'Creative Black Tie' preview/opening
Jan 18th 2013 6pm - 12am
It's that time of year again! Spread Art is in Miami for all that surrounds Art Basel 2012...
We'll be stopping by Fountain Art Fair and checking out the exhibitions and performance art curated by Grace Exhibition Space. If you are in Miami, do not miss the Non Grata Performances on Friday and Saturday nights!
As always, the Wynwood district will be full of street art, murals, galleries, people, food and all night extravaganzas. Other fairs Spread Art will be hitting up include, Select, NADA, Context, Miami Project, Pool, Verge.
Spread Art has been busy preparing for an abundance of creativity 2013. Here's a quick look into next year:
Expanded Residency Opportunities:
Spread Art recently purchased a house in SW Detroit that we are rehabbing for artist residencies, as well as exhibitions and performances. The combination of the existing space at 2572 Michigan and the new house in SW Detroit opens a world of new possibilities. Its too soon to tell exactly what will manifest from the abundance of space, but we know that 2013 will see Spread Art facilitating more artists' work in Detroit and beyond.
Detroit Contemporary invited Spread Art to curate the Anti-Auto Show exhibition.
Ever want to paint your own bus?
Come join Spread Art Sat. July 21st during Figment Detroit and help us paint the BUS!
"The Art of Letting Go" is an ongoing collaborative participatory mural project with its beginnings in Brooklyn in 2009. Join us for the debut in Detroit on June 21st 12pm to 6pm during Figment on Belle Isle. We supply the materials, you express yourself.
With almost 100ft of 'canvas', Help paint the bus below and join us for for "The Art of Letting Go"
FIGMENT is a free and non-commercial participatory arts event that seeks to broaden the definition of art and break down the wall between spectator and participant. FIGMENT is completely free to the public and is produced by entirely by volunteer staff and artists.
After 4 and ½ years of successful exhibitions, events, workshops, and residencies, Spread Art has wrapped up activities at 104 Meserole Street in Brooklyn as of July 1st 2012. It has been an amazing time with many wonderful memories and we would like to thank all of the artists who were a part of Spread Art’s events, exhibitions and residencies during our time in Brooklyn. As one door closes however, another is opening and in a big way. Spread Art has moved its headquarters to Detroit and has taken on a much larger physical space. This transition enables Spread Art to continue working in collaboration with artists and spaces throughout Brooklyn and New York City, while also expanding operations and activities in Detroit.
In January 2012, Spread Art laid down roots in Detroit’s creative Southwest district and now occupies a new 4000 sq ft creative space available for residencies, workshops, classes, events, performances and exhibitions. The new Spread Art location is housed in a 3- story turn of the century storefront space on Michigan Ave and 18th St in the historic Corktown neighborhood, minutes from downtown and two blocks away from the renowned Michigan Central Station.
Co-Directors, Thomas Bell and Christina deRoos are hard at work getting the new space set up and ready for use. The ground floor offers an 900 sq ft light filled multi-use space space with a full wall of mirrors that is perfect for dance, yoga and other social gatherings. In addition to 20 ft ceilings the ground floor storefront offers two rather large window installations that will certainly be changing often. The downstairs space is comprised of a 1600 sq ft gallery and performance space with an 18ft bar, projector and sound system, a 350 sq ft residency room, 750 sq ft of studio space, a bathroom, washer and dryer and the Spread Art offices.
Over the next few weeks we will be announcing our residency opportunities beginning in the fall of 2012, updating our website and posting information about new partnerships that are developing with organizations in Detroit.
The former Spread Art location at 104 Meserole is in the exceptionally creative and capable hands of Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle of Panoply Performance Laboratory, and Valerie Kuehne of SuperCoda. Esther, Brian and Valerie were the final three Spread Art ‘Artists-In-Residence’ at the 104 Meserole St location in Brooklyn (May - June 2012).
Spread Art Summer Group Show V
Spread Art’s 5th annual “Summer Group Show” will include the works of multiple visual artists working in a variety of mediums and feature the works of Spread Art’s current artists-in-residence,Thomas Bell, Christina deRoos, Valerie Kuehne, Brian McCorkle,and Esther Neff. Also on display will be works by , Ventiko, Erin Partridge, Erika Sabel, Panoply Lab, Jorge Rojas, Nicholas, Burgess, Aimee Chappell Hertog, Alix Maubrey, Justin Orvis Steimer, Christian Stolarz, Abigail Weg, Lara Goetzl, Michael Blase, Michael Pawlus and more. Installations, Photography, Painting, Video, Street Art, Drawing, Sculpture, Mixed Media.
Expanding on the single performance at last year’s Summer Group Show, Spread Art will host performances on Friday night from 8pm to 10pm and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm. Performances are curated by Spread Art’s artists-in-residence and include Live Music, Performance Art, Sonic Works, Live Video Streams and more. Participating performers include: Elinor Thompson, Esther Neff, Heather Warren Crow, Felix Morelo, Valerie Kuehne, Brian McCorkle, Kanene Holder, Rafael Sanchez, Miles Pflanz, Amy X Neuburg, Jane Gabriels, Diamond Terrifier with Visuals (Trouble).
You can watch the Live Stream Feed on Spread Art’s U-Stream Channel. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/spread-art-bklyn
Dates & Times
Friday June 1st, 2012, 6pm - 10pm (performances at 8pm - 10pm)
Saturday June 2nd, 2012, 12pm-10pm (performances at 4pm - 10pm)
Sunday June 3rd, 2012, 12pm-6pm
"Spread Art Outdoors" at The Morgan Stop
“Spread Art Outdoors” will bring the art to the people!
Beginning on Saturday at 1pm, “The Parade of Art” will gather outside the Morgan stop L train on Bogart st and make its way to The Animamus Art Salon at the Starr Street Studios above the Bushwick Starr (207 Starr St 3rd floor) Come Join the Parade of Art Work and the ‘Speaker of the Dead’ gypsy brass folk punk band as we march throughout the neighborhood. To participate please email: Thomas@spreadart.org.
“Live Stream Interviews” will be happening during “The Parade of Art” as well as in and around the Morgan L stop on Saturday from 3pm to 4pm and on Sunday between 12 and 7pm enjoy, "Speading Art Outdoors. Join Spread Art Founder and Co-Director, Thomas Bell as he interviews festival attendees, artists and just about anyone else he sees on the streets. You can watch the Live Stream Feed on Spread Art’s U-Stream Channel. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/spread-art-bklyn
Begun at the first Bushwick Open Studios in 2006 and continued for Beta Spaces in 2009, for the third installment of “Bushwick Is…”, let us know what Bushwick is! When you see the “Live Stream Interviews” happening, that is your time to let Spread Art and the world know what you think “Bushwick Is…” in 2012.
There will be also be Live Performances both days in and around the Morgan L train stop!
Dates and Times:
Saturday June 2nd, 2012, 1pm - 1:30pm and 3pm -4pm
Sunday June 3rd, 2012, 12pm - 7pm
The Parade of Art
Beginning on Saturday at 1pm, “The Parade of Art” will gather outside the Morgan L train stop on Bogart St and march to The Animamus Art Salon at the Starr Street Studios above the Bushwick Starr (207 Starr St 3rd floor) Come Join the Parade of Art Work and the ‘Speaker of the Dead’ gypsy brass folk punk band as we march throughout the neighborhood. Live Performances along the way! The Parade of Art will also be streamed live to the internet. You can watch the Live Stream Feed on Spread Art’s U-Stream Channel. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/spread-art-bklyn
Dates & Times
Saturday June 2nd, 2012, 1pm -2pm
Remote Control Tomato (Thomas Bell and Christina deRoos) will perform and talk about their work as part of the Panoply Performance Lab Conference of Work on November 12th at Grace Exhibition Space.
See full description and details below:
The second in a series of creative production conferences, Conference of Work: Operations and Participations is part group exhibition and part theoretical thinktank.
These November weekends will bring together performances, workshops, and discussions that deal with the operations (social, political, aesthetic, economic, etc) of participatory, interactive, aleatoric, and other “open source” forms in the practices of artists, curators, and cultural organizers.
Open to the public ALL DAYS. Both the beer and the portmanteaux will flow!
Performances and presentations taking open source forms will be enjoyed and discussed. For a schedule and complete list of presenters, check back here as the conference takes shape. Group discussions will allow artists across disciplines to share concerns and ideas about the use of participation, aleatoricism, engaged practices, and “community driven” work with its many incarnations and implications.
INITIAL CONCERNS TO CONFER ABOUT: Open source and socially engaged forms operate in new ways as developments in interactive technology both online and in live performance multiply. Audience expectations shift, and artistic modes of production meet institutional structures as bubbles burst, grassroots political organization meets performance, and more individuals cognize themselves as artists. How are our concerns evolving now, postdramatically, post-modernly, and perhaps post-humanly? How does the institutional rhetoric surrounding “community involvement” and “social practices” relate to aesthetic developments and methodologies in our various mediums and disciplines? These questions and those they spawn will collide with performance work created in their metabolic soup.
Grace Exhibition Space
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(Flushing Avenue Stop on J-Z Trains - Walk 3 blocks East on Broadway)
26 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(Graham stop on the L train – Walk two blocks East on Graham Avenue and turn right onto Bushwick Ave.)
Friday the 4th of November at Grace Exhibition Space: Open Source
7:00pm: Beatriz Albuquerque
7:30: Felix Morelo
8:00: Anna Jane McIntyre
8:30: Maria Hupfield
9:00: Stephen Bracco
9:30: Dara Malina
10:00pm: SK Orchestra
While director-curators Jill McDermid and Eric Hokensen occupy downtown Manhattan, PPL invites performance artists and performance-makers to occupy Grace Space. The assembled body, curated from the streets, from craigslist, from arts social networks, and by word-of-mouth as well as from Grace Exhibition Space and PPL’s rosters of well-known artists, will be provided with lights, sound, running water, a formalized public platform, and the context of "performance art" by one of the world's best-known performance art spaces. After the show, artists and attendees may decide go down to Zucotti Park to experiment with what kind of spectrum exists between "art" performance and “political” performance, and to continue exploration of what performance artists can do to break out of a sense of autonomy and truly participate in public culture.
Saturday the 5th of November at Grace Exhibition Space:
Opens at 3:30.
Ongoing: Social Practices Arts Network (SPAN) site: practice documentation
Ongoing: Fill out story cards for Anna Jane McIntyre
Ongoing: Urban Layers INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION
4:00-7:00pm: Dimanche Rouge Skype Exhibition and Simultaneous Performance: Alexandre Pombo-Mendes, Carmen R. Cruz with Florent Maton and dancer Karl Paquemar, Daniel Gaudard, Manuela Centrone, ETC (Julien Arnaud + Anthony Carcone + Emmanuel Rébus), Savio Debernardis, Vlasta Delimar. (PRESS RELEASE HERE)
Streamed live from Batofar, 7 port de la gare, 13e, Paris, FR. Exhibition link HERE skype
7:30: Jules Rochielle, SPAN Organizer, skype
8:00: Lindsey Drury, Love Letter to A Dance Artist you Don't Know (nor Care to Know)
The private is political, the local is global. Via skype, PPL and Dimanche Rouge join forces to present a simultaneous performance, as well as video, dance, and multi-media work streamed live across the Atlantic from Paris, France to Brooklyn NY, and vice versa. Participants, audiences, and attendees are also invited to fill out hand-drawn storycards for Canadian artist Anna Jane McIntyre, to be performed live via skype one week later, to co-create with Urban Layers, to engage with global practice-documentation project SPAN (Social Practices Arts Network) and create dance work to be performed and filmed by the choreographer/performer.
Friday the 11th of November at Vaudeville Park:
7:00pm: Welcome! drinks, introductions
7:30: Ann Hirsch
8:00: G Douglas Barrett
8:30: Anya Liftig
9:30: Alex Young
10:30: Gretta Louw's Controlling Connectivity skype
Five individual artists working in music composition, performance art, and interactive/internet forms describe, perform, and present projects that maintain artistic authorship and vision while experimenting with modes of participation, demonstration, and intervention. Come ready to partake in the bar, bring an instrument, bring a dry erase marker, bring a powerpoint presentation, bring an anecdote or joke, bring mittens.
Saturday the 12th of November at Grace Exhibition Space:
Ongoing: Social Practices Arts Network (SPAN) site: practice documentation
Ongoing: Urban Layers INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION
3:30pm and ONGOING: Mari Novotny-Jones in 9-Hour Performance of INFECTION, COAGULATION, SEDIMENTATION, FILTRATION, DISINFECTION.
4:00pm: Open Discussion: documenting, proposing, and theorizing social practiced, engaged processes, and performance art.
5:00: Gelsey Bell
6:00: Christina de Roos and Thomas Bell (Spread Art)
7:30: Aliza Simons (radio transmission)
8:00: Nate Hill (play online game here)
8:30: Angela Washko
9:00: Anna Jane McIntyre
skype performance of Fill It In Yourself story cards
10:00: Hector Canonge
10:30pm: Dave Ruder's Why Lie?
Artist-curators, theorist-artists, and inter-disciplinary performers who wear "many hats" and come from many different performance backgrounds come together to share their work. Live participatory performances, talks, open bar, hands-on radio broadcasting from the space, and more!
Sunday the 13th of November at Vaudeville Park:
4:00pm: Open Discussion: Politics of Aesthetics meet Practice
5:00: Carrie Dashow
5:30: Valerie Kuehne
6:00: Alison Fleminger from the Performance Project @ University Settlement
6:30: Douglas Paulson
7:00: Urban Layers Presentation
Closing and Afterparty (9pm: Organizations and artists planning meeting)
How do artists work in a public sphere? How do artists become political agents, and how can create work, cultural organization, and social sculpture operate in socio-politically? What does 'responsibility of form' mean to us now? What are the political concerns of "avant-garde" theories and forms? Diverse artistic practices, from notarization of public statements during Occupy Wallstreet through co-creative urban mapping, through conceptualized musical improvisation are juxtaposed, discussed, experienced, and documented.
Spread Art supports the work of Remote Control Tomato, Oxygen Music Collective, and other creative projects that are developed within the Spread Art Artist Network. Here is a look at the last few months and what Remote Control Tomato (Christina deRoos and Thomas Bell) has been up to
Remote Control Tomato
Christina deRoos_video + Thomas Bell_sound + special guest Sarah Benoliel_dance
15min visual/sound/movement improvisation
Performance for Dimanche Rouge #9 – Streaming Labs
Pole Simon Le Franc, 9 rue Simon Le Franc, Paris 75004
Streamed from CPR - Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY
:experimental documentation of experimental performance::video represents approximately 1/4 of physical performance area that was streamed live:
Remote Control Tomato @ Dimanche Rouge
sound: Thomas Bell / visuals: Christina deRoos / dancer/choreographer: Laura Arend
Streamed live on the interweb.
Participating physical locations:
Spread Art was wandering around Bushwick today with a canvas, Sharpies, crayons, and a desire to see how folks would respond to "Bushwick Is..." Directors, Thomas Bell and Christina deRoos left Spread Art
around 1pm with the canvas showing the boundaries of Bushwick way back
when (1800s) and the boundaries of Bushwick today.
After a few initial stops (a pharmacy, a laundromat, a bodega) we made our way to Maria Hernandez Park (named after a woman who was shot and killed in 1989 for fighting to rid her block of drug dealers).
In the park we were overwhelmed with kids
and also a lot of adults wanting to participate. Among them was a veteran (Iraq and Afghanistan), whose reflections on his experience returning to Bushwick, and the words he added to the canvas ("god forgive me can you") are unlikely to leave my mind anytime soon.
the park we made our way to Brooklyn Fireproof to share the community
dialogue that had happened so far and invite further participation. Brooklyn Fireproof was a location of today's BETA spaces event, described as "a one-day festival of independently curated, collaborative group exhibitions."
"Bushwick Is..." canvas is part of an ongoing project begun in 2006 by
Erin Partridge, Thomas Bell and Christina deRoos. The project aims to facilitate
community dialogue and self-reflection and to document moments in time
as Bushwick experiences rapid gentrification.
See photos from the day here.