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Solid Air STNDRD

Six streamers, each double the length of the STNDRD flagpole wrap six women who are the instruments of change. The women help each other shed their wrappings and attach them to bamboo sticks for a parade down the street in Granite City, passing by a crowd that is participating in another transformation ritual as artist Cam Fuller invites others to demolish his undrivable truck with a sledgehammer.

Solid Air, 2017 STNDRD, Granite City, IL
flag of reclaimed vintage china silk from color guard flags, thread, rope, flagpole dimensions variable up to 12’ long

Performance with ritual text by Gwyneth Zelany Anderson & movement by Gwyneth Zelany Anderson, Amanda Bowles, Andrea Freeman, Rachel Hermann, Amelia Jones

Solid Air is imbued with the actions and words of a ritual that manifests energetic transformation. Change is continual, yet transformation can be witnessed through observance of tangible residue such as the shedding of a snakeskin or the ephemeral setting of the sun. Pieces of china silk, once used as marching band flags, re-configured with dressmaking techniques become ritual objects in this evocative spectacle.

The percussion of the busted metal propells the momentum of the spectacle which continues down the block to the site of the STNDRD flagpole. The movements of the women propel the streamers through the air and the site is filled with color and form and the intention of energetic transformation. The streamers are then attached to the flagpole and the women stand at the foot of the pole, holding the flags in the air and they perform Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson’s call-and-response text in which they invoke active listening to the sounds of the space around them: the sound of the air, the sound of the earth below them, the sound of those in this world who are yearning for change.

The pole is wrapped clockwise as the women walk through tall grasses and wildflowers surrounding the pole, and another text is spoken before the pole is unwrapped. This unwrapping is not easy, as the group of women struggle to remove part of the fabric which has become snagged on the flagpole hardware. This struggle continues while the women hiss like snakes in mutual encouragement before managing to unravel the fabric once again so it can be bundled loosley and tied together, symbolizing unity and left to blow in the wind for two months as a reminder of the work we must do together to bring about desired change.

BLUE: Resilience OPEN Gallery

Blue: Resilience air dancer: (ten of swords), 2017 nylon and polyester, thread, electric fan, cord, up to 12’ dimensions variable

BLUE curated by Erin Hayden at Open Gallery for Arts of Life

Stomachus glitterus   Peanut Gallery

Stomachus glitterus (1 of 3)
Plaster, foam, resin, glitter, 13x7x5 inches, 2011 private collection
Photo by Justin Tvedt

Positive Reinforcement
at Peanut Gallery, Chicago

Organized Light Art On Armitage

Organized light: One Trillion Thirty Billion to One Trillion Four Hundred and Fifteen Billion Plaster, foam, resin, glitter, 60x50x18, 2011
Photo by Justin Tvedt

The sculpture is over six feet tall, made of foam, acrylic medium, plaster, resin and over ten pounds of glitter. The title refers to the United States Military Budget for 2011-2012.

The dazzling quality of craft glitter is uniquely compelling. I began working with this irresistible material because of its association with joy and optimism and its reflective colored light. Observance of the 10-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan in September 2011 provided inspiration to complete these larger-than-life-size figures, juxtaposing material with meaning.

Abandoned Antarctic Shanty Art of This 

Presented by The Soap Factory, Art Shanty Project, Medicine Lake, MN,2008 
with John Marks, Daniel Palahniuk, David Petersen