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2022 Collaborations in Review
This update comes to you from a personal year of upheaval, with Quinn and I moving cross-country from New Orleans,LA to Troy, NY and various family health issues now (thankfully!) resolving. Art-making provided the few nourishing moments for me during this year, and I hope these images and updates bring you at least a small portion of that nourishment as well.
My second museum solo exhibition “ネイタン·ディコン＝フルタド 共同展示ラボ－ACACのフィールドワーク / Natan DIACON-FURTADO Fieldwork at ACAC: Collaborative Exhibition Lab” took place at the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre in Aomori, Japan, growing from my time as the virtual international artist-in-residence there. Turning visitors into collaborators through the creation and recreation of shared stories, spaces and traditions, this show is conceived as a “collaborative exhibition lab” combining digital patterns derived from images of my own home with “pop-up” folding sculptural modules drawing from the landscape and culture of Aomori Japan.Familiar shapes cut into arches, staircases and arrow feathers reveal both the scenery around each visitor as well as their own memories. The scenery created by these variations overlap with those of Aomori as visitors enter and exit the exhibit, turning the space into a shared place of creation that transcends place and time.
It was another great year for “Our Patterns” collaborations, as a continued collaboration with faculty and students at Montgomery College grew the visual footprint and collaborative legacy of “Our Patterns, Montgomery College”with new and larger projection events and a beautiful collaborative talk with myself, faculty and students. My talk from last year, at Montgomery College’s Humanities Days event, is available here.
“Our Patterns” moved from the institutional to the public realm, with the recent unveiling of the temporary public installation of “Our Patterns, Our Architectures” as part of Troy Glow in downtown Troy, NY. This set of 9 projected patterns combines details from Troy’s architectural heritage with materials from community historical archives to begin to create a unique visual language for the city. A “community takeover” of the project is set to fill downtown with individualized patterns made by community members during a series of collaborative workshops. The installation is up until January 9, 2023, so please visit if you find yourself close!
In addition, one of my “Our Maps” archival inked stamped historical maps was featured in the wonderful group exhibition “Tense Renderings” co-curated by Sofia Benitez Villanueva and Simone Zapata at The Reef in Los Angeles, CA.
And of course, the year started out wonderfully with my solo exhibition “Fieldwork at CCB Gallery” publicly debuting the archival inked plasma cut steel collaborative sculptural modules that were created during my time at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, a time which also inspired the work that would become my solo show at ACAC.
These and other new and newly published projects can be seen in full on my website
thank you all for your time and attention, and please feel free to keep in touch or reach out to collaborate. I’d love to hear from you!
natan [at] itsopossumtime.com
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