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Dear Diary: 1/2 of CHERYL

For today’s Dear Diary, two halves of dynamic foursome CHERYL went out to an artist’s residency at Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, where they created a sort of art-grade ayawaska experience, asking visitors to embrace their inner oiseau. Reacting to the center’s exhibition BIG HOOT, they invited guests to exist within an Otherworldly Ritualistic Dimensional Paradigm- FUN TIMES!

Detail of Larry Bob Phillips’s and David Leigh’s “The Big Hoot” installation at Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe (http://www.ccasantafe.org/).  The artists invited Brooklyn-based artist collective CHERYL to spend a week there, using the work for a performative event at CCA on May 4.  50% of CHERYL was able to make the trek – Stina Puotinen and Sarah Van Buren.

Detail of Larry Bob Phillips’s and David Leigh’s “The Big Hoot” installation at Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe (http://www.ccasantafe.org/). The artists invited Brooklyn-based artist collective CHERYL to spend a week there, using the work for a performative event at CCA on May 4. 50% of CHERYL was able to make the trek – Stina Puotinen and Sarah Van Buren.

More of “The Big Hoot” installation.  A view from behind, peeking through to the other side.

More of “The Big Hoot” installation. A view from behind, peeking through to the other side.

– Larry Bob was kind enough to lend us this hoopdie of a car for our New Mexican journey.  It was paramount.

– Larry Bob was kind enough to lend us this hoopdie of a car for our New Mexican journey. It was paramount.

CHERYL decided to take some risks.  There were signs everywhere (like on this weird plane) that we were on the right path.

CHERYL decided to take some risks. There were signs everywhere (like on this weird plane) that we were on the right path.

Nick Chiarella (of Santa Fe University of Arts and Design as well as local collective and CHERYL soulbrethren Meow Wolf) was kind enough to show us the local spots for art supply foraging.  Thank god we had the Hoopdie.

Nick Chiarella (of Santa Fe University of Arts and Design as well as local collective and CHERYL soulbrethren Meow Wolf) was kind enough to show us the local spots for art supply foraging. Thank god we had the Hoopdie.

Megan Burns (of Theater Grottesco and Meow Wolf) took us to the theater’s costume storage, in three large shipping containers.  We borrowed some bird costumes and fake tree stumps for the event.  Thanks Megan!

Megan Burns (of Theater Grottesco and Meow Wolf) took us to the theater’s costume storage, in three large shipping containers. We borrowed some bird costumes and fake tree stumps for the event. Thanks Megan!

Thanks also to Erin Elder, Visual Arts Director at CCA, for helping us majorly, in every way.  Including the carrying of said stumps.

Thanks also to Erin Elder, Visual Arts Director at CCA, for helping us majorly, in every way. Including the carrying of said stumps.

– If you want inspiration, look no further. This is the land of huge skies, Route 66-era roadside stuff, and an almost constant Led Zeppelin radio soundtrack.

– If you want inspiration, look no further. This is the land of huge skies, Route 66-era roadside stuff, and an almost constant Led Zeppelin radio soundtrack.

We gave an artist talk to students at SFUAD and others from the larger Santa Fe artist community.  The theater looked like an alien spaceship.  We handed out jumbo marshmallows.  It went well.

We gave an artist talk to students at SFUAD and others from the larger Santa Fe artist community. The theater looked like an alien spaceship. We handed out jumbo marshmallows. It went well.

– SFUAD was kind enough to house us and give us free reign of an art studio, apparently named “Squish.”  Thanks to Linda Swanson at SFUAD.  Stina lurks in the doorway in a partially constructed Big Hoot costume.  We were using the local myth of Big Hoot (a human-sized owl that strikes fear in the hearts of men) as a jumping off point for the event.

– SFUAD was kind enough to house us and give us free reign of an art studio, apparently named “Squish.” Thanks to Linda Swanson at SFUAD. Stina lurks in the doorway in a partially constructed Big Hoot costume. We were using the local myth of Big Hoot (a human-sized owl that strikes fear in the hearts of men) as a jumping off point for the event.

We built a Big Bird-sized nest in the gallery space at CCA.

We built a Big Bird-sized nest in the gallery space at CCA.

– Our friend Bibi Dietz brought her typewriters to the event, inspiring intense missives.

– Our friend Bibi Dietz brought her typewriters to the event, inspiring intense missives.

The event included a large dose of hope/fear, the making of snake sticks, Big Hoot therapeutic consultations (with bat translator), the drinking of potion, and a culminating collective ritual wherein giant eggs were broken open, revealing all sorts of things inside.  Transformation complete.

The event included a large dose of hope/fear, the making of snake sticks, Big Hoot therapeutic consultations (with bat translator), the drinking of potion, and a culminating collective ritual wherein giant eggs were broken open, revealing all sorts of things inside. Transformation complete.

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