The Artist Studio at One Colorado presents Eve Fowler, Artist-in-Residence to launch on ArtNight Pasadena.
Pasadena, CA – Armory Center for the Arts and One Colorado present Los Angeles-based artist Eve Fowler as the Artist-in-Residence for The Artist Studio at One Colorado. The residency starts on March 9, coinciding with Pasadena’s ArtNight, a city wide arts festival, and runs through June 10. The Artist Studio, located at 24 Smith Alley in Pasadena’s One Colorado complex, is an interactive artist space in which visitors are invited to engage with artists as they work. While in residence, Eve Fowler will maintain open studio hours on Saturdays 12p – 5p, Thursdays 12p – 6p, and Tuesdays 11a – 8p. Studio visits are free and open to the public. Armory and One Colorado are pleased to continue their over ten year collaboration presenting innovative programs that introduce the arts and artists into daily life.
Throughout her three-month residency, Fowler will focus on creating a new series of text-based works inspired from Gertrude Stein's radically experimental novel Tender Buttons. By departing from conventional meaning, grammar, and syntax, Stein captured and revealed moments of consciousness independent of conventional understanding of time and memory. In the spirit of Stein’s decisive ambiguity, Fowler creates artworks that quote from the novel in alternative forms and contexts, broadening the typical method of delivery – the bound book, read in private – of Stein’s text. Fowler has developed a prosaic approach to exhibiting the work by printing quotes from the novel – such as "Very different but much more" or "A difference of very little difference" – on common silkscreen posters, the type that typically advertise concerts, boxing matches, and other events. These familiar posters – "A narrative of like and like it,” as Stein once said – can be seen on city street corners, light poles, and hurricane fencing surrounding empty lots. Now, nearly 100 years after the publication of Tender Buttons shocked Victorian sensibilities, Fowler takes Stein’s invitation to play with language further, like what Stein called “A spectacle and nothing strange.”
In conjunction with her residency, Fowler will install a reading room at the entrance of the studio where visitors are welcome to browse through a selection of works from her library as well as the libraries of friends, artists, writers, and librarians. Live readings by a selection of local writers will be scheduled throughout the residency. A schedule is available on the Armory website www.armoryarts.org.
Eve Fowler lives and works in Los Angeles. A graduate of Temple University (BA, 1986) and Yale University (MFA, 1992), Fowler is co-founder of Artist Curated Projects (ACP) in Los Angeles, which was the subject of a dynamic group exhibition she organized (with ACP co-founder Lucas Michael) at Armory last autumn. Fowler has had solo shows at Horton Gallery and Julie Saul Gallery, both in New York, and Thomas Solomon Gallery in Los Angeles. She has participated in group exhibitions at Tulane University Art Gallery in New Orleans and New Langton Arts and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, both in San Francisco. Her work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the New Museum, New York; and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Fowler’s work was included in the California Biennial at Orange County Museum in 2010 and will be included in a group show at Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin, Texas in April 2012.
About the Armory: The Armory Center for the Arts, in Pasadena, California, builds on the power of art to transform lives and communities through presenting, creating, teaching, and discussing contemporary visual art. The organization’s department of exhibitions mounts over 25 visual arts exhibitions each year at its main facility and in locations throughout the City of Pasadena. In addition, the Armory offers studio art classes and a variety of educational outreach programs to more than fifty schools and community sites. The Armory believes that an understanding and appreciation of the arts is essential for a well-rounded human experience and a healthy civic community. For more information please visit www.armoryarts.org.
About One Colorado: One Colorado is an outdoor shopping and dining destination on one city block in the heart of Old Pasadena. The property unites 17 individual historical buildings; in addition to its retailers and restaurants One Colorado offers public art programs, cultural events, and entertainment. For more information please visit www.onecolorado.com.
For Immediate Release
February 23, 2012
Contact: Calvin Phelps, Armory Center for the Arts
Phone: (626) 792-5101 x 130
image of posters from Eve Fowler's A spectacle and nothing strange project via Fritz Haeg's website http://www.fritzhaeg.com/