#sparkchamber 031218 — Nancy Baker Cahill
Yesterday was the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, that annual ritual of messing with the time-space continuum just a little bit — manipulating reality — because we can! And what a perfect time for #sparkchamber to welcome Nancy Baker Cahill.
Nancy is a multi-disciplinary artist and founder of 4th Wall, a first-of-its-kind, augmented-reality fine art app which allows viewers to virtually place art anywhere in the world. With an iPhone and the app, an art-lover can walk and teleport through Baker Cahill’s virtual-reality drawings and her LA studio, and see a hologram of the artist talking about the conceptual underpinnings of her work. Profiled by Forbes on 2/18/18, this article goes into more detail — it’s fascinating!
Baker Cahill received her B.A. from Williams College. From 2010-2012 she initiated and led a collaborative art project at Homeboy Industries called Exit Wounds. Works from this project were exhibited throughout Los Angeles as part of the Craft and Folk Art Museum [CAFAM]’s Folk Art Everywhere program.
In 2015 she designed and led a collage workshop with homeless individuals under the aegis of a CAFAM grant. She is also the recipient of an ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. Solo exhibition highlights include the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Ochi Projects, a VR public art project on the IF [Innovation Foundation] sponsored Sunset Digital Billboards, and a VR/AR event called Hollow Point/Strange Laugh coming up on April 17, 7-10 pm at LACE [Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions]. She served for years as a member of the Hollywood Public Art Advisory Board, is a member of the Pasadena Art Alliance, an Advisory Board member of Fulcrum Arts, and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at LACE.
1.] Where do ideas come from?
For me, they come from our current national climate, from philosophy, poetry, stories of other peoples’ lives and my own [all of which are loosely connected thematically by a common thread of struggle and resistance] — although I process all of it on an unconscious level and allow it to emerge through an open and intuitive creative process.
2.] What is the itch you are scratching?
What drives me to create is to communicate and connect in a language that is non-verbal.
3.] Early bird or night owl, tortoise or hare?
Early bird, hands down. Hare. Rpm 78 [for you 70’s kids who had record players].
4.] How do you know when you are done?
There is nothing more to add. If there’s any question I let the work sit for a few days and re-approach it and see if it has left any questions unanswered.