August 4, 2015

Salon: Isa Ho and Roger Mortimer

Isa Ho will present VT Artsalon, an artist-run space established in Taipei in 2006 that stimulates Taiwanese contemporary art and fosters international exchange. Ho became Director of VT in March 2015 for a two-year period, and leads VT’s residencies, exhibitions and publishing initiatives.

Roger Mortimer will speak about his recent paintings that depict specific coastlines in New Zealand denuded of almost all remnants of natural flora. In these absences, he renders images from Christian mythology. His accurate cartographic maps employ symbols and visual devices alongside vignettes from medieval manuscripts, generating a new kind of cosmology. Currently, he is working with imagery from a fifteenth century illuminated manuscript of Dante’s epic poem “The Divine Comedy”.

Participating Residents

July 21, 2015

Salon: Rikke Benborg and Naveen Mahantesh

Informed by theatre and performance, surrealism and the avant-garde, Rikke Benborg will speak about her films and animations that unfold through visual logic, exploring the dramaturgical potential of form, color and the image. Within this framework, Benborg connects staged and scenographic space with the temporal aspects of experimental film, creating works that reside in the tension between the real and the imagined.

Rikke Benborg lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. She holds a BFA honors from Middlesex University, London and a MFA in Visual Arts from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen. She is part of the Danish art/film collective Chaplin’s Hotel.

Naveen Mahantesh’s practice lies at the intersection of art, architecture and the city. He is involved in creative research with a love for urban life and an interest in providing alternative perspectives on the urban everyday. He will speak about his projects that shed light on banal routines, urban myths, and the ecologies that cities thrive upon.

Naveen Mahantesh is the principal architect of CRESARC based in Bangalore. His projects and propositions have been part of Sarai-Reader-Exhibition’09 (2013) and Insert (2014), curated by Raqs Media Collective; Mediating Modernities (2013) at Srushti School of Design; and Design for Change at TEDx-R.V.Vidyaniketan (2013), Bangalore.

Participating Residents

July 8–October 2, 2015

Saskia Janssen: Everything is One

Saskia Janssen’s exhibition centers on a newly commissioned LP record of field recordings of human chants. During a visit to Tibet in 2014, she was struck by mantras chanted everywhere: in the streets, temples, caves, and markets. Most of these chants endeavored for peace, happiness, to generate compassion or to overcome obstacles, not just for those who chanted but also for all living beings.  Since chanting is not allowed everywhere in Tibet, its pervasiveness is a kind of activism. As Janssen began her ISCP residency in New York, she was touched by the similarity between the intent of activist chants in the streets of New York and the chanted mantras in Tibet, and their shared goals of justice and peace. Displaying a sound piece that combines the Tibetan and American chants, Janssen will also present a photograph of a line drawing made with objects, and a line drawing that weaves across album covers installed on the wall.

Saskia Janssen (born 1968, Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands) lives and works in Amsterdam. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Art in The Hague and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in 1996 and 1997. Her exhibitions include Diamonds in the Sky, Museum Het Dolhuys, Haarlem; A Glass of Water (Some Objects on the Path to Enlightenment), Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam; The Dutch Identity?, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere; and Monument for Invisible Particles, a commission for the Bonairian tax building for the Central Government Real Estate Agency. Saskia Janssen’s residency is sponsored by the Mondriaan Fund.

Saskia Janssen: Everything Is One is presented in conjunction with Ishu Han: Memory of Each Other. Although these exhibitions were independently conceived, many of the works in both exhibitions contemplate Buddhist ideas and forms in a contemporary world.

September 8, 6:30-8pm: Torma making workshop and discussion with Saskia Janssen.

Exhibition support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Greenwich Collection, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

The exhibition is curated by Kari Conte with Shinnie Kim, and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalog available for free to the public.

Opening Reception: Jul 07, 2015, 6-8pm
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