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Into the Woods: Commissioning Artists in a Forest

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Friday, November 17, 2017, 7 p.m.

TICKET PRICES : $10
Free for Montalvo members: Call 408-961-5849 or email Taylor Welty to RSVP.

VENUE: Project Space

How does an artist develop the seed of an idea into a new work? Join Lucas Artist Fellows visual artist Maximo Gonzalez and composer Howard Hersh as they discuss works they are developing for, and inspired by, Montalvo’s forest.  These projects, which are in varied stages of development, reflect on our shared understanding of the psychological and environmental significance of our woodlands. 

Maximo Gonzalez’s new work-in-process The Collector is an ambitious large-scale sculptural installation of a small house, which will contain more than 100 paintings of dead, dry, burnt, and cut trees. These paintings have been amassed by the fictional character, the collector, during his travels around the world. Together with a video documenting the varied journeys of the collector, the paintings and structure form a type of memorial memorializing our fraught relationship to our natural environment. Gonzalez will discuss his process for developing the character of the collector, and his uneasy sense, shared by many of us, that we are slipping into a new and uncertain era of environmental jeopardy.

Premiering in April 2018, Howard Hersh’s Four Bridges is a new composition work designed to be experienced by visitors over the earbuds of their smart phones as they follow a designated hiking trail though Montalvo’s forest. The work features instrumental music, a children’s choir, voices recounting poetry and fairy tales, field recordings and audio clips from archival sources. Envisioned as a modern fairy tale, Four Bridges draws upon the voices of our collective past to explore the mythological and psychological role of the forest. Hersh will share excerpts from his new work and his invited guest poet Cintia Santana will read from work incorporated into the recording. 

Lucas Artists Fellow Palestinian poet Ghayath Almadhoun will also present his work.




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