Camp Solong: Almost Season

Exhibition opening

Camp Solong: Almost Season

Artists Dafna Maimon and Ethan Hayes-Chute will take on their Camp Solong personas, Fluffy and Baloo, as they open up their brand-new summer offices to visitors of the First Friday Art Walk.

During the evening, the camp counselors will provide special insight into the ins and outs of the Camp Solong experience and provide opportunities for visitors to take care of some emotional filing and processing at the office, free of charge. Additionally, a summer raffle, tempting beverages, and soothing outhouse moments will give a taste of what is yet to come throughout the summer as the counselors prepare for their upcoming camp session.

Camp Solong tailors a program which makes use of the universal experience of saying Goodbye. Recognizing it as the most essential experience of not just summer camp, but existence at large, saying Goodbye is integral to the the three-day summer camp program. Camp Solong is stacked full with around-the-clock fun, relaxing activities and contemporary methods that stimulate and prepare campers for their inevitable departure. Behind Camp Solong lies a desire to create a place for flourishing and catharsis by showing people how to let go and play again.

Finnish/Israeli Artist, Dafna Maimon (b.1982) works in video, performance and 'immersive performance-installations'. Interested in directing an experience in a collective workshop-type of way, Maimon’s practice tests the limits of stereotypes while facilitating creative therapeutic techniques. Popular tongue and cheek definitions of identity and the body manifest themselves in her 'amateur performance ensembles'. Boundaries of the contemporary self are probed to allow for new ways of being. Dafna Maimon was born in Porvoo, Finland. She has a bachelor’s degree from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and a master’s degree from the Sandberg Institute. She has had residencies at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Iaspis, Stockholm; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, USA. Maimon has exhibited at venues including Gallery Wedding, Berlin, Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö, Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Sinne Gallery and SIC Space, Helsinki; PS1 Moma, New York; Center for Contemporary Arts Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; NRW Forum, Düsseldorf, Moscow Museum of Modern Art; 1646, Den Haag; W139, Amsterdam; Annie Wharton Gallery, Los Angeles; and Project Native Informant, London.

Follow Dafna on Instagram: @dafnamaimon


Ethan Hayes-Chute (b. 1982) explores vernacular approaches to everyday life, especially in the domestic realm. This includes, but is not limited to, architecture, design, technology, and language. His research into such vernaculars expresses a fascination and admiration for self-sufficiency, do-it-yourself sensibilities, and human problem-solving capacities. In his sculptural and installation works, he intertwines and stitches these themes together across scales, mediums, materials, and methods. He also hosts an online do-it-yourself TV show called The New Domestic Woodshop, in which he brings domestic fantasies to life. Ethan Hayes-Chute was born in Freeport, Maine. He has a bachelor’s degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. He’s had residencies at Nordic Artists Center, Norway; Skaftfell, Iceland; La Fragua, Spain; and the Vermont Studio Center. Hayes-Chute has exhibited at venues including MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Portland Museum of Art; Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland; Entreé, Bergen, Norway; Marrakech Biennale, Morocco; Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin; Sinne Gallery, Helsinki; The Drawing Center, New York; Combo, Cordoba; Tufts Gallery, Medford; Villa Noailles, France; and Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany.

Follow Ethan on Instagram: @ehc2000


Portrait credit: Nina Merikallio

June 1, 2018
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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