Tyggegummi Universet (2022) (comission)
Inspired by the many pieces of old gum stuck on the ground at the busterminal in Randers, I produced a 65 meter long art installation in collaboration with students from the art line at FGU Østjylland in Randers. The installation was predominantly created out of unwanted and discarded materials, many sourced from the Randers disposal and recycling facility. Other materials were obtained from Remida in Randers, local businesses as well as local residents. The installation was commissioned by REN Randers/Randers Kommune and up for the duration of Randers Festuge. An opening reception took place on Friday, August 12 from 3-4pm, which included speeches, singing, ribbon cutting, chewing gum cakes and playback of the accompanying audio piece. This video was created by TV2 Østjylland with footage from the opening reception.
Six O One Eight North (2022) (comission)
Can't See the Forrest for the Trees (2022) (commission)
Vaccination (2021) (commission)
"I was at first a bit hesitant about getting the COVID vaccine, in part because I was worried about the effects it would have on my body. However, after a lot of personal research and feedback from friends and family members who had already gotten it, I became confident in my choice of getting it myself. I reflected on this journey, as I painted the vaccination letters, incorporating many different layers and colors of paint. In the end I settled on a somewhat festive look to celebrate the event." Anni Holm
I was invited by the Mexican Cultural Center of DuPage, to deocrate one set of the four sculptural letter formations spelling out various variations of the word vaccination in English and Spanish. For this purpose I utilized leftover acrylic paint from another project.
A Legend (2021)
Signals & Codes, was a group show featuring Anni Holm, Austin McCann, John Rakow, and Mandy Rakow. The exhibition was based on a pedagogical collaboration through the non-profit Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), initially aimed at working parents, seeking experimental ways to bring artistic practice into daily life. Signals & Codes featured original flags and texts from its included artists.
While statistics surrounding the contribution of lawns and lawn care to climate change vary, commonly quoted EPA data show that in mowing, Americans use 800 million gallons of gasoline and spill another 17 million gallons. Burning all that gas releases 16 billion tons of CO2 or more into the atmosphere. Although this equipment is often overlooked as a significant source of pollution, lawn equipment poses a clear environmental hazard, especially given how large the lawn care industry remains in America. When I was invited to donate a piece of art, that could serve as a lawn ornament, to the 2021Terrain Biennial international public art festival fundraiser, it had to be a lawn mover. I repurposed a broken toy law mover by having it spraypainted a bright red. Not only red is one of the most visible colors in the color spectrum. Its ability to instantly grab people's attention is the reason why it's often used to warn people of impending danger. Photos by Tom Burtonwood.
While we were waiting (2021)
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, I moved to Denmark, after having spent the past 21 years of my life in the USA. I left a lot of things that I love behind, but I was hopeful, that I was leaving for something better. Like many of my friends, I felt as if I had been stuck in a limbo waiting, although, not sure exactly what I was waiting for. After moving to Denmark the waiting continued. Waiting for call backs from the municipality, waiting in line at the store, waiting for job applications to bear fruit etc.
This video performance was careted in collaboration with Rose Camastro Pritchett, Chicago and Claudia Bucher, Switzerland for Chicago Artists Platform for the Platforms Independent Artfair in Athens, Greece in 2021. The collaboration was initiated by Rose, but created in collaboration, each of us reflecting on our life circumstances midst a pandemic. At the time of this collaboration, Rose performed her piece in Evanston, Claudia performed her's in Switzerland and I performed mine in Denmark.
You Got This (2020)
I created this window installation, rusing and adding to elements from my "Glamor & Glitter" as well as repurposing other found and discarded materials. The piece was show at 103 W. Washington Street in West Chicago, during the month of Februrary and March 2020. At the time of installation, I really just wanted to encourage people to get through the long and cold (Chicago) winter. Little did I know, that the world would shut down due to COVID one and half month into the installation. Leaving us all isolated, overwhelmeded and unsure of the future.
Glamor & Glitter (2019)
I created this silver fringe curtain for the Discardables exhibition at Aurora Public Arts in Aurora, Illinois. Initailly I had wanted to make the piece, to be installed against a wall, so it could act as a bacdrop. However, due to limited wallspace, I ended up making a freehanging curtain instead, through which one could chose to enter into and exit out of the exhbition space. Creating a sensation of entering into the spotlight or out of it and into a back hallway. Although, silver fringe curtains can be relatively cheaply obtained via Oriental Trading or car dealer suppliers, I spent numerous hours making this one out of disposed detectable tape cut offs, obtained from a factory in West Chicago, Illinois, where I live. This exhibition was organized and curated by Jen Evans.
My Ode to Mothers Everywhere (2019)
My contribution to the Butterfly Effect, West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission 201's community project.
I am often thought of
as this beautiful
yet very fragile creature
when in reality
I should be accredited for
my incredible endurance
and my enouromous impact
on the global economy
Glamorous and Worthy (2017)
Blue and silver fringe curtain created out of discarded detectable tape and bailing twine for The Poor Connection, which took place at the Four Boxes at Krabbesholm Højskole, Skive, Denmark in October 2017. Derived from the Glamorous & Worthy installation at the Poor Farm the year before, I set out to create a new curtain, with a direct connection to Krabbesholm. Having been a student at the boarding school myself twenty years earlier, this piece very much so, reflected my personal experience. Having grown up on a farm in the country, Krabbesholm became to me this bright and brave new world, where I was able to dream and grow. It was here, I confirmed, that I was indeed to become an artist and put that old farming life behind me. However, in retrospect, having grown up on a farm has had a profround inpact on both my creative career as well as my interest in reusing materials. Hence the use of discarded baling twine, collected by my cousin, became an essential material for me to incorporate in the curtain. This exhibtion was organized and curated by Lise Haller Baggesen and Yvette Brackman.
Assimilatus Mobilis (2017)
“Assimilātus Mōbilis” is a permanent installation made up of 200+ museum-decommissioned Danish flag ribbons, previously worn by members of the Danish Brotherhood. The piece is intended to resemble “Stars and Stripes” on one side, while the other side will be composed of the multitude of Danish flag ribbons. However, installed as a mobile, time and airflow will allow for an ongoing transformation, granting elements of “Stars and Stripes” and the Danish flag ribbons to be interspersed. “Assimilātus Mōbilis” was created in collaboration with the Danish American community in Elk Horn, Iowa and beyond during the late summer of 2017.
Poetry Foundation (2016)
I developed this community singalong performance for the Pegasus & Mermaids Opening: Boulevard Dreamers, honoring the Poetry Foundation. Presented at the Poetry Foundation on September 23, 2016 . Boulevard Dreamers is an ongoing collaborative project by artists Lise Haller Baggesen and Kirsten Leenaars.
Glamorous & Worthy, (2016)
Language Rugs (2015)
"Sprogtæpper" (language rugs) project was initially created during a 5 week residency in Sigrids Stue in Gellerupparken, Aarhus, Denmark during September & October 2015. Inspired by my personal experience of raising a bilingual child in America and related research, I sought out multilingual people in the most cultural diverse neighborhood in Aarhus. Together we discussed language, identity, cultural heritage & pride. In addition everyone identified the colors they each felt best represented the languages they spoke. The language rugs were first braided and then sewn into circles, using repurposed and discarded fabrics from the local thrift store and tailor. The final 49 rugs were all displayed together on the floor in Sigrids Stue (Sigrid's Livingroom) creating one large colorful rug celebrating multilingualism.
In this - together (2014)
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