Visiting artists Scott and Alicia Laumann are returning to Artworks for their second collaborative exhibition, Into Fertile Ash. It will feature 5-6 new works created for the exhibition including drawings, video, installations and performance pieces. A deeply personal process for the artists, Into Fertile Ash will explore how western attitudes towards death and mortality have changed in the past century and how these changes impact our current perception of time, life, and personal motives.
Opening night: June 8, 6-9pm
Artist Talk: July 26, 6-7:30pm
ABOUT SCOTT LAUMANN:
ABOUT ALICIA LAUMANN:
Can you explain your work in 200 words or less?
I am a choreographer and dance teacher. I love how the body can express a vulnerability that I not sure traditional art media always can. I also love collaborating with my husband, the real visual artist in this duo, because it allows me to use the body in conceptual pieces in a way I am not normally able to do and to deal with themes that I may not otherwise tackle in my theatrical choreography.
Name three artists who influence your work.
The most significant influence on my work is a dance history giant, William Forsythe. He is an American choreographer/artist who was based out of Europe for many decades. Most interesting to Artworks’ readers would be the fact that about 15 years ago he started created huge installations for every large museum in Europe in which he broke down choreography into its most basic components (space, time and movement). This is one of my favorites here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=as1bQ6Xl_fg. And, though more of a “rockstar” artist, I think Marina Abramovic is a huge influence. I am oddly fascinated by how frequently her own body is used as the primary media in her pieces.
When did you first know you wanted to be an artist?
Oooh, hard question! I’m not really sure – it just seemed like an inevitable path since I was about 15. One of my most concrete memories of early “choreography” was when a girlfriend let me choreograph an entire routine on us over a 3 week period, create costumes for it and then insist on our families coming to watch us. I was about 12.
What is your favorite accomplishment of your career?
Wow, another hard question. I guess my favorite accomplishment is also one of my first substantial works ever I choreographed — Ole. It was a 20-minute piece I created for my thesis for my MFA about 14 years ago. It was the clearest example of my unique choreographic voice – my movement. Sadly, I’ll never do a piece like that again because I can’t move that way anymore.
What other jobs have you had besides art?
I worked at an SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in a rough area in San Francisco. I was so out of my depth, I quit after a month.
When you are not creating, what are you spending your time doing?
Thinking about creating but I wish I had a bit more of a balanced life lately.
Do you have a dream project? What would you create if money and space were guaranteed?
I do! I’ve been watching a European show called “Versailles,” based on the life of King Louis IVX. He is the king basically responsible for the creation of classical ballet. I love the history of ballet and have taught it several times, most recently last CSU. I’m wondering how his life could not have already been made into a ballet yet? His life was fascinating, he lived during the Baroque era and he loved to dance! I’m already working on a libretto, which is the word dancers use to describe the plot of the ballet.
What is your favorite thing about the arts culture in Colorado?
I think folks are appreciative of thoughtful, good work and are, thus, very encouraging when they see it. Though a small community, I feel people are just so supportive and will go out of their way to come and be a part of your work.
What is on your agenda for the coming year?
Working on my libretto for my new ballet on King Louis’ life, of course. 🙂