“Shadow Dancers” summer 2015

Dancer with Tetrahedron
Dancer with Tetrahedron

During July I participated in a show in Pioneer Square, Seattle, with my artist colleagues and fellow graduates of the 2014 EDGE program. EDGE is an amazing eight day residential seminar at Fort Warden in Port Townsend. An advanced crash course in professional practices for visual artists, the program succeeds in creating a dynamic community of classmates. Our first joint project was a group exhibition in a pop-up gallery at Galvanize, 111 South Jackson Street, Seattle. Artist Trust sponsored and ensured the show. This was my first opportunity to exhibit an example of a new series I am working on: single-layer wire-netting dancers with 5ft x 8ft pieces of drawing paper mounted behind them. On the paper I draw the shadows created by the dancer, turning as it is suspended in space. The viewer experiences the installation as an “environment” with shimmering, lacy figurative forms that were lit to create shadows. These shadows were  projected on a drawing of shadows.

Dancer with Tetrahedron
Dancer with Tetrahedron

The response from the audience was very positive and I am encouraged to continue on with this series. I hope to create five dancers moving with five geometric steel shapes, with five shadow drawings behind them. This project is too big to accomplish in my studio, so my plan is to apply to a group of galleries north of Everette for a month long show of the five figures. During the month I would be onsite, creating shadow drawings–one per week–of the four remaining sculptures.

Keep a lookout over the next year to see if I have pulled off this idea!

Below is a work in progress: a second dancer with the shadow drawing not yet done.

Dancer with Cube
Dancer with Cube
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One Response to “Shadow Dancers” summer 2015

  1. chip says:

    everything there was or is about francie allen is beautiful and passionate. i love the recently-created forms. i would prefer that the over-written squares, rectangles, etc. be eliminated entirely, with the forms in, perhaps, darker ink – or perhaps the outlines of the forms in darker ink and interiors as is. in any case, beautiful works by beauty itself.
    love,
    chip

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