In the fall of 2014, I was honored with an invitation to participate in an artist lock-in. What's a lock-in? Well, at the Yellow Springs Arts Council, this is an annual event where three artists are locked in the council's gallery for 72 hours and tasked with creating a one-of-a-kind show.
HERE’S THE SCENARIO:
3 artists locked in the gallery for 3 days
3 large boxes of ‘stuff’ donated from the community to use in an art installation
3 artist tools (each artist may bring 3)
3 phone calls (1 phone-a-friend for each artist with an ask to bring something they need)
The challenge: Can three artists, who may or may not have ever met each other before, in three days, look through three boxes of random “stuff” that they have never seen before, come up with and agree on a plan together, and then create an art installation? We get to find out in November 2014.
There are so many elements of this call for submissions that called to me. A chance to collaborate with artists I've never met? Fabulous. Build and create on the spot? Wonderful. Limited tools and mediums? Even better.
What did I bring?
I spent a significant amount of time trying to decide what I was going to bring to the table. With the medium up in the air, I thought it best to focus on how I could best embrace the community's donations. How could I work with whatever was there? I might need tools to construct new things, and I might needs tools to destruct old things. Decisions Decisions.
At the end of the day, I realized that it would be easier to use unpredictable "tools" or my hands to destruct items. Here's what I brought to construct new things:
- Industrial Glue Gun
- Gallon of Glue
- Staple Gun
You know it's serious when you're joking about plumbing
(Food will be delivered to the artists and camping-style sleeping accommodations will be available at the gallery. Indoor plumbing included.)
There was only one other person allowed in the gallery full time while we were working: Travis Hawkes. His job was to document the entire experience, from the moment we walked into the gallery for interviews the day before locking the doors through the show at the end of the week.
On Sunday, November 9th, these three artists will meet each other for the first time and see the gallery but not what is in the boxes. We will go over rules. That evening they get pre- interviews with Travis, the videographer. The next morning they will be locked in the gallery. There will be Peek Holes in the papered-over windows during the lock in. Come peek in Monday – Wednesday.
Throwing a videographer in the mix was a brilliant move on the council's part. With such intense focus on the creation process, it was hard to remember to eat and rest, nevertheless take photos of what we were doing.
Travis did a wonderful job with photos, video (embedded), and a healthy write-up of each day.
Here we go
The Permanent Collection
When the show was complete, YSAC placed a piece that Ron and I collaborated on in the council's permanent collection. This is the only simultaneous occurrence of "Jennifer Bachelder" and "permanent collection" that you'll find, and I couldn't be more thankful.