From December 10th-20th, “(In)/Animate Objects triptych”, a limited edition photograph, is part of an online auction for Automata, a Los Angeles arts organization dedicated to experimental puppet theater, film, and contemporary art practices. The dolls in the photograph were originally part of (In)/Animate Objects, my installation for the 2016 COLA Fellowship exhibition.
The installation accompanied Object of Her Affection, a puppetry performance focused on a woman, who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects.
The auction of puppets, photographs, drawings, videos, sculptures and other rarities were created by artists who have presented work with Automata over the past decade. Artists include Peggy Ahwesh, Molly Allis, Deborah Aschheim, Marsian DeLellis, Janie Geiser, Laura Heit, Robby Herbst, John Hogan, Lynn Jeffries, Lewis Klahr, Charlotte Pryce, Susan Simpson.
Automata’s benefit auction offers an opportunity to collect unique artworks from nationally and internationally recognized artists, and to support Automata’s ability to continue to offer singular, small, strange, painstakingly created puppet theater, experimental music, cinema, visual performance, and installation in Los Angeles.
Automata is a worthwhile organization that has been crucial to my development as an artist. In 2014 Automata awarded me an artist residency for the development of Object of Her Affection and hosted early readings. In 2010 they co-presented Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical. I have also been a part of their cabaret and the performances of Susan Simpson and Janie Geiser.
Located in the Chinatown District of Los Angeles, Automata is dedicated to the creation, incubation, and presentation of experimental puppet theater, experimental film, and other contemporary art practices centered on ideas of artifice and performing objects. Automata stands at the fulcrum points between objects and performance, artifacts and ephemera, magic and mechanics, artifice and interface.
Automata is committed to nurturing new work engaged in cutting edge art practices, and in deep conversation with our contemporary culture of simulation and mimicry while embracing the aura of the handmade and hand-operated. They seek to radically redefine and re-contextualize the notion of object performance, locating it at the intersection of contemporary performance, media, visual art, sound art and experimental writing. (Read More)