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HOMECOMING at Flux Factory–celebration of Flux’s 20th anniversary. Homecoming Exhibition Dates: August 1 – 17, 2014 (yes! SP Weather Station is participating) Opening night: August 1, 6-9pm
Banquet: August 2, 7pm Tickets Available Here
Artist Talk & Panel Discussion
SP Weather Station with Rena Leinberger,
Mark Nystrom, and Chad Stayrook
Moderated by Don Russell
In conjunction with the exhibition:
Featured Artist Project: SP Weather Reports (2008-2013)
Friday, February 21st, 6:30pm
Suggested donation: $10/ $5 members. Reception to follow.
The Center for Book Arts
28 W. 27th Street, 3rd Floor (Between 6th Avenue & Broadway)
Join us for presentations and discussion featuring three artists who have contributed to SP Weather Reports, moderated by Don Russell, Executive Director of Provisions Learning Project. Following brief presentations by each artist, the group will discuss aspects of the project, including the act of reporting, their relationship with data and the ‘curatorial assignment,’ the edition format, and more. More information on SP Weather Reports is online here.
Moderator Donald Russell has been a leader in the integration of contemporary arts and society since 1976. His work focuses on nurturing and amplifying artists who expand both the contents and contexts for art. He currently serves on the research faculty of George Mason University’s School of Art where he directs a research center enriching the school’s curriculum, teaching and developing international public art projects. He has extensive experience managing and directing contemporary nonprofit arts, philanthropic and publishing ventures, with special expertise at the intersection of arts and social change. He has organized over one hundred exhibitions as well as public art commissions, residencies, conferences and educational field projects with students. His work spans all contemporary art media with particular emphasis on photography, artists’ publications, public art and new media. He is interested in investigating the transformative potential of art in community development and democratic discourse in a today’s global environment. He is President of Art Resources International and Executive Director of Provisions Learning Project. He previously served as Executive Director of Washington Project for the Arts and coordinated the gallery, traveling exhibitions and artists’ bookstore at Visual Studies Workshop. provisionslibrary.com
Rena Leinberger works primarily in sculpture, installation, public projects and photography. The projects utilize building materials as object, image and artifice, navigating our surroundings as simultaneously constructed and imaged space. These duplicative and reciprocal relationships produce an inquiry into progress, material failure, and the collapse of ideologies that accompany our architectures. Her solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Gallery 400 at University of Illinois of Chicago, Zg Gallery, Chicago; the Evanston Art Center, Evanston IL; 1R Gallery, Chicago; and a commissioned public project by the NYC DOT’s Urban Art Program, Queens, NYC. Her work has been included in group shows internationally in Germany, Great Britain, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates, as well as at the Queens Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Smack Mellon, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, CUE Art Foundation, MASS MoCA, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, and the City of San Antonio International Center, among others. Awards and residencies include Joan Mitchell Foundation grants, an International Studio and Curatorial Program residency, several SUNY Research and Creative Project Grants, residencies at threewalls and Catwalk, and a fellowship in the Bronx Museum’s AIM program. She was recently a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space residency program on Governors Island, New York, and an artist-in-residence at Dickinson College. renaleinberger.com
Mark Nystrom is an artist and designer whose work explores visualizations of complex information and includes drawings, installations, projections and screen-based projects. He has actively exhibited in cities across the U.S. including Boston, Cincinnati, New York, and Philadelphia. His live wind drawings—generated with wind data collected at an exhibition site—have been shown in Brooklyn, New York; Asheville, Cary, and Greensboro in North Carolina; and Salisbury, Maryland. A solo exhibition of his work was recently held at the Cary Arts Center. In 2012, during the Democratic National Convention, “The Political Reporter”—a new media project that randomly generates statements using words found in online news stories—was part of an exhibition of works projected onto a twelve-story building near the convention site. Nystrom received a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design where he won two awards for outstanding work by a graduate student. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Art at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. marknystrom.com
Chad Stayrook is a living and breathing artist based out of Brooklyn, NY. Stayrook holds a M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and B.F.A. from Ohio University. He is represented by Romer Young Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Notable US-based exhibitions include a yearlong art expedition centered around a canoe trip up the Hudson River for Peekskill Project V at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, a multimedia participatory installation at Conflux Festival 2010 in NYC, solo exhibitions at Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, and Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, and group exhibitions at the International Print Center New York, N.A.D.A. Miami, Contemporary Art Center, Las Vegas, Flux Factory, Queens NY, and Corcoran Gallery of Arts, Washington DC. Stayrook’s work has been featured in the Van Abbemuseum of Contemporary Art in Eindhoven Netherlands and the Incheon Artists Biennial in South Korea. Awards and residencies include the Van Lier Fellowship Award, Vox Populi Artist Fellowship, LMCC’s Swing Space Program, Harold Arts, Chesterhill OH, The Arctic Circle Program, Svalbard Norway, and the Tin Shop Studio, Breckenridge CO. Alongside his art practice, Chad works as an independent curator and is co-founder and co-director of Present Company Gallery, Brooklyn. chadstayrook.com
The exhibition SP Weather Reports (2008-2013) and related programming at the Center for Book Arts is made possible, in part, by The New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Rena Leinberger, Stepping Into the Same Weather More Than Once (2013); Mark Nystrom, Winds (2009); Chad Stayrook, Gambling With the Weather: Roulette (2012).
Here’s a peek at the installation, which is on view until March 29, 2014. The show is organized by year. Years 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 are left-to-right on the bindery-workshop side of the center:
Here is a map of the exhibition as a PDF, identifying the pieces.
In conjunction with the exhibition Featured Artist Project: SP Weather Reports (2008-2013) on view from January 17–March 29, we are pleased to announce the publication of Six Years of Weather, which compiles tables of all weather data recorded at the SPWS station base in Long Island City since the project began.
See you at the Center for Book Arts!
Opening January 17th 6-8 pm.
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
Opening Reception: Friday, January 17th 6-8 PM
On view: January 17 – March 29, 2014
Center for Book Arts, New York
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
Panel Discussion: Friday, February 21, 6:30 PM
Published by SP Weather Station (Natalie Campbell and Heidi Neilson). Organized by Alex Campos, Executive Director.
More information on the Center for Book Arts Winter Exhibitions here.
SP Weather Station is an interdisciplinary project that collects weather data and produces weather-related events, publications, and exhibitions. Each year, SPWS publishes a collated portfolio of weather reports. One artist (or artist group) per month is invited to ‘report’ on the weather data taken by SPWS instruments on the roof of Flux Factory in Long Island City, NY. This open-ended assignment may be interpreted strictly or loosely; artists have created prints, booklets, drawings, audio files, photos and video. On view together for the first time at the Center for Book Arts are six years of SP Weather Reports: 72 reports by 85 artists.
In addition to the opening reception on January 17th, there will be a panel discussion on Friday, February 21st, 6:30 PM with artists Rena Leinberger, Mark Nystrom, and Chad Stayrook, moderated by Don Russell, Executive Director of Provisions Library in Washington DC. We hope you can join us!
(2013) Eric Asboe; Louise Barry; Marianne Dages and Amze Emmons; Amanda Friedman; Anne Gilman; David Grainger; Einat Imber; Ellie Irons; May Jong; Heather Kapplow; Katherine McLeod; Sarah Nicholls
(2012) Jesper Aabile; Birds’ Ear View Collective (Jon Barraclough and Alexandra Wolkowicz); Emily Bunker; Rachel L. Cohn, Frej Meinild Larsen, Ebbe Dam Meinild and Laurids Sonne; Tara Cooper; Beka Goedde; Roni Gross; Kyle Holland and Elizabeth Sheehan; Peter Jellitsch; Rena Leinberger; Paula McCartney; Jordi Williams
(2011) Emcee C.M. Master of None; Glen Einbinder; eteam; Adrienne Garbini; Hope Ginsburg; Rafael Hidalgo Mugica; Howard Huang and Michelle Rosenberg; Paul Kennedy; Travis LeRoy Southworth; Naomi Miller; Rick Myers; Chad Stayrook
(2010) Man Bartlett and Angela Washko; Carissa Carman; Cross Current Resonance Transducer [LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) and Douglas Repetto]; Tim Dye; Nicholas Fraser; Ellie Harrison; Graham McDougal; Mark Parsons; Douglas Paulson; James Walsh; Robyn York; Liz Zanis
(2009) Susan Goethel Campbell; Mike Estabrook and Vandana Jain; Isaac Gertman; Emily Larned; Jane D. Marsching; Mark Nystrom; Graham Parker; Andrea Polli; Birgit Rathsmann; Stephanie Rothenberg; Luke Strosnider; Patricia Zarate
(2008) Leah Beeferman; Natalie Campbell, Daniel Larson, Heidi Neilson, Jing Yu, and Liz Zanis; Carrie Dashow; Neil Freeman; Richard Garrison; Michael Geminder; Katarina Jerinic; Bridget Lewis; Lize Mogel; Heidi Neilson; Chris Petrone; Sarah Nicole Phillips
Artist Ellie Harrison (SP Weather Interpreter, 2010) has a new project in Manchester UK:
The Other Forecast is a new project by artists Ellie Harrison and John O’Shea made in response to the MediaCityUK site at Salford Quays (home to the new BBC and ITV studios). Six artists – Richard DeDomenici, Ellie Harrison, Shona MacNaughton, Kim Noble, John O’Shea and Yuri Pattison – have each been invited to MediaCityUK to create their own take on the familiar ‘weather forecast’. In front of a greenscreen, they will each explain to camera the interconnectedness of a variety of local and global systems – not just meteorological, but social, political or financial – presenting a different ‘worldview’ from their own personal perspective.
Each of the short films resulting from The Other Forecast will be premiered at a special launch event hosted by Ellie Harrison and John O’Shea at the University of Salford’s Digital Performance Lab on Saturday 26th October at 4pm. They will then be broadcast on the Big Screen at MediaCityUK in the week 4-10 November 2013 (at 13:30 and 17:30), and released to a global audience on the project’s YouTube channel. Please follow the project on Twitter for all the updates.
Saturday 26 October 2013
16:00 – 18:00
Digital Performance Lab
University of Salford
From Blonde Art Books (check their excellent photos too):
Our first event on the Blonde Art Books tour was a huge success last night at Furthermore in Washington, DC. Blonde Art Books led a series of presentations of various local independent publishing projects. Larissa Leclair of the Indie Photobook Library shared over 30 photobooks from the library that have been donated by local artists. Natalie Campbell introduced her collaborative project SP Weather Station (with Heidi Neilson) as well as France-based Cahiers Intempestifs, and Lauren VHS presented her on-going project Cancelled as well as her upcoming publication Non-participation. Local book-makers participated in an informal show&tell including Ginevra Shay, Renee Regan, Ryan Syrell, Kyle Tata, Bill Crandall, Martine Workman, and Bryan Minnich, among others.
Special thanks to Sonel Breslav from Blonde Art Books for instigating last night’s event and to Furthermore for hosting! We were pleased to be included among so many other great projects and to present the first opportunity for the public to view the 2012 SP Weather Reports (which can now be viewed online here). We want to join Sonel in thanking the artists/publishers who came out and share their work.
SPWS is pleased to announce that it will be participating in the following artist book event in DC next Thursday.
Please join us! We will debut the 2012 SP Weather Reports portfolio with contributions from Rena Leinberger, Jesper Aabile, Beka Goedde, Roni Gross, Jordi Williams, Tara Cooper, Emily Bunker, Peter Jellitsch, Birds’ Ear View Collective (Jon Barraclough and Alexandra Wolkowicz), Kyle Holland and Elizabeth Sheehan, Rachel L Cohn, Frej Meinild Larsen, Ebbe Dam Meinild, Laurids Sonne, and Paula McCartney.
Thursday, June 13 7–9 PM
BLONDE ART BOOKS TOUR hosted by Furthermore
Blonde Art Books is going on tour and the first stop is Washington, DC:
Blonde Art Books’ first event outside of New York will include a display of independent publications from the Blonde Art Books inventory along-side a presentation of books by Larissa Leclair of the Indie Photobook Library, Cahiers Intempestifs, and SP Weather Station (Natalie Campbell and Heidi Neilson).
The public is invited to attend this free event and bring their recent self-published projects to participate in an informal show&tell. Blonde Art Books will be collecting select publications to be part of an ongoing collection that will travel to future cities on the tour.
Amidst an action-packed weekend SPWS met to design, build, and collate the portfolio boxes containing the 2012 SP Weather Reports.
This is the 5th portfolio we’ve published, and the process goes a little like this:
Step 1: (At the end of 2011, this time via an open call): Invite 12 artists (and collaborative teams), each of whom is assigned to create a weather report for one month of the coming year, in response to the data from our rooftop station in LIC.
Every month, send the designated Weather Interpreter a spreadsheet (it records temperature, pressure, humidity, wind speed/direction, and precipitation at 5 minute intervals) of the data from their month. What the artist does with the information at that point is undefined.
At the beginning of the following year, remind artists that we’ll be collecting their homework – 30 copies (editions, multiples, series, examples) in all. Gather info on the forthcoming work and wait for it to arrive.
Sometime in the spring (say May 18th), design some kind of reasonably sized archival enclosure from gray cardboard, following the utilitarian format we fell into in 2008. Usually, we do this at the Center for Book Arts, NYC. Often the design and trickier handwork is Heidi’s department. Natalie schleps supplies, operates the computer, and tries not to cut her finger off. Production mode requires division of labor.
Step 5 (ok maybe this is step 3.5-4.5):
Opening day! This is the best part: unwrapping all the thoughtfully packed works to see what everyone came up with. We’re only going to give you a tiny peek.
Step 6: Once all the boxes are built, collate editions into their respective boxes.
Step 6.5: Whew.
Step 7: (Almost there) Once everything is received and in place, pack and send off editions #1-#12 to the participating artists, and start trying to find homes for the remaining editions with libraries and collections.
The 2012 SP Weather Reports includes work by: Rena Leinberger, Jesper Aabile, Beka Goedde, Roni Gross, Jordi Williams, Tara Cooper, Emily Bunker, Peter Jellitsch, Birds’ Ear View Collective (Jon Barraclough and Alexandra Wolkowicz), Kyle Holland and Elizabeth Sheehan, Rachel L Cohn, Frej Meinild Larsen, Ebbe Dam Meinild, Laurids Sonne, and Paula McCartney. Stay tuned for information about release of the finished portfolio.