CULTURE KLASH: Between Worlds

By on December 6, 2016

Words, paintings and videos celebrate the connections between humans and nature this weekend.

On Friday work by local artist Shannon Troxler (left), premieres at the Center, while video mapping care of Brazilian duo VJ Suave is set to illuminate the streets.

On Friday work by local artist Shannon Troxler (left), premieres at the Center, while video mapping care of Brazilian duo VJ Suave is set to illuminate the streets.

Winged warriors

JACKSON HOLE, WY – From the serene to the windswept to the digitally animated, this weekend ushers in cultural events to spark the mind and heart.

First up, on Friday join the Center in celebrating Shannon Troxler’s encaustic painting exhibit, “Bird by Bird,” in the Center Theater Gallery. Inspired by myths and poems, Troxler’s paintings capture the intersection of the natural world and our perception of that world. Troxler explores various cultures’ myths of birds as messengers between the material and spiritual realms.

“I explore several myths, including Pandora and the symbol of ‘hope as a feathered thing,’ inspired by the Emily Dickinson poem,” Troxler said.

Flight and migration also find form in Troxler’s paintings. For the opening reception, special “guests” from Teton Raptor Center will attend so that viewers can marvel at both birds themselves and Troxler’s interpretations.

Troxler says the exhibit gets its title from Anne Lamott’s beloved memoir, Bird by Bird, which delves into the nitty gritty of the daily process of creativity.

“So much of the process of any art form is showing up each day, brush stroke by brush stroke, painting by painting, bird by bird,” Troxler said.

Opening reception for Shannon Troxler’s “Bird by Bird” 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 9, at the Center Theater Gallery. The exhibit runs through January 16.

Writing on the walls

Also on Friday, Jackson Hole Public Art hosts its latest POP (Place Of Possibility). These events introduce unique concepts and artistic energy to the Jackson Hole populace. Essentially, a bevy of artists take over a city block and transform it into an interactive creative cacophony. For this particular POP, JH Public Art has flown in VJ Suave, a pair of video projection artists from Sao Paolo, Brazil.

The duo, Ygor Marotta and Ceci Soloaga, use a technique called video mapping, or projection mapping, to project digital images onto walls, the ground, and different surfaces. They are able to manipulate video projection to exactly fit the shape of a surface, like, say, an outdoor sculpture or sign. They can also make the images dance, jump, hide, spin, and move in various ways.

In their short film, Homeless, VJ Suave transformed Marotta’s illustrations of a sleeping figure that awakens in the night and is given powers to leap, bound and fly across the city. They projected the image of the flying homeless girl via “suaveciclos,” or bicycles they retrofitted with a battery, computer, projector and speakers in order to move their images throughout a city.

VJ Suave will be working with Jackson youth to create animations from their drawings that will be used for the video element of POP. The students will create illustrations around three themes, including endangered species; local flora and fauna; and health, happiness, and play.

Soloaga told WIRED magazine, “We believe in endless love, respect, acts of kindness toward everybody, and the lucid universe of dreams.”

The POP event will also include street bowling, glow-in-the-dark ping pong, fire pits, Cafe Genevieve’s food truck and surprises.

VJ Suave’s movies and performances have been shown worldwide at many prestigious venues. For more on VJ Suave’s work, visit

POP is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 9 on Center Street between Deloney and Gill.

Words of Wyoming

Valley Bookstore and Jackson Hole Writers will host a reception for the new collaborative project Blood, Water, Wind and Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers on Saturday. Several scribes will read from their contributions, including Matt Daly, Susan Marsh, Susan Austin, Brian Nystrom, Melissa Snider, Betsy Bernfeld, Beverly Leys, Tory Taylor, Erik Molvar, Patti Sherlock, Stephen Lottridge, Patti Sherlock, Lori Howe and Connie Wieneke.

According to the book’s Laramie-based editor, Lori Howe, the prevailing theme is “how human lives, relationships, and livelihoods intersect in ways big and small with the landscape and weather of this wild and beautiful state.”

Howe spent this last summer travelling through the state teaching writing and working on special publishing projects, all of which put her in touch with hundreds of writers. When she solicited contributions for the anthology, she received more than 1,000 submissions.

“The selection process was very competitive,” she said. “I chose pieces that I felt most vividly illuminated that intersection between our human lives and relationships, and the Wyoming landscape and environment.”

Including both stories and poems, the anthology illuminates the very Wyoming ways of living close to the land, contending with its various weather, and the ways people here care for other people and the flora and fauna that surround them.

“Because the resources of wind, sun, and water, land, and animals are so close to us, personally, on a daily basis, and because the state is so large and sparsely populated, we depend upon on each other more than we might if we lived in a smaller, more urbanized state with less dramatic extremes of weather,” Howe said.

Reading from Blood, Water, Wind and Stone 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, December 10 at Valley Bookstore. PJH

About Meg Daly

Meg Daly is a freelance writer and arts instigator. She grew up in Jackson in the 1970s and 80s, when there were fewer fences, but less culture. Follow Meg on Twitter @MegDaly1

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