Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hard work, love and joy!!

This post is dedicated to all those hard working folks, particularly Sara Reisman and Kelly Pajek, from NYC's Dept. of Cultural Affairs and all the vendors that work at Moore Street Market/La Marqueta de Williamsburg, and EVERYONE (ABB) who is working on HWPLZ005K, Humboldt Plaza.  I have been so honored to work on this project with THE GUILD and am looking forward to the next steps.  Below the steps in pictures over the past year, and looking forward to the coming year.  
Seasonal Felicitations!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

AIRPLANE 2B Holiday Fete - Sat., 16 Dec. 2011, 6-11pm

Airplane: 6-11pm: 2B Holiday Fete ($10)
Saturday, December 17, 2011

AIRPLANE will host 2B, a draw-on-the-walls cocktail and hors'dourves party. Signature cocktails, wine, beer and delectable snacks will be offered...plus 2B pencils to draw on available surfaces. $10 cover charge gets you these holiday treats and your first 2 drinks.  

Founded and run by Lars Kremer, Liz Atzberger, and Kevin Curran, AIRPLANE is a new Bushwick artspace devoted to an experimental approach towards the engagement of the viewing public through curated shows, food events, seminars and collaborations.

70 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 · 646-345-9394

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

888 by Brenda Zlamany

This is a cool project funding by Brenda Zlamany.

Here's the link to watch a the video and below are the portraits as well as a more descriptive summary of the project and request for funds!  Good luck Brenda!!  I'm sure you'll raise the funds!!

this is my favorite!

From Brenda's request for funding statement:  I seek your help as I work to complete part 1 of my ongoing project, The Itinerant Portraitist. In this project, I travel to regions of the globe marked by conflict or by a need for cultural preservation. My goal is to explore the constructive effects of portraiture in such settings.

Part 1 of this project is “888: Creating a Portraiture of the Indigenous Inhabitants of Taiwan.” From July 1 to September 30, 2011, supported by a Fulbright grant, I traveled in Taiwan, primarily to aboriginal villages. I made watercolors of the people, using the camera lucida, a device for drawing that dates back to the Renaissance and that promotes a two-way exchange between artist and subject. The paintings took around ten minutes apiece, and I aimed to make ten a day. Each subject enjoyed signing his or her portrait and being photographed with it. The signature, an important part of the image, stamps the work as a collaboration. As word of the project spread on the island, it unified those I met. People were introduced to one another by flipping through the sketchbooks and following events on my blog and Facebook page. I chose 888 as the final number of paintings because of its significance in Chinese culture.

Each excursion in The Itinerant Portraitist will incorporate aspects of traditional artwork (portraiture; watercolor), performance art (living the production of the work; enlisting strangers to participate; ritually photographing them with the finished portrait), and conceptual art (production according to arbitrary quotas and timetables; the recursive inclusion of the painted portrait in a new portrait when the subject is photographed holding it).

At the end of each excursion, I produce a public work that documents the ambiguities and discoveries of the trip. “888” will be documented with an exhibition in MOCA/Studio, part of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei. Each sketchbook will be displayed on-screen, and viewers will turn pages by swiping the screen. As they leaf through a book, they will use their cell phones to scan a number on a portrait and then listen to a story about the image. A slide show of the 888 photos of subjects posing with their paintings will run in a loop. The original fifteen sketchbooks will be displayed, open, in a long case.

My minimum goal, $3,500, will enable me to travel to Taiwan to create and install the digital portion of the exhibition. If the funds allow, I will remain there during the first week, holding a daily performance workshop in which I make portraits of visitors, which will eventually fill a wall. If the donations reach $8,888.88, I will use the extra amount to finance a short documentary film about “888” by Paul H-O, director of “Guest of Cindy Sherman.”

In part 2 of The Itinerant Portraitist, titled “Portraits for Peace,” I will travel to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. All the portraits I make in The Itinerant Portraitist are respectful and dignifying. By combining painting, performance, a conceptual frame, and a digital presentation, this project challenges schisms in artistic as well as social understanding.