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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

SPRING/BREAK Art Show

STRANGER COMES TO TOWN

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.

List of works at SPRING/BREAK Art Fair site, on consignment through April 30!

(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
CLOSING RECEPTION: Friday March 30, 5 — 7pm
Cluster Gallery: 200 6th Street 3E, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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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

Mary Kate Maher at Little Metal Print

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November 3 – December 3, 2017

11-8:00pm Tuesday-Saturday
12-5:00pm Sunday

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.

Maher plays with expectations of form, and disrupts perceptions of volume and weight. She manipulates her materials to obscure their origins: resins are cast, sanded and weathered to look like stone; a patinated copper surface reveals itself to be concrete and foam; dye sublimation prints are cut and inlaid into sculptural forms, altering the negative space.

For View Finder, Maher is presenting new relief works based on light refractions in water and frozen air pockets in ice. “I am interested to experiment with light to produce unique sculpture reliefs that have slight bends and curves to their form,” says Maher.

McDonald Crowley says “for this first exhibition at Little Metal Print, it is really exciting to be working with Maher who is pushing the custom printing techniques offered at the studio, and manipulating materials to make forms that are at once beautifully poetic and simultaneously disconcerting in their abstraction. The works allude to the vastness of open landscapes, but it is unclear whether it might be tundra, or desert; sky, sea, or ice. Maher finds beauty in both natural and industrial landscapes which is expressed through her color palette, and collaging techniques.”

Opening Reception
November 3, 2017 6-8:00pm
Artist Talk
November 19, 2017 2:00pm

Little Metal Print is the brainchild of fine-art printer Ken Allen of Ken Allen Studios. He says “I am very excited to be the first to bring a brick-and-mortar store to Williamsburg, where people can see and be part of the process of creating little metal prints for themselves.”

Media Contact: Dylan Staniszewski
917 – 588 – 5294
dylan@littlemetalprint.com

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View Finder

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View Finder

an exhibition of new works by MaryKate Maher

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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
info@llittlemetalprint.com

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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Invisible In Plain Sight

Invisible in plain sight

 

Commissioned by Art Connects New York, Invisible in Plain Sight is an Augmented Reality exhibition developed specifically for Senior Planet in NYC with work by artists who are also members of Senior Planet: Menny Borovski; Amy Epstein; Erica Feld; Arthur Fornari; John Leicmon; Anna Link; Marilyn Pappas; Geraldine Scalia; Henry Soto. The exhibition was conceived in collaboration with Jeff Crouse and Sebastian Bach; works have been developed in collaboration with Jeff Crouse and Peter Lester; and Crouse had additionally developed the ArtConnectsAR app, built in the Unity game engine using the Vuforia AR platform, by which the exhibition is accessible.

The exhibition opens up a space to suspend disbelief and reimagine space in the built environment in New York City. Exploring the urban landscapes of the city including all of its nooks and crannies, Invisible In Plain Sight includes new ephemeral digital works specifically for the Augumented Reality app. Drawing on their experience as painters, photographers, sculptors, holographers, illustrators, and poets, the artists reimagine our cityscape.

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Invisible in Plain Sight
A Permanent Exhibition for Senior Planet Exploration Center
Curated by Amanda McDonald Crowley

Opening Reception with the Artists:
Thursday, November 17
6 – 8pm
Senior Planet Exploration Center
127 West 25th Street, New York, NY, 10001

 

Here are a few of the targets for viewing the exhibition! In situ at Senior Planet. To view the works, got to the Apple app store on your iPhone or iPad, download the app (developed by Jeff Crouse, of See-through Lab LLC). Open the app and point the camera at these targets to see the artworks

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The Skypod Project

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The Fifth House and PointB are pleased to announce the exhibition The Skypod Project, an exhibition of sculpture, photographic, and audio-visual works by artist Mark Parrish.

Open Reception:
Friday, September 16th, 7 – 11 PM

Fifth House 198 N. 4th St, Brooklyn, NY
near the Bedford L Train Station

The Centerpiece of the exhibition, the Skypod itself is a collapsible light-weight tent structure capable of hanging from trees, cliff faces, telephone poles or building facades allowing for suspension over diverse terrains.

This portable experience structure creates a mobile habitat for site-specific projects to evolve. At The Fifth House we will exhibit a working prototype of the Skypod that explores the context for the piece and situates the research Mark is concurrently doing at Dreamland – a creative community, the Fifth House’s sibling organization, in the deep woods of upstate New York. Night skies, frog songs, Vista Tunnels (constructed poetics views into the wetlands and woodlands at Dreamland) will frame the work.

Inspired by recent trips to various locations around the world where he has been researching urban and natural settings for artistic and creative retreats, Parrish has returned to a project that has long been in gestation: designing portable habitats where individuals or like-minded groups can immerse themselves in a range of contexts from natural settings, to interstitial zones, and temporary spaces – to create, contemplate, and build cohesive communities.

“Parrish builds social sculptures, in a very literal sense”, says curator for the exhibition, Amanda McDonald Crowley. “Moreover he equally activates personal experience and group dynamics. It is exciting to see him alternate this thinking between urban contexts and out into nature – where so many of his personal creative interventions have operated in intimate settings – while continuing to develop conceptual frameworks that are equal part about social interaction, and solitary contemplation.”

The Skypod Project, Parrish’s first solo gallery exhibition in 20 years, combines his experiences building social sculptures as live-work spaces, with his ongoing project to make in-situ works in natural contexts, and his passion for creating ‘portable experience structures’ – artworks that operate as an enabling apparatus for his audiences, and often also collaborators and co-conspirators, to engage with their surroundings.

Artist: Mark Parrish
Creative Collaborator: Sebastian Bach
Curator: Amanda McDonald Crowley
Project Manager: Lauren Comito

All-Night Party at Marcy North (upstairs) to follow the opening!

Exhibition dates: September 16 through October 30. Gallery Hours are Saturdays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm or by appointment.

About Mark Parrish
Mark Parrish is an American visionary, designer, and artist from Texas who has lived in New York since the 80’s. Primarily self-taught, Parrish started his own studio in Austin in the mid 70’s. His practice often involves analysis of movement and portability, cultural norms and systems of living. His work takes form in sculptural systems and synergetic architectural space, designed both as tools and as experiential spaces. For the last 20 years, Parrish founded and established an international artist community called PointB, which created short-term co-habitational spaces for mid-career creative professionals. Parrish also spearheads, the non-profit organization, PointB International, which continues to establish new locations worldwide.

About PointB
The PointB vision is a world enriched by the collaboration between global and local creative professionals questioning and transcending their familiar viewpoints while immersed in the social, scientific, and culturally enlightening challenges and inspiration of the moment.

Gallery Hours are Saturdays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm or by appointment.

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Food For Thought – Review of food nostalgia at Radiator Gallery

Qboro_articleThoughtful article – Food for Thought – posted by Kelly Marie Mancuso in the Queens Chronicle on Thursday, February 4, 2016 about the food nostalgia exhibition I have organized at Radiator Gallery. Read the full article here.

 

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food nostalgia

food nostalgia

 

Kira Nam Greene "Ring Ding vs. Ding Dong", 2015

Kira Nam Greene “Ring Ding vs. Ding Dong”, 2015

Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, New York
February 5 – March 11, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday February 5, 2016 at 6 – 9pm
Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, New York
10-61 Jackson Ave, LIC, NY 11106
tel: 347.677.3418 email: info@radiatorarts.com

exhibition dates: February 5 – March 13, 2016
gallery hours: Friday and Sunday 1-6pm or by appointment

Artists:
Cey Adams
Emilie Baltz
Disorientalism (Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim)
Gonzalo Fuenmajor
Kira Nam Greene
Jonathan Stein

 

Food nostalgia looks at food in contemporary America through a lens of fast food iconography and industrial food production. Participating artists variously draw on popular cultural references, brand recognition, bodies, memory, nostalgia, and playfulness. They ask us to think about our relationship to our colonial pasts, feminist thinking, cultural diversity, and marketing culture. The corporatisation of our food systems is deeply entrenched in our psyche; historical and contemporary trade routes of our food affect our cultural landscape. As a framework to explore how we cook, eat, and consume, food nostalgia will be a platform to share ideas, and food.

curator: Amanda McDonald Crowley

Press releasePRESS-Food-Nostalgia

Artists Bios: foodnostalgia_artistsbios

List of works:

Press:

NY Observer: food nostagia included in 10 Things to Do in New York’s Art World, by Paul Laster, Feb. 4, 2016

Food for Thought – review of food nostalgia at Radiator Gallery by Kelly Marie Mancuso in the Queens Chronicle on Thursday, February 4, 2016

Food Nostalgia included in Armory Arts Week Events.

 

Public Programs:

Opening Reception: Friday February 5, 2016

Hungry Hungarians Book Launch: Friday February 19, 2016

Junk Food Brunch: Sunday February 28, 2016

Nutritional Facts: Friday March 4, 2016

 

Installation shots:
Photographs by Jeanette May

 

 

 

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PointB Virtual

PointB Virtual

 

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The PointB Virtual Exhibitions Space is being developed as an accessible space to easily conceptualize and virtually install thematic exhibitions, with the goal of becoming a platform for peer to peer artists’ inspiration and discourse.

In one sense PointB Virtual commemorates and immortalizes the PointB Worklodge Brooklyn location, that will soon be demolished. But more importantly, it is a tool to showcase ideas, directions and philosophies through exhibitions, lectures, screenings and conversations. These events are not being held in an unfamiliar simulated space, but in a place which holds memory of those who have previously inhabited and used the building in this way.

In keeping with PointB philosophy, it is a place to propose and question conceptual frameworks for ongoing discourse though themed exhibitions. It is a space to continue to build and strengthen our community of nomadic creative professionals.

For our inaugural exhibitions, we have included works by artists from across the world who have lived and worked at PointB Worklodge Brooklyn.

The first three thematic exhibitions have been developed around the following themes:

Exhibition 1 Network
Exhibition 2 Transcendence
Exhibition 3 Discovery

Exhibitions Feature the work of: Carlos Aquilino, Jana Astanov, Sandra Becker, Sue Beyer, Louise Blyton, Gene Buser. James Carman, Luzia Castaneda, Claudia Christoffel, Lauren Comito, Maud Cotter, Hugo Curti, Jacob Dahlstrup, Uday Dhar, Maria Dorner, Hilda Ekeroth, Michael Fritsch, Jan Gilbert, HC Gilje, Erika Gofton, Eugenia Gortchakova, Elizabeth Gower, Anita Groener, Libby Heaney, Gavin Hogg, Hamu Isen, Svetlana Jovanovic, Ienke Kastelein, Michiel Knaven, Stefan Kürten, Susana Lopez Fernandez, Jennifer Macklem, Peter Martensen, Patrick Meagher, John R Neeson, Serge Onnen, Ardan Ozmenoglu, Cat Poljski, Manuel Quintana-Martelo, Arp Raph, Antje Rieck, Joerg Schwalfenberg, Julia Schwalfenberg, Andy Slater, Patricio Tasisto, Ralf Tekaat, Antoine Toniolo, Cornelius Völker, Andy Wauman, Cleo Wilkinson, Heidi Yardley, Claire Zakiewicz

Exhibitions Organised by: Sebasian Bach, Lauren Comito, Amanda McDonald Crowley and Mark Parrish

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