IDEAS: CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS
As the collaboration Double A Projects, artists Athena Robles and Anna Stein bring together their sculptural practices using historical and cultural references, public space and paper media. Their projects Global Free Store in Lower Manhattan and Counter Culture Cash: Local Currency in Jamaica, NY examined generous systems and launched specially created currency. They received a Grant for Art in Public Spaces from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the September 11th Fund, as well as a grant from the Puffin Foundation, for their project Free Store, which received media attention worldwide.
Andrea Geyer uses both fiction and documentary strategies in her image and text based works. She investigates historically evolved concepts such as national identity, gender and class in the context of the ongoing re-adjustment of cultural meanings and social memories in current politics. Recent works include “Criminal Case 40/61: Reverb,” a six-channel video engaging the historic trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem (1961) and the questions it raised about the relationship of truth and justice and about the responsibility an individual carries within a nation state. The piece is invested in how those questions resonates within the current political climate. And “Spiral Lands,” a photographic and textual historiography of the ongoing dispossession of lands from Indigenous people by colonization, governmentality, capitalist development that constitute one of the longest struggle for social justice in North America. Her work has been shown widely: MoMA, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art/New York; Artist Space/New York; RedCat/Los Angeles; LACE/Los Angeles; Hessel Museum/Bard College; TATE Modern/London; Serpentine Gallery/London; Generali Foundation/ Vienna; Secession/ Vienna; Witte De White/Rotterdam; IASPIS/Stockholm; the Turin Biennale/Italy; Athens Biennale/Greece; and documenta12/Kassel. She is represented by Galerie Thomas Zander/Cologne. In 2009/2010 a retrospective exhibition (with Sharon Hayes) traveled to the Goteborg Kunsthalle/Sweden and the St.Gallen Kunstmuseum/Switzerland. A comprehensive catalogue was published by Kehrer Publisher, Nürnberg. Andrea Geyer has published two artist’s books: Audrey Munson, The Queen of the Artists’ Studios (Art In General/New York) and Spiral Lands / Chapter 1 (Koenig Books/London). MoMA will show 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, a collaboration with Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander and David Thorne in January 2012.
Takashi Horisaki’s (b.1974, Tokyo) practice is a sculptural exploration of surfaces and the histories contained within their layers. Horisaki investigates the interaction of personal histories with the physical traces they leave, touching upon subjects ranging from urban planning and social architectures, to political and environmental crises. Working with materials that replicate and/or preserve remnants of architectural surfaces, Horisaki designs performative systems and object-making processes that become metaphors for the effects of time on our bodies and our environments. His work has been exhibited at numerous national and international venues including New Orleans’ Prospect.1 Biennial, the Queens Museum of Art (NY), and Socrates Sculpture Park (NY). A resident of the 2008-09 LMCC Workspace Program and recipient of such grants as the POLA Art Foundation Research Grant (JP) and the Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship, his work has been discussed in publications including Art in America, Artforum, Art Review, the Brooklyn Rail, and Bijyutsu Techo.
Yoko Inoue is a Brooklyn based multi-disciplinary artist who uses the mediums of sculpture, installation, collaborative projects, and public intervention performance art to explore the issues of identity, assimilation and commoditization of cultural values. She has received fellowships and awards including NYFA Artists’ Fellowship, Tides Foundation Lambent Fellowship, Franklin Furnace Fund; The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Guggenheim Fellowship (2006), LMCC Grant for Art in Public Spaces and Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant. Her work has been shown at various venues in New York and abroad. Residencies include Skowhegan, LMCC Workspace, Civitella Ranieri and Sacatar.
Matthew Jensen is a Brooklyn-based conceptual landscape artist who combines photography, collecting and rigorous explorations, in each of his works. His projects yield hundreds, sometimes thousands, of objects and images from a given location. Each collection is intended to bring forth layers of culture, history and beauty often obscured by the ubiquitousness of the subject, icon or idea being collected. Most of his site-specific works are collections derived from public landscapes and reveal how even in the most “known” place there exists a wealth of mystery and wonder.
Jill Magid seeks intimate relations with impersonal structures. She is intrigued by hidden information, being public as a condition for existence, and intimacy in relation to power and observation. Magid has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Tate Modern, London; Berkeley Art Museum, Matrix program; Yvon Lambert in New York and Paris; Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; and Gagosian Gallery, New York. She has written three books: One Cycle of Memory in the City of L; Lincoln Ocean Victor Eddy, Becoming Tarden, and is currently working on her fourth, Failed States. Magid is represented by Yvon Lambert, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Through creating and documenting wearable environments and autonomous living systems, Mary Mattingly’s work addresses migration and mobility as an essential need, due to current and future environmental and political situations, including Wearable Homes and Waterpod. Formally contingent on mapping worldwide human migration patterns, her current projects are itinerant, small-scale architectural interventions called Flock Houses. Mattingly has participated in exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, Palais de Tokyo, and the Neuberger Museum of Art. She has had solo exhibitions at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY and Galerie Adler in Frankfurt, Germany. Her work has been featured in ArtForum, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Financial Times, Le Monde Magazine, ICON, Sculpture Magazine, Aperture, BBC News, and MSNBC.
Carlos Motta is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work draws upon political history in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize the inclusion of suppressed histories, communities, identities and ideologies. Motta’s work has been presented internationally in venues such as The Guggenheim Museum, New York; MoMA/PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá; Serralves Museum, Porto; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; San Francisco Art Institute and Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin. Motta is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program and was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2008. He is part of the faculty at Parsons The New School of Design, The School of Visual Arts, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, the International Center of Photography and The Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Christopher Robbins works on the uneasy cusp of public art and community action, creating sculptural interventions in the daily lives of strangers. He uses heavy material demands and a carefully twisted work-process to craft awkwardly intimate social collaborations. He built his own hut out of mud and sticks and lived in it while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, spoke at a United Nations conference about his cross-cultural digital arts and education work in the South Pacific, and has lived and worked in London, Tokyo, West Africa, the Fiji Islands, and former Yugoslavia.