Each year, A CLEARING invites Maine-based artists to create work in conversation with a chosen theme. We call this recurring cycle A POSSIBLE PRACTICE.
Practice is an intentional act of returning.
Through practice we grow into our possible forms.
In 2019, A POSSIBLE PRACTICE will also include 2-3 happenings across Maine and a retrospective artists book—an ephemeral visual poem/surviving catalog of what we’ve created together this year.
OUR 2019 THEME IS A POEM:
Kristin Chang’s “Etymology of Butch”
(Please take the time to read in full. We promise it’s worth it.)
ORBITING IDEAS OF—
consumption/to consume/to be consumed by [something], to name as an attempt to know, “language is the fugitive of meaning”, lineage, human as animal, body as home, a fluidity of being, how power is wielded to define us, violence as or against creation
OUR FEATURED ARTISTS
diving deep into this theme through art
THIS CYCLE’S HAPPENINGS
A POSSIBLE PRACTICE Pop Up : 229 Broadway : Farmington, ME
February 10 – March 10, 2019
IN THIS SPACE, WE…
✧ faced our fear of ladders ✧ wore matching outfits ✧ disco-danced for the whole street to see ✧ received the gift of typewriter poems on the spot ✧ lip synched to Talking Heads ✧ asked ourselves (and each other) what it means to be visible ✧ sung acapella Neko Case ✧ wrote letters to pen pals ✧ peeled fragrant citrus in midwinter ✧ played banjo country tunes ✧ hand painted letters inverse on windows ✧ sung in public for the first time ever ✧ shared illustrations of our daily life ✧ read “Etymology of Butch” in eleven different voices ✧ accepted help from our friends ✧ impersonated David Byrne ✧ planned a speakeasy ✧ shared old family photos ✧ wrote into our personal etymologies ✧ weighed exactly one pound of onions ✧ read original poems aloud for the first time ever ✧ played ukulele to The Cranberries ✧ re-learned the Pythagorean Theorem with illustrations ✧ read original poems aloud for the first time ever ✧ hugged long ✧ listened deep ✧ allowed space for silence to grow our ideas ✧ practiced being possible ✧
A CLEARING X Tender Table : Cong Tu Bot : Portland, ME
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 4-6pm
Our dream collaboration with Tender Table—a storytelling platform featuring women, trans, and nonbinary folks who are black, indigenous, or people of color! For this food + storytelling event, speakers will make and share a home cooked dish alongside a story about sweet, savory, sour, and bitter relationships to food and its connections to identity, memory, and community. 2019 featured artists work will be on display! $5-10 donation accepted at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All are welcome. RSVP HERE.
Our artist’s book! Check back in September for ordering info and availability. We’re also planning a final happening of 2019. Think full circle, all the people and things you love in one place. Location and details TBA.
Support for A POSSIBLE PRACTICE 2019 is provided by the Kindling Fund, a grant administered by SPACE as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Program.