HPOP

2013

HPOP activated Hamtramck, Michigan’s main business corridor along Joseph Campau street with pop-up art galleries, events, activities and spectacle, drawing guests to explore all Hamtramck has to offer while inspiring locals to re-envision what is possible in our underutilized spaces.

HATCHBACK

2013

SMALL CHANGE THEATER EPISODE 1: THE WOODS

2013

Popps Packing, Detroit

DIA MOMENT: PUPPETSLAM DETROIT!

2012

“Check out this puppetry-for-adults event which features scenes by veteran puppeteer Maurice Greenia and internationally renown puppet designer and artist Shoshanna Utchenik.” More here.

BECOMING SLOVENIAN 2012 TOUR

Shoshanna Utchenik, an American artist in Slovenia, interprets live public exchanges into a visual, poetic book exploring identity politics.  “I believe peace is rooted in individual self-awareness and compassion for others. The Becoming Slovenian project uses specific moments of culture clash, humor, and beauty to open up big questions and consciousness about the human condition, and how connected we all are. Sometimes the smallest everyday exchange shifts reality imperceptibly in a new direction, toward a world we hadn’t yet imagined.” READ MORE HERE

KITEMAKING WORKSHOP

2012

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 

Activate the sky, public space, and daily cast-offs with a little bit of magic as we upcycle plastic grocery bags into kites.

CARDBOARD CASTLE PROJECT

2011

The Cardboard Castle Project is a series of quick, down and dirty community collaborations that construct temporary architectural sculptures out of cardboard, playfully exploring how private versus public spaces affect our relationships to each other. The project creates space for dialogue about our personal conceptions of ‘home’ as they may or may not relate to attachment, impermanence, and the American Dream.

BRILLIANT CORNERS OF POPULAR AMUSEMENTS

2011

Ambient Cloud Installation with Diane Christiansen, Chicago

NOTES TO NONSELF

2010

Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago  + Herron Galleries, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis + KAPSULA gallery, Ljublana Slovenia

Collaborators Diane Christiansen and Shoshanna Utchenik expanded the small gallery into a fantastical landscape, metaphoric for the activity of the mind.  Viewers were invited into a meditative garden, collaged with notes and drawings from the transatlantic correspondence between two artists navigating motherhood, marriage, careers, mortality and spirituality. Also on view was animation by Christiansen, Shelly Dodson and Matt Marsden, with sound by Steve Dawson.

BECOMING SLOVENIAN

2011

Performance/Artist Residency Shoshanna Utchenik, an American married to a Slovene, began assembling a subjective guide to her own assimilation. She moved her studio to the KAPSULA gallery for the duration of the exhibition, to ask the public: What must I do to become Slovenian? Viewers were invited to bring instructive objects as well as ideas to the ongoing performance.

THE MUSE OF POETRY CONDUCTS A WORKSHOP

2008

UNTITLED (PLAYDOUGH PROJECT)

2008