Monday, June 27, 2016

Tony Feher: 1956-2016

From ArtForum:

     The sculptor Tony Feher died today [June 24, 2016]. His subtle, straightforward work, made with the most throwaway of things—plastic water bottles, berry cartons, jelly jars, or blue painter’s tape—upended Minimalist sobriety and Conceptualist cool with an intelligence that wholly embraced humor and charm.

     Feher was born in Albuquerque. He grew up in a military family and had an itinerant childhood, with stints in Corpus Christi, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Florida. He received his BA in 1978 from the University of Texas in Austin. Around that time, he was told he lacked creativity, and that if he could even make it as a shoe salesman, he’d be lucky. So with that, he moved to New York.

     He had his first solo show at Wooster Gardens in New York in 1993. Since then, he has had over forty solo exhibitions at numerous venues and institutions, such as Diverseworks in Houston; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Pace Gallery, and D’Amelio Terras in New York; ACME in Los Angeles; Anthony Meier Fine Arts in San Francisco; and The Suburban in Oak Park, Illinois. A midcareer survey of Feher’s art, curated by Claudia Schmuckli, opened at the Des Moines Art Center in 2012 and traveled to Houston's Blaffer Art Museum later that year; then to the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts in 2013; and finally the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Akron Art Museum from 2013–14.

     “For years, I’ve felt Feher’s assemblages of found objects—domestic, utilitarian, cute—to be the most viscerally satisfying sculptures in this or any town,” said poet, painter, and critic Wayne Koestenbaum of the artist in his “Best of 2014” list from that year’s December issue of Artforum. “He collects and arranges his colorful foundlings with custodial precision—a kinky rigor that restores the dignity of those who overly cathect to household flotsam. Feher’s patterns reassure; he seems a model-maker, constructing maquettes of villages and bundled communities that imagine utopia by seceding from usefulness into gridded whimsy.”





Jay Henderson & Tony Feher at the opening of HKJB's Pieced Together, March 4th, 2011, at Kris Chatterson's studio.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Walk Artisanal, LA, Closing Reception Tonight, 8PM

Walk Artisanal

3716 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Friday, January 29th: Closing Reception 8pm-late
Friday, January 29th: Performance by Sonja Gerdes 9pm
Email: info@walkartisanal.com
Call/Text: (323) 515-2780


Organized By Peter Harkawik & Miles Huston

Robert Acklen
Elvire Bonduelle
Sara Clendening
Cynthia Daignault &
Curran Hatleberg
Gracie DeVito
Julia Dzwonkoski &
Kye Potter
Brendan Fowler
Joey Frank
Rainer Ganahl
Sonja Gerdes
Brett Goldstone
Mia Goyette
Miles Gracey
Hannah Greely
Ann Greene Kelly
Dmitri Hertz
Miles Huston
Otis Huston
Joachim Ixcalli
JPW3
Dwyer Kilcollin
Andrés Laracuente
Kim Laughton
Justin Lieberman
Nevine Mahmoud
Josh Mannis
Rose Marcus
Davida Nemeroff
Matt Paweski
Hirsch Perlman
Noam Rappaport
Jenna Rosenberg
Amanda Ross-Ho
Miljohn Ruperto
John Seal
Anna Sew Hoy
Lui Shtini
Amanda Siegel
Hayley Silverman
Nolan Simon
Mateo Tannatt
David Andrew Tasman
Sean Townley
Christine Wang


Part of ARTBandini Los Angeles

Monday, January 25, 2016

SMU MFA /// Free /// Applications due Feb 1

Due: February 1, 2016
SMU offers up to six full fellowships each year supplemented by teaching assistantships. Funds are also available for supplies and travel.
The M.F.A. program is interdisciplinary so that students are free to explore a wide range of materials, processes and histories. Each year, the most competitive, ambitious and thoughtful artists are admitted—regardless of medium.
Visitors have included:
Bill Arning, Magali Arriola, Dore Ashton, Julie Ault, Yael Bartana, Walead Beshty, Gregg Bordowitz, Tania Bruguera, Dan Byers, David Diao, Nicole Eisenman, Theaster Gates, K8 Hardy, Alfredo Jaar, Guillermo Kuitca, Deana Lawson, Jill Magid, Dave McKenzie, Ute Meta Bauer, Paul Pfeiffer, R.H. Quaytman, Walid Raad, Franklin Sirmans, Michael Smith, and Eve Sussman.
Selected Dallas-Fort Worth Area Museums:
Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, The Dallas Contemporary, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Kimbell Art Museum and private collections such as the Warehouse and the Power Station.
Each year a series of programs are offered off campus, including the MFA Site Seminar, a week-long retreat held alternately in an international location and on the SMU campus in Taos, N.M. These intensive sessions are run by faculty along with visiting artists or scholars. In 2014, students visited SOMA in Mexico City, meeting with Yoshua Okón, Minerva Cuevas and others. In 2016 we plan to bring MFA students to Brazil. 
Finally, at the end of the two-year MFA program, exceptional graduates are selected for a series of post-graduate fellowships, including an exchange program with E.N.A.S. in Dijon, France, which includes a studio, stipend and exhibition to further their work and research, and scholarship agreements with SOMA and Skowhegan.
For more information contact
Director of Graduate Admissions Joe Hoselton: hoselton@smu.edu / T 214 768 3765

Thursday, January 14, 2016

2016 A-Z West Tour Dates, Joshua Tree, CA



A-Z West is a project located on fifty acres in the California high desert next to Joshua Tree National Park. Since 2000 the grounds have been ever evolving as Andrea Zittel’s test site for experimental designs in living, where all aspects of day-to-day living—home furniture, clothing, and food—become sites of investigation in an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs.

Tours are about two hours long and include Zittel's personal residence, studio, Wagon Station Encampment, the A-Z West guest cabin, Regenerating Field, and the shipping container compound.


2016 Tour Dates  
Saturday, March 5, 10 AM – noon  
Saturday, April 9, 10 AM – noon  
Saturday, May 7, 10 AM – noon  
Saturday June 4, 5 PM – 7 PM  
Saturday, October 1, 10 AM – noon 
Saturday, November, 12, 10 AM noon

Reservations are made on a first-come-first-serve basis, upon payment.  Please note that because we rely on advance scheduling, once your reservation is confirmed your payment is non-refundable. Click here to reserve a spot on the next tour or contact us at info@highdeserttestsites.com for wait list status.


Tour fees consist of a $45 donation for adults and $35 for students. All proceeds benefit High Desert Test Sites programming.


Friday, December 11, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Poetic Dynamics: Sculpture by Jay Henderson@ATP Gallery NYC

Poetic Dynamics: Sculpture by Jay Henderson
@
ATP Gallery
269 Bleecker St
NYC

Curated by Adam Tyson and Lili Chin

Opening: Friday, October 30, 2015, 7:00-9:00 PM

By Appointment and Saturdays: October 30 - December 5, 2015


Friday, September 4, 2015

"Stranded" by Oliver Ressler











When thinking about dead bodies on the beach, these days most people think of refugees whose boats sank during the dangerous sea crossing to the European Union. The number of refugees drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in 2015 is the highest ever, reaching 2,500. The killing of these men and women can effectively be seen as a direct – and deliberate – act of EU policy, making the border between Northern Africa and Europe the deadliest in the world.

The photographic series “Stranded” shows men lying motionless on an empty beach. But unlike refugees these men wear business suits, the standardized clothing of politicians and managers. Their bodies are partly in the water, partly on the beach; they appear to be stranded.
 

These images could be seen as depicting those responsible for the policy of drowning refugees. The current European Union measures go beyond “refugee deterrence”. Today the EU makes use of the catastrophe it caused itself (through support for dictatorships, political intervention in uprisings, continuous wars on terror and economic strangulation of Africa and the Near East) to prepare renewed military intervention behind the back of the population.

Meanwhile, corporate executives have for decades used their global economic reach to enrich their shareholders at the expense of environmental, social and labor standards, causing entire regions to sink into poverty.

The photographic images in the “Stranded” series point to something that might happen in the future as the collapse of the capitalist system as we know it continues. The economic breakdown is already underway: as it spreads and deepens disasters, wars, and uprisings of all kinds will follow. “Stranded” imagines what might happen if the managers of today's economy – those for whom there is no alternative to corporate profit and human loss – were themselves sacked and thrown overboard by the people.



"Stranded" (2015), a series of photographs by Oliver Ressler, will be on display at Artwall Gallery in the framework of Fotograf Festival Prague from 1 October to 30 November 2015.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

High Desert Test Sites - 2015 Postcard Project



High Desert Test Sites is now accepting postcard images for the 2015-2016 Postcard Project. 

Each year a carefully curated selection of limited edition postcards is produced to benefit High Desert Test Sites. They are available on our website, at the HDTS HQ at Sky Village Swap Meet, and at some of our favorite shops in Joshua Tree and beyond.  Sales of the postcards help support future HDTS programming.  

Selected artists will be fully credited for their contributions, and will receive a complimentary set of this year's postcard selections. 

Please send all submissions as email attachments in JPEG format (4 x 6”, 350 dpi, CMYK), along with artist name and image title (if applicable) to info@highdeserttestsites.com by October 1, 2015.  Include your first and last name in each filename, using the following filenaming convention: lastname_firstname_1.jpg.  (Example: zittel_andrea_1.jpg.) No more than 3 postcard submissions per person please.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Donate a Plant

Dear Friends and Plant Lovers,

This October I will be creating a socially engaged greenhouse sculpture titled “Creative Evolution (life together)” at The Clemente on the Lower East Side, for the exhibition Closed Garden at the Abrazo Interno Gallery. 

I am looking for participants to donate cuttings from their plants. These diverse cuttings will be propagated into a gallery environment, tended by volunteers, and eventually transformed into a permanent garden, providing The Clemente with a new green sanctuary. 

I'm seeking a diversity of cuttings, preferably indoor houseplants, although suitable outdoor plants are welcome too. Mature plants and even plants that need a foster home are accepted as donations, provided that the individual has had the plant for a while. No newly purchased plants, please. 

Your contribution would be greatly appreciated. Cutting donors will be acknowledged in the exhibition and a leaflet will be distributed with the names of donors and species of plants. The exhibition will take place in early October, with the permanent garden taking root in spring of 2016 with public access. 

DROP OFF TIMES : 

Cuttings will be accepted from August 13 -September 13, 2015

To donate a cutting (or a plant if you prefer), please come to The Clemente and fill out the information sheet provided at the front desk and drop off your cutting. 

The Clemente
107 Suffolk Street 
(between Delancey and Rivington) 
New York, NY 10003 

Monday through Saturday, 3.30pm - 10.30pm 

*Information to be provided includes, your name, address, email, name of plant, date

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS: 

Cuttings should be around 3 - 6 inches. Place the cutting together with a wet paper towel in a well-zipped ziplock bag. Please label your bag with your name, email and any special instructions you may have. You are welcome, in fact encouraged, to provide more than one sample (as it may not “strike” and it will be good to have a few). If you are providing a few species, please label the bag accordingly. 

For details on appropriate plants or how to take or transplant a cutting, please email me for guidelines. If you have additional questions about the exhibit, please email me at lilixc@hotmail.com

Please feel free to forward this onto friends who may have an interest in donating. 

With gratitude,  
Lili Chin

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Opening Thursday: Cosmicomics @ Frosch&Portmann




Cosmicomics
@
53 Stanton Street, NYC
Opening Thursday, July 9th, 2015, 6:00-8:00 PM
July 9th - August 16th, 2015

In Italo Calvino’s collection of short stories, Cosmicomics, interstellar particles meet, fall in love, part ways, reunite, argue, pine for one another, and search for meaning, all while travelling through space and years of galactic evolution. Characters navigate the changing universe, moving through primordial gases and celestial ooze, clinging to rock formations that hurtle through the atmosphere at the speed of light.  Calvino's creatures contemplate their morphing world, lament their own insignificance, and rank love among the galaxy’s finest treasures.
The artists in this show are not particularly interested in science, science fiction, or astronomy—or maybe they are, it was never discussed, but they have been chosen for a common sensibility.  Their work shares an interest in human emotion, otherworldly beauty, and a sense of humor.  Calvino’s voice, candid and humble, sentimental and romantic, playful and funny, is alive in these drawings, paintings and sculpture that use concrete experience as a jumping-off point for amused imaginative play.
Katherine Bradford likes Superman because he can fly, wears bright colors and comes from the realm of the supernatural.  Her Superman is earnest yet goofy, pointing towards the transcendent.  Here, Bradford’s Pink and Black Superhero fills in to do his best.
 
In David Finn’s Weight, on Tyvek, smaller shapes pull at the larger central forms bringing a family of bodies into focus.  Even as it is clearly figurative, it is more alien than human, playfully suggesting that the pull of family connections is universal.
Grant Huang’s unpretentious marker drawings tell stories—of companionship, sentimentality, death, astronomical phenomena, and the dispassionate cruelty of nature.  They are both serious and sophomoric as they simultaneously exalt and poke fun at the cosmos.
Jay Henderson's Moon hovers over the show with an amusing awareness of its own fakery.  The large flat disc, oozing metallic paint and spinning is both like and unlike any actual moon.  His Roof sculpture has landed improbably in the middle of the gallery, an emissary from an unimaginable world.
Sasha Pichushkin’s work is abstract, but it nudges us gently into a private world of natural forces, cryptic language and universal beauty.
Ellen Siebers’ quiet paintings take the visible world and turn it inside out, strip it bare, mine it for meaning.  The choices are strange and perfect, and while recognizably of this world, they offer a parallel narrative, placing us in the role of newcomers in an unusual, alternate world.
In Vicki Sher‘s drawings, shapes and lines float in airy space, relying on balance and gravity to hold them together.
Daniel Wiener’s Faces are at once monstrous and beautiful, foreign and familiar. They evoke aliens and weird extraterrestrial terrains whose grotesque, oozy swirly shapes in whimsical color invite exploration.
Ye Qin Zhu’s small wax sculptures demonstrate a constant delight in the ordinary.  Every herb, fruit fly, and piece of studio dust can be dipped in wax and/or rolled into orbs of recorded experience, displayed in the gallery like objects gathered on extraordinary journeys.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

NYC ArtCondo Orientation Meeting



ARTCONDO WILL BE HAVING A SPECIAL ORIENTATION MEETING ON THIS MONDAY, JULY 6TH @ 7:30 PM, AT 853 BROADWAY, 15TH FLOOR  (SOUTH OF 14TH STREET). THINGS TO TALK ABOUT … OUR UPCOMING MOTT HAVEN PURCHASE ...

Monday, June 15, 2015

Painting In Trees: Music Day - Saturday, June 20th, 2015 - 3:00 PM


1237-1241 Broadway at Greene Ave.

Brooklyn

Saturday, June 20th, 2015 at 3:00 PM




3:00 pm -- Mark Micchelli 30 min musical prodigy sort - acoustic accordion and guitar
3:45 -- Veronica Torres-- mystery performance (10mins)
4:00 -- Jeremy Sigler Poet - He’s published a whole ton of stuff. "Crackpot Poet"
4:45 -- Terminal Intrusion-- The amazing poet/performer/artist/activator Nyssa Frank
5:30 -- David Shull-- sings songs
6:15 -- Daniel Klag-- soundscapes
7:00 -- The Spookfish
8:00 --Colin O’Con Dark Carpet 35 min rock&roll bandcamp.com/darkcarpet
9:00 --Michael Perrone artist and short film projectionist


Brought to you by the 'Paintings in Trees' People to Benefit the People's Garden

Opening: Cosmicomics @ Frosch&Portmann, NYC


Cosmicomics
@
Frosch & Portmann
53 Stanton Street
New York, NY 10002


Opening: Thursday, July 9th, 2015



July 9 - August 16, 2015


curated by Vicki Sher