Soap Box Derby 2015

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Saturday, August 29, 2015
Derby begins at noon


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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.

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!

Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu: TBA

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

Bors & Ritiu, "Patron of the Travellers," 2014

Bors & Ritiu, “Patron of the Travellers,” 2014

I am a man and I believe there is nothing human which is strange to me. – Terence, Heauton Timoroumenos, v. 77

Marius Ritiu and Cristian Bors, that’s you. Marius Ritiu and Cristian Bors, that’s me. Marius Ritiu and Cristian Bors, they are a fiction which became reality. Marius Ritiu and Cristian Bors, that’s the adventure of which all are dreaming, but which has become reality for them. To repeat their name is to guarantee their success and prolong their road towards glory, at least if you adhere to the sacrosanct principles of modern marketing. Marius Ritiu and Cristian Bors, Ritiu and Bors, Bors and Ritiu. They are like a miraculous medicine against the monotony of every day and the anxiety of uncertainty. Public space is their kingdom, as it is also to you. Since February 2010 and the realization of their first joint project, Ritiu and Bors invade their own space. If the titles of their public interventions hint at revolt (Behind the fence, Stressing State.), that of their exhibitions rings the bells of a well established fame and comfort (How to become famous in One Month, This One Goes Out to the Ones We Loved). However, is the paradox of the scenario of the story of their adventure not a trick of their home country. A quizzical eye blink to the restrained budgets of the authorities granting subsidies. The fortuitous encounter in the streets of Antwerp of a bald soprano and a man with an iron mask.
-Simon Delobel

Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu are a Belgium-based artist duo originally from Romania. Both artists received their BFA from the University of Art and Design, Romania. Ritiu also received his MFA from the same university. As a duo, they are interested in national identity, interventions, and appropriation, using their twin personality as a means to create ambiguity. They have exhibited internationally at the Galerie Marion de Canniere (Belgium), Slick Art Fair (Belgium), Trajector Art Fair (Belgium), Cutlog Art Fair (US, France), and the Reframe Festival (Netherlands). In 2011, Bors & Ritiu received the ARTE TV/Cutlog 1st prize for “No Borders Equals Tolerance.”

Savas Boyraz: Invisible Landscapes

October 3 – November 1, 2015
Opening Reception: October 3, 7-9 pm

“Invisible Landscapes” is a set of journeys on the mountainous borderlands between Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria. Beginning as a photographic project in a documentary tradition, Savas was attempting, in a symbolic way, to unite the Kurdish identity, which had been torn by the four borders. During the creation of the work, a tragic event happened. As an instinctive reaction to the event, Savas decided to cross the borders he was photographing illegally with his photographs, turning the action into a video work on its own.

“Invisible Landscapes” was selected for the New Nordic Photography exhibit by the Hasselblad Foundation in 2013 and was also given the Victory Fellowship Masters Award that same year.

Savas Boyraz was born in Istanbul. He received his BFA from Mimar Sinan University in Turkey and is currently pursuing his MFA at Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden. Boyraz has exhibited photography internationally at Hasselblad Center (Sweden), Amed Art Gallery (Turkey), Aperture Foundation (US), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France) and Michaelis Gallery (South Africa). He has received awards from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and the Elysee Photography Museum. In 2013, Boyraz completed a residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program.

Mira Gaberova: TBA

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


Mira Gaberova received her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. She has exhibited in solo shows at Pradelna Bohnice (Czech Republic), Kabinet Gallery (Czech Republic) and Umelka Gallery (Slovakia) and been included in group exhibits at Novohrad Museum (Slovakia), ISCP (US) and National House of Arts (Slovakia). Gaberova has had residencies at ISCP (US) and Museum Quartier (Austria).

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Sara Morawetz: How the Stars Stand

How the Stars Stand | Installation View | Project Website | Livestream | Press Release July 15 – August 22, 2015 Closing Reception: August 22, 7-9pm “Where is the clock to show us how the stars stand?” – RAY BRADBURY Our experience of time is not constant, rather, it flexes and yields to the specific […]


Soap Box Derby 2015
Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu: TBA
Savas Boyraz: Invisible Landscapes
Mira Gaberova: TBA


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