W/hole May 19–July 1, 2012 Sunroom Project Space
Join us Sunday, May 20 at 1:30PM, to meet the artist and hear her discuss the work.
For her highly personal Sunroom Project, Annie Varnot filled the room with enigmatic white sculptures to set up a serene space for contemplating life’s impermanence, as well as the potential for growth and renewal. To create this installation, Varnot collected unsellable eggs from a poultry farmer in Nova Scotia during an artist residency. She then washed and hollowed the dirty or irregularly shaped eggs and set them in plaster, making ambiguous forms with odd protrusions that are mysterious yet seem strangely familiar. Accompanying videos elucidate the visceral experience of manipulating the eggs.
Print and bring this invitation for free admission on May 20.
I am finishing up a fantastic month long artist residency at Jentel, in Banner, Wyoming. Prior to the residency I hiked for 306 miles from the Mexican boarder north along the pacific crest trail. This hike, along with the topographical trail maps, journal entries, and correspondence with family and friends has inspired a new body of work that I have begun at Jentel. I am excited to share it with people.
If you haven’t had a chance to go see Annie Varnot’s installation “Oh Varian Sea,” at Rockland Center for the Arts, in the exhibition, “Flowers Follies, and Other Rites of Spring,” I highly recommend it. The show is fantastic. I hope to post images of the work soon.
Come mid April Annie Varnot will be packing her bags for two months to go out west. She will be meeting artist and adventurer, Christy Georg, to hike the southern portion of the Pacific Crest Trail for three weeks. Following her hike, she will travel to Banner, Wyoming, where she will explore her drinking straw work at Jentel Artist Residency.
galleryELL is pleased to announce “element – progress”, a group exhibit about materials, process and the experience of making and viewing art. the exhibit will run 9 april – 21 may 2011 @ spool mfg. in johnson city, new york. spool mfg. | 138 baldwin street, johnson city, ny 13790
gallery hours: saturday, 12-3p & by appointment
opening reception: 9 april 2011, 7-10p
closing reception: 21 may 2011, 7-10p
curatorial lecture & artists discussion:
7 april 2011, 6p
“element – progress” is curated by john ros featuring the work of annie varnot, jodi hays, joel bacon, kariann fuqua, kirsten nash, nancy hubbard & richard feaster.
I have returned to Weir Farm for the month of December. I am focusing on work I relate to winter. I have started five subtle tree watercolors with minimal narrative elements relating to the site. In addition I am sinking chicken eggs I had previously drained into baggies of hydrocal. Once finished, the accumulation of the eggs peaking out of plaster bags will become a larger modular floor or wall installation. I am also working on some tree cut outs and may or may not continue with some drinking straw work…we’ll see!
Varnot finalist for Headlands Center for The Arts Project Space
Annie was recently notified by the Headlands Center for the Arts that she was selected as a finalist for their Artist in Residence Project Space. Unfortunately, in the end, she was not selected….
It’s my first week at Weir Farm…the space is perfect for my artistic thoughts and practice. I have been here two nights and two days. I live by myself in a farm cottage and in the driveway is a newly renovated barn to serve as my studio. The studio is awesome at approximately 400 square feet with cathedral ceilings, temperature control, a huge bathroom, modern deck overlooking a wooded stream (it’s dried up right now), lovely sky high windows, workable walls, gray cement floor, and incredible acoustics. The AIR residency is across the street from the Weir Farm Visitors Center, atop a hill, surrounded by acres of trails and gardens. I am working on an installation involving pipe cleaners, drinking straws, sushi grass, and monofilament. It is huge, in the round, and very exciting to see and work on! I will upload pictures soon. (more…)