NEW Works by Resident Artists: Poet JP Allen and Katy Batsel along with youth from RiseUp Academy and PlatteForum’s ArtLab Interns

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Another World is Possible: Be the Monster and Codeswitch

NEW Works by Resident Artists: Poet JP Allen and Katy Batsel along with youth from RiseUp Academy and PlatteForum’s ArtLab Interns
6-8pm Thursday, May 16th
Open Mic poetry around 6:30pm
exhibition open through May 24th
Gallery hours: May 21st – 24th Noon to 5pm

Free and open to the public

Join us for PlatteForum’s first ever Resident Artist double-header featuring the works of Durham, NC-based poet JP Allen, who has been creating poetry for five weeks alongside youth from RiseUp Academy, discussing themes of place, translating languages as a political act and how to write manifestos. At approximately 6pm, both JP and the students will participate in poetry readings and an open mic; all are welcome to perform.

Concurrently, Denver-based fabric artist Katy Batsel has been working with PlatteForum’s very own high school ArtLab interns to create a medley of activist monster puppets. When Gritty the Philadelphia Flyer’s bright orange ice hockey mascot was co-opted by the Antifa movement, Denver-based fiber and performance artist Katy Batsel took inspiration to build on her existing roster of monster puppets to create a queer identity movement of her own. Building on the existing history of puppets to create protest art, Katy has worked with PlatteForum’s own ArtLab interns to coach them in the creation of their own monsters.

There will be a monster parade at the reception, and the fabric monster sculptures will be on display through May 24th.
Our Resident Artist program is generously supported by OZ Architecture
image credit, top: JP Allen, Country Music Lexicon,digital collage, 2019
bottom: Katy Batsel, Be the Monster, fabric, 2019

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