Maldives Pavilion – 55th Venice Biennale June 1st - Nov 24th, 2013 Curated by CPS – Chamber of Public Secrets [Alfredo Cramerotti, Aida Eltorie, Khaled Ramadan] Gervasuti Foundation . via Garibaldi, Fondamenta Sant’Ana, Castello 995
Venezia Hours 11 am - 7 pm. Closed on Mondays
For the exhibition Love is the Drug, ISCP alum Rose Eken will show a body of new work focusing on her embroideries. The embroidered works are linked together by a series of glazed ceramic works, which are placed in pairs on shelves and plinths in the front room of the gallery. As the title ‘Love is the Drug’ indicates (a reference to the Roxy Music song of the same name) the show investigates notions of Love; of being in love, and of couples. It is about the obsessive love of the fan, the compulsive affection of the musician toward his/her instrument, the infamous bassist tender feelings for his girlfriend and the teenager’s dream of becoming a rock star. It is about the romance and the myths surrounding the world of rock and roll. The pieces in the show all pair up as couples, duos or twins. Everything is handmade, and imperfections between the duplicates add a different character to each piece thus creating dialogue and intimate stories between the work.
Goldin+Senneby. Looking for Headless, by fictional author K.D. Chapters 1-4, 20
January 25 - March 9, 2013
Opening Reception, Friday January 25, 7 - 9 pm
ISCP alums Alums David Maroto and Joanna Zielińska curated The Book Loversopening January 25th at EFA Project Space. The exhibition is an attempt to study the phenomenon of artist novels. An investigation of the creative consequences when artists choose the novel as a medium is the core of this long-term project and research. For an increasing number of artists, the novel is becoming a means to generate new art objects in the scope of a multidisciplinary practice. A collection of novels written by artists and a parallel online database are available for public perusal in a Reading Room, together with a selection of artworks that are inextricably linked to some of the novels.
ISCP's alum Katerina Seda's Not Lit, was shown at OFF / FORMAT, a small independent gallery that focuses primarily on the presentation of young Czech artists, from 19 September-24 October.
Katerina Seda / Not lit
At home, you can check out satellite images - Nošovice lies just outside Frýdek Místek. There are nice views of the nearby hills furred Beskids and romantic valley of the river, but virgin landscape that's not too. However, the express road, artificial canal and thickets electricity pylons, it was still good acre field. Brown topsoil, dirt roads, cross, some that tree, loneliness. For centuries, touching earth, that our own backyard. Obvious. What happens when the cultivation of cabbage instead of rejoicing suddenly begin to produce hundreds of thousands of cars? Authorities, environmentalists, investment incentives, environmental audit, jobs, memoranda, billions, journalists, shaking hands ... First created hole. Hole in the dense tissue of both natural and cultural memory space, a hole in perspective, in habits, in communications, hole in social relations. indifference and inability of local residents to resist against the construction caused the village after the completion of the factory socially disintegrated - many people moved away and many of those who have stayed together still talking.
This hole and the vicious circle in which the local themselves, this new pattern Nosovice, Catherine Gray chose a symbol of revitalization. In 2009, I decided that I would try to figure out how residents through a new pattern together and find a way out of the circle out. For his work as essentially create a new factory which has a task indifference suffocate.
As part of this ambitious project was also the creation of new local costumes. He gave the community to rethink what transformations undergone identity location, which inhabits and put into context what happened in and around. Comment, again realize their own uniqueness to reconnect. Catherine Grey and developed a distinctive strategy of intervention in the life of the place, opened creative space where problems can be deconstructed and newly seized. Interest in her work while abroad suggests that this is not just a local problem but quite widely shared, internationally understandable. And today, the current and the field of art, which for some time interested in the context in the windows of galleries.
ISCP alum David Jablonowksi installed new sculptures and installations in close proxmity to the greenhouses, flower beds and gardens at the botanical gardens in Münster as part of the exhibition Blue Greens with Westfälische Kunstverein. The exhibition runs through November 18th.
Recent ISCP alum Juan Zamora created an installation called Bird Shadow on the roof of ISCP. The drawing is a black shadow of an imaginary giant bird flying over the building. It will be visible from both Google Maps and Google Earth as soon as each is updated, as well as visible to the many planes that pass over the building on their way to and from LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.
ISCP alum Travis Somerville is one of the artists participating in Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, a group exhibition in Belgium that explores ideas surrounding human rights. The exhibition is curated by Katerina Gregos, whom Somerville met while she was a visiting critic during his residency at ISCP.
NEWTOPIA: The State of Human Rights Mechelen and Brussels (Belgium)
1 September – 10 December 2012
More than sixty years after the Declaration of Human Rights, the question of human rights is constantly gaining in importance and remains a key global issue. NEWTOPIA: The State of Human Rights is a major international contemporary art exhibition dedicated to human rights. It charts the development of the human rights movement and its evolving discourse since the post-war era. NEWTOPIA explores the numerous, complex and multi-faceted issues pertaining to human rights. The exhibition is divided into several thematic chapters that trace the development of human rights and their rise, particularly since the 1970s. It negotiates the different and complex facets of human rights: from civil and political rights, social, economic and cultural rights, to the right to sustainable development, to peace and to a healthy environment, while emphasizing the indivisible, interrelated and interdependent nature of these rights.
NEWTOPIA is on view in Mechelen, Belgium, from September 1st to December 10th 2012 and is configured as a parcours in various cultural institutions in the city-centre of the historic Flemish city of Mechelen – only at 20 minutes from Brussels.
NEWTOPIA presents more than 70 acclaimed and emerging artists of different generations working in diverse media. Many of them come from countries and regions where human rights have been or still are a particularly contested issue such as the Arab World, China, Latin America, and the former Soviet Republics. Half of the artists come from non-Western countries. Additional participating artists include: Ravi Agarwal (India), Kader Attia (France/Algeria), Yael Bartana (Israel), Ali Ferzat (Syria), Ziyah Gafic (Bosnia/Herzegovina), David Goldblatt (South Africa), Hans Haacke (Germany/USA), Mona Hatoum (Lebanon/UK), Thomas Locher (Germany), MadeIn (China), Boniface Mwangi (Kenya), Marina Naprushkina (Belarus) and Taryn Simon (USA).
ISCP alum Petros Chrisostomou will open his studio for a presentation as part of the Brooklyn Museum’s Community-curated project GO! During GO, Brooklyn-based artists are asked to open their studios to the community on September 8–9, 2012, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Community members registered as voters will visit studios and nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to open at the Brooklyn Museum on Target First Saturday, December 1, 2012.
New Zealand artist Kate Newby’s site-specific
sculpture, “How funny are you today, New
York,” builds on her ongoing interest in creating work that is ephemeral
and often peripheral, which is slyly integrated into public environments.
Situated in the historic setting of Fort Greene Park, a place where art, life,
tradition, and culture have coalesced for centuries, Newby was inspired by a
pronounced boulder that locals call “the Grey Painted Rock.” She has fashioned
two seats out of concrete, stones from Ft. Greene Park, mortar, and crystals,
which now converse playfully with the existing boulder and the park’s
Creating a space where semi-precious
and industrial materials get integrated
seamlessly into the urban landscape, Newby’s installation invites park
visitors to stop and rest or play while simultaneously forcing the viewer to
address the artist’s reconsideration of the environment’s norms. Newby wants the work to be thought of as an autonomous
sculpture, something practical, where the seats will function as both artworks
and utilitarian objects. Not clearly stating what they are, the rock seats
propose a question as to their origin and purpose, an ambiguous status Newby is
interested in occupying.
Michael Jones McKean The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms
June 1 - September 15, 2012
ISCP alum Michael Jones McKean's The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms creates a simple but phenomenal visual event—a rainbow in the sky. The public artwork will produce temporary rainbows above the Bemis Center in Omaha using the most elemental materials: sunlight and rainwater. Twice per day with clear sun, for 20 minutes each, a rainbow will appear above Bemis Center's downtown building.
Michael Jones McKean (Truk Island, Micronesia, 1976) is an internationally recognized American artist. He is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Nancy Graves Foundation Award, and an Artadia Award. In addition to a reseidency at ISCP, McKean has been in residence at The Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center; the Bemis Center; The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana; and ThreeWalls, Chicago, Illinois. He is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Sculpture and Extended Media Department.
New Photography 2012 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) presents five artists—Michele Abeles, Birdhead (Ji Weiyu and Song Tao), Anne Collier, Shirana Shahbazi, and former ISCP resident Zoe Crosher — whose varied techniques and backgrounds represent the diversity and vitality of photography.
Zoe Crosher (American, b. 1975) calls photography’s veracity into question by rearranging, re-photographing, and re-imagining the archive of Michelle duBois, an all-American girl who was devoted to relentless self-documentation in the 1970s and 1980s. New Photography 2012 explores the diverse permutations of photography in an era when the definition of the medium is continually changing.
Alejandra Prieto, Studio view with Convex Coal Mirror (coal, 72 x 72 x 8 inches) on floor.
ISCP resident Alejandra Prieto will open her first solo show in New York with CCU and Y Gallery, Invisible Dust, curated by Cecilia Jurado. Within her artistic practice, Prieto is dedicated to exploring ideas regarding the status of the object, its conditions of production, functionality and expository modes in the contemporary art world. Her recent coal-based works reflect on the invisible and visible mechanisms and modes of representation in contemporary spaces. She establishes and makes visible the relationships between the sophistication of design and the unskilled labor required for reproduction, and between subjective modes of market entry and purely aesthetic objects.
This past weekend, ISCP closed its first solo exhibition of 2012, Maider Lopez: Polder Cup, amid positive reviews. The Brooklyn-based Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Art newspaper reviewed the exhibition in the March 2012 - Top Gallery Picks. Basque Heritage Worldwide EUSKALKULTURA.COM also gave a great review in their most recent posting about the artist found here.
Shown from February 15 - March 10, 2012, Polder Cup, included videos, photographs and an installation based on the artist’s recent participatory project, a one-day football championship in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Maider Lopez: Polder Cup, Installation at ISCP, 2012
Michael Kienzer marks a significant
position in contemporary Austrian art. His work examines and at the same
time looks to break away from accepted viewing habits using a minimalist
inspired sculptural idiom that is taken apart into its tactile, semantic
and communicative elements. Thereby he is dissecting perception into
aspects of description and vision, questioning it through unusual
circumstances that often seem to follow a strange or comical logic. His
work takes the audience on a journey that explores the seemingly
self-evident construction of everyday knowledge.
LeWitt and Pedro Cabrita Reis, Kienzer has created a giant
sculpture for the upper space of the Kunsthaus Graz. Like the line of a
drawing veering out of control, his work opens up the space, surveying and
critically measuring it. In the context of other current works, questions
are raised about the meaning of participation in sculpture, the incomplete
and one’s position with regard to the past and future of art. Beginning with his
preoccupation with different materials and their semantic and social
significance, Kienzer has made works in a wide variety of media:
from graphic design to drawing and sculpture, he deals with categories of
language, space, time, surface, concentration and also with the conditions
of participation. In 2001 he was awarded the Otto Mauer Prize and in 2010
the Recognition Prize for Art in Public Space of the Province of Lower
catalogue published by Czernin Verlag Vienna accompanies the exhibition
(with texts by Peter Pakesch, Katrin Bucher Trantow, Michael Kienzer, Franz
Thalmair, Nicola Trezzi). Curated by Katrin Bucher Trantow.
Curated by Carmen Stolfi, So near the garden but still miles away, explores the meaning of displacement. Literally intended as a transition, in linguistics it is the capability of human language to communicate about things that are not immediately present. Stian Ådlandsvik, Keren Benbenisty, Jacqueline Doyen, Sarah Ortmeyer and Giuseppe Pietroniro have been invited to interpret the concept of alienation as the migration of signs and meanings. The starting point is the consideration on the social, political and economic situation of our country, in which decisions and situations, previously considered intolerable are now established as a rule.
Birthe Blauth, The Gift, 2011, Interactive 1-channel videoinstallation
ISCP alum Birthe Blauth is currently showing at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in New York. The gallery will present four new works by Blauth in her first solo show in the US. Blauth's conceptual video works and installations explore the conflict betwen the individual stands and his limitations. Her interest is divided equally between two areas. On the one hand, she focuses on subjective perception. On the other hand, she explores the subjective thinking and effort individuals undertake to relate themselves to their surroundings. Her precise, pared-down works appear simple at first. But as soon as the observer takes the time to open up to them, their complexity and effectiveness unfold. Her works are meditative and "unhurried". Her approach to time or more at home in the cultures of the Far East. Often, the boundaries between fiction and reality, between art and the observer, between art and non-art become dissolved.
The exhibition is currently running and will close on January 21, 2012 at 532 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001. More information here.
Additionally, Blauth was invited by the German consulate to the United States to participate in an evening "The Red Orchestra and the Art of Resistance" on January 12, 2012. Blauth's audio art installation work, Et si omnes ego non
(Even if all others…I will not) complemented the lecture. With the Latin phrase for its title, the work features the
sentence repeated over and over by different voices- disordered at
first, then slowly uniting into one rhythm. The process is at the same
time visually portrayed through a frequency diagram.
Alexandra Navratil, 2010, Time Lags in Real Time, Wood, mirrors, b/w prints and flourescent tubes, 118" x 118" x 71" each
LIVING DOCUMENT / NAKED REALITY
TOWARDS AN ARCHIVAL CINEMA
The Institute of Contemporary Art's newest exhibition explores cinema's
complex political, formal, and ideological history from the 1910s to
the 1960s through showcasing the work of six international artists including ISCP alum Alexandra Navratil. Her work Sample
Frames, an installation
composed of four carousel slide projectors, showcases a collection of
nitrate film frames produced by the Eastman Kodak Company between
1916 and 1927.
The exhibition will run between January 11 – March 4, 2012 and includes artists Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Thom Anderson, Yto Barrada. Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen, Maha Maamoun, and Alexandra Navratil.
Etienne Chambaud Pierres (detail) 2010 Stones, steel and concrete, dimensions variable Courtesy of the artist and Bugada & Cargnel, Paris
Isabelle Cornaro Landscape with Poussin and eye witness (i) 2009 Plywood, textile and various objects, 2' by 3.5'
ISCP alumni Isabelle Cornaro and Étienne Chambaud will join 11 artists in the exhibition, Rotary Connection, at the Casey Kaplan Gallery in New York. Curated by Loring Randolph, the exhibition is being hailed as Chelsea's first big group show of 2012. Chambaud's contribution consists of two sculptures and attempts to emphasize the fragile balance of context, representation, and meaning. Cornaro's work focuses on documents and archives belonging to history and culture. She will exhibit three drawings and an etheral spray painting. More information.
The exhibition will open tomorrow and run until February 11th. An opening reception will be held January 5th from 6-8 pm at 525 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011.
An exhibition of work developed by Laura F. Gibellini during her recent residency at ISCP opens at Galería Asm28 in Madrid on December 1, 2011. The works in Variations on a Lansdcape explore cartography and the mechanisms used by maps to depict a given reality. Going beyond topography, they attempt to transcend the spatial dimension to accommodate temporality, psyche, memory, desire, past and future. A preview of the video work "Study for (a) Landscape", which is included in the show, can be viewed here.
Galería Asm28 December 1 2011 – January 5 2012 Opening on Thursday December 1, from 8.00 pm
Federico Maddalozzo is an Italian artist who has lived in Berlin for
four years, except for a yearlong stint in New York in 2010 as part of
the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP). He makes art
that is environmental and subtlety documents a sense of place.
Sculptural installation, conceptual drawing along with elements of
collage are all part of his practice. The intense research and
formulations result in work that is tranquil and deliberate following
rules that he establishes for each individual project. I discovered his
artwork in New York and was delighted to have the opportunity to do a
studio visit with him while in Berlin.
CLAUDIA KAPP In Collaboration with BENJAMIN BLANKE and ANNA JANDT YOU YOU September 17 - November 13, 2011 Opening on September 16, 7 pm Kunstverein Braunschweig
Opening September 16th, Kunstverein Braunschweig is presenting the work of ISCP alum Claudia Kapp, 2010 recipient of a grant from Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture.
The glowing flourescent letters on the roof of
the Remise beckon the viewer, seem to address him or her directly: YOU
YOU. Yet the façade's windows and doors have been sealed with wooden
boards, and the familiar entrance into the interior is blocked. An image
is created that is both inviting as well as hermetic. One eventually
accesses the building by way of the garden. Spaces that are otherwise
not accessible are opened, and the Remise becomes a poetically
enraptured and complex, overall work of art.
Jeremy Shaw: Best Minds September 10-October 10, 2011 MoMA PS1
(Canadian, born 1977) work explores altered states and the cultural and
scientific practices that aspire to, or attempt to map, transcendental
Adopting strategies from the realms of conceptual art, documentary
video, and scientific research, Shaw's work has addressed topics
ranging from psychedelic
drug use and brain imaging, to teenage violence and time travel.
MoMA PS1 in a new, expanded configuration, Best
Minds PartOne (Expanded)'s three-channel video installation
features slowed-down footage of
the crowd at a straight edge hardcore concert in Vancouver,
Canada. A subset of hardcore punk, with origins
in the early 1980s, the DIY
movement levels a critique against traditional hardcore, and is
defined by a
puritanical rejection of the nihilistic tendencies commonly associated with
punk, namely alcohol consumption, substance abuse, and sexual promiscuity.
Société Réaliste: The Fountainhead, video, 1h51, 2010
ISCP alum, Petra Feriancova joins 6 other artists in the exhibition, State of Affairs, curated by Borbála Szalai. The exhibition opened on January 12, 2012 and will run until Feburary 11 at amt_project in Baštová, Bratislava.
The constructed environment itself is the main protagonist in the video realized by the French-Hungarian artist collective, Société Réaliste. The video is based on the 1949 movie, The Fountainhead, that tells the story of a Modernist architect who went on to gain recognition for his revolutionary ideas and his absolute refusal to compromise with a society that resists innovation. Appropriating the footage, Société Réaliste digitally removed all traces of human presence from the movie, spriting away the architect, a hero of Capitalism and modern free markets, as well as all of the other characters of the movie, together with all elements of the plot and the soundtrack, leaving behind nothing but the empty space. Thus the narrative of the 111 minutes long video is reduced to the story of idealized locations of the budding New York Capitalism, engeneering offices opening on painted skylines and mock skypscrapers.
Artists: Cyril Blazo, Radu Comsa, David Raymond Conroy, Milena Dopitova, Petra Feriancova, Tomas Vanek, Martin Vongrej
Patricia Dauder, Negative Wave 2010. Courtesy of the artist and ProjecteSD, Barcelona.
Test Transmission: September 2-October 8, 2011 Artspace, New Zealand
Curated by Caterina Riva, Test Transmission is a group show at Artspace in New Zealand feauturing works by General Idea, ISCP alum Patricia Dauder, and Tobias Kaspar. Dauder met Riva during her residency at ISCP as part of the Visiting Critic program. For more information about on this exhibition, click here.
We were lucky to know Jan. He was a resident twice at ISCP, first in 2003 with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and then in 2006 with support from the Foundation for a Civil Society and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. A beautiful human being - he will be greatly missed.
Iris Kensmil, Sidonhopo,
2010, wall painting: print, pigments and casein on canvas;
drawings: ink and pastel on paper; Courtesy Ferdinand
van Dieten Gallery, Amsterdam
ISCP 2010 alum Iris Kensmil and current resident Renzo Martens are participating in Monumentalism—History and National Identity in Contemporary Art at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Kensmil's wall painting is a memorial to the Granmans, regional
leaders of the Maroons in Suriname. The
painting shows part of a letter dating from 1926 from
Granman Adjankoeso, grand chief of the Saramaccaners of
Asidomphopo, writing in Surinamese to the Secretary of
the League of
Nations in Geneva. The
letter shows how they saw themselves their recognition
and integration as a participation in the League of Nations. Kensmil focuses on a different kind of emancipation
than the movements in the USA: the
development of autonomous and good governance by the
former colonised population.
'I love the
formal aspects of Federico’s work and how he deals with questions of
media, how he takes media products (such as newspapers or photographic
images) and adopts and transfers them into his own work. I thought, the
calmness, meditative and analytic approach Federico uses in his
production in regards to my somewhat faster,
instinctive way of working. During the last ten years, we experienced a massive change in
communication and how we transfer knowledge. Following this shift, it is important for me to work with artist on these
questions. Today, we have to learn to be humans and not to behave like
machines.' Edgar Leciejewski
'I like the idea of
interacting with photography, which I have never done in my research
before. Often, I use photographs as points of departure for my
met Edgar in New York during our residency at ISCP, our works are
different in formal terms, but they originate from the same kind of
curiosity and interest. I am fascinated with Edgar’s work, by his
sensibility in catching small details around us and by his observation of
the artist’s studio.' Federico Maddalozzo
Edgar Leciejewski and Federico Maddalozzo The Ocean is Not Wireless February 11 – March 6, 2011
"How does tradition and change reflect in contemporary art? What questions are raised, which continuities and concepts are evident, where do we find alternative strategies?" These are some of the questions that Anne Naundorf and Edgar Leciejewski, who also co-curated the exhibition, raise through the works presented in the show.
Berlin-based ISCP alumni Elmgreen and Dragset have been
nominated as shortlisted artists for the Fourth Plinth commission in London’s
Trafalgar Square. The plinth, built in 1841, was originally intended for an
equestrian statue but since 1999 has hosted a series of controversial public
works by artists including Rachel Whiteread, Antony Gormley and most recently
The scale models of the proposals for the plinths will be
shown in August, and the selected artist will be announced in early 2011.