Situational Composition- Friday, October 9th on Madrid Rd in Jemez Springs, NM
181 Collective is made up of Brandon Boan, Abby Donovan, Tom Hughes, and Jason Rhodes. These artists were in residence from October 2nd through October 9th at the Mission Street Arts studios. Over the course of the residency the collective sketched together, collected, and built, all with an eye toward a “one night only!” situational composition. Various special guest artists from across the country participated via the internet including Brittany De Nigris, Aaron K. Hoffer, Mike Marks, Phil McGaughy, Joe Netta, Mike Roche, Charlotte Thurman, and Jacob Zimmerman.
As a collective, the 181 is interested in creating situations that generate experiential spaces which expand, contract, or reassemble as information sloshes about. They attempt imperfect approximations of the universe as a whole. The members of the collective can be described as a physicist/electronic engineer/musician, a mushroom forager/rockhound, and a linotype operator—any attempts to formalize their practice they view with distress.
The 181 Collective have been working together since 2007 when they found themselves gathered by the Pacific Ocean with a glim glam golden Q, roughly 10 yards of transparent lavender vinyl, and a broken hold on the sea’s reflection. Since then they have gathered and appeared in places like the Arthur Craven Foundation, Milan, Italy; Stockholm Fringe Festival, Stockholm, Sweden; LPM, Rome, Italy; SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; an alley in Eugene, OR; the ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; transmissions beamed from Maine to Sao Paulo, Brazil; the National Centre for Contemporary Art, St Petersburg, Russia; Slingshot Festival, Athens, GA; Herrick Cave in Lake County, OR; High Desert Test Sites HQ at the Sky Village Swap Meet, Yucca Valley, CA; and upcoming in spring 2021 at Locust Projects, Miami, FL.
Walter McQuie Spring 2020
The free public salon took place at the Jemez Public Library February 29th.
Sylvia Warner Spring 2020
Public demonstration at the Jemez Springs Public Library August 14
Workshops at Mission Street Arts studio August 17 & 18
Aaron Wexler Spring 2019 Painter and Collage Artist