Life on the Ice
Just got word today that my team and I will be building a structure for this year’s Art Shanty Projects on Medicine Lake. From their mission statement, the ASP is ‘an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which the relatively unregulated public space of the frozen lake can be used as a new and challenging artistic environment to expand notions of what art can be.’ The ASP is heavy on audience interaction, and so each shanty is meant to have an activity or to present an idea that art is not only in galleries, but is being made by people like you, for you and is not so separate from real people that it can’t be a part of everyday life.
Our structure, which is called the Sashay Shantay will be in the style of some adventurous and fashionable person’s attic which visitors will be invited to nose around, open trunks, play dress-up, and document their looks in a photobooth. All the clothing pieces will be made by my team of artists (including designers Danielle Everine, Rachel Blomgren, Lela Horst Baumann, Emrys Stramer, and Lynsey Rhyner). Each day of the project we will produce a mini runway show for ASP spectators, and the last day will culminate in a full length runway show out on the lake with each designer showing five looks.
I am so looking forward to working with the artists above, not to mention our building/construction afficionados Leif Ogren and Alex Schroedter. This is definitely a creative super group. We are so pleased to have something to look forward to this winter. See you on the ice!