital ink paintings on sheets of paper. Laughlin works at the intersection between oil painting, photography, and digital drawing. Starting from photographs she takes of people in her community, Laughlin converts the photos into composite figures and generates a line drawing, a coloring book template, for painterly exploration.
“Through my painting and digital ink artworks I am interested in examining our relationship to the ‘things we carry’ —the physical, psychological, and social markers of of who we are,” says Laughlin. “I ask people to pose for simple photographs, wearing their favorite hat, their everyday street clothes, bringing whatever they carry with them. I am very excited by the ON::View Residency opportunity to workshop the early digital and inkwash drawings for a community coloringbook.”
Throughout her residency, Laughlin invites the public to come be a part of the coloringbook project. On Saturday May 12th from 12-5pm, she will start taking pictures for the coloringbook. Stop by, come dressed as you are, and /or bring a favorite hat you like to wear, or burden you would like to share. Or simply come in and say Hi! and spread the word. On June 1st from 6-9pm, Sulfur Studios will hold a public open-house; Laughlin will exhibit paintings from her Coloringbook Portfolio.
Page Laughlin has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, including New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Fe, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond. Laughlin’s paintings are in numerous private and public collections, and her paintings have been shown in over 43 competitive exhibitions including 10 solo exhibitions or installations, 11 museum exhibitions, and 6 published color exhibition catalogues. Laughlin lives and works in Winston-Salem, NC, where she is a Professor at Wake Forest University.
On May 6, 1937 the German zeppelin Hindenburg was destroyed in a spectacular fire captured live on radio by Herbert “Herb” Morrison. The event “went viral” as it spread across newsreels and newspapers, and as Morrison’s “Oh the humanity!” proclamation was re-broadcast on radio stations across the country.
The resonance of this event has sent waves into The Other Side of the World, an alternate universe created by artist Rob Hessler. There it created a self-contained “island” where the after-effects play out on a landscape populated by elements familiar to the incident and with things as they were in our real world at that time. The One in the Duck Feather Cloak, a sentient explorer within this alternate reality, has come to explore this island, experiencing it for us in the present day, and sending back images so that we might understand the Hindenburg’s place in our history.
For this project artist Rob Hessler will recreate the Hindenburg disaster at the point where it intersects The Other Side of the World. Leading up to the April 6th First Friday Art March, the space will act as a slowly changing installation piece, set in 1937 during the weeks leading up to the history-altering event. On the evening of the reception, the window on Bull Street will turn into a portal to The Other Side of the World, with Hindenburg coming alive as a performance art piece including video, sound, and live actors.
Additional collaborative elements to be provided by videographer Drew Hunt and director/improvisationalist Chris Soucy.
Friendship Magic Collective consists of painters Greg Eltringham and Honor Bowman Hall.
Our current ongoing collaborative project titled, “Homecoming,” is an investigation into our immediate environment, focusing on elements found in Savannah. We are interested in creating visual narratives that reflect our experiences in a deeply personal and imaginative painterly language. Our project is a conversation between our own points of reference. At times in synch, and at times tense, we create a dialogue about our lived experiences in Savannah. We employ specific painting strategies utilizing landscape, portraits, and narratives that touch on place, personal context, and transformation. This work is our response to the complex relationships and social dynamics that develop in this confined space. The ultimate goal of this project is to create and record our own visual diaries, evidence of our existence here at this moment in time, and to foster a lasting artistic dialog and friendship.
Join us for the public reception at the end of their residency during First Fridays in Starland on March 2nd from 6-9pm.