Today marks a significant day for us as we embark on the research/development phase of The Hope Frieze Pt. 1.
The lead artists on this project will be Ensemble Members GG, Amy, Brian, Natalia, Niki, and Rita. We also will have significant contributions from artists new to BB who are joining us for the process, Clinton, Nick, Spencer, Tyler and Emily. We are aiming to present the project as an open studio work in progress in early May (6, 7, 8); currently seeking a space.
We've never attempted a project of this scope before, and frankly, its a little daunting. But this work, and the subjects that it covers, couldn't be more applicable towards our current condition as human beings and artists. I was chilled at the parallels between this article below, written just a few weeks ago, and the Stalinist horrors of the 30s I have been researching:
In this process we'll explore:
- the experience of women & artists in early 20th c. Russia/USSR
- the human capacity for survival in the harshest of conditions
- kindness and art in an age of terror
- interconnections between generations in one family
- the political landscape of Russia/U.S. in the 20th c.
- the transformative power of art
I look forward to embarking on this journey with you!
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -
And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -
I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.
~ Emily Dickinson