Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Heather and Ivan Morison / Frost King

Duncan, Ivan and Greg installing

I spent yesterday at Open Satellite trying to help British artists Ivan and Heather Morison install their enormous kite prototype. Selected by Eric Fredericksen, they've been doing a residency that has involved extensive research at the Drachen Foundation whose international goal is to increase knowledge about kites.

The Black Cloud (2009)

Heather and Ivan have been working with experts to develop a series of both small and large prototypes kite that they will realize once they return home. For their installation at Open Satellite, the artists have been milling and charring lumber to build a massive kite model/structure that extends the length of the entire space.

Installation view

It's going to be beautiful. But until it's finished, it's really messy. I don't think I've ever been more dirty. For some reason, the charcoal dust seems to accumulate around the eyes (maybe from rubbing them?) so by the end of the day, as Yoko Ott said, "Everyone looks like raccoons."

The show runs from April 28 - June 19 with an opening reception happening on Tuesday, April 27 from 6-9. The artists will also be giving a talk at UW on Friday, April 30 (7pm).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

would love to have seen a pic of the "racoons"