Archive for October, 2009

AND Studio Visit – September 30th 2009

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Ziad Naccache, Jeanne Jo, Niels Cosman

Ziad Naccache, Jeanne Jo, Niels Cosman

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Studio Visit Synopsis:

AND is a collaboration between Audra Wolowiec and Niels Cosman that merges and reacts to a variety of disciplines including science, science fiction, design, sculpture, performance, natural history, and hoax.

The studio visit group viewed a series of Urban Meteorites from AND’s Department of Mineral Science. AND’s official language to describe Urban Meteorites is that of a “Golden Guide” or Junior High style field log. The descriptions and maps are used to explain complex processes in a matter-of-fact manner to the lay observer. Differing from a text book however, AND is intentionally creating a science based fiction as the supporting materials for Urban Meteorites. Urban Meteorites and Urban Tektites are composed of common detritus of industrial and post-industrial areas, broken automobile glass and concrete. These cast sculptural objects have a few possible presentations: as a museum exhibition scenario complete with vitrine, a keepsake to hold, a discovery on a Brooklyn sidewalk, or a piece of contemporary design or furniture. The blurred lines between contexts and functionality were topics of contention during the group discussion. The group debated the boundaries and differences in language between art and science and where AND’s projects fit into this continuum. Attendees questioned who the appropriate audience is for the work: art collectors, geology buffs, or true believers. This discussion of audience led the group to debate the ethics and art of hoaxing and the difference between hoax and fiction.

-Amanda Lechner

Discussion/Suggested Links :

Walmor Corrêa

Cryptozoology: Out of Time and Space (exhibition)

Laurie Anderson at NASA

Mark Dion

Franz West

Christine Hill

Secret Science Club

Bigfoot Research Institute “He exists because we exist!”

Morbid Anatomy

Observatory Room

UFO Contest, hosted by Joshua P. Warren

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Studio AND is a collaboration between Niels Cosman and Audra Wolowiec. They share a studio in Brooklyn, New York where they make projects that exist somewhere between fact and fiction, art and design. They started working together while students at the Rhode Island School of Design and have been featured at Model Citizens NYC during the 2009 Design Week at Exit Art and at the 2009 ConfluxCity Festival. More about their project, Urban Meteorites, can be seen on their website



Meghan Petras Studio Visit September 16th 2009

Meghan Petras (website)

Grace Teng

The conversation with Meghan Petras took place at a space in Chelsea where she recently hung a small solo show. All of the works were part of a body of work created within the course of a few weeks keeping in mind the space in which they would be exhibited. The works in the exhibition were chosen from a larger group of small oil paintings connected by the time frame in which they were made, their media and subject matter. Meghan described this group of paintings as a reaction to periphery subject matter and related them to human interactions with nature. Many of the works were referential, with each ruminating on different flora and fauna while experimenting with the medium of oil paint.

Looking at a diptych of puppies wearing top hats and a flattened plane of roses sketched radially, the group discussed kitsch in relation to the imagery, invention, and handling of materials within the paintings. The point at which the work transcends kitsch and where it butts heads with taste was an area of contention within the group conversation.  Whether the most abstract or non-referential piece in the show was out of place or whether it held the other work together was also debated.

Though she has been making 2-D images for the past few years, Meghan’s background and training is in sculpture. We discussed the difference between practices and the challenges of painting from a sculptural stand-point.

-Amanda Lechner

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