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Artist Salon with John Kleinschmidt
February 1, 2018
You are cordially invited to meet A Studio in the Woods’ newest resident artist, John Kleinschmidt. John has been awarded one of five Adaptations Residencies at A Studio in the Woods this season. These residencies invite artists to examine how climate driven adaptations – large and small, historic and contemporary, cultural and scientific – are shaping our future.
This is a potluck, we will provide the main dish but ask that everyone pitch in a little something – drinks, salad, appetizer, dessert…
About the Work – While in residence, John will use drawing and installations to explore prehistoric and present-day environmental change and project what plants and animals might thrive in the distant future environment of New Orleans. John, in collaboration with evolutionary biologists, geologists, and experts in ecological change, will work with a group of elementary students to cut a cross-section through time on a site in New Orleans. John and the students will use drawing as a tool to explore New Orlean’s deep geological past, observe its precarious condition today, and speculate about its future environment. John will adapt student drawings into “design documents” for a site-specific installation revealing clues about imagined future plants and animals of New Orleans. John’s primary collaborator is Claire Anderson, science teacher and co-director of Ripple Effect, a non-profit working to build water literacy in New Orleans schools.
About the Artist – John is an architect and artist in New Orleans, Louisiana. By day, he works at Waggonner & Ball Architecture/Environment on buildings and urban design projects focused on water management and adaptations to climate change. By night, he draws, makes prints, and is a partner in Shallow Studio, an art and architecture practice that works to uncover hidden stories in strange sites through interactive installations.