Please stop by KN: Space for Art in Context to see the solo show I co-curated with Carleen Coulter. Heaven Is A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens features work by artist (and friend) Elizabeth McTernan. Elizabeth created several site specific works for the exhibition, which all relate to her use of the grid and which refer back to the black square. See the exhibition now before it closes on Saturday, December 9th. Our closing party is from 14 to 18 and will feature a curator walk through, glühwein and holiday treats. Please check out the text I wrote : Betray the Grid: Elizabeth McTernan and the Black Square
This July, KN: Space for Art in Context, opened it’s first juried art exhibition. A diverse group of artists answered our call to address the problem of translation. I was very happy to co-curate this exhibition with Carleen Coulter. The exhibition is up from July 6 through August 5, 2017. Please join us on August 5 for a curator talk and walk through at 11 am.
From Google Translate to the Emotional Translator™ app, data-driven automated translations render instantaneous what was formerly a laborious process of “carrying across” (from the Latin translatio) from one language to another. Such programs remain rife with error and miscommunication, and it is unclear if translation can ever approach theoretical perfection. Participating artists were asked to consider the possibilities and limitations of translation.
This show is part of KN’s : in Context Exhibition cycle. The exhibition and event calendar at KN is organized around biannual themes, culminating in juried exhibitions distinguished as : in Context. By grouping performances, artwork, lectures and discussions around a single multiple meaning word, KN: Space for Art in Context acts a laboratory for critical analysis and a space for discourse.
The following artists participated:
This past August I participated in the 3rd annual Project Space Festival Berlin. The festival is a celebration of the spaces that make Berlin unique, these are spaces (and non-spaces, a few are nomadic) that exist outside the closed circle of the art world. Many of them defy categorization, but there was quite a mix of old and young spaces and participants. All the events were special in different ways, I especially enjoyed mp43’s event in Hellersdorf.
Myself and other members of KN: space for art in context, applied and were given August 17th to hold an event in the 30 day calendar of the festival, titled Know the Ways. It featured artwork from KN members, a collaborative installation of special objects (attendees could contribute) and performances by Winston Chmielinski, Katie Armstrong and the Berlin Sacred Harp chapter. Using the writings of Hildegard von Bingen as a starting point, the event sought to answer the question: How have we reclaimed or revised the medieval sense of the mysterious in the modern information era?
The final performance by the Sacred Harp choir was impressive, they are a choir of shape note singers, a form of singing that developed in colonial New England. On a hot sweaty August evening, the crowd was treated to an hour long performance that defies description. Thanks to all who attended.