March 30–April 16, 2011

Pertaining to a Profession Proverbially Energetic and Nervous

A German ELLE from 1998 functions as an initial reflection on the self-presentation of the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and its then artist-residents and professional visitors. The magazine’s full-page shots of artists in their studios provide the starting point for a three-way examination of disparate clichés about contemporary artists as workers and the people in their surroundings who legitimize this peculiar ‘at-work-ness.’

pertaining to a profession proverbially energetic and nervous is curated by Sarah Demeuse and includes work by Étienne Chambaud, Irene Kopelman, David Levine, David Maroto, Mladen Stilinovic, Magnus Thierfelder, and Carey Young. A selection of ISCP’s own collection of photographs will function as a refrain in this group show. As a whole, the exhibition subtly undermines three tropes associated with an artist’s work: the mysterious invisibility or potentiality of artistic labor as example of post-industrial immateriality; art as resistance to commonplace productivity; and, possibly closer to home, the performative formulas and taboos associated with successful artistic professionalism.

As the second installment in a year-long thematic exhibition related to work, pertaining to a profession proverbially energetic and nervous takes at face value the fact that the international roving artist-cum-MacBookPro has taken the place of the blue-collar Brooklyn printmaker and therefore turns the tables, highlighting the expectations of those who visit this contemporary workspace.

Sarah Vanhee’s Great Public Sale of Unrealized but Brilliant Ideas, culling from works-in-progress by ISCP residents, will complement this exhibition and is scheduled to take place in September 2011.

This exhibition is organized by Sarah Demeuse in close conversation with Kari Conte.

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. 

Opening Reception: Mar 30, 2011, 6-8pm
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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