I recently interviewed Jon Burgerman, who made The Slice is Right, a limited edition print available exclusively through Random Number Multiples. Graphic from afar and slightly sinister up-close, The Slice is Right is a personal account of Burgerman’s experiences in New York City. The interview and accompanying photos taken at his apartment/studio offer a glimpse into the life of this internationally recognized artist, illustrator, musician, and self-proclaimed salad enthusiast. (more…)Posted in | Blog, Random Number Multiples
Some info about a wonderful organization with which I am now extremely involved (proudly so!):
Flux Factory’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Christina Vassallo as Executive Director. She succeeds Chen Tamir, who, after five years of involvement with Flux as a Curator and Executive Director, had a major impact on its artistic programming and greatly expanded its organizational capacity. (more…)Posted in | Blog
I will be wrapping up my curatorial residency at the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership with a Myrtle Windows Gallery show. If you’ve ever walked down Myrtle Avenue during one of their shows, you’ll know that stumbling upon artwork in an unexpected place makes your walk a little nicer. (more…)Posted in | Blog, Curating, Residencies
Earlier this month was quite messy, with a return to the Brooklyn Print Lab to make the next editions for Random Number Multiples. I joined Man Bartlett and Melissa Brown in the silk screening studio for the production of two new fantastic prints. Man’s is an archive of his 24 hour performances, and Melissa’s is a reversed print done on black paper with some beautiful color gradients. The new Random Number Multiples will be ready to order officially on May 12, but here is a sneak peek of our print lab hijinks in the meantime.
After months of hard work, I’m happy to announce that Random Number Multiples is now up and running. The project is live and online with 2 data visualization silk screen prints by Jer Thorp and 2 abstract composition screen prints by Marius Watz. Periodically we will release new editions, and we already have new work in the making by Melissa Brown, Man Bartlett, and SOFTlab. Hope you like them!
In between pressing February deadlines and a record-breaking snowfall yesterday, I managed to spend some time with Random Number friends Darren Jones and Ryan Roa. Through his Phenomena Project, Jones is curating an interesting program for the Trinity Wall Street Church by responding with a series of exhibitions to the church’s 2011 theme of “reading the scriptures through other eyes”. Not an easy task, especially for a self-proclaimed atheist.
In the current show, Ryan Roa contributes the kind of poetic and conceptually-driven installation that has come to define his body of work. Inside the small museum of Trinity Church, Roa has placed Re-form, a sculpture made of flashing emergency lights supported by a cleaved telephone pole, which recalls a downward pointing version of the cross of St. Peter.
On the walls surrounding the sculpture are various hand-written and typed notes left by visitors as they consider the issues set forward through the exhibition and the church’s annual theme. These public communiques will be collected and presented in book format at the close of the exhibition. There is an effortless connection between the communicative power of Roa’s materials and the various levels of expression in the visitors’ notes.Posted in | Blog, Friends, Seen & done
Today was a big day for Random Number Multiples. Jer Thorp finished his second screen print, Hope/Crisis – NYT Word Frequencies, 1981 – 2010 and the image makes an interesting pairing with his other piece in the series, RGB – NYT Word Frequencies, 1981 – 2010. Both prints map the information in a neutral way as timepiece graphs, but they convey a chilling kind of gravity precisely because of this systematized presentation of fact.
And also today, the packaging and shipping elements for Random Number Multiples arrived! Each print comes with a letter of authenticity and a description of the artwork with artist bio & instructions on how to care for the print. But the element I’m most excited about in the shipping package are these awesome “handle with care” stickers.
In February I’ll be adding art print publishing to the growing list of Random Number services. This new division, aptly titled Random Number Multiples, will offer a curated selection of limited edition artworks. Random Number Multiples will launch with two silk screen print editions by Jer Thorp and two by Marius Watz.
The exciting part about these prints is that Thorp and Watz, who mainly use software as their medium, are embracing a technique that allows their hand to be so evident. All of the images in this post come from a weekend of silk screening at the Bushwick Print Lab, under the guidance of founder Ray Cross.
The four different prints are editions of 50, and are available exclusively through Random Number for $100 each. The online store launches the first week of February and we will celebrate with an exhibition showcasing both artists’ work on February 11 in Brooklyn. It will be a great opportunity to see the screen prints framed and in person if you’re in the NY area.
Details to follow shortly, but pre-orders can be placed by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to see more artwork details and photos from the printing process.
I am working on a new exhibition for Flux Factory and we are accepting proposals through an open call process. Send in your proposals no later than JANUARY 19 to my Flux Factory email address (posted below).
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Flux Factory, an open art collective that provides contexts for artists to create new work and actively promotes a community of diverse cultural producers, is currently accepting proposals for an exhibition that focuses on objects of war and occupation.
Armed conflict leads to unique forms of expression that pervade contemporary culture in myriad ways both visible and invisible, tangible and abstract. For this exhibition we are inviting artists to respond to one of five cultural by-products or expressions of war that have been chosen for their symbolic value and relevance to daily life. They include: (1) Transcript of the Milosevic war crimes trial at The Hague, (2) the balaclava face mask, adopted as a symbol of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, (3) US Army recruitment video game, (4) Save Darfur Coalition full-page ad in New York Times, and (5) North Korean Hell March video and the ensuing discussion posted on YouTube.
We invite you to respond to one of these objects or images in any way you wish. There is no limitation to medium, and a small honorarium will be available for selected proposals.
We will also feature a panel discussion and produce an accompanying catalogue of the exhibition. This show, organized by Douglas Paulson, Chen Tamir, Ginger Shulick, and Christina Vassallo, is an extension of a previous exhibition by Tamir, “One After Another,” in which 8 artists were asked to respond to a photojournalist’s image of Palestinian prisoners being led blindfolded and handcuffed to an Israeli military base near the Gaza Strip. You can read more about “One After Another,” which was presented in 2009 at the National Gallery of Saskatchewan, here.
Interested parties should submit:
- One paragraph explaining your project. 300 words maximum. Please title your document in this format: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_LETTER.DOC or .RTF
- List specific installation requirements (how large a space would you need, electrical or hardware requirements, etc) along with a projected production and installation budget
- Documentation of previous work: Maximum 2 page PDF document or 5 JPEG images (72 dpi only)
- Images should be titled: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_IMAGE#
- Or 5 minutes of video. Please do not send movie files. Instead, include a link to your work online in the proposal paragraph.
- Resumé or bio, maximum 2 pages. Titled LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_BIO.DOC or .RTF
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 19. Please use “War Show Proposal” as the subject of your email, and remember to add your name to all materials. Do not send original material.
Send submissions to christina[at]fluxfactory[dot]org. If you have any questions, please email with “War Show Question” in the subject line.
We’re looking forward to your proposals!Posted in | Blog, Curating
The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership is at it again. They just announced their third annual Myrtle Holiday Windows Contest, in which artists can submit display designs related to the “winter wonderland” theme for participating stores along the avenue in the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill area.
Applications are due NOVEMBER 11, and you can find the official form here. Below is a photo of last year’s 2nd place winner, Katie Huffman, who cleverly worked around the framing grid for her Winter Solstice scene.
Any discussion of artist-designed Brooklyn storefront windows wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the inspired displays at Desert Island, the fascinatingly geeky comics shop on Metropolitan Ave in Williamsburg. The owners have showcased mostly female artists in their window displays, and have even opened their storefront to a kids art program. The striking arrangements include scale models of redbird subway trains made of cardboard, the psychedelic displays of Ali Aschman, a natural history museum-type display by Sherri Hay & Raphael Leon, and James Moore’s glowing stalagmite that is currently on display.Posted in | Blog, Seen & done
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