A Call to Place

—Utah Arts & Museums – For immediate release on March 1, 2016

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums announces A Call to Place: The first five years of the Frontier Fellowship. The exhibition highlights the town of Green River through a project initiated by Epicenter, an interdisciplinary nonprofit organization.

The town of Green River lies within the lunar landscape of eastern Utah: rock cliffs reveal striations of sediment with boulders clustered below fracturing buttes. Green River is a place where the land is plentiful and the red dust, burnt cliffs, and lonely sky lie just beyond the end of its roads. Prismatic sunsets give way to stars that shine bold and close. If you’ve never seen monolithic terraces under an oceanic sky, Green River is the seeing place. The only town of consequence for many miles, Green River has been a welcomed sight to travelers for well over a century. Uranium mining, the construction of a missile base, and other economic booms led to times of prosperity that proved short-lived. As jobs disappeared and the newly built Interstate 70 routed travelers around, rather than through the town, businesses closed shop, buildings fell into disrepair, and the town’s population dwindled to its current size of 952. During the recent recession, Epicenter began partnering with the city and residents to reverse Green River’s economic misfortunes and strengthen the community.

Epicenter’s visiting artists, “Frontier Fellows,” prove an integral part of this revitalization by discerning and celebrating Green River’s rural pride and pioneering spirit. The exhibition, A Call to Place, features the first five years of Frontier Fellows, 50 visiting artists and collaborators who have each spent up to one month in residence generating place-based work in Green River alongside the community.

“We’re delighted to celebrate and reflect on one of our most stunning rural communities in Utah” said Gay Cookson Utah Arts & Museums Director, “Epicenter, and the respective fellows, are playing an important role in their community while expanding the boundaries of how we think about art making. Undoubtedly the contributions and perspective offered by these visiting artists will make a lasting impact.”

The exhibition runs from Mar. 18th-May 13th, 2016. An artist reception will be held on Mar. 18th from 6-9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll. The Rio Gallery is located inside the Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Additionally the Gallery is open in partnership with The Downtown Winter Farmers Market every other Saturday from 10am-2pm from January 16th-April 23rd, 2016.

Thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts (Artworks), Utah Division of Arts and Museums, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Steve and Juanita Sykes for their generous support of this project.

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Participating artists/collaboratives:

Charlotte XC Sullivan, Zoe Minikes, Zorth Pilioneta, Miles Mattison, Nick Zdon, Daniel Strauss, Nicole Lavelle, Ali Osborn, Jamey Herman, Richard Saxton, Sarah Baugh, Justin Flood, Raphael Griswold, Emily Howe, Aidan Koch, Shawn Creeden, Catherine Page-Harris, Kristina Fong, Corbin Lamont, Zach Bulick, Russell Kerr, Cabin Time, Erica Dixon, Dylan Adams, Bennett Williamson, Gina Abelkop, Colin Bliss, Lucia Carroll, Cyrus Smith, Sincerely Interested, Michelle Benoit, Molly Goldberg, Mary Rothlisberger, Celia Hollander, Ryan Ford, Grayson Earle, Jordan Topiel Paul, Andrew Hamblin, Spence Kroll, Eliza Fernand, Geoffrey Holstad, Rob Loucks, Pete Collard & Alice Masters, Lisa Ward, Emily Howe, Jordan Gulasky, Phil Dagostino, High Desert Test Sites, Laurelin Kruse, and Sarah Lillegard.

Curation: Epicenter
Design: Corbin LaMont

For more information on the Fellowship visit frontierfellowship.org.

RSVP to the event here.

HDTS: Epicenter Recap

Julie Brody, Kate Brown, Dominique Cox, Mari Garrett, and Gabie Strong performing “Brainchild Part 3” by Kathleen Johnson and Mark So (click to enlarge)

This weekend Green River welcomed over 100 visitors for HDTS: Epicenter. Twelve different artist groups from around the country showcased projects, installations, and performances in and around Green River, including folk ballads performed in Black Dragon Canyon, interactive hammock weaving (with corn stalks, no less!), and a chance for visitors and locals to be photographed with their car. The project was a collaboration between Epicenter and High Desert Test Sites, an arts organization based in Joshua Tree, California that has put on similar events in the past.

Friday night potluck at Epicenter (click to enlarge)

Things officially kicked off on Friday with a potluck and swap meet hosted at Epicenter. Over 75 people showed up to share food, meet new friends, and catch up with old ones. Several projects went on display, including Alyse Emdur and Michael Parker’s “Geyser Girls” drawing residency at Crystal Geyser and “Rural Light” at the Dunham Melon Stand, Jordan Topiel Paul and J. Gordon Faylor’s “Motel Room” installation at the Robbers Roost, Allan McCollum’s “Reprints” at the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum in Price, and the Puusemp family’s “Gamma,” an installation that made radiation experienceable by sonically representing each radiation wave passing through a small area. Visitors passing through Green River for a pit stop got the opportunity to be photographed with their car as part of Nicole Lavelle’s “Autoland” at the Conoco Gas ’n Go. Those willing to get out of town could visit “Site Specific Hammock 2 and 3” by Bennett Williamson, a set of two hammocks which visitors could participate making by learning a weaving technique. One hammock was made of recycled fabrics, while the other was made from harvested corn stalks.


“Site Specific Hammock 2 and 3” by Bennett Williamson and “Gamma” by the Puusemp Family (click to enlarge)

On Saturday visitors could catch projects they didn’t see the day before as well as attend a few unique events. Charlie Macquarie’s “Library of Approximate Location” was open at Swasey’s Beach, where visitors could peruse a unique collection of books and documents pertinent to Green River, Utah, and the Inland West. Butchy Fuego and the Seeing Trails Division of Fine Arts performed “Doppler” at the Municipal Airport: two trucks, one with Butchy Fuego and a drum kit, the other with Jeremiah Chiu and a keyboard, began at opposite ends of the runway and drove toward each other, meeting in the middle, creating a unique sonic experience for the stationary audience. Steve Badgett’s “River Quaternion”—a giant, floating black pyramid, sailed/hovered down the Green River from the Main Street bridge to the Crystal Geyser as the sun set. In the afternoon, a group of explorers left for Cabin-Time’s “Sleepout” at Wild Horse Butte—a no electronics, all-wilderness overnight experience, while those still in Green River attended the Seeing Trails DFA’s “Past on Present” projection and laser show/party at the Bunker.


“Past on Present” by the Seeing Trails DFA and “Rural Light” by the Michael Parker and Alyse Emdur (click to enlarge)

Sunday began a day of travel and performances. In the morning, Alison Kinney, Daniel Nickerson, Cyrus Smith, and Matt Takiff gave a performance of folk songs and cowboy ballads in Black Dragon Canyon—the unique shape of the canyon enhancing and distorting the acoustics to create a magical experience. In the afternoon, visitors traveled to the Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville for a performance of “Brainchild” Part 3, an otherworldly performance set among the alien earth formations that lie between Capitol Reef and the San Rafael Swell.


“Doppler” by the Seeing Trails DFA and “Desert Dreamscape” by Kinney, Nickerson, Smith, and Takiff (click to enlarge)

On Monday things began to wind down, but not before the Seeing Trails DFA led a hike around Blue Castle, a grey-blue monolith north of town. During the hike, visitors could engage with various viewing portals that framed different views of the landscape. The event officially wrapped at noon. Overall it was a highly successful weekend and a great collaboration with High Desert Test Sites.

“River Quaternion” by Steve Badgett

Our participating artists included Steve Badgett, Cabin-Time, Alyse Emdur and Michael Parker, Butchy Fuego and the Seeing Trails Division of Fine Arts, Kathleen Johnson and Mark So, Alison Kinney, Daniel Nickerson, Cyrus Smith, and Matt Takiff, Nicole Lavelle, Charlie Macquarie, Allan McCollum, Jordan Topiel Paul and J. Gordon Faylor, Ephraim, Kiersten, and Raivo Puusemp, and Bennett Williamson.

Thanks to our local volunteers and partners: Allen Burns, Dunham Melons, Gas-N-Go, Green River Thrift Store, PACT, Robbers Roost Motel, and Shady Acres.

Thanks to our wonderful crew of volunteers who made this weekend run so smoothly: Andrea Bacigalupo, Paulina Berczynski, Cari Carmean, Matthew Dannevik, Bob Dornberger, Luke Forsyth, Leah Gallant, Adam Geremia, Marisa Goedhart, Bill Morrison, Joelle Neuenschwander, Antonia, Julia Schenck, and Sophie Trauberman.


“Autoland” by Nicole Lavelle and “Library of Approximate Location” by Charlie Macquarie (click to enlarge)

HDTS: Epicenter was made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (Art Works–Design), Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Emery County Travel Board, and the Sorenson Legacy Foundation.

Photos and video by Bill Morrison. Find more photos from the event on our instagram and at #hdtsepicenter.

Monday, October 19th, 2015
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HDTS: Epicenter Participating Artists

Epicenter and High Desert Test Sites (HDTS) are co-hosting HDTS: Epicenter on October 9-12, 2015. HDTS: Epicenter is a collaborative curation of 12 artists’ projects, along with many regional points of interest and programs in diverse locations in and around the rural Utah community of Green River, Utah.

Our 12 featured artists:
Steve Badgett
Cabin-Time
Alyse Emdur & Michael Parker
Butchy Fuego
Kathleen Johnson & Mark So
Nicole Lavelle
Charlie Macquarie
Allan McCollum
Jordan Topiel Paul & J. Gordon Faylor
The Puusemp Family (Ephraim, Kiersten & Raivo Puusemp)
Cyrus Smith, Alison Kinney, Daniel Nickerson & Matt Takiff
Bennett Williamson

With additional support and programming by:
Sarah Baugh
Taryn Cowart
Miles Mattison
Richard Saxton & students

…stay tuned for more!

HDTS is a non-profit organization located in Joshua Tree, CA, that supports immersive experiences and exchanges between artists, critical thinkers, and general audiences – challenging all to expand their definition of art to take on new areas of relevancy.

Epicenter is a non-profit organization located in Green River, that provides housing and business resources and promotes the arts to accentuate Green River’s rural pride and pioneering spirit.

This project is made possible through support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, Utah’s Emery County Travel Board, and the Robber’s Roost Motel.

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Cabin-Time: Green River Field Guide

Last August, Epicenter had the pleasure of collaborating with the folks at Cabin-Time to bring fifteen artists to Green River to set up camp north of town in Desolation Canyon. Surrounded by sky and canyon on the banks of the Green, the residents had plenty to explore and inspire them. In addition to creating a stunning short film documenting the experience, Cabin-Time has curated a Field Guide comprised of work from all the participants including Epicenter. The guide was made in collaboration with Issue Press, an independent publishing house and print shop based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. To say that you should purchase a copy of this beautifully made Field Guide is an understatement, get Cabin-Time in your life today. Hey, maybe you could read it on the beach.

Field Guide Specifications
Process: 2-color (purple and orange) risograph interiors on 9 different 70#t French Paper Co. Pop-Tone papers, 1-color cover on 100#c French Paper Co. Pop-Tone Orange Fizz paper; Wire-o binding
Pages: 72
Dimensions: 5″ x 7″
Edition Size: 150

Cabin-Time 5 included a few past and future Epicenter collaborators: Charlotte X.C. Sullivan (Epicenter’s Frontier Fellowship Coordinator), Cyrus W. Smith (January 2014 Frontier Fellow), and Mary Rothlisberger (April 2014 Frontier Fellow). We look forward to further strengthening the connections between Cabin-Time and Epicenter. Future fun and forever beach days.

Charlotte X.C. Sullivan
Ford the River, Part Two: Wrapping a stone in silk string (again), an immobile compass built. Part Two in a series of pre-digital navigational tools. An homage to mystery, a grounding place to carry all my weight. It’ll get cut down later and spun into gold.

Cyrus W. Smith
During my time at Cabin-Time, I focused on music and songwriting. Bringing with me a travel size guitar, a baritone ukulele, and a battery powered keyboard, I produced nine new songs. The melodies and lyrics were generated on walks, around fires, and while perched on boulders high above the canyon floor on the group’s many explorations of the surrounding environment. The songs then serve as a record of my experience in the desert, as well as a portrait of our temporary home and community. On our last night at camp, I debuted the suite of songs at a “house show” we put on at the abandoned cabin next to our campsite.

Mary Rothlisberger
As a part of the Cabin-Time Crew, my on-site role is similar to a camp counselor– working socially with the group dynamics, domestic systems, safety, adventure, and overall fun. For the first few days, I worked with residents and crew to build creative living systems for our temporary community spaces. I sewed a large patchwork that we rigged from the trees to serve as our community studio and gathering space during our time in the canyon. I explored my physical relationship to landscape by letting place and action transform the things I brought with me. I spent the week crocheting a vanishing point and through ritual and intention, I turned it into a Forgetting Place.







Cabin-Time 5: Green River Residents: Carson Davis Brown, Sarah Darnell, Stephanie Dowda, Ryan Greaves, Geoff Holstad, Ben Hunter, Emily Julka, Bridget Frances Quinn, Steven Rainey, Mary Rothlisberger, Cyrus W. Smith, Charlotte X. C. Sullivan, Adam Weiler, Meg Whiteford, and Sarah Williams.

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Cabin Time 5: Green River, Utah

Photo by Carson Davis Brown

Cabin-Time is a roaming creative residency to remote places. We had the pleasure of meeting the folks at Epicenter and collaborating with them to bring 15 artists to Green River to set up camp north of town in Desolation Canyon.

We love Green River. It was quite the experience to be greeted by new friends, hoot-hollerin and waving flags at our arrival. So American! Residents traveled from all over the country and everyone fell in love with the landscape and mystique that Green River and nearby Canyon offered. Late summer is monsoon season and we experienced it in full force–record rainfalls made for a dangerous road, muddy river, and cloudy skies. After three wet days, we were ready for the rain to go away. By Tuesday afternoon the sky cleared and we made it back into town for a party.

With Green River being the melon capital of the United States we wanted to taste as many of them as we could. We met at Epicenter and invited the public to join us for a table filled with all the in-season melons we could get. We picked up two of each from Dunham’s Melons: cantaloupe, crenshaw, israeli, canary, honeyloupe, lampkin, honeydew, and watermelon. Cabin-Time resident Sarah Williams made a watermelon + tomato salad and quinoa salad to round out the meal. We enjoyed meeting people and being back in civilization for the evening. I, Ryan Greaves, want to apologize for missing the mayor at the event. Our timings got crossed and we were craving twist cones from Chow Hound.

Photos by Carson Davis Brown

Canyon life had a beautiful rhythm to it–everyone setting off in different directions to work on their projects, rambling in and out of camp for meals and hangouts throughout the day. A big part of Cabin-time is meeting new people and working collaboratively. The theme that we chose to work with for this Cabin-Time was “Ford the River.” We interpreted that in many ways, but for any journey or crossing of a difficult obstacle, you have others with you. Many individual projects involved the participation of other residents, right down to the planning and coordination of the residency itself.

We left Green River with lasting friendships and memories of time spent together. Rain storms, sun dogs, sagebrush, and swims; every best day right in a row.

Visit cabin-time.com for more information about Cabin-Time.

Cabin-Time 5: Green River Residents
Carson Davis Brown (Grand Rapids, MI)
Sarah Darnell (Ventura, CA)
Stephanie Dowda (Atlanta, GA)
Ryan Greaves (Grand Rapids, MI)
Geoff Holstad (Ventura, CA)
Emily Julka & Ben Hunter (Madison, WI)
Bridget Frances Quinn (Austin, TX)
Steven Rainey (Grand Rapids, MI)
Mary Rothlisberger (Palouse, WA)
Cyrus W. Smith (Portland, OR)
Charlotte X. C. Sullivan (Brooklyn, NY)
Adam Weiler (Holland, MI)
Meg Whiteford (Los Angeles, CA)
Sarah Williams (Los Angeles, CA)

Monday, October 7th, 2013
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Cabin-Time: Green River

Cabin-Time is joining us in Green River this August!!! Below is the call for proposals. Investigate their past residencies here, specifically Cabin-Time 3, featuring our own Miles Mattison (former Epicenter Frontier Fellow). Apply and spread the world.

Cabin-Time: Green River
Green River, Utah
CALL-FOR-PROPOSALS
38º59’36”N 110º9’0”W
August 25-30, 2013
Working in collaboration with Epicenter.

Cabin-Time Art Camp is a roaming creative residency to remote places. Cabin-Time invites artists, designers, photographers, writers, musicians, craftspeople, scientists, cartographers, bird-watchers, wood-workers, planners, organizers, schemers, and dreamers to join in cooperative intentional isolation, to make site-specific work based on location and theme. Conscientious environmental stewardship is a core principle of Cabin-Time, through making work and maintaining camp. A trip specific field guide is published, compiling and archiving the work made during each expedition. Work from the residency is catalogued online and released in conjunction with the field guide.

The experience at Cabin-Time is a cooperative environment. Creatives are expected to find transportation to and from Green River, Utah. The residency fee covers co-op vegetarian meals and on-site supply needs. We work together to set up camp, share chores, cook group meals, and help each other with our ideas.

Cabin-Time: Green River will take 15 creatives to the Green River in Eastern Utah. Residents will meet in town on Saturday, August 24 and will return Saturday, August 31. We will be stationed in and around a 100+ year old stone house on the banks of the river, 11 miles north of the city in Desolation Canyon. The cost for this residency is $200.

We are looking for projects and ideas that explore the theme “Ford the River” in relation to Desolation Canyon and Green River, Utah. There are no restrictions on how you should use the theme in your project or proposal. Applications are due at 11:59pm on July 1, 2013. Selected applicants will be notified no later than July 8, 2013.

Apply via email to cabintimeartcamp@gmail.com. You will receive a reply promptly to assure you that we’ve received your application. Title the subject of the email “CT5 Application: YOUR NAME” and answer the following:
1. Who are you? Where are you from? What do you make? Website?
2. One paragraph in the body of the email, exploring CT5 location (Green River, Utah) and theme (“Ford the River”) in relation to your creative practice.
3. Attach up to 5 samples of your past work (images, sound files, videos, research, writing, etc).
4. You may:
A. Attempt to ford the river.
B. Caulk wagon and float it across.
C. Take a ferry across.
D. Wait to see if conditions improve.
E. Get more information.
What is your choice?

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
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