Jersey City, New Jersey – Jersey City-based artist Alex Pergament tells the story of man’s relationship to society, one’s self, and the hunger for creative expression in a 150 square foot immersive life-sized book art installation. Helga and Carl traces the journey from a consumer to a creator, catalyzed by the influence of Carl Sagan, Carl Jung, and a community of creators named “Helga”. It explores themes of individuation, collaboration, and dramatic realignment.
Helga and Carl contains 45 interactive components that include photography, multimedia art, paintings, assemblage, home furnishings, and customized clothing in a life-sized book art installation. The body of work was created in collaboration with over 18 participating artists from New York City, Jersey City, and the surrounding areas that include Ruvym Gilman, John Fathom, Luca Cusolito, Lucy Rovetto, Ray Arcadio, J Hacha De ZoLa, and others. In addition to the main installation piece, an original musical score will accompany the exploration of the art sculpture
Sue(T) is a hand-stenciled and painted men’s suit in collaboration with visual artist Mark Finne. The piece represents the progress of self-identification from being “a suit,” to tagging yourself as an artist, and eventually recognizing the integration of the two.
TinkerToy is an interactive wood and plexiglass puzzle in collaboration with Lucy Rovetto, about rebirth through the integration of Angry Baby and Vulnerable man.
Pergament’s Control Console, is about the unmanifested dreams that individuals carry as baggage in daily life, contained inside of an interactive suitcase. The mixed media piece include a 15 page manuscript written by Ruvym Gilman, a working Polaroid Land Camera 110 for viewers to interact with, and assorted handmade books that include Pergament’s private journals.
Pergament’s current exhibition will take the life-sized book sculpture from Jersey City to New York City and then across the United States on an interactive book tour in 2016. He will be hosting a Jersey City premiere on May 16, 2015 from 6pm to 10pm at 660 Studios in Bergen-Lafayette. Guests are encouraged to arrive unfashionably early to interact with and contribute to Helga and Carl. Pergament’s next stop on the Helga and Carl tour is FIGMENT NYC and Art Kibbutz on Governor’s Island in New York City on June 6 and 7.
Complimentary refreshments and opportunities to collaborate on artwork. FREE ADMISSION
More at: www.HelgaAndCarl.com
6:00-7:00pm | Complimentary Refreshments
7:00pm | Opening of the Book, Premier of VOYAGER3 Score with Live Accompaniment
8:00-10:00pm | Open Viewing and Collaboration
The overarching themes of Helga and Carl are exploration, transparency and collaboration. Inspired in equal parts by 660 Studios, Carl Sagan and immigration, the story traces the development of an explorer as he meets seemingly competing value systems: of default society (represented by Pac-Man), reallignment, community, self-exploration (represented by Helga) and scientific exploration (represented by Carl). The experience of these value systems, first causes a dramatic realignment, which becomes union through a transition catalyzed by contact with a community of creators.
Helga And Carl was begun by artist Turtle The Bull
Collaborating Visual and Text Artists:
Ray Arcadio – Guitar
Reine de Blanc – When the Stars…
Luca Cusolito – Slides and G.E.C.K.
Alexandr Degtyarev – Image Readings
Brit Elia – Notes
John Fathom – Collission/Collusion
Mark Finne – Sue T
Ruvym Gilman – “The Impala That Took Us To The Edge of the Universe” and “Letters to Earth”
Kel Ly Heaton – Wedding Dress
Taty Lopez – Mandala
Chelo Mercado and the Grassroots Community-Space Mural Artists – Community Drips
Alex Pergament – Helga + Carl
Erica Price – Swimmers
Roland Ramos – Mis En Place
Lucy Rovetto – Celebration
Jade Sabatino – Darts
You – Open Collaboration
Collaborating Audio Artists:
Bobby Tokar – Audio Direction and Production
Alex Pergament – Creative Direction
J Hacha De ZoLa – Cosmonautics
Jade Sabatino – Chanter
Jerry Ramos – Drums and co-recording
Timothy Ruiz – Voice
Helga – Samples
Recorded at: 660 Studios and Mercury Recording Studio
This project sponsored in part by COJECO BluePrint Fellowship funded by the UJA-Federation of New York and Genesis Philanthropy Group. It is also sponsored by: 660 Studios, The Culture JC, Vista + CRC Imaging Group, and Tsigonia Lumber.
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