SITE:LAB Rumsey Street Project for Art Prize 2015
There was a call for volunteers this week and I answered. Artist Diana Shpungin came to Michigan on August 11 to begin the graphite portion of her Art Prize 7 project for “Drawing Of A House”.Drawing Of A House (Triptych) is a large scale, multi faceted work consisting of drawing, sculpture and hand drawn video animation, functioning as one over all monumental installation for SiTE:LAB.
What is SiTE:LAB? SiTE:LAB is a nomadic all-volunteer arts organization that has organized over 20 temporary site-specific art projects, usually in underutilized downtown buildings in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Below, the artist, Diana Shpungin, opens boxes of graphite for the volunteers.
Below, a volunteer sharpens a pencil that will add clearer accent lines to a fill layer of softer graphite. Thanks to fellow artist and mega volunteer/Artist, Michael Peoples, for grabbing my camera to get a shot of me at work.
My hands were pretty interesting looking by the end of the day. (Self-Portrait; hand)
Below left, Diane’s ‘studio team’ from NYC. They were dedicated artists and a delight to work with. Right, a local mother and daughter volunteer team. There was also a group of High School student volunteers from an Art Camp being run by the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art (Another outstanding local Arts organization.).
Below left, clapboard closeup. Below right, Diane handing out graphite to High School Students. As time consuming as this part of the project was it was the easiest phase to date. The house was part of a neighborhood block that Site:Lab had taken on for this years invited artists. The house had sat vacant so it needed to be cleaned, shuttered, and base coated in black. There is a tremendous amount of heavy cleaning and construction/plumbing/electrical work that goes in to every Site:Lab project before the Artists even show up.
This day of work was messy fun. We followed the shade around the house while soft summer breezes kept the heat down. There was quiet conversation as well as a zen like dropping in to be part of the project. U.I.C.A. even shared lunch with us. It was a perfect art day and a fabulous precursor to the coming art season.
News article on Rumsey Street Projecthttp://www.grnow.com/sitelab-eyes-entire-neighborhood-for-artprize/
More on the marvelous work that is SITE:LAB : http://site-lab.org/
More on Diane’s project: http://site-lab.org/project/diana-shpungin/
More on Art Prize 7: http://www.artprize.org/
You too can get involved today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.