March 26, 2013

Salon: Miran Blažek and Mark Ther

Miran Blažek will discuss his work as a point of recorded process that tries to develop universal language through visual means. His practice leans on painting but extends further to become a derivative of the concept of painting as a whole. His work deals with a simple mark or trace, playing with material to transcend the physical. 

Mark Ther will screen his film Das wandernde Sterlein, which accumulates several issues and strategies used by Ther in his previous work. He has situated his narrative in the late 1930s in the Sudeten region, as he did in his video Pflaumen, where he speaks to forced evacuation of the Czech Germans in 1945 in a very intimate, gentle, but disturbing and moving story. In Das wandernde Sternlein, Ther does not refer to general World War II historic reality. Instead showing a very actual emotive moment, he comes with a completely fictional story from that period and adds issues of sexual perversity which he has used separately in recent works.

Participating Residents

March 12, 2013

Salon: Tonje Bøe Birkeland and Mircea Nicolae

Tonje Bøe Birkeland will discuss her ongoing project Tuva Tengel (1901-1985): Letters from Mongolia and the parallels that exist between her own experiences of the landscape and the character’s adventures.

The meeting between a constructed character, a visual artist and a landscape is put on stage, and the constructed and the physical meet on the border between fiction and reality.

Mircea Nicolae will present the production process of his Romanian Kiosk Company project from 2010, which provides the viewer with an in-depth explanation of the social, cultural and historical context of the city of Bucharest, Romania in the last 50 years. He will illustrate the conceptual, material and technical transformations that the project went through before it was completed. The project transitioned from an urban photography research project to a series of scale models and finally to a sculptural installation accompanied by a film. 

Participating Residents

March 5, 2013

Brooklyn Commons: Christian Philipp Müller and Kevin Beasley

Seating is limited so please arrive early.

Brooklyn Commons, a discussion series this winter and spring at ISCP, presents intellectual and artistic pairings between the established Brooklyn based artist community and ISCP residents. This series puts artists in conversation who have not shared a dialogue in the past and focuses on the vibrant and diverse cultural practitioners living and working in Brooklyn, both long- and short-term.

Christian Philipp Müller and Kevin Beasley will discuss site-specificity and institutional critique that is rooted in expanded sculpture and the everyday. Both artists interrogate the relationship between material and meaning through the use of socially and historically significant objects.

Christian Philipp Müller has been Dean at the School of Art and Design, Kassel since 2011. His solo exhibitions include Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst (2007) and the Kunstverein München, Munich (1992). Müller has participated in Documenta 13 (2012), Manifesta 7 (2008), and documenta 10 (1997) and was Austrian representative at the Biennale di Venezia (1993).

Kevin Beasley received his BFA from the College for Creative Studies, Detroit and his MFA in Sculpture from Yale University in 2012. He has exhibited nationally with The Butcher’s Daughter, Detroit and in group shows in Los Angeles, throughout Michigan, and New York. Beasley’s performances were featured during Some Sweet Day at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Danspace Projects, New York. Currently, Beasley’s work is featured in Fore at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Brooklyn Commons is organized by Kari Conte, ISCP Director of Programs and Exhibitions.

Upcoming Brooklyn Commons Events

On April 16th, Jonas Mekas and Paulien Oltheten will reflect on the spontaneous chronicling of life and human behavior; and on May 14th, Janine Antoni and Anastasia Ax will consider sculptural production in relation to process and the body.

Participating Residents