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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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”

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:

On Scale of 0 to 500, Beijing’s Air Quality Tops ‘Crazy Bad’ at 755

From The New York Times:

“BEIJING — One Friday more than two years ago, an air-quality monitoring device atop the United States Embassy in Beijing recorded data so horrifying that someone in the embassy called the level of pollution “Crazy Bad” in an infamous Twitter post. That day the Air Quality Index, which uses standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, had crept above 500, which was supposed to be the top of the scale.

So what phrase is appropriate to describe Saturday’s jaw-dropping reading of 755 at 8 p.m., when all of Beijing looked like an airport smokers’ lounge? Though an embassy spokesman said he did not immediately have comparative data, Beijing residents who follow the Twitter feed said the Saturday numbers appeared to be the highest recorded since the embassy began its monitoring system in 2008.”

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:


12/29: A Perfect Snow in NYC

By Andy Newman for The New York Times:

The ideal city snowstorm, meteorological Platonists say, blankets the landscape without burying it, beautifies but does not burden, transforms and cocoons without paralyzing or even particularly inconveniencing.

Such an event is expected to come our way on Saturday.

Flakes should begin falling around 11 a.m., as a low pressure system passes south and east of the metropolitan area, giving children plenty of time to finish a hearty breakfast.

The temperature will hover in the mid-30s – just cold enough for the snow to safely stick, but no colder. The breeze will be sufficient to make cheeks rosy, but will not slash at the skin or penetrate down the necks of parkas.

For the better part of the day, the snow will continue – gently, never blinding. By the time it ceases for good shortly before midnight, two to four inches will have fallen – just enough, perhaps, to permit sledding.

“Definitely snowfall that can be plowed,” said Dan Hoffman, a National Weather Service meteorologist, “but definitely not crippling by any means.”

At least that’s what they’re forecasting. Who knows what will really happen.