Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Late 16th Century Collaborative Strategies

So apparently Collaborative Strategies were big in Antwerp around the 16th & 17th centuries... I saw this painting "Battle of Amazons" a collaborative painting by Jan Bruegel and P.P. Rubens at the Rubenhuis, in downtown Antwerp.

Earlier this morning I came accross another Bruegel collaboration, a painting of the 9 muses meeting with Minerva, the Roman Goddess of War. This painting, which I didn't get then name of, was housed in the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Higher Ground in Low Lands (A-D)

Please stop by, if you can,
To my group show in Amsterdam.

Higher Ground
Group show curated by Astrid Honold
14 November - 19 December

Gallery Metis-NL


Friday, November 6, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009


-->NEXT TUESDAY - NOV 10th!!!

Brooklyn College MFA Fine Arts
Graduate Studies & Meier Bernstein Visiting Artist Lecture Series:


TUESDAY, NOV 10th - 12:30 p.m.
Brooklyn College Library, Room #242

Inka Essenhigh's paintings redefine pop as the epitome of aesthetic hierarchy. Her ultra-slick surfaces operate as virtual fields, where estranged narratives play out in cross-wired systems of a reference and recognition. Influenced by 19th century caricatures, oriental art, Arabic miniatures, and contemporary comics, Inka Essenhigh's paintings are both exotic and operatic: envisioning futuristic mythologies frozen in dynamic moments of suspended animation. -PATRICIA ELLIS

ps. We are accepting nominations for new V.A. coordinators for 2010/2011.
Nominate yourself or others

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Press Release

For Immediate Release:

“Insanity in individuals is something rare, but in groups, parties, nations and epochs it is the rule”

...Nietzsche didn't mention MFA programs, but judge for yourself at the Brooklyn College MFA Open Studios. Fourteen first year and thirteen second year Masters candidates open their workspaces to the public and attempt to explain themselves. Come look at art (while it looks back at you).

4th Floor: Jacob Zurilla | Jeff Frederick | Elias Melad | Madison Omahne | Megan Hays | Luiza Kurzyna | David Friedman | Juan Ortega
5th Floor: Julia Cocuzza | Hector Madera | Allison Merz | John Keck | Gregory Hayes | Michelle Liebner | Linda Bernal
6th Floor: Matthew Wilson | Dominik Wyka | Erin Zelley | JungHwa O'Connell | Marina Pavlutskaya | Antonio Serna | David Loncle | Noosheen Roostami | Miryana Todorova | Natalie Taylor | Boris Torres | Ivan Rivera

Friday, November 13 6-10 p.m.
Saturday, November 14 12-6 p.m.

Take either the 2 or the 5 train
to Flatbush/Brooklyn College.
For more information contact us at
or call 718.951.5588 ext. 5181

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Opening Night Is Closing Night: A Brooklyn College Art MFA First and Second-Year group show

Opening Night Is Closing Night
A Brooklyn College Art MFA First and Second-Year group show
and reception for the artists

Thursday, November 5th from 6 to 10PM
Brooklyn College Student Center
East 27th St. and Campus Rd.
6th Floor, Maroon Room

Presented by GASU: Graduate Art Students Union
All are welcome! CUNY ID required, or RSVP for the guest list

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rita Ackermann Oct 29th: Visiting Artist Fall 2009

Brooklyn College MFA Fine Arts
Graduate Studies & Meier Bernstein Visiting Artist Lecture Series:

Thursday OCT 29th - 12:30 p.m.
BC Library’s Group Viewing Room #242

Rita Ackermann is a painter who tends to put that talent in the service of a wider, more adventurous milieu-making activity, connecting with music, fashion, and other urban scenes in order to carry sensations from one place over into another, sometimes making us rediscover what painting is along the way.

Rita (b. 1968 Budapest) lives and works in New York. She exhibits at Andrea Rosen Gallery in NY and Peter Kilchmann Gallery in Zurich.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

See This Other Sound

In addition to Glenn Gould's diagrams in Jim Supanick's Critical Writing reader, here is a link to "Seen and Heard", a review on Rhizome of a recent show See this Sound at The Lentos Musuem with some curious 1950's clips of Normal McLaren and his visual sound.

SEE THIS SOUND. Promises in Sound and Vision
Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz - 28 August 2009 - 10 January 2010

Hello Elemental Chile

Documentary of Quinta Monroy Project in Iquique, Chile from elementalchile on Vimeo.

This project by Elemental Architects (Chile) reminds me of Rural Studio/Samuel Mockbee (US) in that they involve the public in the design process. This project however goes a step further by adding the potential for expansion and further customization to be realized by the dweller after the design is complete.

RELATED: Rural Studio readings in Siebren Versteeg's Workshop in Design course.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Boylan Hall MFA Studio Floor Plan 2009/2010

I've updated the studio map & will be putting these around too.
(The floorplan is an old floorplan I found online somewhere, we should eventually modernize it.)

The pdf version is here:

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sarina Basta Oct 22nd: Fall 2009

Brooklyn College MFA Fine Arts
GASU Critic & Curator Walk-Through Series:

Lunch with Critic & Curator
October 22nd - 12:30 p.m.
Boylan Hall, 5th floor Gallery (lunch will be served)

Sarina Basta is an independant curator based in New York. She joined SculptureCenter as Curator from 2006 to 2009 where she also ran the organizations public program series. Previously, she was Manager and Designer at Acconci Studio in New York and Head of Communication at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Geneva, Switzerland, where she curated her first exhibitions. Since then she has worked with several hundred artists, on more than sixty exhibitions, worldwide. She has written for different art publications including Texte Zur Kunst and Flash Art International and compiled and edited Vito Acconci’s chronologie raisonnée published in Vito Hannibal Acconci Studio, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes and MACBA Barcelona (2004).

Friday, October 16, 2009

BC MFA open studios fall '09

Fall 2009 Open Studios Design by Miryana Todorova

Here is my design for the card---the front side ...

and the back. All the best, Miryana xxx

Postcard Submission - Fall 2009 Open Studios

Hi Guys,

Here is my design submission for the postcard. I hope you like it!


Monday, October 12, 2009

Koolhaas Kube

Rem Koolhaas discusses his winning proposal for Taiwan's new Taipei Performing Arts Centre. The theater looks to bring with it his love of the generic bigness, as the cube is convertible to over 8 arrangements. The cube shape remains generic, it's the audience sections that reveal, conceal, expand and contract... Details in Chinese, sorry.

P.S. Let's hope the Taiwanese keep the ceremonial fireworks at a good distance from this one.

P.s. 2 This is for the 1st years, Acconci's Aesthetics of Information and Versteeg's Design Workshop contain readings by and about Koolhaas...

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Brooklyn College MFA Fine Arts
Graduate Studies & Meier Bernstein Visiting Artist Lecture Series:


WEDNESDAY, NOV 4th - 12:30 p.m.
Brooklyn College Library, Woody Tanger Auditorium

Gary Stephan has been showing his painting and sculpture since the late sixties in the United States and Europe. He has had solo shows in this country at Bykert Gallery, Mary Boone, Hirschl and Adler, Margo Leavin, Marlboro, and Daniel Weinberg among others. His work is in the collections of The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan and the Museum of Modern Art in NY, as well as museums nationwide. Recipient of awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, Guggenheim Fdtn and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Currently he is teaching in the MFA program at School of Visual Arts in NYC and represented by Galerie Kienzle/Gmeiner, Berlin.

Monday, September 28, 2009

HIlary Harkness Oct 1st: BC Visiting Artist Fall 2009

The Meier Bernstein Visiting Artist & Lecture Series:Brooklyn College MFA Fine Arts

Thursday OCT 1st - 12:30 p.m.
BC Library’s Woody Tanger Auditorium

"New York artist, Hilary Harkness, paints finely detailed scenes of off-duty sailors in submarine sleeping quarters, lederhosen-clad art thieves in a Swiss chalet, and Gallic warriors, [...] engaging in what you might expect them to engage in during their down time -sex, mischief, self-adoration, drive-thru fetus implantation [...] Of course, these are not conventional"
-Laura Smith

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

David Gibson Sept 24th: BC Critics & Curators Fall 2009

Brooklyn College MFA Fine Arts
GASU Critic & Curator Walk-Through Series:

SEPT 24th - 12:30 p.m.
Boylan Hall, room # 5313 (lunch will be served)

David Gibson is a native-born New Yorker and art world denizen. He began his post-college career as a critic writing for Cover, NY ARTS, Zingmagazine, Flash Art, and Performing Arts Journal. After a period of three years, during which he also worked in galleries and museums in various capacities, he also started his freelance career as a curator.

The Better Half - Sept. 10 to Oct. 29, 2009
An exhibit of artwork by artists married to artists

Curated by David Gibson and Jeffery Rakien Nomura
Ernest Rubenstein Gallery/The Educational
Alliance 197 East Broadway New York, NY 10002

Artists: Chris Bors and Ketta Ioannidou, Daniel Davidson and Tricia Keightley Jennifer Burbank and Chris Coffin, Linda Ganjian and Jesse Lambert, Liz-N-Val, Donald Porcaro and Leslie Wayne

Joe MacNamara Sept 17th: BC Visiting Artist Fall 2009

The Meier Bernstein Visiting Artist & Lecture Series:Brooklyn College MFA Fine Arts

SEPT 17th - 12:30 p.m.
Boylan Hall, room # 5313


Joseph McNamara is an American-born painter and photographer known for his penetrating depictions of narratives portraying human industry’s engagement with the landscape and compositional diligence manifest in the balancing of structural abstraction and perspectival extension.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ward Shelley Sept 10th: BC Visiting Artist Fall 2009


To kick off the BC Visiting Artist Series, Ward Shelley will be speaking
this Thursday.

---> I hope to see you ALL there, Your attendance will help the visiting artist series gain more support both internally and within the larger art community.

Thurs Sept 10, 2009 -> 12:30 PM
Woody Tanger Auditorium/ inside BC Library

Ward Shelley is a Brooklyn-based artist with 2 distinct bodies of work. He specializes in large projects that freely mix sculpture and performance. Shelley also works on a series of diagrammatic paintings, time-lines of art and culture related subjects that attempt to give shape to information and ideas.

More Info:

**Studio visits to follow lecture. We will post the student list asap or
by the latest on the day of. If you have special engagements, email us
to arrange a time, from 1:30- 6:30ish.

Antonio, Luiza, Elias
BC Visiting Artist Coordinators

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Brooklyn College Visiting Artist: Fall 2009

Brooklyn College / MFA Fine Arts
The Meier Bernstein & Graduate Studies
Visiting Artist Program FALL 2009

The Visiting Lecture Series is open to the public and all Brooklyn College Students. Lectures are on Thursdays starting around noon in the Woody Tanger Auditorium BC Library unless otherwise noted. Visit the for more updates or email with any questions you may have... (TBC = to be confirmed)

Sep 10 Ward Shelley artist, multimedia

Sep 17 Joe MacNamara artist, painter

Sep 24 Critic/Curator: David Gibson

Oct 1 Hilary Harkness
artist, painter

Oct 8 Sterling Ruby artist, painter (TBC)

Oct 15 Inka Essenhigh artist, painter (TBC)

Oct 19-24 Mid-terms

Oct 22 Critic/Curator: Sarina Basta (TBC)

Oct 29 Rita Ackermann artist, painter

Nov 4 (wed) Gary Stephan artist painter

Nov 12 Yael Bartana artist, video (TBC)

Nov 12 Guy Ben-Ner artist, video/performance (TBC)

Nov 19 Critic/Curator: TO BE DECIDED

Nov 26 Thanksgiving

Dec 7-12 Semester Reviews

Dec 15-21 Final Exams Week
followed by winter recess

- - -

The Visiting Lecture Series is open to the public and all Brooklyn College Students. Lectures are on Thursdays starting around noon in the Woody Tanger Auditorium BC Library unless otherwise noted. Visit the for more info or email with any questions you may have. MFA students: Email your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th picks to *Check for updates and unless noted lectures will begin at 12:30. V.A. Coordinators: Antonio, Elias, & Luiza w/ help from Miryana.

Friday, September 4, 2009

russian winnie the pooh or at least that is what it says..
this could have been done better. But i think it is worth watching it

Monday, June 15, 2009

Making the Most of Left-over Bigness

Consumed,Repurpose-Driven Life -
America’s shopping infrastructure is vast and abundant. That’s the problem.

Article in the New York Times about the shopping mall crisis in the USA mentions the photography of Julia Christensen (above) which documents the conversions of big-box stores in the Big Box Reuse book and BigBoxReuse website and a new book “Retrofitting Suburbia,” by Ellen Dunham-Jones...

A similar book worth mentioning is Rem Koolhaas and his students work at Harvard called "The Harvard Guide to Shopping" .. if you can get your hands on a copy. $112 and up on Amazon. We happened to read the intro to Koolhass' "S, M, L, XL" in Vito Acconci's "Aesthetics of Information class" (Spring 08) and we also read a criticism of his books by Hal Foster in Siebren Versteeg's "Workshop in Design History" (Spring 08)

In regards to re-purposing and mix-use space, here is a film by an artist friend of mine Hatuey Ramos-Fermin, which documents a special mix-use space in Holland.

Coexistence: "Since the year 2000 this Latin American migrants pentecostal church shares their worship space with a ping pong club in Amsterdam. Each weekend they transform the space."

Finally, this is a great little guide book from architects(?) Atelier Bow-Wow in Japan called "Made in Tokyo"... It's an index of all the uniqueness of Tokyo's architectural condition, that is very little space...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Open Source Embroidery

Since embroidery and needle work came up several times this past semester with several students at Brooklyn College doing projects with needle and thread I figure I share this group that I discovered called Open Source Embroidery.. They are having a show in Sweden, so make due with the website info..

Look closely, there are circuits in the embroidery to the left!!!

Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon: "Knitting: Stitch 'n' Bitch" (July 28, 2005 - 52min)

Sunday, May 31, 2009

B.C. Art MFA Student Meeting. (TOMORROW!)

B.C. Art MFA Student Meeting. (TOMORROW!)

Monday June 1st, 2009
Brooklyn College - Boylan Hall (west wing)
4th floor studios, common area (a.k.a granny's room)

Below is a tentative list of topics to be discussed. Following each
topic student request/concerns will be discussed. Bring your
questions, comments, concerns or email them to us in advance. Although
it is very last minute we feel it is a little overdue, we hope all of
you can attend. Please let us know if you can or cannot attend. We
will post and email the minutes for those who cannot attend but wish
to be informed.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- GASU Constitution
- Elections: procedures, elections, terms
- GASU Budget: figures, uses (current, future)
- Structure within Brooklyn College (see Student Affairs)
- GASU transitional elections
- GASU future: resources/contacts, budget templates, communications, etc.
*** Student inquiries for GASU.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Visiting Artist responsibilities, cycle.
- Visiting Artist List 2009/2010: procedures, liaisons, payments, announcements.
- Visiting Artist transitional periods.
- Visiting Artist/ Lecture series future.
***Student inquiries for current Visiting Artist.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Student Center (SUBO)
- Graduate Student Organization (GSO)
- College Association
- Student Development Club Liaison.
- Starting a new club with art potentials.
***Student inquiries for Student Affairs

- - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Internet in studios.
- Information resources, future resource repository.
- Streamlining BC Art MFA experience (student portal, identity)
- Studio move in times/dates, current petition to extended stay.
- Senior Thesis Show 2010. Responsibilities, deadlines.
***Student inquiries for MFA Art Department.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Few Updates and Goings On...

CUNY Meet-up photos posted on the blog by Jacob. Students from Queens and City College are interested in working together in doing some shows, more info coming soon. -Antonio

NOW: New Feeds & Links added to the Blog (right hand column).
-Hunter's visiting artist & lecture feeds
-Queens College's Blog
-ArtCat, opening and journal
-E-Flux, Journal and announcements

TONIGHT: 6:30-8:30 - Fred Tomaselli and Ken Johnson tream up for The Hunter/Zabar Visiting Artist Public Critique. Critique of student work from Lisa Davis' 2D-Seminar by Fred Tomaselli, Ken Johnson of the New York Times, and Professor Joachim Pissarro.

TONIGHT: Christian Jankowski/Public Art Fund April 29, 2009 6:30 p.m.
The second lecture in the series will be delivered by multimedia artist Christian Jankowski. At the New School.

THIS WEEKEND: Those who were fortunate to have Elana Herzog in your studio, she is participating in the LMCC Open Studio's this weekend, Friday-Sunday, You need to RSVP to enter the buildings:

NEXT WEEK: Queens College is hosting Curator Nato Thompson, MAY 5th at 4:30pm in Kiely Hall room 170 Refreshments to follow in Klapper Hall, 6th floor FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

NEXT WEEK: Finally, a 1998 Documentary on painter, fisherman, visionary, eccentric- Forrest Bess: Keys to the Riddle is screening at The Piloctetes Center May 5th (Directed by Ari Marcopoulos & Chuck Smith):

NEXT WEEK: Cory Arcangel/Public Art Fund -> May 6, 2009 6:30 p.m.
The final lecture in the series by media artist Cory Arcangel at the New School

NEXT WEEK: ALfredo Jaar Lecture at Hunter/Zabar, Kossak Theatre HN 15th fl 68th st, Thu, May 7, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hello CUNY + Open Studios Spring 2009

Are we ready? The websites are!!!, let me know if I misspelled anything or if you need me to add a URL here and there.

HELLO! my name is CUNY
Friday April 17th, 2009 6-9PM

Brooklyn College Open Studios
Spring 2009

Friday April 24th 6-10pm
Saturday April 25th 12-6PM

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

From Deb comes these images of a clever advertising campaign for a small Zimbabwean newspaper. They've printed all their advertising on actually money - which, unfortunately, has become completely worthless

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Brookyln College Emailer Final

click to download the full resolution version. Or right click + "save link as"


BOYLAN HALL: floors 4, 5, & 6
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

2 to Flatbush/Brooklyn College
Q to Avenue H
B6 or B11 to Bedford Ave at
Campus Rd

tel: 718.951.5572

photo © Steve Baldwin

Monday, March 30, 2009


Exhibition at Queens College.
Feb 9- June 9, 2009

405 Klapper Hall
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11367
Phone: 718.997.4747
Fax: 718.997.4734

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Open Studios Post Card V2: More Color

Hey All,
I tried out a new image, with more color and character(s). I located the image online and had received permission from the photographer Steve Baldwin (he is trying to get me a high resolution version fro printing as we speak). I can almost here the wild cackle of our feathered friends now....

Comments pls.

p.s. I'm liking this one.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Queens College Open Studios March 27, 2009

Tonight 6-11pm.
The Master of Fine Arts program at CUNY Queens College is pleased to announce their Spring 2009 MFA Open Studios event. For one evening, FRIDAY, MARCH 27th 2009, 6:00pm - 11:00pm, approximately 20 current graduate art students will open their studios to the public to share works in progress and converse with visitors in an informal setting.
Free and open to the public
For more information, call 917-885-3492, email: or visit

Monday, March 23, 2009

Press thing


Brooklyn College Master of Fine Arts Open Studios

4.24.09 6-10pm
4.25.09 12-6pm

I am a night painter, so when I come into the studio the next morning the delirium is over. I come into the studio very fearfully, I creep in to see what happened the night before. And the feeling is one of, "My God, did I do that?".
-Philip Guston

America's oldest M.F.A. program is holding its Spring Open Studios.
Twelve first year and eleven second year Masters candidates open their workspaces to the public, showing finished works and ideas in progress, fleeting successes and unmitigated disasters. What better time to support the arts than now, at the brink of our Nation's demise?

Artists: Dominik Wyka | Jacob Zurilla | Emily Bicht | Mark Bump | Juan Ortega | Lars Rassmusen | Susanne Cranston | Antonio Serna | Paul Gagner | David King | JungHwa O'Connell | Luiza Kurzyna | Nathaniel Lieb | Marina Pavlutskaya | Jeff Frederick | Erin Zelley | David Loncle | David Friedman | Matthew Wilson | Elias Melad | Emet Sosna | Sara Reiss | Maria Tasigiannis | Zane Wilson

Take either the 2 or the 5 train
to Flatbush/Brooklyn College.
For more information contact us at
or call 718.951.5588 ext. 5181

Edit as you will guys. Make sure I spelled your name right and didn't forget anybody.
Also I don't know that we've decided on these times. We should decide on the time before we tell people to come.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring Open Studios 2009

Hey All,
Here is the Brooklyn College Open Studios card. Let me know what you all think.

Regarding Dates and times, I'm sort of for having it 2 weeks after spring break, May 1 and May 2, Instead of the week right after spring break. Also, I noticed a few people concerned about the Saturday hours.. I'm thinking maybe we should have it earlier 12-6 (instead of 2-8)? More brunch-style, bagels and coffee emphasis, plus the early light is nice!

Please comment and let us all know what you think.

Matthew will email/post the press release soon too so be on the look out.

Things remaining: Paul is gonna help us get the budget for the printing. I'll be in contact with him.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It's Alive!! Brooklyn Art MFA's Brain...

... well -sort of. I put up a mind map of potentials for the Brooklyn College Art MFA program. Seem like there are many potentials out there but they always fleeting. One way to catch them or start to is put them down and then work them out, slowly. So this is a start, have a look, explore. If you feel like getting in there and adding/arranging stuff let me know and I will send out an invite to share/edit the map. (but email me first, you have to be invited- as a matter of fact I should just invite everyone as soon as I have some time.)

The brain lives here without a frame, bookmark it:
Brooklyn Art MFA: Resource

P.S. It's great for spatial thinkers.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Wrong Angles

Interesting article plus multimedia in the New York Times last month about a show of the Ceausescu Collection in Romania's Bucharest’s National Museum of Contemporary Art. The paintings were all hung at angles or low to the ground to so the show is not interpreted as a tribute.

Romania Shrugs Off Reminder of Its Past (article)
From the Ceausescu Collection

(repost from Bureaux)

** Oh, yeah, in case you don't remember the Ceausescu's... watch this clip of artist Harun Farocki's Videograms of A Revolution on you tube:

the Black Heart Gang

The Black Heart Gang (South Africa)

italian artist blu....

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Dan Graham and his other peciliarities...

Oh yeah, so if the reading about Dan Graham in Versteeg's History Workshop didn't clarify some of his intentions these links to other tangential work by Dan Graham won't help either. For some weird reason he is sort of famous for this video called "Rock My Religion", it's about rock and Shaker culture, bits of it are dry, or you got to be in the mood, here is a preview version of that video on youtube:

The entire video is available on Ubu Web is here, it's an hour long:
...apparently he made a film about the hard core band Minor Threat (ubu link)

If you are curious what's he like now, like how his personality developed, here is a Tate Short video of him discussing some paintings of John Martin:

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

WANTED: Art Gallery Templates/Plug-ins

Last night in Keith's MP1 class I mentioned a free flash image gallery that you can add to your site- I just checked -but I noticed they charge now....

...I'm starting a post for those types of resources. So anyone can reply with their finds and comments if you have used one and/or are using one already.


Friday, February 27, 2009


Hello I am trying this blog, but  i am not able to post a video. If anyone knows please let me know. Juan
Here is an artist I thought it was interesting.