About this project
Displace, 2015Â Calder Kamin and Allie Novess for the Contemporary Austin Teen Artist + Mentor Program
DisplaceÂ is the collaborative project by teen artist, Allie Novess, and artist mentor, Calder Kamin, created forÂ the 2015Â The Teen Artist + Mentor ProgramÂ at The Contemporary Austin. Ten professional artist-mentors are paired with ten exemplary high school students from the Austin area. Together, they meet for seven months in the artistâ€™s studio space to create new work. Hours of conversation, exploration of artistic mediums, and field trips to creative venues around Austin weave together in the final exhibition of collaborative work from all twenty artists.
Statement forÂ Displace:
Austin is witnessing a surge in several species populations. Our cityâ€™s sprawl will continue to expand for migrating humans and loose wild space for native animals. However, a city provides abundant sources of food and shelter, drawing wildlife closer.Â Allie Novess and Calder Kaminâ€™s interdisciplinary project whimsically illustrates how animals adapt to a changing city.
The vision for Displace, first came to Novess in a dream. Wandering silhouettes of nocturnal animals accompany an uprooted forest inside an abandon home. The parts to the piece do not have a fixed space in the gallery, attesting to how humans constantly transform spaces in nature.