As part of our mission to connect creatives through diverse and experiential endeavors, Light Grey Art Lab welcomes a new residency program. This year's creative residency will take place on August 13, 2014 through August 18, 2014 in Southern Iceland. We have rented an old farm-house as the home-base of our exploratory journey, where we will share concepts, conversations and experiences with a group of 10 creatives from around the world.
The Concept & the Location
Light Grey Art Lab founders Lindsay Nohl and Chris Hajny have traveled to Iceland twice in the last several years on a journey to explore their own creative practice and to be influenced by the landscape. Each journey has inspired new perspectives, not only in creating, but on the fragile nature of places like Iceland's shrinking glacial formations, a hardy culture, and an ancient history. Our art and our lives have been transformed by what we've learned from our travels to Iceland. We also wish to reference the hard work and studies of individuals like James Balog, the National Geographic photographer-turned-scientist, whose interdisciplinary approach to landscape has inspired him to be an advocate of the space, as well as how we see the world.
The environment in Iceland is entrancing on a grand, and primal level, and we wish to bring leaders in the arts world together here to learn and share thoughts on creativity, problem solving and ideation, and learn more about why we need to use our power as creators in art, illustration and design to change minds and make an impact upon our return.
Giving Back to the Community
As part of this collaboration, we will be hosting an exhibition at Light Grey Art Lab celebrating the process and the outcome from our time in Iceland including a published work about the ideas, process, sketches, and experimentation that came out of our time together. This includes artwork created while on our trip, as well as artwork created afterward that was inspired by the artists' time abroad. Dates to be announced shortly.
We wish to host a screening of the movie Chasing Ice - featuring the work of photographer and naturalist James Balog, at Light Grey Art Lab following our journey as well, and will be reaching out to contact several climate-change specialists to hear their perspective via our podcast. Since we host programming at Light Grey Art Lab that incorporates an educational aspect of making, we wish to begin conversations renewing our practice through this experience.
During our stay in Iceland, we'll also be visiting Iceland Academy of the Arts to speak with the professors there about the art and design culture in Iceland, and to share our own perspectives from our individual backgrounds.
We will also be hosting a series of podcasts created during our stay that features audio-diaries and reflections of the participants. These will be shared on the internet as well in the hopes that we may share our experiences with our own communities and those beyond our reach.
Interested in future residencies with the Light Grey Art Lab team and other members of the creative community? Send us an email for details about future experiences and our upcoming 2015 residency program.