October 19, 2010

Salon: F4 (New Zealand) and Szabolcs KissPál (Hungary)

F4 (Susan Jowsey and Marcus Williams) will discuss their practice from two different angles. Williams will briefly contextualize their individual backgrounds, how their two careers converged into a collaborative ethos and what role their children now play. He will also discuss the collaborative process as it applies to the production of F4’s work. Jowsey will sketch out some of the visual nuances in F4’s recent work as they relate to particular themes within the collective’s practice.

Accompanying their talk, F4 will show a multi-component wall installation involving altered photographs. The piece is called “The Suture” and is a product of new exploration and collaboration at the ISCP in 2010.

F4 is a conceptual and structural response to the introduction of children into a couple’s partnership; a boy Jesse and his sister, Mercy. The intersubjectivity of collaboration, the mediated nature of socialization in contemporary culture and the implications of power relations in these contexts remain broad themes within this collaborative model. Familial relationships and the investigation of representations of family are particular to F4’s work. Ideas are developed and have been cultivated overtime with specific attention paid to conceptual and visual potential inherent in the prolific creative gestures generated by both children in their everyday play. These can play out through multiple iterations, which may at one time be championed by, one or other of the adults, but always remain the intellectual property of the collective.

Szabolcs KissPál will present a selection of videos, installations and objects, as well as more recent projects started at ISCP. Commenting on his own works, he will introduce a wider interpretation of the political, tackling the politics of perception, the politics of representation and that of memory to conclude with the political of the political. KissPál will speak about what public sculptures look at, what the connection is between Karl Marx and Jesus or between the recent economical crisis and America’s best real estate agent, all of this in the framework of the particular difference between the artist’s precious and the simple workers’ non-precious time.

Szabolcs KissPál (born 1967 in Romania) graduated with an MA degree from the Academy of Fine Arts Cluj, Romania, KissPál moved to Hungary where he obtained a DLA (PhD) in 2007 from the University of Fine Arts in Budapest, where he currently teaches (Intermedia Department). His work has been widely exhibited including at the following: Kunsthalle Budapest, Hungary; apexart, New York; Venice Biennial, Italy; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; International Media Art Biennale, Seoul, South Korea. His installations and videos can be found in the collections of the Ludwig Contemporary Museum Budapest, Hungary; the National Museum for Contemporary Art Bucharest, Romania and the Kadist Art Foundation Paris, France.

Participating Residents

Offsite Project
October 7–October 7, 2010

Rose Nolan: Wall Work

Location: Brooklyn Preparatory High School, 257 North 6th St, Groundfloor, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (L train to Bedford Ave)

Over the course of two weeks this Fall, eight Brooklyn Preparatory High School students; Ashley Brown, Anthony Bryan, Tsering Cheodon, Gloria Lopez, Barbara Ramirez, Latesha Richards, Paul Samaniego, and Naomi Vargas, collaborated with International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) artist-in-residence Rose Nolan to create a text based Wall Work in their school. Contributing students gained insight into contemporary art practices while creating a site-specific work with Nolan along the corridors of their school. The completed wall piece is based on their collective discussions of language, visual structure and architectural space. Wall Work was developed as part of ISCP’s Participatory Projects initiative that brings the work of resident artists into the public realm.

With works ranging from the discrete to monumental, Rose Nolan’s practice utilizes everyday materials such as house paint, painters’ tape and cardboard.  Relocated to a new architectural space and context, her work breaks down every day phrases inviting the viewer to challenge the way we receive language. She is represented by the Anna Schwartz Gallery in Melbourne and Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and her residency at ISCP is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Participating Residents

October 5, 2010

Salon: Isabelle Cornaro (France) and Alexandra Navratil (Switzerland)

Isabelle Cornaro will present documentation of a few recent works (installations, sculptures and films) and her upcoming projects. Cornaro’s work, which is transdisciplinary, includes the use of cultural objects and images (the transposition of classical paintings, casts of kitsch domestic objects) and it plays with issues such as systems of representation, commodity fetishism and the creative gesture.

Isabelle Cornaro (born 1974 in France) studied Art History at the Ecole du Louvre (Paris, France) and Visual Arts at the Ecole des Beaux Arts (Paris, France). She was an artist-in-residence at the Palais de Tokyo’s Pavilion in 2005-2006. Since then, she exhibited in France and abroad in group shows (Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany; Museum of Modern Art of Bergamo, Italy; Raven Row, London, UK). She also had several solos exhibitions in galleries and institutions (La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel, France; Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Germany; Gallery Balice Hertling, Paris, France).

Alexandra Navratil will present a new series of drawings and photographs in her studio and two recent video works.

Alexandra Navratil’s (born 1978 in Zürich, Switzerland) work in various media including video, photography and drawing examines historical and political concepts of perception and their correlations with systems of representations in cinema, architecture and politics. Navratil graduated with an MFA from Goldsmiths College in London in 2007. She recently exhibited her work at Formcontent, London; Lothringer13/Laden, Munich; MUSAC, León and Galeria Angels, Barcelona, among others, and was awarded the Swiss Art Award in 2009.

Participating Residents