Zoe|Juniper need your help to make genius art…

Seattle-based, world-touring, kick ass dance visual art company Zoe|Juniper need your help funding their latest adventure “A Crack in Everything”.  I’ve known Juniper and admired his visual performance-based multi-media work for years, and when he teamed up with his wife Zoe Scofield, I could just never get enough.  Many have described Zoe’s choreography, probably much better than I can, but when I see her perform, my eyes water because I just can’t blink I don’t want to miss anything.

“Feral Ballet” has been used again and again to describe her….she’s tiny and giant at the same time, androgynous and feminine, vulnerable only enough to let you see the ferocious strength of vulnerability.  I always feel like she has a direct line to some kind of elemental human magma when I see her perform, something boiling up from the ground through her legs and exploding out. Anyway…words aren’t really what it is about.

I had the great privilege of getting to collaborate with Zoe on the performance aspect of my project Mater Matrix Mother and Medium in 2009, and it left me wanting more and more of her and Juniper.  Zoe would do anything I asked of her, anything…(“here… wear this 50 pound costume tied to 200 feet of yarn, of and pull these hundred pounds or so of rocks out of a pond“….no complaints).  She was game for anything, humble and tough as nails and created something that literally made the people around me gasp.  And I will always be grateful to her for her generosity of fitting me into her and Juniper’s very packed performance/residency schedule.

They do so much on such little amounts of money.  As with most artists who produce big things, the financial burden usually falls on their shoulders even with grants, etc.  They’ve now teamed up with United States Artists to raise money for their newest production “A Crack in Everything”.  They haven’t yet met their financial goal, which means they won’t get any of the money pledged so far unless they do.  So please, check out their work, spread their work around and donate a few buck or a lot of bucks.  Donate here!

You also can see Zoe|Juniper perform at On the Boards on January 27th, 2011 as part of the A.W.A.R.D. Show, along with a flurry of other Seattle movement/dance/performance innovators, and vote for who gets the money (hard!).

You can follow their blog here: zoejuniper.wordpress.com

And find them on Facebook here , and wade waist deep into their world on their website here: www.zoeandjuniper.com

Also grab a copy of their book ‘White Teeth’

All images by Juniper Shuey

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Despite Your Wishes: Grace Willard

I’ve been thinking about how bees metabolize nectar and secrete honey to feed their young.  I’m not even really sure if that’s what happens, but I’ve got it in my head that it does.  Bees have been a subject in art for centuries….look at this bizarre and tempting object by Grace Willard.  The wool nubins….I want to stick my finger tips in them….

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I also just discovered that Grace has a project that you can help fund on Kickstarter:  Do it!!

Every body loves FFFFOUND….

…..I know I do.  FFFFOUND never fails to find me something new and familiar, that hits me in the gut.  Okay, we have mirror images, on skin, of roots….it’s like a check list of everything I’m thinking about, yet nothing like what I am thinking about.  What a lovely back…

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