Taking a cue from an album of the same title by the Quails, The Song Is Love taps into the transformative power of art and collaboration to generate empathy and the sublime in times of political disaster. The residency is aimed at upholding collective creative activity as a force capable of turning the tide away from hate, toward wider affirmative forces of love, imagination and inclusivity. From November 1st to December 3rd, 2017, Wolff’s studio will be set up as an intimate space within the museum, where new work will be developed in drawing, collage and fabric, along with multiple collaborations with fellow artists, musicians, designers, craftspeople and the public.
The largest collaboration organized for the residency is FUTURE CHORUS – the choral project Wolff formed in the summer of 2017. FUTURE CHOURS is an ensemble of over 25 friends, artists and musicians singing original and cover songs in three part acapella harmonies that deal with fallout of the political moment, and offer messages of hope and resistance. Collaborators include musician Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs of experimental duo Bouquet and Community Chorus in LA, choral director Claire Plumb of Little Mission Studio, and project advisor Boff Whaley, formerly of Chumbawumba and currently the director of the Commoner’s Choir based out of the UK. The chorus will use a new fabric print made in collaboration with Bay Area designer Erica Tanov as material for costumes.
The residency also creates a space for visitors to send messages of solidarity and appreciation into the wider world at an art and letter-writing station made by local woodworker Nobuto Suga. For this project, Suga designed and created a modular table and bench for letter writing, made using Wolff’s ubiquitous 8 pointed star quilt pattern found in many of her drawings, sculptures and collages.
Alongside these collaborations, Wolff will work on site on a hand-sewn crazy quilt and embroidered text pieces drawing from the lyrics and thoughts from the songs sung by FUTURE CHORUS.
Residency Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 5pm. November 1 to December 3, 2017
Residency Reception, Saturday, November 25th 3-5pm, KImball Education Gallery / Artist Studio
FUTURE CHORUS performance, Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, 2pm, de Young Museum
FUTURE CHORUS MEMBERS: Myisha Battle, Jessica Baer, Ezequiel Calderon Jr, Cedre Csillagi, Stevie Ann DePaola, Gee Hahn, Koralie Hill, Erica Horowitz, Colter Jacobson, Ivy Jeanne, Jaime Knight, Rumi Koshino, Terri Loewenthal, Muwazu Misquitta, Neil Nisbet, Claire Plumb, Corinna Press, Amy Rathbone, Laurian Rhodes, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, Laura Rose Sanford, Daniela Sea, Silky Shoemaker, Sarah Simon, Kate Sweeney, Andrew Berg Sweeney, Hannah Weiss, Hazel Klein Wolff & more. Guests Mona Martinez and Will Schwartz from LA.
CHOREOGRAPHY BY: Lauren Benjamin