Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu: Venus von Hamburg

Venus von Hamburg | Studio Images | Press Release | In IN New York Magazine

September 3 – September 28, 2015
Opening Reception: September 12, 7-9 pm


Bors & Ritiu is an artist duo that delights in using methods of appropriation and overidentification, criticizing the art market with a whiff of humour and wit that goes well beyond a postmodern sense of irony. In this sense, their work comes close to an artistic form of activism, a kind of avant-garde in disguise, refusing to communicate a straightforward, overtly political message. (There is no programme). As visual artists, they are implying themselves in their own critique, as if they were characters in their own story. (Do you read me?) Bors & Ritiu use their twin personality and accompanying avatars as a means to install an ambiguity, bending an appropriated imagery back on itself, short-circuiting it in a way. (A strange loop). This is how they typically tend to frustrate the viewers’ desire, projecting their expectations back onto them like a boomerang. — Pieter Vermeulen, September 2013

Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu present Venus von Hamburg, an installation at Open Source Gallery that explores politics, heritage, and the economy.

While wars in the past have been fought with weapons, it has been said that WWIII will be fought with the banking system.If this is true, we are at a turning point that could see politics allow for the colonization of nations by those who hold them in debt. Venus von Hamburg represents an immediate response to financial crises and inequalities that are reaching a breaking point in Europe and have prompted grassroots movements within the United States and Europe. Within Venus von Hamburg, the great Greek beauty Venus de Milo is distorted and disfigured. Her fate is no longer controlled by her people, but her uncertain future has been dictated by politicians and executives.

Venus von Hamburg highlights the often overlooked humor and aesthetics within contemporary issues, conveying a politically-charged, yet ultimately objective image. Their goal is to present dichotomies–good/bad, moral/immoral, legal/illegal–allowing the audience to steer their own observations and conversations. Within their sculptural collage, Bors & Ritiu not only appropriate an historical image, but also rework one from a prior project of theirs, playing with how images can be used and re-used within ever-changing and ambiguous contexts. Exploring their own Romanian heritage and its relationship to the European Union, Venus von Hamburg represents an immediate response to crises within the financial system.

Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu are a Belgium-based artist duo originally from Romania. They have exhibited extensively in Belgium at venues such as the Galerie Marion De Cannière, Verbeke Foundation and the Middelheim Museum. Bors & Ritiu have also participated in the Art Brussels Art Fair, Slick Art Fair, cutlog Art Fair, Trajector Art Fair, and the BORG Biennial. In 2011, they received the ARTE/cutlog Prize at the cutlog Art Fair in Paris. This is their first solo exhibition in the United States.

Soap Box Derby 2015

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Saturday, August 29, 2015
Derby begins at noon


Join us for the 8th annual Open Source Soap Box Derby!

Experience the thrill of witnessing our participants from the summer Soap Box Workshop race their fun, funky, eco-friendly contraptions down 17th Street in Brooklyn.

Since 2008, our Soap Box Derby has been a staple of the neighborhood. Each year, the Soap Box Workshop encouraging children to think outside the box. Children plan their inventions using sketches and calculations, bringing them to life with found and recycled objects as well as building materials. Over the course of the workshop, participants turn piles of seemingly useless trash into functional machines while learning about construction and design and, more importantly, having fun. Leading up to the derby, kids test drive their racers, ensuring the safety and functionality of each invention. At the Soap Box Derby, participants get to race their soap box cars for real as friends, families, and neighbors cheer them on as they race down the street.

This year’s judges panel will include Oriana Leckert (Brooklyn Spaces), Peira Moinester (Brooklyn Music Factory), and Bill Oberkehr (Solarize Brooklyn CB6)

The Soap Box Derby has received rave reviews over the past 5 years from publications such as the New York Times, Brooklyn Paper, New York Daily News, DNAinfo and many more!

Sara Morawetz: How the Stars Stand

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July 15 – August 22, 2015
Closing Reception: August 22, 6-9pm
The closing reception will feature a talk by Dr. Michael Allison at 6pm


“Where is the clock to show us how the stars stand?”

Our experience of time is not constant, rather, it flexes and yields to the specific nature of our passage through space. Bound to Earth, this concept seems imperceptible, for we know no time but our own. Yet as we chart our passage around the sun, revolving on our own familial axis, time operates differently elsewhere. Compelled by operations outside our experience, each planetary body moves in its own discrete cycles, heeding standards that are as foreign as they appear desultory. From Earth, such notions hold no weight unless we ourselves become tied to them – fastened by our own physical connection to this extraneous action.

In an effort to illuminate these invisible constraints and become conscious of the standards that govern them, Sara Morawetz intends to abandon Earth time and to instead live by time as experienced on Mars. A Martian day is 24h 39m 35.24s, approximately 2.7% longer than a standard day on Earth. Morawetz will live according to Mars time for a full (although approximated) cycle – that would see her ‘day’ gradually separate from Earth-bound standards, invert, and then slowly return to synchronicity, an action that should take approximately 37 days to complete. This performative action is being conducted in consultation with Dr. Michael Allison of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

This work is part of an ongoing exploration of the processes that underpin scientific action. Morawetz is interested in the manner in which the constituent elements of the ’Scientific Method’ – namely observation, experimentation, method (as action) and standardization – are recounted within artistic practice and how these concepts can be further leveraged by artistic inquiry. Through her work, she aims to unravel the mechanics of scientific thinking by asking: what is method / observation / standardization? and, furthermore, how do these terms function outside scientific parameters in the fluid and mercurial sphere of artistic application?. Derived from the core principles of science, her work examines experimental investigation as a way of thinking and a mode of working, utilizing the philosophy of science as a means of critically interpreting systems, actions and processes. It is in this breakdown of artistic and scientific thinking that she aims to evaluate the volatile space in between, to examine the reciprocity within conceptual systems and to validate a communal passage that seeks to filter art through a scientific idiom.

Morawetz’s work is both research and process-driven, often employing durational, repetitious and participatory components – elements akin to a scientific experiment. These performative actions, that either become or create the work, are devised to test and expose the internal processes of methodological labour – the exhaustive, the obsessive, the poetic and the absurd – aspects that are all inherent to scientific practices.

Sara Morawetz is a Ph.D. Candidate at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and an Australian Postgraduate Award recipient. She has been previously awarded the Martin Bequest Traveling scholarship and was a visiting scholar at Parsons School of Fine Art, The New School, NY in 2014. Her work has been exhibited in galleries within Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Whitney Lynn: Rummage

Rummage | Press Release | Wong Kit Yi | Kai Vierstra | SeoKyeong Lee Yoon | Christine Wong Yap and Lauren Frances Adams

June 6 – June 29, 2015
Opening Reception: June 6, 7-9 pm


Whitney Lynn presents Rummage, a series of performative installations at Open Source Gallery.

Garage sales have a long history, tracing back to the early 1800s, when shipyards would sell off unclaimed cargo–called “rommage”–at discounted rates. Eventually moving from the docks into private yards and community spaces, the modern garage sale exploded as both a tradition and phenomenon in the 1950s with the flood of consumer goods entering the market. Today rummage sales are a staple of summer and many shoppers are driven by “the find,” combing through others’ castoffs in an effort to discover a coveted treasure.

Throughout the month of June, each week of Rummage will feature a rotating artist’s interpretation of a garage sale. Lynn has invited an array of New York-based artists with conceptually-oriented practices to participate, including Wong Kit Yi, Kai Vierstra, SeoKyeong Lee Yoon, Christine Wong Yap, and Lauren Frances Adams. Welcoming each collaborator to freely interpret the premise, responses variously examine themes of sales, investment, value, marketplace, unwanted materials, and community engagement. Installations will range from collections of transformed toys to participatory artworks.

Rummage is an extension of Lynn’s previous performance-based projects, exploring aspects of vernacular cultures and casting others to investigate the messy intersections of art and life. She is interested in the places where boundaries, environments, and actions collide. Playing with performance and public space, Rummage will create a series of participatory experiences that highlight the history inherent within commonplace objects and often overlooked traditions.

Whitney Lynn implements a variety of media–including sculpture, performance, video, and drawing–to question ideas of boundaries and containment, history and restaging, context, and form. Lynn received her BFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is currently a member of the Stanford University faculty.


June 6, 7-9pm: Wong Kit Yi, Forbidden Flickers/no-no films
June 11-13, 2-7pm: Kai Vierstra, Airavata’s Honesty Boxed Bazaar
June 18-20, 2-7pm: SeoKyeong Lee Yoon, Used Toys for Sale
June 25-26, 3-8pm and June 27, 1-6pm: Christine Wong Yap and Lauren Frances Adams, a handle, a stem, a hook, a ring, a loop

Yun-Woo Choi: Endless, Seamless

Endless, Seamless | Installation View | Press Release | Livestream | On | On Long Island for Sale | On Disinfo

May 2 – May 31, 2015
Opening Reception: May 2, 7-9 pm

Yun-Woo Choi, From the Beginning, 2011

From the Beginning, 2011, Magazines, spray paint, resin, stainless wire

Yun-Woo Choi presents “Endless, Seamless,” an installation for Open Source Gallery.

Given the ubiquity of printed matter in daily life, it is no wonder that people often become more concerned with the representation of a thing than the thing itself. In pop culture, print and images in the pages of magazines and newspapers illustrate our world through depictions of cars, celebrities, and lifestyles. In religion, many believe that the Holy Bible, Koran, and Buddhist scripts exist as sacred objects. Yet, constructed out of symbolic language, all of these texts and images only function as a kind of map, a tangible object that points to an existence outside of our four-dimensional perception. According to philosopher William James, there are two ways of knowing things: immediately and intuitively or conceptually and representatively. By folding, tearing, and combining, Yun-Woo Choi obfuscates the meanings constructed in two-dimensional printed material in an attempt to deliver intuitive feelings to the viewer.

Philosopher Ken Wilber posits that thought and text represent a process of compressing three-dimensional reality into a two-dimensional illusion of the real world. Objectivity becomes an impossibility if one’s own thoughts always translate the world into subjective representation. In theoretical physics, scientists discuss theories involving eleven space-time dimensions that cannot be perceived, yet exist all around us. Within these dimensions, there would exist a multitude of ways to perceive and exist in the world. Choi takes these theories into consideration to speculate about the possibility for one to exist in multiple realities where invisible and untouchable subjective concepts such as emotions may manifest physically, supported by different laws of physics.

“Endless, Seamless” presents an intensely physical, yet fragmented and ethereal experience that allows for dualities to coalesce. Choi explores the relationship between the banal and profound, allowing seemingly opposite concepts to fragment and become intertwined as he constructs a subjective and ever-changing experience for the viewer. Encountering the philosophical and theoretical simultaneously within his elegant sculptures, one can begin to comprehend the numerous hidden and overlapping dimensions in reality.

Yun-Woo Choi is a Brooklyn-based artist who was born in Seoul, Korea. He received a BFA and MFA in sculpture from Hong-Ik University, and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Choi was a recipient of the Jung-Ang Fine Art Prize in 2007 and participated in the Anderson Ranch Art Center residency program in Aspen in 2010. He recently won the award of Year in Review in the Sculpture and Installation category from See Me in 2014. His works have been featured in the Chungju International Craft Biennial, Busan International Biennial, as well as several group shows in Seoul, Los Angeles, and New York.

Jasmine Murrell: Some Impossibility Without A Name

Some Impossibility Without A Name | Press Release | Installation View

April 4 – April 26, 2015
Opening Reception: April 4, 7-9 pm

Jasmine Murrell presents “Some Impossibility Without A Name,” an installation for Open Source Gallery.

How can we begin again at the end? Where is the beginning of nothingness? Where is the end of our illusions dressed as mass media and 24-hour TV? How bad did it hurt before — or are we just moving in waves? “Some Impossibility Without A Name” is inspired by the undercurrent that holds us all, the substance older than thought, the elements we are made of and will eventually return to.

Murrell manipulates and transforms iconic materials to create alternate forms, constructing new objects, spaces, and realities that reflect our phenomenal way of life. She reframes historic associations that we may have with materials and objects to revisit the past while re-inventing the present. Murrell’s work reminds us of the events and history behind us, as well as the unknowable future that lies ahead. Humanity is constantly shifting and transforming – creating, remembering, forgetting. While it is easily obscured by the commotion of our daily lives, we are all a part of a much larger narrative than what we can see, connected throughout space and time. “Some Impossibility Without a Name” discovers the indefinable, yet palpable, ways in which trauma manifests and dissolves itself in our memories and histories.

Jasmine Murrell is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist. She received her BFA from the Parsons School of Design and her MFA from Hunter College. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally over the past decade in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Bronx Museum of the Arts, African-American Museum of Art, Art Basel, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Jasmine’s work has also been published in the New York Times, Amsterdam News, NY1 News, and the Detroit News. She is also a member of the artist collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, which will be exhibiting at the Rotterdam Museum this spring.

Tirtzah Bassel: I Want To Hold You Close

I Want To Hold You Close | Press Release | Installation View

March 7 – March 30, 2015
Opening Reception: March 7, 7-9pm


Tirtzah Bassel presents “I Want to Hold You Close,” an installation for Open Source Gallery.

In a culture where we are increasingly watching and being watched, Bassel is interested in how we perform. Using the rapt audience of a TED Talk as subject, “I Want to Hold You Close” is an immersive installation centered on a large-scale oil painting of a crowd, effectively placing the viewer on stage. As the viewer confronts the specificity and humanity of each individual’s existence within the audience, unique identities begin to stand out against the crowd.

Bassel explores the tension between anonymity and individuality, highlighting the desire for closeness and recognition that often drives our performances in real and virtual encounters. Inspired by work such as Marlene Dumas’ “Chlorosis” and the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an, China, Bassel uses the traditional genre of portraiture in conjunction with the obscurity of a crowd to allow a sense of intimacy to unfold, even within the monumental scale of her painting. Her expressive brush strokes and vivid colors bring attention to subtle details of expression and body language. The all-encompassing installation is an invitation to slow down and spend a contemplative moment in the space.

Tirtzah Bassel is an Israeli artist based in New York. Her drawings, paintings, and site-responsive duct tape installations explore the permeable borders separating public and private domains, specifically in airport security zones, border crossings, and public transportation. Tirtzah has exhibited her work nationally and internationally with recent installations created on site in Harlem, New York, and El Paso, Texas. Tirtzah studied drawing and painting at the Jerusalem Studio School in Israel and she earned her MFA from Boston University. She is assistant director of the Brandeis Institute of Music and Art and is the recipient of the 2011-2012 LABA Artist Fellowship. Her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, Arts in Bushwick, The Forward, and The Boston Globe. Tirtzah is represented by Slag Gallery in New York and is a studio artist in the Chashama Workspace Program in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

B. David Walsh: Extracted Bedroom Project

Extracted Bedroom Project | Press Release | Installation View | Livestream | In the Brooklyn Paper | On | On Time Out New York

February 7-March 1, 2015
Opening Reception: February 7, 7-9pm

Extracted Bedroom Dark B&W

B. David Walsh presents “Extracted Bedroom Project,” an installation and performance for Open Source.

Today, we are inundated with others’ lives – we see their accomplishments and struggles on social media and watch events from across the globe on the news. Internet-based exhibitionism has become a part of our daily routines, from the most exciting moments to the most mundane. Documentation of these events is not just a product of how we live our lives, but also helps to create and alter our behavior, often making it into a performance for an online audience. In “Extracted Bedroom Project,” B. David Walsh is displaced so that we can examine his lifestyle, habits, and day-to-day activities both online and in person.

In Walsh’s bedroom, his personal and creative life intermingle, his paintings hang on the walls next to the items he uses every day and the bed where he sleeps. In “Extracted Bedroom Project,” Walsh will re-create his bedroom at Open Source, installing walls, windows, and doorways, as well as relocate all of his belongings to his new room within the gallery walls. His own personal gallery from his bedroom will be recreated at Open Source with his artwork displayed alongside his more private, personal belongings.

Walsh describes the project as “an exhibit within an exhibit within a performance-piece.” The exhibit explores how disruptions of comfort and privacy can effect one’s daily life. While all of his possessions reside in the gallery, Walsh will continue to live in his own bedroom. Walsh’s time spent living in his empty room will be broadcast online, so that the viewer will not only be able to examine the artist’s bedroom, but will have 24/7 access to his life through a computer screen. Left without any items of comfort, Walsh’s daily routine will be disrupted and his comfort replaced with constant reminder that his every action has become a performance for an audience.

B. David Walsh is a Brooklyn-based artist who was born in Clinton, Massachusetts. He has exhibited in New York at the Greenpoint Gallery (Brooklyn) and the Limner Gallery (Hudson). This is his first solo exhibit.

Lena Lapschina: Yes/No

Yes/No | Press Release | Installation View | Resume | On

January 10 – February 4, 2015
Opening Reception: January 10, 7-9pm


Lena Lapschina presents “Yes/No,” an installation for Open Source Gallery.

In Lapschina’s work, communication is key. Lapschina is well-known for her systematic and methodical investigation into social issues through the exploration of malfunctions and opposing factors. She explores not only the outcomes of choices, but what opportunities are being missed by having to choose. “Yes/No” is a spatial installation of two light objects produced from sixteen standard fluorescent tubes. Illuminated against a stark background, two choices are clear with little in between but a limbo: “Yes” and “No.”

Visitors are welcomed into a space where they may move freely between dualities without reaching a decision. However, while the viewer is free to choose, one may not have the choices of “Yes” and “No” simultaneously. On one side there is the affirmative of “Yes,” but by simply turning around, it now becomes “No.” In “Yes/No,” opposing ideas do not clash, but still remain on opposite sides of the coin.

Lena Lapschina (Austrian, born Russian) graduated from State Stroganow University of Fine and Applied Arts in Moscow. She lives and works in Vienna and Lower Austria. She won the Austrian State Grant for Video and Media Art in 2011.

Soup Kitchen 2014

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The 7th Annual Open Source Soup Kitchen will commence this December 1st at Open Source Gallery.

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We are seeking artists, cooks, friends, and neighbors to join us for a month of cooking, eating, sharing, and celebrating. For as many nights of the month as we have volunteers, we will provide the cookware and utensils and the volunteer chef will be responsible for the “one-pot meal” of the night. We welcome all kinds of unique dishes from any ethnic tradition. Volunteers should cook a meal for approximately 15-20 people, which will be served between 7:00 and 9:00pm. Usually dishes are a “one-pot meal,” a soup or stew.

Those who are interested should sign up to reserve a night or to receive more information.

The cook of the night is also responsible for providing an artistic element to incorporate into the evening. In the past, participants have displayed photographs on the walls, transformed the space into a winter-wonderland, read monologues, or played music. Those who attend the soup kitchen vary from neighbors to artists to others who are down on their luck or simply hungry. Not a traditional soup kitchen, this event focuses on conversation, community, and art.

Sometimes the conversation flows easily, and sometimes not, but the food is nearly always tasty (it’s New York, after all – we have standards!). So join us for good food, good art, and good conversation and bring all your friends and neighbors!

See full calendar here

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Savas Boyraz: Back Drop

Back Drop | Press Release October 3 – November 1, 2015 Opening Reception: October 3, 7-9 pm Savas Boyraz presents Back Drop, a video installation for Open Source Gallery. In Back Drop, Kurdish artist Savas Boyraz explores the stories of individual Kurdish guerilla fighters using portraiture. Having seen people in his life join the fight, […]


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Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu: Venus von Hamburg
Soap Box Derby 2015
Sara Morawetz: How the Stars Stand
Whitney Lynn: Rummage
Yun-Woo Choi: Endless, Seamless
Jasmine Murrell: Some Impossibility Without A Name
Tirtzah Bassel: I Want To Hold You Close
B. David Walsh: Extracted Bedroom Project
Lena Lapschina: Yes/No
Soup Kitchen 2014
Sofia Szamosi: Eat Me
Corina Reynolds: Northwestern Expansion
Emanuele Cacciatore: A Conversation with Consequence
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 – part 2
Peter Feigenbaum