For ten days in December,
an entire nation will be united through art. One gallery, museum or art
center in each of the fifty states is participating to make The Nomadic
Project possible, and New York City's Ward-Nasse Gallery
helps to make it possible.
The Ward-Nasse Gallery
has been located in the heart of Soho for over
35 years. It organizes monthly exhibits, as well as a year round salon
of contemporary art. From now until the end of the year,
the gallery will be hosting the Pennsylvania-inspired painting from The
Series. The piece is titled “Administering the Wealth
,” by Kristin Abraham, which was inspired by the tragic 1889 Johnstown Flood.
The Nomadic Project began with the collaboration of two artists' love
for traveling and creating. When visual artist, Kristin Abraham and
Llamas saw the United States divided through politics, war, and
religion. In a search to find unity, the artists realized that they
needed to get back to the source. That meant the land; one nation
divided into fifty uniquely different states. Instead of searching for
common ground, Abraham and Llamas set out to celebrate the diversities
within this broken nation, and pull it all together with art.
Living out of their orange Honda Element, Abraham and Llamas have
already connected forty states. After spending a week in each state,
Abraham responds to her experiences by painting a 24 x 30” canvas. That
painting is carried to the next state, where one gallery displays the
piece until the end of the year. This process physically unites the
country through art, by blurring state borders.
Llamas is recording the experience through original music and video.
While he does not create a song for every state, like Abraham’s
art, he works on a documentary of this physical and emotional journey.
As the artists travel, they encourage communities to participate online
at www.TheNomadicProject.com. The artwork, music, video trailer and
even journal entries can be viewed as the project unfolds.
From December 21st-31st all of America will be participating, when one
gallery is displaying a single painting. “Without
the participation of the local communities, this type of project could
never be possible. Their support encourages us that art can bridge the
gap between lands, languages, politics and religion.” Abraham shares.
In November of 2007, all of the work created during the journey
will be united for the first time in a physical exhibit that is
scheduled to travel to each region of the country. The exhibit will
begin in Florida and follow the path of The Nomadic Project. Any emails
that Abraham and Llamas receive along the way will become part of a
path that leads viewers to each of the fifty paintings.
As Abraham and Llamas travel through their last ten states, they
continue to record their experiences. Abraham is scribbling through her
fifth sketchbook, while Llamas journals online. These records indicate
how the country has revealed itself to them, and changed the way they
view life. Abraham and Llamas hope that The Nomadic Project will bring
excitement and inspiration to those who call this land their home.