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Public Drawing Days: Every Monday\, Wednesday\, Friday an d Saturday from 11am until 3pm\, April 15 - May 31\, 2013 (ongoing)

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Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest is a dual-venue exhi bition and publication by Los Angeles-based artist Alexandra Grant in colla boration with Paris-based writer Hélène Cixous. This multi-dimensional proj ect\, which includes a residency component and contributions by both Los An geles-based and Paris-based artists\, is presented from April 15 to June 28 \, 2013 at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica\, CA and from September 6 to October 20\, 2013 at Mains d’Oeuvres in Saint-Ouen\, France. Pilar Tom pkins Rivas\, Curator and Director or Residency Programs at 18th Street Art s Center\, and Isabelle Le Normand\, Curator of Visual Arts at Mains d’Oeuv res\, are co-organizers of this project.

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Project background

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Several years ago\, the iconic French author\, poet\, playwright an d philosopher Hélène Cixous gave Grant one of her books\, Philippines\, as a source for imagery and entreated the artist to make work about t he concepts present in the text.  Philippines is based around the story of Peter Ibbetson\, a novel by Georges du Maurier\, where two childhood friends are separated by class and country and reunite as adults in their shared dream-life.  The themes of Philippines are often paired: dreaming and reality\; telepathy and empathy\; the “perfe ct other\;” the shape of two nuts found in a single mandorla or almond (kno wn as a Philippine)\; and relationships between north and south\, man and w oman\, colony and colonizer\, and adult and child.

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Grant’s response to C ixous and Philippines is the project Forêt Intérieure/Inte rior Forest centering on the image of a forest as a representation of both the shared imagination and a place for congregation and collaborat ion.  Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest includes a large-sc ale installation of a forest and a collaborative drawing that invites commu nity participation. Trees in the interior forest will be made of both text and textiles. The drawing\, functioning both as an illustration and a text scroll\, represents a visual narrative of Philippines. Created by Grant in conjunction with other artists and members of the public\, the pro cess of working jointly invites contemplation of Cixous’s concepts and deve lops a platform for shared imagining. The two iterations of the installatio n in both Santa Monica and Saint Ouen function as mirror images\, or twin v ersions of the same whole.

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Collaboration with others/Artists Res idencies

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Grant has created two ways for Los Angeles-based and P aris-based artists to participate in her project. First\, collaborating art ists are invited to produce “Visiting Trees” (Arbres d’Ailleurs) i nside the Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest installation in either city. Second\, Grant has established “Drawing Residencies” as part of the process of creating the large-scale drawing. Artists are invited to lead the public\, including students\, guests and passersby\, in 3-hour gui ded sessions\, helping to realize the larger work. Participants to date in the project at 18th Street Arts Center creating “Visiting Trees” include Ch anning Hansen\, Bari Ziperstein\, Annelie McKenzie and Tina Linville\, and participants in the “Drawing Residencies” include Steve Roden\, Renee Petro poulos\, Lita Albuquerque and Audrey Cottin.

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Programming

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At 18th Street Arts Center\, Grant and USC professor Robert Nashak wil l host a reading group beginning in January 2013 for members of the Los Ang eles community interested in Cixous’s work.

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Programming at Mains d’Oeuvr es includes a public lecture by Hélène Cixous\, and a reading of Philip pines by Cixous’s long-term collaborator\, Daniel Mesguich\, an actor and director of the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique.

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< strong>Publication

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18th Street Arts Center and Mains d’Oeuvres will co-publish an exhibition catalog documenting the mirror-image projects of Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest and the collaborative nature of Grant’s work. Contributors to the publication include Alexandra Grant\, the curators Isabelle Le Normand and Pilar Tompkins Rivas\, Hélène Cixous\, Grant’s long-term collaborator\, the hypertext pioneer Michael Joy ce\, and Los Angeles-based art critic Andrew Berardini. The full-color cata log is edited by John Farmer and designed by Jessica Fleischmann.

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For more information:

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www.foretinterieure-interiorforest.com

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/ForetInterieureI nteriorForest

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Twitter: @InteriorForest

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Or conta ct:

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Pilar Tompkins Rivas

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ptompkins@18thstreet.org

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18th S treet Arts Center

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1639 18th Street

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Santa Monica\, CA 90404\ , USA

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www.18ths treet.org

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Isabelle Le Normand

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isabellelenormand@me.com

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Mains d’Oeuvres

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1\, rue Charles Garnier

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93400 Saint-Ouen\, FRANCE

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www.mainsdoe uvres.org

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