June 7, 2011

Salon at Olive Street Garden: Elmar Hermann and Firoz Mahmud

ISCP Salon at Olive Street Garden Corner of Olive and Powers Streets, Brooklyn, New York. Limited seating is available, please arrive early to guarantee a place

Firoz Mahmud Lecture

Elmar Hermann will organize a preview of the book Apogee, a compilation of solitude, ecology and recreation and the second publication by artist group nüanS, forthcoming by Revolver Publishing in June 2011. Featuring work by Jessica Gispert, Louise Lawler, Suzanne Thornton, Michael H Shamberg & and special guests from his turtle salon.

7:05pm Dolly Freed reading

7:30pm Glen Rubsamen reading

8:00pm Music by Kris Parbon & Humberto José Castello (Animal Tropical)

nüans, an artist collective including Elmar Hermann has invited 80 artists and theorists to contribute to various topics related to the theme of islands/isolation. Apogee is the place in the universe that is the most distant to the earth and is a mathematical quantity and allegory for absolute seclusion. For one evening, selected artists connected to the book will have the opportunity to present their ideas at this very special location, a community garden.

nüans is an artist collective organized by Anna Heidenhain, Elmar Hermann and Maki Umehara in Istanbul and Düsseldorf. Instead of being fixed to one place, nüans looks for locations that fit the context of each specific intention. Their projects are interdisciplinary in order to bring about an exchange of ideas between a wide array of collaborators.

Firoz Mahmud will speak about his work in several media including installation, Layapa Art (a Bangladeshi stencil technique), Urgency of Proximate Drawing (NinKI: UoPD), text, video and photographs which are based on Bangladeshi socio-political culture, myth, tradition and pop culture.

Firoz Mahmud (born Khulna, Bangladesh) graduated from received a BFA from Dhaka University, an MFA from Tama Art University and a PhD from Tokyo University of the Arts. He attended Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. He has shown his work in group exhibitions including the Aichi Triennal, Aichi, Japan; Sharjah Biennale, Dubai, UAE; Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt; Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennal, Echigo-Tsumar, Japan; Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, Dhaka; Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany; Rochester Contemporary, New York; Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong; S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium; Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Rijksakademie VBK, Amsterdam and Metropolitan-Gallery Mostings Hus, Frederiksberg, Denmark.

Participating Residents

May 24, 2011

Salon: Kristina Bozurska and Anton Terziev

Kristina Bozurska will present her work from the last few years, including paintings, videos and objects in which she explores the motivations behind the disposal and collection of litter.

Kristina Bozurska graduated from the painting department of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje, Macedonia. Solo exhibitions include Gallery UNA, Bjarred, Sweden; Mala Stanica, Skopje and National Gallery, Kumanovo, Macedonia. Bozurska is also a co-founder and president of the non-profit organization CRANE, a platform dedicated to art and culture.

For his Salon, Anton Terziev will show recent photographs in the gallery and present a performance entitled Tasty Cyrilic in collaboration with Katya Damyanova (visual artist, performer and co-author of many of his performances).

Anton Terziev deals with various contemporary subjects, often with sharp irony. His iconography possesses harsh and critical imagery associated with a specific aestheticization of pain reflecting a common metaphor of governing power relationships in society. Terziev works with painting and objects, as well as in the field of performance. He also has published three books of modern poetry and urban novels. Part of his activity is associated with various actions in the public sphere and many of his performances are part of the Ultrafuturo group activities. 

Participating Residents

Open Studios
May 12–May 15, 2011

Spring Open Studios 2011

Lecture by Luis Camnitzer
May 15, 5pm

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Spring Open Studios is a four-day exhibition of international contemporary art. The 36 artists, artist collectives and curators from 25 countries currently in residence at ISCP will present work in their studios. Open Studios offers the public access to innovative contemporary art practices from across the globe – seen for the first time together in New York City – providing an exceptional opportunity to engage with the production, process and archives of artists working with a diverse range of mediums, approaches and concepts.

Participating artists and curators

Danai Anesiadou (Belgium), Sookoon Ang (Singapore), Kristina Bozurska (Macedonia), Armando Mariño Calzado (Cuba), Arianna Carossa (Italy), Juanli Carrión (Spain), Étienne Chambaud (France), Petros Chrisostomou (United Kingdom), Patricia Dauder (Spain), Jacqueline Doyen (Germany), Jeannette Ehlers (Denmark), Fendry Ekel (The Netherlands), Michael Forbes (United Kingdom), Jau-lan Guo (Taiwan), Katrin Heichel (Germany), Elmar Hermann (Germany), Ingrid Hernández (Mexico), Astrid Honold (The Netherlands), Tang-Wei Hsu (Taiwan), David Jablonowski (The Netherlands), Tamara K.E. (Germany), Michael Kienzer (Austria), Ina Kooper (The Netherlands), Firoz Mahmud (Bangladesh), Raquel Maulwurf (The Netherlands), David Maroto (The Netherlands), Eline Mugaas (Norway), Ixone Sádaba(Spain), Kanako Sasaki (Japan), Jeremy Shaw (Canada), Necmi Sönmez (Turkey), Anton Terziev (Bulgaria), Magnus Thierfelder (Sweden), Jamil Yamani (Australia), Yamashita + Kobayashi (Japan), Veronika Zajačiková (Czech Republic)

In Back Of The Real, organized By Necmi Sönmez

Accompanying Open Studios, In back of the real, organized by Necmi Sönmez, ISCP curator-in-residence, presents newly commissioned site-specific works by artists Uri Aran, Julien Bismuth, Katie Holten, Gereon Krebber, Luisa Rabbia, Tanja Roscic, Carolyn Salas, Ana Santos and Reed Seifer. In back of the real is a seminal poem written in 1954 by Allen Ginsberg. A ‘flower of industry’ survives in the poem despite its abandonment in front of a tank factory, reflecting the effects of industry on its surrounding environment. This exhibition is situated in ISCP’s gallery and throughout its immediate vicinity of industrial East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Spaces adjacent to ISCP will become sites of artistic intervention for the exhibition namely under-recognized yet significant places, facades, street corners and small gardens.

Lecture by Luis Camnitzer

Luis Camnitzer will give a lecture that takes as its starting point a work of his from 1979 and subsequently unravels his ideas about nomenclature, games and the origin of art.

Luis Camnitzer is a Uruguayan artist living in the United States since 1964. He represented Uruguay in the Venice Biennial, 1988 and exhibited in the Whitney Biennial 2000 and Document XI among many others. His work is presently on view at The Museo del Barrio, New York. He is Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York. He is the author of several books concerning Latin American art and he was the recipient of the College Art Association’s 2011 Jewitt Mather Award for art criticism. His work is represented by Alexander Gray Associates, New York.

ISCP thanks the following contributors for their generous support: All About Automotive, NY; American Australian Association, NY; Australian Consulate General, NY; Austrian Cultural Forum, NY; Brooklyn Arts Council; Consulate General of Canada, NY; Consulate General of The Netherlands, NY; Consulate General of the Republic of Germany, NY; Czech Center, NY; Divine Mercy Roman Catholic Parish at Saint Nicholas Church, NY; Duvel Inc., NY; Flanders House, NY; French Cultural Services, NY; The Greenwich Collection, NY; Honorary Consulate General of Sweden, NY; Italian Cultural Institute, NY;  John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks, NJ; Mexican Cultural Institute, NY; National Endowment for the Arts, DC; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; NYC Department of Parks and Recreation; NYC Parks GreenThumb; Olive St. Garden, NY; Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, NY; Powers St. Garden, NY; Royal Norwegian Consulate General, NY; Tom Cat Bakery, NY; Les Trois Petits Cochons, NY; St. Nicks Alliance, NY

Opening Reception: May 12, 2011, 7-9pm
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