Redstone Pop-Up Artist Studios is a working art studio where eight participating artists explore unique and varying artistic projects. From painting to mixed media and from sculpture to eco-art, artworks created in Redstone Pop-Up Artist Studios will by nature be undefined by boundaries. While participating artists’ work represents many different concerns, styles and approaches to art, each artist is equally dedicated to producing passionately and prolifically during their time in the studio. As each artist focuses on the evolution of their individual project, an element of collaboration will play a large role in the studio’s overall creative process. Redstone Pop-Up Studio artists are enthusiastic to discuss and share their work while engaging creatively with the community. Halfway through their time at the Pop-Up District, the artists have scheduled two public art critiques from 6 to 8PM on July 13 and 14 in order to discuss and reflect upon their work in a public setting. There will be a culminating exhibition during the last week of the Pop-Up Gallery District in which studio artists will showcase the results of all their hard work.
Athena Kafantaris is a Burlington-based artist working with recycled & organic materials to create fantasy dolls, puppets & installations. She is immensely excited to have the opportunity to work in the Redstone Pop-up Artist Studio. She will primarily use the space to make larger-than-life versions of her dolls & puppets for use in a forthcoming stage production.
Amanda Vella is an oil painter. For her time in the studio, Amanda intends to explore her interest in color, movement, abstraction, and the relationships between multiple canvases (i.e. diptychs, triptychs, polyptychs) while drawing from her visual experience of Vermont’s landscape. Her primary focus will be on affirming and accepting visual and expressive transformation throughout her creative process. Her goals are to continue developing a familiarity with her intuition as well as allowing improvisation to play a major role in the creation of her images.
Anne Cummings says: I am looking forward to creating my work in this wonderful public venue, where interaction with visitors and the energy of other artists will inspire new ideas and motivate productivity. I have a number of projects and new series I plan to begin, as well as continuing a few that are in progress. I will explore new directions and materials in my “Re-Wreath” and “Climate Change” series, and would like to try out two new ideas I have been “incubating”. One for a series of portraits based on the items consumed by an individual, and the second for a series based on the euphemistic phrases we use in our everyday lives, with a sardonic visual twist.
Cody James Brgant
“Cody James Brgant will continue his study focusing on the processes of photographic and three-dimensional documentation. Since the Neanderthals, people have always held the impulse to document, record, or commemorate through many different devices. Brgant uses photography and sculpture to create a commentary on the translation of the actual to the replica.”
Alex Costantino‘s work for the Pop-Up Artist Studio will consist of drawings and paintings. “My expectations for the body of work created will be open-ended and informed by the ideas generated by working with my studio-mates and through collaborations. I intend to create narrative work thematically centered on retrofuturism, nostalgia, and the fear of change.”
Kylie Dally works primarily in acrylic paint. Recently, she has been experimenting with developing rhythms within her painting process. During her time in the studio she will engage in a cycle of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction in order to bring about rhythm. She will begin by creating a heavily textured foundation on the wall behind her workspace by layering paper, cardboard, fibers, and various other materials in a giant collage. She will paint, draw, glue, staple, etc. directly on this surface throughout her studio time, as well as cut and peel away elements of the collage and reincorporate them into new paintings.
Jason Galligan-Baldwin will be producing several mixed-media paintings while utilizing the Pop-Up Studio space. The paintings will be based on childhood stories; some are imaginative and some are true, influenced by materials of his youth (progress reports, childhood comic books, random doodles and drawings). Jason is interested in how these items, however mundane, have influenced his personality. Jason’s paintings are a timeline full of failures, successes, and an apparent obsession to drawing houses, skateboarders, strange women, robots, and astronauts. Arrows give directions, while text, random antennae, and voice bubbles carry signals and clues for the viewer to migrate from panel to panel, from image to image, giving hints to past experiences while producing new ones to be regarded. Each painting portrays a moment in time suspended separately from his past and present self; rather it exists in a state of ambiguity. This allows his paintings to take whatever shape, form, or childlike narrative they choose.
Jessa Gilbert uses painting as a primary means of articulating movement and action. Her work focuses on using color, shape, and line to create a rhythm within each piece that emphasizes change. She is always searching for different ways of representing motion similar to the ever-changing world. The way in which objects and figures move through space and time is a great inspiration, and she is fascinated by the way one’s mind and eyes function to make sense of these things in motion. Her work investigates a depiction of multiple moments coming together on the same plane at the same time.