Helmuth Projects is pleased to announce that artist Jaimie Warren (New York City) will undertake a month-long residency this August. Warren is known for often constructing elaborate sets to create her ironic and insightful photographs. While in San Diego, Warren will work with volunteers and participants from the public to create a brand new work that continues her foray into remaking existing art historical images. Specifically, the artist will reimagine a 15th century religious painting, replacing angels and saints with important and infamous characters from the life of pop-star Michael Jackson. Warren will draw collaborators from an open, public call for participation and work with them to create the costumes and sets necessary to stage the recreation, which ultimately becomes a photograph and video.
The residency will culminate in a solo exhibition of Warren’s work, curated by Alexander Jarman. After being exhibited in a group show at The San Diego Museum of Art in the summer of 2013, Warren worked closely with Jarman and Helmuth Projects’ Joshua Pavlick to conceive of a project that would allow her more time and greater exposure in southern California. The result is You Are Not Alone, which will feature a handful of works from throughout Warren’s career as well as the debut of the photograph and video that resulted from the residency. Multiple programs, as well as a new publication, will accompany the exhibition.
Jaimie Warren is looking for 40-60 volunteers to commit to a performance-based project for her residency at Helmuth Projects. Warren will direct and orchestrate all volunteers in a sing-along performance that will be filmed and photographed, and be presented in a final exhibition.
You do NOT need to be an experienced actor, singer or puppeteer by any standard to participate in this project. All levels of talent, ages ten and up, are welcome.
Warren will be re-creating a large-scale 15th century painting as a set–a tableau vivant–and each participant will have a small role throughout the filmed performance. Participants will get the opportunity to sign up for the characters they would most like to be. Characters will range greatly, from E.T. and Jackie Wilson to Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Elizabeth Taylor, Frankenstein, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown.
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