A+J Art+Design is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Somerville based artists Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier. We share a commitment to site-specificity, interactivity and community engagement. We offer a full range of capabilities in traditional object-making into which we incorporate new processes for digital visualization and prototyping. We believe that public art can provoke and entice while inspiring civic engagement.
Ann Hirsch has worked throughout the U.S. on public art projects such as Home (2014), a transitional space into Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery which includes large format bronze Bald Eagles’ nests; and the Bill Russell Legacy Project (2013-2015) which comprises bronze sculptures set within a field of granite and brick elements. Other projects include site-specific bronze figures that build upon and move beyond traditional statuary through staging interactive encounters with the public, broadening the landscape of the commemorated; and opening new spaces for visitors and discussion within monumental works. As 2016-2017 City of Boston Artist-in-Residence, Ann pursued social practice initiatives with local communities while developing additional skill sets in engaging communities in permanent public artworks. She teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.
Jeremy Angier works in a range of media including digital animation, drawing, painting and sculpture. As an animator he heads machinegraphics, a 3D animation firm which creates animations and scientific visualizations for documentary films and museum exhibits. His work is seen in many public venues around the US including the American Museum of Natural History in New York and Grand Canyon Visitor Center. For several years Jeremy has worked with Ann Hirsch Sculpture Studio creating digital visualizations to illustrate project goals and facilitate complex installations. He teaches figure drawing in the Boston area.
A+J Art+Design created the 2016 installation SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers) for the Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC). The artwork includes 22 over-lifesize, floating foam figures animated by the wind and currents with one figure for every one million refugees in the world today. The installation was extensively covered by local news outlets and social media. FPAC named SOS its “most successful project to date in terms of audience engagement.” It was among 49 works chosen by jury from a pool of 325 entries from across the country as outstanding project of the year by Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review. SOS was also selected as a Featured Project and Top 20 Artwork at ArtPrize 9, a 19-day international art competition which attracts over half a million visitors to Grand Rapids, MI each year. The touring project speaks directly to the culture and history of local immigrant communities and their descendants in relation to the current global refugee crisis.