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Make Things (Happen) Coming to Oakland, CA!

Make Things (Happen)
Interface Gallery
Oakland, CA

Over the past few months, I’ve been expanding Make Things (Happen) for its exhibition at Interface Gallery in Oakland! Now with 45 artist-created activity sheets, the project will include interactive work stations, offsite locations (pick up a postcard in the gallery for details), and public programming led by artists!

February 6–March 1
Interface Gallery

486 49th Street (in Temescal Alley, off Telegraph), Oakland, CA

Friday, February 6
6–9pm: Opening reception (Oakland First Fridays)
7pm: Probe the twin histories of astronomy and astrology with Lauren Marie Taylor. Make a star chart, create new constellations, then officially name and dedicate your very own star.

Saturday, February 7 
1pm: Meal Ticket with Lexa Walsh brings together different individuals for a home-cooked meal and recipe exchange to facilitate conversation and community. The recipes are complied into a community cookbook, creating a unique group identity, while the meals propose a temporary utopia to encourage a hospitable democracy. RSVP at interfaceartgallery@gmail.comat capacity.

Gallery Hours: Wed–Sun, 11–4

 

map of offsite locations

Go out and find four sheets at our neighbors:
Book/Shop, 482D 49th St, Tue–Fri 12–6, Sat 10–6
Lanesplitter Pizza, 4799 Telegraph @ 48th St, daily 11am-12am
La Commune Bookstore at Omni Oakland Commons, Shattuck @ 48th St, Tue–Sun 12–6
Royal Nonesuch Gallery, 4231 Telegraph @ 43rd St, Sat–Sun 1–4

Artists: Lauren F. Adams, Oliver Braid, Maurice Carlin, Kevin B. Chen, Torreya Cummings, Helen de Main, double zero, Bean Gilsdorf, Galeria Rusz, Sarrita Hunn, Maria Hupfield, Ariana Jacob, Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed, Nick Lally, Justin Langlois, Justin Limoges, Jessica Longmore, Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., Kari Marboe & Erik Scollon, Betty Marín, Mark Anthony Martinez, Meta Local Collaborative, Melissa Miller, Roy Meuwissen, Laura Napier, Susan O’Malley, Dionis Ortiz, Kristina Paabus, Piero Passacantando, Julie Perini, Ryan Pierce, Pavel Romaniko, Risa Puno, Genevieve Quick, Mary Rothlisberger, Pallavi Sen, Elisabeth Smolarz, Tattfoo Tan, Lauren Marie Taylor, sharita towne, Emilio Vavarella, David Gregory Wallace, Lexa Walsh, Alex Wilde & Emily Chappell, Brian Zegeer, Lu Zhang

The results ran the gamut from celebratory, such as making commemorative plates of one’s own life, to darkly hilarious, such as the reproduction and delivery of an ominous note written by Stanley Kubrick to Tom Cruise. … While some of the artists’ instructables can be executed solo, Yap is a great fan of the Venn diagram: Overlapping with others is the real payoff.

—Silke Tudor “DIY Gallery,” SF Weekly (February 4, 2015).

 

#mkthngshppn

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10/16-11/26: Make Things (Happen) in Social in Practice @ NYU Tisch

October 16–November 29, 2014
Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration
NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photography and Imaging galleries

Gulf + Western Gallery (1st Floor) and 8th Floor Galleries @ DPI
721 Broadway at Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003
[Google Map]

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 16, 6-8pm

Gallery hours: M–F 9–7, Sat 12–5
Free and open to the public

Make Things (Happen) is a participatory project organized by Christine Wong Yap featuring 29 artist-created activity sheets to make things or make things happen.

Activity sheets freely available in Make Things (Happen) at Social in Practice at Nathan Cummings Foundation, NYC.

Activity sheets freely available in Make Things (Happen) at Social in Practice at Nathan Cummings Foundation, NYC.

Artists: Lauren F. Adams, Oliver Braid, Maurice Carlin, Kevin B. Chen, Torreya Cummings, Helen de Main, double zero, Bean Gilsdorf, Galeria Rusz, Sarrita Hunn, Maria Hupfield, Nick Lally, Justin Langlois, Justin Limoges, Jessica Longmore, Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., Meta Local Collaborative, Roy Meuwissen, Dionis Ortiz, Kristina Paabus, Piero Passacantando, Julie Perini, Risa Puno, Genevieve Quick, Pallavi Sen, Elisabeth Smolarz, Emilio Vavarella, David Gregory Wallace, Lexa Walsh.

makethings-happen.christinewongyap.com

 

 

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Get Excited: Artists Make Things (Happen)

Check out these shows featuring make things (happen) artists! 

Through 6/22
Surveillapocalypse
Five Myles, Brooklyn
(Maria HupfieldDavid Gregory Wallace)

Through 6/30
SIP 2013 Fellowship Show Part 1
Blackburn 20|20, NYC
(Dionis Ortiz)

Through June
Lexa WalshMapping the Archive
de Young Museum, San Francisco

Through 7/6
Piero PassacantandoI Paint You, You Paint Me
Ed Varie, NYC

6/21–8/17
Sondheim Finalists Exhibition
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
(Lauren F. Adams)

And help make things (happen) artists support great alternative art spaces!

Take Genevieve Quick’s personalized tour of OMCA for Royal Nonesuch Gallery’s fundraiser.

Help Islington Mill* purchase a bus to provide access and mobility for its numerous artists/musicians/visitors (*co-founded by Maurice Carlin).

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Piero Passacantando, MyNerva stress ball for Landfill Quarterly. // Source: thelandfill.org.

Piero Passacantando, MyNerva stress ball for Landfill Quarterly. // Source: thelandfill.org.

The latest issue of Landfill Quarterly, an art subscription service, features a stress ball from MyNerva, a project by Piero Passacantando examining office culture. Passacantando will be present for Landfill’s presentation at Open Engagement, this weekend at the Queens Art Museum.

Passacantando’s interest in improving mental focus can also be seen in Breathe, with its instructions for a meditation exercise, available at make things (happen).

Piero Passacantando, Breathe (front; with instructions on reverse), for make things (happen)

Piero Passacantando, Breathe (front; with instructions on reverse), for make things (happen)

Making Things Happen: Piero Passacantando’s My Nerva for Landfill Quarterly

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See the work of double zero in L O V E, a group exhibition at Montalvo Arts Center’s Project Space Gallery in Saratoga, CA through June 8.

While double zero were in residence at Montalvo earlier this year, they also developed Call This Number, an interactive experience  especially made for make things (happen). Dial in.

 

Making Things Happen: double zero in L O V E at Montalvo Arts Center

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Elizabeth Hamby’s Alphabet City—a show of prints, sculptures, and works on paper based on footprints of buildings around NYC—is on view through July 9 at Casita Maria in the Bronx.

Hamby is one half of Meta Local Collaborative. To get with the bike-love this weekend in NYC, check out Meta Local Collaborative’s activity sheet for make things (happen)(how to) make friends, make a scene, make things happen, and fall in love with your neighborhood.

Making Things (Happen): Elizabeth Hamby @ Casita Maria, Bronx

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Make Things (Happen) Now Open!

Impressions from the Social In Practice opening, plus news from contributing artists who are Making Things Happen.

Activity sheets freely available in Make Things (Happen) at Social in Practice at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, NYC.

Activity sheets freely available in Make Things (Happen) at Social in Practice at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, NYC.

Thanks to everyone who made it to the Nathan Cummings Foundation for the opening of Social in Practice on Thursday.

The breadth of the artists in the show is impressive. Curated by Deb Willis and Hank Willis Thomas, the exhibition includes diverse, socially-engaged photographers. There’s a lot of work, and it’s beautifully installed in NCF’s spacious offices. I’m going to return—there’s much to take in!

I’m so happy with the positive responses to Make Things (Happen). Many viewers took activity sheets home—can’t wait to see their results at #mkthngs and #mkthngshppn.

Social in Practice is on view at the Nathan Cummings Foundation at 475 Tenth Avenue, between W. 36th & 37th Streets (in the same building that used to house Exit Art), 14th floor. Viewable by appointment Mondays through Fridays now until October; email exhibits@nathancummings.org.

Make Things (Happen) allows me to share the work of compelling artists and their practices. I’ll post occasional digests of their current goings-on, to help contextualize their activity sheets for your participation.

Still from Julie Perini’s video “The White Lady Diaries” (2013) (Source: Hyperallergic.com via JuliePerini.org).

Still from Julie Perini’s video “The White Lady Diaries” (2013)// Source: Hyperallergic.com via JuliePerini.org.

In addition to experimental video work, Portland, OR-based Julie Perini examines whiteness. Safe and Sound?, a documentary on the race and police brutality developed by Perini and others, and her White Lady Diaries short videos were recently featured in “Seeing Past Portland’s Whiteness” by Alicia Eler on Hyperallergic (March 24, 2014).

I have met white people who feel like it would be politically incorrect for them to speak about race whatsoever. But that’s not true—as Julie exemplefies with her activity sheet, Instructions for White People Fighting White Supremacy in the United States #1.

Maurice Carlin, Performance Publishing: Regent Trading Estate. Photo Gwen Jones. Source: MauriceCarlin.com.

Maurice Carlin, Performance Publishing: Regent Trading Estate. // Photo Gwen Jones. Source: MauriceCarlin.com.

It’s the last weekend to see Salford, UK-based Maurice Carlin’s epic site-specific printmaking project, Performance Publishing: Regent Trading Estate. The estate is situated behind Islington Mill, the massive mill-turned-artist-studios/alternative-art-school/music venue/alternative-art-experiment Carlin co-runs. Viewing hours are Sunday and Monday 12-6pm; or see the lovely photos on MauriceCarlin.com.

Fittingly for a founder of an alternative art school, Carlin’s activity sheet, Primary Sources, describes experimental procedures for developing artworks. Give it a try!

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