Saturday, April 11, 2009

Habitat Update

I thought it a good moment to refresh those that are following or just signing on as to what is happening with the Project. As you see we have just begun the first studio in New Paltz NY with Todd Sargood's Painting Class at SUNY NP . Despite cold temperatures and snow flurries the students engaged collectively in cladding the structure with the many tiles they had made in class from recycled ply wood . We'd set up a slide system on two sides so the tiles could be changed and alternated as the class wished. Very soon the students will get to have the experience of working in the 6 by 6 studio and entering into dialog with the numerous passers by on lower Main St.
Amy Lipton, of Ecoartspace was down in Philly this week visiting SCEE . The HFA project will be part of an exhibit titled "Edible Landscapes" which wonderfully has a whole garden element attached to it . A number of us will be travelling down there to start the gardens which are based on the 6 by 6 footprint of the studios (soon). See Amy's blog at ecoartspace for her comments,.....

STILL continiung at ecoartspace project room at 53 Mercer St NYC , 3rd floor OPEN Saturdays. The HFA Collective is still exhibiting work and a studio indoors . Take a LOOK .....
Meanwhile , the Habitat at Poet's Walk will be being relocated to a new site at the park , so stay
posted for new pictures. We'll be working very closely with Scenic Hudson in the times to come and hope to get one or two more studios in SH 's Parks this summer. Including the work from the show at Van Brunt Gallery , whilst we were working there INDOORS . We hope to get a studio built in the park at Mount Beacon which will use this material !!

Starting in June we have various other events , "Ecotones " the regional show at the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz , will be playing host to a habitat and will have an overiding ecological flavor to the work , so get the info ..."Call for Artists and Collaborators ".

HFA will also be starting work on studios down at the Solar One site on the East River @ 23rd St

We shall also be changing things up at SPIRE Studios , Beacon soon . We shall be reducing the site to having ONE studio there and will be "rematerializing" the others into the project as a whole . The material gets reused on "new" studios in the various projects mentioned above.

LASTLY , we have Odin Cathcart up in Vermont building a studio which will eventually be part of the Solar One project in NYC . Odin is working , along with Todd Sargood and myself on the HOW to Manual for your Habitat Studio. Which reminds me , Shedworking an english blog site just picked up on our project and put together a cool collection of material to peruse. (will link soon .....)

Stay well and keep in touch . SD

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