For Immediate Release
A studio project curated by Meg Rotzel
with The Berwick Research Institutes Artist in Research Program
|Located at the Smith Student Center
North Hampton, MA
Artists will be working in the space
March 1-5, 2004 11 AM to 10 PM
Closing, March 5, 7-9 PM
Meg Rotzel, The Berwick Research Institute
Julie Gimbrone, Smith College
During March 1-5 artist John Osorio-Buck, Christy Georg, Jessica Rylan
and Meg Rotzel, all Berwick Artist in Research residency alumnae, will
inhabit the primary public space in Smith Colleges newly constructed
Student Center for eight hours a day, producing artwork and inviting the
public to be part of their processes. The works that will be shown, performed,
and made on the spot by each artist are directly informed by ideas of
consumption and production in the art world as well as within our contemporary
society. The process of making a piece of artwork will be laid bare, exposing
the artists decisions and indecision, their motivations and their reservations.
These works can be viewed in a larger context outside of the gallery walls-
they question value, and labor, and invite the audience to offer critique
and assistance in creating artwork.
John Osorio-Buck began his project by following the assumption that a
utopia can never be reached, only approached. During his stay at Smith
he will build temporary structures out of readily available materials
that can be found on the street. Osorio-Buck was initially inspired by
seeing the South Station train depot in Boston transformed into a temporary
homeless shelter during a very cold winter and the death of a homeless
man who refused to leave his makeshift shelter. This experience led to
an investigation of protective shelters and the possibility that they
could be constructed easily and cheaply with the ubiquitous off-products
of our culture, including cardboard, recyclables, and garbage. These shelters
could become available for refugees, the homeless or in any instance where
a quick temporary structure is needed, such as a playhouse for children.
John Osorio-Buck openly invites the Smith College, and greater community,
to collaborate and contribute their ideas, suggestions, and involvement
to develop and disseminate a more perfect way of providing effective temporary
Christy Georg is known for her kinetic sound sculpture and her performance-based
works which challenge what we think we know about an experience.
While working at Smith she will create a sculpture and sound installation
utilizing duration and distance to explore the subjective uncertainty
of perception. This work is a continuation of a project developed at the
Berwick Research Institute inspired by a story that Thomas Edison, then
deaf, would bite the metal resonating horn from his invention the phonograph,
so that he could hear the sounds. This action vibrated the
bones in his jaw and inner ear, creating a sound inside his head. Georg
will be using the exhibition space like a lab, running tests and exploring
the ability of physics to create a sonorous experience akin to magic.
Jessica Ryan is a truly unique performer and instrument builder based
in Boston. Her homemade analogue synthesizers, filters, amplifiers and
speakers sound like few others. Her musical instruments, used for installation
and performance, are built using obsolete and antique components. The
sounds generated from these instruments are typically abstract, recognizable,
and non-repeating, alluding to natural sounds, but ever changing from
moment to moment. During her stay at Smith College she will work on building
new circuits for a new sound installation that will be located within
the Student Center. This sound installation will focus on the relationship
of public vs. private spaces, examining the building and the way it promotes
the notion of public and concedes to present a few intimate
Meg Rotzels work takes the form of gifts, handouts, and public performances.
Her work is intimate and poetic, frequently requiring a conversation between
the artist and audience for its completion. During the exhibition, Rotzel
will sew three household objects, each relating to topics of labor, consumption,
and the environment. Each item can be ordered sewn on the spot as a conversation
ensues (free of charge) or picked up later (for a price). There will also
be sewing machines available for others to use for making their own object.
Rotzels sewn works provide a topic of conversation involving threats
of globalization and its affects on labor forces, human rights, and the
environment by showing a method of production and the opportunity to examine
the implications of our everyday consumption.
These four artists are alumnae of the Berwick Research Institutes
Artist in Research program, a residency that supports artists projects
and stresses process over product. Within the Artist in Research Program
(AIR), artists are asked to pursue an idea, technique, or interest and
involve the public in this investigation. Each artist will bring that
spirit to Smiths Student Center, using the space as a location to
work, perform, and directly involve an audience in art making.
Press images available upon request
The Berwick Research Institute was founded in January
2000 by eight young artists who saw the need for a non-commercial space
where they could create, perform, and present experimental work. The group
has since transformed part of a former whoopie pie factory into a vibrant
laboratory for artists and presenters working with sound, film, robotics,
conceptual art, dance, theatre, music and new media which test conventional
artistic boundaries. As a part of that mission, they founded an Artist
in Research residency program to provide emerging artists the time,
space, community, and critical feedback to make and present their work.
The Artist in Research program seeks to support artists involved in the
early stages of projects that require investigation, dialogue, and support
from an artistic community.