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A Stone Holds Water

Onomatopee 183

As we begin to gather in person, many people are asking: How can we meet, slowly, tenderly, with care?

 

A Stone Holds Water is an exhibition at Onomatopee that offers a practice space for individuals and groups to engage in sound-based healing, critical introspection, and an investigation of the role of air and water in gatherings now, as our most basic relationships to these elements are threatened and transformed by the political and ecological developments of this moment. Artists and designers Aisha Jandosova, Jeffrey Yoo Warren, and Caroline Woolard have transformed materials long associated with solidity and permanence -- brick and stone -- into hollow vessels that can hold and release water. These objects are inspired by a medieval watering can, the chantepleure. An object with a single hole on top that can be submerged in water, capped with a thumb, and then released at will, the literal translation from the french is “to sing and to weep.”

 

Submerged in water on a sculptural table in the gallery, the exhibition invites visitors to consider what they are holding, and what they can release at this moment. To that end, the team has collaborated with somatic educator, musician, and political theorist Anita Chari to create a spatial audio soundtrack of “politicized somatic healing.” Chari guides visitors through sound and sensory practices, guided by the question: “How can we create conditions of embodied safety during this time so that we can unfold what is unknown in us, what needs and wants to emerge collectively?” Suggesting that subtle therapeutic sound and movement practices may engage the fluid systems in the body and offer emotional, relational, and energetic transformation, the combination of the affective and the material in this collection continues a vision for the power of groups.

 

BIO
Caroline Woolard (b.1984) is an American artist who, in making her art, becomes an economic critic, social justice facilitator, media maker, and sculptor. Since the financial crisis of 2007-8, Woolard has catalyzed barter communities, minted local currencies, founded an arts-policy think tank, and created sculptural interventions in office spaces. Woolard has inspired a generation of artists who wish to create self-organized, collaborative, online platforms alongside sculptural objects and installations. Her work has been commissioned by and exhibited in major national and international museums including MoMA, the Whitney Museum, and Creative Time. Woolard’s work has been featured twice on New York Close Up (2014, 2016), a digital film series produced by Art21 and broadcast on PBS. She is the 2018–20 inaugural Walentas Fellow at Moore College of Art and Design, the inaugural 2019–20 Artist in Residence for INDEX at the Rose Museum, and a 2020-2021 Fellow at the Center for Cultural Innovation.

Publication

Onomatopee 183, Caroline Woolard, 2020

Art, Engagement, Economy

the Working Practice of Caroline Woolard

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Art, Engagement, Economy: the Working Practice of Caroline Woolard proposes a politics of transparent production in the arts, whereby heated negotiations and mundane budgets are presented alongside documentation of finished gallery installations.

Readers follow the behind-the-scenes work that is required to produce interdisciplinary art projects, from a commission at MoMA to a self-organized, international barter network with over 20,000 participants. With contextual analysis of the political economy of the arts, from the financial crisis of 2008 to the COVID pandemic of 2020, this book suggests that artists can bring studio-based sculptural techniques to an approach to art-making that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue.

 

Foreword by Patricia C. Phillips; introduction by Caroline Woolard; texts by D. Graham Burnett, Alison Burstein, Stamatina Gregory, Larissa Harris, Leigh Claire La Berge, Stephanie Owens, Cybele Maylone, Steven Matijcio, Sheetal Prajapati, Caitlin Rubin, Gabrielle Lavin Suzenski, and Caroline Woolard; interviews by Thyrza Nichols Goodeve and Tina Rivers Ryan.

 

Advance Praise

“I can’t think of a more relevant artist working today as her entire oeuvre operates at the intersection of art and the solidarity economy. What other work is there to do?”

Nato Thompson, Artistic Director of Philadelphia Contemporary

“Caroline Woolard is known for her open and inclusive process. Whether you are an artist, arts administrator, or anyone interested in interdisciplinary, collaborative work, this book is a dream come true; it pulls back the curtain on artistic production. It reveals Woolard's process from conception to team development to execution with details hard to find in any other source.
- Heather Bhandari, Program Director of The Art World Conference

“With her keen insight and expanded empathy, Caroline Woolard is a cultural leader for this moment and for future generations. Caroline’s new book is suffused with diverse voices that speak to a deep need for understanding the poetics of economic systems and how they influence and are influenced by diverse cultural and creative practices. There has never been a more important moment to see our world and what is possible through Caroline Woolard’s eyes than right now.”
Sanjit Sethi, President, The Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Type
softcover
Dimensions
170 x 240 mm / 6.7 x 9.5 inches (portrait)
Pages
568
ISBN
978-94-93148-34-5
Author
Foreword by Patricia C. Phillips; introduction by Caroline Woolard; texts by D. Graham Burnett, Alison Burstein, Stamatina Gregory, Larissa Harris, Leigh Claire La Berge, Stephanie Owens, Steven Matijcio, Sheetal Prajapati, Caitlin Rubin, Gabrielle Lavin Suzenski, and Caroline Woolard; interviews by Thyrza Nichols Goodeve and Tina Rivers Ryan.
Graphic
Angela Lorenzo
Artist
Caroline Woolard
Language
English
Paper
Munken Print Cream
Printer
Balto, Vilnius (LT)
Font
Atlas Grotesk and Atlas Typewriter
Image specs
111 full color images, 36 b/w
Text editor
Helen Hofling
Proofreader
Helen Hofling
Illustrator
Caroline Woolard
Photography in the book
João Enxuto, Maureen France, Levi Mandel, Ryan Tempro, Mel Taing, Aaron Strauss and Martyna Szczęsna.
Made possible by
Moore College of Art & Design and Miriam Gallery
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