Founded in 1994, the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in East Williamsburg is a residency-based contemporary art institution for emerging to mid-career artists and curators. Although many of the artists' practices comprise performative, installation, photography, bookmaking, and video projects, a few of the current residents are painters. Here are some snaps I took at the open studios a few weeks ago.
Johannes Rochhausen (born 1981, Leipzig) focuses on his studio and the industrial environment surrounding the ISCP building in East Williamsburg. Beautifully painted with toned down palette, Rochhausen's paintings offer a bleak take on the joyless, helpless satisfaction of a hermetic life spent in the studio.
During the open studio, performative painter Anastasia Ax (born 1979, lives and works in Stockholm) presented a series of ink drawings on paper that were artifacts from past performances. According to her statement, ink plays two roles. "It belongs to the world of drawing, the physical acts of filling out the white spaces, but the black ink has an element of poison and bile, melancholy and destruction as well. The raw energies connected with the splashing, the spitting out, the havoc, transform time from linear dimensions into circular moments. New thoughts and new communions take shape through the unpredictable openness of the situation." Yes, I suppose that's what painting is.
On May 14th, the final installment of ISCP's Brooklyn Commons artist talk series that pairs local artists with residents features Ax and Janine Antoni. They plan to discuss sculptural production in relation to process and the body.
Paul Dignan (born Dundee, Scotland) makes grid-based abstractions that may seem formulaic, but on extended viewing reveal shifting patterns and nuanced groupings of shape and color to create subtle spatial illusions. The greyed-down color references the harsh light and washed-out colors in Ontario, where Dignan has lived since 2003.
International Studio & Curatorial Program, 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.
According to the website:
Residencies are between three and twelve months and are sponsored by governments, corporations, foundations, institutions, organizations, galleries and private patrons. ISCP does not provide or arrange living accommodation, however, a number of partner sponsors, who send participants to ISCP each year, have a furnished apartment for residents. In addition, sponsors often give a stipend for accommodation, living expenses, travel and materials...
The program fee for 2012 is $20,761.68 to $22,947.36 per year or $1,730.14 to $1,912.28 per month. In addition, the applicant needs to calculate accommodation, living, travel and health insurance costs for the duration of their stay in New York.There is no deadline--applications are reviewed every two months.
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