February 28, 2012

Salon: Tomas Rafa & Vikenti Komitski

Vikenti Komitski’s work involves the use of readymade principles applied to objects and ideas. During his Salon, Komitski will present his recent works dealing with love and labor and his residency at ISCP. Komitski lives and works in Sofia. He graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia with
a degree in Sculpture, 2006.

Tomas Rafa will present videos produced during his residency at ISCP concerning the recent Occupy Wall Street movement. The videos will feature footage of the protests in New York City and Washington D.C. His work is a brief portrayal of the activities of the movement, including protests, marches, interactions with the police and other related organized events. Rafa will present each video with a short introduction and description of his research.

Participating Residents

February 21, 2012

Salon: Eun Hyung Kim & Ellie Rees

Eun Hyung Kim will discuss his most recent project, Opera Box. Since 2009, Kim has attended close to 30 opera performances at the Metropolitan Opera House. During his residency at ISCP, he started to interpret these performances in the form of graphite pattern drawings and sculptures. Because operas are often related to other genres of art such as literature, theater, dance, art history, and architecture, the process of dismantling operas into visual elements is natural. For this project, Kim is creating sculptural drawings about opera storylines, characters, costumes, and stage sets through his own interpretations.

Ellie Rees’ performance-based video work addresses representations of women in popular and high culture. Rees will discuss her time spent during residency at ISCP and in particular, meditations on motherhood. Her current interest lies in the dichotomy for many women between professional careers and parenting, and in the case of the artist, creative pursuits and the role of the mother. Informed by social perceptions, historical accounts and anecdotal experiences, the talk will be a loose stream of consciousness on ideas around motherhood. Rees will discuss her attempts at a playful, funny, feminist, and political approach to the subject.

Participating Residents

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