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Burlington City Arts

Carlos Ferguson

Carlos Ferguson developed a method of performance at The Barn that uses his Airstream as a mobile projection unit to screen found and re-edited home movies. Carlos engaged locals at the supermarket, in town parks, and at public gatherings with the allure of the flickering image. The model Carlos developed at The Barn has become the foundation for Tiny Circus, a residency program Carlos established in his native Iowa.

 

Klara Hobza

Klara Hobza built and tested bird traps for her project called, “Nay, I’ll Have a Starling”. In this performance and video piece, Klara attempted to capture and deport 60 European Starlings from Central Park as an allegory to the expatriation of humankind. Klara also created a moss library behind The Barn that assembled and showcased the multitude of Bryophytic species that grow in the forest.

 

Charmaine Weatley

Charmaine Wheatley uses watercolors to depict everything from sunsets to eavesdropped conversations. Charmaine spent many days at the Converse Home, a retirement community in downtown Burlington, Vermont. She visually documented her interactions with residents, recording their personal histories, desires, and general states of being. She later assembled the drawings she made from these conversations into a small, mobile catalog.

 

Haisi Hu

 Haisi Hu, a native of China, works with narrative videos by using animated puppets, toys and mannequins. She creates sophisticated and flexible armatures for her characters and elaborate sets as backdrops for her stories. Haisi sculpted characters for her video, “On the Debris of Affluence” at The Barn, which is a story is about four people trapped inside a cathedral during a flood. Though based on the actions of figurines, the story captures the essence of the human condition by pairing an apocalyptic vision with enduring art historical detritus.

 

Wylie Sofia Garcia

Wylie Sofia Garcia is interested in the aesthetics of beauty blending with the psychological on the surface of feminine domestic objects such as dresses, quilts, chairs, or beds. At The Barn, she worked on several textile-based objects that were included in her MFA thesis exhibition at the Massachusetts College of Art and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Wylie is the only resident in Seven Below history to elegantly endure the summertime mosquito epidemic while five months pregnant!

 

Meghan Gordon

Meghan Gordon paints, sculpts and performs queries into the merits of the museum as an authoritative source. Meghan investigated the period room as a subject for her art while in residence and used the BCA Center for a performance about an invented period room of her design. She curated the temporary exhibition from locally borrowed furniture and other household objects, and gave public tours of the simulated period room dressed as a docent named Edith.

 

Matt Bollinger

Matt Bollinger’s paintings and drawings depict fictional social groups who congregate at concerts, art collective performances or karaoke bars. At The Barn, Matt worked on several large paintings and began an experiment with shadow-puppetry animation. Matt wrote, filmed and performed in a short film based on the parallel characteristics of the classic vampire film Nosferatu and the life and fears of the painter Edvard Munch.

 

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