Category Archives: SP Weather Reports

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

Richard Garrison (SPWS interpreter 2008) upcoming show

Richard Garrison, December 2008 SPWS weather interpreter, is exhibiting new works at RHV gallery in Brooklyn April 12 through May 20, 2012.

Opening reception: April 12, 2012, 6-8pm
RHV Fine Art, 683 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

More info:

From the press release: Richard Garrison analyzes ubiquitous materials and objects from the suburban American landscape, such as Sunday newspaper sale circulars, drive-thru window menu color schemes and product packaging. Through a process of careful scientific-like scrutiny Garrison dissects and restructures the color schemes of common everyday objects and creates Minimalist compositions that expose the beauty in the banal. This deconstruction of quotidian objects and experience is a personal, non-judgmental, examination of the visual, emotional and conceptual aspects of consumerism.

S.P. (Special Preview) for 2011 Reports – Wrapup

The one-day exhibition S.P. (Special Preview): 2011 Weather Reports took place Sunday February 26th at Flux Factory, gathering recently completed editions and works-in-progress from the twelve artists and artist-collaborations who created new work for the 2011 installment of this ongoing publications series.

Each year since 2008, SPWS has invited 12 artists to ‘report’ on the weather for each month of data taken by its weather instruments located on the Flux Factory rooftop.  The participating artists produce these reports in an edition of 30, and SPWS collates them into archival portfolio boxes with a standard format.

Previewing works before assembling the portfolios gave us a unique opportunity to see variable editions all together as an unbroken set that will never exist again in the same way: for example, Michelle Rosenberg and Howard Huang’s Visor Calendar, where each hat is associated with the conditions on a different day of June, and Hope Ginsburg’s report Toy Sponge Divers with July High Temperature Data, which records SPWS’s daily readings on colorful felt cutouts of a scuba diver, referencing Ginsburg’s upcoming research trip to study sea sponges off the coast of Belize.  A stack of crayon line drawings on ruled notebook paper by eteam, No day without weather, mischievously plays with the notion of data-driven art while creating a concrete stand-in for the month of August.

Works were installed around the gallery in calendar order, and we spoke to some of the artists in an informal walkthrough.  We will continue to profile participating artists and their work over the next month and plan to announce the completed portfolios in late March.  More after the jump… Continue reading

2/26: S.P. (Special Preview), 2011 SP Weather Reports

SP Weather Station presents
S.P. (Special Preview): 2011 SP Weather Reports
Sunday, February 26th 2012 4:00-6:00 PM
Flux Factory: 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City
Free and open to the public

Snapshot of August 2011 Weather Reports by eteam, No day without weather, 2012.


SP Weather Station will host a Special Preview for the 2011 edition of SP Weather Reports, presenting new works and works-in-progress by its most recent group of collaborating artists. The public is welcome to join past and current artist-participants for a reception and informal conversation about this ongoing publication series. Portfolios from all years will be for sale (including 2011 pre-orders) and refreshments will be served.

Now in its fifth year, SP Weather Reports is a collated portfolio published annually 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:

Come and celebrate with us! This event is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Public installation of Rena Leinberger’s work

SPWS Weather Interpreter (January 2012) Rena Leinberger’s new work, When it opens like this, up is not over, was presented on Friday under the Queensborough Bridge, at the junction of Queensboro Plaza and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. The works will be installed until October 31 of this year–check it out–Congratulations Rena!

When it opens like this, up is not over, is a temporary site-specific work installed on a 50-foot fence that conceals the Manhattan skyline. The photographs below were taken by SPWS at the official unveiling on February 3, 2012; the work was commissioned by the New York City Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Urban Art Program and International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP). More information at Rena’s website:




SPWS 2010 Reports Portfolio travels to Vermont












We’re pleased to announce that the SP Weather Station 2010 Reports Portfolio will be included in ‘Weathering it out’, an exhibition at the Studio Place Arts Gallery, 201 N. Main St. Barre, VT 05641
January 24 – February 25, 2012. ‘Weathering it out’ is a group, multi-media exhibit exploring how we are weathering dynamic weather patterns. If you’re in the area, check out the opening reception on January 27th, 5:30 – 7:30pm.


SP Weather Reports 2012: Open Call

What kind of weather report would you make?

SP Weather Station announces its first open call to participate in a limited edition + portfolio trade, the 2012 SP Weather Reports. This is the fifth year of an ongoing project.

Twelve artists or artist groups, one per month for 2012, will be selected to each create a Weather Report. At the end of each month, we will send that month’s data from our weather station in Long Island City to one of the participating artists. The data, as an Excel file, includes indoor/outdoor temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, and precipitation, recorded at 5 minute intervals.

Each month’s weather interpreter is asked to contribute an edition (in a minimum size of 30 or more/unlimited) in response to that month’s weather. This can be interpreted very loosely; the data doesn’t have to manifest itself in the final project, and artists need not be based in NYC. If selected, you will be asked to produce the edition in compliance with our basic material/size requirements and deliver to SPWS by February 15, 2013. The edition should be something produced on the cheap (like a zine). Past artists have created prints, booklets, drawings, audio files, and video. Reports are archived online here.

The 30 sets of 12 works will be collated into 30 archival boxes by SPWS. Each participating artist receives one copy of the portfolio, while SPWS retains the remaining 18 to place in collections and exhibit. Please note: aside from receiving a copy of the completed portfolio, no production funds are available at this time (though we’re applying for funding and hope to offer a modest stipend).

To date, SP Weather Reports have been exhibited in 7 exhibitions including 1 solo show; group exhibitions include Shifting Communities at the Bronx River Art Center in 2011, the 2009 Queens International at the Queens Museum of Art, the International Print Center New York and the University of Pennsylvania Meyerson Hall Gallery. Public collections include: Dennison University Doane Library, Otis College of Art & Design Library Artist Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, and the University of Utah Arts Library.

To apply:
– Please view past reports online at:
– Send an email to spweatherstation (at) with subject line “2012 APPLICATION”
– In three sentences or less, tell us why you would like to create a Weather Report in 2012. This can be a specific proposal for the edition or an idea about how your work relates to this project.
– List your top 3 choices for the months you would like be a Weather Reporter.
– Include 3 samples of past work (up to 3 images may be attached, maximum size 800 pixels in largest dimension, or link to video URL)
– Optional: attach a CV or link to an artist website.

DEADLINE: December 20, 2011

Philly ‘Weather Report’ Report

Thanks to Lauren and Julie from AHN|VHS for a great opening and introduction to Philly. Many thanks also to all the participating artist-interpreters (Leah Beeferman, Carrie Dashow, Natalie Campbell, Susan G. Campbell, Mike Estabrook, Neil Freeman, Richard Garrison, Michael Geminder, Vandana Jain, Katarina Jerinic, Emily Larned, Daniel Larson, Bridget Lewis, Lize Mogel, Heidi Neilson, Mark Nystrom, Chris Petrone, Sarah Nicole Phillips, Luke Strosnider, Jing Yu and Liz Zanis) for their contributions!

More images of the installation are here: 
(click on the lower right under “next” to scroll through…)

Besides the show, highlights of the visit were an introduction to the (free, fantastic, little-known treasure) Wagner Free Institute of Science by librarian Lynn Dorwaldt; not only did we tour the museum’s collection of specimens and fossils, but we browsed the collection of 19th century meteorology books.

If you visit AHN|VHS (appointments are required, through August) ask to see the great (affordable!) selection of work in their flatfile; also check out the other great shows in the building (at Vox Populi (especially the great Reanimation Library installation), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (especially the wall with David Scanavino’s pulp pieces on top of a wall papered by Ethan Greenbaum), etc etc etc.

2008 reports collated and ready for solstice

The portfolios of 2008 weather reports are complete! Out-of-town participants should recieve their set by mail in the next few days. Nearby participants, let’s arrange pickup.