This is Jolene Dalton. I named my van after her.
There is Green River, Utah, and then there is Green River, Wyoming. Jolene Dalton has lived in both of them. She was born and raised in Green River (this one, the Utah one) and in 1955 was valedictorian of her graduating class.
Mrs. Dalton has worked at the library for six years, where she is in charge of designing the bulletin boards and coordinating summertime story hour for kids Mrs. Dalton is endlessly active. Just last month, she made the strenuous hike to Delicate Arch in Arches National Monument. “I’m happy. I love the library, I love Green River, I love the people.”
(Editor’s note: Jolene Dalton, with her spry sensibility and her relentless adventuring, is the van’s namesake.)
(Editor’s note: We are sifting through our photos. We will share some of them in the coming days.)
New York: Go to this fundraiser! Buy some art!
Save the date! We’re hosting a benefit on June 1st in NYC to raise money for this summer’s Artists in Residence (75%) and the conservation of parcels of land in Detroit during the annual tax auction (25%). Over the past two seasons artists have supported themselves traveling to the island. This year we’re attempting to offer artists a small amount of financial assistance. We’re also attempting to exemplify the idea that doing or making should be tied to conservation. It’s a good formula. Please join us.
Participating Artists include: Mike Perry, Ron Gorchov, Aaron Wexler, Annie Varnot, Helen Lovelee, Tolland Mansfield, Nicole Lavelle, Lucy Engelman, Sara Maynard, Andrew Ranville, Miwa Koizumi, Archie Lee Coates IV, Charlotte X.C. Sullivan, Mary Rothlisberger, Marlin Ledin, Miles Mattison, Sarah Darnell, Meg Whiteford, Isabella Martin, Ports Washington, Emilie Lee, Marilyn Rondon, Rob Gorski Abel Macias, and more.
+ Facebook event page
+ Invitation by Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis of LoT Architecture. Thanks guys.
Open Engagement starts tomorrow! It is going to be a big mess of favorite people, the ultimate design collaboration with Sarah Baugh made manifest, three days of quality time with Will Bryant, lectures that will make me want to cry, nap, laugh, or make important work, seeing old friends and making new ones probably I hope, and really, I just love Jen Delos Reyes so much. These are not complete sentences.
(jen took this photo.)
"People like: free things, posters, ‘interactivity,’ simplicity, not thinking and things they have already seen. And the opposite of this sometimes too."
Art and Social Practice Reference Points book series!
Will be available soon at publicationstudio.biz/books/
Annual backyard house meeting dinner
Some things I made for the a show called “Portland As Fuck” (yeah I know) are for sale here, on the Compound Gallery website.
P.S. The van is now fine.
Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon
We have been busy driving home and nursing a sick van back to health, but in the coming days/weeks/months please look out for more documentation of and reflection on the work we did in Green River, Detroit, Windsor, and all the places in between.
"The un-city of Detroit distinctively embodies who we are, as Americans. That’s my thesis. The question is whether we have the wit and the skill to see it — and then whether we have the nerve to embrace what we see there, what we’ve made of ourselves and each other."
Motor City Breakdown, an essay by Jerry Herron on Design Observer
The Hidden City Philadelphia Festival celebrates the power of place through the imagination of contemporary artists, inspiring people to explore the city’s history and imagine new futures for our urban landscape. Artists of diverse disciplines and media create site-specific work that illuminates abandoned, obscure or inaccessible sites throughout the city.
(This is very cool.)