The Vanderbilt Republic and The People Movers present The Middle Passage, a performance art narrative in site-specific camera obscura at Open Source Gallery.
January 21-22: Public preview (Reserve your seat)
January 28: Elsa Waithe (Tickets)
February 4-5: Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance x Jayson Smith (Tickets)
February 11-12: Same as Sister (S.A.S.) (Tickets)
February 18-19: Dances for Solidarity x Chee Malabar (Tickets)
The Middle Passage is a performance art series curated by George Del Barrio and Kate Ladenheim using a focused camera obscura with multiple projections of the world outside the gallery to create surface-mapped stages upside-down and backwards on the gallery walls. For this project, the residential block outside of Open Source has been offered to local artists as a laboratory for a reinterpretation of the space and the landscape. The project aims to transform our shared spaces into a spectacle that allows the physics of the universe to bend in support of the artists.
During our day to day, we operate with a set of assumptions about property, space, race and gender; inside of the obscura, these rules are turned on their head. Artists of color will present new work within an illuminated blackout that requires patience and observation for the viewer to fully discover. Within the blacked-out gallery, the artists will fill the space with their light, bringing site-specific to a darkened space as a subtle act of activism. Every day the theater will fade as the light dies, offering a metaphor for resilience. One act outside can be two inside; the artists in The Middle Passage will bring hope and light to dark spaces.
The Vanderbilt Republic (VR) is a creative agency based in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The agency was formed to catalyze the impact of creative expression in all modes. VR sees artists as leaders, activists and agents for positive change. Through their work with the creative diaspora, VR offers boutique solutions in: creative production, design, direction, artist representation and landscape projection design. George Del Barrio is VR’s founder and creative director.
The People Movers is a dance and production collaborative under the direction of Kate Ladenheim. It is the mission of The People Movers to create complex works that reveal the inherently performative qualities of our world through thoughtful and technical movement, and to support the arts community as a whole by organizing relevant and engaging productions. In short, The People Movers make performances, and make performances happen.
December 1-31, 2016
Each year the Open Source Soup Kitchen brings together artists, cooks, friends, and neighbors 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 our volunteer chef of the evening will be responsible to a “one-pot meal” (usually a soup or stew) that can feed approximately 15-20 people. All meals are served between 7:00-9:00pm. We welcome all kinds of unique dishes from any ethnic tradition! The cook of the night is also responsible for incorporating an artistic element into the evening–it can be a one-night exhibit, musical performance, short play, or decoration of the gallery!
Attendees of the Soup Kitchen are neighbors, artists, people who are down on their luck, or some who are simply hungry. Sometimes the conversation flows easily, sometimes not, but the food is nearly always tasty (it’s New York, after all–we have standards!) Join us for good food, good art, and good conversation–and bring your friends, family, and neighbors!
This is a free event. If you would like to be a guest, stop by Open Source any night in December between 7:00pm and 9:00pm!
Since 2008, Open Source has been dedicated to exploring the social change that can be enacted through communities formed around art. In 2016, we aim to further our mission by exhibiting artist collectives and artist-run spaces to engage the neighborhood in discussions about culture, collaboration, and social issues.
Inspired by texts such as Elias Canneti’s Crowds and Power and the Guerrilla Girls’ Guide to Behaving Badly (Which You Have to do Most of the Time in the World as We Know It), we realize that art is not only important within communities, but community is also critical to art-making. Together, groups of people can accomplish amazing things and generate much needed change. Over the past few years, we have seen how groups like #BlackLivesMatter and Occupy Wall Street can bring individuals together to raise awareness and push for change. Though it is not always easy, these actions are powerful and push society forward, calling out injustices and keeping the authorities accountable to the people. This year, we will exhibit collectives from across the globe to start a conversation in Brooklyn about how art can not only generate communities, but how it can also be a catalyst for social and political change.
This year will host exhibits from: /rive (Brooklyn, NY), Prosjektrom Normanns (Norway), Videokaffe (International), Healing Arts Initiative (Queens, NY), Rawiya (Middle East), guerilla-art.mx (Mexico), SiTE:LAB (Grand Rapids, MI), Boa Mistura (Spain), Dimensions Variable (Miami, FL), i Collective (International), Another Space (Denmark)
November 3-December 1, 2016
Opening reception: November 3, 7-9pm
PERFORMANCE by Melodie Mousset AND ARTIST TALK with Owen Armour: November 22nd, 7pm
Exhibiting artists include: Melodie Mousset, Anna Daniell, Owen Armour
Another Space presents Permanent Construction, an exhibition at Open Source Gallery curated in collaboration with Victoria Bugge Øye.
After encountering a community of people on the Mediterranean coast who were living in scaffolded structures to avoid housing taxes, the French artist Pierre Huyghe began to develop his own concept for an “unfinished” architecture. It was not only the aesthetics of the half-done houses that had appealed to him, but the form of sociality he believed they prompted: “there is not a fixed moment of completion, you live in a work in progress, life unfolds in a transitory state, permanently under construction.”
The notion of open-ended art and architecture has been linked to ideas of self-realization since at least the 1960s as process-centered aesthetics have repeatedly been posed as a more ethical and social approach to form. However, a work that is always open for intervention is also a work that is never done. Today “work” itself has become ubiquitous and fluid through new forms of labor and incessant demands to work on the self.
In a world where precarity reigns and nothing seems exempt from further development, Permanent Construction looks at the complicity of architectural, aesthetic, social, and artistic modes of being under permanent construction.
Melodie Mousset uses medical imagery techniques to scan, visualize and reproduce the insides of her body. She has travelled the world with her organs, presenting them in different social, political and metaphysical contexts looking for a way to rebuild herself and re-inhabit the disembodied shell of her body. In Permanent Construction we are presented with traces from Mousset’s travels, including organ wax casts, knitted vessels, synthetic skin, and footage.
Owen Armour’s intervention for Permanent Construction includes the construction of a second false floor. It is a site for several actions: the first is by a body as it hits wet concrete; the second is by audience members as they begin to walk on it. Merging the processes of construction and destruction, the gradual disintegration of the concrete underfoot also becomes an opportunity for new things to come into view.
Compiled by a set of unique pieces, Anna Daniell’s sculpture plays a game of perception with the viewer. Before the opening, some of its parts will be transferred to Ray Gallery for Daniell’s separate solo show. At Open Source, a local author is invited to have a private “meeting” with the sculpture and write a fictional text based on the encounter. Spinning an elaborate net of entry points, Daniell invites us to add our own narratives as we meet her sculptures.
Another Space is a non-profit nomadic project space for art and architecture based in Copenhagen and Oslo. It is run by curator Marte Danielsen Jølbo and architect Nicola Louise Markhus. Through independent projects and collaborations AS wish to instigate immersions and critical approaches to the cross-disciplinary field and its potentials through presenting and discussing current tendencies within art, architecture and society.
Co-curator Victoria Bugge Øye is a PhD candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University.
The exhibition is kindly supported by Jaffe Family Foundation, Danish Arts Foundation, Norwegian Consulate General New York, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Warsteiner and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
October 1- 22, 2016
Opening Reception: October 1, 7-9pm
Hypnotic Tours: October 1 (6pm), October 9 (11am), October 15 (6pm), October 22 (6pm)
Please arrive on time for the tours. Visitors will not be able to join after the tour has begun.
i Collective presents Once Upon Unfolding Times, a hypnotic tour through a fictional city at Open Source Gallery.
In 1851, French physicist Leon Foucault presented the Foucault´s pendulum at the Paris Observatory, a simple experiment to demonstrate and visualize the rotation of the Earth. In order to make the slow change visible, Foucault spread sand on the floor. The tip of the pendulum traced out its current path on the sand. As time passes, an observer would have the impression that the pendulum changes the direction of its swing, while in fact it is the Earth below the pendulum’s plane that rotates. Foucault pendulum is an artifice based on the supposition that, while the world around us is rotating, a single point in the universe–the one from which the pendulum is hanging–is still. As in Foucault’s experiment, societies create a fiction called reality that seems to be immovable.
The steady writing on the sand produced by time is the starting point for a hypnotic tour through a fictional city, in which the individual and the collective merge in order to imagine the possible, enjoy the unpredictable, and write history. With the help of a hypnotist, on weekends throughout Once Upon Unfolding Times i Collective will invite visitors to submerge into parallel universes and take pleasure in envision a city that is constantly being re-shaped by the forces of each community member. Casualties, causalities, futures and pasts compound a history that is not based on the fear of the Other but on the joy of sharing with the others.
Once Upon Unfolding Times has being conceived by Valeria Schwarz and is produced by i Collective. i Collective is an organic, collaborative platform of artists, curators and scientists working in the intersection of art, urban interventions and socially-engaged projects. The group explores the concepts of public realm and communities, experimenting with new models of participation, self-management, creative uses of new technologies and cross-disciplinary methodology. i Collective operates around the world and has main offices in Europe and Latin America. They have realized projects at Manifesta 8 Biennial (Spain), Manifesta 9 (Belgium), 48-Hours Neukölln Festival (Germany), OpenArt Örebro (Sweden), Buenos Aires Museums Night (Argentina), Schmiede (Austria), School of Intermedia Art, and Hangzhou (China) among others.
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 1, 7-9pm
Artists in the exhibition include: Naomi Fisher (BFI); Kristen Thiele, Robert Thiele, Francesco Casale (Bridge Red Studios); Frances Trombly, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova (Dimensions Variable); Francie Bishop Good, Michelle Weinberg, Sarah Michelle Rupert (Girls’ Club); Domingo Castillo, Loriel Beltran (Noguchi Breton)
The gallery will be closed Labor Day weekend. Gallery hours will resume September 7th.
Dimensions Variable presents Multidisciplinary, a collaborative exhibition at Open Source Gallery.
There’s sometimes a misconception that artists should only have a studio practice and should follow a traditional path often specified by the art establishment. However, artists who engage in activities beyond the studio reflect the true tradition of artistic practice documented throughout art history. Artists have always been writers, critics, curators, organizers and initiators of change outside the studio. From founding historically important cultural spaces and curating exhibitions that changed the course of art history, artists have always been at the helm.
Multidisciplinary was conceived as a response to the Open Source 2016 program which invited international artist-run projects to curate its entire season. With this concept in mind, Dimensions Variable amplified the idea and invited a select group of artist-run spaces in South Florida. The idea is not to invite them to curate special projects, but rather to include the work of the artists who run these projects as a way to honor their work and what they bring to the community. The diverse works in the exhibition reflect the practices and interests of all these “multidisciplinary” artists. They engage the community within and beyond their studio practice contributing vital programming to the contemporary art landscape in South Florida.
Dimensions Variable (DV) is an exhibition space committed to the presentation and support of contemporary art. Through a collaborative exchange with artists and institutions, DV develops an exhibition program that engages the community and promotes new and experimental ideas. DV was founded in 2009 by artists Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, who currently serve as directors.
Bas Fisher Invitational (BFI) is an artist-run space dedicated to creativity, experimentation, and discourse in contemporary art. BFI aims to create a bridge between Miami and the International art world by curating a program that alternates between the local and the global. Naomi Fisher’s (director) work spans painting, drawing performance, photography, video and site-specific installation.
Bridge Red Studios is an artists’ complex in North Miami. Bridge Red is run by sculptor and painter Robert Thiele, his daughter, painter Kristen Thiele, and his son-in-law, photographer and graphic designer Francesco Casale. Kristen Thiele, Robert Thiele and Francesco Casale, the co-directors of Bridge Red Studios.
Girls’ Club is a non-profit private foundation and alternative exhibition space that educates and nurtures the careers of contemporary female artists and act as a resource for artist, curators, writers, students, scholars and the community. Michelle Weinberg (creative director), Francie Bishop Good (founder) and Sarah Michelle Rupert (gallery director) are visual artists.
Noguchi Breton was founded in 2013 and located in the Little Haiti district of Miami. Noguchi Breton presents creative content that reflects and critiques the regional and vernacular culture of South Florida. Loriel Beltran and Domingo Castillo are co-directors and co-founders of Noguchi Breton.
August 27, 2016
Join us for the 9th Annual South Slope 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 South Slope Derby has been a staple of the neighborhood. Each year the Soap Box Workshop encourages 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 South Slope Derby, participants get to race their soap boxes for real as friends, families, and neighbors cheer them on as they race down the street.
Judges this year will include: Claudia Joseph (Director of Environmental Education, Old Stone House), Yoni Kallai (Board of Directors, play:ground), Peter Reich (Board of Directors, Recycle-A-Bicycle)
Mural unveiling: June 23, 6-8pm at Open Source Gallery
Exhibit on view: August 10-27, 2016
Exhibit opening reception: August 13, 7-9pm
This exhibit will be open by appointment. To view please contact: email@example.com
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Boa Mistura presents Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way, an exhibit at Open Source Gallery in conjunction with a series of murals throughout South Slope, Brooklyn.
This past June Spanish art collective Boa Mistura created four murals in South Slope, Brooklyn with the help of a diverse group of volunteers from across NYC. Boa Mistura, well-known for creating projects worldwide that build and transform communities, brought their talents to Brooklyn for the first time to beautify and unite our neighborhood. The enthusiasm of the young artists and the commitment of the volunteers made Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way an incredible celebration of collaboration and community that will to continue to spread love.
Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way depicts lyrics and quotes by Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G., an artist born and raised in Brooklyn. Hip hop in engrained in the history of Brooklyn and this project aims to serve as a connection to the history of the borough and prompt a conversation about the role of residents and neighbors in preserving it and moving their communities forward. Through cooperation with residents of Brooklyn, Boa Mistura generated conversation about what the borough means to its residents and its visitors, providing a catalyst for the neighborhood to explore their identity and celebrate the aesthetic value of neglected aspects of the neighborhood.
At the gallery, Boa Mistura exhibits silkscreen prints alongside video of the mural project. The video, created by Mark and Jack Chandler, documents the process of making the mural, including interviews with the artists. Within this exhibit, the community is invited to continue the conversation that Boa Mistura began with their murals.
Boa Mistura is a multidisciplinary team with roots in graffiti art–the term “Boa Mistura” comes from the Portuguese “good mixture,” referring to the diversity of careers and perspectives of each member. Founded in Madrid, Spain in 2001, the group develops their work mainly in the public space. Their murals adorn walls in South Africa, USA, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Georgia, Algeria, Norway, Serbia and Panama. Boa Mistura has received awards from GRAFFICA and ARTAQ. They have worked with the Spanish Cultural Center, Cervantes Institute, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Foundation, Amnistia Internacional, Telefonica Foundation, and the Orange Foundation as well as with city halls in Paris, Madrid and Bogota. Boa Mistura has exhibited at the Bienal de la Haban (Cuba), Triennale Milano (Italy), Harvard University Graduate School of Design (USA), Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Alcobendas (Spain), Bienal del Sur en Panamá (Panama), and Galeria Verdeau (France).
July 9-30, 2016
Opening Reception: July 9, 7-9pm
SiTE:LAB presents Nothing is Destroyed, a site-specific project for Open Source Gallery.
Nothing is Destroyed is part of a larger conversation that began in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This exhibit contains objects extracted from and related to previous projects surrounding the church that trace the trajectory of interventions at and with the desanctified Rumsey Street Church. Nothing is Destroyed includes architectural artifacts and work by Paul Amenta, Lora Robertson and Nick Kline. The title of the exhibition, taken from Lorenzo Fusi’s essay on the work of Gordon Matta-Clark nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed, references Matta-Clark’s idea of “anarchitecture,” which described his interest in voids, gaps and leftover spaces related to architecture. Nothing is Destroyed focuses on these concepts, creating, like Matta-Clark, an expanded vision of space and its representation over time. Each recontextualization of the Rumsey Street Church adds a new history, creating new collaborations and connections which contribute to the project through both additions and subtractions.
Nothing is Destroyed is a kind of love letter to a space and its reincarnations. The Rumsey Street Church originally functioned as a Catholic church, but was abandoned by its congregation when they outgrew the structure. In July 2015, pieces of the church were brought to Upstate New York by Paul Amenta, who reconstructed the pipe organ into a motorized venting system at CR10. In August 2015, Nick Kline, Lynn Cazabon and Monika Wuhrer transformed the church where it stood in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During ArtPrize, the church received stripes and hosted performances by local artists, musicians, poets, writers and residents. In June 2016, the steeple of the church traveled to New York to be presented at 92Y by the Satellite Collective and SiTE:LAB. In the last stop on the tour, the artifacts are presented during Nothing is Destroyed before returning to the Grand Rapids to be reconstructed for ArtPrize 2016. The facade of the building will be rehabilitated to its original appearance, landscaped with trees and welcomed back with a film by Lora Robertson of the Satellite Collective.
SiTE:LAB is a nomadic all-volunteer arts organization that has organized dozens of temporary site-specific art projects, usually in underutilized downtown buildings in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previous projects have used locations as diverse as an abandoned natural history museum, a nature preserve, vacant commercial buildings, and most recently, a once-grand downtown hotel. The Rumsey Street Project was created in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County in 2015. The property consists of nearly three acres of unoccupied structures, including a body shop, vacant lots, residencies and the former Catholic church whose steeple is included in Nothing is Destroyed. The Rumsey Street Project is functioning as an art center until Habitat begins its redevelopment of the property in 2017. In this space, SiTE:LAB focuses on presenting large-scale, site-specific work by both local and international artists.
June 11-July 1, 2016
Opening reception: June 11, 7-9pm
Mural unveiling: June 10, 12pm (MS136, Brooklyn)
guerilla-art.mx presents Transgression, a collborative project with Open Source Gallery, NURTUREart and MS136.
What do we talk about when we talk about immigration? Or displacement? Migration? Refugees? Right now all over the world, people are fleeing their homes from violence or poverty, and too often both. Outrage at immigrants from Mexico is seen across the U.S. In 2015, over 3500 migrants and refugees lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean sea to get to Europe–and many survivors were turned away at the borders. These crises are not limited to two instances; they are global. Through Transgression, conversation about displacement, injustice and inequity is brought to the fore, encouraging a narrative created not by the news outlets and pundits, but by individuals.
Inspired by the economic and political situations in marginalized communities across the globe, art collective guerilla-art.mx, organized by Yescka and Jonathan Rutsch, gives voice to those who are often overlooked, showcasing work resulting from–and with the potential to spark–social movements. Yescka’s work focuses on the power of art as a weapon of change. And through political actions, such as Yescka and Rutsch’s current work with Syrian refugees in Europe, the group emphasizes the importance of social engagement in art. guerilla-art.mx aims to raise awareness and emphasize the importance of critical thinking in examinations of society and politics. Using street art and more historic forms of craft, such as woodcuts, Yescka presents work at Open Source that aims to combine the traditional with the contemporary, generating art that gives voice to marginalized communities and promotes critical thinking and understanding about contemporary issues and global struggles. For example, in La última cena mexicana, Yescka repurposes the last supper to depict an abuse of power by the elite. Benito Juárez, a drug boss, sits in Jesus’s place, while others gather around him begging for recognition. Their thirst for power makes them devour their values, such as freedom and justice.
In conjunction with the exhibit at Open Source, artists Yescka, Kate Deciccio and Max Albee, as well as non-profit organization NURTUREart, are collaborating with Open Source and students from MS 136 in Sunset Park to produce a mural at the school titled The Confidence to Persevere. This project presents a combination of the experience of the students and an exploration of their heritage with the guiding hand of artists, who can help them learn how to follow through from idea to mural and effectively use materials to create powerful imagery.
guerilla-art.mx is a German-Mexican street art collective consisting of street artists and filmmakers. The collective was founded by Mexico-based artist Yescka in 2011. Born from the wish to spread intercultural art the collective has organized projects, trips, exhibitions, and has contributed to numerous street art festivals in Mexico, Germany, USA, Switzerland, Sweden, and Spain.
It could have been | Press release | Artist talk February 25-April 8, 2017 Opening reception: February 25, 7-9pm Artist talk: February 27, 7-9pm “But at the risk of sounding anti-human–some of my best friends are human!–I will say that it is not, in the end, what’s most worth attending to. Right now, in the […]
The Middle Passage
Soup Kitchen 2016
Another Space: Permanent Construction
i Collective: Once Upon Unfolding Times
Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary
South Slope Derby 2016
Boa Mistura: Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way
SiTE:LAB: Nothing Is Destroyed
Rawiya: In Her Absence I Created Her Image
HAI: Sole Exchange
Videokaffe: Para-sites & Proto-types
Prosjektrom Normanns: Transcendental Tactility
Soup Kitchen 2015
Mira Gaberova: Statue of Everything
Savas Boyraz: Back Drop
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
Box Car 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