July 31st, 7:30pm
@ Open Source Gallery
Our 5th installation will include stories from Jack Wilson, Lynne Duddy & Lawrence Howard, D Lucey, and Erika Anderson.
Minstrel Cycles is a somewhat monthly traveling artists’ salon and creative happening. Its mission is to energize exchange among artists, writers, and performers through a focus on collaboration and creative response to place.
This August at Open Source, we gather in a circus tent made of sewn-together undergarments: a structure traditionally designed for the brightly shining freaks and starlets of otherness crafted out of a secretly ubiquitous and preciously private wardrobe. For this weekend-long event, we invite our inner worlds to ooze, shimmy, trickle, pop, burst, blitz, waft into the outer world in the form of intimate and surreal creation. The central event of the weekend is a Truth-Show-Tell-Dare Artists’ Salon where we will rejoice, wallow, and wonder at the works of Maiza Hixon, Stephanie Bee, Pareesa Pourian, and Jed Shahar. Join us too for community tent-building and a mini-film fest of Surrealist masters.
Saturday, August 2nd
2 pm: Community Inside-Out Tent Building
Bring an undergarment or any object from your secret, inner world to add to the tent. We’ll provide Bloody Mary mixings. Bring your own vodka!
4 pm: Truth-Show-Tell-Dare Artists’ Salon, featuring Maiza Hixon, Stephanie Bee, Pareesa Pourian, and Jed Shahar.
Sunday, August 3rd (cancelled)
SURREALIST mini-film festival
Screenings of films by two masters of the inside-out, and lovers of the chaos and beauty inherent to the circus.
6 pm: Santa Sangre – Jodorowsky
9 pm: Satyricon – Fellini
Resistance points to….
“Action can never manifest through a predictable, deterministic series of consequences, since the subject, by acting, is placed within a complicated web of relationships which cannot be predicted before hand. In the same sense, Action is irreversible”.
On July 30, Berlin based artists Nadin Reschke and Claire Waffel will present a site-specific
performance which will combine video projection, textile installation and text.
Their work deals with transformations in their city generated by economic developments- circumstances which are similar to those of New York. Their textiles will create a layered screen, which unfolds as the text is performed. Piece by piece, a visual narrative describes generic observations of the city, moving increasingly towards a personal perspective. Rather than look at this as a general process, occurring in all major capitals, the artists will reflect on their own roles within these dynamics. What are individual responsibilities regarding these transformations and changes? Where is one able to break through these dynamics?
Part of this project will also look at the question of where resistance becomes visible in the public sphere; gestures of resistance formed on a small scale, such as alterations in public space to serve personal needs. Where do these small gestures connect with larger movements? How can they affect the everyday lives of people? Writer Mika Hannula proposes that ‘for it to be meaningful, a small gesture cannot happen in a vacuum, outside of anything and everything. It happens; it becomes something that is always an integral, important part of a particular context.’ The performance piece ‘’Resistance points to …“ finds its completion only through engagement with its specific surroundings: for two weeks the artists will work on this piece using Open Source as a studio space, inviting guests to collaborate on the process, collecting (hi)stories and sewing the different layers together.
Nadin Reschke was born in East Germany and studied Fine Arts at the University of Wales and the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden and completed the „Goldrausch“ Postgraduate Program for Women Artists in Berlin in 2008. From 2009-2011 she taught as Assistant Professor in the Master of Fine Arts Programm „Public Art and New Artistic Strategies“ at the Bauhaus-University Weimar. Her works are based on one common principle: they refer to social and political questions and use participatory strategies to involve people outside of the art context. She is exploring and critically contesting social realities through sharing experiences and creating a common space of enquiry. Her work has been exhibited extensively with recent solo presentations at Moks Gallery (Estonia, 2013), BAS (Istanbul, 2013), Kurt-Kurt (Berlin 2013) and Urbane Künste Ruhr (Gelsenkirchen, 2013).
Claire Waffel currently lives and works in Berlin. She studied at London College of Communication where her work won the Sproxton Memorial Prize. She has exhibited her work at the National Portrait Gallery in London (2004), in solo shows at East Slovakian Gallery (Košice, Slovakia 2012), Bezalel/Yaffo 23 (Jerusalem 2011) amongst others, and has been awarded several residencies in the Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Israel. Waffel employs different media like film, photography, collage and installation to create an interplay of formerly separated time patterns and structures. By doing so, she not only points to aspects such as time and memory, but also investigates the medium’s relation to time.
Early Bird tickets until June 11th: $30
Dear Supporters of Open Source Gallery,
On June 12th, 7pm, Mark Stilwell will lead a battle where you are The Super Defense Force or The Tittanno Beast (The Power of the Constructonauts) and you will battle within the installation at Open Source Gallery. Ethan Crenson has manufactured swords with special sound effects that will bring any battle to great excitement. The event is for adults only.
This event is Open Source’s spring fundraiser, so we are asking a fee of $40 or more to enter the battleground. Drinks and snacks will be served. Please come and join us to raise money for this year’s art programming.
Open Source proudly received funding this year from the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Nevertheless, without your help we cannot survive.
“The Super Defense Force vs The Tittanno Beast” is a series created in installments by Mark 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.
Thank you for your continuous support.
Monika Wuhrer, Director
Act #5: Super Defence Force vs The Tittanno Beasts (The Power of the Constructonauts), July 7th, 2014
Beginning in March 2014, poet Terence Degnan curates and hosts “How to Build a Fire: Advancing the Oral Tradition”, a storytelling series at Open Source Gallery, which takes place on the last Thursday of every month through March of 2015.
New York City has seen its share of storytelling series over the years. From The Moth, to Long Story Long, to How I Learned, and everything-in-between, New Yorkers have been upholding the “spoken tradition” since the inception of the boroughs, themselves.
In How to Build a Fire, Terence Degnan explores the course of the narrative, not only as it is heard, but also as it experiences its reiterations.
The title lends itself to two binding concepts: That language, in its primitive forms, must have been used to “pass on” the vital information of fire-starting from one generation to the next; that one story can bind an audience and possibly bolster our common threads.
Each months sees four storytellers (or stories), who will weave tales, ad hoc. Playwrights, actors, poets, bartenders, artists, doctors, social workers, psychologists, barbers, skaters, politicians, and community members from all walks of life will be asked to tell their pivotal tales. Storytellers are not asked to memorize and recite their accounts. “Truth” is not empirical to the stories themselves, as many truths bend with time, and many stories surprise their tellers. Some stories may be told by dual participants in alternating dialogue (spouses, siblings, etc.), whom lived them out; to explore how many narratives can have complex, and oftentimes hilarious, truths.
Storytellers invite their friends, kindred workmates, and families to come listen. In this manner, the oral tradition has an opportunity to advance. An audience is an intricate member of our modern-day folktales. What an audience hears, a borough can know. What a borough knows can become a thread in our braided history, if we tell it well.
Terence Degnan is a poet in Brooklyn. He sometimes edits books of poems for Sock Monkey Press. He’s published a book, and written and released a play. His voice can be heard in a few spoken word albums released in 2006 and 2008. Another book of poems by Terence, entitled “Still Something Rattles” will be released in 2014. He lives in Park Slope with his wife and daughter.
If you have a good story to tell, and would like to participate, contact the gallery for more details.
May 18th from 4-6pm
A BitBots Workshop will be offered in conjunction with Hubert Dobler’s show, “Roundabout”. Families are invited to invent their own drawing bots! Together, we will create machines using littleBits that will generate drawings and paintings independently!
Lorna Clark, Monika Wuhrer and Rebecca Zakheim will lead this workshop for participants of all ages. The 2-hour workshop will involve learning about littleBits, sketching ideas, building a drawing bot, and testing your bot’s drawing skills.
Open Source has taught BitBots workshops in multiple schools, the MoMA, The Cooper Hewitt Design Center and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. It is a STEAM initiative that invites students to innovate, prototype, iterate, design and incorporate new technology with other materials to make something that does something. We use littleBits, simple electronic modules, each with specific functions, which can be snapped together with magnets to create large and elaborate circuits for prototyping and play. Generative art refers to art that in whole or in part has been created with the use of an autonomous system.
We welcome participants of all ages.
$30 per family, materials are included. $15 per individual.
* Please note that participants may keep artworks but draw-bot materials including littleBits remain at Open Source Gallery.
* LittleBits are recommended for ages 8 and up, mainly because the magnets in the bits can be harmful if swallowed.
April 26th, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Join Fuse-Works for a book launch for Carts and Rafts by Celeste Fichter
also congratulate Matt Richards on his new book
and check out a useful new multiple by Christina Kelly and Maddalena Polletta
“A picture shows me at a glance what it takes dozens of pages of a book to expound.” – Ivan Turgenev
Join us this Saturday April 26th at Open Source Gallery for drinks, multiples and books at a party celebrating Carts and Rafts by Celeste Fichter published by Fuse Works, a new “sketchbook” by Matt Richards and a multiple by Christina Kelly and Maddalena Polletta.
Fuse Works is pleased to announce the publication of Carts and Rafts a new book by Celeste Fichter. Fichter’s new book uses found imagery culled from the internet. The resulting collection of transportation-related pairings include all manner of carts (golf, ice cream, shopping) and rafts (inflatable, log, of the Medusa). Fichter’s pictorial slapstick contains a covert object lesson. The diptych pairs created by the book’s spreads summon pre-linguistic associations, like cognitive portmanteaus, or a psycho-visual Esparanto. Witness, for example, an image pairing in which a familiar blue “Granny” cart against a white background faces a blue bikini-clad model reclining on a blue inflatable pool raft. The two images are carefully color-matched, but that simple equivalence belies a rabbit warren of potential relationships. Certainly the association of this cart with old ladies and groceries is in deliberate contrast with the youthful sexuality of the cavorting model. But what of the cart’s slender rails, do they not parallel the blue bikini worn by the model which conceals so little? And yet the cart is empty, it’s rails conceal nothing. Is this a suggestion in relation to the sexuality of the model or the geriatric associations of the cart? And what of the raft and the pool? Other pairings are less hermetic, as when a still from the film “Jaws” of a boy on a raft is paired with a white cart labeled “Ice Cream”. “Ice Cream” quickly becomes “I Scream” in proximity to “Jaws”, though the pun is easy to miss. In Fichter’s handling, it may at first seem that photographs have a similar currency as the clever “click bait” entertainment available on the internet. But the snap and spark beneath the surface is there, creating a currency far greater than the proverbial thousand words. Fichter’s Carts and Rafts will be available Saturday, Fichter will be on hand to sign and dedicate copies. Other titles by Fichter will be available including her new and equally stellar Inactivity Book.
If Lost Please Return to Matt Richards is a sketchbook full of the daily drawings of Matt Richards, who is an artist who haunts New York City as it haunts him. Images made on the subway studying his fellow strap-hangers are interspersed with more fantastical and sometimes twisted musings. If Lost… can be had in one of two ways. The standard edition of If Lost… is signed by Richards. The deluxe edition features an original drawing on the last page and is dedicated to the purchaser by Richards. Richards will be on hand to dedicate and vandalize copies of his book.
New York is quickly approaching the one year anniversary of the roll-out of Citibike. The highly branded bikes have proven quite popular and the response to their impact on city life has been overall positive. Now Christina Kelly and Maddalena Polletta have produced a multiple which allows users of the Citibikes to circumvent the brand, dispensing with the discomfort it may cause to cyclists who are also thinking people. As Kelly reminds us: “Citibank is, after all, one of the big banks that misled investors on exposure to subprime mortgages and used Federal bailout funds for bonuses.” Citibank’s logo appears five times on each of the 6000 bikes. To avoid publicizing the bank while cycling, Kelly and Polletta have produced removable City stickers that obscure the crucial part of the logo. After the ride the sticker is removed and the bike resumes its function as the advertisement that Citibank is entitled to through its sponsorship. The set includes four City stickers to cover the Citibank logo on the wheel and frame, and one Citybike sticker to cover the front basket.
A bronze casting workshop will be offered in conjunction with Some Assembly Required.
Learn bronze casting via the “Luted-crucible” method. Piers Watson will teach a workshop in the method, that differs from all other bronze casting methods, in that it can be done with natural materials; no refined materials of any kind are needed. Watson learned the technique in India and has perfected it at his studio near Toulouse.
The method is described by Katherine F. Hacker in her article “Traveling Objects: Brass Images, Artisans, and Audiences”: “…Small [clay] bowls…are filled with scrap metal, and then attached directly to the clay-coated wax forms…At the end of the firing process when the craftsman takes each object out of the fire, he quickly inverts it, allowing the molten metal to run down into the cavity created by the lost wax.”
The workshop will involve three short classes during which students will sculpt their wax models and prepare them for casting. The final class will take place outside the city (carpooling can be arranged) during which Watson will oversee the casting of the students’ pieces in a wood-fired foundry constructed expressly for this workshop. Each student will make one bronze artwork weighing 150- 300 grams (the weight of the final cast object will depend on the number of students participating in the workshop).
The workshop will take place the evenings of February 11th, 12th, 13th at Open Source Gallery from 7-9pm. The final casting will take place Saturday, February 15th in upstate New York. Contact Ethan Crenson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Limit 12 students.
Cost of the workshop is $175 and includes materials. Downpayment is $50.
The workshop is currently full. To be placed on the waiting list please email Ethan Crenson
Contact Ethan Crenson for more information.
Jan 30th, 7:30 pm
We are pleased to announce the screening of LUCKY, a documentary by Laura Checkoway.
Spanning five years on the streets of NYC, this intimate story of survival follows Lucky Torres, a homeless mother masked in tattoos who longs to rise from a life of darkness.
December 8: 6pm -10pm
Each year in December we host a fundraiser for Open Source Gallery.
This year’s fundraiser will include an art auction, which artist Miho Suzuki has initiated. All proceeds from the art auction will go to Open Source’s general fund, which allows us to provide year-round exhibitions, lectures, and events for the public.
This year’s fundraiser will be on December 8, 2013.
6pm: Doors open, bidding starts.
7pm: Dinner starts, bidding continues.
Tickets are $40.00 with dinner and drinks included.
RSVP at: email@example.com
The following artists have donated work:
images of some of the artwork
Press | Images 2112 | Images 2013 | Video Photo by Miho Suzuki Derby: September 6th on 17th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. (every car built out of found material can be part of the race!) All drivers have to arrive at 11am at 306 17th Street. The race starts at 11:30am Kids ages […]
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
Karl Spörk, Another Meeting
Leigh Davis: The Burrow (H.H.)
Evan Robarts and James Moore: the cave
Sara Bouchard: The News: Monday-Friday, Parts 1 & 2
Open Source 2011
Open Source Soup Kitchen
Jason Reppert: Parlor Tricks
Felipe Mujica: One Day This Will All Be Yours
Green Idea Pool
James Leonard – 927 Days at Sea
Soap Box Derby 2011
The Mobile-kitchen-table-cart on tour