Voices From Home is a performative installation project examining and exploring dynamics in residential community housing.This is a second iteration of a project presented in Louisville, Kentucky 25 years ago, after initial deinstitutionalization and towards residential living. Both shows aim to highlight and give a platform to artists reflecting on their home.
We now have the opportunity to revisit residential expectations, challenges that many face, and where one can find comfort, community, and contentment in this not so unique living situation. During the length of this installation we will be creating, performing, and exhibiting works which explore the dreams, tensions, and possibilities of residential life, and, most importantly, amplify these voices from home.
What happens when a home is regulated by administrative structure; to have a home where you are always hosting company in the form of staff who are, in a sense, hosting you? Here we find an intersection between the domestic and institutional; two entities generally at odds are in this circumstance, in collision. In The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard writes, “the house shelters daydreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace…The values that belong to daydreaming mark humanity in its depths…It derives direct pleasure from its own being…the house is one of the greatest powers of integration for the thoughts, memories and dreams of mankind.” A home takes on so many roles in the life of an artist.
The intimate needs of dwelling space are at once utilitarian and soulful. In this exhibition we draw on Bachelard’s text, the work of textile artist Judith Scott, institutional systems, and recounted experiences of Living Studio artists as they reflect on their home life. The work has come in forms of accumulation of activity, amassing, collecting, and iterating with the intention of sharing a sensation, a memory, a vision of home.
Don't miss DJ Michelle Gerlach's presentation on bird sounds and bird watching at the Arts Center in Corvallis! It will be on Tuesday, November 14th, at 1:30pm.