I saw these cliffs while I was teaching a photography workshop. They are timeless and beautiful but I felt like they needed a bird. I waited and waited and one showed up. The reason I love this image is that the bird is off center and exiting the image. It is a beautiful image but full of tension. It feels a bit sad because the bird is at the end of its flight. I identified with the bird. I imagined it’s enjoyment of the moment in flight and indifferent to the passing of the cliff.
Peter Simon is a nationally acclaimed photographer and author. Throughout his nearly 40-year career, he has covered an eclectic range of subjects, documenting everything from protest-filled 1960s, to the scenic beauty of his beloved Martha’s Vineyard. In 2008, Simon fulfilled a decade long dream and opened up his own gallery, the Simon Gallery, in Vineyard Haven. Simon’s work has been featured in many publications, including Time, Newsweek, People, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone.
I thought this was a very Native American scene. It felt very expansive. I was trying to reflect what the picture felt to me musically which was really expansive, spacious and atmospheric. I wanted to capture the space and sense of freedom and strength I felt when looking at the image.
Hilarious, brilliant, unpredictable – comedian/musician Reggie Watts is a staple of the international performance scene. Reggie’s improvised musical sets are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and a looping machine. An avowed “disinformationist,” Reggie loves to disorientate his audiences in the most entertaining way. He performs regularly on television, radio, and in live theater. His comic skills are seen in his improvisational performance, as well as his written music. Watts currently appears on the IFC television series Comedy Bang! Bang! which began airing on June 8, 2012 and was renewed for a third season which will premiere in 2014.
Sarah Kay, Brown University alum, is a poet known for her spoken word poetry. Kay is the founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E., a group founded in 2004 dedicated to using spoken word as an educational and inspirational tool. She began performing poetry in the East Village at the age of 14, but made her TV debut in 2007 on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. She has performed at venues like the Lincoln Center, the Tribeca Film Festival, the UN, and The Nantucket Project. Sarah published B, a hardcover book containing the titular poem illustrated by Sophia Janowitz, in 2011.
Our first reaction was Gray, silver, industrial, dripping water, helicopter sound, spiral zipper, alien meditation song, ritual, circles, sonars, a sense of openness, calmness, and power within a private or solitary setting. Secrecy. A sense of witnessing and connecting with something/one yet maintaining autonomy. An alley tap dance in a puddle/rain, the desert, a stairwell with many flights of stairs. A being, transcendent of space and time, an alley kid, an out-of-body experience. The song was about the ambient sounds of some form of timeless ritual. The first thing we were sure we wanted to create was the environment. Next was the feeling and image of seeing someone actively witnessing something private and of intrigue. The first view of the dance itself was imagined as the fingers reaching around the corner, then of her view of the entity engaged in the ritual.
Barkin/Selissen Project, led by Kyla Barkin and Aaron Selissen, is a NYC based dance-arts company focused on interdisciplinary collaboration and thought provoking, emotionally driven work. The company has worked with FALKOR Systems and their autonomous pet drone, Sirius String Quartet, Ray Anderson, was commissioned by James Simons to create Differential Cohomology, and by Balance 1 (Berlin, Germany) to create Indelible Cognition. B/S P has been presented by or featured at The Staller Center, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival, Flushing Town Hall, Joyce SOHO, American Dance Guild, Tempe Center for the Arts, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Insider, and more.
What happened before the shower? I wondered. This is a couple who used to shower together I thought. Why don’t they now? And for how long did they shower together? The Poem felt like it was in a woman’s voice so it was interesting to step inside a woman’s perspective. I felt clean warm glistening skin, a clean sexuality, renewal, shedding burden, and a fresh start. The poem produced a smoldering sensual sensation but some how it was also clean, new and bright. Ivory soap classic came to mind, incense, floral shampoo and the fresh bright (imagery of fragrance) crispness of porcelain. I started with a clean base an added a very sensual underpinning.
Jim Krivda, senior perfumer, vice president, Mane, was born and raised near Philadelphia. He began his fragrance career nearly 27 years ago, studying perfumery under French master perfumer Elie Roger at Firmenich. He previously worked at Fragrance Resources before moving to Mane in 2008. Throughout his career Krivda has worked on a broad spectrum of products from air care to personal care to fine fragrance. He now focuses on fine fragrance at Mane’s New York Creative Studio. Krivda served as president of the American Society of Perfumers in 2001.
What sticks in my mind about the dance is that there is this quiet woman peeking around a corner and this completely free man who is dancing and doing what he pleases. She’s watching and then suddenly she joins the picture and takes over the center of the dance in this explosion of energy and color and then she disappears and he’s left trying to return to order. Everybody has lost somebody at some point in their life. Someone who swirled through and then is suddenly gone. This sculpture channels the desire for order after that kind of relationship. In my sculpture, papers are nice, orderly and settled when suddenly something dramatic happens: a wind picks up the pages and spins them into chaos. But then on the other side, after the chaos, there is this return to calm.
Eric Sealine has been making and showing his artwork in a variety of media since his first community-art-center one-man show in 1972. In that time he has worked in oil on canvas, leaded glass, vitreous enamel fused onto plate glass at high temperature, acrylic paint on canvas, paper collage, drawing in many media, and forced-perspective constructions. Lately Eric has been looking at 19th Century magicians’ optical tricks as a way of thinking about perception and how it works. The question is deceptively simple: “Why do we have such confidence in our own observations when we are so easily misled?”
When I looked at the art as a group, my first sense was that it spoke to a theme of ritual and meditation. The art felt very spiritual to me. I felt it spoke of connection to something greater and all-encompassing and I struggled for a while as what that was- did it have to be anything? As I spent more time with the art I found that each piece represented to me the relationship between the elements of earth, air, fire and water, and that the summation of those elements was this something greater. These elements are the individual parts that make up the whole, just in the way the individual pieces of art make the whole collection. Without any piece I think it would feel incomplete but together it tells a story. To design the space, I started with the photo, where the chain itself starts. And used the elements of the mountains to provide a backdrop for the artwork. I wanted to suggest the feeling of the grandeur of the earth in an unassuming way. The sculpture then becomes a suggestion of clouds and the movement of air. The dance feels like a dance between fire and water, and is cradled in these mountains. The piece that I have to house the poem I see as an altar, where you can connect verbally to this sense of meditation with the words of the piece itself.
Megan is a set designer, scenic artist, illustrator and props master based out of Boston, MA. Set design work includes the upcoming Translations (Bad Habit Productions), The Last Jews (Piece of Tish Productions) Stupid F***ing Bird (Apollinaire Theater Company) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Wax Wings Theater Productions) and she also has experience designing sets for corporate events and trade-shows. Megan was a scenic art apprentice at Cobalt Studios and Paint Intern at Glimmerglass Opera. She has also painted for CycoScenic Studios, Cape Repertory Playhouse, Central Square Theater and Boston Playwrights Theater. Props credits include work with Central Square Theater, Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Boston Playwrights Theater, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Suffolk University, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and A.R.T. She has illustrated two children’s books, Amazing Me! The Right Way to Be and Miss Mattie’s Aprons initially published by Wiggles Press. Her portfolio can be found online at mfkdesign.com