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

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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

Time: June 24, 2011 at 10am to June 26, 2011 at 8pm
Location: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)
Street: 87 Marshall Street
City/Town: North Adams, MA 01247
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Phone: 401-663-9663
Event Type: music, festival, kite-making, workshop, food, truck
Organized By: Eve Biddle and The Wassaic Project
Latest Activity: Jun 23, 2011

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The Wassaic Project, an artist-run multidisciplinary arts organization located in a renovated mill in Wassaic, NY, is pleased to announce its participation with James Voorhies and the Bureau for Open Culture in the Wilco Solid Sound Festival 2011 from June 24-26, 2011 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.  As part of its onsite programming, The Wassaic Project will present multimedia artist Breanne Trammell’s Let’s Fly A Kite and Jen-N-Outlaw’s Fish Fry Truck and Crawfish Boil.

Breanne Trammell’s project Let’s Fly A Kite, a public kite-making workshop, stems from her love of the collaborative process and her desire as a multi-disciplinary artist to facilitate shared experience.  Trammell 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 the 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 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." 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, including fried catfish po’boys, crawfish boiled in spices, corn-on-the-cob, fried pickles, Sweet Tea, and deep-fried Moonpies.  


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