AD Projects is excited to be participating in Art Outside the Gallery, a panel discussion at General Assembly moderated by Annika Connor. I’ll be speaking on behalf of AD Projects specifically, and alternative exhibition spaces as a whole. Come support us, ask questions, and hear what others have to say about breaking out of the white box of galleries. The other panelists are artist Richard Phillips, interior designer and set decorator Christina Tonkin, and art.sy’s Carter Cleveland.
When: Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00 pm
Where: General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor
Tickets are $30
AD Projects is soliciting short-form video art in preparation for an outdoor screening in Manhattan. We are especially interested in seeing works that combine animation or digital elements with live action. Selected videos will be shown on a 30’ x 16’ HD-format LED screen on the evening of October 25. Note that because of the public nature of the venue, we are unable to screen any works with nudity or extreme violence. Please submit links to videos by this Friday, September 23: email@example.com.
As a group that thrives on art in alternative spaces, of course we’re naturally drawn to street art. Also, who doesn’t like a little Warhol shout out? I’ve recently snapped these two homages on the street. So, I put it to you, readers: Who wore it best? Shepard Fairey‘s Stephen Colbert Manhattan Clam Chowder in New York or Canvaz‘s Celtic Tiger Prawn Soup in Dublin?
Left: Shepard Fairey; Right: Canvaz
American Pavilion: Allora & Calzadilla
I visited the Biennale last week in Venice and went into art overdrive in the best way. Rather than pontificating about the work, I wanted to share some of the photos I took. In the future, I hope to always visit the fair a month or so after the opening. Attendance was solid, but I really had a chance to view works in the Giardini and Arsenale without being bombarded by thousands of people. I will say this, there were lots of spectacles for the sake of spectacle, bright lights, and large-scale installations to varying degrees of effectiveness.
Venezuelan Pavilion: "Spaces" by Yoshi
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Construction today at 200 Avenue A
After an unbelievable run at 200 Avenue A, we’ve officially moved out of our pop-up home. In two months, we staged four incredible solo shows and five unique performances. Every person who helped– from finding the space, to painting it black, to agreeing to show with us (!), to supplying us with pizza– made Reliquary/SUPERDARK spectacular.
In retrospect, what’s most interesting to me is that we ended up essentially creating our own reliquary made up of the items left behind by each artist. From Wonderpuss Octopus, we had awesome Polaroids of gun headbands and handstands. Alejandro imparted upon us a cup full of pennies & shells, as well as some coins permanently adhered to the ground. From Alyse, we had a fine coating of glittery confetti. Oh, and Ted left us with a set of drum sticks which I’ve played on every surface inside of 200 Avenue A. Thank you for rainbow-colored frosting, Scott. It is encrusted into the floorboards and seams of the wall. Lauren, Kenya, Maya, and Andy may not have left any physical remains, but their relics were experiential (party, wind, karaoke, potential energy…).
AD Projects has grown a huge affinity for the neighborhood and artistic community in the area, and we are sad to depart. However, we could not have asked for a better group of artists to work with at our longest-lasting home yet!
Stay tuned for what we’re up to next.
Following Wonderpuss Octopus and Lauren Silberman in the series of Reliquary exhibitions at 200 Avenue A is Alyse Ronayne, who will be showing sculptures made of nontraditional materials in the storefront space.
She will fill the windows with Cake Walk (Windows) 2008-11, an amalgamation of sculptures that can be seen as relics of the artist’s studio and practice. Alyse fills cake molds with polyurethane and bits of industrial detritus that coat her studio floor. Like prized giant pumpkins or fraying pageantry costumes, the cakes have exhibited widely over the past four years, losing and gaining scrap materials along the way. In Bow (Verb), the artist repurposed a plastic tablecloth which she once used as a studio drop cloth. The fabric is transformed from its familiar and functional shape into a tied and twisted bow.
Ronayne balances the often unsightly heft of physical history with the resulting reflective, simple and luminous objects. Her studio process is fluid and exploratory, resulting in work that is as visually complex as it is conceptually nuanced. The artist often employs many types of materials in a manner that challenges hierarchy and warps traditional connotations of fine art, domesticity, and other themes.
Reliquary: Alyse Ronayne will be on view at 200 Avenue A from Monday, June 13th through Sunday, June 19th from 7-9:30 PM weekdays and 12-6 pm Saturday and Sunday. Please join us at a reception for the artist on Wednesday, June 15th at 8 PM.
Ted Riederer performing. Photo courtesy of Jason Wyche
Just before the city cleared out for Memorial Day Weekend last week, AD Projects showed a fantastic performance by Ted Riederer. It was Ted’s first time acting as the drummer in this performance, rather than the keeper-of-the-roses, and he killed it. In Ted’s words “a great drummer once told me I could be the drummer of a shitty rock band. I took it as a compliment.”
Abby, Ted and I spent some quality time de-thorning roses as the sun set. Passersby were intrigued and confused as to why there was a drum kit amongst Lauren Silberman’s photo show. More than one person questioned the juxtaposition of Lauren’s iPod ghetto blaster and Ted’s bucket of roses/drumsticks. There may have been a snare drum snafu. All in all, the show was great, energetic, and visually exciting. Ted mixed a bit of slap stick humor seamlessly with rhythm and a pretty fantastic drum solo. It was a beautiful start to a holiday weekend. Jessica manned the gallery over the weekend and left the (dis)array of petals strewn around the floor for some fragrant ambiance.
Ted Riederer performing. Photo courtesy of Jason Wyche
And the SUPERDARK performances forge on…
Maya Jeffereis | Kenya (Robinson) | Scott Valentine
We’ve already shown two dynamic, awesome performances by Alejandro Guzman and Ted Riederer over the last few weeks. Pennies rained! Rose petals flew! But what’s next? Tomorrow night, we’re kicking off the weekend of performances with Maya Jeffereis “Why Can’t I Be You?” Maya combines elements of video, interactive performance, and dance in this piece. She draws on her cultural background to bring us something entirely new. Expect to see bits of Bollywood, Japanese dance, and tunes from the Cure. 8:30 pm– be there.
I won’t lie to you: we’re taking a break Saturday because we want to visit Bushwick open studios. Wonderpuss Octopus will be unveiling a mural at Solar Bubbles in the Aquarium, and there are so many more spots we don’t want to miss.
Next up will be Kenya’s and Scott’s performances on Sunday. Kenya will go on at 3 pm as our first daytime performance in the series. Plan your brunches accordingly, people! Later in the day, Scott Valentine will explore the stereotypical ideal of the male form, specifically as it relates to queer identity and also to athletics. There may or may not be cake involved.
We hope to see everyone at 200 Avenue A this Friday & Sunday!