Ligo Project Panel on Environment & Climate Change

Sunday, September 28th, 11:00am

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c.hill, 2013, metrocard tapestry inspired by Dr. Steve Franks’ research (Fordham University, plant ecology and ecological genetics), exhibited at Ligo Project’s Art of Science – Gallery Night

Ligo Project is a movement. A movement to connect and apply cutting edge scientific discoveries to real world problems and to make this happen more rapidly and less expensively, so that scientific innovations bear an even broader impact on the general public– improving quality of life in general and especially for those living with disease. Ligo Project’s mission is to increase the rate at which scientific innovations are being applied to real world problems, creating game changing start-ups that do good at the same time! Acting as a translational catalyst for your innovations, the Ligo Project goal is to foster and promote more rapid and inexpensive development of scientific innovations that will positively impact global unmet needs and improve quality of life.

Ligo Project aims to make science accessible to the public through programs such as the Art of Science, a 6-month artist-in residence program that allows artists the opportunity to interact with scientists, learn about research and, from these interactions, create a piece of science inspired art. Using the universal language of art as a vehicle to promote science innovation and explore fundamental questions that interest and affect us all, Art of Science leverages this power as a unique & powerful marketing tool for opportunities in and centered around science & scientific innovations.

The panel on Environment & Climate Change will discuss factors that detrimentally effect the environment, causes of climate change, evidence for this, and importantly the best path forward and policies to alleviate some of these detrimental effects.

Panel members will include: Jonathan Bauch (sculptor, curator of Omens of Climate Change at Westbeth Gallery), Larry Brown (painter, adjunct professor at Cooper Union), Karen Holmberg (archaeologist, volcano fetishist, writer, visiting scholar in the Department of Environmental Studies at NYU), Patrick Kinney (environmental health scientist, director of the Columbia University Climate and Health Program), Bhawani Venkataraman (environmental chemist, associate professor of interdisciplinary science at The New School)

www.ligoproject.org



What is the Church of Monika?

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.



Leigh Davis at Greenwood Cemetery

NOTE: This event has been rescheduled:
Sunday, June 22nd, 11am
Meeting spot: Greenwood Cemetery, Entrance 25th and 5th avenue

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Leigh Davis’s work investigates the relationships between people and the physical spaces in which they live, work, and perform. Her subjects span a broad range—from the men of a dying religious order to women living in a YWCA residence hall—and the projects she creates derive from the relationships she develops with those subjects over time. Finding nontraditional, public spaces for her work is central to her practice, which strongly attends to how the work is experienced. Davis has created a slide show and lecture series for public community gardens in Brooklyn, a temporary memorial for a neighborhood in Washington, D.C., and a site-specific installation for the church of St. Paul the Apostle, located in Midtown Manhattan. Her recent project, Quiet Service, is a video created in-collaboration with four congregations located in the North Station district of Baltimore. Davis is currently working on a project close to home, in her apartment building.

Davis’ site-based works have repeatedly taken the form of temporary memorials or shrines. Davis will lead a conversation about the themes in her work; the memorial as narrative, and particularly our desire as a culture to create individual or collective memory in the public context.

The cHURCH OF MONIKA is a non-religious monthly series where invited speakers share and discuss their projects and experiences.



Liinu Grönlund

Sunday 27th, 11am

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Liinu Grönlund is a visual artist and currently an artist-in-residence at Residency Unlimited. She is currently working with scientists at the Stony Brook University and the American Museum of Natural History, who study lemurs and other primates, as well as snakes and chameleons. For the Church of Monika she will give us insight into her work and her collaborative work process. We will view a video by Liinu Grönlund shot in Malta called “Briefly”. The film examines the island’s nature and touches on Malta’s geographical and political relationship with Libya.

Through her use of film and video, Grönlund investigates the preservation of time. Her work is drawn to extreme and remote locations, with a particular focus on the natural sciences and environmentalism. She explores the relation of humans and nature in the age of environmental and humanitarian crisis through a process of archiving disappearing worlds.

For her MFA final work, Grönlund gave an old Super 8 camera to biologists. The scientists took it with them to isolated research stations, such as the Amazon rainforest. She asked the researchers to film one take every day, which lead to the production of films that became silent field diaries. She has also recently collaborated with biologists and conservationists in Madagascar.

Grönlund’s work has been shown in solo shows at Galleria Huuto (2014, Helsinki), and at Cable Gallery alongside artist Johanna Eliisa Laitanen (2011, Helsinki). She has participated in group shows including Studio Voltaire’s members exhibition 2010 in London. Her short films have been shown in various screenings and film festivals in Finland and abroad.

The cHURCH OF MONIKA is a non-religious monthly series where invited speakers share and discuss their projects and experiences.



Selina Alko and Sean Qualls

Sunday, March 30th, 11am

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from the book “THE CASE FOR LOVING”

Please join us Sunday March 30th, when Selina Alko and Sean Qualls will tell the story of their creative journeys that brought them from Western Canada and New Jersey together to Brooklyn. The duo will talk about their childhoods, influences and paths to becoming visual artists. They will present their books, original art works and projected images. Together they have done art for over 25 picture books and just completed their first book together called THE CASE FOR LOVING. The Book is to be published by Scholastic in December 2014.

Selina Alko was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. Growing up in a house with a Turkish father who speaks seven languages, exposed Selina to many different sounds from a young age. Her father also taught her how to paint and gave her a starter course in self-expression. Her mother’s involvement in the family’s 95-year old business of metal recycling yielded Alko’s affinity for collage and mixing media (“trash art”) in her work today.
It is important to Selina that her books help children to be more open-minded. Selina wrote and illustrated amongst others em>Brooklyn is for B (Henry Holt and Co.), Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama (Knopf) and I’m Your Peanut Butter Big Brother (Knopf) about a child who wonders what his sibling-on-the-way will look like. Will it be a girl with a “cappuccino-frosted ‘fro bouncing along,” or a boy who is “ginger cookie brown or midnight licorice purple”?. www.selinaalko.com

Sean Qualls is an award winning, Brooklyn-based, children’s book illustrator, artist and author. He has illustrated a number of celebrated books for children, including Giant Steps to Change The World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis-Lee, Little Cloud and Lady Wind by Toni Morrison and her son Slade and Before John Was a Jazz Giant, for which he received a Coretta Scott King Illustration Honor. Sean also created the art for Dizzy by Jonah Winter and most recently Freedom Song (The Story of Henry “Box” Brown) by Sally Walker. His work has received two Blue Ribbon citations from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books where he was also cited for his “serious craftsmanship” and an “original style.” www.seanqualls.com

The cHURCH OF MONIKA is a non-religious monthly series where invited speakers share and discuss their projects and experiences.



Sara Bouchard: How to Harness Chaos

Sunday March 2nd, 11am

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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.

www.sarabouchard.com



Happiness Panel

January 26th, 2014, 11am

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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.



Hannah Reber

Sunday, November 17th, 11am
Hannah Reber presents a selection of current paper works.

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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.



James Leonard: Inside A Kiss For Luck

Sunday, October 27th, 11am

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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.

http://a-kiss-for-luck.tumblr.com/



Scott Adkins

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.



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Emanuele Cacciatore: A Conversation with Consequence

A Conversation with Consequence | Images | Press Release September 13 – October 4, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 7-9pm Closing Party: Friday, October 3, 7−9pm “Ruddy Trees and Buried Hatchets,” 2014, Oil on canvas, 76” x 76” Emanuele Cacciatore presents “A Conversation with Consequence,” an exhibition of paintings for Open Source Gallery. Without relying […]

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Soap Box Workshops and Derby 2014
Mark Stilwell: The Super Defense Force vs The Tittanno Beast (The Power of the Constructonauts)
Hubert Dobler: Roundabout
Arne Schreiber: Your Stripes
Katerina Marcelja: Fragment Series
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
Between Mountain – part 2
Peter Feigenbaum
The Meeting
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
Borderland Collective
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