August 24, 2010

Salon: Stefano Cagol (Italy) and Jonggeon Lee (South Korea)

Stefano Cagol will present two video works part of an ongoing social-practice-based project titled Scintillio e Cenere (Sparkling and Ash). In Taranto, the dirtiest city of Italy polluted by one of the biggest steel works in Europe, Cagol asked inhabitants to give sparkling objects in exchange of ash. He collected the objects during a traveling and standing action (in collaboration with Valentina Vetturi) through the city’s neighborhoods. He then realized a collective sparkling monument, marked by a white flag with the writing ‘Cenere’ (ash). The project is part of Miraggi (Mirages) at the Aragon Castle, Taranto, Italy (July 3 – September 13, 2010).

Through videos, photographs, installations and actions Stefano Cagol touches upon socio-political themes, pointing to the contradiction between beliefs and influences.

Jonggeon Lee will introduce a selection of recent works. Jonggeon’s sculpture and installation focuses on both domestic and public architectural structures, such as staircases or historic monuments that have been displaced from their original contexts. In an effort to capture his experience of cultural displacement, he reproduces components of architectural structures that evoke both the time and space of its origins. Lee distorts and crops the decorative elements of domestic Colonial houses, reconfigures the scale and material of historic monuments, and combines historic architectural structures with everyday objects. In his work, he transforms architectural structures in order to dislodge them from their initial function of structure. As a result, in each of his works, time becomes fixed and isolated from its conventional cycle, creating memories of space.

Participating Residents

August 10, 2010

Salon: Simone Bergantini (Italy) and Rachel Scott (Australia)

Simone Bergantini (1977, Italy) re-evaluates the concept of photography. In 2009, he won the Terna and the Foam Magazine Talent Calling Prizes. He recently participated in exhibitions in China and Italy, and just had a solo exhibition at the Jarach Gallery in Venice, Italy.

Rachel Scott will present a selection of short video works. “Rachel Scott’s 2006 video, (Like) watching paint dry was an utterly unidealized version of the creative process based on things going wrong, inspiration lost, loneliness, tracksuit pants and FM radio” (Sally Quin, Art & Australia, Vol. 47, No.2, 2009). Collapsing everyday life with art practice, Scott’s work includes informal, site responsive, expressive gestures and actions undertaken by the artist within acknowledged formal, conceptual, controlled structures and frameworks. Working critically with painting, performance, installation and the camera, Scott engages the personal to examine broader social and art historical concerns.

Rachel Scott graduated in 2005 from the Sydney College of the Arts witha Master of Visual Arts. Upcoming exhibitions include: Face to Face: Portraiture in a Digital Age, presented by d/Lux Media Arts, Arts Centre, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand and NAFA Nanyang
Academy, Singapore; and Lovesick, Stills Gallery, Sydney.

Participating Residents

July 27, 2010

Salon: Ok Hyun Ahn (South Korea) and Juanli Carrion (Spain)

In Mirror Ball from 2007 Ok Hyun Ahn lip-syncs love songs, exploring clichés to investigate how their lyrics become symbolic, and how our emotions evolve. “What if a hundred clichés burst out shamelessly and simultaneously?” Would we yawn or laugh at such an outpouring of banality?  As audiences watch the artist lip-sync a sorrowful love song, they know that she is not performing the song, and yet cannot help but identify her performance with the actual experience of emotion. Audiences do not know whether to laugh at the artist or to cry.

Ok Hyun Ahn is photographer and a video artist. She recently exhibited her works in Identity, Costume, Cliche: Korean Photography Today, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, 2009, Artist as Performer, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, 2009. Her works were previously published in European Photography, 2008. She was awarded a Ssamzie Studio in Seoul in 2007.

Juanli Carrion will present his project Kei-Seki. Kei-Seki is the combination of two Japanese words meaning scene and stone. This work began as a site-specific installation made from the remains of an unfinished bridge construction in which he used the found material to evoke the culture of entertainment as might be related to night clubs or Christmas decorations. His installation has evolved into the series of photographs and sculptures that comprise Kei-Seki. This final installation invites the spectator to consider the relationship of man and his environment and to expand their perception of nature and reality.

Juanli Carrion’s working practice begins with his interest in landscape. He raises social and political questions regarding man’s relationship to his environment as well as the human tendency to create references or associations to the environment and the effects of those ways of thinking on “reality”. His artistic practice retains a basis in photography but has developed through installation, sculpture, and video.

Juanli Carrion’s Salon is supported by the Consulate General of Spain in New York and the Spain Foreign Cultural Cooperation agency.

Participating Residents