Drifting + sharing at The Royal Open

The Royal Open. All images by the author. The Royal Open. All images by the author.

by Jenna Crowder

The Royal Open — “a contemporary mash-up of salons, drifts, and Sunday promenades” — took place in Royal River Park in Yarmouth, Maine, on August 9, 2015. Curated by Genevieve Johnson and Douglas W. Milliken, I took part in sharing new work along with eight other participants, chosen through a “rigorous, undisclosable, and completely biased” selection process.

What follows is documentation of the day, not an analysis. Johnson and Milliken paired four artists with four courses, creating a walk along the river “punctuated periodically to break bread and share new work.” In a release, they describe it as a “gathering of artists exploring simultaneously the open expanse of the Royal River Park in Yarmouth, Maine, as well as the multiplicity of work within the Maine arts community.” The two plan to experiment more with the format — they have a history of combining food with art and writing — and create future opportunities for the making and sharing of practice.

Curators Genevieve Johnson and Douglas W. Milliken welcome the participants.
Curators Genevieve Johnson and Douglas W. Milliken welcome the participants.
Richard Iammarino talks about his sculptures.
Richard Iammarino talks about his sculptures.
Johnson, Derek Kimball, and Scott Sell scope a site before Sell's song is paired with Nicholas Downing's baba ganoush-inspired take on "fog, flowers, and fight".
Johnson, Derek Kimball, and Scott Sell scope a site before Sell’s song is paired with Nicholas Downing’s baba ganoush-inspired take on “fog, flowers, and fight”.
Milliken silhouetted by the Royal River before reading.
Milliken silhouetted by the Royal River before reading.
Johnson's gin + blueberry jelly fish.
Johnson’s gin + blueberry jelly fish.

The Royal Open
August 9, 2015
Curated by Genevieve Johnson and Douglas W. Milliken
Artists (visual and food) included Richard Iammarino, Genevieve Johnson, Scott Sell, Nicholas Downing, Douglas W. Milliken, Derek Kimball, Erin Sprinkle, and Jenna Crowder.

Jenna Crowder

Jenna Crowder

Jenna Crowder, Founding Editor at The Chart, is an artist and writer living and working in Portland, Maine. Her practice spans installation, writing, printmaking, curation, and collaborative project-based works. She has been published in VICE and Dispatch Magazine; and recently co-created MTV Crits!, a series of themed music video screenings and pop culture critiques, with the journalist Nadia Prupis.

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