March 6 - May 31, 2010
NY-based artist J. Beck follows his installation at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston with a two-part exhibition at Second Floor in Marfa, Texas. The initial phase of the installation commences next week (March 2 - 6) and will be created on-site in real-time. A variety of works on paper will provide a glimpse of the exterior complement, to be completed between April 9 - 16. Built forms and structural pieces reminiscent of Beck's previous works will be extended from the stairwell and sides of our beloved silver box. Viewers are welcome to swing by Second Floor throughout these periods to witness Jarrod's creative process firsthand. We'll be hosting two separate receptions to communicate Capture - March 6 and April 16.
Please Join us Saturday, March 6 to view Part I of Capture (6pm-8pm, beverages provided)
Jarrod will be interviewed on Marfa Public Radio's "Talk at Ten" on Wednesday, March 3, at 10am (listen online at marfapublicradio.org)
learn more: secondfloormarfa.com/home.html
LAND ARTS 2010 ADMISSIONS
Opening The Cultivated Wilderness, or, What is Landscape? architecture critic Paul Shepheard reveals that “This book is about seeing things that are too big to see.” He goes on to provide three clear frames to orient our recognition: “The Wilderness
Since 2001 Land Arts of the American West has been developing as an interdisciplinary field program expanding the definition of land art and our relationship to landscape. Land Arts is a semester abroad in our own back yard. Connecting the pedagogic potential of travel with the rigors of field research.
Land Arts at Texas Tech University seeks to cultivate collective energy within an expanded interdisciplinary range of examinations from architecture, the built environment, public culture, literature, science, and geography to explorations of contemporary art practices. Note that in 2010, thanks to the generosity of the James Family Foundation, there will be support for at least one participant to attend from outside Texas Tech University.
The College of Architecture is recruiting students from across Texas Tech University and beyond for Land Arts 2010.
This meeting is for all students interested in applying to the program. We will review the program overview and application details.
Notification of Acceptance: Tuesday
In 2010, the Nevada Museum of Art’s internationally recognized Center for Art +Environment (CA+E) announces the launch of a grant program for visual artists and writers working together in the field: The Artists | Writers | Environments: A Grant Program (A | W | E)
Funding for the program is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
The program is designed to:
· encourage the creation of new art + environment projects addressing environmental challenges rather than simply comment on them
· to foster deeper and more immediate public awareness of art + environment projects
· to encourage unique field reports of lasting value to scholars and other artists.
Teams of visual artists and writers working on art + environment projects anywhere in the world from July 2010 through August 2011 will be eligible to apply for the first A | W | E Grant. Letters of interest must be received via e-mail on or before with invited applications due on or before . The grant recipients will be announced on or before
During this first year, one grant of $10,000 will be awarded to a team of artist(s) and writer(s) - of particular interest will be those proposals addressing communities stressed by global change. Publication venues by writers can include articles in magazines, journals, or online, and chapters or essays in books, but significant public outreach will be favored.
The Nevada Museum of Art
Nevada’s only art museum was founded in Reno in 1931 and is a general art museum with a strong and longstanding focus on Art + Environment.
Visit the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art website for more information at www.NevadaArt.org/ae/center
Landscapes of Quarantine
Mar 10 2010 - Apr 17 2010
Opening reception: Tuesday, March 9, 7pm
Group exhibition exploring the spaces of quarantine, from Level 4 biocontainment labs to underground nuclear waste repositories.
Curated by: Future Plural
Geoff Manaugh, BLDGBLOG
Nicola Twilley, Edible Geography
Glen Cummings, MTWTF
Landscapes of Quarantine features new works by a multi-disciplinary group of eighteen artists, designers, and architects, each of whom was inspired by one or more of the physical, biological, ethical, architectural, social, political, temporal, and even astronomical dimensions of quarantine.
At its most basic, quarantine is a strategy of separation and containment—the creation of a hygienic boundary between two or more things, for the purpose of protecting one from exposure to the other. It is a spatial response to suspicion, threat, and uncertainty. From Chernobyl’s Zone of Exclusion and the artificial quarantine islands of the New York archipelago to camp beds set up to house HIV-positive Haitian refugees detained at Guantánamo and the modified Airstream trailer from within which Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins once waved at President Nixon, the landscapes of quarantine are various, mutable, and often unexpected.
Typically, quarantine is thought of in the context of disease control. It is used to isolate people who have been exposed to a contagious virus or bacteria and, as a result, may (or may not) be carrying the infection themselves. But quarantine does not apply only to people and animals. Its boundaries can be set up for as long as needed, creating spatial separation between clean and dirty, safe and dangerous, healthy and sick, foreign and native—however those labels are defined.
As a result, the practice of quarantine extends far beyond questions of epidemic control and pest-containment strategies to touch on issues of urban planning, geopolitics, international trade, ethics, immigration, and more. And although the practice dates back at least to the arrival of the Black Death in medieval Venice, if not to Christ’s 40 days in the desert, quarantine has re-emerged as an issue of urgency and importance in today’s era of globalization, antibiotic resistance, emerging diseases, pandemic flu, and bio-terrorism.
Landscapes of Quarantine began with an eight-week independent design studio directed by Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley of Future Plural. Each Tuesday evening, from October to December 2009, a multi-disciplinary group of studio participants met to discuss the spatial implications of quarantine and develop their own creative response: the resulting work forms the core of the Landscapes of Quarantine exhibition.
Works on display:
Pages 179 – 187, Joe Alterio
Q-CITY: An Investigation, Front Studio | Yen Ha & Michi Yanagishita
MAP 002 QUARANTINE, David Garcia Studio
Did We Build The Frontier To Keep It Closed?, Scott Geiger
Field Notes from Quarantine, Katie Holten
Hotel III, Camp II, Lab IV, Cell V, Mimi Lien
Cordon Sanitaire, Kevin Slavin
Context/Shift, Brian Slocum
Containing Uncertainty, Smudge Studio | Jamie Kruse & Elizabeth Ellsworth
NYCQ, Amanda Spielman & Jordan Spielman
Quick, Richard Mosse
Thermal Scanner and Body Temperature Alert System, Daniel Perlin
Precious Isolation: A Pair of Invasive Species, Thomas Pollman
-from the Storefront
ecoartspace invites you to participate in our first NYC benefit exhibition titled What Matters Most?
The show and benefit party will be hosted by Exit Art in NYC from April 15 – 28th, 2010.
What Matters Most? will begin with responses to this question posted on Monday February 15th on Andrew Revkin’s NY Times blog, Dot Earth by leading environmental experts, writers and readers. Participating artists will have the option of creating an original artwork related to the blog entry of their choice or donating an existing work.
All proceeds from this fundraiser will support ecoartspace activities and programs. ecoartspace has been operating as a bicoastal nonprofit platform for artists addressing environmental issues since 1999. In our ten years of programming we have worked with over 400 artists, curated 38 exhibitions, 70 programs and collaborated with over 140 organizations. To celebrate our achievements as well as raise money for future programs we recently held our first benefit auction at Mina Dresden Gallery in San Francisco on December 4th, 2009.
What Matters Most? begins Thurs April 15, 2010 and ends with our Benefit Sale: Thursday, April 28th , 2010.
“Constructed Territory,” a juried exhibition of work integrating the use of maps, cartography, or environmental and topographical explorations.
This exhibition will display a variety of artists from all disciplines who use maps, the art of cartography, or topographical explorations (both physical and conceptual) within their work. Artwork selected for this exhibit will explore the concept of “constructed territory” from a range of perspectives—investigating ideas of place, history, networking systems, and personal geography.
The exhibition is scheduled for the Fall/Winter of 2010 at the Stein Galleries at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
If you, or if you know someone who is interested in submitting work, please go to http://www.wright.edu/
applications due (received by date): May 14, 2010
accepted notifications: week of June 1, 2010
exhibition dates: October 31, 2010 - January 9, 2011
Michael Dawson Gallery will host a book signing and exhibition featuring photographs from Jackrabbit Homestead: Tracing the Small Tract Act in the Southern California Landscape, 1938-2008 by Kim Stringfellow. Published by the Center for American Places, this 136-page hard cover book with dust jacket features sixty-one color photographs with an accompanying text. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase for those unable to attend the event. Signed and inscribed books may also be purchased through PayPal at www.kimstringfellow.com.
535 N. Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Hours: Thursday – Saturday 11am-5pm and by appointment.
Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC)
co-chaired by Erika Osborne and Keith Waddington.
If you are interested in participating, please visit SECAC's site for Paper Submission criteria at http://www.secollegeart.
LAUNCH: THURSDAY, FEB 11, 7PM
LANDSCAPES OF ENERGY
New Geographies 02
Edited by Rania Ghosn.
Guest speakers: Rania Ghosn, Hashim Sarkis, Charles Waldheim.
Energy infrastructures deploy space at a large scale, yet they remain invisible because the creation of value in the oil regime has long externalized spatial costs, sliding them out of sight and away from design's agency. Contemporary environmental, political, and financial crises have brought energy once again to the forefront of design concerns. Rarely, however, do practices of sustainable design-efficient building skins, islands of self-sufficiency, positive-energy machines-address the spatiality of energy systems. Instead, they tend to emphasize a renewable/nonrenewable binary that associates environmental costs exclusively with the infrastructure of oil and overlooks the geographic imperative of all forms of energy.
Volume 2 of New Geographies proposes to historicize and materialize the relations of energy and space, and map some of the physical, social, and representational geographies of oil, in particular. By making visible this infrastructure, Landscapes of Energy is an invitation to articulate design's environmental agency and its appropriate scales of intervention.
Contributors to New Geographies #2 include: Ivan Illich, John May, Carola Hein, Gavin Bridge, Abdellatif Benachenhou and El Hadi Jazairy, Santiago del Hierro and Gary Leggett, Andrew Barry, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Geoffrey Thün and Kathy Velikov, Martin Melosi, Maria Kaika, Geoff Manaugh, Pierre Bélanger, Kazys Varnelis and Robert Sumrell, Jean Robert, Mirko Zardini.
Cybernetics: Art, Design, Mathematics — A Meta-Disciplinary Conversation (C:ADM2010)
How would you like to shape and take part in a conference where the main activity is to explore by listening, talking and questioning (conversing) rather than listen to, and give, prepared lectures; and where the aim is to move forward, taking next steps as a result of these conversations, rather than reporting on the already discovered? In other words, go to a conference where the intention is to move forward by conferring.
That is the central feature of our conference — a conference of conversation, of listening, talking, and questioning. Of open minds, and delight in the un-thought-of.
And what better way to make an interesting conversation than to bring together people whose backgrounds and interests are different, yet who want to learn by listening to others, to find what can be shared? In other words, to transcend boundaries.
So we bring together practitioners and theorists who wish to explore across boundaries, from 4 different subjects. But not just any 4 subjects. Subjects that already hold conversations together in pairs: art; cybernetics; design; mathematics. With all 4 together, we have a wider conversation, greater variety.
Our 4 subjects have a special quality in common. Each is used to comment, throw light on and inform other subjects. Perhaps mathematics is the most obvious case: a subject in its own right that is used everywhere to illuminate (and make operable) other subjects. But also a subject that can comment on itself: a subject which is a meta-subject, even to itself.
Our conference is surrounded by 3 other, related events. Look on the web site, chose what you like, and come and join us at The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, from the evening of July 30 to late afternoon on August 2, with surrounding events on July 29 and 30, and August 3 to 5.