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Folly Cove Artist Print Invitational | Russell Janis

Posted on: Sunday, June 11, 2017

test print panel on the studio wall at Russell Janis in Brooklyn

I am thrilled to announce news of the upcoming exhibition and invitational print project, In The Steps of Folly Cove, organized by Russell Janis gallery and studio in Brooklyn, NY. My repeat print botanical design is based on an early scientific drawing by Ernst Haeckel, a German biologist, naturalist, and philosopher. I had not done any carving on linoleum block since junior high school, so my goal was to reintroduce myself to this process but in the spirit of a contemporary sketch and not a precise illustration of the plant form.


Block printing on Belgian linen double panel at Russell Janis studio

Janis Stemmermann of Russell Janis: "The Folly Cove Designers were an art and design collective that operated from 1939 to 1968 in Cape Ann, Massachusetts. I came across their archive when visiting the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts. As a collaborative printmaker, I was intrigued by how their simple format of carving and printing single color linoleum block prints brought together a community of artists and craftspeople that sustained them for so many years. I was very excited by this discovery and decided to invite a diverse group of creative practitioners from my own community to use the same approach at Russell Janis studio."

Block printed panels coming off the press at Russell Janis studio

To learn more about the unique prints created by participating artists – using the same approach as the historic Folly Cove Collective, follow this link to the project's campaign. 

Participating artists/printmakers include Peter Bregoli, Jean-Jacques Du Plessis, Louise Eastman, Jonathan Fabricant, Elise Ferguson, Susan Martin, Joe Peppe, Mylene Pionilla, Wendy Small, Barb Smith, Russell Steinert, Janis Stemmermann, Andy Yoder, and Abigail Doan.



Print and Pattern Artist Invitational

June 17 - July 30, 2017
opening from 6 to 9pm


292 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
(Graham Avenue, L Stop)

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#CorrespondenceCourse | Tremaine Gallery

Posted on: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

detail of #CorrespondenceCourse vitrine installation at the Tremaine Gallery

I am pleased to share news that #Correspondence Course (2015 - 2017) is currently on view in Becoming: 30 Hotchkiss Artists at the Tremaine Gallery in Lakeville, Connecticut.
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#CorrespondenceCourse (#CC) is a collaborative, materials exchange project between artist Brece Honeycutt and myself. Our artistic correspondence has featured mailings back and forth between our homes in the Berkshires and New York City (as well as to and from Sofia, Bulgaria, during the summer of 2016). 



#CC materials have included handmade postcards, stitched stationary, gathered finds from rural and urban walks, historic sewing patterns, hand-drawn charts, botanically dyed and pleated paper, as well as other modern ephemera.


This collaboration between Brece and I is continuous and ongoing and serves as an examination of modern and historic connections in our daily lives. 



'Becoming' is on view through Sunday, June 18, 2017. The Tremaine Gallery is on the main circle of the Hotchkiss School campus, at 11 Interlaken Road in Lakeville, Connecticut.

Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sunday from noon to 4pm. 

A full color catalogue of the exhibition is available at the front desk of the gallery.

*all photos by Abigail Doan (May 2017)

Brece Honeycutt is on Instagram at @onacolonialfarm.

Follow my own projects and travels @lostinfiber.

A Day of Activism + Movement | MoMA PS1

Posted on: Friday, April 28, 2017

Sustainable Bodies | workshop materials at MoMA PS1
(contributors: Abigail Doan, Atelier de Geste, and XCRT Lab)


It was an honor to recently present work in 'A Day of Movementat MoMA PS1 as a visiting artist/guest of Atelier de Geste. AdG's director and choreographer, Beau Rhee, created the event's Sustainable Bodies workshop as a way to examine ecological solutions and activist steps – with movement as a basis for environmental connection and sensory awareness. I presented materials and notes from my Walking Libraries project as well as participating in an interactive performance that evolved in the gallery space.



The Day of Movement line up was in conjunction with For Freedoms' month-long residency in the museum's designated gallery space and sharing lab zone.

Ideas that circulated during the Sustainable Bodies workshop included the following:

– waste reduction as a local act, with ripple effects from the home to the ecological fabric and soil of the community.

– materials and research that examines bioremediation, water conservation and recycling via the implementation of low-tech solutions that are both affordable and impactful.

– visual tools that serve as ecological aids on a daily basis. this includes personal kits (as demonstrated by Walking Libraries), where gathered finds are archived and referenced as atmospheric awareness prompts. think also, environmental immersion and drifting as a way of surveying for solutions.

– movement (first) as a connection to place, old/new terrain, and inner/outer reactions; objects (second) as documentation or manifestation of the former.

Learn more about Atelier de Geste's studio practice here. Also not to be missed, XCRT Lab by Nancy Kim. Here's to even more synergy between (ecological) design, the movement arts, and time for closer (deeper) observation.

Walking Libraries | Archiving 2016 to 2017

Posted on: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Walking Libraries | February 2017 | NYC

I am thrilled to announce that I will be participating in an Artist Residency in Motherhood (ARIM) as of March 1, 2017. ARIM is the open source residency project of artist, Lenka Clayton.

For a two month period, I will continue to work on archiving images and materials from my Walking Libraries (WL) project initiated in 2016. The original vision for WL was the following:

"This art initiative will involve my archiving of the granular aspects of landscape exploration and tactile finds out on the trail. My goal is to incorporate more movement into my work as means to further explore personal mapping concepts as well as fluidity between materials and documentation methods." (March 2016)

Since then I have walked numerous trails and the open terrain of the Hudson Valley, coastal northern California, off the beaten pathways in Bulgaria, as well as urban NYC. ARIM will be a framework for me to better archive materials gathered to date while also reflecting on how I identify textural details in the landscape as a parent, mother, and environmental artist focused on preserving and protecting the natural world.


Walking Libraries | May 2016 | Pescadero, California

In addition to an updated library of images, I hope to edit materials for printing small volumes and editions that I will pass on to my own children and others as a record for addressing the need to see more, examine more, and connect more.


Learn more about the materials for ARIM's residency kit here.

Marisa Merz | The Sky Is A Great Space

Posted on: Saturday, February 04, 2017



A selection of images from 'Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space' at The Met Breuer.

All photo by Abigail Doan | January to February 2017.



The Noguchi Museum | Winter 2017

Posted on: Monday, January 09, 2017








Select quotes by Isamu Noguchi:

It is weight that gives meaning to weightlessness.

The attractions of ceramics lie partly in its contradictions. It is both difficult and easy, with an element beyond our control. It is both extremely fragile and durable. Like 'Sumi' ink painting, it does not lend itself to erasures and indecision. 

When the time came for me to work with larger spaces, I conceived them as gardens, not as sites with objects but as relationships to a whole.

A beautiful snowy Saturday at The Noguchi Museum in Queens. Photos by Abigail Doan.

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