Mark Stilwell: The Super Defense Force vs The Tittanno Beast (The Power of the Constructonauts)

The Super Defense Force vs The Tittanno Beast | Images | Press Release

June 7th – June 28th, 2014
Opening Reception: June 7th, 7-9pm

Act #4: Super Defence Force vs The Tittanno Beasts (The Power of the Constructonauts), July 7th, 2014

Mark Stilwell presents “The Super Defense Force vs The Tittanno Beast (The Power of the Constructonauts),” an installation and performance at Open Source Gallery.

“The Super Defense Force vs The Tittanno Beast” is a series created in installments by Stilwell along with a group of like-minded artists and musicians. Co-written by father-son duo, Charlie and Scott Adkins, the series follows the Constructonauts, super-powered robotic builders of the utopian cities of the future. In the latest installment, “The Power of the Constructonauts,” problems erupt when the Constructonauts build their latest city on ancient ground, spawning a powerful and deadly strain of Tittanno Beast called the Kreonoids. The series takes inspiration from childhood nostalgia and the fantasies through which children examine the real world. “The Super Defense Force vs The Tittanno Beast” shows the influence of Japanese animation, giant monster movies, and comic books. Through storytelling, fantasy, and performance, Stilwell addresses social issues related to class inequalities, aggression, and anxiety.

Stilwell creates installations of painted cardboard that serve as environments for performance and video. Monsters and robots created out of cardboard and recycled materials, live experimental music, and shadow puppetry are used by Stilwell’s collaborators to weave stories within the miniature cities. Collaborators in “The Power of the Constructonauts” include musician Brian Olin, performance artist John Mejias, musician Yoko Stilwell, artist Ethan Crenson, and performer Chris Paisley. Children playing the parts of monsters and robots participate in the creation of the storyline and performance, interacting with the tiny cityscape and each other.

Mark Stilwell earned MFA from Pratt Institute. His solo exhibits include the “Super Defense Force at Front Room Gallery in Brooklyn and “Recess and Sugar Highs” at the Pratt Institute Gallery in Brooklyn. Stilwell has also exhibited extensively in New York at the Brooklyn Museum, The Front Room, New York Foundation for the Arts, Puck Gallery, and the Williams Art and Historical Center. In 2002, he was awarded a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.


Mark Stilwell lead a Workshop at Open Source Gallery in October 2013.

Hubert Dobler: Roundabout

Roundabout | Installation View | Press Release

May 10th – May 31st, 2014
Opening Reception: May 10th, 7-9pm


Hubert Dobler presents “Roundabout,” a multimedia installation for Open Source Gallery.

Abstraction at the intersection of technology and art, Dobler’s work uses chaos and masculine tools, such as motorcycles and chainsaws, recording the marks these machines use when allowed to exist outside their traditional use. By taking apart and rearranging objects out of context, Dobler examines the emotional and visceral ties that the viewer may experience when machines operate with unrestrained abandon. Roaring, bucking and crashing, Dobler’s machines highlight the power and energy trapped inside everyday technology. He exposes the raw power and free spirit inherent in engines and motors.

“Roundabout” is an exploration of kinetic objects. Dobler pairs video projection with burned rubber paintings to create a depiction of raw and driverless machine life. In the video, two motorcycles tied together circle each other endlessly. Madly spinning, the throttles are wide open and the bikes release all of their stored energy. In front of the video, panels bearing the traces of the machines’ movement prevent the viewer from entering the gallery. The viewer’s only way to explore the wild mechanic life contained on screen is through binoculars and headphones. The doors have been removed from the gallery space, giving viewers 24/7 access to a mechanic show. Like a caged animal, the bikes are on display, performing their trick on repeat.

Hubert Dobler was born in Austria and earned his MFA in 1995 from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, as well as a degree in civil engineering. Dobler has exhibited widely throughout the US, Italy, Netherlands, and Austria. He has recently exhibited at Sculpture Center in Queens, Front Room Gallery in Brooklyn, Palais Liechtenstein in Austria, and Fundacion Bilbao Arte in Spain.

Arne Schreiber: Your Stripes

My Stripes | Images | cv | press release

April 23rd – May 5th, 2014
Opening Reception: April 23rd, 7-9pm

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Installation view

For “Your Stripes,” Schreiber’s floor drawing uses both the private, indoor space, as well as the public, outdoor space of the gallery as a reference upon which to develop work. Using a predetermined process devised specifically for Open Source, Schreiber paints hand-drawn lines, which extend out from the gallery walls and onto the sidewalk. The drawing operates as a transitional zone between different types of spaces, areas and their edges. His standardized practice of repeating lines allows images to emerge from the imperfections inherent in the materials.

Following the architectural conditions of the space, Schreiber’s drawing is divided into two fields of lines determined by the width of the doors, as well as distance between the sidewalk and the gallery. Lines are taped on the floor by hand and sprayed with white paint–the same material that is normally used to mark lines on the street. By creating lines with this paint, Schreiber allows the same random interplay of materials that creates his work to determine the lifespan of his lines; he uses a paint that defines areas, fades and disappears over time. The physical act of a repeating movement from line to line allows Schreiber to immerse himself in the drawing.

Schreiber’s experiments using specified activities within defined areas make use of the incalculable factors and individual imperfections in everyday materials. Through repetition, his lines create a work that is contingent upon the various factors of its environment. Clean and deliberate lines render visible, through the process of creation, the imperfect conditions and unforeseen factors in the act of painting. For the first time using the floor as a surface on which to draw his lines, Schreiber guides our view to the space on which we normally stand and occupy with our own bodies. By deliberately exposing each the variations within materials and space, “Your Stripes” provokes questions about factors in the creation of a work of art: What conditions affect the interplay of materials? How do imperfections manifest themselves in work? What are the conditions for uniqueness? What is the artist’s role in production?

Arne Schreiber (b. 1974) was born in Potsdam, Germany and currently lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the New York Studio School and the Universität der Künste, Berlin. Schreiber has exhibited extensively internationally. Recent exhibits include: “nowhere — herenow” at Galerie koal, “FORM — SIGNAGE” at Sophienholm, “Seeds of Color” at Upon Paper and “Crossing Abstraction” at Kunsthaus Erfurt.

Katerina Marcelja: Fragment Series

Fragment Series | Installation View

March 8th – April 11th, 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 much like her sculptural work–creating extensions of the spatial dynamics and questioning the integrity of form. These etchings work within a malleable landscape where continuity is fragmented and reestablished on various scales. The wild lines of her etchings are truncated by the boundaries of the geometric plates of ghostly greys and deep blacks only to re-emerge in another sequence, creating a structural dialog between the individual prints. Individual narratives emerge from the incessant recombination of sequences.

Marcelja’s prints engage the limits of physical space delineated by the etching plates, the print paper and the gallery space itself. “Fragment Series” establishes a continuous discourse throughout the gallery, deconstructing the borders of each individual print to construct a new architecture within the space. Marcelja’s etchings are juxtaposed to operate as a structure in and of themselves, while each print maintains its own integrity. Overlapped and overlaid the forms emerge with sculptural sensibility She creates a new space out of her prints with a vaguely familiar, but elusive, history.

Katerina Marcelja (b. 1971) is a visual artist who specializes in sculpture and printmaking. Marcelja was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and grew up in Rome, Italy. She studied sculpture at Boston University and Performance Studies at NYU. Her performance work “Arteria” was shown at Mladinsko Theater in Ljubljana. Her recent exhibitions include “Flights of Love” at Gallery Molly Krom, “Wet Wings and Wooden Sail” at Giacobetti Paul Gallery, and “Insubstantial Evidence” at Douglass Street Music Collective Gallery.

Fuse-Works: Some Assembly Required

Some Assembly Required | Images | Bronze Casting Workshop | Press Release

February 8th -March 5th
Opening Reception: February 8th, 7-9pm

“You didn’t build that”
–Barack Obama, July 13, 2012

The curatorial initiative Fuse Works, which exhibits and promotes artists multiples, presents a new group of editions with the emphasis on artists “kits”. Requiring participation rather than simple observation, most of the works in this show must be cut, pasted, cultivated, filled in, filled out or otherwise completed by the collector. Some are useful objects in a very literal sense, while some propose use as philosophical objects – to be employed as a part of one’s cognitive tool kit. Of course kits have art historical precedence, from Duchamp’s Box in a Valise to Fluxus boxes and Flux-kits. But the impulse to create work that is used and/or completed by the viewer speaks to the aspiration of contemporary art to embody forms of communication beyond the passively visual. At the same time, the creation of artworks that come to life as they are manipulated and altered by those other-than-the-artist undermines the tendencies toward rarification and commodity entrenched in today’s art.

Some Assembly Required includes Tom Burtonwood, Celeste Fichter, Chuck Jones, Christina Kelly, Mariano Chavez, Piers Watson, Glen Einbinder, John Marriott, Peter Feigenbaum, Gary Kachadourian, Cadence Giersbach, Sara Bouchard and James Leonard.

Celeste Fichter, Ground, 2014

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A bronze casting workshop will be offered in conjunction with Some Assembly Required.

Anja Matthes: Out-Sight-In In-Sight-Out

January 11th – February 5th, 2014
Opening reception, January 11th, 7pm-9pm

Out-Sight-In In-Sight-Out | Installation Shots | Press Release

Transgender Teenager

Anja Matthes presents “Out-Sight-In In-Sight-Out,” a multi-media collaborative project for Open Source Gallery.

“Out-Sight-In In-Sight-Out” examines gender, identity and sexuality through a collaboration between documentary photographer/filmmaker Anja Matthes and June, a transgender homeless teenager. For this project, Matthes visited community centers in New York City, meeting teenagers with whom she collaborated on photographs. It was in one of these centers where she met June.

June drifts in and out of homeless shelters, struggling just to get by in New York City. She engages in survival sex in exchange for money to pay for food and daily expenses, but looks toward the future when she can save enough money for the operations that will make her comfortable in her own skin. Matthes bonded with June and the two embarked on a project that would capture June’s quest for self-identity and independence.

Gender and identity are complicated and deeply personal issues. Matthes’ collaboration with June exposes the intricacies of a story that is seldom discussed, but plagues many homeless youth. Matthes’ ability to draw out an honest voice in interviews stems from her work as a documentary filmmaker and is used to great effect in the depiction of June’s life. Matthes tells a story of one individual’s journey to find herself that encourages empathy in the viewer.

In the shelter, June is unable to put anything on her walls, but at Open Source, there is a place for her to express herself. Chaotic assemblages of compelling photographs, video, and interviews are plastered onto the walls until the gallery resembles a combination of street art and a teenager’s personal space. Tumultuous compositions weave a story, following June’s progress. Her portraits simultaneously depict the joy that comes from being young and the difficulties of a teenager who has seen an incredible amount of personal hardship. “Out-Sight-In In-Sight-Out” examines society’s preconception of sexuality and identity through a personal lens, giving the viewer a glimpse into June’s daily life.

Anja Matthes is interested in the stories of individuals in marginalized groups. She is currently working on a documentary that examines the lives of widows in India and the struggle with societal status that women who have married so young face after their much older husbands have passed.

Special thanks to Rebecca Zakheim.

Soup Kitchen 2013

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The 6th Annual Open Source Soup Kitchen will commence this December 1st at Open Source Gallery.
Check out who is cooking (vegetarian or not) or sign up for the few spots we still have available.

6th annual soup kitchen Open Source

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 here 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!

Katarina Poliacikova: Until We Remember The Same

Until We Remember The Same | Installation View | Press

November 9th – December 1st, 2013
Open reception: Saturday, November 9th, 7-9pm

Katarina Policikova
Until we remember the same: book, 730 pages, edition of 5

From May 2012 till May 2013 Katarina Poliacikova was working on a “collaborative project” with her sister. It consisted of a very simple everyday activity – taking a picture of the sun at the same minute, wherever they were, for a period of one year, when the sun completes its cycle. What led her to this is their family history – the fact that they had not grown up together and she found out about her sister’s existence only three years ago. Shortly after they met for the first time. Katarina Policikava realized that their relationship however close, was yet to be built. They don’t share a past; they have no common memories; there are no family photographs – a very strange feeling of equal being proximity and remoteness. The act of taking pictures as an everyday ritual was an attempt to get over something that cannot be retrieved from the past; a means of building their archive of “shared” moments, like catching grains of sand, being so close and so distant at the same time.

“Until We Remember The Same” eventually turned into a book. It has a form of a double book – two parts, Katarina’s and her sister’s, joined together by their backs. One’s not able to see the pictures from the same day simultaneously and as the viewer flips through the pages, they go from past to present – thus, those two parts are getting a bit closer with each day, yet they fail to meet in the middle.

A couple of pages remain blank – reminding them of the days when due to various circumstances, they forgot or were unable to take a picture.

The exhibition is curated by Ondrej Stupal.

Katarina Poliacikova has shown her work in Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Ljublana, among others, including art fairs VOLTA Basel and Armory show in New York. In 2011, she was shortlisted for the Oskar Cepan Award (a part of The YVAA awards in Central Europe and the Balkans).

Katarina Poliacikova has received the Triangle Arts Association scholarship in New York in 2012.

In November/December 2013 she will take part in Residency Unlimited program.


Miho Suzuki: Our Children Today

Our Children Today | photos | Press Release | Press

October 12th – November 6th, 2013
Opening Reception: October 12th, 7pm

Friday, October 18th at 7.30 pm
Concert by Margaret Leng Tan, the “queen of the toy piano” (The New York Times)

Saturday, October 19th, 7pm
Performance w/ Yuki Kawahisa and Kate Lee

Open Source is pleased to announce “Our Children Today,” an exhibition by Miho Suzuki on view from October 12 – November 6, 2013. Please join us for a reception with the artist on Saturday, October 12, from 7 to 9pm.

Kids at play is spontaneous theater, each child playing the starring role. They are filled with a joy and wonder that adults can no longer comprehend. Child’s play lacks the strict rules, conventions, and social pressures of the “adult” world. For most, spontaneous play is only for children. As we “mature” and create inviolable personal spaces that are only punctured by our families and closest friends, we envy the absolute freedom and abandon of the very young.

The exhibition at Open Source expands Suzuki’s body of work of children at play. She sequestered adults to recreate the playful poses she has captured when photographing the children. In recreating the scenes with adults she has sought to investigate the nature of play itself.

Miho Suzuki’s work often employs the camera’s potential to generate physical and temporal space parallel to an event and, effectively, place recollection on top of an unfolding moment in the present. Suzuki is intrigued by the concept of memory: both what is remembered and what has been forgotten.

The title of the show is taken from the book “Our Children Today,” published in 1952 by S. W. Gruenberg, which has caught Miho Suzuki’s attention. The stronger influence so has been the ongoing practice of photographing the children of her friends over the last decade. Documenting kids at play brought back memories of her own childhood in Japan. “As a child I took pictures secretly with my sister when our parents were away. We invented roles to play act for the camera. After shooting we would return the camera and keep our game a secret. This secret, of course, was revealed when our mother came back with the developed films and prints.”

We Know Not Exactly Where or How

curated by Elizabeth Spavento

We Know Not Exactly Where or How | Images | Kickstarter

August 24 – October 5, 2013
Opening hours: daily: 10am-dawn

more details see below.


Schedule of Events

Here is the updated events schedule. Please note the change in the film series: Open Source’s neighbors and gallery visitors are encouraged to suggest their favorite movies. Three will be screened, one on each night of the mini-festival. For more detailed information please visit Open Source Gallery.

Saturday, August 24th – Opening Celebration!
7:00p Exhibition opening and mural unveiling
7:30p World premiere of Olmsted in Autumn
8:30p Olmsted in Autumn

Join us in unveiling Molly Dilworth’s mural based on Prohibition trade routes and in celebrating the world premiere of Anne Phelan’s one-act play, Olmsted in Autumn, based on the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, directed by Tamara Fisch.

Tuesday, August 27th
7:30p Olmsted in Autumn
8:30p Olmsted in Autumn

Saturday, August 31st
7:00p Exact Change Project concert at Open Source

Blending hip-hop and jazz, Exact Change Project will give a live concert. This talented group traveled all the way to Argentina where they recorded their debut album, Escape Capsule.

Thursday, September 5th – Sunday, September 8th
A four-day workshop that includes sewing, nature walks, performance, and shared meals. Featuring Jan Mun and Athena Kokoronis in collaboration with Christhian Diaz, Shinohara Kensaku, Rishauna Zumberg, Zena Bibler, Suiso Ogawa, Anne Zuerner, Leila Mougoui Bakhtiari, and Megan Kendzior

Thursday, September 5th
3:00 – 8:00p Patch-Work Picnic blanket at Open Source with Athena Kokoronis and Jan Mun

Inspired by the fragile yet vital network; mycelium, performance artist, Athena Kokoronis, and Jan Mun, a Brooklyn-based social sculpture artist will lead a sewing event at Open Source Gallery. Guests are invited to create with them a large picnic quilt. Food will be served.

Saturday, September 7th
12:00p Guided walk through Prospect Park and picnic in the gallery – meet at Open Source (Bring your own sandwich)

By learning about the park’s birds, trees, plants and fungi, Kokoronis and Mun with tree steward, Leila Mougoui Bakhiari will offer an investigation of the following themes: perception, collection, and construction.

Sunday, September 8th
3:00p Performance and picnic will be presented at Open Source

Saturday, September 14th
1:00p – 3:00p Picnic with Sustainable Flatbush at Open Source

Sustainable Flatbush will prepare a communal using bike-powered blenders and solar ovens. Their organization brings neighbors together to mobilize, educate, and advocate for sustainable living in Brooklyn and beyond, advocating for communal spaces that prioritize people over cars.

Saturday, September 21st,
7:00 – 9:00p Neighborhood movie night at Open Source
(Note: Thursday, Sept 19th and Friday, Sept 20th is cancelled)

Open Source neighbors and gallery visitors are invited to leave a list of their favorite movies throughout the exhibition, providing programming for a three-day mini film series.

Saturday, October 5th – Closing Celebration
2:00 – 6:00p Plant Sale

“When an artist puts a stick in the ground and nature in time makes it a tree, art and nature are not to be seen apart in the result.” –Frederick Law Olmsted

We Know Not Exactly Where or How is a community-based art initiative inspired by Frederick Law Olmsted, the forefather of American landscape architecture, and participatory artistic practice. Its goal is to present the park as a site for serving the public and private needs of the people. Using Olmsted’s philosophy as a starting point—a strong belief in the unconscious effects of nature on the whole human—this exhibition will convert Open Source Gallery into a living public park and its exterior into an outdoor stage for all kinds of events.

The title of the exhibition is taken from Olmsted, who upon visiting the Isle of Wight during his first trip to England in 1850 remarked, “Gradually and silently the charm comes over us; we know not exactly where or how.” With that in mind, this exhibition aims to silently charm its visitors by offering a dialectical view of the landscape and, in some cases, land use. That is to say, We Know Not will encourage its audience to view the installation not as an isolated object within a gallery but as a process of ongoing relationships that exist within physical space. Parks present their users an opportunity to view themselves within a complex ecosystem. Within that framework, the nexus of relationships humans have with their environment emerges. Inviting creativity, contemplation, contradiction, and celebration We Know Not Exactly Where or How aims to explore those ineffable relationships across many disciplines.

From August 24 through October 5, 2013 the exhibition will present a full schedule of free, public events that draw upon local artistic talent, create community around common spaces, and illuminate participants’ relationship to nature. In keeping with Olmsted’s practice, the gallery, in partnership with Greenwood Heights CSA, will host public picnics throughout the exhibition. Artist Molly Dilworth will paint a mural based on rum trade routes established during prohibition in the Gowanus neighborhood on the gallery doors. Playwright Anne Phelan will premiere a brand new play based on the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted. Performance artist Athena Kokoronis and sculptor Jan Mun will co-lead a performance workshop based on mushrooms. And, the Exact Change Project will perform live, blending hip-hop and jazz in an epic concert. Between events, park visitors are invited to use both the interior and exterior installations as they would any green space: playing games or simply reading a book in the sunshine.

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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
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
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