Occupied Warren Visual Entry Six
I can officially declare that 40-degree weather or less is no more. Over the last couple of days, temperatures have hovered around 60-65 degrees. The house is much warmer, and the artists are just humming along.
Gigi’s art installation is on the first floor. Usually, she’s the first artist I see and speak to, along with her partner, Noah. Her progress has been marvelous to witness. It seems like yesterday she was describing to me her vision for the room. Now, things are rapidly taking shape. If you’ve ever listened to an artist tell you their vision, and then witness it coming to life, you understand why I used the word “marvelous” earlier.
If I could only use one word to describe Bill Baron’s installation, it would be, methodical. I’ve seen him work on the first, and second floor of the house. From patiently adding artwork within the cracks of the walls to working inside a glass container. All I can say is, his installation is going to be something special.
For the past few weeks, Josh Ford was the only reason I had to journey upstairs to the third floor. Today was different. I got to chat with Dave Karr, and document his progress.
If I had chosen to participate in the Occupied Warren project, the room Dave is working in would be my top choice. The slanted walls remind me of my bedroom as a teenager. I’d bump my head on the wall reaching for something or getting up from the floor after setting up my army men for battle. Ahh, the memories.
The first time I met Rindi Hanna was during the project site walk-thru a few weeks back. Today, she was focused and on a mission. I didn’t ask too much about her concept; instead, I recapped my reason for taking photographs or video clips and assured her that I’d stay out her way. Her first task was cutting and removing carpet out of the room. So much dust escaped from the rug as she cut it, I had to decide whether or not to leave the room. I decided to hold my breath and photograph as long as I could – I’m sure it didn’t help.
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The Occupied Warren Exhibition June 8th and 9th in the City of Warren, Ohio’s Garden District. For more information about the project click here.