nyc art scene

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artist opportunity for 2014:“FABLES: Open Call for Public Art” Fourth Arts BlockLINK: fabnyc.org/fables.phpSubmission Deadline: January 2nd, 2014a public art opportunity for artists to explore the Lower East Side’s living cultural heritage, rich historical legacies, and current issues in public storytelling through visual art. 5 artists (or artist teams) will be selected through an open call process by a panel of jurors, to produce artwork located in outdoor sites throughout the Lower East Side neighborhood. Each selected artist will receive between $1,500 to $2,500 as a combined artist fee and production budget. Applicant artists should live, work or have a strong connection to the LES (note: being a LES resident is not a requirement). Ideal applicants should be invested in a story collecting or investigative process that will delve deeply into the neighborhood’s legacy and/or current culture. Exhibits should contribute to community identity and sense of place, drawing on the stories of the LES and its residents. This may include memorable cultural experiences, local traditions and collaborations, vanished cultural traditions, new beginnings, or underground movements. Artwork proposals can include: murals, collages, wheat pastes or other flat medium. In some cases interactive new media or projections will be considered. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts/ Art Works. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in participation with The City Council.image: “Saints of the Lower East Side” by Tom Sanford, photo by Udom Surangsophon

artist opportunity for 2014:

FABLES: Open Call for Public Art
 Fourth Arts Block

LINK: fabnyc.org/fables.php

Submission Deadline: January 2nd, 2014

a public art opportunity for artists to explore the Lower East Side’s living cultural heritage, rich historical legacies, and current issues in public storytelling through visual art. 5 artists (or artist teams) will be selected through an open call process by a panel of jurors, to produce artwork located in outdoor sites throughout the Lower East Side neighborhood. Each selected artist will receive between $1,500 to $2,500 as a combined artist fee and production budget. Applicant artists should live, work or have a strong connection to the LES (note: being a LES resident is not a requirement). Ideal applicants should be invested in a story collecting or investigative process that will delve deeply into the neighborhood’s legacy and/or current culture. Exhibits should contribute to community identity and sense of place, drawing on the stories of the LES and its residents. This may include memorable cultural experiences, local traditions and collaborations, vanished cultural traditions, new beginnings, or underground movements. Artwork proposals can include: murals, collages, wheat pastes or other flat medium. In some cases interactive new media or projections will be considered. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts/ Art Works. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in participation with The City Council.

image: “Saints of the Lower East Side” by Tom Sanford, photo by Udom Surangsophon

final day:“Good Morning!” Amanda Browder70 East 4th St., NYC (between Bowery & 2nd Ave.)Unveiled yesterday during the 10th Annual FAB Festival, this large scale public art installation is produced from repurposed fabric and covers an entire building in the East Village. Through a series of public sewing days, Browder has been collaborating all summer with the neighboring community at nearby venues in order to complete the project. The installation is presented by Fourth Arts Block and is a component of their ongoing SUSTAIN program. goodmorningproject2013.tumblr.comfabnyc.tumblr.com

final day:

Good Morning!
 Amanda Browder

70 East 4th St., NYC (between Bowery & 2nd Ave.)

Unveiled yesterday during the 10th Annual FAB Festival, this large scale public art installation is produced from repurposed fabric and covers an entire building in the East Village. Through a series of public sewing days, Browder has been collaborating all summer with the neighboring community at nearby venues in order to complete the project. The installation is presented by Fourth Arts Block and is a component of their ongoing SUSTAIN program.

goodmorningproject2013.tumblr.com
fabnyc.tumblr.com

nycARTscene Interview: LNY

LNY’s latest outdoor mural, “The Golden Hour,” is located at 22 East 2nd Street (between Bowery & 2nd Avenue) in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The new artwork launched the 2013 season of Fourth Art Block's Public Art Program.

nycARTscene’s Hannah Krafcik leads us in conversation with the artist:

HK: Your previous public art features an array of creatures—usually hybrid creatures—that are often constrained or engaging in struggle. Can you describe the dynamic between humanity and nature in your work?

LNY: Struggle is definitely a recurring theme in my work, not only because conflict is part of our everyday, but because I find something incredibly beautiful and empowering about overcoming obstacles as part of the human condition. This tends to generate progress. I often like to complicate the depiction of this conflict through the concept of hybridity—animal and human, or machine and animal—because of the romantic and powerful archetypal connections we naturally have to these symbols. Also, hybridity is a big part of my multicultural background—being both Ecuadorian and American, speaking mixed languages, working inside and outside the law, and living in transit.

HK: How might this come into play in your most recent mural with Fourth Arts Block in the East Village? Can you elaborate on the concept?

LNY: This mural, and most of my recent work, has become the long tail result of research, intuition, and improvisation, which is all driven by location, the people I meet and the inherent conflicts the environment offers. The recent mural was born from reading about a dead sperm whale that washed ashore in the Aegean Sea. The Scientists who examined the whale’s corpse, which was both bloated and emaciated, were surprised to find its stomach full of plastic bags. So I imagined that experience of stumbling upon a gigantic whale’s dead body, and how it must feel to have this mountain of dead flesh in front of you…I wanted to replicate that awe and, at the same time, point to the magnitude of this problem: Humans intervening with natural ecosystems and creating climate change.

The narrative of the mural goes on to include a double headed tricolored heron being invaded by nature and technology, which happens to the whale as well as they both struggle to survive. I eventually titled the mural The Golden Hour after the medical term for the window of time following trauma or injury, during which treatment is most effective.    

HK: How would you like your work to engage or activate the people who see it?

LNY: Well, this is one of the most important questions, but also one with the less defined answer. Of course I would like for communities and viewers to either engage the work as an intervention of color and form in architectural space, or to take something positive away from it. This can affect people by simply making them smile, or by even inspiring someone to create something of their own. But it is very hard for me to gauge that reaction because it usually happens long after I’m gone. So, in this case, I’m just left with good wishes and an invitation to participate.

While making this mural, I brought over my growing collection of plastic bags picked up from the streets. Wanting to somehow use them in the mural, I finally decided to have their materiality speak for itself and, along with other trash from the site, I placed them at the entrance of the whale’s mouth. The fun part is that the bags and trash are only flimsily stapled to the wall. You could technically go to the site, like right now, and clean up this metaphorical ocean I painted. Or, you could actually clean a real ocean, upcycle your trash, take some form of action, or become aware of how we are affecting our environment before whales start swimming down alphabet city for brunch. 

HK: What kinds of environments and geographic locations attract and /or inspire you?

LNY: Like most of us, I grew up in the middle of the urban sprawl, from the small and colonial in South America to the immense and complex geography of New York & Seoul. These environments shaped me and gave rise to the language and processes I use to make art today. But what I find most amazing, and what fills me with joy, is being able to imagine a future beyond our current state. To see the possibilities afforded to us by the same technology that can do such harm to the planet and understand that we can create our own healthy and sustainable environments. To me, making free public art, both legal and otherwise, is part of this effort and inspires me to make more and more. In a way, my quest is to prove to myself and others that this ideal is possible and that art can be an integral part of it. Some days this is way easier said that done, but we move on. 

HK: Where are you planning to paint next? Where would you like to put your work next?

LNY: I have a couple of overarching projects I’m working on right now, specifically another collaboration with the Brooklyn based non-profit Young New Yorkers, a show with Newark based Solo(s) Project House during Fountain Art Fair and residency there—plus other surprises for New York and some upcoming trips. What all these projects have in common is the drive to create and interact with people and public space so they all revolve around that idea, even if paint is not involved. I find this more interesting sometimes, as it involves a different approach, collaboration, and new challenges. The question for me its not where would I want to put up work, but where do I need to put up work. Where does it need to exist, and what makes it necessary to manifest there?

photography: Luna Park http://lunapark.tumblr.com/
location: Ideal Glass http://www.idealglass.org/
LNY: http://lurkstudio.tumblr.com/

Art in the Street:

Phlegm
x Know Hope in East Village, NYC

22 East 2nd St., NYC (bt Bowery & East 2nd)

UK-based street artist Phlegm has just completed his first three murals in the USA. They are all located in Manhattan. One of the walls is a semi-collaboration with Know Hope, where Phlegm has added to a mural that Know Hope painted earlier this year. The wall is part of an ongoing public art project with MaNY and FABnyc in Manhattan’s Cultural District, under curator Keith Schweitzer's direction. -Vandalog

Artist Reception,  Tuesday, June 26, 6pm: “SAINTS OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE”Tom SanfordFABnyc, 75 East 4th St., NYC (bt Bowery & 2nd Ave)An outdoor exhibition of paintings by artist Tom Sanford. This is the latest in a strong series of public artworks in Manhattan’s Cultural District, led by FABnyc’s recently appointed Director of Public Art, Keith Schweitzer (the same curator who brought us last year’s Coney Island Murals and helped to bring us this year’s celebrated “This Side of Paradise” exhibition in the Bronx).“For a few months, seven local cultural heroes (Martin Wong, Joey Ramone, Miguel Piñero, Ellen Stewart, Charlie Parker, WeeGee and Allen Ginsberg) will remind passersby that history was made here and it was awesome. Sandwiched between the Ellen Stewart Theater and the offices of La Mama etc., the spot is rich with local history and I have a feeling these large icon-like panels may just spark people’s interest into delving a little deeper into the history of this once cutting-edge neighborhood.” - Hyperallergic“I have always thought of the LES as a sort of cultural crucible, i guess that is how it is presented in fiction and the movies, so i thought about a way to show reverence for the artistic past of the neighborhood… these artists most epitomize the LES for me. It is the legends of the Lower East Side that inspire me. I could have chosen to paint Johnny Thunder, John Sex, David Wojnarowicz, Ornette Coleman or so many others, but these are the seven that I chose, and seven fit the space.” - artist Tom Sanford-thru Sept 5. photo: Udom Surangsophon

Artist Reception,  Tuesday, June 26, 6pm:

SAINTS OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE
Tom Sanford

FABnyc, 75 East 4th St., NYC (bt Bowery & 2nd Ave)

An outdoor exhibition of paintings by artist Tom Sanford. This is the latest in a strong series of public artworks in Manhattan’s Cultural District, led by FABnyc’s recently appointed Director of Public Art, Keith Schweitzer (the same curator who brought us last year’s Coney Island Murals and helped to bring us this year’s celebrated “This Side of Paradise” exhibition in the Bronx).

“For a few months, seven local cultural heroes (Martin Wong, Joey Ramone, Miguel Piñero, Ellen Stewart, Charlie Parker, WeeGee and Allen Ginsberg) will remind passersby that history was made here and it was awesome. Sandwiched between the Ellen Stewart Theater and the offices of La Mama etc., the spot is rich with local history and I have a feeling these large icon-like panels may just spark people’s interest into delving a little deeper into the history of this once cutting-edge neighborhood.” - Hyperallergic

“I have always thought of the LES as a sort of cultural crucible, i guess that is how it is presented in fiction and the movies, so i thought about a way to show reverence for the artistic past of the neighborhood… these artists most epitomize the LES for me. It is the legends of the Lower East Side that inspire me. I could have chosen to paint Johnny Thunder, John Sex, David Wojnarowicz, Ornette Coleman or so many others, but these are the seven that I chose, and seven fit the space.” - artist Tom Sanford

-thru Sept 5. photo: Udom Surangsophon

(Source: nycartscene)

Artist Reception, Next Tuesday, June 26, 6pm: “SAINTS OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE” Tom SanfordFABnyc, 75 East 4th St., NYC (bt Bowery & 2nd Ave)An outdoor exhibition of paintings by artist Tom Sanford. This is the latest in a strong series of public artworks in Manhattan’s Cultural District, led by FABnyc’s recently appointed Director of Public Art, Keith Schweitzer (the same curator who brought us last year’s Coney Island Murals and helped to bring us this year’s celebrated “This Side of Paradise" exhibition in the Bronx)."For a few months, seven local cultural heroes (Martin Wong, Joey Ramone, Miguel Piñero, Ellen Stewart, Charlie Parker, WeeGee and Allen Ginsberg) will remind passersby that history was made here and it was awesome. Sandwiched between the Ellen Stewart Theater and the offices of La Mama etc., the spot is rich with local history and I have a feeling these large icon-like panels may just spark people’s interest into delving a little deeper into the history of this once cutting-edge neighborhood.” - Hyperallergic"I have always thought of the LES as a sort of cultural crucible, i guess that is how it is presented in fiction and the movies, so i thought about a way to show reverence for the artistic past of the neighborhood… these artists most epitomize the LES for me. It is the legends of the Lower East Side that inspire me. I could have chosen to paint Johnny Thunder, John Sex, David Wojnarowicz, Ornette Coleman or so many others, but these are the seven that I chose, and seven fit the space." - artist Tom Sanford-thru Sept 5. photo: Udom Surangsophon

Artist Reception, Next Tuesday, June 26, 6pm:

SAINTS OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE
 Tom Sanford

FABnyc, 75 East 4th St., NYC (bt Bowery & 2nd Ave)

An outdoor exhibition of paintings by artist Tom Sanford. This is the latest in a strong series of public artworks in Manhattan’s Cultural District, led by FABnyc’s recently appointed Director of Public Art, Keith Schweitzer (the same curator who brought us last year’s Coney Island Murals and helped to bring us this year’s celebrated “This Side of Paradise" exhibition in the Bronx).

"For a few months, seven local cultural heroes (Martin Wong, Joey Ramone, Miguel Piñero, Ellen Stewart, Charlie Parker, WeeGee and Allen Ginsberg) will remind passersby that history was made here and it was awesome. Sandwiched between the Ellen Stewart Theater and the offices of La Mama etc., the spot is rich with local history and I have a feeling these large icon-like panels may just spark people’s interest into delving a little deeper into the history of this once cutting-edge neighborhood.” - Hyperallergic

"I have always thought of the LES as a sort of cultural crucible, i guess that is how it is presented in fiction and the movies, so i thought about a way to show reverence for the artistic past of the neighborhood… these artists most epitomize the LES for me. It is the legends of the Lower East Side that inspire me. I could have chosen to paint Johnny Thunder, John Sex, David Wojnarowicz, Ornette Coleman or so many others, but these are the seven that I chose, and seven fit the space." - artist Tom Sanford

-thru Sept 5. photo: Udom Surangsophon

Opens this Saturday (Nov 19) 2-4p:
“Groundbreak”
an outdoor exhibition featuring: Abe Lincoln Jr., Jon Burgerman, Ellis Gallagher
curated by Joyce Manalo of ArtForward and Keith Schweitzer of MaNY Project
Extra Place (the alley behind CBGB’s former location), NYC
Enter mid-block on East 1st Street (btw Bowery & 2nd Avenue)
F, M to 2nd Avenue
"Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) will present ‘Groundbreak’, the inaugural exhibit in a rotating public art program for Artist Alley @ Extra Place. This exhibit is the latest in a series of temporary art installations in atypical locations in the East Village/Lower East Side through FABnyc’s ArtUp program”

Opens this Saturday (Nov 19) 2-4p:

Groundbreak

an outdoor exhibition featuring: Abe Lincoln Jr., Jon Burgerman, Ellis Gallagher

curated by Joyce Manalo of ArtForward and Keith Schweitzer of MaNY Project

Extra Place (the alley behind CBGB’s former location), NYC

Enter mid-block on East 1st Street (btw Bowery & 2nd Avenue)

F, M to 2nd Avenue

"Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) will present ‘Groundbreak’, the inaugural exhibit in a rotating public art program for Artist Alley @ Extra Place. This exhibit is the latest in a series of temporary art installations in atypical locations in the East Village/Lower East Side through FABnyc’s ArtUp program”