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Dave Made A Maze (film, puppeteer)

From August 18th-31st, 2017, Dave Made A Maze, an independent film I assisted Christine Papalexis with on puppeteering and fabrication, went into limited release throughout the US and became available on demand after premiering at Slamdance.  In Dave Made a Maze, a frustrated artist must be rescued from a bloodthirsty Minotaur in the supernatural world of a cardboard fort he built in his living room. This oddball comedy horror is full of fun, low-tech special effects.

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COLA20 (book launch)

Photo: 2016, Alex Griffin
Photo: 2016, Alex Griffin

On Saturday, August 19th from 7:30-9:30PM there will be a book launch (music and dessert reception) for COLA20, featuring DJ Daedalus at Grand Performances in downtown Los AngelesCOLA 20 is a hardbound edition that tells the story of the Los Angeles art scene and the impact of the Department of Cultural Affairs through its 20 year history of the COLA Individual Artist Fellowship Initiative. I was awarded a COLA Fellowship in 2016, which enabled me to create the installation (In)/Animate Objects at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and will be a small part of this book.

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Model Killer, Waterford, CT (residency)

This month I will be workshopping a section from my new script Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups as an Artist in Residence at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center – with performances on Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th at the culmination of the National Puppetry Conference.

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Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups is a morbid comedy centered on a disgruntled dollhouse maker turned investigator. Vivian Nutt builds dioramas of unsolved murders, only to be discovered that she is in fact the killer who has committed these very crimes.  In Model Killer, I am creating a universe in which the viewer is invited to reconsider female serial killers, the historically feminine craft of miniatures, and murder as entertainment.

How is our perception of gender colored through the lens of aggression? Can injecting the idealized settings of dollhouses with the macabre, expose the fraud of domestic tranquility? Are Vivian’s attempts to construct a world that fits her model of justice by eliminating problematic people out-of-scale with their transgressions? These are a few of the questions I will take a stab at.

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Raggedy Ann to Real Doll 2017, Los Angeles (video installation)

2017, photo: Curt Lemieux
2017, photo: Curt Lemieux

From to June 3rd-10th, 2017, video documentation from my performance, Raggedy Ann to Real Doll was on display at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) as part of Irrational Exhibits 10th  Anniversary: Mapping the Divide, curated and produced by Deborah Oliver.  In Raggedy Ann to Real Doll, I examined how we negotiate our idea of personal identity in an ever-shifting landscape of technologies that can drastically alter and re-map the body – dissecting what is just beneath the surface of our collective preoccupation for physical perfection. Transforming the storefront window of LACE into an operating theatre, I performed cosmetic procedures as one of America’s most beloved dolls went under the knife.

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COLA20, LAMAG, Los Angeles (exhibition)

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(Left)  (In)/Animate Objects installation, 2016, photo: Alex Griffin

I’m honored to be a part of COLA20 – opening Sunday April 23rd at 2PM at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG). COLA20 is a landmark exhibition that celebrates the first twenty years of the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship Program, recognizing the achievements of 271 design, literary, performing, and visual master artists and artist-duos who represent the creative legacy of Los Angeles.

COLA20 will be on view April 27, 2017 through July 2, 2017 with an opening reception on April 23rd from 2 to 5pm. LAMAG is located in Barnsdall Art Park at 4800 Hollywood Blvd, L.A. – For more information, call (323) 664-6269.

The Feeder, Portland OR (performance)

The weekend of October 15th, 2016, I performed The Feedera short tabletop puppetry piece about a man on the run after accidentally feeding his wife to death at Beady Little Eyes Puppet Slam. There were two shows: Saturday, October 15th and Sunday October 16th at 7:30PM at the Echo Theatre – 1515 SE 37th Avenue in Portland, OR.

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Gender is a Construct, Do-Si-Do, Funny or Die (Associate Producer, Puppeteer)

On October 8, 2016, Gender is a Construct, Do-Si-Do, a Funny or Die video I was an associate producer and puppeteer on was released. In Gender is a Construct, Do-Si-Do, which was awarded Funny or Die’s “immortal” status,  the caller of a puppet square dance struggles with the modern politics of gender and sexual identity

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A decade of the Puppet Slam Network (curatorial)

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On September 2nd, 2016, I finished my tenure at the Puppet Slam Network (PSN), which I co-founded in 2005 with Heather Henson and support from her production company, Ibex Puppetry.  As PSN coordinator for just over a decade, my work focused on cataloguing, connecting, supporting, and generating awareness for evenings of short-form puppetry for adults.  

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High School Insder: LA Times (interview)

Move over Teen Vogue and Tiger Beat! A team of crackshot junior sleuth investigative journalists over at High School Insider (LA Times) recently got their hands on me and they didn’t let up on all the tough questions!

 

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