Red Dress Productions developed and led the Bleecker Co-op Memorial Project, an
immersive and collaborative creative process that engaged contributors – co-op
members, staff, directors, and neighbours – from October 2011 to March 2012.
began with several conceptual development open-call consultations that featured
arts-based research. Activities included telling stories, brainstorming, and
exploring visual representations of our ideas using oil pastel, mixed media,
styrofoam plate carving and printing on fabric and paper, and collage.
also examined the space that the artwork would ultimately live in, and
discussed function, space use and traffic, and other site-specific
environmental and architectural elements.
|The artwork site (Bleccker Co-op's lobby) |
prior to creation and installatio
The following images present the site – in Bleecker Street Co-op’s lobby – prior to installation, and Anna Camilleri’s work as lead artist, which bridges the arts-based research and production, or the design transformation phase, and finally the artwork itself.
were documented, and all sketches, collages, and prints were photographed. This
development process was anchored by our goal: to create a large-scale artwork
through collaborative processes that memorializes founding manager Diane
Frankling in the 20th year of Bleecker Coop's proud and inclusive community.
visual artist Anna Camilleri stewarded the progression of this arts-based
research into a design, and the studio was opened. Scroll down to earlier posts for extensive documentation of our open studio environment.
Dwelling, a mixed media installation spans the wall as pictured, on both sides of the opening.
Actual artwork dimensions are 10'x4' and 3'4"x4'.
We built this piece
together: 2500+ volunteer hours were invested into the creation of this
artwork. What had been initially been conceived as a two-dimensional mosaic
mural, grew into a large-scale mixed media artwork including carpentry, custom
ceramic, collage, and mosaic.
In tandem with the development of the large-scale artwork, we also ran two small projects: children printed 250+ custom thank you cards for project contributors, and created a large cauldron-like bowl where suggestions for the artwork title were received at the unveiling event.
The unveiling reception event – attended by 200+ contributors, co-op members, and neighbours – was held on Sunday March 25, 2012, and. Speakers included Councillor Pam McConnell, Ontario’s Human Rights Commissioner Barbara Hall, MPP Glen Murray, Executive Director of the Co-operative Federation of Toronto Tom Clement, and TAC Grants Officer Andrew Suri.
|Approximately 45 titles were suggested by contributors;|
Dwelling was selected.