Alexandra Grant’s ongoing open drawing and artist collaborations will be covered by KCET over the next two months. The first installment of the coverage series is an introductory article by 18th Street Arts Center Curator Pilar Tompkins Rivas. For the full article please visit KCET.
We meet each other in a forest. We are activated in time together, collectively exploring, and manifesting a space of imagination, reflection and contemplation. We are transforming from participants into oneironauts, or travelers within a lucid dream space. We read together, we draw together, and we visualize together, exploring the peripheries of the collective unconscious as we encounter the anima, the animus, the Self and the Other.
We are in the “Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest,” a participatory project by artist Alexandra Grant at 18th Street Arts Center. Grant has been referred to as a “radical collaborator,” expanding her text-based, language-driven studio practice from painting, drawing and sculpture into reciprocal and joint projects with hypertext pioneer Michael Joyce, actor Keanu Reeves, and artist Channing Hansen. With “Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest,” Grant invites us all to become conspiratorial dreamers, unlocking the layers of Deconstruction semiotic analysis through the work of iconic French author, poet, playwright and philosopher Hélène Cixous, with whom the artist has enjoyed an on-going exchange for many years.