Shapes For Hamilton, 2005/10. Three generations of the DuBois family, with their Shapes, in Poolville, Hamilton Township, New York. Photo by Beth DuBois.
Here are some pictures and videos and texts exploring the Shapes For Hamilton project. With the help of a small grant, I was able to make 6000+ unique Shapes prints, one for each resident of the township of Hamilton, in upstate New York. The project began when I was invited by DeWitt Godfrey, professor at Colgate University, to design a project for the art department, as an artist-in-residence. I suggested challenging the students to figure out how to print out 6000+ of the Shapes prints (equal to the approximate population of the township), each unique, for me to sign and date, and to then to create a distribution system and a promotional scheme to involve the whole town. With the expert help of the department's Visual Resources Curator Jesse Henderson, the students formed committees of volunteers and did it! With DeWitt's general supervision and creative input, Jesse developed the database into which she cataloged the shapes for Hamilton, outlined the workflow required to produce each print, and managed both the gallery installation and the distribution; Mark Williams, art studio technician, helped devise a methodology to get the Shapes into a printable format; and prepress technician Michael Holobosky, from the campus document services, managed the printing. Following a four-week exhibition of the prints in the school's Clifford Gallery, four different public community events were organized by the art students, at different locations in the township over a period of two weeks, to distribute the prints to the local residents. As of April 22, 2010, 1939 Shapes prints found their homes with 1939 residents. Future distribution events have been planned, as time goes by, with a cut-off date yet to be determined!
Organizers DeWitt Godfrey and Jesse Henderson explain the project, on video
Shapes For Hamilton, article on the gallery exhibition installation and reception:
Hamilton.wmv, some images of the gallery installation process:
151 pictures of the Shapes distribution, on DeWitt Godfrey's Facebook Album:
Pictures by Cassie Wu, of the first two "distribution events":
44 pictures of Hamilton residents, posing with their Shapes, from DeWitt Godfrey:
Sample Posters, Flyers, and Announcements, publicizing the project to the local residents:
Distribution Update: Parsed data report, by Jesse Henderson, as of April 22, 2010:
SHAPES FOR HAMILTON:
MISCELLANEOUS LOCAL PRESS
WITH PROFOUND THANKS TO:
Official Shapes Wrangler
Overall Project Co-ordinator
Advertising and Poster Design
Prepress and Printing
Art Dept/ICPA Staff
Photo Credits (generally)
Adam Hughes (video)
Support for Shapes for Hamilton comes from The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, the Department of Art and Art History, and the ICPA at Colgate University.
To learn more about The Shapes Project, go HERE