THE MODERN HOTEL IS ONCE AGAIN INVITING ARTISTS TO CHECK IN FOR THE NIGHT
BOISE, Idaho (May 5th, 2011) – The Modern Hotel is opening its doors for the 4th annual Modern Art event on Thursday, May 5th from 5-9pm. Over 80 artists have been invited to participate in Modern Art 2011, and for one evening they will transform the design hotel’s 38 Mid-Century modern rooms into everything from mini-gallery spaces to interactive pieces to full scale installations. Last year more than 3,000 visitors got an intimate view of work by artists of various disciplines in a 4 hour creative blitz.
“What I truly love about this event is it is generating this whole new space for artists to show their work. It is just this little magic time that happens in May”, says past participant, artist Wendy Fox. She worked with the public in her cozy suite filming a fiction she had penned for the occasion.Having provided a costume and a line from the fiction, she then collaborated with over 200 patrons to obtain the “reading’.She filmed all the action as well as streamed it live.
Among the many rooms at this year’s Modern Art, you can find Kerry Moosman collaborating with fellow ceramists Chris Kranz and Rick Jenkins on their version of a traditional Japanese Tea Room, the painter Anna Ura joins us for the first time to share her lyrical and dreamy landscapes and neon artist Wil Kirkman plans to fill his room with copious amounts of glowing neon with a secret theme.
The art is not always easily contained in the rooms, however. This year’s alternative spaces include a plant based interactive installation at the entry by Ali Ward and Melissa Frazier, Adrian Kien returns with a twist on his popular Poetry on Demand project in the courtyard and Treasure Valley Artists Alliance return with their self-portrait wall.Art Barter has expanded to a dedicated room this year and will be curated by Leila Ramella, Art Director of the Boise Weekly.
Modern Art is filling an obvious need for artists to share their work in a new, creative and inspiring way. Giving the artists a direct and immediate way to connect to their audiences is a priority for Co-Curators Kerry Tullis and Amy O’Brien. Modern Hotel owner Elizabeth Tullis shares that vision, “It’s thrilling for us to see so many hands and minds creating in one place,” she states. “It’s important that we provide a venue for these talented artists to be seen.” As installation artist and painter Amanda Hamilton proclaimed after Modern Art 2011, “ The pay off is interaction of any kind; energy, turnout, any kind of conversation.This is worth it and I’m glad to participate.It makes me happy about Boise all year.”
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“I showed up with a pick-up truck load worth of materials to assault a hotel room with, was greeted and helped by great staff and volunteers, locked myself away for a full day. Opened the room door and was immediately getting feedback and dialogue from the public. I am most familiar with living with ideas and objects, even brooding over them for months and years before exposing them to the alchemy of the public. I could only wonder what would result if artists and public could sustain a dialogue like what happens at the modern for a long length of time. “
– David Herbold, Installation Artist