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Rock Paper Scissors
September 18, 2017 - October 13, 2017
One Liberty Plaza, New York

Rock Paper Scissors not only refers to the popular game enjoyed by children and adults the world over, but also to three fundamental materials and techniques in the making of visual art. Since ancient times, stone has been a ubiquitous material in sculpture. Ever since paper has existed, artists have used its flexible nature to make everything from drawings to three-dimensional structures. Cutting, folding and attaching various materials together to create collage is a timeless technique employed by artists through the centuries. The six contemporary artists in Rock Paper Scissors utilize aspects of all three materials and methods creating works of beauty and surprise.  Though they differ in practice and approach, these artists reveal interconnectivity to each other through the materials they prize. ” Tom Kotik, curator

Rock Paper Scissors features new work by Noriko Ambe, Josh Dorman, Jim Osman, Steve Pauley, Claudia Pena, and Jen Schwarting. The exhibition is the fifth commissioned pedestal project. Previous themes were Fluid (2013), Bright (2014), SYNC (2015), and Urbanscapes (2016).

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Noriko Ambe was born in Saitama, Japan in 1967, gained a BFA in oil painting from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and now lives and works in New York.

Ambe creates elegantly-flowing elaborate three-dimensional forms that tug at viewers’ senses, as can be seen in her cutting project works that involve cutting by hand into hundreds of sheets of paper one by one, and stacking them so that the minute graduations of height introduced by each out sheet produce geological strata. In 2011, she became an AICA Award winner when AICA-USA selected her for second place in the Best Show in a Commercial Gallery Nationally category. She was also a finalist for the Nissan Art Award 2013.

Recent solo exhibitions include “Satellite View” Lora Reynolds Gallery (2015), “Cutting without an Outline” Castelli Gallery (2013), “Inner Water” Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University (2012), “キル – Artist Books, Linear-Actions Cutting Project” The FLAG Art Foundation, 2010. Her works are included in many collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Josh Dorman was born in Baltimore, 1966. He lives and works in New York City. His work is represented by Ryan Lee Gallery in New York City, Koplin Del Rio in Seattle, and John Martin Gallery in London. In 2009, he received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and he has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Millay Colony and Art Omi. His work is in many museum and private collections across the country and has been reviewed in ArtNews, Art in America, LA Times, Modern Painters, ArtForum, and The New Yorker, and has been the subject of essays by acclaimed authors Paul Auster and Nam Le. From 2009 to 2014, Dorman created seven animated short films to accompany Anna Clyne’s The Violin, (DVD available on VMA Records). To see more of his work, go to www.joshdorman.net

Jim Osman was born in New York City. He received his BA & MFA from Queens College (CUNY) in Flushing, NY where he studied with Tom Doyle, Mary Miss and Lawrence fane. He has had solo exhibitions at Lesley Heller Workspace, Long Island University’s Kumbal Gallery and Dartmouth College. His work has been included in group shows at Metaphor Gallery NYC, Brooklyn Museum, and University of Texas at San Antonio. He teaches courses in three-dimensional design, sculpture and public art classes at Parsons School of Design. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Steve Pauley lives and works in Brooklyn NY. Originally from North Carolina, he received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. As a sculptor, he has made thousands of tombstones for his community. As an apprentice, he learned to engrave photo-realistic portraits, which is a process where he uses a diamond tipped pencil (or scribe) to lightly scratch the surface of the stone. He also learned to sandblast, which involves forcing sand at high air pressure through hand-cut stencils, effectively carving away the stones surface. He carried these skill sets, as well as his photographic experience as a teacher at West Virginia State University (WVSU), into his own unique art making practice.

Claudia Peña Salinas was born in 1975 in Montemorelos, Mexico and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Peña Salinas has exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and project spaces such as Embajada (Puerto Rico), Curro (Mexico), as well as Present Company, Forever & TOday, Momenta, Underdonk, TSA, Helper, Queens Museum, and El Museo del Barrio -all in New York. Recent residencies and awards include: Lower Manhattan City Council, Process Space (New York), and SOMA (Mexico. She is also a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (2007).

Jen Schwarting is an artist and writer born in Bronx, NY, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She received an MFA in sculpture from CalArts and a BFA in painting from Cornell University. She has shown her work at galleries and museums in New York including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Islip Art Museum, Smack Mellon, Present Company, TSA, Regina Rex, as well as galleries in Los Angeles and abroad. An interview featuring her most recent painting series was published in Art:21 and her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, L Magazine and the New York Times. Schwarting teaches studio art at Pace University in lower Manhattan.

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Tom Kotik is an artist, curator and musician based in Brooklyn, New York.  Since the 1996 Tom has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including solo shows at Lesley Heller Workspace in 2015 and 2011, as well as solo exhibitions at the Juan Miro Foundation in Barcelona (2010) and Kostka Gallery Prague (2014).  He has exhibited his work at many diverse venues such as Socrates Sculpture Park (2000), Meet Factory Prague (2013), Field Projects (2014) and the Miami Museum of Science (2004).  Since 2013 Tom has been a curator at large for Arts Brookfield, organizing various exhibitions for their spaces in New York and Los Angeles including Construct; an installation by David Baskin (2015), American Soil; an installation by Josh Dorman (2015) and Bright!, a group show exhibited in both New York and LA (2014).  Tom has also curated exhibitions for Lesley Heller Workspace (2012), Long Island University (2011), and Five Myles (2003).  In addition to his artistic activities, Tom is an avid musician who has recorded and performed with many bands over the years including Stresovicka Kramle (Prague), Sportsman’s Paradise, Mighty High and Jonny Chan and the New Dynasty  Six (all NYC).  He recently returned from Prague where he recorded a forthcoming album with Stresovicka Kramle to be released in 2016.

Tom Kotik received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College in 2004 and his Bachelors Degree from New York University in 1993.  He has been a resident artist at Art OMI (2001), Yaddo (2006), LMCC Workspace Program (2005), and the Bronx Museum AIM Program (2005).

Rock Paper Scissors
August 14, 2017 - September 15, 2017
300 Madison, New York

Rock Paper Scissors not only refers to the popular game enjoyed by children and adults the world over, but also to three fundamental materials and techniques in the making of visual art. Since ancient times, stone has been a ubiquitous material in sculpture. Ever since paper has existed, artists have used its flexible nature to make everything from drawings to three-dimensional structures. Cutting, folding and attaching various materials together to create collage is a timeless technique employed by artists through the centuries. The six contemporary artists in Rock Paper Scissors utilize aspects of all three materials and methods creating works of beauty and surprise.  Though they differ in practice and approach, these artists reveal interconnectivity to each other through the materials they prize. ” Tom Kotik, curator

Rock Paper Scissors features new work by Noriko Ambe, Josh Dorman, Jim Osman, Steve Pauley, Claudia Pena, and Jen Schwarting. The exhibition is the fifth commissioned pedestal project. Previous themes were Fluid (2013), Bright (2014), SYNC (2015), and Urbanscapes (2016).

 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE:

August 14 – September 15

300 Madison Avenue

 

September 18 – October 13

One Liberty Plaza

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Noriko Ambe was born in Saitama, Japan in 1967, gained a BFA in oil painting from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and now lives and works in New York.

Ambe creates elegantly-flowing elaborate three-dimensional forms that tug at viewers’ senses, as can be seen in her cutting project works that involve cutting by hand into hundreds of sheets of paper one by one, and stacking them so that the minute graduations of height introduced by each out sheet produce geological strata. In 2011, she became an AICA Award winner when AICA-USA selected her for second place in the Best Show in a Commercial Gallery Nationally category. She was also a finalist for the Nissan Art Award 2013.

Recent solo exhibitions include “Satellite View” Lora Reynolds Gallery (2015), “Cutting without an Outline” Castelli Gallery (2013), “Inner Water” Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University (2012), “キル – Artist Books, Linear-Actions Cutting Project” The FLAG Art Foundation, 2010. Her works are included in many collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Josh Dorman was born in Baltimore, 1966. He lives and works in New York City. His work is represented by Ryan Lee Gallery in New York City, Koplin Del Rio in Seattle, and John Martin Gallery in London. In 2009, he received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and he has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Millay Colony and Art Omi. His work is in many museum and private collections across the country and has been reviewed in ArtNews, Art in America, LA Times, Modern Painters, ArtForum, and The New Yorker, and has been the subject of essays by acclaimed authors Paul Auster and Nam Le. From 2009 to 2014, Dorman created seven animated short films to accompany Anna Clyne’s The Violin, (DVD available on VMA Records). To see more of his work, go to www.joshdorman.net

Jim Osman was born in New York City. He received his BA & MFA from Queens College (CUNY) in Flushing, NY where he studied with Tom Doyle, Mary Miss and Lawrence fane. He has had solo exhibitions at Lesley Heller Workspace, Long Island University’s Kumbal Gallery and Dartmouth College. His work has been included in group shows at Metaphor Gallery NYC, Brooklyn Museum, and University of Texas at San Antonio. He teaches courses in three-dimensional design, sculpture and public art classes at Parsons School of Design. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Steve Pauley lives and works in Brooklyn NY. Originally from North Carolina, he received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. As a sculptor, he has made thousands of tombstones for his community. As an apprentice, he learned to engrave photo-realistic portraits, which is a process where he uses a diamond tipped pencil (or scribe) to lightly scratch the surface of the stone. He also learned to sandblast, which involves forcing sand at high air pressure through hand-cut stencils, effectively carving away the stones surface. He carried these skill sets, as well as his photographic experience as a teacher at West Virginia State University (WVSU), into his own unique art making practice.

Claudia Peña Salinas was born in 1975 in Montemorelos, Mexico and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Peña Salinas has exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and project spaces such as Embajada (Puerto Rico), Curro (Mexico), as well as Present Company, Forever & TOday, Momenta, Underdonk, TSA, Helper, Queens Museum, and El Museo del Barrio -all in New York. Recent residencies and awards include: Lower Manhattan City Council, Process Space (New York), and SOMA (Mexico. She is also a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (2007).

Jen Schwarting is an artist and writer born in Bronx, NY, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She received an MFA in sculpture from CalArts and a BFA in painting from Cornell University. She has shown her work at galleries and museums in New York including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Islip Art Museum, Smack Mellon, Present Company, TSA, Regina Rex, as well as galleries in Los Angeles and abroad. An interview featuring her most recent painting series was published in Art:21 and her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, L Magazine and the New York Times. Schwarting teaches studio art at Pace University in lower Manhattan.

 

ABOUT TOM KOTIK

Tom Kotik is an artist, curator and musician based in Brooklyn, New York.  Since the 1996 Tom has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including solo shows at Lesley Heller Workspace in 2015 and 2011, as well as solo exhibitions at the Juan Miro Foundation in Barcelona (2010) and Kostka Gallery Prague (2014).  He has exhibited his work at many diverse venues such as Socrates Sculpture Park (2000), Meet Factory Prague (2013), Field Projects (2014) and the Miami Museum of Science (2004).  Since 2013 Tom has been a curator at large for Arts Brookfield, organizing various exhibitions for their spaces in New York and Los Angeles including Construct; an installation by David Baskin (2015), American Soil; an installation by Josh Dorman (2015) and Bright!, a group show exhibited in both New York and LA (2014).  Tom has also curated exhibitions for Lesley Heller Workspace (2012), Long Island University (2011), and Five Myles (2003).  In addition to his artistic activities, Tom is an avid musician who has recorded and performed with many bands over the years including Stresovicka Kramle (Prague), Sportsman’s Paradise, Mighty High and Jonny Chan and the New Dynasty  Six (all NYC).  He recently returned from Prague where he recorded a forthcoming album with Stresovicka Kramle to be released in 2016.

Tom Kotik received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College in 2004 and his Bachelors Degree from New York University in 1993.  He has been a resident artist at Art OMI (2001), Yaddo (2006), LMCC Workspace Program (2005), and the Bronx Museum AIM Program (2005).

Rock Paper Scissors
July 17, 2017 - August 11, 2017
Grace Building, New York

Rock Paper Scissors not only refers to the popular game enjoyed by children and adults the world over, but also to three fundamental materials and techniques in the making of visual art. Since ancient times, stone has been a ubiquitous material in sculpture. Ever since paper has existed, artists have used its flexible nature to make everything from drawings to three-dimensional structures. Cutting, folding and attaching various materials together to create collage is a timeless technique employed by artists through the centuries. The six contemporary artists in Rock Paper Scissors utilize aspects of all three materials and methods creating works of beauty and surprise.  Though they differ in practice and approach, these artists reveal interconnectivity to each other through the materials they prize. ” Tom Kotik, curator

Rock Paper Scissors features new work by Noriko Ambe, Josh Dorman, Jim Osman, Steve Pauley, Claudia Pena, and Jen Schwarting. The exhibition is the fifth commissioned pedestal project. Previous themes were Fluid (2013), Bright (2014), SYNC (2015), and Urbanscapes (2016).

 

OPENING RECEPTION: 

July 20 | 6 PM – 8 PM

Grace Building Lobby

 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE:

July 17 – August 11

Grace Building

 

August 14 – September 15

300 Madison Avenue

 

September 18 – October 13

One Liberty Plaza

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Noriko Ambe was born in Saitama, Japan in 1967, gained a BFA in oil painting from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and now lives and works in New York.

Ambe creates elegantly-flowing elaborate three-dimensional forms that tug at viewers’ senses, as can be seen in her cutting project works that involve cutting by hand into hundreds of sheets of paper one by one, and stacking them so that the minute graduations of height introduced by each out sheet produce geological strata. In 2011, she became an AICA Award winner when AICA-USA selected her for second place in the Best Show in a Commercial Gallery Nationally category. She was also a finalist for the Nissan Art Award 2013.

Recent solo exhibitions include “Satellite View” Lora Reynolds Gallery (2015), “Cutting without an Outline” Castelli Gallery (2013), “Inner Water” Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University (2012), “キル – Artist Books, Linear-Actions Cutting Project” The FLAG Art Foundation, 2010. Her works are included in many collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Josh Dorman was born in Baltimore, 1966. He lives and works in New York City. His work is represented by Ryan Lee Gallery in New York City, Koplin Del Rio in Seattle, and John Martin Gallery in London. In 2009, he received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and he has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Millay Colony and Art Omi. His work is in many museum and private collections across the country and has been reviewed in ArtNews, Art in America, LA Times, Modern Painters, ArtForum, and The New Yorker, and has been the subject of essays by acclaimed authors Paul Auster and Nam Le. From 2009 to 2014, Dorman created seven animated short films to accompany Anna Clyne’s The Violin, (DVD available on VMA Records). To see more of his work, go to www.joshdorman.net

Jim Osman was born in New York City. He received his BA & MFA from Queens College (CUNY) in Flushing, NY where he studied with Tom Doyle, Mary Miss and Lawrence fane. He has had solo exhibitions at Lesley Heller Workspace, Long Island University’s Kumbal Gallery and Dartmouth College. His work has been included in group shows at Metaphor Gallery NYC, Brooklyn Museum, and University of Texas at San Antonio. He teaches courses in three-dimensional design, sculpture and public art classes at Parsons School of Design. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Steve Pauley lives and works in Brooklyn NY. Originally from North Carolina, he received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. As a sculptor, he has made thousands of tombstones for his community. As an apprentice, he learned to engrave photo-realistic portraits, which is a process where he uses a diamond tipped pencil (or scribe) to lightly scratch the surface of the stone. He also learned to sandblast, which involves forcing sand at high air pressure through hand-cut stencils, effectively carving away the stones surface. He carried these skill sets, as well as his photographic experience as a teacher at West Virginia State University (WVSU), into his own unique art making practice.

Claudia Peña Salinas was born in 1975 in Montemorelos, Mexico and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Peña Salinas has exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and project spaces such as Embajada (Puerto Rico), Curro (Mexico), as well as Present Company, Forever & TOday, Momenta, Underdonk, TSA, Helper, Queens Museum, and El Museo del Barrio -all in New York. Recent residencies and awards include: Lower Manhattan City Council, Process Space (New York), and SOMA (Mexico. She is also a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (2007).

Jen Schwarting is an artist and writer born in Bronx, NY, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She received an MFA in sculpture from CalArts and a BFA in painting from Cornell University. She has shown her work at galleries and museums in New York including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Islip Art Museum, Smack Mellon, Present Company, TSA, Regina Rex, as well as galleries in Los Angeles and abroad. An interview featuring her most recent painting series was published in Art:21 and her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, L Magazine and the New York Times. Schwarting teaches studio art at Pace University in lower Manhattan.

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Tom Kotik is an artist, curator and musician based in Brooklyn, New York.  Since the 1996 Tom has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including solo shows at Lesley Heller Workspace in 2015 and 2011, as well as solo exhibitions at the Juan Miro Foundation in Barcelona (2010) and Kostka Gallery Prague (2014).  He has exhibited his work at many diverse venues such as Socrates Sculpture Park (2000), Meet Factory Prague (2013), Field Projects (2014) and the Miami Museum of Science (2004).  Since 2013 Tom has been a curator at large for Arts Brookfield, organizing various exhibitions for their spaces in New York and Los Angeles including Construct; an installation by David Baskin (2015), American Soil; an installation by Josh Dorman (2015) and Bright!, a group show exhibited in both New York and LA (2014).  Tom has also curated exhibitions for Lesley Heller Workspace (2012), Long Island University (2011), and Five Myles (2003).  In addition to his artistic activities, Tom is an avid musician who has recorded and performed with many bands over the years including Stresovicka Kramle (Prague), Sportsman’s Paradise, Mighty High and Jonny Chan and the New Dynasty  Six (all NYC).  He recently returned from Prague where he recorded a forthcoming album with Stresovicka Kramle to be released in 2016.

Tom Kotik received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College in 2004 and his Bachelors Degree from New York University in 1993.  He has been a resident artist at Art OMI (2001), Yaddo (2006), LMCC Workspace Program (2005), and the Bronx Museum AIM Program (2005).

Animal Soul
Jason Hackenwerth
July 14, 2017 - July 22, 2017
FIGat7th, Los Angeles

FIGat7th & Wells Fargo Center

Artist Jason Hackenwerth transforms common materials into a spectacle to be experienced. His medium of choice is the latex balloon, inflating hundreds at a time and stringing them together in unusual forms and pre-determined color patterns to create sculptures resembling animals, insects, aliens, or other colorful products of your imagination. His playful works have been exhibited internationally at a number of famous institutions and fairs including the Guggenheim, Scotland Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Venice Biennale, and Art Basel, Miami.

For the installation Animal Soul, Arts Brookfield has commissioned Hackenwerth to create three large-scale, internally lit, inflated sculptures based on his famous balloon designs. These sculptures tower over the viewer at 20 to 30 feet high and will be on view for nine days in downtown LA this Summer. Hackenwerth will also create two wearable sculptures made entirely of sewn balloons. These sculptures double as costumes and come to life when donned by dancers that navigate our ordinary world in their brightly hued balloon skin.

Animal Soul will sweep you into a fantastical world of giant, colorful, friendly creatures inspired as much by the magical, light-hearted persona of balloons as by the otherworldly creatures that exist within every imagination. Experience this installation from July 14 – July 22, 12 – 10 pm daily at FIGat7th and Wells Fargo Center in downtown Los Angeles and let your creativity run wild!

FREE PUBLIC EVENTS:

Friday, July 14: Show-Your-Spirit-Animal Quiet Clubbing Party

Works on Water
June 29, 2017
Zuccotti Park, New York

Works on Water is a month-long series presenting multiple artistic perspectives on water in a global context.

From the intimate experience we have with water every day to the cultural experience with water that inspires our creative minds, to the politics of water that most people don’t think about, to the global considerations of water, which is often hard to comprehend, Works on Water presents four artists showcase time-based work about the water that surrounds us.

Presented by New Georges with 3LD Art & Technology and Urban Water Artists in collaboration with Guerilla Science.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

June 8 | Opera in the Shower

Rachel Parish and Audrey Gámez

A playful meditation on the use or water in our daily lives, Opera in the Shower takes inspiration from Helen Banner’s experimental opera about washing rituals.

 

June 15 | Plein Air the Future

Lise Brenner

Imagine the past and the future of Zuccotti Park while abstract painters create visuals showcasing the potential impact of rising sea level in real time.

 

June 22 | The Play About the Bridge

Nancy Nowacek and Celine Song

Inspired by Nowacek’s Citizen Bridge, this piece features two actors who struggle to make their way from point A to point B, bridging multiple obstacles and distances.

 

June 29 | 36.5/Mannahatta

Sarah Cameron Sunde

Connect with the tidal shifts in water surrounding the city and the streams below in this one-time performance featuring three performers and public participation.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Rachel Parish is a theater director, installation artist, arts leader, and community organizer. With specialties in directing, devising and dramaturgy for new plays, her work has taken place in the UK, Ireland, China, Switzerland, the USA, Croatia, and Gabon, with support from organizations including Arts Council England, the Welcome Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Recent original stage productions include Manifesting Destiny and Hellscreen (London, 2015). Rachel’s work contains a close attention to visual design and often incorporates original live music and rich choreography. Rachel trained in London at the prestigious National Theatre Studio Director’s Course. She received her MA with distinction from the Central School of Speech and Drama and, in the USA she studied at the University of Georgia, with LaMama and the SITI Company, and is a graduate of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.

 

Lise Brenner is a choreographer, writer, teacher, producer and performer active in NYC and abroad. Brenner holds her MFA Interdisciplinary Performance from DasArts, University of the Arts, Amsterdam and has had her work supported by, among others, the NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs, the Mondriaan Stichting (NL), iLand Art, Dance Theatre Workshop, and the Central Park Urban Rangers.  In 2010 she co-founded ICSCS (the Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability), with support from the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund and the Mellon Foundation.

Multiple shifts of locale and context have led her to consider performance as intimately connected to the policy, history, language and other political and cultural fundamentals that result in the architecture (whether literal—i.e. buildings, landscapes—or societal—i.e. economic and government structures, historio-cultural, linguistic, etc) of daily life.  Performance works since 2006 have focused on the New York City landscape, utilizing choreographic principals to organize multi-talented and diversely focused creators in projects that provide multidimensional ‘scores’ for audience/participants. These projects all start from a fascination with the underlying history and environmental factors shaping present day urban realities, and a desire to engage audiences in co-imagining the past in order to re-imagine the future of the city. In September 2012 she was delighted to return to the NY stage at St. Mark’s Danspace in Clarinda Mac Low’s tribute to Jackson Mac Low: 40 Dances for the Dancers.  She has published peer-reviewed articles in Parallax and Performance Paradigms, and has written for the Movement Research Journal.

 

Nancy Nowacek makes art focused on the power and politics of the body in late-capital, post-industrial culture. Embodying latent or invisible systems—bureaucracy, infrastructure, computer coding—she intervenes into the designed world with sculpture, performance and installations that challenge and shift assumptions of the social and body schema. Often situated between speculation and reality, Nowacek’s work brings conceptual environments and uses of the body into concrete, tactile sensory experience through the transformation of found objects and ready-mades. Fueled by contemporary issues, her work is inspired by minimalism, land art, conceptual art, and Fluxus. Her projects are often socially-engaged and process-driven, involving the collaboration of dozens to hundreds of participants in their realization.

Nowacek holds MFAs in Visual Communication and Social Practice. Her work has been supported most recently a through a 2-year fellowship at Eyebeam. She has also been supported by residencies through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Recess, Signal Fire and the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program and grants from Two Trees and Brooklyn Arts Council. She will be teaching at the Stevens Institute of Technology beginning fall 2017 and organizes panels and events devoted to waterways and climate change, and bodies and technology. She has exhibited and presented works in New York, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, Canada, South America and Europe.

 

Sarah Cameron Sunde Sarah Cameron Sunde is an interdisciplinary artist and director working at the intersection of performance, video and public art. She leads the live art cohort Lydian Junction, is Deputy Artistic Director of  New Georges, and is known internationally as Jon Fosse’s American translator and director (five U.S. debut productions; translations published by PAJ). Among other places, her work been seen at 3LD Art & Technology Center, EFA Project Space, the Knockdown Center, Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater and presented internationally in Norway, The Netherlands, Mexico, China, Uganda and Iraqi Kurdistan. Honors include a Princess Grace Award, Creative Climate Award First prize 2015, and residencies at The Watermill Center and Hermitage Foundation. She holds a BA in Theater from UCLA and an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from the City College of New York, CUNY. Sunde is currently working on large-scale projects 36.5 / a durational performance with the sea and ACROSS AN EMPTY LOT: a temporary memorial to the empty space. She is a 2016-17 artist-in-residence with LMCC’s Workspace program.

Works on Water
June 22, 2017
Zuccotti Park, New York

Works on Water is a month-long series presenting multiple artistic perspectives on water in a global context.

From the intimate experience we have with water every day to the cultural experience with water that inspires our creative minds, to the politics of water that most people don’t think about, to the global considerations of water, which is often hard to comprehend, Works on Water presents four artists showcase time-based work about the water that surrounds us.

Presented by New Georges with 3LD Art & Technology and Urban Water Artists in collaboration with Guerilla Science.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

June 8 | Opera in the Shower

Rachel Parish and Audrey Gámez

A playful meditation on the use or water in our daily lives, Opera in the Shower takes inspiration from Helen Banner’s experimental opera about washing rituals.

 

June 15 | Plein Air the Future

Lise Brenner

Imagine the past and the future of Zuccotti Park while abstract painters create visuals showcasing the potential impact of rising sea level in real time.

 

June 22 | The Play About the Bridge

Nancy Nowacek and Celine Song

Inspired by Nowacek’s Citizen Bridge, this piece features two actors who struggle to make their way from point A to point B, bridging multiple obstacles and distances.

 

June 29 | 36.5/Mannahatta

Sarah Cameron Sunde

Connect with the tidal shifts in water surrounding the city and the streams below in this one-time performance featuring three performers and public participation.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Rachel Parish is a theater director, installation artist, arts leader, and community organizer. With specialties in directing, devising and dramaturgy for new plays, her work has taken place in the UK, Ireland, China, Switzerland, the USA, Croatia, and Gabon, with support from organizations including Arts Council England, the Welcome Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Recent original stage productions include Manifesting Destiny and Hellscreen (London, 2015). Rachel’s work contains a close attention to visual design and often incorporates original live music and rich choreography. Rachel trained in London at the prestigious National Theatre Studio Director’s Course. She received her MA with distinction from the Central School of Speech and Drama and, in the USA she studied at the University of Georgia, with LaMama and the SITI Company, and is a graduate of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.

 

Lise Brenner is a choreographer, writer, teacher, producer and performer active in NYC and abroad. Brenner holds her MFA Interdisciplinary Performance from DasArts, University of the Arts, Amsterdam and has had her work supported by, among others, the NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs, the Mondriaan Stichting (NL), iLand Art, Dance Theatre Workshop, and the Central Park Urban Rangers.  In 2010 she co-founded ICSCS (the Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability), with support from the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund and the Mellon Foundation.

Multiple shifts of locale and context have led her to consider performance as intimately connected to the policy, history, language and other political and cultural fundamentals that result in the architecture (whether literal—i.e. buildings, landscapes—or societal—i.e. economic and government structures, historio-cultural, linguistic, etc) of daily life.  Performance works since 2006 have focused on the New York City landscape, utilizing choreographic principals to organize multi-talented and diversely focused creators in projects that provide multidimensional ‘scores’ for audience/participants. These projects all start from a fascination with the underlying history and environmental factors shaping present day urban realities, and a desire to engage audiences in co-imagining the past in order to re-imagine the future of the city. In September 2012 she was delighted to return to the NY stage at St. Mark’s Danspace in Clarinda Mac Low’s tribute to Jackson Mac Low: 40 Dances for the Dancers.  She has published peer-reviewed articles in Parallax and Performance Paradigms, and has written for the Movement Research Journal.

 

Nancy Nowacek makes art focused on the power and politics of the body in late-capital, post-industrial culture. Embodying latent or invisible systems—bureaucracy, infrastructure, computer coding—she intervenes into the designed world with sculpture, performance and installations that challenge and shift assumptions of the social and body schema. Often situated between speculation and reality, Nowacek’s work brings conceptual environments and uses of the body into concrete, tactile sensory experience through the transformation of found objects and ready-mades. Fueled by contemporary issues, her work is inspired by minimalism, land art, conceptual art, and Fluxus. Her projects are often socially-engaged and process-driven, involving the collaboration of dozens to hundreds of participants in their realization.

Nowacek holds MFAs in Visual Communication and Social Practice. Her work has been supported most recently a through a 2-year fellowship at Eyebeam. She has also been supported by residencies through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Recess, Signal Fire and the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program and grants from Two Trees and Brooklyn Arts Council. She will be teaching at the Stevens Institute of Technology beginning fall 2017 and organizes panels and events devoted to waterways and climate change, and bodies and technology. She has exhibited and presented works in New York, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, Canada, South America and Europe.

 

Sarah Cameron Sunde Sarah Cameron Sunde is an interdisciplinary artist and director working at the intersection of performance, video and public art. She leads the live art cohort Lydian Junction, is Deputy Artistic Director of  New Georges, and is known internationally as Jon Fosse’s American translator and director (five U.S. debut productions; translations published by PAJ). Among other places, her work been seen at 3LD Art & Technology Center, EFA Project Space, the Knockdown Center, Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater and presented internationally in Norway, The Netherlands, Mexico, China, Uganda and Iraqi Kurdistan. Honors include a Princess Grace Award, Creative Climate Award First prize 2015, and residencies at The Watermill Center and Hermitage Foundation. She holds a BA in Theater from UCLA and an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from the City College of New York, CUNY. Sunde is currently working on large-scale projects 36.5 / a durational performance with the sea and ACROSS AN EMPTY LOT: a temporary memorial to the empty space. She is a 2016-17 artist-in-residence with LMCC’s Workspace program.

Works on Water
June 15, 2017
Zuccotti Park, New York

Works on Water is a month-long series presenting multiple artistic perspectives on water in a global context.

From the intimate experience we have with water every day to the cultural experience with water that inspires our creative minds, to the politics of water that most people don’t think about, to the global considerations of water, which is often hard to comprehend, Works on Water presents four artists showcase time-based work about the water that surrounds us.

Presented by New Georges with 3LD Art & Technology and Urban Water Artists in collaboration with Guerilla Science.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

June 8 | Opera in the Shower

Rachel Parish and Audrey Gámez

A playful meditation on the use or water in our daily lives, Opera in the Shower takes inspiration from Helen Banner’s experimental opera about washing rituals.

 

June 15 | Plein Air the Future

Lise Brenner

Imagine the past and the future of Zuccotti Park while abstract painters create visuals showcasing the potential impact of rising sea level in real time.

 

June 22 | The Play About the Bridge

Nancy Nowacek and Celine Song

Inspired by Nowacek’s Citizen Bridge, this piece features two actors who struggle to make their way from point A to point B, bridging multiple obstacles and distances.

 

June 29 | 36.5/Mannahatta

Sarah Cameron Sunde

Connect with the tidal shifts in water surrounding the city and the streams below in this one-time performance featuring three performers and public participation.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Rachel Parish is a theater director, installation artist, arts leader, and community organizer. With specialties in directing, devising and dramaturgy for new plays, her work has taken place in the UK, Ireland, China, Switzerland, the USA, Croatia, and Gabon, with support from organizations including Arts Council England, the Welcome Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Recent original stage productions include Manifesting Destiny and Hellscreen (London, 2015). Rachel’s work contains a close attention to visual design and often incorporates original live music and rich choreography. Rachel trained in London at the prestigious National Theatre Studio Director’s Course. She received her MA with distinction from the Central School of Speech and Drama and, in the USA she studied at the University of Georgia, with LaMama and the SITI Company, and is a graduate of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.

 

Lise Brenner is a choreographer, writer, teacher, producer and performer active in NYC and abroad. Brenner holds her MFA Interdisciplinary Performance from DasArts, University of the Arts, Amsterdam and has had her work supported by, among others, the NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs, the Mondriaan Stichting (NL), iLand Art, Dance Theatre Workshop, and the Central Park Urban Rangers.  In 2010 she co-founded ICSCS (the Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability), with support from the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund and the Mellon Foundation.

Multiple shifts of locale and context have led her to consider performance as intimately connected to the policy, history, language and other political and cultural fundamentals that result in the architecture (whether literal—i.e. buildings, landscapes—or societal—i.e. economic and government structures, historio-cultural, linguistic, etc) of daily life.  Performance works since 2006 have focused on the New York City landscape, utilizing choreographic principals to organize multi-talented and diversely focused creators in projects that provide multidimensional ‘scores’ for audience/participants. These projects all start from a fascination with the underlying history and environmental factors shaping present day urban realities, and a desire to engage audiences in co-imagining the past in order to re-imagine the future of the city. In September 2012 she was delighted to return to the NY stage at St. Mark’s Danspace in Clarinda Mac Low’s tribute to Jackson Mac Low: 40 Dances for the Dancers.  She has published peer-reviewed articles in Parallax and Performance Paradigms, and has written for the Movement Research Journal.

 

Nancy Nowacek makes art focused on the power and politics of the body in late-capital, post-industrial culture. Embodying latent or invisible systems—bureaucracy, infrastructure, computer coding—she intervenes into the designed world with sculpture, performance and installations that challenge and shift assumptions of the social and body schema. Often situated between speculation and reality, Nowacek’s work brings conceptual environments and uses of the body into concrete, tactile sensory experience through the transformation of found objects and ready-mades. Fueled by contemporary issues, her work is inspired by minimalism, land art, conceptual art, and Fluxus. Her projects are often socially-engaged and process-driven, involving the collaboration of dozens to hundreds of participants in their realization.

Nowacek holds MFAs in Visual Communication and Social Practice. Her work has been supported most recently a through a 2-year fellowship at Eyebeam. She has also been supported by residencies through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Recess, Signal Fire and the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program and grants from Two Trees and Brooklyn Arts Council. She will be teaching at the Stevens Institute of Technology beginning fall 2017 and organizes panels and events devoted to waterways and climate change, and bodies and technology. She has exhibited and presented works in New York, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, Canada, South America and Europe.

 

Sarah Cameron Sunde Sarah Cameron Sunde is an interdisciplinary artist and director working at the intersection of performance, video and public art. She leads the live art cohort Lydian Junction, is Deputy Artistic Director of  New Georges, and is known internationally as Jon Fosse’s American translator and director (five U.S. debut productions; translations published by PAJ). Among other places, her work been seen at 3LD Art & Technology Center, EFA Project Space, the Knockdown Center, Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater and presented internationally in Norway, The Netherlands, Mexico, China, Uganda and Iraqi Kurdistan. Honors include a Princess Grace Award, Creative Climate Award First prize 2015, and residencies at The Watermill Center and Hermitage Foundation. She holds a BA in Theater from UCLA and an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from the City College of New York, CUNY. Sunde is currently working on large-scale projects 36.5 / a durational performance with the sea and ACROSS AN EMPTY LOT: a temporary memorial to the empty space. She is a 2016-17 artist-in-residence with LMCC’s Workspace program.

Planets
Installation by Isidro Blasco
June 13, 2017 - August 18, 2017
One New York Plaza, New York

Arts Brookfield has commissioned photographer and visual artist Isidro Blasco to create an original work for the windows of One New York Plaza.

Isidro Blasco’s photo-based artworks alter reality by transforming seemingly familiar landscapes into surrealistic multi-scale collages. His twirling environments allow observation of the world around us as if we are floating through multilayered dreamscapes of the everyday. For Planets, a new installation commissioned by Arts Brookfield, Blasco has documented different cities around the world and compiled his observations into kaleidoscopic spheres that swirl with manic energy. He calls these photographic bodies “Planets,” a beautiful allusion to the ways in which communities form their own all-encompassing worlds. Though trained as an artist, Blasco has studied architecture and is fascinated by constructed environments and how they reflect on those that inhabit them. Buildings, streets, signage, traffic, and all the things that commonly make cities vibrant are scrutinized with an unwavering attention to detail in Blasco’s birds-eye renderings. This unique perspective ingeniously allows for all kinds of minute details that help capture the atmosphere of each city as we descend from the skies into the trajectory of a distinct world. Isidro Blasco’s vibrant collages are grand reminders of the fact that the word “city” can never be a general term. Each metropolis is a unique planet unto itself, the scope of which can be understood only if we allow ourselves to enter its particular orbit.

Previous commissions of vinyl artwork at One New York Plaza:
Joshua Dorman, American Soil (2015, 2016); Ben Dowell, Transom (2014); and Jordan Matter, Joyful New York (2013).

CURATED BY TOM KOTIK.

 

 

 

ABOUT ISIDRO BLASCO:

Isidro Blasco combines architecture, photography, and installation to explore physical and psychological terrains. Blasco uses digital images and building materials to create large- and small-scale architectural environments and three-dimensional reconstructions of neighborhoods, producing snapshots of cityscapes that play with perception. Beginning with a viewpoint of a building, or an interior or exterior space, Blasco takes photographs and pieces together images into photo-sculptures, reminiscent of Cubist collages with their multitudes of angles. Blasco’s slight distortions of perspective produce scenes that can appear both recognizable and unfamiliar.

“I connect my experience as an outsider who walks the streets and interacts with the city with my more intimate feelings about closed and private spaces.” – Isidro Blasco

All-Day Breakfast Exhibition
June 12, 2017 - July 21, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

We all love Breakfast! And at Katzman they love contemporary art. In light of all-day breakfast being the new norm, we thought, lets put together a millennial group exhibition that questions the paradigms of modern society and responds with art that is creating a new mythology. Why? Because time no longer has meaning!
Join us at the FCP Gallery to enjoy tasty selections from our new art menu of the top six millennial artists to collect – with selections from Broadbent Sisters, James Gardner, Meryl McMaster, Tian Xiaolei, Yi Xin Tong, and and VSVSVS.

Works on Water
June 8, 2017
Zuccotti Park, New York

Works on Water is a month-long series presenting multiple artistic perspectives on water in a global context.

From the intimate experience we have with water every day to the cultural experience with water that inspires our creative minds, to the politics of water that most people don’t think about, to the global considerations of water, which is often hard to comprehend, Works on Water presents four artists showcase time-based work about the water that surrounds us.

Presented by New Georges with 3LD Art & Technology and Urban Water Artists in collaboration with Guerilla Science.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

June 8 | Opera in the Shower

Rachel Parish and Audrey Gámez

A playful meditation on the use or water in our daily lives, Opera in the Shower takes inspiration from Helen Banner’s experimental opera about washing rituals.

 

June 15 | Plein Air the Future

Lise Brenner

Imagine the past and the future of Zuccotti Park while abstract painters create visuals showcasing the potential impact of rising sea level in real time.

 

June 22 | The Play About the Bridge

Nancy Nowacek and Celine Song

Inspired by Nowacek’s Citizen Bridge, this piece features two actors who struggle to make their way from point A to point B, bridging multiple obstacles and distances.

 

June 29 | 36.5/Mannahatta

Sarah Cameron Sunde

Connect with the tidal shifts in water surrounding the city and the streams below in this one-time performance featuring three performers and public participation.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Rachel Parish is a theater director, installation artist, arts leader, and community organizer. With specialties in directing, devising and dramaturgy for new plays, her work has taken place in the UK, Ireland, China, Switzerland, the USA, Croatia, and Gabon, with support from organizations including Arts Council England, the Welcome Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Recent original stage productions include Manifesting Destiny and Hellscreen (London, 2015). Rachel’s work contains a close attention to visual design and often incorporates original live music and rich choreography. Rachel trained in London at the prestigious National Theatre Studio Director’s Course. She received her MA with distinction from the Central School of Speech and Drama and, in the USA she studied at the University of Georgia, with LaMama and the SITI Company, and is a graduate of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.

 

Lise Brenner is a choreographer, writer, teacher, producer and performer active in NYC and abroad. Brenner holds her MFA Interdisciplinary Performance from DasArts, University of the Arts, Amsterdam and has had her work supported by, among others, the NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs, the Mondriaan Stichting (NL), iLand Art, Dance Theatre Workshop, and the Central Park Urban Rangers.  In 2010 she co-founded ICSCS (the Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability), with support from the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund and the Mellon Foundation.

Multiple shifts of locale and context have led her to consider performance as intimately connected to the policy, history, language and other political and cultural fundamentals that result in the architecture (whether literal—i.e. buildings, landscapes—or societal—i.e. economic and government structures, historio-cultural, linguistic, etc) of daily life.  Performance works since 2006 have focused on the New York City landscape, utilizing choreographic principals to organize multi-talented and diversely focused creators in projects that provide multidimensional ‘scores’ for audience/participants. These projects all start from a fascination with the underlying history and environmental factors shaping present day urban realities, and a desire to engage audiences in co-imagining the past in order to re-imagine the future of the city. In September 2012 she was delighted to return to the NY stage at St. Mark’s Danspace in Clarinda Mac Low’s tribute to Jackson Mac Low: 40 Dances for the Dancers.  She has published peer-reviewed articles in Parallax and Performance Paradigms, and has written for the Movement Research Journal.

 

Nancy Nowacek makes art focused on the power and politics of the body in late-capital, post-industrial culture. Embodying latent or invisible systems—bureaucracy, infrastructure, computer coding—she intervenes into the designed world with sculpture, performance and installations that challenge and shift assumptions of the social and body schema. Often situated between speculation and reality, Nowacek’s work brings conceptual environments and uses of the body into concrete, tactile sensory experience through the transformation of found objects and ready-mades. Fueled by contemporary issues, her work is inspired by minimalism, land art, conceptual art, and Fluxus. Her projects are often socially-engaged and process-driven, involving the collaboration of dozens to hundreds of participants in their realization.

Nowacek holds MFAs in Visual Communication and Social Practice. Her work has been supported most recently a through a 2-year fellowship at Eyebeam. She has also been supported by residencies through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Recess, Signal Fire and the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program and grants from Two Trees and Brooklyn Arts Council. She will be teaching at the Stevens Institute of Technology beginning fall 2017 and organizes panels and events devoted to waterways and climate change, and bodies and technology. She has exhibited and presented works in New York, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, Canada, South America and Europe.

 

Sarah Cameron Sunde Sarah Cameron Sunde is an interdisciplinary artist and director working at the intersection of performance, video and public art. She leads the live art cohort Lydian Junction, is Deputy Artistic Director of  New Georges, and is known internationally as Jon Fosse’s American translator and director (five U.S. debut productions; translations published by PAJ). Among other places, her work been seen at 3LD Art & Technology Center, EFA Project Space, the Knockdown Center, Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater and presented internationally in Norway, The Netherlands, Mexico, China, Uganda and Iraqi Kurdistan. Honors include a Princess Grace Award, Creative Climate Award First prize 2015, and residencies at The Watermill Center and Hermitage Foundation. She holds a BA in Theater from UCLA and an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from the City College of New York, CUNY. Sunde is currently working on large-scale projects 36.5 / a durational performance with the sea and ACROSS AN EMPTY LOT: a temporary memorial to the empty space. She is a 2016-17 artist-in-residence with LMCC’s Workspace program.

The Global Angel Wings Project
Colette Miller
May 1, 2017 - July 30, 2017
1600 Smith, Houston

Arts Brookfield presents Colette Miller’s Global Angels Wings Project in Houston after two successful exhibitions in Los Angeles and Perth, Australia. Three sets of beautifully painted wings have been commissioned for 1600 Smith, one set inside the lobby and two sets outside at the Smith Street lawn. LA‐based musician, filmmaker and visual artist Colette Miller asks everyone to “manifest as your higher selves, your higher consciousness, your angelic selves” as you discover The Global Angel Wings Project.

 

OPENING RECEPTION

Ice Cream Social with Fat Cat Creamery

May 2 | 2 – 3:30 PM

Enjoy FREE artisanal scoops by Houston’s own Fat Cat Creamery while you snap a photo of your inner angel!

 

ABOUT COLETTE MILLER

I have always been creative—visually in my paintings and film-making; musically through my band, DayGlo Aborigines. Past bands include GWAR, Milk and Blest. Art has continued to define most of my life’s purpose since graduating Art School at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, continuing  film studies at UCLA, editing, filming for Econews, independent documentary film projects in Burkina Faso on the water shortage, and on The Global Angels Wings Project with the Kayole Wings Miller boxing Club in Kenya.

My art is inspired by my heart, dreams, philosophies, memories, psychic or intuitive forces and color and movement. I never consider a painting finished until I reach a point of love for the piece, a certain wholeness and completeness; where nothing essentially nags at me, telling me its not done. I believe successful art tends to invoke a type of meditation or mind travel.

Earth Day at Wells Fargo Center with Alexa Meade
Alexa Meade
April 20, 2017
Wells Fargo Center, Los Angeles

Alexa Meade isn’t like any other artist…she literally paints human beings, turning them into living, breathing portraits. Alexa creates the illusion of a world where 2D and 3D have become one. – Business Insider

Arts Brookfield and Alexa Meade invite you to walk into a living, breathing, painted world as part of the Grand Opening of the new and improved North Tower Lobby! Internationally acclaimed artist Alexa Meade demonstrates her unique, immersive, and interactive take on the tradition of painting by coating a three dimensional scene, real-life objects, and live model in paint. Her use of real objects and people in her painting visually alters the life-size, three dimensional setting to such a degree that it is perceived by the naked eye as two dimensional work of art.

For this event, Alexa has chosen to honor Earth Day by going green. The painted scene will depict a surreal assemblage of mixed and matched elements all painted in shades of green. These elements surround a model with piercing green eyes  dressed and painted in green clothing and holding a globe. As the center point of the scene, the globe will be the only object painted in its natural colors of blue, green, white and brown, operating both visually and metaphorically as the guest of honor.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Alexa Meade is an American artist best known for inventing a new approach to portraiture. She applies paint directly to models and the surrounding scene, creating the illusion that real-life people and places are inside the world of a 2D painting.

Her artwork has been exhibited at The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, The Saatchi Gallery in London, the Grand Palais in Paris, and the United Nations building in New York City. She has been commissioned by MINI Cooper, Ralph Lauren, Sony, and Porsche. Alexa Meade has collaborated with world-renowned magician David Blaine and space-time researchers at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Her TED Talk “Your Body is my Canvas,” has been viewed millions of times.

The critically-acclaimed short film “Color of Reality” brings together Alexa Meade’s painting style with the movement artistry of Jon Boogz and Lil Buck to tell a story about gun violence and racial tensions in American society. It was part of the National Civil Rights Museum “Freedom Awards Ceremony,” screened at the Lincoln Center, and honored by CNN Great Big Story’s “Art as Impact Award.”

For fun, Alexa Meade and her boyfriend Chris Hughes are turning their Los Angeles apartment into an optical illusion wonderland dubbed the “Funhouse House,” replete with the planet’s tiniest disco in the breakfast nook and a spaceship in the bedroom closet. They have one cat and he is named “The Kids.”

Follow Alexa @alexameadeart

The Roof
Pinaree Sanpitak
April 19, 2017 - July 5, 2017
Brookfield Place New York, New York

Floating above the Winter Garden, The Roof is a site-specific suspended sculpture by Thai artist, Pinaree Sanpitak that celebrates collaboration and coexistence. The Roof is composed of translucent canopies hanging among the Winter Garden palm trees that create a literal but temporary ‘roof.’ Made from raw silk, glass fiber, non-woven fabric, wires, hooks, chains and aluminum modular truss, The Roof was constructed to interact with the architecture of Brookfield Place — as well as the palms and the people who pass through each day, forming a delicate, surreal shelter within the walls of the Winter Garden.

 

ABOUT PINAREE SANPITAK

Pinaree Sanpitak is one of the most compelling and respected Thai artists of her generation, and her work can be counted among the most powerful explorations of women’s experience in all of Southeast Asia. Her primary inspiration has been the female body, distilled to its most basic forms and imbued with an ethereal spirituality. The quiet, Zen-like abstraction of her work owes something to her training in Japan and sets it somewhat apart from the colorful intensity of much Thai art. Her rigorous focus on the female form, explored through a variety of media – painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, performance, and culinary arts, to name but a few – has resulted in an astoundingly varied and innovative body of work. For the past twenty years, a central motif in her work has been the female breast, which she relates to imagery of the natural world and to the iconic forms of the Buddhist stupa (shrine) and offering bowl. Often called a feminist or Buddhist artist, she resists such easy categorizations, preferring to let her work speak to each viewer directly, to the heart and soul, with the most basic language of form, color, and texture. Her work is not lacking in a conceptual framework, but it is one informed primarily by a deeply felt spiritual sense rather than by rigid dogmas or ideological constructs.

Take Your Seat: Live the Life You Intended
Randy VanDerStarren
March 30, 2017 - May 5, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Curated by Kelly McCray of FCP Gallery, Take Your Seat is a photographic journey, where artist Randy VanDerStarren shares his love of our fragile wonders of the world through a key “prop” component that accompanies him on his every journey – the director’s chair.

The Take Your Seat project reaches the world over through the photography of artist Randy VanDerStarren. Through Take Your Seat, viewers are asked to consider the vulnerability of the natural world and to take action to prevent an impending global environmental crisis. For the past couple years, the artist has been travelling the world over to photograph some of the most astonishing landscapes the earth has to offer.

Through this photographic journey, the artist shares his love of our fragile wonders of the world through a key “prop” component that accompanies him on his every journey – the director’s chair. Each astonishing landscape is staged with the chair that beseeches viewers to take a stand on environmental issues.

Cultivation
March 27, 2017 - May 24, 2017
Republic Plaza, Denver

Cultivation features visual arts by faculty and selected alumni from the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver. The exhibition represents a wide variety of styles and media, with an emphasis on new works, site-specific installation pieces, collaborative works and video/film presentations. The College of Arts & Media encompasses fine art, music, theater, film and digital animation.

 

OPENING RECEPTION

Friday, March 31 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM

 

COLLEGE OF ARTS & MEDIA, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER

The first college in Colorado devoted exclusively to arts and entertainment, the College of Arts & Media understands the influence of modern trends on traditional art forms.  We combine the latest technology with traditional methods, and we encourage our students to incorporate their discoveries of art’s emerging dimensions with our comprehensive instruction on its classical forms.