Currently on view:
Images, from top: Work by AIR Lori Swartz
Mara Neimanis in her element
Jose Sigler and Cara Bonewitz
April Artists-in-Residence will be featured during this month’s Walk on White at the Ashe Street Cottages. The public is invited to stop in at 607 Ashe Street on Thursday, January 15 from 6-8pm to enjoy a glass of wine and meet:
Painter and writer, Loris Swartz
Writer and poet, Josie Sigler
Painter, Cara Bonewitz
Aerial performer, Mara Neimanis
Entry to the Residency Cottages is through the gate at 607 Ashe Street. Studio Artists at the Armory and 610 White Street will also have their doors open, with a wide variety of work on display.
April Artists in Residence:
Josie’s very short story, “The Compartment,” won the 2012 Barthelme Prize. Josie completed a PEN Northwest Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Residency, which affords a writer the opportunity to work on a remote homestead near the Rogue River in southern Oregon’s Klamath Mountains. She holds a dual PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. She teaches creative writing at University of Rhode Island in Kingston and is currently a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow.
Lori Swartz has one loyalty (art), with multiple expressions. She began as a metal smith, making large steel sculpture in 1998, then changed scale and began to make jewelry. She has been painting the whole time. She is also a writer and a performer of circus arts (acrobatics, trapeze, aerial fabric and aerial chain). Working as a multi-media artist has allowed Lori to express herself in ways that are both private and public. Her paintings are currently shown in galleries across the United States. She was the winner of the Astraea Foundation Poetry Grant. She performs circus antics with “Chicks With Chainsaws.”
Currently painting images of buildings wrapped in brightly patterned textiles as a way to explore visual systems, fragmented moments, and ambiguous associations that are inherent in domestic and industrial spaces. Using photographs of buildings and textile patterns as source material, combining architectural lines with repetitive patterns to create a new image that is a disjointed and obscure re-presentation of structure, routine and memory.
Combining intense physicality and raw charisma, Neimanis began as a trapeze artist and is reinventing physical theater. Here she performs on a spinning steel sculpture, channeling the life of Amelia Earhart, who famously disappeared over the South Pacific while attempting to become the first woman pilot to circumvent the globe.