Sunday March 2nd, 11am
Sound artist and conceptual songwriter Sara Bouchard discusses and demonstrates the role of randomness in her work, which she filters via systems of self-imposed rules. She will perform several of her works, including “Weather Box,” a music box and series of punch-card scores based on weather data, part of Fuse-works: Some Assembly Required, and selections from her song cycle “The News: Monday-Friday.”
Sara Bouchard is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the intersection of sound, story and environment. Born in California, Bouchard received her B.A. from Yale University in 2003 and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited and performed across NYC, including at the American Folk Art Museum, chashama 217/461, Dumbo Arts Center, Proteus Gowanus and Open Source, as well as in the Berlin Underground. She also performs with the Americana string band Union Street Preservation Society.
January 26th, 2014, 11am
Photo by Anja Matthes
Please join us for the cHURCH OF MONIKA on Sunday, January 26th, 11am, where we will have a panel discussion on the idea of “happiness.”
Many people are consumed with the idea of achieving happiness–how possible is it to achieve this subjective ideal? How does one go about reaching this goal? What actually happens when you “achieve happiness?”
For this panel, Monika Wuhrer, Nick Kline and Anja Matthes invited speakers from a variety of fields to discuss the different circumstances that affect one’s life. Starting by looking at teenagers’ ideas about happiness, the panel considers factors such as sexuality, status, and location that hinder or help one to achieve this ideal. Participants are Marie Forgeard, Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Positive Psychology Center of University of Pennsylvania, the teenagers Mia Brotherton and Luis Lozano and family nurse practitioner, Juancy Rodriguez, who besides working as an urgent care provider treats adolescent patients, most of whom transgender.
The panel will operate in conjunction with our current exhibition: Out-Sight-In In-Sight-Out by documentary photographer/filmmaker Anja Matthes in collaboration with June, a transgender homeless teenager.
The cHURCH OF MONIKA is a non-religious monthly series where invited speakers share and discuss their projects and experiences.
Sunday, November 17th, 11am
Hannah Reber presents a selection of current paper works.
The reciprocal and syndetic constellation of statements like „Art is Higgs“ or „Love exists“, written on small yellow note-pads or brown paper towel, graphic drawings on white paper board, foldings, work on found footage and print products give an insight into the cosmos of her work, that orbits basic connections between art, love and existence, referring to quantum physics and fractal geometry as well as to personal, emotional experience. The continuing process of re-writing and re-reading seems to position those papers within a fluid network of contextualisations.
The Berlin-based artist, who describes her practice as fundamental research in art and her works as “byproducts” of life, will be present and talk about her references and understanding of art.
Sunday, October 27th, 11am
As part of the ongoing cHURCH of MONIKA series at Open Source, artist
James Leonard will take us inside A Kiss For Luck. This summer in the middle of a busy
Manhattan block, Leonard transformed a 13’ wooden boat into a sea of shavings with his bare
hands. Come bear witness to the debut of a new time lapse video condensing the entire three
week process into 15 minutes.
Leonard will provide remarks prior to the screening and be available for discussion afterward.
Supplementing this time will be the nightly project journal kept by Leonard available for hands-
on browsing and a series of nudes shot by photographer Wendy Whitesell in the immediate
aftermath of A Kiss For Luck exploring the interplay between Leonard’s body and the wreckage
at his hands.
Join us Sunday, October 27th for this unique opportunity as we enter the altered states and
multiple time streams experienced by James Leonard on this fascinating journey. Bagels and
coffee will be served.
A Kiss For Luck was originally made possible through the support and partnership of chashama
and Open Source Gallery at the chashama 266 window space.
Sunday, June 9, 11am
The world was set to end December 21st, 2012, so did it? Scott Adkins asked 15 writers and two visual artists to tell us how they want the world to end and then made a book out of the results. Adkins will talk about his fascination with the human fascination of the end.
The anthology is an exploration of apocalyptic fascinations from poets, fiction writers, journalists, playwrights, and screenwriters. “I have been curious about the human capacity to dream of the end, to somehow want to will it to happen” says Adkins “and that’s when I thought what if, what if we COULD write the end, what would it be? Assume it is going to happen December 2012, how would you want the world to end?” A visually stunning collection, book-ended with photos by Ethan Crenson and reproductions of Glen Eden Einbinder’s Dreamcards inspired by the 2000 Science Times.
Sunday, June 16, 11am
Gather at Church of Monika on Sunday, June 16 at 11 am for a fairy tale hour with Kay Turner exploring the witch figure and her diverse meanings in Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Based on her new book Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms (with Pauline Greenhill), Turner will teach the wonder of the witch in obscure Grimm tales such as “Goose Girl at the Spring, “ “The Three Spinners,” “Frau Trude,” and more. Discard your overblown Cinderella and your slushy Snow White! Discover Frau Trude and Clever Gretel! Find out the real truth about fairy tale witches! And why you should get to know them, not knock them! Kay’s new book available for sale at discount ( $25) after church.
Kay Turner is an artist working across disciplines, including writing, music, performance, and folklore scholarship. She has a PhD in Folklore and is currently producing Harborlore Festival ( May 10-June 15, 2013) in her position as Folk Arts Director for the Brooklyn Arts Council. She conceived, directed and also performed in “Otherwise: Queer Scholarship into Song,” a musical review, at Dixon Place in April 2013. Her previous production for Dixon Place was “When Gertrude (Stein) Met Susan (Sontag)” in 2010. Turner has performed in numerous bands, most notably the Austin-based “Girls in the Nose” and in NYC’s “Snaggletooth” with Carolyn Dinshaw. She currently writes songs and performs with Viva DeConcini and Mary Feaster. Her books include Beautiful Necessity: The Art and Meaning of Women’s Altars (NY: Thames and Hudson) and Baby Precious Always Shines: Love Notes Between Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas (NY: St. Martin’s Press). Her new book, with Pauline Greenhill, is Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms (Detroit: Wayne State University Press). She is adjunct professor in Performance Studies at NYU teaching courses on oral narrative theory, temporality, and the performance of ghosts and specters.
Despite our trepidation about the influence of religion, and specifically the church, on politics, there is no doubt that the fostering of community is it’s strongest public contribution. We seek ideas from artists, writers, politicians, and input from neighbors. Although we are primarily a local Brooklyn gallery we accept proposals and have exhibited international artists in keeping with the global village concept. As evidenced by the variety and reach of our shows, we are truly “open source.”
In addition to our monthly exhibitions, on Sundays, we establish the “Church of Monika” in 2010 with the intention of communicating and demonstrating the role art can and should have on community. Our experiences with the Soap Box Derby Camp and subsequent race, as well as our annual Soup Kitchen in December, have validated our desire to move forward in this direction. We are located in a Brooklyn neighborhood underserved by the arts and we hope to remedy the situation in whatever small way we can.
The “Church” is a moderated town hall type of meeting rather than a sermon with topics varying each week/month (in 2010 once a week, in 2012 once a month). Snacks and coffee is served, doubling the event’s function as it becomes an alternative to brunch with bloody marys.
The origin of our concept stems from our mutual admiration of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. This profound monument to the freedom and pursuit of self-reflection is a model of art as a surrogate for religion. We take a non-denominational and tolerant attitude in our journey through life and our hope is to build an alliance with people of all faiths and world-views. We suffer no delusions of grandeur, we only seek to inspire and be inspired by the art of life and community.
May 12th, 11am;
A live crowd sourced reengineering of a classic story using Houston Frost’s patent pending four box monte system for enlightenment. Houston Frost will lead the participants in the ritual slaughter and reincarnation of a timeless tale. Entertainment is possible, memories will be plumbed, somebody will probably cry, self growth through storytelling is guaranteed.
The material gathered will be used as the basis of a future publication by Frost.
Houston Frost will also debut another publication titled The Certainty of Platitudes in which he visually recounts the tragic true love story of two pieces of hardware in a world gone mad told through the medium of IKEA manual collage.
Sunday, March 17th, 2012, 11am
How much do artists have in common with one another?
Using a backdrop of theology, psychology, and philosophy, Lily White will examine the origins and mysteries of the creative process as depicted by Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, James Lord, and Natalia Ginzburg.
Lily has been a professional saxophone player and composer in NYC since moving here in 1984. Recently, she received an MFA in writing from Bennington College She has had her stories published in Brevity Magazine and in Bennington’s Literary Review.
Sunday, February 24th, 2013; 11am
Raquel Penzo was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, within a strict and sheltered Dominican household. She levied a sedentary childhood into a love affair with the written word and has since turned her passion into a semi-lucrative career as a writer and editor, producing content for entertainment magazines and websites, non-profit organizations and professional and scientific trade papers. She currently works as a copywriter for Brooklyn Public Library.
In between writing assignments, Penzo, a graduate of the creative writing MFA program at Fairleigh Dickinson University who lists authors Julia Alvarez and Stephen King among her sources of inspiration, maintains three sites – The Jaded NYer, RaquelPenzo.com and La Pluma y La Tinta – organizes literary readings and writing workshops throughout New York City and promotes a balanced mind-body-soul lifestyle via her latest business venture, Baobab Wellness. Her published works include “Grey Matter” (Blue Lake Review) and her self-published tome, My Ego Likes the Compliments…And Other Musings on Writing.
Penzo is currently working on her first novel, Enfermos, based on the short stories written as part of her MFA thesis.
March 8th – April 2nd, 2014 Opening Reception: March 8th, 7pm-9pm Katerina Marcelja presents “Fragment Series,” an exhibition of prints for Open Source Gallery. In “Fragment Series,” Marcelja works with clusters of graphic sequences etched on multiple plates. These sequences are then disassembled and recombined challenging boundary conditions and narrative logic . Marcelja’s prints operate […]
Fuse-Works: Some Assembly Required
Anja Matthes: Out-Sight-In In-Sight-Out
Soup Kitchen 2013
Katarina Poliacikova: Until We Remember The Same
Miho Suzuki: Our Children Today
We Know Not Exactly Where or How
Soap Box Derby 2013
Keith Miller: Trees
Andrea Ray: Utopians Dance
Margrethe Aanestad: Herein
David D’Ostilio: The Chopping Block
Stefanie Koseff: To The Deep
Michael Poetschko: Zona
Soup Kitchen 2012
Kathleen Vance: From the Woods
Nick Kline: Gilgo Beach
Soap Box Camp and Derby 2012
Patrick Cadenhead: Spring and Renewal
Felipe Mujica: One day this will NOT be yours
Between Mountain – part 2
Karl Spörk, Another Meeting
Leigh Davis: The Burrow (H.H.)
Evan Robarts and James Moore: the cave
Sara Bouchard: The News: Monday-Friday, Parts 1 & 2
Open Source 2011
Open Source Soup Kitchen
Jason Reppert: Parlor Tricks
Felipe Mujica: One Day This Will All Be Yours
Green Idea Pool
James Leonard – 927 Days at Sea
Soap Box Derby 2011
The Mobile-kitchen-table-cart on tour
riepl & co marianas trench discoveries inc
Naoe Suzuki and Dramahound Productions: Mi Tigre, My Lover
Raphaela Riepl: adorable steamed sea urchin