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October 7, 2014
Just heard that I’ve received a residency fellowship to go to Yaddo for three weeks January 21st -Feb 10 2015. YES!
I’ll be focusing on my drawings and prints.
September 30, 2014
Working with Choreographer Candice Salyers over the weekend of September 20th, we began to explore how movement can support the construction and development of the installation “Motion-Line-Form”. Choreographer Dahlia Nayar joined us on Saturday for an hour and will be continuing to work with us towards the performance of this piece on May 9th, 2015 at the Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro.
I arrived for the rehearsals with Photoshop renderings of possible forms and models. Based on our work together over the weekend the forms have shifted subtly…I am “lightening” the density of the weave on the left so that a sequence emerges moving from less dense to denser structures left to right. The dance will also move from left to right. We have been discussing ways to encourage the audience to change their point of view as the performance progresses. The work has a completely different character viewed from the “front’ as compared to a side or angled view that layers the forms one upon another. We want to emphasize this shift.
We spent a good a mount of time discussing themes in the work and potential points of emphasis across disciplines. It was a really productive dialogue between Candice and Myself. Her questions helped me to articulate the goals of expressing the movement that exists within all forms….even static forms…at an atomic level. We spent time talking about the movement I’ve experienced as a builder and how “stable “buildings are the result of an intensive accretion of many many movements. The choreography of building is influenced by the sequence in which materials must be installed but also by the weight and dimensions of materials and the strategies for shifting materials into place.
Images below are of the form and some shots of the Choreographers testing out ideas for movement.
Fine Cord prints on display in “Contemporary Fiber Arts Show: Finding a Common Thread” at Chandler Center for The Arts
September 18, 2014
September 21st- Nov 9th, 2014
The exhibition is up from July 31- September 28 2014.
Opening reception July 31st, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Six prints from my series “Fine Cord” are on exhibit.
The ”Fine Cord” prints displayed in this show were made using a soft ground intaglio technique in which the texture of a fine nylon cord was transferred to a series of metal plates. Each print is made from multiple registrations making use of offset images and ghosting. No two prints in the series are alike yet they are each made from the same family of plates. These abstract images are also highly representational as a three dimensional material is transformed and “represented” in the creation of these two dimensional artworks.
May 23, 2014
The opening reception is May 24, 5-7 pm in the main building of VCFA.
exhibit up through June 14.
November 8, 2013
The exhibit as opened, the installation is complete! here is an image of “Drawn Out”, 10′ X 13′ X 7′, Ribbon, Lead, Carabiners and Steel, 2013.
Three lead weights create a tensile force on the horizontally woven ribbons; this force helps to shape the main volume of the piece. The counterweights are connected to the main form by satin ribbons strung through a series of carabiners, mounted on the ceiling and the wall, that redirect the tensile force created by the lead weights.
Jeff Bergman, Associate Director at Pace Prints curated the show “Flat/Not Flat” for which I created this work. The work of Jennifer Davies, Karen Dow, and Martha Lewis is also on exhibit here and it is all well worth seeing. Artspace has some funky hours over the holidays – Artspace is open Wednesdays & Thursday from 12-6pm, Fridays & Saturdays from 12-8pm. The gallery is free and open to the public. Artspace will be closed for Thanksgiving November 27-30th and between December 18th and January 7th.”
Below: “Ribbon 13″, 22″ X 22”, Graphite on Paper 2013
Below: More images of “Drawn Out” at different times of the day
Curator Jeff Bergman wrote this on his blog “Atlas”.
“Alisa Dworsky built something quite remarkable with Drawn Out. It conforms to the space without overtaking it, but makes a huge impact. For me, the piece becomes a one quarter slice of the axis of the planet. The architecture of our world. Dworsky and I were able to discuss materials, spaces and methods, but nothing could have prepared me for the physical reality of the piece. Alisa took ribbon, hardware and weights and made a space born of physics and air. Her drawings quite literally flatten the piece using ribbon and graphite. The erasures and the grissale line fills me with the joy that usually only Celmins and Ruscha can.”