As part of Red Head, I have some work on exhibit at plan.d. Gallery in Dusseldorf. The plan.d. artists showed at Red Head this past summer. Now it's our turn. So...if you are over there, check it out: October 21, 2023 to November 12, 2023. The term "node" refers to the intersections and divergences that comes with a cross-cultural project.
Learning Again. To Let Go. Again
This is what I am showing in Germany. Accordion folded paper. With text by Sue Bracken. Part of the challenge in showing in a group show in Germany was to design a piece that had presence, but could still fold down flat for shipping purposes. This piece is 12.5 inches tall and can expand up to 34 inches. I like the 3D aspect of having it a little pinches.
Letting Go detail
You can see here the words written by Sue "burned" into the paper. Her complete words are: clenched fists to drooping digits to tulip lips
plan.d. at Red Head, install 1
A quick glimpse of the compelling show that plan.d. put on at Red Head in the summer of 2023.
Heavy/Light performance by plan.d.
Our German friends put on a terrific performance where the audience got to tie helium filled balloons or bags of sand onto the performers. At the end of which all collapsed. You were wondering about the balloons in the first image? Well, they just lived on the floor of the gallery slowly deflating during the show. Kind of sad! 😉
plan.d. at Red Head install 2.
More of plan.d.'s installation. Also featuring the collaborative pole of work created by Red Head artists in response to plan.d. prompts.
Red Head's collaborative column for Node
A big part of Node was trying to make it as collaborative as possible. One aspect was that each of Red Head and plan.d. sent prompts to the other - enigmatic clues from which to create artwork. So, everybody randomly received a prompt and did something on their own. Then one glorious day all us Red Headers came together to make - this column. Reminds of a Grade 5 social studies project. And so it should - such straight up fun. My part is the post card "flags:.
Wishing I Was There
The prompt that I got for the collaborative column: Go to 5 intersections near Red Head. Photograph architecture without really trying. Hmmm.... I decided to photo the street signs at each cross roads. In downtown Toronto you can't but help capture some snippets of architecture. But then what? My partner Sue suggested that the photos looked like post cards. Perfect! That's what I did - with twists on the usual post card sentiments 5 intersections = 5 post cards
I am here and you are not
I fooled around with different types of post cards. This one features pyschedelic colours.
Which way is home?
This time with an old school faded colour palette. And a reverse on the usual card euphenism.
Wherever I go, there I am
A sentiment right out of the 60's
How Did I Get Here?
A question we should all ask all the time! Overall I made 5 sets of the postcards and stuck them all over the column. Giving lots away to tourists who visited the show. I wonder if they ever sent them?
plan.d. and Red Head artists on the roof of 401 Richmond St.
One of the big joys in being an artist is to be able to travel with your work. A handful of German artists were able to come to Toronto. The occasion need to be marked with beers , of course! I am in the back row to the left - closest to the snacks. Sadly, I won't be able to accompany my piece to Germany - this time.