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February 21, 2006

1. Art Spaces Archives Project panel discussion at CAA, Boston, Feb. 23
2. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at MoMA, Feb. 24, 8:15 pm
3. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, at Vortex, Austin TX, end of March 2006
4. Clarinda Mac Low, FF Alumn, at WOW Café, Mar. 9-18
5. Claudia DeMonte, FF Alumn, at University of Maryland, thru Mar. 15
6. Benita Abrams & Ron Littke, FF Alumns, earn NYSCA grant for video documentary
7. Sarah Thomas Gulden, FF Alumn, announces birth of Lucy Ida Gulden
8. Davide Bramante, FF Alumn, in Pescara, Italy, Feb. 25
9. Yoav Gal, FF Alumn, at Dance Theatre Workshop, Feb. 21 & at Merkin Hall, Feb. 22, 8 pm
10. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, at Buhler Institute, Ohio, Feb. 26-Apr. 23
11. Irina Danilova, Marilena Preda Sanc, Regina Vater, FF Alumns, at 59 Franklin Street, TriBeCa, Feb. 28
12. Yuliya Lanina, FF Member, exhibits and art news, January - April 2006
13. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, now online
14. Peter Cramer, FF Alumn, at Deitch Projects Gallery, Feb. 23-24
15. Zlatko Kopljar, FF Alumn,a t Gallery MC, NY, opening Feb. 23, 7-9 pm

1. Art Spaces Archives Project panel discussion at CAA, Boston, Feb. 23

Art Spaces Archives Project
Announces a Panel Discussion
"Activist Arts Organizations of the 1970s and 1980s:
Research Opportunities for Scholars"
to be held at the
College Art Association's 94th Annual Conference
Hynes Convention Center, Plaza Level, Room 112
Boston, Massachusetts
February 23, 2006, 5:30 to 7:00 PM

The Art Spaces Archives Project [AS-AP] is pleased to announce a panel discussion entitled "Activist Arts Organizations of the 1970s and 1980s: Research Opportunities for Scholars," to be held at the College Art Association's 94th Annual Conference on February 23, 2006, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Plaza Level, Room 112.

The panel will feature Linda Frye Burnham, Dr. Margo Machida, and Steven Englander. Moderating the panel will be David Platzker, the Project Director of AS-AP, a non-profit initiative founded in 2003 to assess and survey the state of the archives of art spaces throughout the United States.

The presenters will investigate the history of three formative organizations: High Performance Magazine , Godzilla: The Asian American Art Network, and ABC No Rio, and discuss what each of these organizations prompted, how they interacted within a community, how they co-existed, melded into, or changed a broader constituency. Additionally, the panel will discuss the role their archival materials play in telegraphing, or revealing, underlying historic information about these organizations and the state of these archives.

The goal of the panel is two fold: first to encourage emerging scholars to engage with the avant-garde / alternative organizations of the period, and secondly to highlight three selected organizations and to pair an emerging scholar with each. Ultimately, each scholar will conduct research using an organization's physical archival materials; perform oral histories with founders of the organization, and publish, on AS-AP's website, the conclusion of the research and oral histories.

In Spring 2006, AS-AP will invite proposals from emerging scholars to conduct the research with High Performance, Godzilla, and ABC No Rio. The three chosen individuals will conduct on-site work in 2007 with the edited oral history to be published by the close of that year.

AS-AP is using the panel as a template for emerging scholars to engage with the rich history of the avant-garde / alternative arts movement. Central to this investigation is the utilization of archival materials; the identification and preservation of which is fundamental to AS-AP's mission.

Linda Frye Burnham will reflect on the history of High Performance magazine (1978-1998) and the changes it tracked in the alternative arts movement during those years. High Performance followed the cutting edge from performance art through feminism, multiculturalism, activism and community-based art. High Performance was also closely engaged in the so-called Culture Wars of the early 1990s. After the demise of High Performance, Burnham and her co-editor, Steven Durland, wrote about these changes in The Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena (New York: Critical Press, 1998), and they have carried on their investigations at the Community Arts Network on the Web: http://www.communityarts.net. A traveling exhibition about the first five years of High Performance -- along with an award-winning essay in College Art Association's Art Journal -- were created by historian Jenni Sorkin in 2003 [Art Journal, vol. 62, no. 2 (Summer 2003), pp. 36-51. High Performance's archive resides at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

Margo Machida will discuss the formative years of Godzilla: The Asian American Art Network, from her perspective as a co-founder of this collectively-run group of New York City-based artists, writers, and curators. She will examine the period in which it arose, and what distinguishes Godzilla from groups that emerged in the context of 1970s Asian American arts activism. Founded in 1990 and active for over a decade, Godzilla was conceived as a pan-ethnic, cross-disciplinary, and multigenerational forum aimed at fomenting a wide-ranging dialogue in Asian American visual art. Over its "lifetime" it sponsored art exhibitions, public symposia, and open slide viewings for new artists; published a newsletter that featured emerging critical writing and news from artists across the country; and also served as a platform for arts advocacy. Godzilla's archive is housed at New York University's Fales Library, http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/fales/

Steven Englander will discuss the history of the Lower East Side arts center ABC No Rio founded on New Year's Day, 1980, in New York City. He'll address the changes the organization has undergone over the years, and how the spirit and values that animated its early days continue to inform No Rio as its facilities, projects and programs have expanded and evolved. Since its founding No Rio has been host to a wide range of artistic expression dealing with war, homelessness, drugs, punk rock, performance art, spoken word and poetry, sex, violence, and the politics of housing and real estate, among much else.

About Art Spaces Archives Project
Art Spaces Archives Project [AS-AP] is a non-profit initiative founded by a consortium of alternative art organizations, including Bomb Magazine, College Art Association, Franklin Furnace Archive, New York State Council on the Arts [NYSCA], New York State Artist Workspace Consortium, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, with a mandate to help preserve, present, and protect the archival heritage of living and defunct for- and not-for-profit spaces of the "alternative" or "avant-garde" movement of the 1950s to the present throughout the United States.

With funding provided by NYSCA, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, AS-AP has a mandate to begin the documenting process by rooting out both a national index of the avant-garde -- assessing the needs for archiving and preservation-and helping to establish universal standards for archiving the avant-garde.

AS-AP's belief is beyond simply identifying the whereabouts of centers of activity. There is an underlying need to assess, catalogue, and preserve important formative materials for study by historians with a critical distance from the creation of the material itself.

AS-AP's website – http://www.as-ap.org -- is a virtual resource and finding aid for locating the places and spaces of alternative and avant-garde activity. A central location for information pertaining to reservoirs of archives, tools to assist in archiving, and other aids for scholars interested in the alternative or avant-garde movement in the United States as well as for the locations of activity themselves.

About the Panelists
Linda Frye Burnham is a writer who founded High Performance in 1978 in Los Angeles and served as its editor through 1985 and its co-editor 1995-1998. She holds an MFA in Writing from University of California at Irvine. Burnham also co-founded the 18th Street Arts Complex and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, California; Art in the Public Interest in Saxapahaw, North Carolina; and the Community Arts Network on the World Wide Web. She has served as a staff writer for Artforum, contributing editor for The Drama Review and arts editor for the Independent Weekly of North Carolina. High Performance's website is: http://www.apionline.org/hp.html

Margo Machida is an educator, independent curator, researcher, and writer specializing in Asian American art and visual culture. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies, and has a joint appointment in Art History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut. Most recently she co-edited a major anthology of new critical writing entitled Fresh Talk / Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art ( University of California Press, 2003). Dr. Machida has recently completed a book for Duke University Press, Art, Asian America, and the Social Imaginary: A Poetics of Positionality.

Beginning in 1995 Steven Englander has led the campaign to resist New York City's effort to evict ABC No Rio. Using the courts, public and political support, and finally direct action, the eviction was prevented, and the City, surprisingly, then offered the building to ABC No Rio for acquisition and renovation. Englander was hired as Director in 1999, and has overseen No Rio's transformation from storefront gallery / performance space to arts center with four floors of resources and facilities for area artists and activists. No Rio anticipates taking title to the building this winter, and renovation construction is expected to begin towards the end of 2006. ABC No Rio's website is http://www.abcnorio.org

David Platzker is the Project Director of Art Spaces Archives Project. From 1998 through 2004 he was the Executive Director of the non-profit institution Printed Matter, Inc. He is also the co-author, and co-curator -- with Elizabeth Wyckoff -- of Hard Pressed: 600 Years of Prints and Process (New York: International Print Center New York & Hudson Hills Press, 2000); and -- with Richard H. Axsom -- the book and exhibition entitled Printed Stuff: Prints, Posters, and Ephemera by Claes Oldenburg: A Catalogue Raisonné 1958-1996 (Madison, Wisconsin: Madison Art Center & New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1997), which was awarded the George Wittenborn Award for Best Art Publication of 1997 by the Art Libraries Society of North America. Platzker is also the president of Specific Object, an on-line arts bookstore [http://www.specificobject.com]

For additional information regarding the panel or AS-AP please contact David Platzker at david@as-ap.org or at (212) 330-7688.

For admission information and additional information regarding the College Art Association's 2006 Annual Conference please visit CAA's website: http://conference.collegeart.org/2006/


2. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at MoMA, Feb. 24, 8:15 pm

Barbara Hammer: Lover Other, The Story of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, 2006

February 24, 2006
The Museum of Modern Art Directors' Fortnight
11 W. 53rd Street Free (first come/firs served) 8:15 (come early!)

"Hammer’s intense productivity places her on the scale of Brakhage or Warhol as a major force in independent film." Wheeler Winston Dixon

In her latest work, prolific filmmaker, archivist and commentator Barbara Hammer examines an intriguing chapter in lesbian cultural history. Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore cut mythic figures in the art world: They were stepsisters and lovers who, as key participants in the Parisian Surrealist movement in 1920s and ’30s, collaborated on collages, photographs and installations exploring gender-bending and lesbian eroticism. The pair later settled on the Isle of Jersey, where they went on to perform heroic acts of resistance against the Nazi occupation during WWII.


3. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, at Vortex, Austin TX, end of March 2006

Please announce and pass this on

Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, and Beth Stephens will be presenting theirnew show at Vortex, end of March 2006 in Austin, Texas


4. Clarinda Mac Low, FF Alumn, at WOW Café, March 9-18

Who: Jen Abrams, Clarinda Mac Low, Tara O’Con
What: Asunder, new dance and performance
Where: WOW Café Theater, 59-61 E 4th St, 4th Floor (between Bowery and 2nd
Ave), F to 2nd Ave or 6 to Astor Place
When: Thursday-Saturday, March 9-11 and 16-18, 8pm
Tickets: $12, $10 students. For reservations, call (212) 696-8904
Press Contact: Jen Abrams, 917-364-2208, jenabrams@mindspring.com

ASUNDER ­ new dance and performance by Jen Abrams, Clarinda Mac Low and Tara O’Con. Three women try to hold it all together as they hit the breaking points of reason, emotion and ambition. Inner and outer lives clash in dances by three of downtown¹s hottest and about-to-be hottest choreographers. ASUNDER is produced by Jen Abrams, WOW member and head of WOW¹s recent successful bid to buy and renovate its formerly city-owned space.

In Jen Abrams’ 8:55 A.M., the inner lives of three women explode outward under the pressure and chaos of New York City. They move between pedestrian personal activities and dream states, interrupted by obsessive and repetitive episodes and outbursts that bring them to exhaustion. They carry bags full of everyday objects that defy control. They are driven by ringing alarm clocks and arriving subway trains. They are stunned by the lush, momentary silence of falling snow. The score weaves together the sounds of NYC ­ traffic, street chatter, train conductors’ announcements ­ with Gregorian chant, Bulgarian choral music, and Iranian violin composition. Featuring performances by Jen Abrams, Jodi Bender and Ariel Polonsky.

Clarinda Mac Low¹s WHICH is a section of DAGGER, a surreal live horror film that digs into the inner life of tyrants, investigating what lies behind the human lust for political power. Based loosely on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, DAGGER uses the language and the situations of the play as a fractured mirror of our own times of unsettled political interventions, explosive backlash and impotent demagoguery. Video ghosts and an eerie sound score surround a lonely figure within a rich atmosphere of menace and the seductions of power. WHICH dissects Act IV of the play, where two different leaders confront the choices that face them, and fatal decisions are made. Questions and answers fly around, the supernatural intervenes, and an ambience of uncertainty prevails. With live video by Judson Wright, performance and sound score by Mac Low.

Tara O’Con’s STERNUM walks the razor edge between anxiety and repose, between a vortex of confusion and frustration and a place of reflection and strength. STERNUM begins from raw vulnerability, and asks the question, “how does the body articulate itself when emotions are pushed beyond reason?” Tara O’Con performs.


JEN ABRAMS has studied and taught the form of Contact Improvisation for fourteen years. She relocated to New York City from Chicago, where she presented and performed in five full-length concerts with the contact improv-based company she co-founded, Limbic Fix. Jen is an active member of WOW Café Theater, and creates and performs her work there regularly. She has been seen in New York at the Theater for the New City, La Mama ETC, Dixon Place, BAX, the Nuyorican Poets Café, HERE, and the Bowery Poetry Club. Eva Yaa Asantewa of the Village Voice called her work ‘quintessentially New York.’ Her choreographic work has also been seen at WOW in several stage plays by Moira Cutler’s Dogsbody Theater. She teaches Contact Improv through Movement Research. She has given poetry readings at Halcyon and Bar 13. Jen is also a classically trained actor. By day, Jen is Managing Director for Risa Jaroslow & Dancers, and Director of Development for CavanKerry Press.

Since 1988 CLARINDA MAC LOW’s work has appeared at P.S. 122, St. Mark’s Church, Movement Research at the Judson Church, the Kitchen, and many other places and spaces around New York City and elsewhere in the world. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where she began to explore the use of dance and performance as tools for communication and building community. She graduated in 1987, and was awarded High Honors for her thesis, "Chance Procedures and the Pursuit of Freedom in Dance Composition.² At Wesleyan she also received a degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Mac Low’s most recent collaborations include TRYST (with Alejandra Martorell and Paul Benney), a sly series of performance interventions into everyday life, and SALVAVE/SALVATION, an ongoing collaborative installation and performance project that explores the philosophical, emotional and material implications of re-use, discard, decay and abundance. Her series of PUBLIC BLUNDER solos began in 2000, and she continues to BLUNDER into the future. She has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Mabou Mines/SUITE, and through The Field and Movement Research. Mac Low has taught in the Netherlands and Germany through the European Dance Development Center and throughout the U.S. (including Nebraska, Tennessee and Alabama). She often does individual consultations with younger artists and her movement direction and dramaturgy has graced the work of performance artist Sharon Hayes, the Great Small Works Theater company, and choreographers Alejandra Martorell and Kathy Westwater.

TARA O’CON graduated with honors from Roger Williams University with a BA in dance in 2003. She moved to New York City in 2004. Currently, she is working with Stephan Koplowitz. By day, Tara serves as receptionist for Dance Theater Workshop. A version of STERNUM was originally presented at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange.


5. Claudia DeMonte, FF Alumn, at University of Maryland, thru March 15

I have a 30 yr retrospective at the Art Gallery, University of Maryland, Feb. 8-March 15th. Claudia DeMonte, FF Alumn and Member


6. Benita Abrams & Ron Littke, FF Alumns, earn NYSCA grant for video documentary

Franklin Furnace alums Ron Littke and Benita Abrams have received a NYSCA decentralization grant from the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance for "Wheels on Fire," a video documentary about small-town kids and their obsession with skateboarding. The central figures in the video are two boys at a turning point in their lives. Upon graduation from high school this year, their paths will diverge--one to the army and the other to college. Skateboarding is the last hurrah of their youth. The artists plan to screen the documentary upstate and then to find venues in New York and beyond.


7. Sarah Thomas Gulden, FF Alumn, announces birth of Lucy Ida Gulden

We're excited to announce the birth of our second daughter, Lucy Ida Gulden, at 6:49 am on Wednesday, February 8, 2006. She was 7lbs 3 ozs and 21" and is in perfect health, as am I, and we had a natural birth without incident (except that she was "sunny-side up")!

Isabel has shared if not surpassed our enthusiasm so far and we're happy to be home.

Sarah & Thomas


8. Davide Bramante, FF Alumn, in Pescara, Italy, Feb. 25

Sabato 25 febbraio 2006 ore 18:30 D AVIDE BRAMANTE inaugura a Pescara la sua nuova mostra personale L'UNIVERSO FINITO (C.C.C.P.) la cura della mostra è di Gianluca Marziani vi aspettiamo da CONTEMPORANEAvia Salvatore Tommasi, 27 - Pescara


9. Yoav Gal, FF Alumn, at Dance Theatre Workshop, Feb. 21 & at Merkin Hall, Feb. 22, 8 pm

Dear Friends, Please come to hear the premiere of Dr. KING, the new piece I wrote for the Bang on a Can All Stars, this Wednesday night. The All Stars are always great, but this concert is particularly exciting. There’s also a chance to preview a dance from MOSHEH on Tuesday night at Dance Theater Workshop. The full production will take place on March 29 at Merkin Hall.
Details for all events below.


Bang on a Can / Cantaloupe Music - February Newsletter
Wed, Feb 22, 8 PM: People's Commissioning Fund Concert, Merkin Hall, NYC
Goodman House | 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023 | Tel: 1 (212) 501 330

February 22
7th Annual People's Commissioning Fund Concert
Bang on a Can All-Stars Live in New York presenting 3 World Premieres and a new gem by Ornette Coleman. One of the concert highlights of our season and a really good time to boot! Bang on a Can presents our annual People's Commissioning Fund (PCF) Concert now in its SEVENTH YEAR. This year's concert, at Merkin Hall in New York City, will feature the unstoppable, sexy and LOUD Bang on a Can All-Stars sinking their teeth into the spare and intense work of Yoav Gal, the quirky and driving music of Annie Gosfield, and the ecstatic and witty music of composer/drummer John Hollenbeck. Through the PCF, Bang on a Can has established a unique and radical partnership between artists and audiences to support the creation and performance of new music. PLUS - you don't want to miss the NY premiere of jazz legend Ornette Coleman'sHaven't Been Where I Left, which Ornette recently wrote for the All-Stars, and works by 1999 PCF Alum Ed Ruchaski and Brazilian jazz marvel Hermeto Pascoal. Do not miss this concert!!! Last year there was a line out the door, so get there early! Tickets here.

FielDay @ DTW
219 West 19th St.
Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00pm
Tickets $10

T E A (Transpersonal Education & Art)
will perform "Miriam Song," a scene from MOSHE,
a Video-Opera by Yoav Gal.

Choreography: Ella Ben-Aharon
Costumes: Sahar Javedani
Dancers: Amy Knauff, Carmen Nicole Smith, Celine Alwyn,
Jennifer Weddel, Laurel Lynch, Lynn Huang, Rubi Macdougall

MOSHEH, a multi-media opera by Yoav Gal |
Merkin Concert Hall, Wed, March 29, 8 PM
Yoav Gal's Mosheh is a uniquely personal depiction of the biblical saga of Moses in his early years. The work’s two themes explore the mother figures in the story, where ancient and pagan traditions are glimpsed, and the relationship of Moses with God, a jealous and fearsome father figure.

Through a series of scenes featuring musicians, video and a dancer, the ancient leader’s coming of age is internalized and re-imagined as a vision in a present-day urban landscape.

Goodman House | 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023 | Tel: 1 (212) 501 330


10. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, at Buhler Institute, Ohio, Feb. 26-Apr. 23

Joseph Nechvatal: Contaminations
February 26 through April 23, 2006
Butler Institute of American Art
Beecher Center for Technology in the Arts
524 Wick Ave. Youngstown, Ohio

Meet the Artist Monday, February 27 • 10 am

BUTLER/YSU Symposia on American Art Speaker
The artist Joseph Nechvatal has used the computer for twenty years to create his computer-robotic assisted acrylic paintings and electronic installations. To do this, he has subjected his image compositions to custom computer virus programs. This exhibition features two-dimensional works that are a result of this experimentation

Please feel free to post and circulate.


11. Irina Danilova, Marilena Preda Sanc, Regina Vater, FF Alumns, at 59 Franklin Street, TriBeCa, Feb. 28

PROJECT 59 is pleased to announce the Third Screening (last open call) of the 59 Seconds Video Festival at 59 Franklin Street (between Broadway and Lafayette) 2nd floor, Tribeca, NYC

on Tuesday February 28, 2006
(59th day of the year that is also Fat Tuesday this year)
7pm & 9pm

Featuring: Chris D-Alessio (Us) Thomas Amendola (Us) Vahid Rahimi (Us) Briony Barr (Us) Ryan Smith(Us) Michele Santarsiere (Italy) Franz Wanner (Germany) Gerd Stern (Us) Chris Donavan (Us) Craig Downing (Us) Herve Constant (Uk) Wago Kreider (Us) Reiku Hiteruo (Us) Perin Joelle (France) Jeffrey Scott (Us) Alex Baron (Us) Koji Kawai + Rui Ogawa (Japan) Lili White (Us) Regina Vater (Us) Jeremy Newman (Us) Andrew Eyman (Us) Gruppo Sinestetico (Italy) Lucia Warck Meister (Argentina/Us) Andrea Ortado (Us) Irina Danilova + Hiram Levy (Ukraine/Us) The Bruce High Quality Foundation (Us) Michael Lione (Us) Katherin Mcinnis (Us) Dan Van Winkle (Us) Jody Zellen (Us) Petri Ala-Maunus (Finland) Marilena Preda Sanc (Romania) J.P. Maruszczak (Us) Nicky Magliulo (Uk) Jessie Stead (Us) Ingrid Taro (Italy/Us) Valerie Opielski (Us) Ian Keller (Us) Mike Werner (Us) Joon Sung (Korea/Us) Tsui-Lun Liu (Taiwan) Sinasi Gunes (Turkey) Rev C. Hite (Us) Michael Unger (Us) Sara Rajaei + Hadas Itzkovit (Iran/Israel/Netherlands) Michelle Beck + Jorge Calvo (Usa/Costa Rica) Fulana (Us ) Alana Kakoyiannis (Us) Massimo Lovisco (Italy)

Screening is Free

Space is limited, first come first served.
The 70 minute program will be repeated if needed to accommodate all.

Invitation card is attached
More information about this festival at
Program for February 28 screening will be posted on web site by February 28.

Project 59 thanks Jerry Jacobs for his generous support in providing space for the screening.


12. Yuliya Lanina, FF Member, exhibits and art news, January - April 2006

My dear friends,
I would like to invite you to my upcoming group shows. Hope you can come to any (if not all) of them.

January 21-March 6
"War is Over"
Sideshow Gallery
319 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

February 12-26
"Unknown Russia"
Opening Reception Sunday, February 19 4pm-8pm
Russian Museum of Contemporary Art, 80 Grand street,
Jersey City, NJ

February 23-March 23
"The Square Foot Show"
Opening Reception Thursday, February 23 6-9pm
Art Gotham Gallery
547 West 27st, between 10 and 11 ave, 5Th floor

March 5-May 20
"Witch Hunt"
Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, 841 Barreto Street 2nd. Floor, Bronx, NY
Opening Reception: March 4 4-8pm

March 9-23
20 Years of Contemporary Russian Art
A-3 Gallery, Moscow Exhibition Hall
Starokonushennii Pereulok,  39
Opening Reception March 9, 6-9pm

April 16-30
Third Biennial of Contemporary Russian Art
Opening Reception Sunday, April 16 4pm-8pm
Russian Museum of Contemporary Art, 80 Grand street, Jersey City, NJ

I am excited to tell you that my solo show at KBP Gallery has also been reviewed by Brooklyn Rail. You can read that review at http://www.yuliyalanina.com/pageart/resume/review_2.jpg

Review by New York Arts Magazine can be found at

Thank you,
Yuliya Lanina


13. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, now online

FF Alumn Phillip Warnell on UK National News charting his live capsule endoscopic performance event 'Endo-Ecto' at the ICA in London. Follow the link:


14. Peter Cramer, FF Alumn, at Deitch Projects Gallery, Feb. 23-24

Deitch Projects is pleased to present;

the Legendary Voluptuous Horror Of Karen Black  
with their new show The Sound of Magic, featuring the original guitarist Samoa!!!
Lighting by Peter Cramer, FF Alumn
The performance will take place at;
Deitch Projects Gallery on18 Wooster Street, New York City.
February 23rd and 24th at 9pm.

Filled with freaky vanilla art cream which rocks so hard in your stomach and it'll make you slow up. That's right! The absolute original underground New York Rock N' Roll band is at it again!
DO NOT MISS THIS!! The Sound of Magic will be performed in tandem with the release of the new limited edition vinyl picture LP by the same name and promises to be one of the groups most ambitious works to date.




15. Zlatko Kopljar, FF Alumn,a t Gallery MC, NY, opening Feb. 23, 7-9 pm

Hello everybody,
Please come to see the show.
The opening reception: Thursday, February 23, 7 - 9 PM
Gallery MC is located at 549 W 52nd Street, 8th floor, between 10th and 11th ave.
The show will run through Wednesday, March 2 2006.  
The Gallery is open to public Monday - Sunday from 11 - 6 pm.  
For details see below.
Dario Solman

INVITATION to the EXHIBIT body.city - within a Croatian perspective

body. city. within a croatian perspective

Ante Bozanic | Predrag Dubravcic | Vlatka Horvat | Bozidar Jurjevic | Zlatko Kopljar | Kristian Kozul | Andreja Kuluncic | Kristina Leko | Leo Modrcin | Dario Solman | Sandra Sterle | Olja Stipanovic | Goran Tomcic | Ksenija Turcic | Mio Vesovic| Danijel Zezelj curated by Branko Franceschi

The exhibition presents works of 16 artists of the Croatian origin who are living and working in New York City, and/or who have been inspired by the City during their residency programs. . The exhibition considers constructing and deconstructing a myth of New York as the apex of contemporary visual art. Through a variety of agendas and artistic disciplines, body, personal experience and emotions collide with megacity’s cool vistas and estranged conduct. Work will be exhibited at the Gallery MC with the opening reception on Thursday, February 23rd, from 7 to 9 PM and will run through Wednesday, March 2nd 2006. The Doors Art Foundation is pleased to announce that a very special guest from Croatia, Mr. Branko Franceschi will attend the opening reception. Gallery MC is located at 549 W 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th avenue, 8th floor. Gallery will be open to public Monday - Sunday from 11 to 6 pm.

The exhibition has been sponsored by the Heathcote Art Foundation/FACE Croatia, City of Rijeka, Auxano Inc. and Jana.

For any questions about the exhibition, please contact: Daniela Urem at 212.757. 7449 or doors@doors-art.com

Branko Franceschi was born in Zadar, Croatia in 1959. From 1987 to 2004 he was a program director at the gallery Miroslav Kraljevic in Zagreb. Since 2004 he's been an executive director of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia (www.mmsu.hr). Trained as an Art Historian at the University of Zagreb, in 1987 he initiated and curated hundreds of exhibitions of contemporary art for the gallery Miroslav Kraljevic and other spaces in Croatia and beyond. His diverse background includes online works, newspaper articles, art reviews and periodicals, TV and radio broadcasting. He initiated, managed and coordinated a residency for Croatian artists at PS1 from 2001-2005 in New York and cultural exchanges between Croatia/USA and Croatia/Great Britain. He produced TV segments for Croatian Television on the contemporary art scenes in London and New York. In 2001 Branko worked with New Media Scotland on Blind Date, an exchange project involving six artists from Croatia and Scotland.  Member of AICA (Board of AICA Croatia), ICOM, CIMAM, DPUH, Advisory Committee of ArtsLink.

Ante Bozanich
Working in a relative obscurity and on an intimate scale, Ante Bozanich has produced a powerful body of psychodramatic work exploring the exile of the self in a contemporary culture. Born in Croatia, he immigrated to the United States in 1967 and began working in video in 1974 while living in Los Angeles. Bozanich’s work reflects the influence of performance and body art on the Southern California video art of the sixties. His early works feature visceral confrontations with the camera; the artist uses the instantaneous and intimate nature of video production as a psychodramatic construct. Bozanich’s psychic power treatment and his ability to reach in his inner depth is what distinguishes his work from others. Advancing his deeply personal and sometimes primal character in his  work, his later tapes continue to illuminate his interior haunts with courageous acuity. Writing in Video 80, artists Bruce and Norman Yonemoto state that Bozanich’s personal existential vision foreshadowed the nihilism of punk and neo-expressionism. His works "embody Antonin Artaud's obsession with art that is at once ‘violent, insulting, dangerous and self-destructive.' " Bozanich was born 1949 in Vis, Croatia. He received a B.A., an M.A. and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation. Bozanich’s tapes have been exhibited internationally at festivals and institutions including the Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Hare Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Long Beach Museum of Art, California; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Artspace, San Francisco; San Francisco International Video Festival; Image Forum, Tokyo; and the American Film Institute's National Video Festival, Los Angeles. Bozanich lives in New York.

Predrag Dubravcic
Born in Zagreb, June 8th 1965. He received a B.A. in cinematography, Academy of Dramatic Arts, Zagreb University, Croatia, 1984 - 1989.
In 1989 Predrag moves to NYC as a print photographer - starts shooting film again in '94.
Awards: Festo 2001 for best commercial cinematography, Columbia University Film Festival <http://www.cufilmfest.com/>  Cinematography. In 1985, Dubravcic has his first solo exhibit of "pure photography" which tries to remove all outside elements from the photographic media (i.e. this is not an image of a subject but rather an image by itself). In 1988. Predrag writes a theoretical work "On Composition" complementing his ongoing output of images. He had 14 solo exhibitions, and numerous group shows in Croatia and US. His most recent shows include NYC Soho Photo Gallery and Ringwood Manor, NJ.

Vlatka Horvat
received her MA in 1997. Her MA final paper was entitled "Feigning to Forget: Forging Fictions of Identity in Post-Communist Croatia." Since 2000 Vlatka has primarily been working in the visual art context - working in a range of media, from video and photography to installation and text-based pieces. Many of her works are performance-based and often deal with a notion of a task, action, and enactment. Vlatka’s work has recently been shown at exhibitions and festivals in Germany, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, and the US. She lives in New York.  

Bozidar Jurjevic is a performance and video artist whose work has been included in the Clemont Ferrard Video Festival (2002) and in Body and the East, Exit Art, New York, (2001).
Recent performances include Performance Freedom, Zagreb, Croatia and Let the Light Shine over the Home, Rijeka, Croatia.  

Zlatko Kopljar, FF Alumn, Born on March 5th 1962 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Graduated painting in 1991 with Professor Zotti from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy. Lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia

Kristian Kozul (1975, Munich, Germany) lives and works in Zagreb and New York. Kozul attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1993 and he transferred to the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf where he graduated in 2002. Kozul received his first recognition as a video artist, however his late oeuvres consist of elaborate metaphorical objects. Kozul has participated at the numerous exhibitions both in Croatia and abroad and is considered one of the most intriguing Croatian artists of his generation.  

Andreja Kuluncic (1968. Subotica, Serbia and Montenegro) lives and works in Zagreb. She graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts and Design in Belgrade in 1992 and completed her postgraduate studies at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. Kuluncic participated at the numerous international exhibition such as Liverpool Biennial (UK 2004), the 8th Istanbul Biennial ( Turkey, 2003), The American Effect at Whitney Museum, ( New York, 2003), Translocations, an on-line exhibition by Walker Art Center ( Minneapolis, 2003), Documenta 11 ( Kassel, 2002), Manifesta 4 (Frankfurt/Main, 2002) and other numerous group and solo exhibitions in Croatia and abroad.

Kristina Leko was born in 1966, Zagreb, Croatia. She is a visual and video artist, a writer who addresses a variety of issues ranging from political to intimate ones. Her works include actions in public space and intimate biography-based works.  Leko works on communication and documentary projects in collaboration with various social groups.  In 2001, she exhibited on Sarajevo International, a video-communication project in collaboration with twelve Sarajevo immigrants. In 2002/03 Leko did a project “On Milk and People” where she collaborated with Croatian and Hungarian farmer families. Her “Cheese and Cream” is a serial of actions and artifacts dedicated to protection of the milkmaids of Zagreb. In 2002 Leko exhibited  “Mes objets trouves” - a collection of everyday objects with historical references.  Leko marked her 1992 year with her  “Visualy Based Perception Training” , a serial of public installations and workshops, Verfassungskorrekturbuerro – an action in progress correcting and improving the USA Constitution, 2004

Leo Modrcin is a New York based architect of Croatian origin. A graduate of Architectural School, University of Zagreb and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Leo has worked as an architect in both the US and Croatia. His projects were honored at many architectural competitions, including the first prize at the 1997 Membrane Design Competition in Japan, for a conceptual project for the destroyed Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Modrcin’s projects and writings are widely published. Beside architectural practice, he is also active in architectural pedagogy. With the renowned architect Lebbeus Woods and the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture (RIEA) he taught at the Borderline Architectural Workshop in Kraljevica, Croatia in 1997.

Dario Solman studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia and received his MFA from the Ohio State University. He participated in the P.S. 1 International Studio Program, the Cimelice Castle residency program in the Czech Republic and has taken part in group shows in Alexandria Bienalle, Egypt; Melbourne, Australia; Zagreb, Croatia; as well as various other venues in New York and elsewhere in the U.S.

Sandra Sterle (1965, Zadar, Croatia) lives and works in Split. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1989 and continued her studies at Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf 1995 – 1996. Sterle has exhibited internationally since 1995 and gained reputation as a multimedia artist by participating at numerous exhibitions: Capital & Gender ( Skopje, 2001), To Tell a Story ( Zagreb, 2001), Here Tomorrow ( Zagreb, 2002), In den Schluchten des Balkan ( Kassel, 2003). In 2001 Sandra Sterle produced go_HOME, an internet and streaming project with Danica Dakic. Her works are included in mayor retrospectives of Croatian video art such as Frame by Frame, Personal Cinema Program, Insert, as well as A Short History of Dutch Video Art. Since 2002 Sterle has been a senior lecturer at the New Media Department of the Art Academy in Split, Croatia.

Olja Stipanovic was born in Pula, Croatia where she started her art education. She moved to New York in 1992. She earned her BFA (painting) in 1998, and MFA (painting) in 2000, from the Parsons School of Design – The New School University, New York. For the past 5 years she has been the resident of Long Island City where her studio is located. Her work has been exhibited in various group shows in New York City and abroad

Goran Tomcic was born in Croatia, and has been living in the United States since 1991. After receiving his M.A. in Curatorial Studies at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, he served as curator of contemporary art at the Miami Dade College, and Allen Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio. He is a published poet and an exhibited artist, and has written extensively on art for various publications.  

Ksenija Turcic was born 1963 in Zagreb, Croatia. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts (Prof. Ferdinand Kulmer) in Zagreb in 1987. She went on to study painting with Prof. Joseph Kosuth at the organization Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy in 1995. She lives in Zagreb.

Mio Vesovic Born in 1953 in Gornja Dobrinja, Croatia. He graduated from the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Zagreb, Croatia. Since the early 70s Vesovic’s journalistic photographs have been published in many established European newspapers and magazines. Since 1979, Vesovic has been showing his photographic works in galleries and over hundred of his works have been included in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb. In 1979 he started Studio MO with Ivan Posavec. Vesovic lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.  

Danijel Zezelj is a graphic artist and illustrator and author of more than twenty graphic novels. His comics and illustrations appeared in magazines and anthologies in Croatia, Slovenia, England, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the USA.
His work has been published by DC Comics/Vertigo, Marvel Comics, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s Magazine, San Francisco Guardian, Washington Chronicle, etc.
Since 1997 Danijel created a series of multimedia performances in collaboration with musician/composer Jessica Lurie. The performances premiered in Italy, USA and Croatia. He lives and works between Brooklyn and Zagreb.  

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