February 18, 2014

Salon: D-L Alvarez and Richard Loskot

D-L Alvarez will discuss his most recent project The Visitor Owl, a collaboration with writer Kevin Killian, a double-narrative film about teenage ruffians and failed educational systems. The film(s) reflect on two seminal Sidney Poitier movies, one set in the Bronx in 1955, the other in a suburb of London in 1967. Cast with the non-actors of Poets Theater, the work is full of camp, sweetly turned phrases, and thug poses.

Richard Loskot’s presentation focuses on his works The Point of ThingsAnother place and Simple thing, in which he tries to prove the following statement from Richard P. Feynman: “Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there.

Participating Residents

February 4, 2014

Public Art as Still Life: Heather Hart, Kiril Kuzmanov and Austin Thomas

This salon features artists Heather Hart, Kiril Kuzmanov, and AustinThomas in dialogue about their recent projects, which overlap on thesubject of art in the context of public marketplaces in Sofia,Bulgaria, East Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York, and elsewhere. Thesalon is organized and moderated by Sara Reisman.

Heather Hart questions how the memory of an experience is generated,giving the “viewer” some responsibility in the art “viewing” processand creating something that lasts longer than the interaction itself,starting a conversation that may continue outside of the art piece.Based in Brooklyn, NY, Heather Hart was an artist in residence atSkowhegan, RBPW, Santa Fe Art Institute, Fine Arts Work Center and atthe Whitney Independent Study Program. She has received grants fromJoan Mitchell Foundation, Harvestworks, Jerome Foundation and afellowship from NYFA. Her work has been featured in exhibitions atSocrates Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park,Studio Museum in Harlem, Art in General, Rush Arts Gallery, No LongerEmpty, Museum of Arts and Craft in Itami, Portland Art Center and theBrooklyn Museum. She studied at Cornish College of the Arts inSeattle, Princeton University in New Jersey and received her MFA fromMason Gross School of the arts at Rutgers University. Hart iscurrently a recipient of an LMCC Workspace.

Kiril Kuzmanov is interested in how ideas become objects and are expressed in a certain language, scale and media. Kiril Kuzmanov (born 1981) graduated with an MA in sculpture from the National Academy of Art, Sofia. Among his projects and works related to specific places are: Project 0, The Trap Quoter, Plovdiv; Who Controls the Controllers, Tiananmen Square, Beijing and Wild is the Wind, related to 11 countries in Asia. His solo exhibitions include: Exhale, Rayko Alexiev Gallery, Sofia and Feeder Head, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia. He has participated in group exhibitions including: BAZA award, Sofia Art Gallery; Sofia Contemporary 2012; 5th International Biennale of Young Artists, Bucharest, 2012; Fragile, Atelier Tarwewijk Mijnsherenlaan, Rotterdam, 2012 and Art of Urban Intervention 2011, Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia. Kuzmanov received various awards and grants, including KK Austria 2012 and the Young Visual Artists Award (BAZA) award of 2013.

Austin Thomas creates works that explore, alternatively, personal narratives and public actions: sketchbook diaries that explore the artist’s everyday experiences and hybrid sculptural/architectural objects created to facilitate thought and discussion. She also creates “perches”, site-specific sculptures that exist “somewhere between theoretical architecture, social psychology experiments, and an eccentric suburban backyard deck” that invite the viewer to play, climb, explore, or sit. Thomas is currently working on a permanent artwork called Plaza Perch for Humboldt Plaza, a new plaza that the Department of Transportation is building adjacent to the Moore Street Market in East Williamsburg. Recent solo shows include: Heiner Contemporary, Washington, DC, 2012, and Robert Lehman Art Center, North Andover, MA, 2013. Thomas is also the director and curator of Pocket Utopia on the Lower East Side.

Sara Reisman is the director of New York City’s Percent for Art program and an independent curator and sometimes writer.

January 28, 2014

Salon: Andrea Mastrovito and Eileen Maxson

Please note: This Salon was originally scheduled for January 21, but was rescheduled due to the snowstorm.

Andrea Mastrovito will discuss the projects he is working on in his first two months at ISCP: a museum solo show in Italy, a public project in Bushwick and his studio work about the circus. All of them are characterized by a series of deep reflections about drawing and its declinations in time and space through sculpture, video and performance, where the line of drawing mingles with lines of personal and universal history.

Eileen Maxson will present a body of work in-progress that takes the 1990’s cult film Reality Bites as central inspiration. Maxson is focused on the film for its timely conflicts: personal virtue versus market society, mediation versus authenticity and commodification versus rebellion. Works presented will include video, sculpture, internet intervention and photography.