CENTER FOR COLLABORATIVE ART RESEARCH AND BUILDING IN STONE RIDGE, NY
DOCUMENTING PROCESS is a video series that tracks the approach and value of process-based conceptual artists who are compelled to work in responsive, intuitive, reflexive and instinctive ways that inhabit institutional peripheries. The series intends to collect data that can be used to identify, differentiate, and authenticate the essential value of these subtle structures of process and approach and to show how institutional methodologies exploit and restrict them.
The documentary format tracks the artist's process as they evaluate potential outcomes, problems, and utilities of the project. The artists will identify the unexpected and expand upon any new directions their work might take. Upon completion, the artist discloses their findings, illuminating what new information emerged and how this work might inform their next project or how it may be useful in other ways.
LINDA MARY MONTANO is a central figure in contemporary feminist performance art and her work since the mid 1960s has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Attempting to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, Montano continues to actively explore her art/life through shared experience, role adoption, and intricate life altering ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years. Her artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual transformation. Montano’s influence is wide ranging – she has been featured at museums including The New Museum in New York, MOCA San Francisco and the ICA in London.
Center Valerie Sharp engaged in a writing practice as a way to explore her process of angling information accessed from the stream-of-consciousness. Working with processes she describes as "bringing form to the formless," The Architecture of a Stream reels metaphors across literal lands in a way that seems to materialize the ethereal in catching ways.
VALERIE SHARP is a visual and performance artist in Woodstock, New York originally from Oklahoma City with a BFA in Acting (2014) and BA in Studio Art (2015) from Oklahoma City University. She creates expressionist paintings reflecting her inner world, and performance art using a combination of durational actions, costume, and installation in order to transform personal experiences into universal symbols. Through her work, she investigates the perception of time, our relationship to nature as a mirror to ourselves, and the wonderful, mysterious forest that is our mind. Most recently, she is delving into the psyche of fairytales. During her residency at Three Phase
Conceptual Composer Brian McCorkle (from Panoply Performance Laboratory, Varispeed Collective, Robert Ashley Ensemble) is obsessed with the ethics of art-making, and is currently developing an approach to musical composition called "Decomposition" which displaces traditional ideas of composer as landowner (and performers as renters - see Jacques Attali's "Noise" from 1985 for metaphorical exploration.) Brian McCorkle is a composer, performer, digital artist and is a founding member of the composer's collective Varispeed.