Throughout the coming weeks, The Mildred Complex(ity) project space becomes a library of curiosities featuring an unfolding collection of rarely seen ephemera and artifacts from the annual swarmings and events at Mildred's Lane over the last twenty years. Organized from the archives this week are a selection of drawings, photographs, objects, and other material culture for public perusal.
As some of you already know, we open a seasonal pop-up shop at the Mildred Complex(ity) Project Space. a Guide to the Field is a tiny subsidiary project of Mildred's Lane. This project exists solely to raise funds for supporting site-projects, workshops, and maintenance; featuring hand-made objects, limited editions, cut cotton wares, clothing, artifacts, and other curiosities from internationally renown artists swarming annually, (living-working-making-researching) at Mildred’s Lane.
Mildred Archaeology is an ongoing project revealing hidden histories of Mildred’s Lane. The old farmhouse on site is a small, 1830-1840s homestead with a 1790s hearth. We call this historic building The Mildred House, and The Mildred’s Lane Transhistorical Society and Museum.
James Prosek is an artist, writer and naturalist who has exhibited his work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art among others. He is the author of eleven books including Eels, which was a New York Times Book Review editor’s choice.
Prosek has written for the New York Times and National Geographic among other publications and is a co-founder of the conservation group World Trout with Patagonia clothing company. His documentary on the 17th-century angler Izaak Walton won a Peabody Award. He is working on a book with Bloomsbury Publishers about how and why we name and order nature.
Mildred’s Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity)
It is a long standing collegial practice among artists to gift each other their work as a token of mutual respect and affection – an act of exchange as well as sentiment.