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Welcome, Statement, & Bio

Welcome! Bienvenue! Vitám Vás!
Welcome to Lexa Walsh’s current website/blog, highlighting projects from 2009-forward. To see older projects, please go to lexawalsh.com. To see more about specific project blogs, click on the links next to each project post (i.e. Portland Art Museum residency, Librarification, etc).

Artist Statement:

I work as anthropologist, archivist, collaborator, experience maker, explorer, facilitator and participant, engaging in hospitable democracy. The essence of my work is situated in performance and direct engagement. I do interactive public art projects, which bring together members of the public to share in conversation, cheer, song, play, dance and food. Through these and other social interactions, observations and interpretations (sometimes misinterpretations), I make site-specific projects that investigate elevating everyday activities into tools for community and relationship building, place and space making, resource sharing and institutional critique, offering new lenses for interpretation. The work addresses subjects such as the radical nature of positivity, generosity and reciprocity, ritual and inclusion, and scholarly play.


Bio:

Lexa Walsh is an interdisciplinary socially engaged artist based in Oakland, CA. Walsh has lived, worked, exhibited and toured internationally. She was a recipient of Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Award, the CEC Artslink Award, Meet the Composer Award, and the Gunk Grant. She has done projects at Apexart, The Lab, Oakland Museum of Californa, Portland Art Museum, Smack Mellon, and the Walker Art Center, and has done several international artist residencies and projects in Europe and Asia. Her work is informed by her upbringing, extensive travels, community work and experimental music and performance projects. She was an independent cultural worker in the Bay Area and worked for many years as a curator and arts administrator at CESTA, an international art center in Czech republic, whose mission is to foster cross-cultural tolerance and understanding through the arts. She co-founded and conceived of the all women, all toy instrument ensemble Toychestra and is a member of the Czech-American a cappella group Kačkala. These projects have been realized at venues such as Cité de la Musique, The Exploratorium, The Lab, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, SFMoMA and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is a graduate of PSU’s Art & Social Practice MFA program and was recently Artist in Residence at Portland Art Museum. In the fall of 2013, she was the Community Artist in Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and is a 2014 Artist Fellow at San Francisco’s deYoung Museum.

Fever Songs are Live on the Walker Blog

Our epic evening of collaborative songwriting has culminated in these wonderful numbers, given a little love in the studio. Enjoy!

Fever Songs, Walker Art Center, Feb. 6th 2014
In collaboration with John Munson & Chris Larson, with Jerry Brownrigg, Richard Medek, and slew of great participating songwriters, we wrote and recorded 18 multiply-authored songs about Cabin Fever and the long, cold winter. Great Thanks to Ashley Duffalo, Sheila Novak, Sarah Schultz and the entire Education & Public Programs team.

Silver Social Club, Meal Ticket Luncheon, 2013, New Smyrna Beach, FL

We have created a temporary “senior club” in New Smyrna Beach (open to any self identified person over 50), with a series of activities involving meals, recipes, interviews, workshops, and activities that lend themselves to storytelling. The Meal Ticket Luncheon brings together different groups to a home-cooked luncheon and recipe exchange at Atlantic Center for the Arts’ Harris House and Babe James Community Center. The recipes from the 12 luncheons have been complied into a community cookbook. The luncheons propose a temporary utopia of a democratic space, while the cookbook brings together different communities of NSB together in one place, suggesting the possibility of a group identity. 

visit http://acacommunityartist.tumblr.com

Silver Social Club Archive, 2013- present

I am currently collecting stories of self identified people over the age of 50 in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Using discussion prompts such as abilities changing, collections, etc., I am interviewing and photographing this older generation of remarkable people to preserve, archive and share their stories. The photos will have an accompanying podcast.

Visit http://acacommunityartist.tumblr.com

Seniors to SeniorsWords of Wisdom, 2013

Local senior citizens and high school seniors have contemplated words of wisdom & understanding, now shared with their senior counterparts in this sign exchange. The signs were installed at New Smyrna Beach High School and at Atlantic Center for the Arts’ Harris House.  This project was developed by the accidental misuse of the word senior and all of its implications of age, hierarchy, responsibility and wisdom.

Conversation Cookies, to prompt discussion at the Alliance of Artist Communities Conference in San Jose, CA, October 2013. 
Visit http://conversationcookies.tumblr.com to join the conversation.

Conversation Cookies, to prompt discussion at the Alliance of Artist Communities Conference in San Jose, CA, October 2013. Visit http://conversationcookies.tumblr.com

to join the conversation.

Hack the Museum Camp was a wonderful experiment at Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, where the question was asked: What happens when you invite eighty museum designers from around the world to create an exhibition together in 48 hours? Well, this is what happened. Working with Balakrishna Chennupati, a UX Designer from Nokia, Sarah Groh, a guest services SCMAH staff member, and exhibit designer Maria Mortati, we unveiled the piece Untitled, Totem VII, 1977, by Peter Zecher, which we discovered, hadn’t been shown in 30 years. We created a semi fictional narrative, animating the object, and went for it. We won a prize for creating the most empathy for an object.

"A Year in the Life at Portland Art Museum". Ephemera from 2011-12 PAM residency for Alum, a group show with PSU Art & Social Practice alumni Katherine Ball, Varinthorn Christopher, Ariana Jacob, Hanna Jickling, Laurel Kurtz & Sandy Sampson, Zach Springer, Eric Steen, and Jazon Zimmerman. Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, May 2013. 

"A Year in the Life at Portland Art Museum". Ephemera from 2011-12 PAM residency for Alum, a group show with PSU Art & Social Practice alumni Katherine Ball, Varinthorn Christopher, Ariana Jacob, Hanna Jickling, Laurel Kurtz & Sandy Sampson, Zach Springer, Eric Steen, and Jazon Zimmerman. Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, May 2013. 

Museum Etiquette, song & video with Portland Art Museum Security personnel Joe Fortunato, Gage Mace, Ted Smith, Gene Tangren, and Gretchen van Lente, Shine a Light, May 17 2013

Museum Etiquette, song & video with Portland Art Museum Security personnel Joe Fortunato, Gage Mace, Ted Smith, Gene Tangren, and Gretchen van Lente, Shine a Light, May 17 2013

The Female Gaze Tour with Elizabeth Bilyeu, at Shine a Light, Portland Art Museum, May 17 2013

Museum Songs Live Take 2 at Shine a Light, Portland Art Museum, May 17 2013.
Hear all the songs at lexawalsh.bandcamp.com

Museum Songs Live Take 2 at Shine a Light, Portland Art Museum, May 17 2013.

Hear all the songs at lexawalsh.bandcamp.com

The SoundStation was debuted in Oakland Museum’s We/customize show. The machine is an interactive instrument that has samples and loops of toy instruments, the museum’s natural history sounds, and other quotidian museum sounds, such as remixed Acorn Woodpecker & Western meadowlark loops, and record/playback capabilities. Thanks to Leo Knapp for the technical work!

Oakland Stock #2, April 28th. Proposals by Sara Biel & Karla Brundage, and Kari Marboe & Erin Johnson. The winner was Biel/Brundage’s proposal Temescal InSitu.

Welcome, Statement, & Bio

Welcome! Bienvenue! Vitám Vás!
Welcome to Lexa Walsh’s current website/blog, highlighting projects from 2009-forward. To see older projects, please go to lexawalsh.com. To see more about specific project blogs, click on the links next to each project post (i.e. Portland Art Museum residency, Librarification, etc).

Artist Statement:

I work as anthropologist, archivist, collaborator, experience maker, explorer, facilitator and participant, engaging in hospitable democracy. The essence of my work is situated in performance and direct engagement. I do interactive public art projects, which bring together members of the public to share in conversation, cheer, song, play, dance and food. Through these and other social interactions, observations and interpretations (sometimes misinterpretations), I make site-specific projects that investigate elevating everyday activities into tools for community and relationship building, place and space making, resource sharing and institutional critique, offering new lenses for interpretation. The work addresses subjects such as the radical nature of positivity, generosity and reciprocity, ritual and inclusion, and scholarly play.


Bio:

Lexa Walsh is an interdisciplinary socially engaged artist based in Oakland, CA. Walsh has lived, worked, exhibited and toured internationally. She was a recipient of Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Award, the CEC Artslink Award, Meet the Composer Award, and the Gunk Grant. She has done projects at Apexart, The Lab, Oakland Museum of Californa, Portland Art Museum, Smack Mellon, and the Walker Art Center, and has done several international artist residencies and projects in Europe and Asia. Her work is informed by her upbringing, extensive travels, community work and experimental music and performance projects. She was an independent cultural worker in the Bay Area and worked for many years as a curator and arts administrator at CESTA, an international art center in Czech republic, whose mission is to foster cross-cultural tolerance and understanding through the arts. She co-founded and conceived of the all women, all toy instrument ensemble Toychestra and is a member of the Czech-American a cappella group Kačkala. These projects have been realized at venues such as Cité de la Musique, The Exploratorium, The Lab, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, SFMoMA and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is a graduate of PSU’s Art & Social Practice MFA program and was recently Artist in Residence at Portland Art Museum. In the fall of 2013, she was the Community Artist in Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and is a 2014 Artist Fellow at San Francisco’s deYoung Museum.

Fever Songs are Live on the Walker Blog

Our epic evening of collaborative songwriting has culminated in these wonderful numbers, given a little love in the studio. Enjoy!

Fever Songs, Walker Art Center, Feb. 6th 2014
In collaboration with John Munson & Chris Larson, with Jerry Brownrigg, Richard Medek, and slew of great participating songwriters, we wrote and recorded 18 multiply-authored songs about Cabin Fever and the long, cold winter. Great Thanks to Ashley Duffalo, Sheila Novak, Sarah Schultz and the entire Education & Public Programs team.

Silver Social Club, Meal Ticket Luncheon, 2013, New Smyrna Beach, FL

We have created a temporary “senior club” in New Smyrna Beach (open to any self identified person over 50), with a series of activities involving meals, recipes, interviews, workshops, and activities that lend themselves to storytelling. The Meal Ticket Luncheon brings together different groups to a home-cooked luncheon and recipe exchange at Atlantic Center for the Arts’ Harris House and Babe James Community Center. The recipes from the 12 luncheons have been complied into a community cookbook. The luncheons propose a temporary utopia of a democratic space, while the cookbook brings together different communities of NSB together in one place, suggesting the possibility of a group identity. 

visit http://acacommunityartist.tumblr.com

Silver Social Club Archive, 2013- present

I am currently collecting stories of self identified people over the age of 50 in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Using discussion prompts such as abilities changing, collections, etc., I am interviewing and photographing this older generation of remarkable people to preserve, archive and share their stories. The photos will have an accompanying podcast.

Visit http://acacommunityartist.tumblr.com

Seniors to SeniorsWords of Wisdom, 2013

Local senior citizens and high school seniors have contemplated words of wisdom & understanding, now shared with their senior counterparts in this sign exchange. The signs were installed at New Smyrna Beach High School and at Atlantic Center for the Arts’ Harris House.  This project was developed by the accidental misuse of the word senior and all of its implications of age, hierarchy, responsibility and wisdom.

Conversation Cookies, to prompt discussion at the Alliance of Artist Communities Conference in San Jose, CA, October 2013. 
Visit http://conversationcookies.tumblr.com to join the conversation.

Conversation Cookies, to prompt discussion at the Alliance of Artist Communities Conference in San Jose, CA, October 2013. Visit http://conversationcookies.tumblr.com

to join the conversation.

Hack the Museum Camp was a wonderful experiment at Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, where the question was asked: What happens when you invite eighty museum designers from around the world to create an exhibition together in 48 hours? Well, this is what happened. Working with Balakrishna Chennupati, a UX Designer from Nokia, Sarah Groh, a guest services SCMAH staff member, and exhibit designer Maria Mortati, we unveiled the piece Untitled, Totem VII, 1977, by Peter Zecher, which we discovered, hadn’t been shown in 30 years. We created a semi fictional narrative, animating the object, and went for it. We won a prize for creating the most empathy for an object.

"A Year in the Life at Portland Art Museum". Ephemera from 2011-12 PAM residency for Alum, a group show with PSU Art & Social Practice alumni Katherine Ball, Varinthorn Christopher, Ariana Jacob, Hanna Jickling, Laurel Kurtz & Sandy Sampson, Zach Springer, Eric Steen, and Jazon Zimmerman. Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, May 2013. 

"A Year in the Life at Portland Art Museum". Ephemera from 2011-12 PAM residency for Alum, a group show with PSU Art & Social Practice alumni Katherine Ball, Varinthorn Christopher, Ariana Jacob, Hanna Jickling, Laurel Kurtz & Sandy Sampson, Zach Springer, Eric Steen, and Jazon Zimmerman. Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, May 2013. 

Museum Etiquette, song & video with Portland Art Museum Security personnel Joe Fortunato, Gage Mace, Ted Smith, Gene Tangren, and Gretchen van Lente, Shine a Light, May 17 2013

Museum Etiquette, song & video with Portland Art Museum Security personnel Joe Fortunato, Gage Mace, Ted Smith, Gene Tangren, and Gretchen van Lente, Shine a Light, May 17 2013

The Female Gaze Tour with Elizabeth Bilyeu, at Shine a Light, Portland Art Museum, May 17 2013

Museum Songs Live Take 2 at Shine a Light, Portland Art Museum, May 17 2013.
Hear all the songs at lexawalsh.bandcamp.com

Museum Songs Live Take 2 at Shine a Light, Portland Art Museum, May 17 2013.

Hear all the songs at lexawalsh.bandcamp.com

The SoundStation was debuted in Oakland Museum’s We/customize show. The machine is an interactive instrument that has samples and loops of toy instruments, the museum’s natural history sounds, and other quotidian museum sounds, such as remixed Acorn Woodpecker & Western meadowlark loops, and record/playback capabilities. Thanks to Leo Knapp for the technical work!

Oakland Stock #2, April 28th. Proposals by Sara Biel & Karla Brundage, and Kari Marboe & Erin Johnson. The winner was Biel/Brundage’s proposal Temescal InSitu.

Welcome, Statement, & Bio

About:

Lexa Walsh is an artist, musician and chef based Oakland, CA. Her work engages the public in hospitable democracy, through conversation, cheer, song, dance and food.