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Lara Myers, fabric, wool roving, text. 96” x 31”, dots are 0.5” wide.
Photograph by Dana Davis of Dana Davis Photography, Oakland, CA
The Max Thelen Studio Residency
documentary visual art
Art Works Downtown is pleased to announce the selection of Lara Myers as the recipient of the 2016–2017 Max Thelen Studio Residency.
Lara will take occupancy of the studio July 1, 2016. Please stop by her studio and welcome her at the July 8th Art Walk.
Lara Myers is an Army brat, the godchild of a Charo back-up singer, a former dancer for the San Francisco band, ArmaGetItOn, and a documentary visual artist who calls Marin County her home.
In the past two years, her work has been shown at Art Works Downtown in three juried shows: Shelter; Climate Change; and Marin Contemporary; and in her Underground Gallery solo show, The 138 Houses We Lived In When We Were 10, Drawn From Memory Alone.
Her materials and techniques vary greatly between her projects, from needlefelting, soft sculpture, and work that enlists the participation and content contribution from other people, such as “The 138 Houses” installation and the current 9/11 recollection project, "An Exact Moment In Time.”
“I want to involve people in the process of artmaking by revealing my thought process and working process; demonstrating and allowing people to try each technique; and by encouraging people to convey their stories, memories, recollections and experiences and then see them translated into collaborative art installations.”
“I need to discover what type of and how much participation, interaction and contribution people are willing to do in an art project. My self-challenge is to push this type of work to its limits and the Max Thelen Studio Residency at Art Works Downtown is the perfect opportunity and place to do so.”
The Max Thelen Studio is a studio residency program generously funded by the Fenwick Foundation in commemoration of Max Thelen Jr. The residency aims to support emerging artists by providing free studio space, exhibition opportunity, and exposure to the public for one year.