SPRING/BREAK sales site


The sales site for SPRING BREAK Art Show is up. Check out the wonderful work in our contribution to the STRANGER COMES TO TOWN theme – (En)coded Conversations.

I’m so pleased to be presenting work by Alicia Grullón, Chloë Bass, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Juanli Carrión, and Riitta Ikonen.

Works available at SPRING/BREAK Art Fair site!

Buy tix to visit us on the 23rd Floor, adjacent rooms 2317 and 2313.

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(En)coded Conversations

L: Alicia Grullón, Empanar! R: Gonzalo Fuenmayor, GENESIS VIII

L: Alicia Grullón, Empanar!
R: Gonzalo Fuenmayor, GENESIS VIII



March 6 — 12, 2018
4 Times Square, NYC (Chashama), Entrance at 140 West 43rd Street

From March 6 – 12 I will have a project at SPRING/BREAK Art Show during Armory Arts Week. My response to the theme STRANGER COMES TO TOWN is a project I’ve titled (En)Coded Conversations.

(En)Coded conversations: we are all just passing through…

Chloë Bass, Juanli Carrión, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Alicia Grullón, and Riitta Ikonen are storytellers, who specifically engage their audiences in conversation, and who make work that speaks to strangers helping one another navigate new terrain. Sometimes these conversations are awkward and uncomfortable, but they are always about making connections and navigating safe pathways.

Carrión grew up in regional Spain in a farming and wine growing county: members of the community knew one another, and everyone was connected. The butcher and the baker were essential community members; no one was a faceless stranger. When he moved to New York City he struggled to find ways to participate directly in his communities. As he navigated New York, he started to think about communities as ecosystems and his role, and our role, as plants in those ecosystems, and thus the idea of OSS gardens was born. The drawing for (En)coded conversations questions the text of the USA Immigration and Nationality Act by coloring individually its 148,123 characters to create botanical illustrations of the plants selected by immigrants interviewed for #OSS Manhattan.

Alicia Grullon, serves up empanada and knowledge with her project Empanar! –  a mobile art project working off Bronx street food culture and traditions from El Taller Gráfico Popular. Along with empanada, Grullon distributes flyers that provide information to immigrants on their rights and where to seek counsel.

Gonzalo Fuenmayor’s Papare series examines ideas of exoticism and the complicit and amnesic relationship between ornamentation and tragedy. Opulent Victorian chandeliers and other elements, reminiscent of a decadent colonial past, proliferate from banana bunches, alluding to a tragic and violent history associated with Banana trade worldwide. The theatricality and dramatic nature of the imagery, subordinate the contradictory into a delicate and imaginative order, evoking a certain kind of reconciliation or tense harmony between disjointed realities.

For Gather the house around the table, Bass produced a line of domestic materials that she uses to interact with her audiences –  sometimes in plain sight, and sometimes nearly imperceptibly. Visitors are invited to take their place in at the table, using her objects to enact everyday poetry and share food.

Riitta Ikonen’s photographs in which she costumes herself, and places herself in awkward conversation with built and natural environments are disguises. She is visible in plain sight, while also in conversation with a landscape. The works ask as to think about the costumes (or disguises?) we wear help us navigate new territory.

Individually, these works speak secrets to specific audiences. Collectively, they help us navigate new terrain and make conversation with new communities.

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Beautiful Obsolescence

Beautiful Obsolescence
Cluster Gallery
March 2 — March 30, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday March 2, 7 — 9pm
Cluster Gallery: 200 6th Street 3E, Brooklyn, NY 11215


I am delighted to have been invited by Cluster Gallery to curate Beautiful Obsolescence, a group exhibition featuring photographic works by Jeanette May and Adrianne Wortzel, as well as sculpture by Mary Mattingly.

Our contemporary lives are filled with redundant technologies and consumer goods. To make sense of the technologies and objects that fill our lives, the artists in Beautiful Obsolescence reimagine consumer goods. By recontextualizing our view on these objects the artists bring a fresh eye to how these objects affect us, giving them new lives.

Jeanette May’s Tech Vanitas photographs of precariously stacked gadgets address the anxiety surrounding technological obsolescence. As May observes, we live in an age filled with devices that make domestic life faster, smarter, easier, and yet, more complicated. The more we yearn to keep current — the newest phone, computer, camera, audio system, coffee maker — the more we produce, consume, and discard. Tech Vanitas references the 17th Century vanitas paintings which celebrated The Netherlands’ new wealth. Just as Dutch Golden Age still lifes portray the abundance afforded a prosperous culture, Tech Vanitas embraces luxury, honors design, and acknowledges the fleeting nature of earthly pleasures.

In Adrianne Wortzel’s EX SITU CONSERVATION: Colony Relocation for Electronic Detritus an inventory of machine parts and electronic elements are photographed as surviving artifacts of technologies facing obsolescence. Objects are arranged in nature, perhaps even as species threatened with extinction. Her photos are an ironic attempt at reverse psychology — a reverence of technology at any price to the environment.

Mary Mattingly’s DRUM from her series Blockades, Boulders, Weights is a sculpture created from mass-produced objects the artist has collected over the years. Her goal is to create structures of bundled objects so that she is really faced with everything on which she relies and consumes. “And it’s a lot”, she says. Mattingly hopes to get people thinking about what we’re taking from the earth, how we can use what we already have to our best advantage. Her sculptures show just how much we’d have to carry if we bundled our objects on own backs.

The artists in Beautiful Obsolescence simultaneously critique and celebrate the multitude of objects we accumulate, to make sense of the stuff we collect in our lives. “May, Wortzel, and Mattingly are all storytellers”, says McDonald Crowley. “Through arranging objects, they compose narratives that help us to make sense of the technologies and belongings that we gather around us, immortalizing them as art objects and compositions: what might be considered trash becomes beauty.”

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Installing at Little Metal Print with MaryKate Maher

Little Metal Print’s manager Dylan made the sweetest video of MaryKate Maher and I installing View Finder. Totally worth sharing!


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View Finder


View Finder

an exhibition of new works by MaryKate Maher

Little Metal Print

Opening Reception
November 3, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Artist Talk
November 19, 2:00 – 3:00pm

Little Metal Print is please announce View Finder, a solo show of new works by MaryKate Maher for our inaugural exhibition. Organized by guest curator Amanda McDonald Crowley, Maher will debut new sculpture and relief forms created with dye sublimation prints. Maher draws inspiration from nature and the post-industrial environment. Exploiting materials that reference landscape, Maher focuses on how we visually perceive space as both flat and dimensional.

51 South 1st St., Brooklyn, NY 11249
(917) 588 – 5294

November 3 – December 3, 2017

Little Metal Print is an artist run studio and experimental exhibition space that provides a personalized approach to fine art printing that is easily accessible to the public.

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Science & U visit Swale

Science and U visit Swale.

Published on 10 Sep 2017

CUNY TV Presents Swale

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Agrikultura in the news!

Amanda Mcdonald Crowley och Marek Walczak ligger bakom triennalen. Bild: David Helander

Amanda Mcdonald Crowley och Marek Walczak ligger bakom triennalen.
Bild: David Helander

Press coverage of Agrikultura in southern Sweden:

Österlen magasinet : Familjeträd växer fram på Svabesholm

Expressen Kultur :  Kommunal växtvärk i Malmös nya stadsdel : Mer om vandaliserad konst, om landart och en omvärdering

SVT nyheter Skåne : Han ympar 40 skånska äppelsorter på ett träd

SVT Nyheter Skåne : Interview with Sam Van Aken

Sydsvenskan  Kultur : Konsten slår rot på Hyllie

Sydsvenskan :  Ätbar konst planteras i Hyllie 

Skånska Dagbladet : Mat möter konst i Hyllie 

Hyllie Local :  Agrikultura – grön konst med naturlig drivkraft

Malmö stad press release :  Agrikultura – konstevenemang med växtkraft

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Swale on Now This News

“This floating forest contains hundreds of edible plants.”

Lucy Biggers of Now This chats to Swale team members about the project while we were docked at Brooklyn Bridge Park!

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Agrikultura Opening

Logo2001 July, 2017
11:00 – 18:00
Hyllie, Malmö

Kulturföreningen Triennal and Public Art Action are delighted to announce that Agrikultura, an exhibition of public artworks, installations, meals, performances, urban interventions, mobile kitchens, and events to take place outdoors in Hyllie, Malmö, opens on 1 July and will be open with various programs scheduled every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until 27 August, 2017. Check out our map for exact locations of the artworks!

The project is realized and installed on 8 hectares of the future “English Park” in Hyllie, and includes artworks, performances, and projects by: Agata Bielska (PL/SE), Antonina Simeti (US), Åsa Maria Bengtsson (SE), Bent Bøgedal Christoffersen (SE), Bjørn Wangen (SE), Egle Oddo (IT/FI), Erik Sanner (US), Farah Marie Velten (US), Grit Ruhland (DE), Gunnel Pettersson (SE), Håkan Skytte (SE), Helena Marika Ekenger (SE), Jessica Segall (US), Johanna Kindvall (SE/US), Josh Miller (US), Juanli Carrión (ES/US), Kira Nam Greene (KR/US), Leonardo Aranda (MX), Luke Lowings (UK), Malin Lobell (SE), Marek Walczak (UK/US), Mari Keski-Korsu (FI), Marianne Morild (UK), Mark Shepard US), Martinka Bobrikova (NO), Mary Mattingly (US), Monix Sjölin (SE), Oliver Kellhammer (CA/US), Oscar de Carmen (ES/NO), Rendel Ibing (DE/SE), Robert Ek (SE), Rory Solomon (US), Sam Van Aken (US), Shu Lea Cheang (FR), Sophia Warsh (US), Ursula Endlicher (AT/US), Wes Heiss (US).
Many of the artists will be present at the opening, and several will be doing performances, tours, and workshops on our Opening Day.

We invite you to join us to explore works in the fields, and participate in workshops and performances. Bring bring a picnic, food to share, picnic utensils, glasses (and if you have it, also a picnic blanket or cloth) and join us in the park for a celebratory picnic at 17:00. We will provide a celebratory drink, prepared at Johanna Kindvall’s Field Kitchen.

The schedule of activities:

Opening Day hours: 11:00 – 18:00

Take a walk around the fields and listen to Rory Solomon’s Radio Tree Malmö in the woods; explore Oliver Kelhammer’s Neoeocene grove of ancient trees; pick lettuce leaves from Åsa Maria Bengtsson’s Edible Carpet; forage from Cluster, Malin Lobell and Mary Mattingly’s permaculture planting; hang out at Oscar de Carmen and Martinka Bobrikova’s Kitchen Dialogues installation; find Farah Velten creating cyanotypes of current festival blooms or possibly foraging edible plants for her Agriphoto-Culturagraph; visit Monix Sjölin as she builds her Spirit House.

11:00 – 12:00 OSS#HL Planting
Join Holma and Kroksbaäck residents for the planting on OSS#HL a healing garden made in collaboration with Juanli Carrión to commemorate more than 25 years of Självförvaltning.

12:00 – 14:30 Calling for the Others
Join Mari Keski-Korsu and Grit Ruhland for their environmental-sound-project, Calling for the Others, to learn kulning – traditional cattle calling.
Please register on Eventbrite here: Calling For The Others registration

13:00 – 16:00 Input Field
Ursula Endlicher will give tours and provide bites sampling the functionality of the input fields.

13:00 – 15:00 Collaborative Possibilities
Join instigator of Martian Weed and Pest Utility Research Erik Sanner for a workshop to explore how we might survive on Earth, on Mars, on the Moon, on a space station, or under the ocean. The most powerful ideas are only adopted through conversation, through sharing, through exploring reality together in creating something out of our limited understanding.
Limit to 15 participants. Please register here: Collaborative Possibilities registration

13:00 – 15:00 Hive Perspective
Join Jessica Segall for a pin-hole camera workshop, for a bees-eye view of the world.

13:00 – 15:00 The Importance of Being …
Join Malin Lobell for a composting workshop, and explore the world from the perspective of worms.

15:00 – 15:30 Landscapes of Resistance
As part of her Ark of Seeds installation, Egle Oddo will offers to the public miniature edible sculptures filled with seeds and herbs. They have been designed in collaboration with chef de cuisine Lorenzo Eleuteri.

16:00 – 17:00 Meet Hedgerow Hyllie
Get to know Hedgrerow Hyllie. Learn how to interact with her, access the data that she generates and see how she impacts the local ecosystem.
Limit to 20 participants. Please register here: Hedgerow Hyllie registration

16:00 – 17:00 Pigs and Man
Join Bent Bøgedal Christoffersen and his pig collaborators for a sound performance in the Open Room.

17:00 Picnic in the fields
Join us for a communal picnic in the fields!! Please bring picnic supplies, and food to share! We will make a long patchwork of everyone’s picnic blankets and celebrate together.

A key goal for Agrikultura is to imagine sustainable solutions to food in cities. We will explore permacultural solutions – systems of agricultural and social design principles centered on simulating or utilizing patterns and features observed in Swedish ecosystems. Artists will work with city gardeners, youth groups, and citizens to reimagine urban landscapes taking into account ecological design and engineering, integrated water resource management, and sustainable landscape design to develop regenerative and self-maintaining habitats.

We aim to create a unique experience, that will not only be beautiful but that will engage our audiences in meaningful ways to think about what practical roles we might play in imagining the future of our food systems, in expansive, sustainable, and delightful ways.

We hope you can join us!

Agrikultura Curators: Marek Walczak, Amanda McDonald Crowley
and the Kulturföreningen Triennal team.


Agrikultura is organized by Kulturföreningen Triennal.

We have been fortunate to secure support from the city of Malmö, and the state of Skåne, as well as considerable in-kind support from the City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Agrikultura projects and infrastructure have been realized in collaboration with Holma Folkhögskola, MKB Fastighets AB, Holma community and Självförvaltning, Ung I Somar, Praktik vid Events, Hvilan Utbildning, Eiras Gröna. Artists have received additional support from Kone foundation, Svenska kulturfonden, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Nordic Culture Point, Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Spanish Embassy Stockholm.

Special thanks to Susanna Kapusta, Ola Melin, Lars Qvint, beekeeper Istvan, Werner Rohwedder, Jette Kjær, Åsa Hellberg, Bahram H Maaf, Anna Kindvall, Christer Berg, Mona Kindvall, Jytte Jonna Hansen, Eva Stene, Kari Mjåtveit, Sara Högberg, Anja Nilsson, Kenton Knowles and to all of you who have contributed with labor, plants, seeds, watering, building materials, and food.

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Soundview Market Place launch

18055922_1858490264399789_5868736479449523804_oJoin Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice for the launch of the Soundview Market Place
Phase One – Property Activation Project: Sponsored by NYC Small Business Services
Art Unveiling / Tour / Press Conference

At: The Point CDC, 940 Garrison Ave, Bronx, New York 10474
10am – 12pm, Thursday 27 April, 2017

Followed by a tour to the location:
Soundview Market Place
Bruckner Expressway Underpass
at the intersection of Bruckner Boulevard and Bronx River Avenue


Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice invites you to join them and their partners for the launch of the first phase of the Soundview Market Place Property Activation project underneath the Bruckner Expressway and Bronx River Avenue. The Soundview Market Place will be a community space that will have a community kitchen, space for local vendors to rent, public seating, and great programming for the community. In this phase of the project, YMPJ invited artists and architects to take community input and turn their ideas into a re-imagined space for the future marketplace underneath the Bruckner Expressway at Bronx River Avenue.

Participating Artists: Laura Alvarez, Sharon Lee De La Cruz, Lady K Fever, Edward L. Mouzon Jr and Darryl L. Mouzon, Tats Cru (BIO, NICER, BG 183), Andre Trenier, Ology Collective (Ski, Col, and 2esae), and Roxanne Rodriguez.

Participating Architects: Chris Anderson, SLO Architecture (Amanda Schachter Alexander Levi)

Art Jones and Trevon Blondet will be documenting the event!

Image design: Chris Anderson
Curatorial advisor: Amanda McDonald Crowley, Public Art Action

The project is supported by: NYC Department of Small Business Services, NYC-EDC

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