March 22, 2011

Salon: Xenia Fink and Louise Manifold

Xenia Fink was born and raised in Latin America, and studied in Germany, respectively in Halle, Hamburg and finally in Berlin where she received her Meisterschueler degree at Berlin University of Arts. She will have an upcoming solo show at Gallery Schuster in Miami, FL in May 2011.

Louise Manifold’s art  practice primarily utilizes video and installation. Within those, she employs a variety of mediums including photography, drawing, paper silhouettes, text and found objects. For her Salon, Manifold will discuss her practice, and also present some of her current ideas and work realized during her residency at ISCP. Fascinated by power of stories and the creation of myth, Louise Manifold draws her inspiration from overlooked and unbelievable subject matter- ranging from rare delusional illnesses, obscure phenomena and manifestations of medieval melancholy as a means in which to comment upon human awareness in contemporary culture. At the center of her practice is a focus upon visual arts’ capacity to convey a story, and how the artist can use storytelling techniques within visual production. Her engagement with the esoteric centers upon its potential to generate legend, so in a sense her work questions the possibility of creating new mythology for the viewer to consume.

Participating Residents

March 8, 2011

Salon: Peter Gregorio and Anna K.E

Peter Gregorio will present a lecture on the relationship of contemporary ideas in cosmology, post-humanism, and technology in relation to his artistic practice. His work considers the merger of the human cognition and technology in the context of visual art, from both a personal and universal vantage point. Gregorio works in large-scale painting, print, video, and installation, creating works and experiences that remix given architecture with new cultural landscapes and contemporary ideas in cosmology.

Peter Gregorio currently lives and works in New York. He received an MFA from the School of Visual Art, New York, is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, and the Founder and Editor of VECTOR Artist’s Journal.

Anna K.E. will present a series of drawings, objects, photographs and installations. Her artistic practice aims to overcome the hermetic boundaries that exist between different creative disciplines in order to form a single artistic body and employs textual hybrids with recognizable visual codes.

Anna K.E. (born 1986 in Tbilisi, Georgia) studied in Dusseldorf, Germany with Hubert Kiecol, Christopher Williams and Georg Herold. She received her Meisterschueler degree from Georg Herold at Kunstakademie Duesseldorf in 2010. She will present a solo exhibition at Kunstverein Leverkusen / Museum Morsbroich in June 2011.

Participating Residents

February 23–March 5, 2011

Petra Feriancova: Theory of the City or the Possibilities of an A4

For the first time in ISCP’s 16-year history, an ISCP resident will have the opportunity to present a solo exhibition in ISCP’s gallery. This initiative will annually offer three ISCP artists and one alumni the space, time and challenge to produce new works of art which seriously engage with the context of their presentation — ISCP and New York City. Theory of the City or the Possibilities of an A4 by Petra Feriancova is the inaugural exhibition in this series and the artist’s first exhibition in the United States.

The exhibition features five works that utilize A4 sheets of paper (81/4 x 113/4 inches) as their primary components. The included works reveal the boundaries of an A4 due to its small scale as well as its unlimited possibilities. Feriancova often manipulates text such as in the installation Play, consisting of the 145 individual pages of Shakespeare’s Hamlet mounted to the wall side-by-side so that the viewer can choose where to begin the tragedy. However, in Feriancova’s Hamlet the dialogue between characters is deleted while the stage directions remain. The A4-sized slide projection 2/3 in contrast to Play is based on direct dialogue between positive and negative and specifically between two ancient blind sisters, who shared one eye since their birth. The artist also revisits her father’s archive of National Geographic magazines in an installation and will show a new participatory work realized by her invitation to a group of people to contribute on an A4 sheet their experiences or ideas of New York City.

Petra Feriancova was born in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1977, where she currently lives and works. She studied at L’Accademia delle Belle Arti, Rome, Italy and Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia. Her works have been exhibited extensively including at the Secession Museum, Vienna, Austria, 2010; Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK, 2009; HIT gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia; 2009; and Musee d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, France; 2008. She is the winner of 2010 Oskár Čepan Award.

This exhibition is organized by Kari Conte, Director of Programs and Exhibitions.

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. Petra Feriancova’s residency (March 1 – April 15, 2011) is supported by the Young Visual Artists Awards and Foundation for a Civil Society.

Opening Reception: Feb 23, 2011, 6-8pm