April 26–June 15, 2013

New Eyes for New Spaces

Opening alongside Open Studios, the exhibition New Eyes for New Spaces curated by Francesca Sonara and Jess Wilcox presents works by Patricia Dauder, David Horvitz, Antonio Rovaldi, Austin Shull, and Hong-Kai Wang in collaboration with Anne Callahan, Brendan Dalton and Jordan Paul—artists who actively investigate, abstract, and fragment representations of place. Intervening with information culled from photographs, video, or sound recordings, these artists effectively focus viewers’ attention on the gap between what is seen and what is imagined. This exhibition unravels how technological advancements of the last ten years changed not only how we conceive of site, but also how we perceive it.

As technology develops to increasingly mediate our relationships with place and site, our imagination of locations near and far, diminishes. At first, it was merely a plethora of guidebooks telling us where to go when we got somewhere. Then, it was a flood of photo-sharing websites and blogs offering visual dialogues from every angle of an area. Now, it is Google Street View providing users regularly updated imagery from the streets of cities worldwide, helping to navigate a new place with more ease than ever before. As we search for photos of the places we plan to go or confirm exactly where it is we are, the opportunity for wonderment, disorientation and fantasy is threatened.

As described by Walter Benjamin in The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, the tension between place and image has existed since the advent of photography. However, digital technologies (digital photography in particular) extend the distance between viewer and site as the process fragments the original subject into discrete units of information before re-presenting it as a whole. Paradoxically, while digital technologies convey information with greater accuracy, the coding inherent in these processes puts us at just one more remove from that which we seek to understand.

Opening Reception: Apr 26, 2013, 6-9pm
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April 16, 2013

Brooklyn Commons: Jonas Mekas and Paulien Oltheten

Seating is limited so please arrive early. 

Brooklyn Commons, a discussion series this spring at ISCP, presents intellectual and artistic pairings between the established Brooklyn-based artist community and ISCP residents. This series puts artists in conversation who have not shared a dialogue in the past and focuses on the vibrant and diverse cultural practitioners living and working in Brooklyn, both long- and short-term.

On April 16th, Jonas Mekas and Paulien Oltheten will reflect on the spontaneous chronicling of life and human behavior.

Jonas Mekas is a filmmaker, artist and poet, born in 1922 in the farming village of Semeniškiai, Lithuania. In 1944, he was taken by the Nazis to a forced labor camp in Elmshorn, Germany. After the war, the UN Refugee Organization brought him to New York City, where he became involved in the American Avant-Garde film movement, creating Film Culture magazine, the “Movie Journal” column in the Village Voice, the artist-run distribution collective the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, and Anthology Film Archives, one of the world’s largest and most important repositories of avant-garde cinema. 

Paulien Oltheten is based in Amsterdam where she studied at the Rijksakademie until 2006. Her solo exhibitions include; It’s my imagination, you know, Gallery Fons Welters, Amsterdam; Kitbag Questions, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv and Walk on a line, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam. Group exhibitions include Desire Lines, ACCA Melbourne; Daegu Photo Biennial; Safari, Le Lieu Uniques, Nantes; CREAM festival, BANKart Studio, Yokohama and Off the Record, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Oltheten has published the monographs Theory of the Street, 2007; A Sort of Lecture, 2011 and Photos from Japan and my Archive 2011. She was the recipient of the 2012 Dutch Doc Award.

Brooklyn Commons is organized by Kari Conte, ISCP Director of Programs and Exhibitions.

Upcoming Brooklyn Commons Events:

On May 14th, Janine Antoni and Anastasia Ax will consider sculptural production in relation to process and the body.

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March 26, 2013

Salon: Miran Blažek and Mark Ther

Miran Blažek will discuss his work as a point of recorded process that tries to develop universal language through visual means. His practice leans on painting but extends further to become a derivative of the concept of painting as a whole. His work deals with a simple mark or trace, playing with material to transcend the physical. 

Mark Ther will screen his film Das wandernde Sterlein, which accumulates several issues and strategies used by Ther in his previous work. He has situated his narrative in the late 1930s in the Sudeten region, as he did in his video Pflaumen, where he speaks to forced evacuation of the Czech Germans in 1945 in a very intimate, gentle, but disturbing and moving story. In Das wandernde Sternlein, Ther does not refer to general World War II historic reality. Instead showing a very actual emotive moment, he comes with a completely fictional story from that period and adds issues of sexual perversity which he has used separately in recent works.

Participating Residents