The aim of the installation would be to respond to and highlight the landscape surrounding Chiang Mai. We find it of the utmost importance that the installation is site-specific and sensitive to its context. In taking an initial photographic glance at the landscape, we have felt a certain trepidation at its power. We would like to contrast its rolling green lushness with elements like hard white light and the color red, in order to shed a new perspective and appreciation onto the natural surroundings.
Depending on the facilities, this installation could also carry over into an indoor segment, where, through the same color and compositional elements, the viewer would be able to experience the contrast of the indoor and outdoor worlds.
In conjunction with this installation, I will present a piece of participative performance art. I will create a series of three works (the works themselves have not yet been decided upon, as I would like them to arise organically out of my experience in Thailand; these works will most likely be large-scale drawings, paintings, or multi-media sculptures), which I will present at the exhibition opening. In front of these works will be a table that is stocked with paint, knives, pencils, glue, etc. These items will be the tools that I will invite the viewers to use to destroy, to alter, to make their own impression upon my paintings. This will be an exercise in “creative destruction,” and will be intended to erase the line between artist and viewer. Just as the installation will be a wake-up call for the viewer to take notice of the landscape around him, my séance of creative destruction will be a wake-up call for the viewer to become aware of his own creative power.
G.Louise Cooper is a multi-media and performance artist from Detroit, MI, USA. She received her BA in Theatre Performance from Oakland University, and has also studied at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.
For the past two years she has lived in Paris where she has developed two solo performances and began experimenting with multi-media conceptual works. She currently works at Galerie Memoire de l’Avenir, where she helps with translation, analysis of artists’ works and curation.
Jeremy Barnett is a professor of scenography and an installation artist based outside of Detroit. As a scenic designer, Jeremy has been involved in nearly 200 theatrical productions across the United States. Jeremy has designed pieces for the Harley-Davidson Open Road Tour in 2003 and Bruce Springsteen and the
Seeger Sessions Band Tour. He was the event designer for Boston Midsummer Revels, a 2-day multicultural music festival that spanned six city blocks and included 2 parade routes and more than a dozen stages on land and sea.
Jeremy is a co-founder of Amarant Design Collective, an installation art organization that seeks to inspire people to explore familiar spaces as though seeing them for the first time.