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View of “Hope Ginsburg,” 2011.

Hope Ginsburg

CUE Art Foundation

View of “Hope Ginsburg,” 2011.

Hope Ginsburg’s ongoing work Sponge takes its title not from the cellulose rectangles found on supermarket shelves but from the marine animal, which, with its porosity, adaptability (its cells can repurpose themselves), and ability to attach itself to a variety of hosts, embodies many of the qualities of her enterprise. Headquartered at Virginia Commonwealth University (where Ginsburg teaches), Sponge knits together aesthetics and pedagogy, taking the form of workshops, classes, performances, and more, on subjects ranging from felt making to oceanographic robotics, and drawing influence from the philosophies of educators such as John Dewey and Paulo Freire. However, in a manner fairly reminiscent of the experiments of the UK’s Artist Placement Group, Ginsburg is ultimately concerned with the possibilities (formal and, indeed, sculptural) generated by the seamless integration of

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