While it’s wonderful that MoMA PS1 is bringing it’s art-star-laden Rockaway! exhibition to Fort Tilden this summer, I’d like to point out that Tilden was home to a much more organic, arts movement long before Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Rockaways…
I recently ran into artists Leon Reid IV and Ryan Seslow installing newly cast pieces from their collaborative project Technophemera at Welling Court. Curious to learn more, I asked them a few questions about the genesis of the project.
LP: How did this collaboration come about?
LR: The collaboration came about in an organic way. Ryan reached out to me around 2012 by inviting me to speak as a guest lecturer during his “History and Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti” course at LIU Post. From there we connected on alot of conceptual levels and decided to work collaboratively in some capacity. As with many collaborations, the concept for a work isn’t finalized in the beginning of the relationship, but rather over the course of many conversations and exchanges.
LP: What are you saying about art and technology with this installation?
LR: Previous to our meeting, Ryan had already begun casting old computer hardware in concrete – suggesting a fossilization process. After seeing these, I decided to bring my installation background to the table and came up with the idea that the hardware casts should be buried in an excavation site to create the illusion of ancient history.
The central theme behind the project is that technology is invented at such a rapid pace that devices even 5 years old may as well be treated as fossils.
RS: I coined the term “technophemera” in late 2011 when I started placing casts in and around the NYC area. I leave them in public places free for people to take and/or become aware of their presence and displacement. The displacement is both obvious and also contextual. It questions they way we dispose of old technologies and hardware as well as our personal relationships to those devices and who we are becoming over time through this new consciousness. I still continue to leave various casts in and around and have also expanded to other objects like old aerosol cans – this gets a bit more specific, as it speaks directly to graffiti artists, how everything changes and evolves, with us or without us. We must choose who we are in relationship to those changes to maintain authenticity.
Leon and Ryan are hoping to realize a collaborative installation of Technophemera on the LIU Post campus in connection with the Steinberg Museum of Art at Hillwood starting this fall. For more information, please visit http://www.leonthe4th.com/technophemera/1.html.
UPDATE: A Kickstarter has been launched to support the initiative as well: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leonreid/technophemera.
Australian artist Anthony Lister’s been very busy in the weeks leading up to his solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, opening tomorrow night. It’s been a while since we last featured him here, but I’m glad to report he’s showing his former hometown some love by completing a number of murals in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Here are three of the
five seven he’s done so far:
[Lister - all photos (c) Luna Park]
Lister is also the subject of the forthcoming Anthony Lister – Adventure Painter release from Gingko Press, authored by Roger Gastman and Tristan Manco.
Anthony Lister: Power Tripping
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street
New York, New York 10010
June 28—July 26, 2014
Opening: Saturday, June 28, 6—8pm
Over the course of the last year, New York based artists Andrew H. Shirley and Amanda Wong built a tree-house in the boughs of a sugar maple tree on the banks of Ulster County’s Esopus Creek near Kingston, NY.
The tree-house was built entirely out of reclaimed materials sourced from nearby abandoned structures. The tree-house, reached by rickety ladder, is a sculptural space which will host three exhibitions this summer.
Amanda Wong explained the intent of the project: “Constructing the tree-house was a sculptural and curatorial project seeking to challenge the conventional places and aesthetics that form contemporary art practices by recontexualizing where and how art exists. The tree-house situates the exhibition of art within remote nature as a gesture towards geographically decentralizing and ideologically reconfiguring cultural centers such as museums and galleries.”
On Saturday, June 21st, the tree-house was inaugurated with a light installation by Andrew Poneros. Poneros’ illuminated, etched glass bottles were mounted individually on trees surrounding the tree-house.
And within the tree-house, Poneros mounted a stunning chandelier, whose motifs of serpents, birds, fish and plants couldn’t have been better suited to the bucolic location. As the sun set, the tree-house slowly took on a warm and enchanting glow.
At the base of the tree-house overlooking the creek, a small black & white TV played one of Poneros’ animations on loop. Be sure to take two minutes and watch Prey for the Eaten.
This Saturday, Greenpoint’s Succulent Studios welcomes Michael Alan’s Living Installation – in it’s 11th year! – on the occasion of the closing of the current PALABRA group show. “Alice in Wonderland XXX” is billed as an extraordinary 9-hour birthday extravaganza for Michael, featuring live models and a live musical soundscape by Michael and Tim Love Lee. Tickets ($20) are available here.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
67 West Street
5th Floor, Room 522
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Greenpoint Avenue G
Having traveled through Italy several times in recent years and witnessed the street art talent there in person, I’m very much looking forward to tomorrow’s opening of From Street to Art at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York. This overview of Italian Street Art curated by Simone Pallotta features work by Agostino Iacurci, Aris, BR1, Cyop&Kaf, Dem, Eron, Hitnes, Sten&Lex, Ufo5, 2501.
Opening: June 20 from 6:00PM
June 20 – August 20, 2014
On view Mondays through Fridays from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.
Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue (btw 68th & 69th Sts)
New York, NY 10065
[Dem for Fame Festival in Grottaglie, Italy - photo (c) Luna Park]
Judging by his website, Spanish artist Art is Tra$h has been extremely prolific since arriving in New York City. His whimsical, trash-based installations are very short-lived, which make them a welcome and powerful antidote to the recent proliferation of permissioned murals.
[Art is Tra$h - all photos (c) Luna Park]
I’m digging these stylish rollers by Texas and Gane… cool to see some Philly hands in New York.
[Pacman, Curt/Pacman/Low5, UFO907/Pacman, Gen2/UFO907/Pacman/Muk123 - all photos (c) Luna Park]