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2013 Reports Portfolio – Center for Book Arts – January 2015

The SP Weather Station 2013 portfolio has been selected for the exhibition, “Redux: Selected Featured Artist Projects Renewed” at the Center for Book Arts!

The Center for Book Arts: January 23, 2015 – April 3, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, January 23rd at 6pm

Organized by Maddy Rosenberg, Independent Curator and Founder of CENTRAL BOOKING.

As part of the Center’s 40th Anniversary season, this exhibition will highlight selected artists who have had a Featured Artist Project exhibition or installation showcasing a cohesive or recent body of work. For this exhibition, the curator has selected a work from each artist that continues the dialogue of their past presentation. Artists include Lynne Avadenka, Tomie Arai, Julie Chen, Steven Daiber, Johanna Drucker, Timothy C. Ely, Anne Gilman, Kumi Korf, Karen Kunc, Hedi Kyle, Jacqueline Rush Lee, Nora Ligorano & Marshall Reese, Richard Minsky, Leah Oates, Tom Phillips, Benjamin D. Rinehart, Susan Rotolo, Diane Samuels, Rocco Scary, Mare Adamitz Scrupe, Susan Joy Share, SP Weather Station, Barbara Tetenbaum, Cynthia Thompson, Harvey Tulcensky, and Claire van Vliet, among others.


SP Weather Station is happy to participate in the exhibition:


A Performance – Installation – Researchproject in public space of New York, Istanbul and Tel Aviv

Featuring SP Weather Station New York: a project by Heidi Neilson and Natalie Campbell (reports: Douglas Paulson, Roni Gross, Ellie Irons and Dan Phiffer)

Opening reception: Thursday, November 27, 2014, 7pm.

Welcome and introduction: Jana Borkamp, Borough Council for Culture and Education, Dr. Birgit Möckel, Art historian and Curator

Sat, January 17, 2015, 4 pm: walkthrough with Jenny Brockmann
Thu, January 22, 2015, 7 pm: ‘Perimetrical Expeditions and Urban Landscapes’ – Kristina Kramer in conversation with Ece Pazarbası, music: Jeff Özdemir & Friends

Exhibition from November 28, 2014 till January 23, 2015 (December 23, 2014 – January 1, 2015 closed)

Opening hours: Tue – Thu 1 – 7 pm, Fri – Sat 2 – 8 pm, admission is free

The exhibition will be complemented with a series of workshops in collaboration with the ‘Fichtelgebirge Elementary School’ and the ‘Youth Club Feuerwache’

Support for the exhibition is generously provided by Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department, Berlin

Happy 20th, Flux Factory!

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

SPWS Event at the Center for Book Arts, This Friday

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.



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.


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.


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.

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.

Above images:
Rena Leinberger, Stepping Into the Same Weather More Than Once (2013); Mark Nystrom, Winds (2009); Chad Stayrook, Gambling With the Weather: Roulette (2012).

Center for Book Arts Featured Artist Project: SP Weather Reports (2008-2013)

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:


And years 2008 and 2009 are left-to-right in the printshop-workshop side of the center:cba_spws_printshop

Here is a map of the exhibition as a PDF, identifying the pieces.

Happy World Meteorological Day

March 23 is WMO World Meteorological Day! Celebrate by viewing the World Weather Watch photo exhibition via flickr :

Get the flash player here:

‘Types of Weather’ exhibition in Germany

08.03.2013 – 19.05.2013 isolated showers – TYPES OF WEATHER

From the website, thanks to google translate:

The starting point of the exhibition “Chance Showers – forms of weather” is the surprisingly large number of current artists whose interest in the weather is fed by its complex connections with our immediate reality of life: in her oeuvre given concrete form and effects of the weather plays a central space. Phenomena such as snow, ice, rain, fog, clouds, wind / storm, lightning and sunshine are examined and aesthetic constellations transferred, sometimes they are even a genuine component of the works by the materials are exposed to the weather, or by in the work of “real” rain or storms. Some artists focused on the desire to record the weather, check or simulate can and ask for the controllability of nature. For other artists, the weather becomes a metaphor. The exhibition “Chance of Showers – forms of weather “It’s about the possibility of the perception of weather – as a precondition for discussion technological or policy change. In this respect, the project could be classified as a kind of artistic foundation. The exhibition spans the entire exhibition space (800 sq m) of the Frankfurter Kunstverein, in a variety of planned activities are new productions.

Participating artists: Stefania Batoeva (b. 1981, BG, lives in London), Daniel Gustav Cramer (born 1975, UK, lives in Berlin), Spencer Finch (b. 1962, U.S., lives in Brooklyn), Sebastian Grafe (born . 1976, UK, lives in Berlin), George Kuchar (1942-2011, U.S.), Gerhard Lang (b. 1962, UK, lives in New York), Flo Maak (b. 1980, UK, lives in Frankfurt), Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (born 1961, ES, lives in Chicago), Matthias Meyer (b. 1972, UK, lives in Hamburg), Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967, BR, lives in Belo Horizonte), Iris Schomaker (b. 1973 , DE, lives in Berlin), Klaus Weber (b. 1967, UK, lives in Berlin), John Woodman (born 1949, UK, lives in Carlisle Cumbria)

Curator: Antje Krause-election

Report from the Galapagos

SP Weather Station recently interviewed Katherine McLeod, SPWS weather interpreter for October 2013, about her recent experience in the Galapagos.

SPWS: How did you find yourself going to the Galapagos?

KM:  The whole idea to go to the Galapagos came from an artist I met while on residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Christina Seely. She’s doing some amazing work on climate change, on how it alters natural rhythms in ecosystems. One of her projects involves comparing the arctic to the equator, and so was traveling to the Galapagos to finish it, and need help—that’s where I came in.

I went down there to try to learn about the community that has formed there. The Galapagos is such a mythic place, and all of the publicity that surrounds it hardly ever mentions the people. But since the 1970’s, a lot has been happening in the towns there. Before the 1970s other strange and interesting spurts of population existed, but most of those died out. Initially the main economy was fishing—people came over from mainland Ecuador in search of jobs—and more recently all of the industry is centered around tourism. Families are growing and now there are more and more native Galapagosians.

I went with a somewhat tongue-in-cheek idea to try and find a way to relate to this community that has formed on such a mythic place: to gather information for the ‘Galapagos Complaint Department’. I had in mind to talk to full-time residents of the Islands about what in their daily lives irks them, since life living on an environmental celebrity can’t be easy.

SPWS: Yes your idea of a Complaint Department does seem like a nice and funny way to engage people and find out what is going on.

KM: Yes, and in many was I fully expected it to be very different than whatever I envisioned for the place before I arrived. The system for finding formal complaints is not so easy to access, and government is organized very differently there. And, most inner workings such as that are decidedly separated from the tourist community. For example I spent a fair amount of time trying to find the municipal dump, to no avail—they keep it behind walls and were not comfortable with me being there.

SPWS: Ah yes—plans adapt when the real world intervenes!

KM: The project now has really become a meditation on change. These Islands have been made famous by their methods of change, and the most apparent thing to me upon arrival there was how fast and interestingly things were moving in the cultural world. There is a lot of construction going on…personal homes mainly, with very beautiful and creative architecture. The kids there have a lot of worldly outside influences (the Galapagos are a huge surfing destination, all the kids surf there). It just become clear that complaints were not the most interesting thing to focus on. One thing that became apparent was the lack of junk on the islands, no “junk” stores, no dusty shelves with anything old on them, or alley ways with useful trash.

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Snowstorm in 38 seconds

Here is the snowstorm that hit the Northeast in the last few days, out a Long Island City, Queens, New York window, in 38 seconds (timelapse: one frame per minute from 9:06pm February 7 to 12:31pm February 9).

Amusing follow up about this snowstorm: an article on the gawker website, ‘Snow Panic Has Driven Completely Insane

Leandro Erlich’s “La Vitrina Cloud Collection”

Leandro Erlich’s “La Vitrina Cloud Collection”