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Wiggle Room

Larry Bob Phillips

A photo of Wiggle Room
A photo of Wiggle Room

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, this project will undergo constant modifications; the features of this page provide accruing information on the project’s developments.

June 18–August 6, 2011

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On June 18, 2011, Larry Bob Phillips will begin work on his project Wiggle Room, as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use its storefront space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation.

Over the course of two months, Phillips will record four collaborative events, covering the walls inside 41 Grand Street with large-scale, and densely detailed drawings. Phillips will invite artists to join him in the space for temporary performances, and will draw these interventions. The artist’s anticipation and memory of the performance will inform the content of Phillips’ wall drawings. Visitors to Recess can engage in performances and witness their own integration into the ongoing drawing.

Throughout this Session, visitors to Recess in SoHo will witness a diverse series of collaborations, starting with Michael Beitz’s construction of “exhibition furniture” for Wiggle Room. Later, Phillips’ drawings will become a backdrop for an evening of humor and music hosted by musician-writer-stand-up comedian Jeffrey Joe Jensen. Phillips will collaborate with Amy Pina to add a final layer of color to the drawing installation, which will create a vibrant atmosphere for CHERYL, a spirited and dynamic group that uses the dance party formula to explore both playful and controversial themes.

Visitors to Wiggle Room can expect, in the words of the artist, “a raucous, unpredictable, but dramatic ride.”

Session invites artists to use Recess’s public platform to combine productive studio space with dynamic exhibition opportunities. Sessions remain open to the public from the first day of the artist’s project through the last, encouraging sustained dialogue between artists and audiences. Due to the process-based nature of Session, projects undergo constant revision and the above proposal is subject to change.

About the artist

Larry Bob Phillips

Larry Bob Phillips, born near Amarillo, Texas, studied with calligrapher Carl Kurtz at the Kansas City Art Institute. His primary medium has been drawing for more than ten years and maintains a studio practice that encompasses a wide array of materials and styles.

In 2003 he helped start and run the Donkey Gallery in Albuquerque. At the University of New Mexico he began teaching Drawing classes, earned his MFA and continued to teach general studio and art history classes at Central New Mexico Community College, he has also taught in Mexico and Roswell.

In 2009/2010 he attended a one-year residency at the Roswell Artist in Residence program.


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