September 6, 2011

Salon: Laura F. Gibellini

For her salon, Laura F. Gibellini will share her ideas about the nature of art and will also stage a presentation of a poem written as a response to a series of her work. The poem, Variations on a Domestic Interior by Mary Di Lucia, is significant as it led Gibellini to a deeper understanding of her own work.

Laura F. Gibellini lives and works in New York City and Madrid. She uses different media to address concerns related to the construction of place(s). She holds a PhD in Contemporary Art Theory from Complutense University of Madrid.

Participating Residents

August 23, 2011

Salon: Xiaowei Chen and Cecil McDonald, Jr.

Xiaowei Chen attempts, through the use of delicate media and a lengthy work process, to explore the evolution of thought as well as changes in surroundings. For her Salon, Chen will present works in progress (drawings and video) that she has been making since the start of her residency at ISCP. She will perform a live, 30-minute video interaction and will also show a 49 foot drawing drawing entitled Detached Clouds.

Xiaowei Chen was born in China, and currently resides in Boston. She works in various media, including video, oil on canvas, ink on paper, and ink on fabric, and her work has been shown in Beijing, Boston, and New York.

Through photography, video, and text, Cecil McDonald, Jr. explores the intersections of masculinity, familial relations, and the artistic and intellectual pursuits of black culture that emanate from the two. For his Salon, McDonald plans to show photographs and two videos from his “Switzerland project”. In his latest body of work Looking for Baldwin, McDonald investigates ideas of artistic practice and travel coupled with notions of masculinity and race.

McDonald studied fashion, house music and dance club culture (not in any particular order) before receiving a MFA in Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor.

Both Chen’s and McDonald’s residencies are sponsored by Artadia.

Participating Residents

August 2, 2011

Book Launch: Endless by Valerio Rocco Orlando

Through what kind of relationships can you imagine a better society? Starting from this question, ISCP alum Valerio Rocco Orlando will lead a discussion about relationships, community awareness, and collective and individual identity with the public and current ISCP residents. A selection of writings developed during this discussion will be included in the forthcoming edition of the book Endless.

Endless (Mousse Publishing, 2011) is an open book, a shared portrait that will be composed over time, recounting stories, relationships and visions through the different experiences of Orlando’s life with texts and contributions by Caroline Corbetta, Maria Paola Fimiani, Gilbert & George, Liam Gillick, Corrado Levi, Jean-Luc Nancy, Valerio Rocco Orlando, Mario Perniola, Ugo Rondinone and Luigi Zoja.

Valerio Rocco Orlando lives in Milan and New York. He received a BA in Dramaturgy from Università Cattolica in Milan and an MA in Film Directing from Queen Mary, University of London. Valerio Rocco Orlando won the ISCP New York Prize 2009 promoted by Parc/Seat/Gai and a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts in 2011.