Offsite Project
March 23–April 30, 2016

Vieno Motors: How to Prepare 2.0

In conjunction with a 2016 curatorial residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Satu Oksanen will collaborate with artist Ilona Valkonen on the exhibition, Vieno Motors: How to Prepare 2.0. This project reflects on anarchist botany, engages fellow artists and the public, and involves the creation of wearable artworks made from flowers and found materials. An earlier version of this project was shown in the fall of 2015 at Helsinki Art Museum, and is now part of the museum’s permanent collection. This presentation, commissioned by ISCP in collaboration with El Museo de Los Sures, will run for six weeks with an invited guest artist creating floral accessories for visitors each week, starting with artist Ilona Valkonen, who conceived the project. Participating artists include Heidi Hankaniemi, Franz Jyrch, Marja Kanervo, Ragnhild May, Gabriel Specter, Tove Storch, Aarti Sunder, Tattfoo Tan, and C. Spencer Yeh.

Week 1
March 23: Ilona Valkonen and Tove Storch
March 25: Ilona Valkonen and Aarti Sunder
March 26: Ilona Valkonen and Marja Kanervo

Week 2
April 1: Tattfoo Tan
April 2: Heidi Hankaniemi

Week 3
April 8 & 9: Ragnhild May

Week 4
April 15 & 16: C. Spencer Yeh

Week 5
April 22: Heidi Hankaniemi
April 23: Franz Jyrch

Week 6
April 29 and 30: Gabriel Specter

The program will be open to the public and free of charge to participants.

Exhibition curated by Satu Oksanen, Assistant Curator, HAM Helsinki Art Museum.

Ilona Valkonen (born 1980, Helsinki, Finland) is known for her conceptual installations, paintings, and performance work. Valkonen studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In addition to solo exhibitions, she has taken part in numerous group shows in Finland and abroad.

El Museo de Los Sures was born from a partnership between Southside United with Cornell University and Churches United for Fair Housing to preserve the history of the neighborhood’s residents.

This project is the seventh collaboration between Los Sures and ISCP. It is made possible through the generous support of the Consulate General of Finland, New York; The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York; Frame Visual Art Finland; and in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Antonio Reynoso, Council Member, 34th District; and the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation. Satu Oksanen’s curatorial residency is made possible by the Fulbright Center Finland. The exhibition is also supported by the donations of ChristyGardens, Hannah Edmunds, and Smiling Hogshead Ranch. Special thanks to Maija Tanninen-Mattila.

Opening Reception: Mar 23, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
Fridays and Saturdays 4-6pm
El Museo de Los Sures
120 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11249
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March 9, 2016, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Ground Floor Inauguration

The International Studio & Curatorial Program is pleased to announce the inauguration of its Ground Floor Program. Developed specifically for New York City-based artists, this innovative program offers workspace and professional development for eight artists who have each been offered a one-year residency. To celebrate this new initiative, ISCP is hosting a brunch for press, supporters, and participants on March 9, 11 am – 12:30 pm in the Rotunda of the Brooklyn Borough Hall.

The event will include distinguished guest speakers including Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Councilman Antonio Reynoso, Assistant Commissioner from the Department of Cultural Affairs Kathleen Hughes, ISCP Board President Arthur Zegelbone, ISCP Executive Director Susan Hapgood, Ground Floor resident Correa-Carlo and Ground Floor resident Donald Hải Phú Daedalus.

While the International Studio & Curatorial Program has long supported the practices of artists from around the world, responding to their changing needs has always been at the fore of the organization’s mission. The institution felt the changing times in New York City as it was nudged from Tribeca, to Midtown Manhattan, to finally find an anchor in Brooklyn, where it has been located since 2008. At the same time artists, including ISCP alumni, have gradually been pushed out of New York City altogether as a result of the increasing real estate prices.

It was with these considerations, among others, that ISCP launched the Ground Floor Program for New York City-based artists. This selective subsidized studio and professional development program for emerging artists provides them with 24-hour studio access, the support of ISCP staff and connections to the organization’s vast NYC and international networks. Current residents are Naomi Campbell, Lourdes Correa-Carlo, Donald Hải Phú Daedalus, Nicole Franchy, Mark Hilton, Cheon Pyo Lee, Liutauras Psibilskis, and Maximiliano Siñani. While their practices vary widely from painting to multimedia and performance, most of them share the common aspect of having emigrated to the United States to make New York City their home.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. We would like to express our sincere gratitude as well to Yoko Ono and Lawrence and Alice Weiner for their significant support of the program.

For further information, please contact Houda Lazrak at

11:00am - 12:30pm

February 23, 2016

Salon: Jean-Paul Kelly and Youngmin Kang

Youngmin Kang will speak about how his work reflects on Korean society through a playful approach to installation and sculpture. He is particularly interested in the highly capitalized city of Seoul and the effects of its mass production, education system, and urban development.

Jean-Paul Kelly will discuss his recent work in video, photography, and drawing, especially the installation Service of the goods (2013), the award winning video The Innocents (2014), and a new series of photographs produced while in residence at ISCP. His work seeks to address the depoliticized connotations of abstraction. Kelly is fascinated by the political and social potential of abstraction as it relates to other forms of representation aligned withreal-world documents, such as photojournalism, online image streams, documentary filmmaking and the interview.

This program is supported, in part, by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Participating Residents