May 2 – May 31, 2015
Opening Reception: May 2, 7-9 pm
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.
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 at least 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. A staple of summer, today, 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-interpretation of a garage sale. Lynn has invited an array of New York-based artists with conceptually-oriented practices to participate, including Kit Yi Wong, Mike Osterhout, SeoKyeong Lee Yoon, Christine Wong Yap and Lauren Frances Adams. Welcoming each collaborator to freely interpret the premise (installations range from collections of transformed toys to an on-site blood bank), responses variously examine themes of sales, investment, value, marketplace, unwanted materials and community engagement.
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 highlights 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 faculty at Stanford University.
Sara Morawetz’s work is an exploration of the processes that underpin scientific action. She 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 practice, Sara 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 practice 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 between, to examine the reciprocity within conceptual systems and to validate a communal passage that seeks to filter art through a scientific idiom.
Sara’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 – all inherent to scientific practices.
Sara is a Ph.D. Candidate at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, under the supervision of Dr Debra Dawes. She is currently an Australian Postgraduate Award recipient, a previous Martin Bequest Traveling scholarship winner and a visiting scholar at Parsons School of Fine Art, New School, New York, 2014.
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.
September 3 – September 28, 2015
Opening Reception: September 3, 7-9 pm
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.
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.”
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.
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).
Some Impossibility Without A Name | Press Release 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 […]
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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
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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
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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
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