Offsite Project
May 28–May 29, 2014

Andrea Mastrovito: Kickstarting

Saint Joseph Patron Parish in collaboration with the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) is pleased to announce Kickstarting, a new public project in New York by artist Andrea Mastrovito.

Kickstarting is a project based on the interaction between sports and art. Using soccer balls and tempera in powder, Mastrovito together with one hundred children from Bushwick, Brooklyn will create a gigantic mural by kicking the soccer balls against the wall to inscribe marks, giving new life to the courtyard of Saint Joseph Patron Parish in Bushwick which, during the summer, will reopen as a playground.

The performance is open to the public and everyone is invited to participate.

Kickstarting represents a new step in Mastrovito’s work, which often unravels from the studio to public spaces in an open confrontation with audiences and communities. The large mural will represent all the dreams, desire and affections of the children who participated in a series of workshops Mastrovito held at the Saint Francis Cabrini School and at the Youth Center of the Parish this past March and April. Starting from children’s suggestions and drawings, Mastrovito has prepared life-sized stencils that will cover the walls of the courtyard during the performance. Once removed, they will unveil the final 300-foot long drawings, realized solely with the marks of the soccer balls on the walls. The frieze will become permanent for the forthcoming playground.

The artist would like to thank Saint Joseph Patron Parish for the opportunity to realize the project as well as the following sponsors: the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Cornell University, Michilli Inc. and Il Gufo.

The artist also thanks The Drawing Center, New York; The Italian Institute of Culture, La Fondazione, New York; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York City Council District 34.

Andrea Mastrovito is currently an artist-in-residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP). He was born in Bergamo in 1978 where he also received his MFA in 2001 from Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti. He won the New York Prize, awarded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2007 and the Moroso Prize in 2012. He installed solo exhibitions in private galleries in Milan, Florence, Paris, Geneva, Brussels, and New York and his most recent public solo exhibitions include: At the End of the Line, GAMEC, Bergamo; La libertè guidant le peuple, Pavillon Blanc, Colomiers and Le Cinque Giornate, Museo del Novecento, Milan. His works have also been included in group exhibitions all across Europe and United States including: MAXXI National Museum of the 21st century and Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rovereto; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; B.P.S. 22, Charleroi; Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, Lausanne and the Museum of Art and Design, New York.

Saint Joseph Patron Parish
185 Suydam Street, Brooklyn, NY

May 27, 2014

Salon: Jenny Brockmann and Michaela Gleave

Jenny Brockmann will discuss her site-responsive project AIR which is currently on view at the German Consulate General, New York. The work takes up spatial and temporal perception and considers the ability of urban planning, architecture and works of art to alter perception. Part of a body of research concerned with how the brain interprets and constructs reality through the observation of space and time, the exhibition builds on several facets of this investigation to consider the role of natural cycles such as light and temperature in urban settings.

Michaela Gleave’s practice investigates the physicality of perception and the structures through which we construct our image of reality. Often temporal, her installations, performances and interventions question our relationship to time, space, and matter, examining the degree to which systems of knowledge and cultural frameworks shape our capacity to understand the universe. Gleave will discuss a selection of recent works that take astronomy and the space of the sky as their starting point, elaborating on the research behind these projects and the multi-faceted nature of their outcomes.

Participating Residents

May 20, 2014

Brooklyn Commons: Ursula von Rydingsvard and Brett Graham

Brooklyn Commons, an occasional discussion series 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 cultural practitioners living and working in Brooklyn, both long- and short-term.

On May 20th, Ursula von Rydingsvard and Brett Graham will discuss monumental sculpture informed by cultural and personal history.

Ursula von Rydingsvard is a sculptor who has been working in Brooklyn, New York, for over 30 years. Von Rydingsvard is best known for creating large-scale, often monumental sculpture from cedar beams, which she painstakingly cuts, assembles, and laminates, finally rubbing powdered graphite into the work’s textured, faceted surfaces. Von Rydingsvard’s sculpture is included in numerous permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art. She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, three awards from the American section of the International Association of Art Critics, the International Sculpture Center Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2011, a monograph by Patricia Phillips was published on her work, and the Sculpture Center in NYC presented a survey of her sculpture, which was named “Best Show in a Non-Profit Space” by AICA-USA. Her bronze outdoor sculpture Ona was recently installed near the main entrance of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. A major retrospective exhibition of von Rydingsvard’s work is on view at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England through 2015.

Brett Graham lives and works in Auckland and is a sculptor and installation artist. He abstracts complex historical and cultural ideas, which often explore his dual heritage as Maori/Pakeha, into sculptural forms and installations. Graham’s work engages ideas of both Indigenous and Western art, drawing on Maori culture but informed by contemporary art practice, embracing indigenous histories to critique and explore issues relating to cultural inequities of the past and present. There is usually a strong emphasis on materiality and surface within the formal simplicity of his sculptural pieces and predominant use of wood and stone. He completed a Doctorate of Fine Arts and has exhibited twice at the Sydney Biennale in 2006 and 2010 and at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. Last year, his work was part of Sakahan, an exhibition of Indigenous art at the National Museum of Canada. He has work in the collections of the Museum of New Zealand and the National Gallery of Australia.

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

Participating Residents