Current and Upcoming Residents
The power of the printed word, deliberate in nature, takes time in its revolution. Handwritten letters are personal and tangible because of the time and intimate process of drawing out each and every character. Handprinted ephemera much like handwritten letters can provide the same genuine experience. Unlike word processing where an entire paragraph or more of composition can be eradicated with a swift highlight and a backspace, this is not the case with handset type since it is hard to redistribute what has already been set in and inked.
“Dearest Savannah” is a adlib patchwork of words, phrases, and sayings about our community, printed by the artist and walk-in community participants. The prints will be assembled and reassembled as the living letter to our dearest Savannah growing over the course of the residency. The studio will be transformed into a letterpress print shop complete with woodtype, presses, ink, paper and other printing accoutrements. The space will provide an opportunity for participants to engage with the artist and equipment to find the words to express how we feel about our community. Participants will build upon what has already been said bring to light common themes of what we say about the place in which we live.
Following an interaction with the space and the printing process participants will be able to take a print of what they set with them as a reminder of what they have said. Participants are invited to come and print anytime the artist is present in the space.
Nicholas Silberg is a Teaching Artist, Professor and Department Chair at Savannah State University where he is responsible for among other things teaching the Printmaking curriculum. He is highly involved with the Ashantilly Press Project in Darien, Georgia where he teaches handset type and relief classes. Recently, he has helped to reopen a letterpress teaching space at the Pioneer Settlement for the Arts in Barberville, Florida. Nicholas holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. Nicholas has received winter residencies from Penland School of Crafts, and has recently chaired a conference panel entitled “Slinging Ink in the South.” Nicholas has shown work nationally and internationally with work in several permanent collections.
The book and collage can be metaphors for life’s journey; pages and layers conveying time experienced. INTERVALS will expand on Auge’s existing collage practice, utilizing rhythmic, coded and abstracted vocabularies to explore alternative book art. During the 4-week residency, simple bookmaking techniques will be distilled and/or deconstructed to produce sculptural forms. These forms, along with 2D work incorporating collage, drawing, painting and print processes, will develop into a cohesive installation. Playful experimentation between color, texture, pattern and geometry will merge with subtle, narrative photographic elements. Within these combinations, INTERVALS will examine concepts of personal and universal journey. Works will ponder the intersection of ethereal dreamscape and architectural landscape. INTERVALS will highlight inner spaces and interspaces, individual moments and the places in-between, that constitute a collective sense of reality. Quick-shifting segments of imagery may not be immediately recognizable, but in some way are familiar.
The rhythm of the work will be directly informed by the very days and moments spent at Sulfur Studios. Passersby can be present with the artist’s meditative process of collage and bookmaking; cut, fold, arrange, collate, paste, bind, repeat. Using a mixture of acquired print sources, hand-altered paper, canvas, and fabric, surprising moments of unity and contrast, of harmony and dissonance, will be revealed. Auge will incorporate locally sourced ephemera and found materials as much as possible. There will be opportunities during the residency for the community to add visual components to the work. The community will be invited to share specific memories, project imagined futures, or simply take a few moments to indulge in a bit of creative play. Auge will keep the process of making open for improvisation and spontaneity in response to the city and site.
Additionally, Auge aims to publish a collaborative, limited edition zine toward the end of the program. The Zine will prove as record of the monthlong creative interval. A drop-in workshop will be offered to learn how to make small format books and zines so the community can be empowered to self-publish and utilize these processes in their own creative endeavors.
October 12: Open Studio 12pm-5pm
October 19: Open Studio 12pm-5pm
October 20: Open Studio 12pm-5pm
October 27: Mini-Books For Beginners Drop-In Workshop 1pm-5pm $10 suggested donation
November 2: First Friday Public Reception 6pm-9pm
November 3: Final Open Studio
Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, Craig Deppen Auge is a multimedia artist and designer currently based in Kansas City, Missouri. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and an Associates of Science, Digital Design and Print Communications from Bridge Valley Community & Technical College in Montgomery, West Virginia. He has exhibited work in solo and group shows throughout the U.S., including The Billboard Creative Q1 Show in Los Angeles, and locally at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. He has participated in numerous collaborative projects, including New York-based Satellite Collective’s Telephone: An International Arts Experiment. His art has been featured in several print and digital publications including Art Yellow Book #2, Sprung Formal, Gambling the Aisle, Duende Literary Journal and Blacklist Journal.
During the one-month residency at Sulfur Studios jeweler Annika Pettersson will be working on the project titled: “Remix Resolution”. This project takes its inspiration from the remix culture that was first developed by end of the 20th century and has evolved ever since. "Remix" generally refers to the practice of recombining pre-existing media content.
Remix, in whatever form or medium in which it is implemented, is concerned with recordings. It is founded on the appropriation of existing media content and it manipulates this recorded data to fabricate new products or content.
Every element in a remix has been derived and copied from something else, it is a process requiring the act of copying. The result is not just a faithful reproduction but somewhat different and original in its own right.
Pettersson aims to produce new and interesting products by recycling already existing media and content. The “Remix resolution” project examines concepts of originality, innovation, authority, simulation, plagiarism, repetition, and inauthenticity.
The “Remix Resolution” project can be divided into four different parts:
Part 1 - In search of new parts
The web is full of available content just waiting to be used. As a jeweler Pettersson has found an unlimited amount of predesigned CAD-files that are accessible for free on the web. Today we are able to download the world's culture and transform it into something different. Part 1 contains of collecting free, pre-made Cad-files to build up a library of content to use.
Part 2 - Change of shape and aesthetic
Once the library has been creating its time to start to remix the content to create new content. By modifying and remixing the collected CAD-files in various programs Petersson will utilize mashup, remix, and and collage practices as new and original ways of creating and distributing information.
Part 3 - Print and analysis
As a new remixed object has been digitally created it will be 3d-printed. Once the 3d-printer has finished the jewel will be analyzed, evaluated, and possibly redesigned and then printed again.
Part 4 - Discussion and conversation
This project is based on the underlying values of originality, innovation, uniqueness, artistry, creativity and hard work. To further develop these thoughts Pettersson aims to organize discussions in the form of remix-talks. Pettersson sees this as a way of connecting to the local community and a way to tap into the knowledge, experience, opinions, and behaviors of those individuals that are around Sulfur studios.
Annika Pettersson was born in Karlskrona, Sweden in 1981. She works predominantly in the field of contemporary jewelry. Through her work Pettersson explores traditional jewelry though a reinterpretation of classical shapes. Her work is distorted and developed though intimate material knowledge. Pettersson’s work embodies a sublime touch and the transcendent nature of jewelry.
She completed her MFA with distinction in 2009 and completed a one-year research project in 2017 at Konstfack University in Stockholm, Sweden. Pettersson has participated in numerous group exhibitions on an international scale and she has been awarded several prestigious grants. She is currently living and working in Stockholm, Sweden.
What should I plant?
What is your artistic process?
Both seem like simple questions that Lisa D. Watson is frequently asked about her garden business and artwork. The loaded answers are arduous but are interlaced philosophically about creating sustainable gardens and upcycled art.
During her On::View Residency at Sulfur Studios, Watson will explore combining her current professions and transform the area into “a green space”. “It’s a rare opportunity to incorporate living plants into works of art,” says Lisa.
Roadways, bridges and sprawl are common themes in Watson’s artwork. She has been concerned with vulnerable natural habitats and human encroachment since she was a child as she watched roadways cut thru neighboring woodlands. Artwork can reflect these issues, native and drought tolerant gardens along with landscape education may just be the antidote to these sprawling problems, one garden at a time.
A few repetitive shapes using collaged wall pieces, linoleum printing experimentation and three dimensional planters will be explored during the month. The unconventional planters will explore the ways foliage has an incredible way of breaking thru human infrastructure.
Lisa welcomes those who may need garden advice to bring photos of their landscapes. She will share her knowledge on native, drought and/or salt tolerant plants, rain catchment ideas and a non-toxic weed killer recipe. Sharing knowledge is a way to give back to the Savannah community, but she also wants people to assess their own gardens and make sustainable changes.
In the final week, passersby may slow down and be transported into the installation, creating an antidote as they walk by or enter the space.
Open to the public Dates
August 18, 24, 25, 31
Sept. 1, 8
First Friday Viewing
Sept. 7, 2018 6-9PM
Lecture: Garden Tips for a Sustainable Southeastern Landscape
Sept. 8, 2018 2PM
Lisa D. Watson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio and an Certificate in Interior Design from Learning Tree University in Chatsworth, California.
Watson's artwork has been exhibited nationally in Telfair Museum's Jepson Center and The Savannah City Hall Rotunda Gallery in Savannah, GA, Art on Paper Fair in NYC, The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA, and most recently at Brassworks Gallery in Montclair, NJ.
Her mural work can be seen in four of contemporary video artist Bill Viola’s Art Installations including Going Forth By Day - Deutsche Guggenheim Museum, Five Angels For The Millennium - Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London and The Passions - Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Since 1992, Watson has freelanced as an eco-conscious artist, designer, film production art director, muralist and scenic painter. She has created commissioned residential and commercial murals in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Hilton Head and Savannah, GA. Besides her scenic work on such projects as the Academy Awards, Fox Kids Network w/ Wayne White and many commercials, she art-directed infomercials and videos, including Hip Hop Abs and Gaiam exercise videos.
Lisa currently owns Plan It Green Design in Savannah, Georgia. When not consulting clients with interior/ exterior space planning, color consulting, native and drought tolerant garden design, she produces art using reclaimed materials.
The globalized production of fashion objects has disconnected many consumers from the traditional crafts that used to be highly visible in the production process. During her Residency Michelle Quick will use the ‘on-view’ aspect of this residency as an opportunity to demystify the process of shoemaking and educate viewers about how an object that they interact with every day– shoes - are made.
She will transform the studio space into a development lab and shoe production facility. Visitors will be able to see all the components that go into producing footwear and leather goods as the products are built. The goal of showing these processes is to engage the public in conversations around the value of craft, materials, and labor in relation to the fashion products we interact with daily.
This project will bring together all of Quick's skills as a designer, craftsperson, and educator into one thematic body of work exploring the relationship between design, production, and consumption of fashion objects. So often, emphasis is just placed on the final product, but the artist wants to place equal focus on the materials, making process, and final product by physically showing each phase in the final presentation.
7/14 2-4pm, Shoemaking Process Demonstrations
Formal studio visit with demonstrations walking the visitors through different stages of the shoemaking process, utilizing my project progress for reference.
7/19 6-7pm, Slow Fashion Discussion Panel
Discussion with other local designers and craftspeople to highlighting topics related to my project including the rise of the slow fashion movement, the value of handcrafted objects, and the importance of educating the consumer on the production process.
7/28 1-3pm, Leather Workshop / Make Your Own Leather Key Fob
Hands-on workshop of leather working skills that are utilized in shoemaking, where visitors can actually use tools and create a small leather good for themselves. The process of developing an understanding of materials, learning a new skill, and physically making a product that you can use is incredibly empowering and exciting. Connecting to the products we make can help build curiosity and empathy about how the other products we use regularly are made.
8/3 6-9pm, Final Residency Reception as part of First Fridays in Starland
Michelle Quick is a footwear and accessory designer, maker, and educator.
She hails from Detroit, Michigan and attributes her early interest in the construction of products to the city’s extensive manufacturing history. Quick first started to design and produce fashion accessories in the early 2000’s at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her interdisciplinary BFA degree with a focus on fibers, fashion, and sculpture.
After working in production for a small shoe manufacturer in Chicago, she pursued a Master’s degree in Fashion Footwear at the prestigious Cordwainers at London College of Fashion. Upon completing her degree, Michelle continued to work in footwear production, specializing in bespoke shoemaking techniques, patterning, and sample making.
She joined the Accessory Design department at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011. Michelle believes it’s important for young designers to understand the power and responsibility of the decisions they make during the design process. She has led study trips to Europe and Asia, exposing students to all levels of material sourcing and manufacturing.
In addition to teaching, Michelle also runs her own bespoke leather goods company, MBQ Handmade, creating one-of-a-kind products for a diverse clientele.
Slivinsky's work begins and ends with the act of cleaning. She questions an ideal standard of beauty that is forced upon women within western culture in searching for the correlation between unrealistic beauty expectations and the ways in which women are portrayed in the media. She explores this by purchasing magazines that can be found in common places, whether it be a drug store or a street cart, and flips through to find images of women that are displayed in different ways. Are their bodies being used as a commodity? Is this “fine-art” photography? Is this modeling? What exactly is it that makes one image professional and another “sexy”?
The image of the woman torn from the magazine is digitally manipulated and cleaning products are sprayed over her and I wipe her clean. The artist's response to her objectification is reactionary. Slivinsky is not cleaning the image because the subject is unclean, rather but rather is reclaiming her right to her body and sexuality through the obliteration of her objectification. The image is altered further by gesturally applying, pouring, spraying and wiping more cleaning products across her washed body in an attempt to force the viewer to examine the way women are seen in the world and ultimately subverting the meaning of the original image.
During this 4-week residency, Slivinsky will be continuing this body of work, while touching upon some more personal aspects of her life that she recently realized have an effect on my work. She will be printing large scale photos and working into them with cleaning products and will bring other elements and media into her paintings, such as acrylic paint, marker, collage, etc. She will also be doing smaller scale works using the same process, and will spray-paint t-shirts using a stencil. While the artist is working in the studio, the door will be open to the community in an effort to encourage and engage in conversation surrounding the work with the community.
July 6: Public reception: small prints, t-shirts, and posters will be for sale in the studio space and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood.
July 7: Spray paint your own t-shirt with Rebecca Slivinsky. $20 each. Or bring your own t-shirt with a $5 donation to Planned Parenthood.
Rebecca Slivinsky (b. 1993, United States) will be receiving an M.F.A. in painting in 2019 from The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA and received a B.A. in studio art from Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT in 2015. She has exhibited work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States as well as internationally. She also studied in Lacoste, France in 2017. Slivinsky currently lives and works in Savannah, GA.
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.
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.
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.