Activate, Research, Create
ARC, activate, research, create, is the sixth season of A.P.E.'s curated summer program. ARC continues the investigation of a contemporary art gallery as an active space within the community. From June 6-July 24, 2022, A.P.E. will host six projects that consist of collaborative performance, choreography, interactive mixed-media installation, and book making. During each week-long residency, artists will install and make work in the gallery space, open to the public through a variety of workshops, performances, and interactive installations. Each project maintains a central inquiry into the relationship between the public, the work, and the space in which it is made. The ARC 22 projects are Kinetic Art Book by Sunny Allis, the Plays the Thing by Kathy Couch, MaryBeth Brooker & Peter Schmitz, a dance project by Chloe London, Warp by Olivia Brandwein & Sarah Miller-Bartley, Impossible Citrus by Kelly Clare & Lorelei d’Andriole Jones, and THRESH/HOLD by Exploded View.
June 6-12, 2022
Open to the public:
Tuesday - Thursday: 2-5
Friday, 5-8 (Arts Night Out)
Sunday 2-5 (workshop)
While in residence at A.P.E., Sunny Allis will be making an interactive, kinetic artist book using mixed media materials. Sunny will also teach a workshop on how to make kinetic elements for books to create animated, interactive, analog forms of storytelling. Sunny will also present their kinetic book to the public at the end of their residency.
Workshop on Sunday, June 12: 2-5 pm
Artist Sunny Allis will teach an all-ages workshop on how to make your own moving pictures and objects. Learn how to construct pull tabs, levers, wheels, and other mechanisms out of paper and cardboard to make your drawings and characters come to life! Create your own kinetic zine, picture or toy that you can take home and play with!
Materials will be provided.
RSVP to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
the plays the thing
Kathy Couch, Mary Beth Brooker & Peter Schmitz
June 20-26, 2022
Open to the public: Wednesday & Thursday, June 22 & 23 at 6 pm.
words have fur and light in them.
Each day: Peter (Schmitz) and Kathy (Couch) write a scene a play. some phrases akin
no, a story, a good story, a spell tell it
a braided tale.
what we exile must be courted back with beauty
Mary Beth (Brooker) builds a wilderness; nature wilderness; psychic wilderness; a landslide.
a golden ball, a thread (and needle) is tossed between them
what we exile returns not as expected.
each day: perform the scene
the work of each day will be open (to the public (wilderness))
June 27-July 3, 2022
Open Rehearsals (Free): -Tues June 28: 3-4:30pm
-Sat July 2: 2-4pm
Showing for the Public (Free)
-Sunday July 3: 5pm
*Masks are required for open rehearsals and showing.
In residence, Chloe London will be rehearsing for her newest work, premiering in February 2023. In this piece, London is interested in color theory and in how hues and pigments move through the body. The dancers will allow the dance to evolve and unfold into an embodied and ephemeral version of their research, which may evoke specific narratives and emotions that are not obviously connected to the colors that inspired the sections. Chloe is interested in transforming what we perceive as visual into sensation: rather than seeing a hue, what does it feel like in the body and how does that craft a textural and emotional experience for both the dancers and the audience? While keeping the humanity and spectacularity of the moving body in the forefront of the research, how can color theory expose different areas of the human experience?
Chloe London (dancer/choreographer)
Mia Martelli (dancer/collaborator)
Tim Bendernagel (dancer/collaborator)
Ryan Wolfe (musician)
by Olivia Brandwein & Sarah Miller-Bartley
July 4-10, 2022
Warp is a community-engaged sculptural process by which artists Olivia Brandwein and Sarah Miller-Bartley will create an installation in the A.P.E Gallery space. The public is invited to work creatively with the physical properties of raw canvas through cutting, twisting, tying, and unraveling small squares of the material. These pieces will be painted and paired with mass-produced second-hand objects. Participants can expect to spend 20 minutes working on canvases, but can work over that if need be. The final exhibition will blur the boundaries between “fine art” materials and mass-produced objects by joining the two visually and physically. The work aims to inspire a sense of play, increase accessibility of art, and take on an expansive view of what art is and who can make it.
Open to the public:
Tuesday July 5: Community collaborative day: 11-12pm, 2-4pm, 5-6pm (Please RSVP for one of these time slots to email@example.com, walk-ins also welcome)
Wednesday July 6: open hours 12-1pm
Thursday July 7: open hours 12-1pm
Friday July 8: open hours 12-1 and 5-7pm for Art’s Night Out Saturday July 9: reception for completed work 6-8pm
Sunday July 10: open viewing hours 12-5pm
Kelly Clare & Lorelei d’Andriole Jones (collaborating as Holo)
July 11-17, 2022
As we approach the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kelly Clare and Lorelei d’Andriole Jones ask: when will we stop being given lemons with which to make lemonade? How fruitful is a positive attitude when one is powerless over their material conditions? Through participatory lemon smashing, citrus instruments, lemon etching, and invisible ink, Impossible Citrus uses humor and vibrancy to push back against the numbed state.
Kelly Clare is a multidisciplinary artist and poet based in Western Massachusetts. She recently received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Iowa, where she explored the muddy confluence of digital, linguistic, and physical space. Lorelei d’Andriole Jones is an intermedia artist, educator, and writer whose work is at the intersections of transgender and sound studies. Lorelei holds a BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MA and MFA with honors from University of Iowa’s Intermedia program.
Open to the public:
Tuesday-Friday July 12-15: Open hours 12-2pm each day
Friday July 15: performances/lemon events – 6-8 pm (Free of charge and walk-ins welcome)
THRESH / HOLD
Trish Crapo, Nina Rossi, Samantha Wood & Edite Cunhã
July 18-24, 2022
The dynamic, multi-media arts group Exploded View brings new work to downtown Northampton. THRESH / HOLD will feature several large sculptural installations, with multiple opportunities to interact with the ideas that inspired them.
This work springs from Exploded View’s recent study on the themes of community, kinship, the deep root that pulls nutrients to the surface, collaboration in motion, and rhythms that heal.
Sparked initially by Rebecca Solnit, who writes:
We live inside ideas. Some are shelters, some are observatories, some are windowless prisons. We are leaving some behind and entering others…
Exploded View explores what happens when ideas literally take shape in a gallery space.
We are on the threshold of great changes in the world. What do community, shelter, friendship, kinship, movement, and growth look like? Step in and help envision our collective future.
Hours: Thursday, Open House 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m. (Giant Listening Ear 4:30 to 6:30)
Kinship totem make-and-take table during open hours.
See past projects by Exploded View here.