July 13, 2010

Salon: Felix Burger (Germany) and Max Pam (Australia)

Felix Burger will show The Story Of My Life, a 23 minute video from 2010. “It had always been my desire to film the story of my life”, commences Burger’s autobiographical epic. “Too remarkable seemed my exuberant work, too important my artistic existence, for humanity to be deprived of it.” Felix Burger plays Felix Burger: a manic, egomaniac character and a fugitive, who on his way through his own life traverses, as it were, the époques of cinematic history. In so doing, he appears to overcome time and space effortlessly. He is an eccentric in the true sense, one who remains on the fringes because he has made himself the center of his universe and everyone else satellites. (Text by Christian Hartard)

Max Pam’s new book SuperTourist will be presented which combines his old and new work, covering both the old world (Europe) and the new (Australia). He has used a variety of media and technology – plastic cameras, saturated and overexposed colors, digital prints, color and black & white, photocopying and apparent accidents. In the words of photo critic Robert Cook, “he has used his knowledge of what it means to take a good picture to give him the latitude to take risks. Max continually encourages the viewer to interpret objects as revelatory fragments. Erotic, arch and ironic, SuperTourist takes the viewer on a journey through related arenas of travel, sex, desire and identity.”


Participating Residents

June 15, 2010

Salon: Nika Oblak and Primoz Novak (Slovenia) & Claudia Ulisses (Portugal)

‘The work of Nika Oblak and Primoz Novak draws parallels between a society driven by personal needs and capital and their own role as artists in the contemporary art market. Infused with humor, their work adopts the visual tactics and seductive constructions commonly employed in the mass media to lure the consumer.” Oblak and Novak have exhibited in venues such as Sharjah Biennial 9, UAE Istanbul Biennial, Turkey; Japan Media Arts Festival; Transmediale Berlin, Germany; and most recently in Biennale Cuvee, Linz, Austria. (Text by Yasmen Biag-Clifford)

Claudia Ulisses’ work focuses on social and political issues. Her critical approach, sometimes nostalgic in tone, addresses the (in)flexibilities of the human condition. She develops her work through a minute process of critical analysis, creating multidisciplinary projects with a combination of media such as photography, installation sculpture and video. The form as visual seductive device is evident, but it acts mainly as an element of subversion of reality. Representation is a way to place the viewer face to face with the disconcert and ambiguity of the iconographic discourse.

June 4–June 7, 2010

Out Of The Blue

Out of the blue is a four-day exhibition presenting the work of both New York based and international artists curated by Helga Just Christoffersen and Natasha Llorens. The invited artists will produce new work in response to the short duration of the exhibition. The works in Out of the blue do not have the character of closed or final statements – they are temporary manifestations of ongoing projects and singular fragments in larger frameworks. Participating artists include Emcee C.M., Master of None, Gergely László, Yoshihito Mizuuchi and Mie Olise.

Out of the blue investigates different types of systems that are characterized by generative accumulation; systems of collecting, archiving, annotating, filling in the gaps and reusing resources. A system in the included works can be understood as that which links memories, documents, objects and data in mechanical unison, and human beings together in common projects. The expression, ‘Out of the blue’, references a moment of sudden interruption, when something unexpected throws the logic of a system into a state of flux. Over the course of the exhibition, the works presented will be altered or added to. As evolving manifestations, they reveal the process of each system and point to what each interruption engenders.

Out of the blue is curated by Helga Just Christoffersen and Natasha Llorens and was chosen from an open call made by ISCP to students of the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS) at Bard College and the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts.

This exhibition is made possible by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Opening Reception: Jun 04, 2010

Participating Residents