FAR is excited to announce the first annual FAR & Away Residency series. Over the course of the school year, four artists will be commissioned to spend a week working at FAR.
Collaborating with visiting artists has always been an integral part of the Facility of Arts Research’s (FAR) mission. In a new approach to working with guest artists, FSU faculty members who share research interests with the resident will be invited as collaborators. By bringing together artists and scholars from divergent fields, FAR hopes to create an atmosphere for creative conversations that leads to unexpected outcomes. As a part of the FAR & Away visit, artists will be featured in a public event that could take the form of a discussion, lecture, demonstration, or performance. There will be opportunities for CFA students and faculty the to interact with the artist and participate in the project. A podcast will also be produced to document each visit.
Starting from the physical foundations of sculpture, I recently started to follow the work into more direct experimentations with food economies, aesthetics and entrepreneurship. In 2009 I designed a large scale edible insect farm as a utopian proposal for urban farming, which the following year led to the founding of Don Bugito, an edible insect entrepreneurial food project. Under the guidance of a nonprofit incubator program in San Francisco called La Cocina, I have put theory into practice through Don Bugito to see where they meet, and have offered sit-down dinners and other types of food events as an extension of this utopian gesture.
Garmon’s research acknowledgements include the accessioning of select images and research materials on Rembrandt into the Rijks Museum Library in Amsterdam, Holland, and participating in a BBC 2 documentary on Rembrandt’s painting, The Night Watch. She specializes in all technical aspects of sculpture, including woodworking, metal work, welding, casting, foundry work, mold-making, and faux techniques. A faculty member at UMW since 1998, she also teaches classes addressing art theory and criticism, and professional practices in studio art.
Christopher Kardambikis explores space, process, and form through books, printmaking, and drawing. He has co-founded three artist book and zine projects: Encyclopedia Destructica in Pittsburgh, Gravity and Trajectory in San Diego, and 90 Proof Press in Los Angeles. Christopher is the host of Paper Cuts, a podcast that documents the contemporary world of zines and DIY publishing. In the fall of 2016, Christopher joined the faculty at George Mason University as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Navigation Press.
Olivia Valentine is an interdisciplinary visual artist working primarily in textile construction, creating architectural scale textile installations and collaborative projects that span a variety of media and disciplines. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for Installation Art in Turkey and the Brandford/Elliott Award for Excellence in Fiber Arts and has exhibited her work internationally. Olivia received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Iowa State University.