Swoon Exhibition at CAC and My Volunteer Involvement

When I began the 5 week adventure of volunteering for Swoon I was filled with excitement about this opportunity, I began work the second day of school (I’m attending UC for my MFA in fine art, I’m in my first year and had moved to Cincinnati 2 weeks previous) near my house at The American Sign Museum. (The front half of their facility showcases many neon signs (I later took my self and parents back for a tour and we loved it. I also stumbled into their old location where Essex Studio is now located.)) There were 12 volunteers and I happened into a similar schedule with Lynne, a docent of the CAC, she and I spent many hours side by side cutting and talking. My first day I was only able to cut out one piece but as I invested more time I could cut as many as 5 pieces in a day. These works had a paper print out of the design and eight layers of tracing paper.

As time progressed we moved back and forth from these cut outs, we also cut tiles that were pasted to the wall of the 4th floor ascending into the 5th and I worked with another member of the team on approximately a 15 foot cut out of what might be a tree’s bark.

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When we were in the American Sign Museum, I would come in one day and as I stayed for a few hours a new wall would be built, pasted/assembled/painted, and then would come down to go to the CAC. The fast pace amazed me, we were all hands of a giant vision.

Build the wall, adorn the wall with artwork, take it down, bring it to the CAC, reinstall, repeat with other walls.
Build the wall, adorn the wall with artwork, take it down, bring it to the CAC, reinstall, repeat with other walls.
This wasn't here the day before!
This wasn’t here the day before!
Callie blocks the colors the artist assistants will later fill in. Fun fact: Callie self proclaims spit as a great solvent for paint. I like her style.
Callie blocks the colors the artist assistants will later fill in. Fun fact: Callie self proclaims spit as a great solvent for paint. I like her style.
It takes a village.
It takes a village.
Callie re-inking a print.
Callie re-inking a print.
Interview for the CAC at the American Sign Museum.
Interview for the CAC at the American Sign Museum.
Coffee colored stained background, ink cut print, with acrylic.
Coffee colored stained background, ink cut print, with acrylic.
Tiny model of the completed installation.
Tiny model of the completed installation.
Tiles being installed.
Tiles being installed.
Many things to be done in many places.
Many things to be done in many places.
Works in progress.
Works in progress.
Organizing the layers on the wall.
Organizing the layers on the wall.

The enormity and vastness of her/their works began to have a huge impact as the layers were assembled. Callie operates under the title Swoon Studio, it represents the collaborative and collective effort of the many hands that go into their projects.

More information about Swoon Studio can be found on their website and Facebook.

Immerse: Full-Dome Art Installation at the Evansville Museum’s Koch Immersive Theater Dome

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Meetup, Evansville Museum’s Event Page, Facebook Event, and Interview with Evansville Podcast Promoting the Event and Jenna’s artwork.

Thursday, April 28, 2016.

Artist Jenna (Citrus) Rueger is presenting an aural and visual art display of her work in the unique environment of Koch Immersive Theater. While usually reserved for planetarium shows, the domed projection screen inside the Museum’s planetarium is more than just a venue to see stars and giant screen movies. Her work, which consists of photographic designs, original paintings and artwork are to be displayed on the big screen in 360 degree, eye encompassing splendor. Some of the pieces that are to be displayed are reminiscent of rotundas, fractals, and abstract imagery. Many never before seen images of paintings, photographs, and tessellations will be projected for one show only.

Miss Rueger is this year’s Efroymson Bridge Year Fellow at the University of Southern Indiana. This fellowship is presented to a recent graduate from USI and allows the recipient a year to prepare a portfolio for the purpose of applying to graduate programs for a MFA. Jenna will host a solo exhibition of her work in December 2016 at the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries located at the University of Southern Indiana to complete her fellowship.

2015

2015 Images of Awe

Locations traveled:
Evansville, Indiana
Frozen Lakes of Michigan
New York, New York
St. Louis, Missouri
Chicago, Illinois
All over Italy.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Prague, Czech Republic
Louisville, Kentucky
Hampton, Tennessee
New Bern, North Carolina
Pound’s Hallow, Illinois
Bloomington, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
Chicago, Illinois
Henderson, Kentucky
Nashville, Tennessee