• nyctransformed:

    63_Quince, Paul. Stuffed, downtown Manhattan, 3.14.14

    Spent some time in NYC a couple weeks ago and helped out with Suzanne Lacy and Andrea Bowers’ “Drawing Lessons” at The Drawing Center.  This is Suzanne Lacy, James Wang Qian and I in Soho.

  • Great interview between Dana Osburn and Allison Hewitt Ward, two of my cohorts from the SVA Art Practice Program. Mining Narratives: A Conversation with Dana Osburn by Allison Hewitt Ward



    I think that narrative is important in my work because that’s the way I enjoy media. I enjoy a good story. I want to tell a good story.

    Art Practice Participant Dana Osburn is an explorer, demolitionist, architect and annotator in the field of media and culture.  Her work has untangled the narratives at work in television archetypes, small town politics and the persona of “the artist”. Dana took a break from preparing for her third and final summer in the MFA Art Practice program to talk with AP Staff Member Allison Hewitt Ward about her work, world of media and technology that informs it, and how it’s changed since she began her MFA studies. 

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  • SVA MFA Art Practice blog - Faculty Feature: Ernesto Pujol

    I’m planning to write something about participating in Ernesto Pujol’s piece “Time After Us,” but Thyrza Nichols Goodeve asked some of us for some thoughts, and I ended up quoted in this faculty feature write-up. Thanks to Thryza and the AP Blog for asking.  It was an anchoring experience.



    The months of September and October have been busy for Ernesto Pujol (AP Faculty). On September 25th he spoke at The Ruben Museum with Carol Becker, Writer and Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts as part of The Ruben Museum’s program on Ignorance. The topic was socially engaged art practice. Pujol was also featured in an interview in the October issue of The Brooklyn Rail with fellow AP faculty member Thyrza Nichols Goodeve and on October 3-4, he and a group of 40 performers presented “Time After Us” –a 24 hour walking performance— commissioned by the French Institute Alliance Française as part of FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival 2013. It was held at St. Paul’s Chapel on lower Broadway, near Ground Zero. 

    Time After Us: St. Paul’s Chapel, New York City

    For 24-hours the group, all in white, circled counterclockwise around a small rock.  “Walking backwards is countercultural, in terms of the forward-driven culture of capital achievement,” says Pujol in his interview with Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, “it instantly places the body in a vulnerable position. And it is a wonderful metaphor for second chances, for revisiting the past, our past. It gives us a chance to forgive and be forgiven, to say ‘I’m sorry’ and perhaps hear someone lost say it to us; to apologize and be apologized to. I like to believe in redemption. I cannot tell what is happening in the mind of my walkers, but I use this exercise as part of my practice, to release and be released.”

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  • Kate Harding showing some Meramec Cavern work in progress to Meg Linton, Director of Ben Maltz Gallery. June 2013. Kate Harding's former studio in Inglewood. (Los Angeles, CA) June 2013

    My studio is in Boyle Heights these days, but before I moved out in June and headed to New York for the summer, I had been in Inglewood for the last 10 years.  Ben Maltz Gallery Director Meg Linton and Curatorial Fellow Jeseca Dawson came by my studio in Inglewood as a part of their Freeway Studies: Studio Visits with L.A. Artists blog and were my last studio visit in the City of Champions.

  • (Above photo of Ernesto Pujol)

    I will be participating in Ernesto Pujol’s durational performance “Time After Us" this Thursday and Friday.
    My role is that of one of the walkers and I will be continually walking the circle from 8:30pm-10:30am.

    The details are:

    Ernesto Pujol 
    "Time After Us”
    From Thu, Oct 3 at 10:30am to Fri, Oct 4 at 10:30am (24 hrs) 
    St. Paul’s Chapel (209 Broadway, New York, NY 10007)
    (Broadway and Fulton, downtown Wall Street)
    Time After Us, a 24-hour group performance beginning on October 3 at 10:30 AM in St. Paul’s Chapel, Wall Street,  commissioned by the French Institute Alliance Française as part of FIAF’sCrossing the Line Festival 2013

    In his first public piece in New York, site-specific, social choreographer Ernesto Pujol asks: “What if we could go back in time to revisit, repair, restore?”
    Set in St. Paul’s Chapel, a primary refuge for first responders after 9/11, the work is performed in silence by Pujol and 23 artists, who enter at thirty-minute intervals. Lasting 24 hours, Time After Us creates a solitary yet connected community and invites people from all walks of life to observe and reflect on the nature of the paths we take.
    Crossing the Line 2013 Commission
  • I have some work coming up in CURRENT PRACTICE,  the first exhibition of the MFA Art Practice class of 2014.  I’ll be showing some “landscape contact mapping” drawings taken from new videos I’ve been working on for the last year.  Images to come soon. 

    The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    July 3 – July 18

    OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, July 3rd, 7–9pm

    MFA Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts is pleased to present “Current Practice,” an exhibition of work by members of the Art Practice cohort of 2014, curated by Hesse McGraw.

    The exhibition spans many media and subjects, yet bends toward highly subjective or speculative histories, fantastical narratives and repurposes environmental damage as a potent source of inquiry. Collectively, the artists suggest that although our world has been thrashed, and we now have the unique opportunity to create the worlds we want to live in, it may be best to kick it till it breaks.

    In paintings, drawing, video, performance and conceptual projects, their works are by turn expectant and dire, yet resist easy footing for the churning and unknown ground.

    The exhibition is curated by Hesse McGraw, the newly appointed Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Programs at the San Francisco Art Institute, and the former chief curator of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

    Artists include: Nat Castañeda, Rachel Chick, Simone Couto, Leah Foster, Kate Harding, Anthony Hawley, Rori Knudtson, Jaewook Lee, Victor Liu, Dana Osburn, Brenda Perry, Andrew Prieto, Henry G. Sanchez, Rosanna Scimeca, Benjamin Thorpe, Alfredo Travieso, Tribble & Mancenido and Richard Walshe

  • I’m very pleased to be included in “Of Other Places,” a group exhibition at Sardine in Brooklyn, New York.  

    Of Other Places | Kate Harding, Sarah Heinemann, JJ Manford and Kelly McRaven

    SARDINE is pleased to present a summer group show titled Of Other PlacesThe show opens Saturday, June 29 from 6 to 9pm and will be up through July 28.

    Whether it’s an imagined psychological space or a physical location, our lives are inherently tied to the notion of place. It plays a key role in the decisions we make, the feelings that arise, and the places we make for ourselves.  While the processes and approaches are very different, the four artists in Of Other Places bend their places into a location for emotion and transcendence. They draw you into their own private worlds, but may also illicit a connection with the universalities within.

  • "Meramec Caverns Construction #3", 2012
Oil, straight pins and gesso on linen on panel
20 x 16 inches "Meramec Caverns Construction #3", 2012
Oil, straight pins and gesso on linen on panel
20 x 16 inches "Meramec Caverns Stage Curtain at 4 minutes 25 seconds," 2012
Oil and linen panel
22 x 17 inches "Meramec Caverns Stage Curtain at 4 minutes 25 seconds" detail "Meramec Caverns, Stage Curtain Study," 2012
Pencil and tape on paper
19 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches

    For How About Now, j.frede chose pieces from my Meramec Caverns body of work.  They are being shown along-side work by Christopher Baird, Tonya Brodsky, j.frede, Dane Johnson, Joseph Imhauser, and Joshua Petker.

    How About Now runs until July 15th, with a closing reception on Saturday, July 13th, 7-9.

    Namaste Highland Park, 5118 York Blvd., Highland Park, CA 90042

  • "How About Now" Front room installation. From left to right: Dane Johnson, Christopher Baird, Joseph Imhauser, Kate Harding "How About Now" Front room installation. From left to right: Dane Johnson, Christopher Baird "How About Now" Front room installation. From left to right: Joseph Imhauser, Kate Harding, Joseph Imhauser "How About Now" Front room installation. From left to right: Kate Harding, Joshua Petker "How About Now" Back room installation. From left to right: j.frede, Joshua Petker, Dane Johnson "How About Now" Back room installation. From left to right: Christopher Baird, j.frede, Tonya Brodsky "How About Now" Back room installation. From left to right: Tonya Brodsky, Joshua Petker, Kate Harding "How About Now" Back room installation. From left to right: Joshua Petker, Kate Harding "How About Now" Back room installation. Near: j.frede, Outer room, far wall: Dane Johnson "How About Now" Back room installation. From left to right: Dane Johnson, j.frede

    How About Now is a group exhibition curated by j.frede which includes myself, Christopher Baird, Tanya Brodsky, j.frede, Joseph Imhauser, Dane Johnson, and Joshua Petker.  The show is currently on view at Namaste Highland Park until July 15th, with a closing reception Saturday, July 13th 7-9pm.

    Namaste Highland Park

    5118 York Blvd., Highland Park, CA 90042  323-212-5118

  • I’m very pleased to be included in an upcoming exhibition, “How About Now” curated by j.frede as a part of Pop Up Projects, opening TONIGHT, Saturday, June 1st 7 - 9pm.
    It’s going to be great and I’m excited to be in context with this group.
    This will be the first time I’m showing any of the “Meramec Caverns” body of work (draped linen paintings) and I couldn’t be happier to be doing so with Pop Up Projects.  
    If you’re in Los Angeles, I hope you’ll join me at the reception.  It should be a lot of fun.

    How About Now:
    A Group Show

    Our movement through the world can often be seen by our physical presence but can also be evident in what remains. Objects we require, marks we have made either intentionally or unintentionally, the arrangement or rearrangement of the space we take up could be seen as a map of our presence however vague the evidence might be.

    For How About Now I have selected works that can be perceived as dealing with one or both subjects: The Void/The Present. While each piece may have been conceived and created with different intentions in the context of this grouping a narrative is created, lines are drawn and assumptions are made about reason. Most of the work was created not for this show but were either made for previous shows or have previously just been residing in the artists’ studios. 

    From Dane Johnson’s removal of the feature subjects in his “Players” painting to Joseph Imhauser’s “Legend Hill, kitchen” photograph that documents the interior of a well used kitchen to Kate Harding’s “Meramec Caverns” paintings to Tanya Brodsky’s “Cleanliness…(triptych)”, How About Now balances the idea of what it is to be present and what it is to be absent and the point at which they meet.

    The title of the show, How About Now, is taken from a group show Dane Johnson curated in 2010 at Sabina Lee Gallery. I remember hassling Dane about the show title not having a question mark and he insisted it was a statement, not a question, which I found both amusing and perplexing. Now three years later I am presenting the same statement while wondering if my intention is indeed a question or am I recognizing that Now is Now as it was Then.

    - j.frede 2013


    Christopher Baird
    Tanya Brodsky
    Kate Harding
    Joseph Imhauser
    Dane Johnson
    Joshua Petker


    Namaste Highland Park
    5118 York Blvd, Highland Park, 90042 CA

    (323) 212-5118