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Contents for December 22, 2020

Weekly Spotlight: Jim Calder & Pope.L, FF Alumns, now online at https://vimeo.com/490929865

“The Buddy Project,” a performance by Jim Calder & Pope.L, was presented live in November 1994 as part of the Franklin Furnace in Exile @ PS122 series. Introduced by Nathan Blake, the piece begins on familiar ground: a dark stage, twin desks with figures sitting behind them. Quippy dialogue establishes the two men, as played by Pope L. and Jim Calder, as in turmoil. They cannot understand women yet as practicing gynecologists, women are their means of survival. So, driven by base instinct, they launch themselves into a quest of epic proportion to find some secret place where man simply is man, without being constituted through womanhood. Narratives, shouted and whispered, intermingle with dynamic movement, primal drumbeats and the strains of violin, as the two-man unit moves through a dreamscape populated by archetypes all the more bizarre for their familiarity. A grand masculine mythology, “The Buddy Project” is also an earnest demonstration of the male relationship with all its comic intimacy. Watch for the insight, stay to see what they do with all that duct tape. This link takes you to the first 20 minutes of the videotape of the original performance, which runs 50 minutes total (Text by M Gaudlitz, FF Intern, Fall 2020)

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https://vimeo.com/490929865

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1. Clifford Owens, FF Alumn, now online at bmoreart.com

Greetings!
I hope this finds you well.
I’m writing to share a link to Laurence Ross’ beautifully worded review of my solo exhibition Skully, on view at CPM through January 16, 2021:

Please visit this link:

https://bmoreart.com/2020/12/erasure-poetry-clifford-owens-at-cpm-gallery.html

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Happy Holidays and New Year!

Clifford Owens

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2. Yoshiko Chuma, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Nicky Paraiso, Lucy Sexton, Jawole
Willa Jo Zollar, FF Alumns, receive Bessies 2020 Awards

Please visit this link:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/The-Bessies-Celebrated-Ar
tists-And-Arts-Workers-Tonight-At-Virtual-Bessies-Ceremony-20201214

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3. Jayoung Yoon, FF Alumn, AHL Foundation Artist Fellowship 2020 recipient

Most recently, I am grateful that I am one of the recipients of the AHL Foundation Artist Fellowship 2020. This fellowship is for the visual artists of Korean heritage based in the U.S. This grant will help me to keep working on my hair embroidery project, while moving forward with life.

Please visit this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No8e2MmYmi0&feature=youtu.be

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4. Agnes Denes, Barbara Pollack, FF Alumns, Art at a Time Like This, now online

UNPREDICTABLE
CURATED BY
BARBARA POLLACK AND ANNE VERHALLEN

WITH 7 ARTISTS COMMENTING ON THE FUTURE:
AGNES DENES, ALEXIS ROCKMAN, GENEVIEVE QUICK, DEMETRIUS OLIVER, JOHN GERRARD, JD BELTRAN AND XIN LIU
SEE EXHIBITION HERE:

https://artatatimelikethis.com/unpredictable?ss_source=sscampaigns&ss_campaign_id=5fd837c645fd8518403175bf&ss_email_id=5fd8cb786b151648dbe06d90&ss_campaign_name=FOR+IMMEDIATE++RELEASE&ss_campaign_sent_date=2020-12-15T14%3A43%3A31

For the month of December, Art at a Time Like This presents an exhibition, UnPredictable, with 7 visionary artists who struggle with a prognosis for the future. Each of these artists, deeply engaged in social issues, offer ideas of things to come, some hopeful and some dystopian. Ranging from global warming to Afro -futurism, their projections are timely and demand immediate intention.

Renowned artist Alexis Rockman is wary about the possibility of a future, given global warming, depicted in a series of watercolors currently on view at Sperone Westwater. New Inc. participant Xin Liu, Arts Curator in Space Exploration Initiative in MIT Media Lab, provides documentation of her launch of a bunch of potato seeds to the International Space Station and Genevieve Quick, an interdisciplinary artist based in San Francisco, uses science fiction to explore Asian identity and globalization in her new film, Planet Celadon. Demetrius Oliver, sometimes referred to as an Afro-futurist, creates artworks that draw heavily on a variety of disparate intellectual interests related to interpreting phenomena, including American transcendentalism, music of the spheres, and the history of cosmology. Irish artist John Gerrard offers a 1 hour recording of a year long simulation of the Yangtze River, besmirched by a rendering of an oil spill while JD Beltran, artist and founder of the Center for Creative Sustainability in San Francisco, explores time translated via technology into intriguing videos. Finally, the great Agnes Denes, who had a 2019 retrospective at the Shed, offers an interactive work, a questionnaire, available for all to answer.

As supporters of creative visionaries whose ideas and artworks offer solutions to today’s problems, Art at a Time Like This is proud to offer these prognosticators who have an ambiguous relationship to the future. Founded in March 2020, at the outset of the pandemic, Art at a Time Like This could never have predicted its journey over the course of this year, including being recognized by Holland Cotter in the New York Times as one of the “most important art moments of 2020.”

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5. Alison O’Daniel, FF Alumn, receives 2020 SFFilm Rainin Foundation Grant

Please visit this link

https://filmmakermagazine.com/110742-sffilm-and-kenneth-rainin-foundation-announce-winners-of-fall-2020-rainin-grants-and-new-pilot-grant-for-filmmakers-with-disabilities/

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6. Debra Pearlman, FF Alumn, at Project: ARTspace, Manhattan, thru Feb. 19 2021

Project: ARTspace
Alex Allenchey, Curator
99 Madison Avenue, 8 floor
New York, NY 10016
T: (212) 271-0664
E: info@projectartspace.com

New York City: Project: ARTspace and ODETTA present “A Kind of Language,” a solo exhibition of chromogenic and archival pigment prints by Debra Pearlman. Pearlman’s photographs of children capture unguarded moments of children at play. Often evoking iconic works of art, the images suggest cultural roots of emotional expression. In such moments of experiencing children's emotional lives, Pearlman reveals unseen expressions of internal worlds. She depicts individuals not in portraits but as evocations of our shared experiences. As critic Irving Sandler noted, "It is a world I have not seen,” adding that Pearlman’s approach adds "figuration and abstraction to these works. It is urban history.”

December 7 - February 19, 2020. The gallery is open by appointment ONLY, Monday – Friday, 11am–5pm. Please complete this form to make your reservation.

Debra Pearlman
A Kind of Language

December 7, 2020 - February 19, 2021

Project: ARTspace
99 Madison Ave., 8th Fl. NYC

Photography has always occupied a central place in Debra Pearlman’s work, as direct street photography and as source material for paintings and photo-based objects. The subjects are typically children caught unawares in action, revealing an array of ambiguous emotions. The photographs record moments of unaffected physical language.
Using certain images repeatedly, the artist distills them over time by altering materials, scale, and orientation. When incorporated into larger works on canvas, the images sometimes are cropped to create nearly abstract fragments. These may be overlaid with geometric elements that echo movement within an image, allowing parts of a photo to take on new meanings. I employ surface textures that refract and reflect light, reorient the images, and highlight moments to change context and focus. Information is layered, obscured, and revealed, offering new viewpoints.
The passion to share a common vision and experience as we view our most vulnerable people—our children—is what drives the artist's working life.
Debra Pearlman is based in Brooklyn. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with ODETTA, having premiered her print Carousel at ODETTA”s Harlem space’s inaugural exhibition, Turner’s Patent Yellow.
Pearlman’s work is included in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Walker Art Center, New York Public Library, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Museum Sztuki and Smith College Museum among others.
She is the recipient of The Meredith S. Moody Residency at Yaddo, The Peter S. Reed Foundation, a Special Editions and an Individual Artist Grant from the Lower East Side Print Shop, and the Foundation for Contemporary Art.
Her work has been shown nationally and internationally including SLAG Gallery, Sue Scott, Gallery, Exit Art, The international Print Center, The Biennial in Lodz, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and The Chicago Renaissance Society.
Pearlman received an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts.

ODETTA is creating new opportunities to exhibit works by New York City’s finest contemporary artists, in collaboration with partners like Project: ARTspace.

ODETTA exhibits works by mid-career artists who have honed their craft and their vision. Directed by artist Ellen Hackl Fagan, special interest is given to contemporary painting, glyphs, music, Color Field, Buddha Mind, Minimalism, playfulness and encyclopedic obsessiveness.

Founded in 2014 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, ODETTA has risen to prominence among New York City’s artist-run galleries, organizing fine art exhibitions and curated, interdisciplinary events that include an expansive roster of visual artists, composers of experimental music, dancers, and poets.

ODETTA’s exhibitions have been reviewed in The New Criterion, Artillery Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, and Hyperallergic, and Two Coats of Paint, in addition to numerous other online publications. ODETTA's artists' works have been placed in numerous public and private collections, both in NYC and internationally. Several monumentally scaled installations have traveled beyond the gallery walls into museums and notable art centers in the metropolitan region.

As the pandemic alters the ways that galleries are bringing artists’ works to exhibition, ODETTA has rolled with these challenges, responding with ODETTA Digital on Artsy, as a part of the innovative SHIM Art Network, ODETTA Petite, and collaborations with other galleries as a guest curator. Fagan’s passion for experimentation and innovation is driving her to find new ways to inspire artists and collectors to stay engaged through collaborative projects and new platforms.

Ellen Hackl Fagan invited Debra Pearlman to bring this yet unexhibited series of photographs together as a solo exhibition. Project: ARTspace is the ideal context for these works as they come together as a series for the first time. The images of children, often dressed in iconic colors, or costumes, and postures, recall immediately recognizable subjects in art history, all by chance. The humor that erupts due to Pearlman’s nuanced observations, offers the cautionary reminder that a controlling hand, whether wanted or not, is but a short distance away.

Project: ARTspace, created in 2011, is an inter-disciplinary creative project space. Our organization is programming events and exhibitions where curators and artists of all levels have the chance to meet, engage and promote new collaborative projects.

It is our hope to schedule events for meeting the artist by appointment at the gallery. Subject to safe distancing guidelines for COVID.

For more information, or if you would like to interview the artist directly, please contact Ellen Hackl Fagan, ODETTA at info@odettagallery.com, or the curator of Project: ARTspace, Alex Allenchey at info@projectartspace.com.

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7. John Kelly, FF Alumn, December news

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds each of you well as we end of this most eventful of years. 2020 has brought tragedies, hardships, and challenges, that have also been softened by acts of kindness. As hard as our community of artists has been hit – especially in the performing arts - I’m hopeful that we will emerge from this nightmare with a stronger sense of connection.

After the success of our fall 2019 production of Underneath The Skin at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts we were primed to re-stage the work for a winter 2020-2021 3-week run at La MaMa. This has been rescheduled for sometime in early 2022. I was also set to premiere a new Weimar-esque cabaret work at Joe’s Pub - Weill Boy/Brecht Girl/Eisler Mann (which began life at the Neue Galerie’s Café Sabarsky) - this will also be re-booked once things open up. During this lockdown I've focused on a more solitary process, making significant progress on my graphic novel A Friend Gave Me A Book, which - at 300 pages - will finally be completed this winter. This autobiographical book is entirely hand-drawn, and bridges my experience as a performance artist with my lesser-known work as a visual artist.

I’m well aware that here are many desperate scenarios, marginalized voices, and worthy causes that require our care and consideration. Indeed, I was reticent to write this letter at first, but felt it important to re-connect with you, to check in and assure you that during these past 9 months the work has not stopped, but remained quietly productive. I’ve had to remind myself that the work of the artist is a calling, and can be an eventual balm for the process of healing. So if you find that you are able to support our work – for the moment me alone, but with the eventual re-grouping with my amazing collaborators - you can be sure that your contribution will directly fuel these soon to be realized productions, and we will look forward to sharing them with you.

With continued thanks for your friendship and support of John Kelly Performance, and our sincere best wishes for a better year ahead.
~ John
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Donations to John Kelly Performance made through Fractured Atlas are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Follow the link to make a secure online donation or get information on how to donate by check.

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8. Paul Zaloom, FF Alumn, now online at youtube.com

SANTA CONTROLS THE WORLD! Episode 1: The “War on Christmas”

Lynn Jeffries + Paul Zaloom present their latest 5 minute Santa comedy extravaganza about the phony, paranoid “war” certain folks keep raving about.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb0q4FerbA8&t=1s

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9. Laura Hoptman, FF Alumn, now online in The New Yorker

Please visit this link:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/12/21/the-melancholy-gestalt-of-isolation

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10. Bryan Zanisnik, FF Alumn, Shoutout LA interview, now online

Please visit this link:

http://shoutoutla.com/meet-bryan-zanisnik-visual-artist/?fbclid=IwAR1Q0e7BlFSOFB5zuCJq0fXUp8ki5oyidoCOonZgWj6O6Q2xVxbnH717CBg

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11. Hetty Huisman, Joan Jonas, Jim Melchert, Judy Pfaff, FF Alumns & Members, now online at BrooklynRail.org

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https://brooklynrail.org/2020/12/art/JIM-MELCHERT-with-Constance-Lewallen?utm_source=Brooklyn+Rail+List+One%3A+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=fd1435be45-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_06_02_17_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a44895fefe-fd1435be45-390880525&mc_cid=fd1435be45&mc_eid=8c18deada6

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12. Terry Berkowitz & Francesc Torres, FF Alumns, at The Empty Circle, Brooklyn, Dec. 27, 2020-Jan. 19, 2021, and more

Flux Video Art Festival
Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona
December 15-January 10

and

Terry Berkowitz
PAPER
Cristin Tierney Gallery Online Viewing Room, NYC
December 15- January 25

and

Terry Berkowitz
“Beelzebub’s Tales”
The Empty Circle, Brooklyn
12/27/20-1/19/21

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13. Christo & Jeanne Claude, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, FF Alumns, now online at WSJ.com

Please visit this link:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-private-collection-of-christo-and-jeanne-claude-to-go-on-sale-11608174060?mod=searchresults_pos1&page=1

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14. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, new publication

Happy to announce The Coronaville Artist Coloring Book, a 30-artist collaborative work to benefit The Brooklyn Rail and the artist community struggling to deal with the economics of the pandemic.

The Coronaville Artist Coloring Book is designed to benefit living artists, musicians and performers of all stripes – suffering during this pandemic and economic crisis. Without steady income, health insurance in many cases, or a loyal audience and patrons for their work, they struggle and will continue to struggle for months and months to come.

The sale of The Coronaville Artist Coloring Book will go directly to The Brooklyn Rail which will use these profits – $10 per book – to fund their activities in supporting artists in need during the pandemic. (Note: For each copy of the book purchased $10 is tax deductible for the buyer).
But first take a look at The Coronaville Artist Coloring Book. Here is the link to the book (with a 15-page preview) and the purchase page:
https://www.blurb.com/b/10481770-the-coronaville-artist-coloring-book

Artists: Mike Cockrill Tanja Ostojic Robin Tewes Martha RichCecil Touchon Allan Bealy Ham Antic-Ham Anke Becker Daniel Benayun Grace Graupe Pillard Elliott Green Mark Kostabi Paul Indrek Paul Kostabi Louise Millmann Sophia Oldsman John Himmelfarb Rick Prol John Shaw (Olivia Shaw) Trey SpeegleRussell Steinert Janis Stemmerman Lori Taschler Caterina VerdeAlice Wellinger And special thanks: Morgan Spangle

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Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller