Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

Across Histories: Wafaa Bilal

Arte East and EFA Project Space Present Across Histories:Wafaa Bilal Artist talk Moderated by David Gargill

Iraqi born artist Wafaa Bilal’s creative practice explores the body as a medium for connecting the comfort zone in the US to the conflict zone in Iraq, and the notion of aesthetic pleasure vs. aesthetic pain. Bilal will talk about his latest installation, Domestic Tension, which placed him on the receiving end of a paintball gun that was accessible online to a worldwide audience, 24 hours a day for 31 days. Bilal will address the use of the Internet as an artistic platform as well as the censorship his show Virtual Jihadi faced in New York by Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute and the city of Troy.

Wafaa Bilal is an assistant professor of art at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has exhibited his art world-wide. Bilal’s latest installation, Domestic Tension, spurred on-line debates and conversations, garnering the praise of the Chicago Tribune, which called it “one of the sharpest works of political art to be seen in a long time,” and named him Artist of the Year in 2008. Newsweek’s assessment was “breathtaking.” In the face of a war that stretches on, the 2004 deaths of his brother and father, the violence in his own history, Bilal seeks to imbue his audiences with a sense of empowerment that comes from hope in the enduring potential of humanity. In fall 2008 City Lights published “Shoot an Iraqi: Life, Art and Resistance Under the Gun,” about Bilal’s life and the Domestic Tension project.

David Gargill’s work has been appeared in Harper’s, GQ, and several other publications. This past summer he traveled to Chicago to profile Wafaa Bilal for “The National”, an English-language daily recently launched
in Abu Dhabi.

Across Histories: a series of talks with artists, writers, and curators presented by Arte East in Collaboraton with EFA Project Space

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Dec
3
6:30 PM18:30

Event: Beyond Film/Video Screening

In conjunction with Beyond a Memorable Fancy, EFA Project Space presents an evening of direct experimental film organized by participating artist David Gatten.

The line-up:

MOXON’S MECHANICK EXERCISES, OR THE DOCTRINE OF HANDY-WORKS APPLIED TO THE ART OF PRINTING by David Gatten

SAUGUS SERIES by Pat O’Neill

FOGGY MOUNTAINS BREAKDOWN MORE THAN NON-FOGGY MOUNTAINS by Jessie Stead

David Gatten, Moxon’s Mechanic Exercises, or the Doctrine of Handy-Works Applied To The Art of Printing, 1999, 26 minutes, silent - 18 fps, black & white 16mm film

This handmade film, generated by transferring type onto blank film, is meditation on the development of the printing press and its role in the spread of Christianity throughout Europe, the poetics of translation, the
relationship between text and image, and the passage of the soul through the material world.

Pat O’Neill, Saugus Series, 1974, 16mm, color/so, 18 minutes

These seven short films, each an evolving “still life,” are a complex study of meaning and perception. The film, assembled from a meticulous collage of images that contain ambiguous spatial clues, confronts the viewer with contradictory sensations of space, an imbalanced perception of reality.

Jessie Stead, Foggy Mountains Breakdown More Than Non-Foggy Mountains, 2006, mixed media on digital video 59 minutes

Contemplating issues of re-interpretation and the connectivity of socio-cultural landscapes, Foggy Mountains Breakdown More Than Non-Foggy Mountains is an absurdo-epic, meandering travelogue of moving image,
voice, text, animation and several versions of the bluegrass standard, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.”

 

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Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

Across Histories: Michael Rakowitz

EFA Project Space presents ArteEasts Across Histories: a new series of talks with artists, writers, and curators.

Michael Rakowitz

Artist Michael Rakowitz’s conceptual works establish ongoing dialogues with the public. In this talk, moderated by artist Emily Jacir, he discusses the trajectories of three projects. For Return, he resurrected his Iraqi grandfather’s import-export business to bring Iraqi dates to the US, the first such shipment in more than 25 years. The invisible enemy should not exist is the artist’s attempt to reconstruct the archeological artifacts looted from the National Museum of Iraq in April 2003. And in ParaSITE, Rakowitz used the exterior ventilation systems of existing architectural structures to create a temporary homeless shelter.

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Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

Event: DIY Law-Breaking and Mischief Making

A Conversation about Rogue Artists, Pranksters and Other Trouble-Makers

Jeff Stark leads a conversation with Graffiti Research Lab’s James Powderly, the Mare Liberum collective, Jeanine Oleson, and Cḥen Tamir, exploring the rationale, responsibilities, risks and benefits of forms of artistic expression that occur outside of the boundaries of the conventional art world, and how these creative forms—such as interference, prank, and viral culture—serve to continually redefine those boundaries.

EFA Project Space presents this event in conjunction with the exhibition, Beyond a Memorable Fancy, on view through December 20th.

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Graffiti Research Lab (GRL), co-founded by Evan Roth and James Powderly, is dedicated to outfitting graffiti writers, artists and protesters with open source technology resources for urban communication. GRL develops a range of experimental technologies, documenting their efforts with videos and DIY instructions for each project, and makes them available to the public. www.graffitiresearchlab.com

Mare Liberum is a freeform publishing, boatbuilding and waterfront art collective based in Gowanus Brooklyn. Finding its roots in centuries-old stories of urban water squatters and haphazard water craft builders, the collective explores making viable aquatic crafts as alternatives to life on land. www.thefreeseas.org

Jeanine Oleson is an artist whose practice incorporates interdisciplinary uses of performance, film/video, installation, and photographic work, often collaboratively. Her most recent endeavor, The Greater New York Smudge Cleanse, is traveling a public art project that “applies the ancient practice of smoking out dormant bad energies to contemporary challenges.” www.nycsmudge.com

Jeff Stark is the editor of Nonsense NYC, a discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in New York City. He also works with Brooklyn art collective the Madagascar Institute and is a member of Dark Passage, a group dedicated to creating games in unusual urban places. He founded the Amateurs art collective in 2005. www.nonsensenyc.com

Cḥen Tamir is an independent curator and arts writer based in New York, Toronto and Tel-Aviv. She is the Executive Director of Flux Factory, a not for profit arts organization in Queens whose mission is to support innovative and collaborative art works. “Once Upon A Time”, an exhibition she co-curated with Jean Barberis, is currently on view the ISE Cultural Foundation.www.fluxfactory.org

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Nov
11
6:30 PM18:30

Event: Converge and Conquer: A Conversation about the Trials and Victories of Collaboration

  Jon Kessler, “The Ecstasy Series #1″, 2008, pigment, paper pulp, magazine on handmade paper. Image courtesy Dieu Donné, NY

Jon Kessler, “The Ecstasy Series #1″, 2008, pigment, paper pulp, magazine on handmade paper. Image courtesy Dieu Donné, NY

Created in conjunction with the exhibition Beyond a Memorable Fancy, EFA Project Space presents an evening with artists Robert Buck, Ian Cooper and Jon Kessler, and master printers Luther Davis, Phil Sanders and papermaker Rachel Gladfelter in a discussion about the head-to-head challenges and resulting rewards of their collaborations.

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Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: Beyond a Memorable Fancy

 Mare Liberum, Liberum Dory (ML-3) on it's maiden voyage off the shores of Floyd Bennett Field, 2008. Photo: Angela Conant

Mare Liberum, Liberum Dory (ML-3) on it's maiden voyage off the
shores of Floyd Bennett Field, 2008. Photo: Angela Conant

Beyond a Memorable Fancy

Opening Reception

November 1, 2008, 6-9 p.m.

Artists: Glen Baldridge, Robert Buck, Benjamin Cohen,
Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Ian Cooper, Jenelle Covino, Alex
Dodge, Rachel Foullon, David Gatten, Dylan Gauthier,
Graffiti Research Lab, Lynne Harlow, Adam Helms, Wennie
Huang, Matthew Day Jackson, Heidi Neilson, Evan Roth,
Jennifer Schmidt, Peter Simensky, Mary Temple, and
Stephan von Muehlen.

Curated by: Michelle Levy

EFA Project Space presents Beyond A Memorable
Fancy
, an exhibition about print, perception, and
artistic intervention, on view from October 30
through December 13, 2008.

Focusing on the transformative aspects of printmaking,
Beyond a Memorable Fancy explores the current trend
of artists experimenting with print techniques in order
to appropriate and manipulate information—be it from
text or image sources, cultural symbols, or nature.

The art in the exhibition spans a range of
unconventional formats, including experimental film,
laser stencil graffiti, vinyl signage, cast shadows, and
boat-making paraphernalia. Even the more common
print techniques present are used to achieve an
unexpected result.

This event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Beyond a Memorable Fancy, on view October 30 - December 20, 2008.

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Oct
30
6:00 PM18:00

Exhibition: BEYOND A MEMORABLE FANCY

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October 20 - December 30, 2008

Opening reception: Saturday, November 1, 6 - 8 pm

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 12 - 6 pm

 

Curated by Michelle Levy

Artists: Glen Baldridge, Robert Buck, Benjamin Cohen, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Ian Cooper, Jenelle Covino, Alex Dodge, Rachel Foullon, David Gatten, Dylan Gauthier, Graffiti Research Lab, Lynne Harlow, Adam Helms, Wennie Huang, Matthew Day Jackson, Heidi Neilson, Evan Roth, Jennifer Schmidt, Peter Simensky, Mary Temple, and Stephan von Muehlen. 

EFA Project Space presents Beyond A Memorable Fancy, an exhibition about print, perception, and artistic intervention.Focusing on the transformative aspects of printmaking, Beyond a Memorable Fancy explores the current trend of artists experimenting with print techniques in order to appropriate and manipulate information—be it from text or image sources, cultural symbols, or nature. The art in the exhibition spans a range of unconventional formats, including experimental film, laser stencil graffiti, vinyl signage, cast shadows, and boat-making paraphernalia. Even the more common print techniques present are used to achieve an unexpected result.

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Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Across histories

ArteEast’s Across Histories, a series, of gallery talks with artists, writers, and curators.

Thursday, October 9, 2008 7PM

Shirin Neshat - Having just completed her first feature length film, Women Without Men, a re-adaptation of a novel written by Shahrnush Parsipur and shot in Morocco, Shirin Neshat will share her experiences of navigating between the languages of visual arts and cinema. She will screen excerpts from her feature film as well as her latest video installations.Seating is limited. Please RSVP by emailing rsvp@arteeast.org

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Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Event: Annabel Daou in Conversation with Aaisha

Free and open to the public

A presentation by Annabel Daou structured as a response to a series of questions that were posed to her by fellow artist Aaisha. With this event, Daou invites us to participate in an artistic exchange with one of her contemporaries as well as privileging us to the multi-valence of her artistic process and its resulting aesthetic.

A founding member of the dB foundation, Annabel Daou was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and moved to New York in 1999. With the dB foundation, Daou co-curated “Aporia,” at the EFA Gallery, New York (2006), “Aporia:Aporia” in 2007 at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), and “Disarmory,” a New York art fair and accompanying publication in 2008.

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Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Across histories

Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 7PM

Moustafa Bayoumi reading from his new book How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? Being Young and Arab in America

Moderated by Zohra Saed

How does it feel to be a problem? How does it feel to be an Arab-American Christian soldier fighting in Iraq? How does it feel to be released from prison three months after you and your family are rounded up in the middle of the night and incarcerated, when your only “crime” is being an Arab-American in post-9/11 America? How does it feel to be a problem? Moustafa Bayoumi explores these questions through the first-hand accounts of seven young Arab-Americans living in Brooklyn. Their answers reveal the passions, frustrations, struggles, aspirations, and ultimately the undeterred hope harbored by the inspiring young people featured in Bayoumi’s portraits.

Co-sponsored by Arab and Middle East Journalist Association

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Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Exhibition: IN RESIDENCE

September 6 - October 18, 2008

Opening reception: Friday, September 5, 6 - 8 pm

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 12 - 6 pm

 

A Collaboration between The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and Sculpture Space, Utica

Curated by Christa Erickson and Patterson Sims

Where else can you sink your teeth into frosting covered poetry, peek into hanging microcosms, observe nature work against itself, and witness sound waves transform into rippling light?

Artists: Jae Hi Ahn, David Bowen, Carlos Ferguson, Abe Ferraro, Wennie Huang, Takafumi Ide, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Beth Krebs, David McQueen, Sterz, Jina Valentine, Maria Velasco

Curatorial Consultants: Michelle Levy, Program Director, EFA Project Space; Sydney L. Waller, Executive Director, Sculpture Space

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