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Old GangstHERS

Terry Irwin, Donna Moran, Andrea Wollensak, Karen Boone, Julia Randall, Lyn Godley, Deb Johnson

What happens when one puts one's body of work to the side and enters a process-based exploration? Where mature and confidant artistic voices combine to find new forms of expression? This June, the Swimming Hole Foundation brought together a group of women artists, ranging in age from 72 to 55. Their individual practices: painting, drawing, ceramics, sound installation, projection mapping, photography and printmaking. 


Old GangstHERS’ daily explorations in the natural landscape of the Swimming Hole, transformed each artist's process and led to new and surprising work. Artifacts, both physical and ethereal emerged, and will be exhibited as a series of organically related collaborative works.

The Feast

Matt Nolen, Sarah Von Oerkirkspspsp, other, other, other, other.

This group explored the potential of designing a community action force to defend citizen's rights, public activities and interactions without guns? For example street artists and buskers who are often hassled by the police. The group envisioned a systems based APP that inter-connected street maps, usable public spaces, permitting protocol and a “Limecoat” who acts as a community advocate and liaison with the police.

Design the Life you Love Workshop

Syse Birsel, other other other.

A collaborative installation that showcased the individual artists working within the cross-over theme that focused on birds, patterns of migration, and behavior. An animated light projection integrated physical artifacts and the communal processes, reflecting a compilation of “visions,” and underscored the expansiveness of the artists’ singular and collaborative voices. The week long residency culminated in a featured exhibition at the Upstate Arts Weekend was covered in Art Schpeil and Inside + Out

Nature + Technology

Joseph Morris, TBA

Signposts help us navigate the landscape, fashioning connections and weaving tales, both physically and figuratively. They can be used to mark trails, boundaries, or danger, to convey messages or stories. Signposts can also be used to critique the status quo, dig deep into vertical histories and networked systems, and propose alternate ways of understanding and interacting with the world.


This collaboratory experimented with using the site for performance, creating artifacts and improvisation to create a new creative process that ritualizes generative, cross-disciplinary work. The group used drawing, sewing, photography, videography, music, construction, written word, and dance. They also developed a treatise on collaboration dubbed SITAGE. All viewable here.

Mapping Ignorance

Sahib Singh, Jan Bathel, Anne Bathel, Kurt Herzer, TBA, TBA, TBA

A series of ten experiments where artists shared individual processes and jointly created artifacts related to their personal medical histories. Notable work included “actions on a broken chair” that represented “the patient,” branch harvesting and charcoal making leading to a group drawing entitled “The Honorable Harvest,” and “Life Stories,” a series of artist’s talks that delved deeply into medical histories, diagnostics, treatments and explored the impact on their individual work through physical and material memories. 

10x AI

Mike Hruska, Dennis Schneider, others

Working together and on behalf of the advancement of collaboration at the Swimming Hole this cohort explored the optimal conditions for collaboration. It was a living experiment that provided the starting point for ongoing explorations and discussions. The hope was to create at least one new idea about collaboration that the group would incorporate into their life or work and build one new connection for collaboration. It also served as a guidebook for future collaborations at the Swimming Hole. It all worked and then some. The document is available here.

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