Posted on June 9, 2013 by Info-bot
With hearts chock full o' pride, your Facilitators for Art Grants announce G.L.E.A. Inc./Lakes of Fire's 2013 art grant recipients. This fabulous community had 27 submissions in this, the program's second year. Our budget was doubled from last year with help of contributions from you the community. It is, quite literally, your money that makes this art a reality. So thank you!.
Congratulations go to all of our recipients. Here they are, in no particular order.
Camp Mustache Lounge and Café - $250
submitted by Savannah Jerome-Branson - Chicago, IL
Camp Mustache is a lounge and cafe celebrating the always-in-style mustache. Come on in and get comfy in the pillow pile to read about & discuss mustache lore. For those of you lucky enough to have a mustache of your own, why not fancy it up with our rainbow of mustache mascaras? Or, for those of you not blessed with the gift of facial hair, we have many options for you . . . take a photo with one of our many mustache props. Take a mustache whistle, and if you are feeling really brave, spin the Wheel of Mustache and let us paint you a mustache...just beware of landing on henna, which can last a week or so! Please don't leave without trying a Crustache sandwich, Mustacher-doodle cookie and/or some home brewed Kombucha.
The Crypto Lotus - $486.08
submitted by Brendan Hal - Hyattsville, MD
Patterns, numbers, and math are beautiful, fun things. The goal of the Crypto Lotus is to use light, sound, and motion to inspire wonder and a sense of magic around simple concepts most of us learn in grade school.
Ellylldan Lights - $250.00
submitted by Jason Araujo - Chicago, IL
In line with"Superstition," this artist is making Will o the Wisp lights that will attract people from the path. This will be an experience that emphasizes the natural setting of the outdoors, using a minimal electronic infrastructure to emphasize natural elements, and to draw attention to trees and plants close to the participant and draw them away from their routine activities. The goal here is to create a sense of wonder and curiosity, a vague experience of not knowing what exactly is happening, which is perfectly symbolized in the will o' the wisp. An ephemeral sensory experience draws you forward after it, and you begin to lose touch with where you are, where you came from
Shaft & Scroat - $350.00
submitted by Rob Robinson - Chicago, IL
An interactive dart game...that shoots fire.
Dragon Boat - $750.00
submitted by Neil Verplank - Chicago, IL
The Dragon Boat is first and foremost about re-engaging the local community in the waterways. It was first built in response to the industrial nature of much of the Chicago River, to bring people's eyes and imaginations back to the river. Paddling or polling down the river is as old as Chicago, and our photographs and stories, as well as the spectacle we present, help spark the community's imagination. Lakes of Fire presented two exciting new aspects to the dragon. First by creating a mobile, floating piece of art on what we see as our answer to Black Rock's Playa - the lake. We hope this year, and in years to come, the lake becomes an intrinsic part of the experience, and the dragon can help further spark the imaginations. Moreover, we're glad the dragon has created the possibility for an "art boat-" a way to move people around the event, but on water rather than land.
Lady Vagina Dentata - $500.00
submitted by Tai Kojro-Badziak - Chicago, IL
Vagina Dentata (Latin for toothed vagina) describes a folk tale in which a woman's vagina is said to contain teeth, with the associated implication that sexual intercourse might result in injury or castration for the man. Right now, this group is designing her sister: Lady Vagina Dentata. A cautionary tale against rape, the Vagina Dentata myth fits the Lakes of Fire "Superstition" theme, as well as the collective's mission to empower women. Unlike the sinister Vagina Dentata of legend, this one will have an entryway of inviting labial folds and soft teeth that lead to a comforting and relaxing chill space. In the theme of educating visitors about female empowerment, the space will feature visual displays about rape prevention and respect for women’s autonomy.
Misty Mandrake - $500.00
submitted by Rob Sandberg - Toronto, ON
The Misty Mandrake is a floating vessel on Lucky Lake’s waters, guided by an enchanting woman vested with the powers of her namesake. Legend has it that the mandrake plant, which has a feminine form, has aphrodisiac properties with the power to engender passion, fertility and love; it also has the ability to help its guests divine the future, gain clarity of vision and see strange and wonderful things. The Misty Mandrake will take up to ten LoFizens out at a time on its lounge for a voyage into the sunshine or a late night paddle in the moonlight. The wishes, dreams and desires of LoFizens may be hung on the branches of the Mandrake woman. Under her influence, LoFizens will lay back, engage in intimate conversation, share fruit and transform the Mandrake into the LOVE BOAT. The Misty Mandrake will voyage each afternoon under the supervision of two able crewmembers, with their trusty paddles. She’ll take a ‘one hour tour’ at night and be lit up and docked for the remainder of the time to serve as a lounge. On the final night of Lakes of Fire, the Mandrake Maiden will blaze in her own passion.
Chrysanthemum - $500.00
submitted by Josh Mason - Benton Harbor, MI
The philosophy at work here is to immerse oneself in an art environment and 'see what happens.' Each one of the light modulators will be fully interactive. It is engaging both cognitively and physically; cognitively because these light modulators, consisting of mirrors, reflective materials and LEDs, display an array of hallucinatory forms; physically because the participants have to physically move, turn and gyrate the 'kosks' in order to produce the sensations. This strikes a good balance: the physical act of moving the light modulators to produce the sensations has a specific aim -- not to fall back entirely upon technological wonderment, which is to say to pay attention to the physiological act of the body within the spectacle. By envisioning the highly interactive components, the participants will be able to co-produce the spectacle of the camp. The whole idea is to have you involved in helping to create and orient the spectacle of this camp.
Tikbalang - $163.92
submitted by Kate Meyer - Hastings, MI
This is a creature of superstition. LoF and Lucky Lake are similar to the environment of this creature - wooded with villagers. This creature does no harm and laughs a silly giggle. It may even pick up larger MOOP! Or scout the perimeter for people sneaking in!
Juke Box Island 2.013 Voudu Island - $750.00
submitted by Mario Corsetti - Detroit, MI
Drawing on influences mostly from Hatian Voudu the island will transform at dusk from "Spring Break: LoF" to something more like the Serpent and the Rainbow. There will be a Voudu altar with many loa to make offerings to, and a fortune teller/priestess to guide people through the experience. The role of "Madame Nocturna" (the fortune teller) will also be open to participants. A roster of people (chiefly women) is lined up to play the part, but recruiting, dragooning, deputizing and shanghaiing are encouraged.
Galileo's Uvula - $500.00
submitted by Jeddin White -Fairfield, IA
In many ways the pendulum links us to nature. Through its unflinching obedience to gravity, the pendulum connects us to the earth. Its periodic swing may remind us of the cyclical nature of the seasons, the moon, and the day. The elliptical orbit mimics the paths of celestial bodies. The glowing chaotic spirals reminisce of the violent collisions of particles in a cloud chamber. Following the swing of a pendulum can be hypnotic. The mandalas traced by a pendulum are a form of visual mantra. As excited as people will be while operating this installation, it is hoped that it will help instill silence in the viewer, and bring them inward to reflect on their place in our vast cosmos. The piece takes the shape of a pyramid, one of the sacred shapes the mysterious Egyptians knew so well. An innocent viewer may wonder whether it is a monument or an alien artifact. Perhaps it is a gift left to us by our ancestors to telephone the afterlife or our extraterrestrial brothers.
Congratulations again, to all of the recipients
Can't wait to see everyone all this great art, and YOU, at Lakes of Fire 2013 (SUPERSTITION)!