September 28, 2010

Salon: Maja Hodoscek (Slovenia) and Jiri Skala (Czech Republic)

Maja Hodoscek will screen Promised Land, a video dealing with labor market discrimination towards migrant workers in various EU countries. This project explores their position within contemporary society, their rights, working conditions and existential situation. 149 workers, who went to Slovenia from ex-Yugoslavia to work in a construction company called Gradis, were fired because the company went bankrupt. They currently all live together in a single home near Hodoscek’s house. Promised Land shows Hodoscek inviting them over for lunch, cooking goulash and having fun.

Maja Hodoscek lives and works in Celje, Slovenia. She graduated in 2009 from the Faculty of Education, Department of Fine Arts, University of Maribor, Slovenia. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at multiple video festivals and exhibitions. In 2010, Hodoscek received the OHO Award for Young Visual Artists organized by Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Jiri Skala will present a performance, Fathers Mouth, written and filmed two years ago but never presented live. A play for a couple, it will be performed by Marek Milde and Kristyna Milde. Skala strives towards freeing himself radically from the language of visual art in order to embrace experimental forms of literature. Skala’s work often demands the undivided attention of it’s viewer, at the same time as it is characterized by a strong will to reach out and communicate. His strength lies in connecting the literary process with artistic content, and his ability to thematize personal relationships as well as analyze larger complex social relations.

Jiri Skala (born 1976 in Czech Republic) studied at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, and at the postgraduate program at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France. He is co-founder of the Etc. Gallery in Prague, established in 2004, and is a member of the PAS group, together with the artist Tomás Vaněk and curator Vít Havranek. He is listed in The Younger than Jesus Artist Directory compiled by the New Museum in New York, and in November 2009 he was awarded the Jindřich Chalupecký Award for young artists in the Czech Republic by Vaclav Havel. JRP Ringier published his bookOne Family of Objects in 2010.

Participating Residents

September 21, 2010

Salon: Stephanie Syjuco (United States) and Theaster Gates (United States)

ON FORMS AND SOCIAL PRACTICES: ISCP Artadia Residents in performance and conversation

Stephanie Syjuco is a visual artist whose recent work uses the tactics of bootlegging, reappropriation, and fictional fabrications to address issues of cultural biography, labor, and economic globalization. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her objects mistranslate and misappropriate iconic symbols, creating frictions between high ideals and everyday materials. Her work has been shown internationally, including P.S.1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the California Biennial, and the Frieze Art Fair, among others. Upcoming shows include Shadowshop at SFMOMA, an alternative gift shop addressing issues of capitalism and distribution, Particulate Matter: Things,Thingys, Thingies, a solo exhibition at Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, and a large-scale installation at Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio.

In his performances, installations, and urban interventions, Theaster Gates — an artist, musician, and ‘cultural planner’ — transforms spaces, relationships, traditions, and perceptions. Exploring architecture as a tool for mediation and meditation, Gates draws from both urbanism and art to provide what he terms ‘moments of interstitial beauty’. Gates’s work has been exhibited widely. In 2010 alone, he has performed and exhibited at the Whitney Biennial and the Armory Show in New York, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Pulitzer Museum of Art in St. Louis, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. Upcoming projects include solo shows at the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, and the Museum for Contemporary Art, Detroit. Gates is a 2010-11 Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Participating Residents

September 7, 2010

Salon: Nicolas Grum (Chile) and Jiandyin (Thailand)

Nicolas Grum will present a selection of video works and I See Nothing, a work in progress developed during his residency at ISCP that addresses ideas of security, paranoia, systems and the absurd. Grum questions the idea of authority and the operation of established systems, and plays with concepts including the unstable, failure, disaster, environment and adaptation. His work is developed through diverse artistic mediums, particularly video, drawing and installation and irony and humor is present in most.

Nicolas Grum was born in San Miguel, Chile, in 1977. He studied visual arts at U.C. Santiago de Chile. In the last two years his work has been part of the Trienal de Chile, 2009; Beijing Biennial, 2009 and several groups shows in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Santa Cruz, Berlin and Shanghai.

Jiandyin (Pornpilai & Jiradej Meemalai) will show Stop E-motion, a seven minute stop-motion video edited from everday fragments of the artists’ lives, including photographs, drawings and notes. On Adaptation will also be presented. This 13 minute video shows the artists portraying a couple who struggle and attempt to balance the tension, instability and insecurity in their relationship.

Jiandyin is a duo of artists from Thailand. Their works look at the tension in human relationships. They also project an awareness of ‘living together as an adaptation’ in our rapidly globalizing world. In 2010, they began a participation project called Dialogue, an ongoing collaborative drawing of Thai / Thai American couples who live in United States. They will participate in The Penang Island Sculpture Project, Penang Island, Malaysia in 2011. Upcoming exhibitions include Art Live World at Chair and the Maiden Gallery, New York in September 2010 and a solo show at Kokoro Studio, San Francisco, CA, in November 2010.