CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Tuesday, April 26, 5-7 pm
Camera Obscura/MVCC Reception
Tuesday, May 24, 5-7 pm
Works in Progress Reception
Friday, June 17
40th Anniversary Tribute — Advocates for the Arts Honoring Sylvia de Swaan & Jonathan Kirk
Saturday, October 1
26th Annual CHAIRity Art Auction
Monika Burczyk, Executive Director
Greetings! Since our last newsletter, we have had wondrous things happening at our 12 Gates studio. The 26th Annual CHAIRity Art Auction held last Fall was as fun as it was successful, we were thrilled that minimum bids and winning bids pleased both artists who donated as well as collectors who bought! The generosity of all who participated was truly inspirational. This past month, we completed the installation of a high-efficiency boiler. With help from Chris Krecidlo (Towne Engineering), ECR (Earle Reed), Charlie Fisher (BGM), Mark Spiridiglozzi (Thermo Heating & Air Conditioning), Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi’s office and our Facilities Committee (Frank Viola, John Dow, Anthony Battaglia, John von Bergen and George Hendrickson) along with support from NYSERDA and the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, we are pleased to announce that no sweaters, hats or gloves are now required during the Winter months and you no longer can see your breath inside! Hard to believe since our humble beginnings in 1976 as the former home of the Utica Steam Engine & Boiler Works that we are now fully modernized – our boiler is matched by our gorgeously renovated interior and new roof – just in time to start the celebrations for our upcoming 40th anniversary year! Our Tribute on June 17th honoring Sculpture Space founding Executive Director and Studio Manager Jonathan Kirk, will begin the festivities. Stay tuned for more details!
Of course, we have a full roster of some of the most exceptional and imaginative artists in residence arriving throughout the year – this summer we will welcome our first artists from Macedonia (Yane Cavaloski & Hristina Ivanoska) who will bring along their six-year old son Theo!
As always, don’t be a stranger… Stop by, get involved, visit us on Facebook, check out our website — our artists make sure there is always something going on that will surprise, delight, confound or confuse!
These adjectives sum up the experiences of three Artists in Residence – Noa Glazer (Virginia Commonwealth University), Ofra Lapid (Hunter College), Jeawon Kim (School of the Visual Arts) – welcomed to Sculpture Space in Fall 2015 through a partnership with their graduate programs. Building on their newly-minted MFA degrees, we hoped to provide a bridge between life as an art student and life as an artist. While we did not set out to schedule them together, serendipity stepped in. That said, their time in Utica would not have been the same without the additional presence of Paul Kaptein, an established and acclaimed sculptor from Australia. (Surprisingly too, Ofra and Noa, first meeting on their shared ride up from Brooklyn, discovered they had grown up just blocks away from one another; while Jeawon and Paul ended up collaborating on several beautiful sculptures.)
M: Can you describe some of the changes in your work and process from school to being in residence?
N: VCU was such a fully engaged experience, after being so devoted, it was interesting to come shortly thereafter to Utica. The facilities were in many ways quite similar to the ones at school, it was great to have time to develop my work independently. As you may guess, it takes a while to settle in and find a comfortable platform to work right after school, so it was a great privilege. I was mostly engaged in investigation, reading and developing new processes.
O: I really liked working at Sculpture Space, it was a great balance between privacy to work and developing ideas and community – similar to my grad school experience at Hunter but with more freedom and less pressure.
J: I was very excited to go to Sculpture Space. I kept developing my artwork and at the same time I tried to experiment with things I had not done before as well. As a student, I was very dependent on others comments and advice about my artwork. But, while I was in this residency program, I was able to be aware of what I deeply wanted to create. I concentrated on only my art practice and made my own decisions. It was not important that my decisions were right or wrong, but that I was able to be more independent and construct my own philosophy.
M: Can you talk about some of the experiences you had working alongside other artists – something perhaps not so different than your graduate experience?
N: Well, being around three other artists around in a neutral place always makes for interesting conversations!
O: Because we were from three different places in the world (Israel, Korea, Australia) a lot of our conversation was about cultural differences – plus getting to know each others’ practice. We talked a lot about the artworld, different artists, art education… We also drank a lot of scotch, watched all five seasons of Breaking Bad on a daily basis, and held dance nights in the kitchen.
J: We shared most of our time and space, so we were able to be very close each other. We would go to hiking and take field trips together; my memories about this time are still vivid. In particular, Paul and I had a conversation comparing our process: he removes distracting thoughts and makes his mind empty through the time of carving and sanding wood, and expresses this emptiness through the sculptures. As an installation artist, I place my materials in a space and try to fill the emptiness with materials. So we shared the theme of emptiness but quite the opposite of one another. One day, he compared our life to balancing between fullness and emptiness and everything and nothing, and it touched my mind and spirit very much. I started to use abandoned wood shavings from Paul’s wooden sculptures, which has now become one of my primary art materials.
M: If there was any advice you would offer to others’ entering graduate school as well as leaving it, what might that be?
N: It’s a long winding road… at the end as long as things are vibrating and you try to ask the right questions things will fall into place, just keep it alive and pulsing.
OL: Grad school is a really great chance to meet new people, to affirm one’s intentions about being an artist and pursue a professional career. Other then that, once I leave a place, I usually try to forget everything I learned there. If I end up remembering something, then it must have been valuable: ”Tuer le Pere! “(Kill the Father!)
JK: I would say the relationships with colleagues are the most important part of graduate school. When we graduate and start to make artwork by ourselves alone, the colleagues become teachers and critics, who can see our works first and exchange ideas and thoughts. I believe that more people make more opportunities.
M: From my perspective, these partnerships were a stunning success. In addition to living and creating new work, these artists were able to travel together to Golden Artist Colors in New Berlin, for a tour of their amazing factory; to New Hampshire to see an alumni’s installation for a private collector; and to Boston for an afternoon at the wondrous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Ofra’s dream come true!).
For the year ahead, Jeawon has plans to return to Utica for a site-specific installation, and, as we offer all of our alums, we look forward to assisting with grantwriting, project development and other opportunities!
Marc-Anthony Polizzi (AIR 2010; Utica native) and Arden Kirkland (MLS, Syracuse University) are collaborating, thanks to a grant from Oneida County’s “Partners in Prosperity” program, on the creation of a publication (as well as a website, interactive map and mobile app) featuring a selection of outstanding public art from around the county (all 1258 miles of it!). Requests and suggestions for artworks to be researched/ included can be seen on the Art Oneida. We want to hear from you!
Above: Utica National Bank, Wall Mural, Utica
Right: "Silence" Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Tompkins Memorial Chapel, Masonic Home, Utica
Peter Lundberg (AIR 1988), “Freya” Griffiss International, Sculpture Garden, Rome
Adam Kalinowski (AIR 2002) completed his new sculpture “Infinite Green” to critical acclaim and public delight for the 2016 European Capital of Culture Wroclaw in Poland. “Infinite Green” features over 100 different plant species with a total of 3000 plants in all. Of course we at Sculpture Space believe that “Infinite Green” would make a stunning addition to our Stone Soup Community Garden!
Anna Kubelik’s (2013) Movigami has been published in Paul Jackson’s book Complete Pleats: Pleating Techniques for Fashion, Architecture and Design. She was also featured in a group show at dr. Julius / ap Art Gallery in Berlin, Germany. Through March 5.
Roberley Bell (1994) was featured in a solo exhibition at the Hermitage Museum & Gradens in Norfolk, VA in September through December 2015.
Anssi Taulu (2014) was featured in a solo exhibition at TOOLBOX in Berlin, Germany in September and October 2015. The closing reception in October featured a performance by Aya Imamura (2014).
Claudia Veira’s (2004) ATRIUM 408B was on view at Governors Island Art Fair September 2015.
Ronald van der Meijs (2015) had solo shows at Gallery Kapelica, Slovenia and in Utica while on residency in October.
Rosemarie Fiore (2015) had a solo exhibition at the Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx in October 2015 through January. She is also featured in a solo exhibition at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro through April 17.
Isidro Blasco (1998) was featured in a group show at the Marymount Manhattan College in November.
Sumakshi Singh (2008) is featured in a solo exhibition at Exhibit 320 in New Delhi, India. Through February 24.
Megan Biddle (2008) is featured in a group exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Though April 24.
Victoria Fuller (1999) is featured in a group exhibition, in collaboration with the International Sculpture Center, at Grounds for Sculpture. Through March 27.
Christine Heller’s (1984 & 2012) mural A Story of Their Own: Refugees in Crisis is exhibited at SUNY Oneonta’s Martin-Mullen Gallery through March 18.
Cornelia Konrads (2012) was recently commissioned for a private art collection ARtBON in Arbon, Switzerland. This past November and December, she participated in the Global Nomadic Art Project in India, collaborating with artists from 12 different counties.
Alicia Eggert (2013) is featured in a solo exhibition at Harvard’s Medical School’s Transit Gallery. Through March 11.
Full-size mattresses & bed frames
Gardening tools (especially child-sized)
Hand tools (new or in good condition)