Category Archives: Artists & Weather

Call for Papers: The Meteorological Impulse in Art…

Deadline: August 30th**

CFP: The Meteorological Impulse in Art: Modernity, Postmodernity, and the Atmospheric Turn

Chairs: John A. Tyson and Ellen Tani

Call for Papers for Session at College Art Association (CAA) 105th Annual Conference (New York, NY, February 15–18, 2017)

Deadline for abstracts: August 30, 2016

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Session Abstract

Meteorology, the science of atmospheric conditions and phenomena—especially related to weather—emerged as an area of study in the seventeenth century. Weather reports have regularly appeared in newspapers since the late 1800s. With the rise of the ecology movement in the 1960s, weather’s intersections with other systems became an ever more urgent issue; calls to recognize our embeddedness in the atmosphere came soon after space travel enabled its first images to circulate. This panel will analyze artistic corollaries to meteorology, a field with a history deeply intertwined with modernity’s.

Weather is metaphorically rich. In many romance languages the word refers to time and climate conditions. From trade winds and Schumpeter’s Gale, to political storms and racial climates, meteorological invocations occur in conjunction with systematic shifts in economics and politics. Artists have depicted weather for numerous reasons: Frederic Church imagined patriotic cloud formations in Our Banner in the Sky (1861); Gustave Caillebotte’s paintings reflected society’s fascination with meteorology. From the 60s onward, artists transitioned from representing weather to drawing on its processes. Works with a meteorological impulse, such as Carolee Schneemann’s Viet Flakes (1965) or Robert Barry’s gas releases (1969), radically acknowledged flux and subverted the certainty of vision. New understandings of environments, works with a “systems esthetic” (Jack Burnham), or “dematerialized” art (Lucy Lippard) emerge when considered in light of an atmospheric turn. We welcome papers that plot art’s meteorological impulses, expand notions of art as atmosphere, or examine the role of weather in art from c.1850 until today.

Please send 250-word abstract and other items detailed below to Ellen Tani (Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and John A. Tyson (National Gallery of Art,  Continue reading

Lecture – The Artist as Weatherman: Hans Haacke’s Critical Meteorology

The Artist as Weatherman: Hans Haacke’s Critical Meteorology

John A. Tyson, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, National Gallery of Art. Hans Haacke (b. 1936, Cologne) is one of the leading figures of conceptual art and one of the most important political artists working today. In 2013, the Collectors Committee of the National Gallery of Art made possible the acquisition of Haacke’s Condensation Wall (1963–1966/2013), a breakthrough kinetic work from the artist’s early career. Reflecting Haacke’s involvement with the West German-based group Zero, Condensation Wall is part of a set of sculptures, includingCondensation Cube and Condensation Floor, that combine geometric shapes and organic materials to reveal physico-dynamical processes. Contemporaneous with minimal sculpture, Haacke’s work transforms the industrially fabricated containers of artists like Donald Judd and Larry Bell into barometers: depending on the conditions of the environment, the water inside condenses and evaporates into fog or “rain.” The transparent boxes frame this natural process, the gallery that displays them, and the surrounding artworks. In this lecture, delivered on December 14, 2015 as part of the Works in Progress series, John Tyson considers how Haacke has employed weather for both aesthetic and political ends, exploring the way meteorological projects, such as Condensation Wall, can heighten viewers’ awareness of the normally invisible systems at work in art institutions.

Detail of Haacke’s Condensation Wall (1963-1966/2013)


New Book + Opening Reminder

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 1/17/14 at Center for Book Arts, New York

Featured Artist Project: SP Weather Reports (2008–2013)

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!

Participating artists:

(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


We couldn’t have put it better than this

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.

Table with the 2012 SP Weather Reports and Cahiers Intempestifs

6/13/13: Blonde Art Books @ Furthermore featuring SP Weather Reports 2012

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

52 O Street, NW | 202B
Washington, DC 20001
T: 202.330.1219

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.

2012 SP Weather Reports Assembly

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.

Step 2:
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.

Step 3:
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.

Above: Kyle Holland and Elizabeth Sheehan signing reports for October @ CBA (conveniently enough)

Step 4:
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.

Above: September report by Birds’ Ear View Collective (Jon Barraclough and Alexandra Wolkowicz)

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.

Tide and Current Taxi expedition

On Saturday, May 18, at dawn, SP Weather Station partnered with Marie Lorenz’s Tide and Current Taxi on a water-borne dérive in Jamaica Bay. We brought along maps of flight paths and Atlantic coast bird migration routes and, very loosely, let them guide our journey.

Marie’s blog entry gives a pretty great overview of the day.

Charles Koegel, “Weather Report”

On view in “Part of the Story,” Lower East Side Printshop, NYC (through May 12):


Charles Koegel, “Weather Report,” 2013

‘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