November 2, 2010

Salon: Tania Candiani (Mexico) and Christian Schmidt Rasmussen (Denmark)

Tania Candiani lives and works in Mexico City and Tijuana, and will present aselection of her recent works related to text, memory andsocial-practice research. Candiani has been developing urban interventions projects where textiles, texts and actions, along with the experiences of the people with whom she works become the detonators ofthe artwork.

At the moment, she is working on a site-specific project entitled Classic Six/ Apartment Buildings, a multi-disciplinary body of work based on buildings that were emblematic during a particular historical moment in New York City, marking a change in housing tastes and trends by the wealthy. Using architectural plans as a point of departure, Candiani investigates thesculptural elements of architecture, image making, invention, andmemory. Accompanying the talk, Candiani will present a video and a one-daywall installation entitled Ruta Crítica.

Tania Candiani´s Salon is supported by FONCA (Fondo Nacional para laCultura y las Artes).

Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark and will present a new work: Untitled (I am posting a letter by throwing it out of the window…), a wallpainting made with chalk and paint in his studio. Schmidt-Rasmussen has been working on the piece during his time at the ISCP, following a theme from his most recent exhibition Daywalker Let go  at Overgaden Gallery, Copenhagen. In the exhibition, Schmidt-Rasmussen presented a series of new paintings installed upon black walls, on which small texts were written. A diary written by a vampire, who is the artist himself, was also a part of the exhibition. Schmidt-Rasmussen presented stories from his own neighbourhood in Copenhagen, which represents a classic terrain vague, as well as the rest of Copenhagen and Denmark. Schmidt-Rasmussen’s paintings communicate atmospheres in which the everyday and the trivial are illuminated by the poetic presence of color and glitter, but also by a melancholic darkness.

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