Ghost Fence by John Sundling

TEMPOart Kicks Off Summer Artist Series with
Ghost Fence by John Sundling

Ghost Fence, a temporary artwork by Portland’s John Sundling, will debut in the Franklin Street median at the corner of Congress and Franklin Streets as part of the First Friday Art Walk on June 3, 2017. It will be the first of three summer projects by Portland artists commissioned by TEMPOart Portland, the non-profit organization dedicated to energizing Portland’s public spaces through temporary art installations.

Sundling’s piece utilizes the visual language of surveying and construction, using flagging tape, simple wood poles and plastic sheeting to create a “ghost fence” that outlines the original boundaries of Lincoln Park.

In the late 1960’s, the City of Portland razed existing communities to create the Franklin Street Arterial and make the area more “functional” and “modern”. Sundling is interested in this lost physical and social space and wants to “create a simple and effective reminder of both past and present, as well as a place to envision the future.” “My goal is to create an awareness of the past and a place in the present to gather, share stories and create positive memories,” said Sundling.

Sundling’s June project will be followed on July 7th by Christina Bechstein’s Now We Plant: Seeds for our American Dream at the Boyd Street Urban Farm, and Christian Prasch’s Wall.., opening August 4th (pending City of Portland Permit) in Post Office Plaza. All three commemorate the one-year anniversary of TEMPOart’s inaugural project, Judith Hoffman’s, The American Dream, the Lincoln Park sculpture that will remain on view through the summer, and each new installation responds to that first sculpture by offering ways to understand the meaning of the “American Dream” today.

The Artist
John Sundling is an artist and designer, working in diverse disciplines including floristry, set design, sculpture, curation and custom fabrication. Recent work includes miniature sets for puppets in a feature film, and co-directing a “no-profit arts disorganization,” the Institute for American Art. His sculptural work has been primarily large-scale, often outdoors, with an emphasis on the effects of time and nature. The artist’s set design work has grown to become more environmental and sculptural in response to this exploration. Sundling is most interested in the blurry edges of his practices and how they inform each other.

TEMPOart Portland
TEMPOart energizes Portland’s public spaces through temporary art installations – engaging residents and visitors, enriching its creative community and enhancing Portland’s reputation as a world-class city. We provide opportunities for artists to experiment with new mediums, highlight current issues and engage a wide public audience. We partner with other on-profit educational and cultural institutions, using each project to inspire innovative learning opportunities for all ages. TEMPOart is a privately-funded 501-c3 non-profit organization and is administered by a Board of Directors.

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Unveiling

As part of Portland’s First Friday Artwalk

5:00 – 8:00 pm

Celebrate TEMPOart’s first public art installation.

“American Dream” by Judith Hoffman

Lincoln Park at Congress and Franklin Streets.

Ribbon cutting and remarks by the artist and curator at 6:00 pm.

Japanese street food from Mami Food Trucks.

Music by Island Beats.

 


Behind the Scenes with the Artist

Thursday, June 2, 2016

By invitation only.  New donors who contribute $100 or more by June 1st are welcome.

A preview of our first installation

“American Dream”

5:30 pm in Lincoln Park at the intersection of Congress and Franklin Streets

followed by drinks at a donors’ reception at

The Press Hotel, 199 Exchange Street

with remarks by

the artist, Judith Hoffman,

and

curator, Sean Foley

6:00 – 7:30 pm

To make a donation and receive an invitation to this event, please visit our website:  https://tempoartmaine.org/donate/


TEMPOart Receives Horizon Foundation Grant to Support Educational Programs Inspired by “The American Dream” Sculpture

The Horizon Foundation, based in Portland, Maine, has awarded TEMPOart a $10,000 grant to support public programming associated with “The American Dream” by sculptor Judith Hoffman. The 14-foot-tall steel and enamel sculpture representing typical American homes of different scales, stacked and inverted one on top of another, will be unveiled at 6:00 p.m. on June 3, 2016 as part of Portland’s First Friday Artwalk.

Horizon Foundation supports non-profit organizations that aspire to create and maintain sustainable, vibrant, and resilient communities by enabling children and adults to lead their communities in creative, healthy, and thoughtful ways.

The American Dream is the inaugural project of the privately-funded non-profit group TEMPOart, which selected Hoffman’s work because of its provocative questioning of what the idea of HOME means to our diverse community. The sculpture and TEMPO’s outreach programming are expected to stimulate reflection and dialogue about the fluid meaning of home within the context of the Portland community.

The Horizon grant will help fund TEMPOart’s plans to partner with other arts, education and cultural groups in Portland to reach a variety of audiences over the next twelve months. Collaborations will include:

  • Oak Street Studios’ “Side X Side” program will feature artists leading 160 third graders at East End and Reiche Elementary Schools who are studying Portland history in the fall of 2016. Field trips to see the sculpture will be a jumping off point for reflections about home and map-making that is part of the curriculum.
  • Mayo Street Arts will conduct a Sculpture Study Workshop at the Portland Public Library to connect 40 East Bayside children aged 7-11 with Judith Hoffman’s sculpture as part of its RAD (Reading, Art, Dance) program during June, July and August.
  • Greater Portland Landmarks will offer several walking tours, one aimed at youth that will explore the totemic nature of the sculpture through a hunt for unique architectural features along Congress Street, culminating in art-making projects at Oak Street Studios.

Countdown begins for “The American Dream” installation!

This just in: Judith Hoffman’s beautiful and fascinating sculpture is on its way to Portland. Here are a two photos of the disassembled, finished artwork before it was packed and loaded for shipment.

Mark your calendar to attend the unveiling in Lincoln Park on Friday, June 3rd, during the First Friday Art Walk.


“The American Dream” fabrication update!

TEMPOart has received some amazing progress photos from artist Judith Hoffman for the sculpture to be installed later this month in Lincoln Park—at the corner of Congress & Franklin Streets. Mark your calendars to attend the unveiling on Friday, June 3rd—and celebrate First Friday with us.


Engineering expertise on board for “The American Dream” installation

 

American Dream construction/engineering detailZiggy Drozdowski is a designer and engineer who recently moved to Portland from the NYC area. With over ten years of experience working in custom mechanical sculpture and adaptive architectural systems, he has recently co-founded the company Common Kinetics, which is dedicated to providing design, engineering and fabrication expertise to large scale sculptural installations. He was initially contacted by TEMPOart at Judith Hoffman’s request for local engineering support and has been working with her, the sculpture fabricator in Detroit, The City of Portland and TEMPOart to ensure that the collective vision for The American Dream is realized. Get more info about Ziggy and his company.

Common Kinetics construction drawing American Dream 2016



Community Launch at Mayo Street Arts

Tuesday, April 26th, was the TEMPOart Community Launch of our inaugural project “The American Dream” by artist Judith Hoffman.

We heard about the importance of public art to communities and their economies, TEMPOart’s goal to bring more beauty to areas of Portland “in transition” and to help raise public awareness and conversation about how change affects our community.

Judith’s sculpture will be installed in late May in Lincoln Park at the corner of Congress and Franklin Streets! Official unveiling will take place on June 3rd, “First Friday,” beginning at 5:00 pm with a celebration to follow. Mark your calendar to join us for this very special occasion.

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