Stephen Nichols: Music Production
“As early as middle school, I was playing in bands,” says Chattanooga native Stephen Nichols. Like so many in those earlier years, he moved away (in his case, to Atlanta), to find the opportunities not available to him in his home town.
But Chattanooga changed. More bands were forming and staying together—and here—longer. More venues opened up. Nichols moved back to town and for the last 12 years, has operated Elyzum Recording Studio to record demos of his own music and to produce recordings for other bands. “I wanted to bring something to Chattanooga to help legitimize the scene,” Nichols says. His MakeWork grant will allow him to upgrade his studio production equipment, and also allow more creative access to the recording techniques of the past.
“Everyone can use a laptop to capture sound,” he explains. “But, for example, I’ve got a 1977 analog recording console in the studio [that records sound in an entirely different way]. Being able to purchase new digital equipment to complement what I already have will help me interface with the older equipment in brand new ways.”
For local musicians, this will mean even more options for mixing exactly the sound they want.
Tim Hinck: Performance Art
Regulars at Barking Legs’ monthly Wide Open Floor events, fans of the New Dischord Music Festival, and those who saw the wildly innovative “Rebecca Furiosa” presentation last February know that Tim Hinck is a MacArthur grant waiting to happen. MakeWork, however, got in first, giving the composer an opportunity to produce “Cyclopædia”, a “visual/sonic essay”.
“I want to use elements that go beyond the scope of classic composition,” Hinck says. “How does a contemporary composer treat nonmusical elements? How can I score for this light source? What would a dancer do with a static 3-D form? I’m interested in artists tackling media outside their disciplines.”
Set to run for two weekends this coming February in a venue yet to be determined, “Cyclopædia”, will as usual be a collaboration. “I’ve got a list of about 20 people who may be a part of it, depending on their schedules,” he says, naming Blake Harris and Theater for the New South, Megan Hollenbeck, Chattanooga Dance Projects and dancer/choreographer Ann Law as a few on the list. One thing is for sure: The 60-minute presentation will be like nothing you’ve ever seen. (Follow the evolution of the project at timhinck.wix.com/cyclopædia.)
Anderson and Jessie Bailey: Ceramics
One of the most exciting aspects of their MakeWork grant to Anderson and Jessie Bailey is the opportunity to collaborate. Both are emerging artists in their fields—Anderson’s clean, dramatic functional ceramic art forms and Jessie’s handbuilt pieces and jewelry are well known in the local art scene—but their MakeWork grant is enabling them to work together to create a new slip cast line.
“Slip cast lends itself well to abstract, asymmetrical forms,” says Anderson. “The process is broken up into a lot of different parts, meaning that we can easily reproduce the piece.” The Baileys are using their grant to create prototypes for a line that can be “sustainable,” says Anderson, allowing them to sell to bigger outlets in other cities. “It also opens up opportunities for interns to learn the process,” he says.
He notes that the new line will also showcase experiments in color. “You can use stains to color the clay in this process, which creates unusual effects, like light blue porcelain.” The Baileys will continue working in their studio at Artifact, 1080 Duncan Ave., which they share with several other artists. Though Anderson estimates it will be January before the new project begins, anyone wanting to see the lines currently being produced can stop by or visit www.teamartifact.com.
Jessie has the final word: “We’ve seen how other people’s work has grown through their MakeWork grants. What’s most important in this grant is asking, ‘How is this going to make you a better artist?’”
Keep checking in with the recipients and find out for yourself.
Other MakeWork 2012 Recipients
Kevin Bate, Mark Bradley-Shoup, Matt Fields-Johnson, Lakshmi Luthra, Stephen Nichols, Greg Pond, Jennifer Rubin, David Ruiz, Eric Smith, Tiffany Taylor