Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2011-12

(Columbus, Ohio)Alison Crocetta

Alison Crocetta maintains a hybrid art practice that synthesizes her background in sculpture, installation and performance art into moving image projects. She received her MFA degree in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art and is an alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been screened and exhibited at the Columbus Museum of Art, MIT List Center for Visual Arts, Galapagos Art Space, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, CoCA in Seattle, The Bronx Museum of the Arts and Harvard University. Crocetta is a recipient of the 2010-11 EMPAC DanceMovies film commission to produce a forthcoming 16 mm film entitled A Circus of One in collaboration with composer, Jason Treuting and with sponsorship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her honors and awards also include artist residencies in the Art and Technology program at the Wexner Center for the Arts and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in New York City, a Bunting Fellowship at The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and regional NEA grant for individual artists. Crocetta is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University.

A Circus of One (Act II)

A Circus of One (Act II) is an interdisciplinary project by visual artist Alison Crocetta in collaboration with composer Jason Treuting. This work continues their collaborative enterprise that began with the making of the 16mm film entitled A Circus of One. This new work marks Crocetta's return to live performance after a decade of performing solely within the realm of the moving image. In a spirit of the circus, this one-ring show will take place within a nomadic architecture specifically designed and built by Crocetta for a series of brief actions and filmic interludes that will be combined with Treuting's music to serve an intentionally loose narrative. Crocetta will conjure up a clownish figure that one has never seen before, at once familiar and fantastic. The actions of this player will run the gamut from pathetic failures to feats of daring and absurd gestures. Each action, both filmed and live, will be linked together in a performance garland wherein one passage builds on the next to form the whole.