Multimedia Installation Practices with John Schlesinger

COVID-19 vaccination (ages 12+) and masks are required when in VisArts' facilities.

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Join award-winning artist John Schlesinger and explore his installation, ...the player to be named later, at VisArts’ Common Ground Gallery. Bring your own work and collaborate with John to modify and remake his installation. If you’ve ever been curious about installations, this is an exciting opportunity to work inside one; try different strategies and collaborate freely without any risk.

John will also present his past work and describe how it plays into his current installation practices. Most installations are ephemeral, only existing for a short amount of time in a specific location. In this collaborative process, we will discuss and experiment with taking strong and effective photo documentation.

Below are images of prior installations to give you an idea of what you will be working with at the workshop. See guidelines below for ways to participate with your work. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail the Program Coordinator, Susanna Lee, at

For ages 14 +



Guidelines for 2D works:

  • John will provide different types of clamps as well as sculptural devices which can securely attach objects and pictures. Some of which are made to hold flat objects typically 1/16 of an inch to 3/8 of an inch thick, such as plexiglass or foam core with a mounted picture. You are welcome to bring your own clamps as well.
  • You may bring your own drawings, paintings or photographs. If possible, bring your work mounted to the substrate or ready to mount to save time. Participants can mount and trim on foam core at the workshop as well.
  • If you’d like to collaborate more directly, participants can draw or paint on extra photographs mounted on plexiglass by John available for pick up ahead of time.

Guidelines for 3D works:

  • If you are interested in bringing sculpture, this can be easily connected with 1/2 inch steel or wooden rods, lab clamps, wires, shackles or cable. John can bring a few ahead of time if you don’t have access.
  • Your work does not have to be hung or clamped into the installation. It can be shown as a floor piece inside the installation.
  • John can provide laboratory glass for you to attach/embed into your work. This type of glass is designed to connect with other sculptures using the same glass. See images below.


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