Jeff Smith 9 a.m., July 30
Jaimie Warren: Project Introduction
Artist Jaimie Warren (New York City) will undertake a month-long residency at Helmuth Projects this August. 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.
Warren is known for 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 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.
Exhibition opens Friday, August 29.
- When: Monday, August 4, 2014, 6 p.m.
- Cost: Free