February 15–March 10, 2012

Maider Lopez: Polder Cup

Maider López: Polder Cup is ISCP’s inaugural ISCP alumni exhibition. In 2011, ISCP launched an annual solo exhibition series offering an ISCP current residents and one ISCP alum the opportunity to present a solo exhibition of work that has not been previously shown in the United States.

Maider López was a resident at ISCP in 2003 and is one of the most prominent artists from the Basque region. The exhibition Polder Cup will include videos, photographs and an installation based on the artist’s recent participatory project, a one-day football championship in Rotterdam. This project was a collaboration between the institutions SKOR and Witte de With, The Netherlands.

López often creates interventions in spaces, situations and architecture, in order to generate collective participation and activate citizenship. Polder Cup shows the potential for people to transform and adapt landscapes. López constructed a football field in the polders of Rotterdam, low-lying tracts of land intersected by water ditches. This altered terrain demanded that the players of López’s conceptual game invent new strategies and rules. Through this site-specific intervention, López formed new ideas of public and social space by way of the popular pastime of football.

Maider López (born 1975) lives and works in San Sebastian, Spain. Her exhibitions include the 51st Venice Biennale; CaixaForum, Barcelona; Guggenheim Bilbao; SCAPE Christchurch Biennial of Art in Public Space; Zendai MoMA Museum, Shanghai; Sharjah Biennial 9, Witte de With and SKOR, The Netherlands; Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Centre Pompidou Metz. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Bilbao and received an MFA from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.

This exhibition is curated by Kari Conte, Director of Programs and Exhibitions.


Opening Reception: Feb 15, 2012, 6-8pm

February 7, 2012

Salon: Adéla Hrušková and Katharina D. Martin

Adéla Hrušková will discuss her curatorial projects, cultural activities, and educational programs that focus on emerging contemporary art. As a result of her ISCP residency, she has organized an exhibition in her studio which she will also speak about during the Salon. The exhibition Capture a Moment shows works by contemporary artists Blanka Kirchner (CZ), Martin Holland (GBR), and Kakyoung Lee (KOR).

Katharina D. Martin will present the performative and virtual dimension in her art and current studio work at ISCP. She will show excerpts of her videos and will discuss the dichotomy between sculpture and video. Initially working in performance art, Martin developed an interdisciplinary approach and continues to keep a constant vibration between the natural-artificial, tactile-visual, and animal–human.

Participating Residents

Offsite Project
February 3–October 31, 2012

Rena Leinberger: When it opens like this, up is not over


ISCP and the New York City Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Urban Art Program are pleased to announce a new joint commission by artist Rena Leinberger. When it opens like this, up is not over, is a new temporary site-specific work installed on a 50-foot fence that conceals the Manhattan skyline at Queensboro Plaza and Vernon Boulevard, directly under the Queensboro Bridge. Corrugated fences, walls and other barricades are commonly used in urban environments to conceal functional aspects of the city. The fence utilized in Leinberger’s work obscures construction supplies along with the dramatic base of the Queensboro Bridge and a view of Manhattan.

Taking its location as a departure, When it opens like this, up is not over creates a liminal space, simultaneously real and fictive, a continuation of Leinberger’s ongoing investigations of artifice. Here Leinberger transposed images of the veiled environment behind the fence onto its face. Six photographs were shot in documentary fashion of the view beneath the bridge, which is normally gated and hidden from the public. These photographs were then re-photographed with cut emergency blankets and blue latex gloves captured in a falling state, suggesting precipitation, celebration, and elusiveness. Neither the images nor the scene can ever be viewed in entirety, partially obscured by the flurry.

NYC DOT Urban Art Program:
The New York City Department of Transportation launched the Urban Art Program in October 2008 to invigorate the City’s streetscapes with engaging temporary art installations. The Program partners with community organizations and artists to present murals, sculptures, projections, and performances on public property such as plazas, fences, barriers, footbridges, and sidewalks.

ISCP thanks the New York City Department of Transportation for their generous support.

Queensboro Bridge
Queensboro Plaza and Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens

Participating Residents

Rena Leinberger