October 2, 2012

Brooklyn Commons: Martha Rosler and Michael Arcega

Brooklyn Commons, a new discussion series beginning this fall 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-term and short-term.

Martha Rosler and Michael Arcega will discuss the role of commerce, performance, exchange of ideas, and narrative. Rosler’s work has dealt with issues of class, gender, culture, and politics in everyday life through photographic images, video, performance, and critical writing. In November, Rosler will present Meta-Monumental  Garage Sale at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which showcases a massive, crowd-sourced garage sale where the artist will be present to negotiate prices.

Arcega’s recent project, Montalvo Historical Fabrication & Souvenirs – produced in collaboration with Stephanie Syjuco, utilized a souvenir shop to re-examine issues of commerce, empire, and the repackaging of historical narrative. Arcega is interested in how objects can be metaphors for national identities and how one can investigate socio-political circumstances where power relations are unbalanced from the perspective of a naturalized American.

Martha Rosler has for many years produced works on war and the “national security climate.” Her photomontage series House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, originally made as a response to the Vietnam War, was reinstituted in 2004 and again in 2008. Rosler has had numerous solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions nationally and internationally. In November, MoMA will present her performance and installation Meta-Monumental Garage Sale, an event she has held in many art venues.

Michael Arcega is an interdisciplinary artist based in San Francisco. He works primarily in sculpture and installation. Arcega holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Stanford University. His work has been exhibited at the deYoung Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the Orange County Museum of Art, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. He was recently awarded a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts.

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


September 25, 2012

Salon: Ambie Abaño and Claudia Passeri

Ambie Abano’s fascination with the face as the portal of one’s observed reality and identity is the core of her on-going investigation of portraiture. She will discuss her exploration with process and material as a printmaker taking her exhibition Trans FIGURATION, as a starting point to present other works derived from and inspired by the idea of printmaking.

Claudia Passeri creates site-specific interventions and contextual pieces that explore human perception in relation to place. Her research has a neo-romantic aspect that seeks – frequently via the use of irony – to reveal the mechanisms that activate the human creative process, which transform how we view the world. She will speak about her recent work, a research-based project around the notion of contemplation and our relationship to landscape. 

September 19–October 26, 2012

Nanna Debois Buhl: Street Haunting

Street Haunting by ISCP resident Nanna Debois Buhl features three newly commissioned works that all utilize the act of walking in unexpected ways. For each work, Buhl has created a system where a walk becomes the impetus for images and stories, revealing new paths through urban and literary landscapes.

In Buhl’s work Collected Walks, a hybrid fictional character travels across time and space. The installation combines a soundtrack composed of literary fragments about women walking through different cities with a series of cyanotype prints made by Buhl on her daily walks over the course of the months leading up to the exhibition. The print series Street Haunting revolves around photographs of a young woman found by Buhl on a walk. These photographs are presented along with divergent readings from five psychics who speculate on the young woman’s life and persona based on a set of questions used for character development in scriptwriting. For the slide installation Night Map, Buhl has transferred the Parisian route of two lovers from Michèle Bernstein’s 1961 novel La Nuit (modeled on the classic novel Les Liaisons dangereuses) to East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Starting from the very location of the exhibition, Buhl has created a new setting for the story through the détournement of texts and maps.

By exploring the role of the Flâneuse, Buhl connects different literary periods and fields of writing in singular ways. Voices from the politically-charged 19th century works of George Sand and Flora Tristan fuse with Virginia Woolf’s reflections on the imaginary possibilities of walking and with Michèle Bernstein’s semi-autobiographical descriptions of dérives through Paris as a member of the Situationist International. The exhibition unravels new routes through the city as well as through literature, addressing the walk as a way to experiment with identity and to carve out a space for reflection. For Buhl, walking is at once a physical act (done of necessity or otherwise), a mode of production, and a metaphor.

Nanna Debois Buhl (born 1975, Denmark) received her MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006 and participated in The Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, in 2008-09. Recent shows include: El Museo del Barrio, NY; Art in General, NY; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Bureau, NY; Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden; and Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark. Her work is in the collections of the Museum for Contemporary Art and The National Museum of Photography in Denmark. In 2010, Revolver Publishing published her artist’s book A Journey in Two Directions and the collaborative book City Grammar (with Liz Linden). Her work has recently been reviewed in Art in America, Artforum, and The New York Times.

A commissioned text by Jen Kennedy, Social Studies and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow at Binghamton University, will be developed in response to the project and published in conjunction with the exhibition.

ISCP thanks the following contributors for their generous support: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council, Consulate General of Denmark, New York, The Greenwich Collection, L & O Frame Inc., National Endowment for the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Opening Reception: Sep 19, 2012, 7-9pm
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