The Sam Fox School has selected the next group of artists for residencies at the College & Graduate School of Art's Paris studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts.
For more than two decades, the Paris studio residencies have provided alumni, faculty, and students of the College & Graduate School of Art a place to focus on the development of their artistic work while broadening their international network and immersing themselves in French culture.
Alumni Aaron Bos-Wahl, Cameron Fuller, Sarah Paulsen, Mark Salinas, Nancy Newman-Rice, and Horatio Hung-Yan Law, along with faculty members Michael Byron and Douglas Dowd, will each work in residence for a minimum of two months during the period beginning May 2012 and ending April 2014. Excerpts from each of their proposals are listed below.
The School issues a biannual call for applications for the residencies, and artists are selected by a small committee composed of previous recipients.
May-June, 2012: Aaron Bos-Wahl, MFA10
Bos-Wahl's current creative research rests on an acknowledgement of interconnection as a spiritual reality. With this groundwork he considers his personal familial relationships, human relationships with the rest of the natural world, and historical examples, typically culled from 20th-century American literature. During his residency, he will visit cultural institutions such as the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Centre Popidou, and Petit Palais to view their unparalleled collections of watercolor paintings, as well as works focused on domestic practices and on botanical and natural illustration. Predominantly a watercolor artist, he intends to create a new body of work while in Paris.
July-August 2012: CamRah (Cameron Fuller, MFA07, and Sarah Paulsen, MFA07)
In spring 2009, Fuller launched The Institute for the Perpetuation of Imaginal Processes as a group of dioramas, mixed-media constructions, and room-size installations that form an immersive environment emphasizing a sense of wonder, and alluding to the ability of the imagination to act as a lens through which we might view the world. During their residency, Fuller and Paulsen will conduct research at local cultural institutions to gain insight into display methodologies, the framing of unique historical narratives, and the ways in which these institutions might retain living ties to the cultures and customs of previous eras. They also will transform source material culled from their museum documentation into the building blocks of a collaborative film project that combines live action and animation in a matter reminiscent of Georges Melies, William Kentridge, or Charles and Ray Eames.
January-February 2013: Mark Salinas, BFA95 with a major in Sculpture
Salinas' residency will culminate in a world debut dance performance about fashion, starring Taiwanese dancer Yung-li Chen and referencing women’s collections from the oldest Fashion House in Paris, Lanvin. The 30-minute performance, titled Inside/Out, will be written and directed by Salinas, who will also design and fabricate both stage and costume. The performance, which will be rehearsed and presented at the Cité’s theater auditorium, will be a voyeuristic journey into the female bedroom and the closet/mirror decision-making process of choosing what to wear in the morning.
March-April 2013: Nancy Newman-Rice, BFA72, MFA74
Newman-Rice's recent paintings depict a quiet and contemplative place where the only movement is the passage of time as it is marked by subtle shifts in shadows and reflection. This series of work has evolved into paintings based upon remembered times, places, people, and past experiences that have in some cases been shared (as in historical events). She will use the city of Paris—a place sacred to early 20th-century artists—as a source of imagery for photographs, drawings, and written accounts that she will use as references for a series of paintings to be completed upon her return.
May-June 2013: Michael Byron, professor of art
During his residency, Byron plans to reacquaint himself with the museums and institutions of Paris, particularly focusing on the period of the late 1920s through the onset of World War II, when Paris was the western capitol of the visual arts. He will seek out the work of Max Ernst, Jean Helion, and Jean Fautrier as practitioners of three distinct movements: Dada/Surrealism (Ernst), Post-Cubist Abstraction (Helion), and Tachisme (Fautrier). His studio investigations will center on collage and building a photographic archive for use upon his return.
July-August 2013: Douglas Dowd, professor of art
Dowd's professional activities have recently converged in the practice of reportage illustration and nonfiction writing on the history of visual culture. He recently published the first issue of Spartan Holiday, a new illustrated journal addressing the topical areas of travel, visual culture, and street reportage. In Paris, he will use the visual and cultural texts of the city—gothic, baroque, neoclassical, and modern—as material to respond to through writing, photography, and drawing, ultimately yielding one—possibly two—issues of Spartan Holiday.
January-April 2014: Horatio Hung-Yan Law, MFA93
In his recent work, Law has re-examined the idea of "Social Currency," first coined by the French sociologist Pierre Bourdiue, in a non-consumer and non-marketing light, focusing on how we measure the values of simple human kindness, the action of good Samaritans, feeding the hungers, upholding certain human rights, or the cost of undervaluing a segment of society. During his residency, he will research and design collaborative installations that creatively explore "Social Currency" with different communities, while connecting with contemporary art centers in France.
About the Cité
Since its opening in 1965, the Cité Internationale des Arts has accommodated more than 18,000 artists from all over the world. The foundation has partnerships with a vast network of associates, and its founders include a large number of states, schools, institutes, universities, and ministries from close to 50 countries.
Residents may practice their artistic discipline and develop their creative techniques for the duration of their stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts. The residence also houses an exhibition area where artists can display their works and an auditorium where they can perform concerts.