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

February 16, 2016

Salon: Elaine Byrne and Claire Lambe

Elaine Byrne works with photography, sculpture, video and installation. She will present some of her previous work and introduce a new project undertaken during her six-month ISCP residency. Byrne will elaborate on how she employs overlooked histories, historical texts and artworks as a platform to mobilize history as it relates to current political and social issues.

Claire Lambe will present her work Why would anyone want to stop crying?, an ongoing research project that investigates a British military program that she participated in during the 1980’s in Japan. This survival-social experiment put her in the wilderness of Okinawa for three months with a group of strangers to fend for themselves. Linked to this era, she will also show clips from the films of Ulrike Ottinger.

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

February 2–April 19, 2016

Eva Kot’átková: ERROR

For her exhibition subtitled ERROR, Eva Kot’átková focuses on relationships between human bodies and the oppressive institutional structures that sometimes surround them, in a new video and series of collages and sculptures. Kot’átková is interested in the stories or cases of individuals who–for various reasons−are unable to integrate themselves into social structures. They become secluded, isolated, and handicapped by their circumstances, or develop alternative means to communicate, often through objects, props and devices. Others build parallel identities to escape from reality into a constructed world. In such a world, people become subordinate to their own invented rules, and apply different communication patterns and new hierarchies to their everyday life.

The exhibition includes a group of sculptural assemblages and collages that reference outmoded medical equipment, surreal body extensions, body parts, props and apparatuses. Also on view will be a video work filmed on the grounds of the Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital in Prague, titled The Judicial Murder of Jakob Mohr. The video shows a staged trial performed in the hospital’s theater, involving professional actors, staff and patients. The genesis of this performance is a 1909-1910 drawing made by psychiatric patient Jakob Mohr in which he depicted himself as a defendant on trial, suspecting the impartial court audience to be masked doctors or fellow patients who conspired to betray him. Mohr called his drawings proofs or documents that testified to the existence of a so-called “influencing machine,” a device that influenced his everyday actions and intercepted his most private thoughts.

Eva Kot’átková (b. 1982, Prague) was an artist in residence at ISCP in 2008, as the youngest person ever to receive the Jindřich Chalupecký Award for artists from the Czech Republic, with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Kot’átková was born in 1982 in Prague, Czech Republic. From 2002 to 2008 she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague, at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna. Recent solo exhibitions include Out of Sight, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, USA; Eva Koťátková: Anatomical Orchestra, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany; A Story Teller’s Inadequacy, Modern Art Oxford, UK; and Theatre of Speaking Objects, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany. Group exhibitions include 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York, USA; Avatar und Atavism. Outside the Avant-garde, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany; 5 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russia; and The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale, Italy.

This exhibition is curated by Kari Conte, Director of Programs and Exhibitions, ISCP, and is accompanied by a print and online publication that includes an interview between the artist and Vit Havránek.

Eva Kot’átková: ERROR is made possible through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Czech Center New York, The Greenwich Collection, 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 New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Opening Reception: Feb 02, 2016, 6-8pm
Open Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 12-6pm and by appointment
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Participating Residents

Eva Kot'átkova