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Contents for December 20, 2009
1. Joe Lewis, FF Alumn, named dean of Univ. California Irvine School of the Arts
2. Susan Mogul, FF Alumn, in www.LAWeekly.com
3. Maria Yoon, FF Alumn, at Anchorage, Alaska Film Festival, Dec. 23
4. Saya Woolfalk, FF Alumn, at Art Institute of Chicago, Feb. 2, 2010
5. Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, at Sabay Thai Curatorial Space, thru Jan. 2010, and more
6. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, now online a www.well.com/user/jmalloy/elit/elit_software.html
7. Emily Roysdon, Hans Haacke, Jeanine Oleson, FF Alumns, in The New York Times, Dec. 18, and more
8. Jimbo Blachly, Marisa Jahn, Saya Woolfalk, FF Alumns, at EFA Project Space, Manhattan, opening Jan. 15, 2010
9. Paul Lamarre, Melissa Wolf, FF Alumns, at Eidia House, Brooklyn, thru Jan. 16, 2010
10. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, at Pieter, Los Angeles, Jan. 17, and more

1. Joe Lewis, FF Alumn, named dean of Univ. California Irvine School of the Arts

Culture Monster
All the Arts, All the Time
Artist and academic Joseph Lewis III named dean of UC Irvine's School of the Arts
October 16, 2009

Joseph Lewis III, a former chair of Cal State Northridge's art department who also supervised public art projects for L.A.'s Cultural Affairs Department, was named Thursday as dean of UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

Lewis, 56, will take his new post at the beginning of the spring term next March, ending a five-year tenure as dean of the School of Art & Design at Alfred University, about 100 miles from Buffalo in western New York -- where the university's communications director reported that it began snowing Thursday, with an advisory of four to six inches today

In a statement announcing the appointment, UCI's chancellor, Michael Drake, cited Lewis as "both a recognized artist and a gifted administrator."

Lewis said it isn't the warm weather that's bringing him back to Southern California after eight years (he left Northridge in 2001 to become dean of the School of Art and Design at New York City's Fashion Institute of Technology), but the chance to tap into all the experience accumulated during a genre-hopping creative career that has included acting, songwriting, performance art, photography and fine arts. Family is a factor too: Lewis said his wife, Phuong, a master's degree candidate in business administration at Alfred, hails from Corona, and they'll be close to her family. The couple has a 5-year-old son, Joey.

Heading a school with departments of drama, dance, music and studio art, plus a program in arts and technology, Lewis said, he'll be in "an environment where I could use all my talents.... My jobs have used 10 to 15 percent of my experience, and UC Irvine offers me the opportunity to use my entire experience. I jumped at the chance."

Lewis said he grew up in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, the son of a singer-songwriter who sang backup for Harry Belafonte and whose work was recorded by Odetta and Fred Neil. After graduating from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., Lewis helped to found Fashion Moda, an alternative arts space in the South Bronx, and served as its director. He went on to earn a master's degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and taught at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh before coming to L.A. in 1991 and staying for 10 years.

Lewis said his most widely seen work in Southern California is "Twelve Principles" (pictured), a 1994 public art piece at the Pacific Coast Highway Metro Blue Line station in Long Beach that consists of 12 symbolic discs. He said he created graphic representations of words such as "family," "communication" and "hope" that kept popping up during his preparatory interviews with people in Long Beach's different racial and ethnic communities, reflecting what he saw as their common aspirations.

-- Mike Boehm



2. Susan Mogul, FF Alumn, in www.LAWeekly.com

When Phil Silvers, Janis Joplin and Moses collide.
By Christopher Miles
Published on December 09, 2009 at 12:32pm

Susan Mogul is better known these days as a video artist/alternative filmmaker who has spent a career finding ways to spin the specifics of her own background -- never married, childless, Jewess in the age of feminism and assimilation-- into works that function as both a kind of autobiography and as accessible, cathartic, comedic essay. But the earlier years of her practice on the West Coast, which began when the New York transplant wanted to study in the Feminist Art Program at CalArts in 1973, were defined as well by performance and photo-based works, which, along with documentary material and ephemera, comprise the bulk of this small but significant exhibition. Vintage documentary photos suggest performances that fused situational aesthetics, the ethos of the happening and transgressive strategies with a kind of feminist- and feminine-infused borscht belt shtick, and while it’s hard to get at the specifics of these bygone events, the sense of humor still emanates. Stealing the show are a series of collaged photographs from the late-70s, in which the artist inhabits Moses Mogul, a hippie-drag wanderer alter ego who seems equal parts Janis Joplin, Bette Midler, Phil Silvers, Sid Caesar and Moses as played by Charlton Heston. Via cut and paste, Mogul inserts this character, in some cases multiplied into an army or tribe, into scenes in which montaged postcard and travel photos, some of them of L.A., double as epic biblical backdrops. Mogul's sense of humor is front and center in one image, in which the Disney-era animation trope of picturing the hand drawing the very scene of which it is part, makes for a representation of God as a well-manicured woman’s hand penning an 11th Commandment that reads like an abridged version of the Equal Rights Amendment (a household topic at the time Mogul made the work). What’s humorously poignant about this and other images of the series is that, with their Dada-meets-old-masters aesthetics, they seem to have been nostalgic and elegiac even from the moment they were created, simultaneously hopeful and wistful regarding dramedies of class, gender and culture, which still play like old movies.

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3. Maria Yoon, FF Alumn, at Anchorage, Alaska Film Festival, Dec. 23

Maria the Korean Bride will be screened at the Anchorage Film Festival.
On Dec 23rd, 2009
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: MTS Gallery, Alaska



4. Saya Woolfalk, FF Alumn, at Art Institute of Chicago, Feb. 2, 2010

Historic program continues eclectic tradition with six new presenting artists

Chicago, IL—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is pleased to announce the newest guest presenters for its Visiting Artists Program (VAP), continuing a tradition formalized nearly 60 years ago. VAP hosts more than a dozen public presentations by artists each year in lectures, symposia, performances, and screenings.

"This program is a cornerstone of Chicago's visual arts community, and an invaluable resource for those interested in the art of our time," notes Andrea Green, Director of the Visiting Artists Program. "The ideas of these internationally renowned artists are inspiring. VAP features some of the most compelling thinkers at work today—probing, provoking, and questioning the subjects at the core of the creative process and critical inquiry."

The new season begins on February 2 with the Spring semester's Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series presentation by Saya Woolfalk (MFA 2004), and continues with Venice Bienale International Prize winner Doug Aitken (February 22). The expert collaborator Amy Franceschini visits March 11, followed by Columbia-based artist Doris Salcedo on March 15, and the "whipsmart young conceptualist" Matt Keegan (Art+Auction) appears April 6. The season concludes with a lecture and screening from video artist Ryan Trecartin (April 14 and 15).

Information on each presenter is included below, followed by more SAIC faculty accomplishments.
Admission (unless otherwise noted):
$5 general public, $3 students, seniors, and SAIC alumni
Free for SAIC students, faculty, and staff with a valid ID

All lectures begin at 6 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are
held at the SAIC Auditorium, 280 South Columbus Drive. February 2:
February 22:
March 11:
March 15:
April 6:
April 14 & 15: Saya Woolfalk
Doug Aitken
Amy Franceschini
Doris Salcedo
Matt Keegan
Ryan Trecartin



5. Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, at Sabay Thai Curatorial Space, thru Jan. 2010, and more

An exhibition curated by FF Alum, Vernita Nemec AKA N'Cognita

Sabay Thai Curatorial Space
"Trash-formations: A Selection of Art From Detritus"

On view December 2009 & January 2010
Artists Reception Tuesday, December 15, 6-8PM

Marcia Bernstein * Ursula Clark * d'Ann de Simone * May DeViney
Edward Herman * Mary Frances Judge * Susan Newmark *
Jeffrey Allen Price * Mindell Seidlin * Katherine E. Smith *
Helaine Soller * Stephen Soreff

DETRITUS defined: the beautiful found objects we salvage & unexpectedly interesting bits of trash that inspire us.
Art from Detritus exhibitions began in 1994.
This will be the 13th version of this important exhibition that seeks to remind all of the importance of recycling & re-using trash.

Sabay Thai Restaurant & Curatorial Space is located at 75-19 Broadway near 75th St
in Elmhurst, Queens

Directions: By subway, you can take the R, E, F, Q or W to
Roosevelt Av/Jackson Hgts.
or the NUMBER 7 to 74th st/Broadway.

For other modes of transport, please check their website.

created & curated by Vernita Nemec, please go to the website

SABAY CURATORIAL SPACE has a changing exhibition of contemporary art every 2 months or so showing art that isn t seen enough outside the conventional gallery setting.
Whether you are an artist or art lover, we hope that you will enjoy having your meal in this creative setting & perhaps, even consider purchasing an artwork for your home.
Artists, is your art seen enough??


Vernita Nemec AKA N'Cognita, Franklin Furnace Alumn & past Jerome Foundation recipient in performance, will be presenting a new performance artwork Saturday, December 26, 5PM at Ceres Gallery, 547 West 27th Street in Chelsea as part of Exposures, a series of weekly exhibitions presented by Ceres during the holiday season.

Throughout her performance career, N Cognita has explored autobiographical subjects such as love, sexuality and aging with movement and text. This performance, entitled The Other F Word , was inspired by Simone de Beauvoir s The Second Sex , the seminal feminist treatise on women s lives & rights throughout history. Performing with her is musician/ composer Sean Carolan.

Along with her performance, she will be showing a selection of her works on paper and mixed media assemblages presented as a mini retrospective installation from December 22 through 29. An active environmental activist, the artist will be present throughout the week and available for discussion as she continues to work on her ongoing collage, The Endless Junkmail Scroll .




6. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, now online a www.well.com/user/jmalloy/elit/elit_software.html

Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, Authoring Software Resource Interview by new media poet Judy Malloy.

Begun in conjunction with the 2008 Electronic Literature Conference and featured at the Computers and Writing 2009 Online Sessions, hosted by UC Davis, the Authoring Software resource
-- http://www.well.com/user/jmalloy/elit/elit_software.html -- is an ongoing collection of statements about authoring tools and software. It also looks at the relationship between interface and content in new media writing. In addition to statements by writers about how they have created their work, the Authoring Software project looks at the creation of new media art as a whole process.

interviewing software creators, new media writers and artists from different disciplines.

This month Authoring Software features an interview with new media artist Sonya Rapoport, a visual artist and interactive art pioneer, who creates interactive installations, as well as web works and artists books.

The idea of the audience contributing to the content of the work has become a central strategy in the creation of net art and participatory collaborative texts. Rapoport was one of the first people to use participatory interaction in her work, and the ideas she used are now pervasive in new media art practice.

the focus in this interview is on her process that presented the audience with an individual artist-created work of art to respond to and then creatively incorporated the audience responses into the work.

Hosted by new media poet Judy Malloy, Authoring Software also contains documentation of work by Mark Amerika, Stefan Muller Arisona, M. D. Coverley, Chris Joseph, Rob Kendall, Antoinette LaFarge, Deena Larson, Mark Marino, Nick Montfort, Stuart Moulthrop, Kate Pullinger, Jim Rosenberg, Stephanie Strickland, Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo, Sue Thomas, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Joel Weishaus, and Nanette Wylde among many others.



7. Emily Roysdon, Hans Haacke, Jeanine Oleson, FF Alumns, in The New York Times, Dec. 18, and more

There are two versions of Ecstatic Resistance, an exhibition curated by Emily Roysdon, FF Alumn, including work by other FF Alumns Zackary Drucker, Jeanine Oleson, and Adrian Piper. Here below is the review from The New York Times, followed by further information.

The New York Times
X Initiative, Phase 3
548 West 22nd Street
Through Jan. 16, 2010

During its yearlong tenancy in Dia’s former quarters, the nonprofit X Initiative has focused primarily on large-scale one-person shows and is doing so again in its third and final program with an Artur Zmijewski survey on the second floor and a Hans Haacke solo show on the fourth. Sandwiched between them, though, is a solid group exhibition called "Ecstatic Resistance," organized by the artist Emily Roysdon.

Ms. Roysdon’s title connotes a spirit of Zen activism, with absurdity substituting for ideology, but with politics still in the picture. In a 1973 video called "Solidarity," the Canadian artist Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) films a rally of striking union workers by keeping her camera trained not on the strikers’ faces but on their constantly moving feet.

And in a video made earlier this year, Jeanine Oleson, assisted by a troupe of zany helpers, is seen burning an enormous sage stick on the steps of the Federal Building in Lower Manhattan to fumigate Wall Street of bad vibrations.

If you missed the remarkable installation of found signage — 2008 campaign posters, real-estate advertisements, personal protests — that Sharon Hayes planted in Marble Cemetery in the East Village for a few days in October, you’ll find a condensed reprise of it here. You’ll also have a chance to revisit Yael Bartana’s well-traveled and powerful film "Mary Koszmary," in which an actor playing a left-wing Polish politician delivers a speech in an all-but-deserted sports stadium, exhorting his country to bring back Jews driven out in World War II.

In a series of scathing political cartoons, Juan Davila, born in Chile, now living in Australia, offers a portrait of the Latin American liberator Simón Bolívar as a mixed-race transsexual.

The images of women in a mural-size photo installation by A. L. Steiner would probably be labeled exploitive if produced by a male, but within a lesbian-feminist context they take on a different, more ambiguous reading.

Other work reveals its political edge slowly. Filmed performances by the Los Angeles collective My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade, working with Liudni Slibinai) start out looking winsome enough but feel more aggressive the longer you watch. Xylor Jane’s abstract line drawings interrupt exquisiteness with a static of glitches. And Ulrike Müller’s day-in-the-life audio monologue does something like the same thing as it veers from the prosaic to the erotic and back.

Rosa Barba’s fantasy film about an island that drifts off to sea, despite all efforts to anchor it, seems free of commentary subtexts, but still meets the requirement Ms. Roysdon asks of art: to knock the pins out from under tyrant logic and clear a space where difference can thrive. HOLLAND COTTER


and Artforum.com:

and there are several upcoming performances:
Jan 6th, 2010 Joyce Wieland screening at Light Industry
Jan 9th, 2010 Sharon Hayes
Jan 14th, 2010 "What?" by Jeanine Oleson and Julianna Snapper
Set // Clear Limits, Leah Gilliam
Jan 28th, 2010 PIG, Wu Ingrid Tsang, Zackary Drucker, Mariana Marroquin,
Free State Epitaph, Dean Spade and Craig Willse

more info at




8. Jimbo Blachly, Marisa Jahn, Saya Woolfalk, FF Alumns, at EFA Project Space, Manhattan, opening Jan. 15, 2010


at EFA Project Space
323 West 39th St. b/w 8th and 9th Aves., 2nd floor
New York, NY 10018 | (212) 563-5855 | Wed-Sun 12-6 pm
Fri Jan 15 - Sat Mar 13, 2010
Fri Jan 15, 6-8 pm - Opening Reception
Wed Feb 10, 6:30-8 pm - Performance-readings by Pablo Helguera + J.Blachly & Lytle Shaw

Projects by: Tom Bogaert, Cui Fei, J. Blachly & Lytle Shaw, Pablo Helguera, Sarah Oppenheimer with Edward Stanley, Karina Skvirsky, Yuken Teruya, Saya Woolfalk with Rachel Lears

Plus special screening of Bathing Babies in Three Cultures (1951) by Margaret Mead & Gregory Bateson

EFA Project Space announces Companion, an exhibition of artworks contextualized with the source that influenced their creation. Companion culls cultural projects that draw inspiration from history, culture, and science.

Pablo Helguera's 'What in the World' replicates a popular television show from the 1950's in which artifacts were presented to a team of archaeologists, artists, and aficionados to decipher. Adapting the show's theatrical conventions for a You Tube generation, Helguera departs from the objects to focus on the eccentric museum staff, positioning the institution itself as the subject of the ethnographic inquiry. For Companion, Helguera includes videos of the original television show and his remake.

Referring to Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's 1966 cinematic masterpiece entitled 'Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del subdesarrollo)', Karina Skvirsky's Interiors/Exteriors (from Memories of Development Project) is a series of photographs of domestic settings in Guayaquil, Ecuador that depict a story about self-presentation and class distinction.

Tom Bogaert's installation centrally features a photograph he took while working as a human rights worker in Burundi, Africa. A picturesque photograph of an illuminated window taken from inside a dark room belies a story of horror: as the artist came to learn, the room was a former site where hundreds of Tutsi women and children were burned to their death in 1993. The window functions not only as an architectural division between death and those who lived but as a emblem of Bogaert's role as a mediator and witness.

Cui Fei presents an installation of thorns whose assemblage resembles the hash marks used to mark time. Presented as an installation, the hundreds of thorns reference the daily passage of time during the second Sino-Japanese war (1937-1945)-a painful memory rife with atrocity.

Several of the works included in Companion involve direct collaborations with professionals outside of the art field. Saya Woolfalk's Ethnography of No Place (above) is an ongoing collaboration with anthropologist Rachel Lears conflates ritual with exuberant décor to produce drawings, photography, and video that playfully refer Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson's Bathing Babies in Three Cultures (1951). A film screened throughout the duration of the exhibition, Bathing Babies compares the interplay during bathing between mother and child in three different settings: a Sepik River community in New Guinea, an American home, and a mountain village in Bali. Both films by Woolfalk/Lears and Mead/Bateson draw attention to the aesthetics and politics of quotidian rituals. Sarah Oppenheimer, whose installations involve the extraction of familiar architectural elements in order to alter the perception of space, will collaborate with structural engineer Edward Stanley.

Yuken Teruya's Dawn (Maybach) 2008 is a rosewood panel that artist outfitted for the Maybach luxury line of automobiles with buttons to lock/unlock the door, to raise/lower the window, adjust the side mirrors, and a button shaped like a butterfly whose function or consequence is not stated. For Companion, Teruya seeks the interpretations from others about his propositional design object. 'The Temporary Museum of Vaseline in Perth Amboy' is the latest iteration of J. Blachly and Lytle Shaw's ongoing research into the artist and poet's cast of fictional characters known as the 'Chadwick family.' While following up leads about missing Chadwick family relics in the New Jersey city, the duo instead stumbled upon the possibility of naturally occurring Vaseline springs in the region.

Tom Bogaert documented genocide and human rights abuses in Africa and Asia for fourteen years for Amnesty International and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Five years ago, he resigned to become an artist.

Jimbo Blachly was born in Orange, NJ in 1961 and moved to New York City in 1990. One-man shows of his work have been organized at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NY (1999) and at Esso Gallery, NY (1997). His work has been featured in group exhibitions at Gallery Campo + Campo in Antwerp, Belgium (1999), at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (1997), at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY (1995), and at the Drawing Center, NY (1993).

Born in Jinan, China, Cui Fei received her BFA from Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Fine Arts) and received her MFA at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2001. She has participated in over fifty gallery and museum exhibitions worldwide. Cui has been cited in publications such as Art in America, The New York Times, and The New Yorker Magazine. She has received awards such as the NYFA Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts, the BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts and was selected into the Artists-in-the-Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is a New York based artist whose work often adopts the format of the lecture, museum display strategies, musica l performances and written fiction. Helguera has exhibited or performed at venues such as MoMA, PS1, the Royal College of Art, London; 8th Havana Biennal, PERFORMA 05, Havana; Shedhalle, Zurich; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Brooklyn Museum;MALBA museum in Buenos Aires, Ex-Teresa Espacio Alternativo in Mexico City, The Bronx Museum, Artist Space, and Sculpture Center. His work has been reviewed in many art publications such as Art in America, Artforum, Frieze, Afterall, and the New York Times. He has received awards such as the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a Creative Capital Grant. He is the author of eight books including The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary ARt Style (2005) and Theatrum Anatomicum (And other Performance Lectures) (2009). He is currently the Director of Adult and Academic programs at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Rachel Lears is a filmmaker, musician, and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MPhil in cultural anthropology and an MA in ethnomusicology from New York University, as well as a BA in music from Yale University, and she studied documentary video production at NYU's Program in Culture and Media. In 2005, she received a Fulbright grant for the production of the feature documentary Birds of Passage, about young songwriters in Uruguay; the film was finished in 2009 with support from the Film Institute of Uruguay (ICAU) and is currently in distribution internationally. In 2008 she received a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for work on her PhD dissertation on the visual culture of popular music in Uruguay. She performs her original music with the band The Mystery Keys, and currently serves as Managing Editor of e-misférica, the trilingual multimedia journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in the Americas.

Margaret Mead (1901-1978) is a renowned anthropologist who popularized the insights of anthropology into modern American and Western Culture. The 23 books she authored include Coming of Age in Samoa (1928), Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies (1935), Male and Female (1949), and Culture and Commitment (1970). Mead was an energetic spokesperson regarding human rights and social issues including women's rights, child development and education. Mead served as president of major scientific associations, including the American Anthropological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a curator at the American Museum of Natural History for over 50 years, and she received 28 honorary doctorates. Her husband, Gregory Bateson (1904-1980), was an anthropologist, social scientist, linguist and cyberneticist whose work intersected that of many other fields. Some of his most noted writings are to be found in his books, Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1973), and Mind and Nature (1980).

Sarah Oppenheimer received a B.A. from Brown University in 1995 and an M.F.A. in painting from Yale University in 1999. Her work has been exhibited at such venues as the Drawing Center, the Sculpture Center, the Queens Museum, Skulpturens Hus (Stockholm), the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Mattress Factory among others. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship 2007, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art 2007, an NYFA fellowship (in the category of Architecture/Environmental Structures) 2006, and a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Fellowship 2003. Ms. Oppenheimer joined the Yale faculty in 2003 and was appointed critic in painting/printmaking in 2005.

Lytle Shaw is a New York-based writer whose books include Low Level Bureaucratic Structures: A Novel (Shark, 1998), Cable Factory 20 (Atelos, 1999), The Lobe (Roof, 2002), and Frank O'Hara: The Poetics of Coterie (Iowa UP, 2006). Since 2004 Shaw has co-edited the Chadwick Family Papers with the artist Jimbo Blachly, whose work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and Europe, including shows at The New Museum, Franklin Furnace and Elizabeth Harris Gallery. Installations, informational displays, and public lectures related to the Chadwick Family have occurred at PS1/MoMA, Tate Modern, Wave Hill, PS122, Bartram's Garden/ICA Philadelphia, the Queens Museum and at Winkleman Gallery in New York, where Shaw and Blachly are represented. In 2008 Periscope Press published The Chadwick Family Papers: A Brief Public Glimpse.

Karina Aguilera Skvirsky is a photographer and video artist who has exhibited internationally and in New York at Momenta Art, Sara Meltzer Gallery, Jessica Murray Projects, The Center for Book Arts, Bronx Museum of Art, Smack Mellon, and others. She has received grants from NALAC, the Urban Arts Initiative, the Puffin Foundation and others. Skvirsky's work is in the collections of CBRE Development Corp., El Múseo del Barrio, the Samuel Dorsky Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art Library, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art Library, The Indiana University Art Library, Mills College Library, The School of the Art Institute Library, The New York Historical Society, NY, and more.

Edward Stanley has collaborated with architects and designers for more than twenty years. The collaborations often involve precise integration of a structural system into the overall design. Edward Stanley Engineers LLC was founded in 1996. Edward Stanley is a critic in the Yale University School of Architecture. He received a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University.

Born in Okinawa, Japan in 1973, Yuken Teruya received his MFA from the school of Visual Arts, New York in 2001. In 2007, he had a solo exhibition at The Asia Society in New York. His work was included in Greater New York 2005 at P.S.1 Contemporary art Center and was featured in the Yokohama International Triennial. Recent exhibitions include the Kunstwerein Wiesbaden in Germany; Free Fish at Asia Society in New York as well as various gallery exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Japan. In 2007, his work was featured in Shapes of Space, an exhibition at Guggenheim Museum New York. This fall, his work will be included in "Okinawa" at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan.

Saya Woolfalk is a New York based artist whose work spans multiple media from sculpture, installation, and painting to performance and video. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Brown University, and completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2006. She has exhibited at PS1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, NY; the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, IN; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL; University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts; and Momenta Art in Williamsburg, NY. She received an Art Matters grant to Japan and a NYFA grant (2007), a Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil (2005), and a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant (2004), and was a participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Yaddo, and Sculpture Space. In 2008, Woolfalk was a resident artist at the Studio Museum in Harlem and was a recipient of a Franklin Furnace fellowship.

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA) is dedicated to providing artists across all disciplines with space, tools and a cooperative forum for the development of individual practice. EFA is a catalyst for cultural growth, stimulating new interactions between artists, creative communities, and the public. The EFA Project Space acts as a public forum that expands beyond the activities in the studios and the workshop, and encourages a critical engagement with the world at large. The Project Space, a multi-disciplinary contemporary art venue, encourages creative expression and new interactions in the arts to generate an ongoing dialogue about the creative process.EFA Studios are an open-submission, juried membership program for professional visual artists, providing subsidized workspace in Manhattan for up to 85 artist-members at below market rates. Open-studio events, exhibitions, professional seminars and collaborative projects with collectors and curators provide opportunities for career development. The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (RBPMW) is a professional and cooperative print workspace. Artist/Master Printer, Robert Blackburn founded the printmaking workshop in 1948 for the purpose of providing professional fine art printmaking facilities to any artist.

EFA Project Space is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Private funding for the Program has been received from The Carnegie Corporation Inc., The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, and numerous individuals.

Founded by Marisa Jahn, Stephanie Rothenberg, and Rachel McIntire, REV- is a non-profit organization that furthers socially-engaged art, design, and pedagogy. REV- produces projects that fuse disciplines, foster diversity, and vary in form (workshops, publications, exhibitions, design objects, etc.). Engaged with different communities and groups, REV-'s projects involve collaborative production, resource-sharing, and a commitment to the process as political gesture. The organization derives its name from both the colloquial expression "to rev" a vehicle and the prefix "rev-" which means to turn-as in, revolver, revolution, revolt, revere, irreverent, etc.

This exhibition is funded in part by The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Luke Lozier/ Bibliopolis, MIT Media Lab (Tangible Media Group).



9. Paul Lamarre, Melissa Wolf, FF Alumns, at Eidia House, Brooklyn, thru Jan. 16, 2010

EIDIA's new project Plato's Cave, in-situ installations and artist editions with the second artist in the series Lisa Bateman. http://www.eidia.com/

See press statements below.

Paul Lamarre and Melissa Wolf (a.k.a. EIDIA)

An EIDIA HOUSE project
Presents Lisa Bateman
December 4, 2009 to January 16, 2010
By appointment, 1-6pm Tuesday – Saturday Closing reception 6 – 8pm Saturday, January 16, 2010 (RSVP)

14 Dunham Place
Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11211
646 945 3830 / eidiahouse@earthlink.net / http://www.eidia.com/

Eidia House announces a new exhibition initiative for 2009-2012, PLATO’S CAVE. Invited artists create an installation and an accompanying limited edition for the PLATO’S CAVE underground space at the Eidia House Studio.

The second artist in the series, Lisa Bateman created the installation and limited edition print "what I remember most is this".

With this project, Bateman becomes a vernacular interventionist—local books, some over 100 yrs. old, are "found" in NYC and circulated again into others’ hands. The nomadic life of each book survives only by moving out or returning back into Plato’s Cave. By having the oldest, most geriatric books available to be sub-loaned and removed from the ‘vault’, the objects and stories become re-gifted as antiques, or reliquaries—adding a ring to the loan cycle and requiring the dutiful act of the Artist to follow each reader to return the book back to its original collection.

"I forgot to remember to forget" Johnny Cash "This project's conception revolves around ideas of memory, forgetting and the distortion that results from re-imagining or inventing 'lost' material. In this sense it’s an interesting analogy with the Cave and Eidia's preoccupation with archiving and collecting. It will also touch on ideas re: the ubiquitous, contemporary appetite for memory and memory 'storage'.

Bateman’s print edition in collaboration with Eidia, entitled; "what I remember most is this" comprising 60 individual inkless letterpress (embossed) text on 100% cotton handmade paper, size, 8 ½" x 11" signed and numbered—is a story of a remembered short story—the narrative distorted and manipulated as a tool for invention through forgetting. The price $100 each unframed, $175 framed in black or white floated, size 12" x 16".

Lisa Bateman is a New York City artist who explores site, community and response in her multi-material and dimensional Installation works. Projects have been located in urban and rural spaces and are intended to explore, reflect and comment on public life and social space as reflected in local culture. Her work aspires to be an excavation of meanings - political, social and cultural – to address the changing density and diversity in cities and towns.

To visit the Plato’s Cave installation, Tuesdays through Saturday, 1 to 6 pm by appointment please contact Melissa Wolf, 646 945 3830.

Plato's Cave

An opaque "skylight" illuminates the white tiled vault revealing the shadows of passersby. The effect is analogous to the scenario in Plato's, The Allegory of the Cave.

Invited artists will create an installation and a limited edition artwork for the vault space taking off from the many ideas represented in The Allegory of the Cave. In this context—as Plato himself—the artist is a lover and seeker of truth.

In keeping with the Eidia House moniker, "a meeting place for ideas" and "idée force" (the arts as an instrument for positive social change) a dinner and round-table will be held for the artists and invited guests during the duration of the one-month exhibition.

Is our world like that of the inhabitants of Plato's Cave—in fear of the real truth that lies beyond the shadow of the façade? The Eidia House Plato’s Cave posits that the "shadows" are not the reality, and that reality continues to elude us.

Where as, to quote the philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek, "Say, are the puppeteers who deal with the shapes political manipulators, so that Plato also proposes an implicit theory of ideological manipulation, or are we, cavemen, directly deluding ourselves? However, there is a deeper problem here, which could be best put in Hegel's terms. One can, of course, start with the naïve notion of people perceiving true reality from a limited/distorted perspective and thus constructing in our imagination false idols which we mistake for the real thing; the problem with this naïve notion is that it reserves for us the external position of a neutral observer who can, from his safe place, compare true reality with its distorted mis(perception). What gets lost here is that we all ARE these people in the case-so how can we, immersed into the cave's spectacle, as it were step onto our own shoulder and gain insight into true reality?" J E P - Number 18 - 2004 / 1 "Burned by the Thing" Slavoj Zizek http://www.psychomedia.it/jep/number18/zizek.htm

The limited editions will be co-produced by the artists and Eidia. The artist group Eidia (pronounced idea) is the collaboration of Paul Lamarre and Melissa P. Wolf. For more information please visit http://www.eidia.com/



10. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, at Pieter, Los Angeles, Jan. 17, and more


there are 2 new excerpts from the summer 2009 Dynasty Handbag show "Escape From The Family Home"
now up on the Dynasty Handbag website...


there is now a mega shopping outlet on the website as well...


there is now a link to a beautiful hi res version of "The Quiet Storm" by Jibz Cameron and Hedia Maron up on the website tooooooo...if you haven't seen this tour de farts...
thanks for reading this happy holidays


Artist Curated Projects Presents / www.artistcuratedprojects.com
action painting vs. performance relic artifact vs. document
about video, drawing, painting

this is a performance

Jibz Cameron (drawings)
Jake Ewert
Daniel Feinberg
Keltie Ferris
Daphne Fitzpatrick
Jacob Robichaux
Rebecca Schiffman
A.L. Steiner
Wesley Willis

At Pieter space
420 Avenue 33 in Lincoln Heights area 7 PM with other peoples TBA

SLRP Benefit Auction at Participant Gallery
253 E Houston




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