THE WASSAIC PROJECT JOINS THE WILCO SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL AT MASS MoCA
Artist-Run Organization Will Present Two Projects with The Bureau for Open Culture as Part of Festival
Wassaic, NY – The Wassaic Project, an artist-run multidisciplinary arts organization located in a renovated mill in Wassaic, New York, is pleased to announce its participation with James Voorhies and the Bureau for Open Culture in the Wilco Solid Sound Festival 2011, which will take place from June 24-26, 2011 at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts. As part of its onsite programming in conjunction with the event, The Wassaic Project and the Bureau for Open Culture will present multimedia artist Breanne Trammell’s Let’s Fly A Kite, a participatory kite-making workshop, and Jen-N-Outlaw’s Fish Fry Truck and Crawfish Boils, a New York City-based food truck run by Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron that serves up fresh seafood in an authentically Southern style.
Breanne Trammell’s project Let’s Fly A Kite, a public kite-making workshop offered in partnership with The Wassaic Project, stems from her love of the collaborative process and her desire as a multi-disciplinary artist to facilitate shared experience. Trammell thinks of kites as celebratory objects, in tandem with many cultures in which kites also symbolize happiness, good luck, and victory, and are used as talismans to ward off evil spirits. She also believes that the interactive nature of kite-flying enables a heightened sense of one’s environment. Above all, Trammell thinks that kites are fun and accessible, and that sending 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 Sound Festival, Trammell will offer an onsite workshop in kite-making and kite-flying. The event is free and open to all festival attendees. Each participant will receive kite-making materials and will be offered instruction in crafting the basic structure of the kite—possible designs range from ‘sled-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 that Trammell produced in collaboration with students at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she was a visiting artist in 2010. Trammell received 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 work 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 at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York in 2009. Trammell is currently the Print Fellow at the Wassaic Project.
Jen-N-Outlaw’s Fish Fry Truck is the brainchild of Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw, two recent MFA recipients who are currently based in New York City, but originally hail from Southern Illinois and Alabama, respectively. After finishing their degrees in sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Catron and Outlaw wanted to bring traditional Southern crawfish boil/fish fry culture—especially its relaxed social element—to the East Coast. They bought a truck 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 in the back, and started serving up “the best catfish east of the Mississippi and the freshest, spiciest crawfish north of the Mason-Dixon Line.” Catron and Outlaw consider their food truck to be part business, part performance art project, and part educational experience. By placing a representative part of Southern culture out of context on the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn, they create a juxtaposition of disparate experiences, prompting customers to examine their own relationships to social environments and 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 operation our performance,” Catron says. At the Wilco Solid Sound System Festival, the truck will be offering its regular menu: fried catfish po’boys with hand-cut cole-slaw, tomatoes and Remoulade sauce; crawfish boiled in spices 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 recent addition, the deep-fried Moonpie. Jen-N-Outlaw’s Fish Fry Truck—“New York 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.
ABOUT THE WASSAIC PROJECT
The Wassaic Project is an artist-run, sustainable, multidisciplinary arts organization in Wassaic, New York that focuses on community engagement and facilitates artists and participants to exhibit, discuss, and connect with art, each other, our unique site, and the surrounding community. We seek to make connections between artists of all disciplines. We facilitate interaction and collaboration among artists and the public by utilizing our historic location to create new ways of working in the arts and to inspire new ways of seeing art. The Wassaic Project’s activities include an annual summer festival, a year-round artist residency, studio visits/critiques for artists involved with the organization by guest curators and visiting artists, artist workshops with community members, published catalogs, and fundraising exhibitions in Wassaic and New York City. Our programs intend to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological and disciplinary boundaries. The Wassaic Project is made possible in part through a grant from the Dutchess County Arts Council, administrator of public funds through NYSCA’s Decentralization Program. We have also been supported by a grant from the Northeast Dutchess Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Learn more at www.wassaicproject.org.