Meet P.3 Artist: Lisa Sigal

Line Up, (Seoul), painted Tyvek paper installed to line up with the Mexico City installation, 2009

Line Up, (Eindhoven), painted Tyvek paper installed to line up with the Cairo installation 2009

“The territories we share, the everyday paths that we take…”

Upon visiting New Orleans in February for her site visit, Sigal was overwhelmed with the number of empty houses she saw. Not much had changed, it seemed, since the artist was here last in 2008. Describing her reaction to these blighted properties, Sigal has conveyed, “I wanted to respond to them; their beauty and tragic deterioration, but I felt that they are the very thing that the people of New Orleans have stopped seeing.  Many of them have been inscribed with municipal codes, some with sprawling condemnations of the city and government. The strangeness of using the houses like signs stayed with me.” For her project for Prospect.3, artist Lisa Sigal has been thinking about these houses – along with their emptiness as blank pages.

Women’s Balcony, house paint on wall and windows, site specific Park Avenue Armory, Whitney Biennial, 2008

Sigal has made contact with playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, who on November 16, 2002 begun the project of writing a play a day, to combine visual imagery with site-specific texts. Parks’ written collection, 365 Days/365 Plays, described as “short, urgent and alive,” has been performed in grassroots theatres around the country. Sigal’s project imagines these texts inscribed on building facades, “reinvigorating the surfaces with voices”, across boarded up windows and doors, spanning a block, a neighborhood or several neighborhoods. The artist intends to work directly on blighted houses and empty public housing projects to, as the artist has described, “Connect them geographically, to tease out their spirit by pasting the lines of a play onto their face; to insert voice and accentuate aspects of their structure or color on the surfaces of the houses.” The amount of text will vary from house to house playing with different combinations of colors and design. These texts will then be installed for P.3 at one of our venues in their fullness, referencing back to the outdoor inscriptions.

Lisa Sigal documenting blighted houses for the upcoming Prospect.3

Lisa Sigal was born in Philadelphia. She has received numerous awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011, Art Matters Grant in 2012, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and the Elizabeth Foundation Grant in 1998. Sigal has shown her work extensively in the U.S. and internationally, and has taught and mentored students and artists at universities and residency programs around the country. Her work was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and has been exhibited at the New Museum, PS1, Sculpture Center, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Albright Knox, the Brooklyn Museum, and many others. Upcoming shows include participation in a group exhibition at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. She is currently Program Curator for the Drawing Center in New York.

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