Artadia: the Fund for Art & Dialogue Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Exhibition
curated by Gianni Jetzer
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 5 – 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: September 13-October 25th, 2014
Artadia: The Fund for Art & Dialogue celebrates 15 years of support for visual artists with a vibrant show presenting the work of 20 Artadia Awardees at Longhouse Projects in downtown Manhattan. The exhibition is curated by former Swiss Institute director Gianni Jetzer and includes artists from Artadia’s six US program cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco as well as Artadia NADA Awardees. The exhibited artists are diverse in background, mediums in which they work and stages of their careers and share a dedication to practice and a level of excellence that demonstrates the best of American contemporary art being made in the beginning of the 21st century.
Artist participants include: Jillian Conrad (Houston 2012), Meg Cranston (NADA Award 2013), Bill Davenport (Houston 2010), Cayetano Ferrer (Los Angeles 2013), Ryan Foerster (NADA Award 2013), Rachel Hecker (Houston 2006), Stanya Kahn (Los Angeles 2013), Robbie Land (Atlanta 2014), Stephen Lapthisophon (Chicago 2002), Margaret Lee (NADA Award 2012), Nicole Miller (Los Angeles 2013), Helen Mirra (Boston 2007), Ramekon O’Arwisters (San Francisco 2002), Eamon Ore-Giron (San Francisco 2001), Brion Nuda Rosch (San Francisco 2009), Vaughn Elaine Sills (Boston 2007), Deb Sokolow (Chicago 2012), Weston T Teruya (San Francisco 2009), Stephen Tourlentes (Boston 2007), Kerry Tribe (Los Angeles 2014)
Visitors enter the show through Bill’s Junk, an extraordinary shop run by artist Bill Davenport; where all items on display are for sale. In the same DIY-spirit, Ramekon O’Arwisters hosts a “Crochet Jam” workshop with the local community.
Drawings by Stanya Kahn in the first gallery pair sexuality with humor, turning the dynamics of relationships into a cartoon. The works of Deb Sokolow and Rachel Hecker share a fascination for handwritten notes, with very different outcome. Meg Cranston combines found imagery with abstract forms, layering real signifiers and content in her canvases.
A projection space offers successively three different film works: a video by Kerry Tribe based on a live performance of a scene borrowed from a structural film, a multi-channel video installation by Nicole Miller which opens up a window on computer screen manipulations as if performed live, and a 16mm film installation by Robbie Land is based on a motion study of the Northern Hemisphere night sky, mirroring the universe.
Several artists such as Jillian Conrad, Stephen Lapthisophon, Margaret Lee, Eamon Ore-Giron and Brion Nuda Rosch make sculptures out of ephemeral or found materials, oscillating between the ordinary and the extraordinary.
Artadia’s 15th Anniversary exhibition expands into the nearby NYC Fire Museum. Weston T Teruya interviews exponents of the firefighting community and recreates archival and everyday objects as a way of highlighting the community’s relationship to the city’s other residents. Black and white photographs by Vaughn Elaine Sills portray people through their gardens in Southern states. By contrast, Stephen Tourlentes documents prisons at night turning them into a phenomenon of light and shadow.
A few artists work directly in public space. Ryan Foerster’s newsprint poster installation is located on the firewall behind the parking lot on the corner of Spring and Hudson Streets. Cayetano Ferrer displays an advertisement on Spring Street sourced from a brochure to address gambling addiction in Las Vegas. Helen Mirra walks from one place to another in New York City most days during a three-week period, focused on developing the so called half-smile.
Ramekon O’Arwisters’ “Crochet Jam” was held on Saturday, September 13th, 5-8 pm in conjunction with the opening reception. The event was open to the public and participants brought pieces of used fabric to add to the tapestry.
“Half smiler” by Helen Mirra ran from September 15th – October 3rd, 2014. For more information on this project: http://hmirra.net/half-smiler
A guided tour provided by Gianni Jetzer on Friday, September 26, is documented below: