April 26, 2011

Salon: Marian Drew and Daniel Permanetter, The Birds are Flying Low

Marian Drew will show photographic work  made during her residency at ISCP as well as some earlier work made in Australia. Her Salon talk will expand on her practice and explore some of the issues and processes that enable art making in a new environment.

In Australia, Marian Drew used road kill animals in her work to rephrase the story of Australia’s colonial heritage, raising questions about cultural and historical relationships to Europe and more philosophically, our relationship to mortality, human and animal alike. Working in New York, Drew found a dead pigeon in the early days of winter and this animal became a conduit between her new environment and Australia and her recent and previous work. Drew is interested in hybrids between drawing and photography that acknowledge the dynamic relationship between photographer and subject and uses the body as a context to explore our relation to otherness, death, sensuality and a selective domestic history, as seen through the genre of the still life.  

Daniel Permanetter will argue his idea of Bob Dylan as a kind of artistic material that can be employed to create a metaphor, in addition to the presentation of recent and older works.

Daniel Permanetter graduated from the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, Germany, where he lives and works. Based on a strong reference to popular music, his work takes on narrative structures and finds its form in single-channel videos, room installations, spoken and written word and photographs. In recent years, he introduced the icon Bob Dylan into his work in order to develop a metaphor for the artistic and deeply human longing to create meaning and for the failure of most attempts to achieve this. This underlying image of desire is interwoven with odd, poetic and emotional narratives that shift in their subject from work to work.

Participating Residents

April 5, 2011

Salon: Kasper Akhøj and Davor Sanvincenti

Kasper Akhøkj’s presentation will function as a travelogue of sorts, focusing on his research in relation to his ongoing project Abstracta, which follows the history and movement of a Yugoslavian modular display system.

Kasper Akhøj has been living in New York since attending the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2008. Akhøj studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany and at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Recent solo exhibitions include After the Fair, Wiels Center for Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium and Welcome (to the teknival), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany. Akhøj recently completed a research residency at the 29th Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil and a studio residency at Platform Garanti in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2011, Akhøj will take part in group exhibitions at Casey Kaplan Gallery in New York and Etagi St. Petersburg among others.

Davor Sanvincenti will present his recent ambient audio-visual installation projects and will perform a sound piece from his new and ongoing research project, Invisible Landscapes, initiated during his residency at ISCP.

Davor Sanvincenti a.k.a Messmatik lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. He studied Psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka, Croatia and holds a BA in Visual Arts from the European Institute of Design and an MA in Sound Design and Multimedia Programming from Agon – electro acoustic center in Milan, Italy. Sanvincenti’s work plays with the concept of illusion, exploring the possible boundaries of perception and the construction of experience. Sanvincenti explores the aesthetic and qualitative capabilities of different media and employs direct communication with the spectator. Notices, observations and research that pervade scientific and artistic spheres constitute the structure for his work.


Participating Residents

March 30–April 16, 2011

Pertaining to a Profession Proverbially Energetic and Nervous

A German ELLE from 1998 functions as an initial reflection on the self-presentation of the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and its then artist-residents and professional visitors. The magazine’s full-page shots of artists in their studios provide the starting point for a three-way examination of disparate clichés about contemporary artists as workers and the people in their surroundings who legitimize this peculiar ‘at-work-ness.’

pertaining to a profession proverbially energetic and nervous is curated by Sarah Demeuse and includes work by Étienne Chambaud, Irene Kopelman, David Levine, David Maroto, Mladen Stilinovic, Magnus Thierfelder, and Carey Young. A selection of ISCP’s own collection of photographs will function as a refrain in this group show. As a whole, the exhibition subtly undermines three tropes associated with an artist’s work: the mysterious invisibility or potentiality of artistic labor as example of post-industrial immateriality; art as resistance to commonplace productivity; and, possibly closer to home, the performative formulas and taboos associated with successful artistic professionalism.

As the second installment in a year-long thematic exhibition related to work, pertaining to a profession proverbially energetic and nervous takes at face value the fact that the international roving artist-cum-MacBookPro has taken the place of the blue-collar Brooklyn printmaker and therefore turns the tables, highlighting the expectations of those who visit this contemporary workspace.

Sarah Vanhee’s Great Public Sale of Unrealized but Brilliant Ideas, culling from works-in-progress by ISCP residents, will complement this exhibition and is scheduled to take place in September 2011.

This exhibition is organized by Sarah Demeuse in close conversation with Kari Conte.

This exhibition has been made possible thanks to the support of: Brooklyn Arts Council, The Greenwich Collection, National Endowment for the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. 

Opening Reception: Mar 30, 2011, 6-8pm
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