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THE WASSAIC PROJECT JOINS THE WILCO SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL AT MASS MoCA 

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Artist-Ru n Organization Will Present Two Projects with The Bureau for Open Culture a s Part of Festival

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Wassaic\, NY – The Wassaic Project\,  an artist-run multidisciplinary arts organization located in a renovated mi ll in Wassaic\, New York\, is pleased to announce its participation with Ja mes Voorhies and the Bureau for Open Culture in the Wilco Solid Sound Fe stival 2011\, which will take place from June 24-26\, 2011 at th e Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adam s\, Massachusetts.  As part of its onsite programming in conjunction with t he event\, The Wassaic Project and the Bureau for Open Culture will present multimedia artist Breanne Trammell’s Let’s Fly A Kite\, a participa tory kite-making workshop\, and Jen-N-Outlaw’s Fish Fry Truck and Cr awfish Boils\, a New York City-based food truck run by Paul Outlaw and Jenn ifer Catron that serves up fresh seafood in an authentically Southern style .

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Breanne Trammell’s project Let’s Fly A Kite\, a pub lic kite-making workshop offered in partnership with The Wassaic Project\,< i> stems from her love of the collaborative process and her desire as a multi-disciplinary artist to facilitate shared experience.  Trammell think s of kites as celebratory objects\, in tandem with many cultures in which k ites also symbolize happiness\, good luck\, and victory\, and are used as t alismans to ward off evil spirits.  She also believes that the interactive nature of kite-flying enables a heightened sense of one’s environment.  Abo ve all\, Trammell thinks that kites are fun and accessible\, and that sendi ng a kite into flight—of watching a manmade object defy gravity—universally inspires a sense of childlike awe. As part of MASS MoCA’s Wilco Solid Soun d Festival\, Trammell will offer an onsite workshop in kite-making and kite -flying.  The event is free and open to all festival attendees.  Each parti cipant will receive kite-making materials and will be offered instruction i n crafting the basic structure of the kite—possible designs range from ‘sle d-style’ to ‘puffer style’—as well as markers\, paints\, a screen-printing station\, and a ‘custom tail station’ with which to decorate it.  Trammell says\, “I envision hundreds of kites flying together. And later\, the kite becomes the object that commemorates the collaboration." Let’s Go Fly A Kite is the second incarnation of an earlier project of the same name t hat Trammell produced in collaboration with students at the University of T exas at Arlington\, where she was a visiting artist in 2010. Trammell recei ved her MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design and is an adjunct professor in graphic design at Ramapo College in New Jersey. Her w ork has been exhibited internationally\, including at Mixed Greens Gallery and PPOW Gallery in New York\, and her collaborative work with Brody Condon was featured in the Greater New York show at PS1/MoMA in 2010 and a t the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York in 2009.  Trammell is curr ently the Print Fellow at the Wassaic Project.

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Jen-N-Outlaw’s Fish Fry Truck is the brainchild of Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw\, t wo recent MFA recipients who are currently based in New York City\, but ori ginally hail from Southern Illinois and Alabama\, respectively.  After fini shing their degrees in sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art\, Catron and O utlaw wanted to bring traditional Southern crawfish boil/fish fry culture—e specially its relaxed social element—to the East Coast.  They bought a truc k with an American flag already painted on the side\, added a double fryer\ , a 120-quart pot\, and a hydraulic platform with room for a picnic table i n the back\, and started serving up “the best catfish east of the Mississip pi and the freshest\, spiciest crawfish north of the Mason-Dixon Line.”  Ca tron and Outlaw consider their food truck to be part business\, part perfor mance art project\, and part educational experience.  By placing a represen tative part of Southern culture out of context on the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn\, they create a juxtaposition of disparate experiences\, promp ting customers to examine their own relationships to social environments an d community.  Besides serving food\, Jen-N-Outlaw’s Fish Fry Truck engages with its patrons by bringing the South fully to the city with socializing\, country music\, and Southern Hospitality.  “We consider the whole operatio n our performance\,” Catron says. At the Wilco Solid Sound System Festival\ , the truck will be offering its regular menu: fried catfish po’boys with h and-cut cole-slaw\, tomatoes and Remoulade sauce\; crawfish boiled in spice s with new potatoes\, corn-on-the-cob\, garlic and cayenne\; fried pickles served with a buttermilk dill sauce\; Sweet Tea\; and the truck’s most rece nt addition\, the deep-fried Moonpie.  Jen-N-Outlaw’s Fish Fry Truck—“New Y ork City's first fully-functioning\, mobile restaurant”— will be parked in Bushwick\, Brooklyn on Saturdays throughout the summer.  In the fall\, the truck will appear in Manhattan near the Chelsea gallery district and offer a program of performances.
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ABOUT THE WASSAIC PROJECT

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The Wassaic Project is an artist-run\, sustainable\, multidisciplinary a rts organization in Wassaic\, New York that focuses on community engagement and facilitates artists and participants to exhibit\, discuss\, and connec t with art\, each other\, our unique site\, and the surrounding community. We seek to make connections between artists of all disciplines. We facilita te interaction and collaboration among artists and the public by utilizing our historic location to create new ways of working in the arts and to insp ire new ways of seeing art. The Wassaic Project’s activities include an ann ual summer festival\, a year-round artist residency\, studio visits/critiqu es for artists involved with the organization by guest curators and visitin g artists\, artist workshops with community members\, published catalogs\, and fundraising exhibitions in Wassaic and New York City. Our programs inte nd to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic\, ideological a nd disciplinary boundaries.  The Wassaic Project is made possible in part t hrough a grant from the Dutchess County Arts Council\, administrator of pub lic funds through NYSCA’s Decentralization Program. We have also been suppo rted by a grant from the Northeast Dutchess Fund\, a fund of Berkshire Taco nic Community Foundation.  Learn more at www.wassaicproject.org.

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DTEND:20110624T200000 DTSTAMP:20140820T122001 DTSTART:20110624T100000 GEO:42.7018108;-73.1146681 LOCATION:Mass MOCA\,87 Marshall Street \nNorth Adams\, Massachusetts SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:The Wassaic Project at the Wilco Solid Sound Festival - MASS MoCA\, June 24-26\, Jennifer Catron & Paul Outlaw\, Breanne Trammell UID:168784 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR