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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


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.

Ellie Irons in “Drawn to Nature,” Wave Hill

2013 SPWS Weather Interpreter Ellie Irons will present a range of pieces from her Invasive Pigments project, opening tomorrow. Ellie will conduct a workshop this Saturday April 6th from 12–2pm; the exhibition reception is on Sunday, April 7th from 2–4:30pm. Full details/link below!

Drawn to Nature
Wave Hill, Glyndor Gallery
April 2 – June 16, 2013

Directions & shuttle info here

Richard Garrison @ Volta NY

Richard Garrison, who contributed a Weather Report to the first-ever SP Weather Reports portfolio in 2008, presented new work at Robert Henry Gallery’s booth at Volta NY March 7-10, 2013.

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.

Here’s a snap of the booth and a detail of the work.
More info here.



Installation view of Robert Henry Contemporary booth, Volta courtesy of Richard Garrison

Richard Garrison
Circular Color Scheme: Sears, January 30-February 5, 2011, Page 1, “Save up to $1300 on TVs on this page”, 2011
Watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper
11″ x 11″
©2013 Richard Garrison/Robert Henry Contemporary

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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“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

Bleeker Street Documents

SP Weather Station interpreter Peter Jellitsch has recently completed ‘Bleeker Street Documents’, a project which records and makes visible WLAN-Wireless Local Area Networks in an apartment in Manhattan. See more at: