Artist Workshop with Alisha Kerlin – July 27 11:00am to 5:00pm
The Condition Report Project
Location: Spring Mountains Visitors Center
Alicia Kerlin Workshop participants will document details found on the trail through methodical inspection and observational drawing. Mt. Charleston visitors are encouraged to send postcards with original condition report drawings into the city as a specific record of a constantly changing landscape.
- Sunscreen with UV protection.
- A wide-brimmed hat.
- Wear comfortable shoes or sneakers.
- A folding Chair.
- A jacket and umbrella.
- Drawing Materials
CONDITION REPORT POSTCARD
In museum or gallery practice a condition report is a method used to document the general condition, details, and if applicable changes or damage to an object. Workshop participants will document details found on the trail through methodical inspection and observational drawing and Mt. Charleston visitors are encouraged to send their postcards with original condition report drawings into the city as a specific record of a constantly changing landscape.
The landscape is constantly changing, and those changes are either natural (growth, blooms, drought, age) or impacted by human intervention (graffiti, litter, trampled…etc.) Workshop participants may isolate details that are likely to change in the time it takes to send a postcard to an urban area, thus creating a personalized record and message. Slowing down to observe and condition report contributes to the awareness of our impact on the landscape.
Trail-goers will receive various 5x7inch template designs inspired by postcards found by Kerlin’s recent visits to National Parks. These postcards will feature plenty of room for drawing and pen-pal correspondence.
A caption with information about Mt. Charleston and The Wildlife Divide Project is featured in the small print on the reverse.
In addition to the postcard templates participants will be provided with a basic drawing supplies (a pencil, eraser and fine tipped black marker). Participants are encouraged to bring drawing boards and any additional materials they prefer to work with.
Alisha Kerlin is an artist who uses painting, writing, sculpture, digital photography, and installation. Solitaire games, fallen trees, vultures, dismissive cats, tic tac toe, measuring tapes, dangling cookies, lizards, sleepy birds, potatoes, traffic cones, garden hoses, and the carrot and stick idiom are examples of subject matter used within her artworks. She received her BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and MFA from the Milton Avery School of Art, Bard College, New York.
Since 2005 her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including one person shows in New York, Brooklyn, Long Island City, San Francisco, Boston, and Knoxville. She has two upcoming solo projects for P3 Studio at the Cosmopolitan and the Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery, Las Vegas. Her work has been included in numerous group shows including “Greater New York” at PS1 MoMA, 2010. Interviews and reviews about Kerlin’s work can be found in publications such as Spike, Art Forum, New York Arts Magazine, and Art21.com.
Kerlin recently moved to Las Vegas after teaching as the Artist in Residence, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Spring 2012. In addition to her studio, Kerlin manages three collections at the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum.
The Art and Educational programs at Mt. Charleston are designed to use art as a medium to encourage learning about the ecology, geology and natural landscape of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The programs range in focus from traditional photography and drawing workshops to demos in video and sound composing. The art programs include the Wildlife Divide series; an innovative approach to public art programming that includes activities and events intended to bridge the divide between urban and natural environments through artistic activity. The workshops and exhibits encourage the public to participate and collaborate on projects with both artists and naturalists, and to have an enjoyable, relaxing and educational experience within the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, more commonly known as Mt. Charleston.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, a new blog related to the Wildlife Divide will soon be online at https://wildlifedivide.wordpress.com current info is available also on www.gomtcharleston.com.