Check out these shows featuring make things (happen) artists!
And help make things (happen) artists support great alternative art spaces!
June 7—June 22, 2014
Opening reception Saturday, June 7, 5–8pm
FiveMyles, 558 Saint Johns Place, Brooklyn
Installation, wall works, performance by Brooklyn-based collective Artcodex, Canada-based Native American collective 007, and guest artists Oasa Duverney, Laura Napier, Joshua Peters, David Gregory Wallace, Bryan Zimmerman.
Sounds like a great show, and excited to support the ever-thoughtful Laura Napier, and of course Make Things (Happen) artists Maria Hupfield and David Gregory Wallace, who will be showing a kinetic shadow puppet installation (learn how to make your own with his activity sheet).
I highly recommend this video of a lecture by Jeremy Deller presented by Situations UK. His background and practice form a welcome alternative to the cult of young, ‘bankable’ artists (he was 31 when he staged his first art show—in his parents’ house). He mentioned instances of his indifference to the contemporary art world’s reception and its isolation/self-regard, as well as being pleased when an art object lost its aestheticized status and returned to being an object. I also appreciated his candidness about failure, and its productive possibilities, as seen above.
A Brooklyn artist self-organizes an exhibition in her own studio to make a brilliant, affirmative counter-statement to the problem of women’s under-representation in museum exhibitions and biennials.
The 2014 Whitney Houston Biennial: I’m Every Woman
Sunday, March 9, 4-8pm (one night only)
20 Jay Street, Suite 207, Dumbo, Brooklyn
“The biennial comes as a response to the continuing minimal representation of women artists in major museums and galleries. To bring some balance to the art institutions in New York this season, curator and artist Christine Finley will host more than fifty female artists from a varied range of geographic and cultural backgrounds, disciplines, methodologies, and generations. The artists studio will be transformed into an inviting, living space, a salon filled with work from artists including Mickalene Thomas, Guerilla Girls, Swoon, Sienna Shields, and Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens. The aim of bringing together so many creative voices is to sing a collective song that celebrates the contributions of pioneer female artists and marks a moment in our communal trajectory.”
Go see this show; it’s tightly curated with some great artists.
Lots of work across different media are included. Personally, I think fauna realism has its day, but I loved:
The poetics of Sandra Osborne’s two works: a series of monogrammed spoons spelling out “the sea” and a mound of shells.
Aaron Hughes’ Tea Project is not a woo-woo social dialogue; rooted in experiences in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay it is urgent and grave.
Rob Carter’s stop-motion photographic animations—always a pleasure.
Laura Fischer’s inventive, tiny weavings on rocks and concrete. I loved looking at the disparate materials, sensibilities, and scales.
Curated by Brian Karl
Headlands Center for the Arts
This is an interesting premise for a show: postcard reproductions of early Daguerreotypes of unidentified women, with texts about recognized women, given away for free. Increasing the visibility of women through this act of generosity/ distribution. More info at the artist’s site.
It’s on view at Jack Hanley Gallery in NYC. Nice to see non-commercial projects at a commercial gallery.