Category Archives: Artists & Weather

Leandro Erlich’s “La Vitrina Cloud Collection”

Leandro Erlich’s “La Vitrina Cloud Collection”

Former Weather Interpreter featured as “Cold New Yorker” on

Liz Zanis fights the weather on the homepage this morning!

“On Thin Ice, In a Blizzard” by Paula McCartney

A new artist book released recently by Paula McCartney, who is also creating an SP Weather Report for December 2012, imagines scenes of snow and ice entirely using darkroom manipulation. The project is a subseries of McCartney’s work, A Field Guide To Snow and Ice which isolates elements of natural and imagined wintry landscapes, imbuing them with otherworldly, cosmic aspects.

Paula McCartney
On Thin Ice, In a Blizzard
10 x 8 inch artist book
36 pages, saddle stitched with a die-cut soft cover
Published December 2011

2011 Weather Reports Portfolio at IPCNY

We’re happy to announce that the 2011 Weather Reports Portfolio was selected to be included in the International Print Center New York’s ‘New Prints/2013 Winter‘ exhibition!

Please join us at the opening reception on Thursday, January 17, 2013 6-8pm, at IPCNY, 508 West 26th Street, Room 5A, New York, NY 10001.

About the exhibition:
IPCNY presents New Prints 2013/Winter, consisting of over sixty projects by artists at all stages of their careers, selected from some 3,000 submissions. New Prints 2013/Winter is the forty-fourth presentation of IPCNY’s New Prints Program, a series of juried exhibitions organized by IPCNY several times each year featuring prints made within the past twelve months. An illustrated brochure with a curatorial essay accompanies the exhibition.

The Selections Committee is composed of: Kelly Driscoll (Pratt Institute), Ruth Lingen (Printer and Papermaker at Pace Prints and Pace Paper), Chris Santa Maria (Director of Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Weyl), Lothar Osterburg (Artist, Master Printer, Professor at Bard College), Allison Rudnick (PhD Student, CUNY Graduate Center, Freelance Writer for Art in Print), and Harriet Warm (Collector).

About SP Weather Reports:
SP Weather Reports is a collated portfolio published annually since 2008 by the artist-collaborative SP Weather Station. Each year, twelve artists (or artist groups), one per month, are invited to ‘report’ on the weather data taken by the SPWS rooftop station, installed on the roof of Flux Factory in Long Island City. This open-ended assignment may be interpreted strictly or loosely; past artists have created prints, booklets, drawings, audio files, photos and video.

The 2011 SP Weather Reports feature works by: (January) Emcee C.M.; (February) Glen Einbinder; (March) Rafael Hidalgo Múgica; (April) Naomi Miller; (May) Chad Stayrook; (June) Michelle Rosenberg and Howard Huang; (July) Hope Ginsburg; (August) eteam; (September) Paul Kennedy; (October) Adrienne Garbini; (November) Travis LeRoy Southworth; (December) Rick Myers.

For more information on current artists and an archive of past SP Weather Reports please visit:

Thunderstorm in D-minor

People of Philadelphia: visit an interactive thunderstorm! The giant new work by Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher is at  Studio 2424 a thunderstorm contained within a series of large hand cast resin sculptures, each individual form is a unique instrument hanging 40 feet from the ceiling. Suspended just within reach and activated by touch, the viewer sets the symphony in motion by gently pushing the sculptural forms which trigger the various sound elements of the storm. Sensors relay individual recordings of thunder, lightning, wind, and rain with alternating intensities to a full-scale symphony of sounds.

(re)materializing the weather at the Brooklyn Museum

The exhibition Materializing Six Years: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art, co-curated by Catherine Morris and Vincent Bonin at the Brooklyn Museum, presents a selection of the artworks which inspired Lippard to write, curate, argue, protest, advocate, and define a movement in 1966-1972.

A striking, if not surprising, aspect of the exhibition is the number of works that engage the weather as subject and material.  Clouds and vapor, as affective phenomena that are ephemeral, un-containable, and (almost) immaterial, recur in works like Robert Morris’ Steam (1966) and Alice Aycock’s Cloud Piece (1971).

Like John Cage, Alex Hay uses weather to introduce the element of chance in his Collection Bag (Collection of Wind Blown Material), 1969–70.  Hans Haacke’s extensive engagement with the elements is represented by the playful Live Airborne System, November 30, 1968.  The poster for Terry Atkinson and Michael Baldwin: The “Air Conditioning” Show (1966) suggests an endgame in the reductivist progression of avant-garde art: what is ‘exhibited’ is only the temperature of a room.

The exhibition is on view through February 3, 2013.

Field Conditions – Peter Jellitsch

Peter Jellitsch, SPWS interpreter for August 2012, is showing a new large-scale series of drawings in the exhibition Field Conditions at SFMOMA. The exhibition features works which describe “spatial experiments” and includes nearly 30 works in various media by both contemporary artists and practicing architects. Field Conditions will be on view through January 6, 2013–if you’re in San Francisco be sure to check it out!


STB/S16/FRAG11 | lacquer, crayon, pencil on paper | 64,0 x 94,0 cm | unique, signed on backside | Peter Jellitsch 2012

SPWS & Observatory present Charles Stankievech, 5/20/12

Sunday, May 20th, 7 PM
SP Weather Station and Observatory present:

Over the Rainbow, Under the Radar:
Electromagnetic Infrastructure and Outpost Architecture in the Arctic
Lecture and audiovisual presentation by Charles Stankievech

Image: Das Eismeer aus Licht, NASA Astronomy Photo of the Day, Feb 8, 2011. © Charles Stankievech + Anna Sophie Springer, 2011

543 Union Street at Nevins Street, Brooklyn (directions below)
$5 suggested donation

Over the Rainbow, Under the Radar is an audiovisual presentation of Charles Stankievech’s experience of the Arctic as a hybrid zone of brute reality and fantasy projection. Combining archival material, scientific theories, geopolitical maps and the artist’s own fieldworks, the lecture engages ideas of military colonialism and communication technology embedded in the sublime landscape. Stemming from Stankievech’s time living in Northern Canada and travelling to remote military outposts, Over the Rainbow draws from primary research ranging from his visit to the archives at Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology as well as a residency with the Canadian Department of National Defense at the northernmost settlement in the world (the Signals Intelligence Station ALERT). The resulting material includes images and video taken by the artist published by NASA and commissioned by the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, as well as shown in museums and galleries from Palais de Toyko, Paris to the Musee d’art Contemporain in Montréal. The lecture was originally commissioned for the Phyllis Lambert Seminar 2011 at Université de Montréal.

About Charles Stankievech:
Charles Stankievech is an artist who creates “fieldworks.” His diverse body of work has been shown at such places as the Palais de Toyko (Paris), International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2010, Germany), Xth Biennale of Architecture(Venice), Eyebeam + ISSUE Project Room (New York), the Musee d’art contemporain Montreal and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. He has curated such unorthodox exhibitions as Magnetic NorthsA Wake For St. Kippenberger’s MetroNet, and the series OVER THE WIRE with Lawrence Weiner, Gary Hill, Tim Hecker, Centre for Land Use Interpretation, Lize Mogel and others. His writings have been included in academic journals, such as Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press) and 306090(Princeton Architectural Press), artist’s catalogues and translated into several languages. Stankievech holds an MFA in Open Media with a thesis on sound and architecture and a previous critical theory thesis on Slavoj Žižek and Franz Kafka. He currently is artist-in-residence with the Canadian Department of National Defense with a sortie to CFS ALERT—northernmost settlement in the world and active signals intelligence station. Upcoming projects include a public art commission by the government of Washington, D.C., the exhibition Oh, Canada at MASSMoCA, and artist-in-residence at Marfa, Texas. A founding faculty member of the Yukon School of Visual Arts in Dawson City, Stankievech splits his spacetime between the Yukon and Berlin.

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Collection of Cloud Projects

A great collection of cloud-based projects on the Cloud Factory website. Thanks Olivier for the info! Here’s a screenshot from the site:

Wind Map

Visualization experts Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg impress again with their Wind Map project.