What would you do given a box of matches, a toy firetruck, a reflector, a small rock, a tire, a plastic cellphone, a 1.7 oz bottle of alcohol, and a single strand of hair? Our spring residents have the answer!
The White House is filling up with artists from across the country: so far we have Minnesota’s very own Pete Driessen, Monroe Isenberg, John McMenamin, Tony Zappa, and Jane Meyer; Jersey’s Kelly Cave; New York’s Chelsea Thew and Sarah Fetterman; and of course Franconia’s regulars Hugh Condrey Bryant, Paul Howe, and Rebecca Cerra Tishman. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s been happening:
Over the past few weeks, Franconia’s artists-in-residence have been warming up their sculpture-making muscles with an exercise called “How Sculpture Learns.” Here are the rules:
1. Everyone bring one object to the table,
2. Pass the object to the person on the left,
3. Make a sculpture based on this new object given to you,
Each of these new creations were passed along to the next person and the artists had two days to make their next renditions. The alcohol pierced a potato, matches scorched wood, and a rock transformed into a key.
What started as a strand of hair turned into a grotesque, yet elegant, candle. The match kept its presence known, and the bottle of alcohol dissolved into a bouquet of potato peels. The plastic cellphone was impaled with a 3′ screw, and the toy firetruck was melted down to its raw material. The reflector became an arrow and the rock became a plush doll.
And finally, Round 3:
(can you tell which one started as a box of matches?)
After some great critical conversations around the dinner table we are all warmed up! The open-air studio laboratory is bustling with excitement, and sculptures are well underway. Stop by any day of the week to talk to the artists themselves and