Giant Letter design and construction: Currently underway in Austin Texas for Sept/Oct and in Chicago for December, 2016.
“I perform in order to engage with my thoughts – and my questions, too. I think in images. I focus on the space surrounding me, myself as sculpture within that space, and on how an action can change the relationship between my body and my environment. As I interact intensively with a material in the here and now, a transformation occurs. I‘m interested in the moments of transition – when beauty changes into ugliness, when clean becomes dirty, when gentle turns aggressive and the opposing associations they evoke.” — Claudia Bucher
“Back in December 2005, a stranger stepped into my art Gallery from the icy sidewalk outside. The cold air swirled in after her and she introduced herself as Claudia Bucher. She represented that feeling of inherent interconnection we can have with a stranger as we both immediately knew we wanted to have her do something in my space. She was a Swiss artist at the Lucerne Artist Studio. I booked her for a performance piece the next weekend See Images on carodoffaygallery.com.
Meetings such as these were the highlights of my time at my art gallery. They are the ones that continued through the years to develop into beautiful relationships and to verify some kind of a larger theme or structure in life. Claudia Bucher flew in from Switzerland again in 2006 for a solo show at my space and a performance at the Chicago Cultural Center where she became known as the artist who did Jane Fonda’s workout on drawing paper with charcoal.
My commercial gallery days are over, but my partner Laura and I continue enjoy supporting artists as they visit Alternative Spacetime, where passersby get to happen upon interesting events as they pass the yard and windows of our undisclosed location of Alternative Spacetime. And I’m thrilled to announce that Claudia Bucher returns to Chicago this Mid-December, to offer Alternative Spacetime passersby a special performance on Saturday the 19th, 6p. We have no idea, what medium or what concept she has in mind and will be just as surprised as anyone else to get to watch it unfold.” –Caro d’Offay
Events are always free.
Claudia Bucher will also have a performance at Elastic Arts on Friday December 18, 2015, which is open to the public.
“Emerging from Water” 5-14-15
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of her calendars, Barbara Stone brings stories of her life and experiences with polar bears in the arctic. Stone has illustrated her personal inner narratives about her polar bear experiences since 1979. This residency also features the video-work of Annie Stone and Mikey Peterson during an event on Saturday 16th. See events and details below:
You can see her on “World of Discovery’s: Arctic Terror”
Expanded event descriptions:
- THIRTY YEARS of the POLAR BEAR CALENDAR (FREE)
“In celebration of the 30th Anniversary issue of the Polar Bear Calendar I will tell it’s story in an hour long presentation at Chicago’s Edgewater Public Library on May 14th at 6:30 pm. The talk will describe the evolution of several themes of the polar bear art that have appeared as calendar illustrations. The influence of trips to the subarctic region of Canada’s Hudson’s Bay, as well as Japan, India and Europe are evident in many of the art pieces. My stories will demonstrate how perfectly polar bear characters have allowed me to explore and explain my life’s experiences and personal insights.
- POLAR BEAR STORIES (FREE)
“I’m honored to be hosted as artist in residence by ALTERNATIVE SPACETIME (www.alternativespacetime.com) at the studio facility at 1300. The first of my offerings there will include a talk called “POLAR BEAR STORIES”. I encourage anyone interested in true stories that reveal the profound interconnection between human and other species to join us. My observations of Polar Bears, the community of animals at my Fox Friendly Farm and my life as an artist translate into humor, poignancy and paradox when “life as it is” is told in story. The talk is free; there is limited seating.
- CREATIVE WORKSHOP with BARBARA STONE
“I’ve designed a Saturday session of activities that will stir and extend your imagination. ALTERNATIVE SPACETIME provides the perfect environment for each participant of our small group to safely develop and traverse new creative thresholds. By engaging personal stories, mythology and practiced exercises one can understand how bears and other natural characters open doors within and give voice to personal discovery. No art experience necessary, however the exercises will be useful to artists, writers and other creatives.
- STORIES BY THE FIRE (FREE)
Fireside stories with Barbara Stone and Caro d’Offay offer two unique narrative angles on the theme of “Emerging from Water” that we invite the community to add to. The story-telling event takes place in the front yard of 1300 on May 16, 7-9:30pm.
“I’ve seen the popular images of polar bears emerging from the icy arctic water for a kill, and of the lone, furry, white figures floating off into the sea as their home seems to be crumbling and melting away in the debate of climate change, but getting to hear stories of personal relationships with Polar Bears from the mouth of someone whose has had as much experience with polar bears as Barbara Stone, feels like getting to explore parts of humanity we don’t often get access to. I am so excited to get to bring Barbara Stone to the community and to share stories of emergence from water with her. “Emerging from Water” also includes stories by me (Caro) about pirates and nobles, who emerged from water to settle a group of tropical islands that had no mammals at all before their own human arrival. I found the two seemingly disparate experiences (of arctic life and tropical life) to have many surprising and striking points of connection.” – Caro
Anything goes in this story-telling event set against the glowing light of a campfire, in the front yard of AS1300. Passersby are invited to stop by, have a drink by the fire and to share or just listen to stories as myth, narrative or simply useful information.
Fireside stories led by Barbara Stone and Caro d’Offay is further accompanied by the video works of Mikey Peterson and Annie Stone, which will be exhibited in the basement windows, all working together in May 2015’s Alternative Spacetime Residency theme “Emerging from Water”
SATURDAY EVE MAY 16TH
1300’s second annual “Animal Luring” event will take place on Easter 2015 (Sunday, April 5th, 2-5pm).
Friends of the art space and pet-lovers passing by are invited to help us paint backgrounds with head-holes and to install them in the basement window and in the front yard of 1300. We hope to take some very funny and sweet pictures of the pets as we coax them to put their heads through and into the world of the paintings! Contact us for address and to rsvp.
More documentation HERE
The following Saturday, the panels will be available again for dogs to stop by for photos. Photos will be posted here on alternativespacetime.com
Please come join us for the fun!
“Collage Social” 4-16-15
Lonnie Potter visits the Alternative Spacetime Residency in April to bring visual conversations on collage-making to the community.
Lonnie’s pieces are single cut-out shapes, taken from magazines that are pasted on white surfaces. The glossy magazine paper set against white paper gives us the knee-jerk desire to call them “collages”. And while the images are indeed from magazines and his scissors are the means to cut them out to paste them onto the paper, these are as much collages as single words are poems. But to think of Lonnie Potter’s work in the context of “collage” is precisely what delivers us to their depth. Lonnie Potter’s collages are single words that carry the scent of the original poem they came from. Familiarity is the soul of these powerful one-word poems.
Join us (time to be announced) at a community table of collage-making supplies to spend some time with Lonnie and have some drinks during his stay at the Alternative Spacetime Residency.