Art(ists) on the Verge 11: Artists announced!

Tyra Payer

Northern announces the recipients of the 11th round of Art(ists) on the Verge commissions (AOV11).  AOV11 is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for 4 Minnesota-based, emerging artists or artist groups working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. 

New this year, the AOV11 cohort will present final projects as works in public space rather than a group gallery exhibition.  Congratulations to Candice Davis, A.P. Looze, Kelley Meister, and Sarah Nassif

Candice Davis is a conceptual artist working primarily in digital media, installation, and performance, with a focus on engaging audiences with social issues.  For AOV Davis engages an interest in genealogy and proposes to create an online search tool that would allow Black Americans to search through Slave Schedules–lists that prior to 1870 serve as the primary means for documenting Black people, namelessly and as property.

A.P. Looze is a multi-disciplinary performance maker. For their AOV project Looze will create a installation that conjures a sense of Sanctuary via a directed journey into the woods at dusk that incorporates lighting, projection and sound. The project aims to build intimate spaces where we can enter into, and grow and heal from the immense pain and wrath of white supremacy.
Kelley Meister’s body of work employs the use of drawings and sculptures, video, and participatory experiences to investigate and call attention to this moment in geological history where the planet is shifted by the indelible touch of humans. For AOV, Meister will organize a participatory art work that joins observation and data collection with a 100-mile bicycle ride between nuclear power plants in Minnesota. 

Sarah Nassif is a multi-disciplinary public artist focused on connecting people, nature and place. Nassif’s project will engage the public in creating and using a new series of temporary monuments to spur conversations about the intersection of natural and human systems, including temporary monuments, a map-based app and guided walks. 
Congratulations from the jury:
George Hoagland, visiting faculty at MCAD in Liberal Arts and works on news ways of teaching race and technology
Jess Hirsch, artist, former AOV fellow and proprietor of Women’s Woodshop 
Rosy Simas, dancer artist, administrator and director of Rosy Simas Danse.  
Ellie Kevorkian, artist and curator with extensive experience organizing artist residencies. 

Co-Directors of AOV11:  Mike Hoyt, Multimedia Artist (non-voting member), Sarah Peters, Co-Director, Northern; Piotr Szyhalski, Professor, Media Arts, Minneapolis College of Art and Design. 

Art(ists) On the Verge is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation.