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Matt Bollinger – Studio Visit – September 27th, 2011

Studio Visit: Matt Bollinger
Date: Tuesday, September 27th
Location: Zürcher Studio, Manhattan, NY
http://www.mattbollinger.com/

http://www.galeriezurcher.com/artists/bollinger/

Matt Bollinger

Image: Locker Room, 2011, collage, 60 x 48 in. (152,5 x 122 cm) - Image courtesy of Matt Bollinger & Zürcher Studio NY

Fence flashe and acrylic on cut and painted paper 58" x 72" 2011

The Party graphite on paper 30" x 22" 2011

Synopsis:

Our visit with Matt Bollinger took place at Zürcher Studio, the gallery where he mounted a solo exhibition about midnight Saturday. There were two sets of media represented in this show: medium to extra-large graphite drawings on paper and a series of works collaged from painted and torn paper.

The discussion started with a description of the largest piece in the show: a graphite drawing on a few huge pieces of paper with accompanying audio housed in an 8-track player and amp constructed out of brown chipboard with real 1970’s vintage head phones. Matt synopsized the audio recording, an interview in which his father describes in detail the events leading up to the near-fatal stabbing that took place the day before his 20th birthday decades ago. Growing up in the same neighborhood where the incident took place, this event became omni-present matter of family lore during Matt’s adolescence. In dark slate-velvet graphite Matt envisioned his father’s account of the event and rendered it as an un-peopled tableau. The details of the elder Bollinger’s descriptions make up the details of the drawing down to the make, model and interiors of the vehicles pictured. Listening to the audio while looking at the drawing seems to create a feedback loop of aural and visual information.

Matt’s collage paintings inhabit an emotional space somewhere between nostalgia and anxiety. Reference to the era of Matt’s adolescence is demarcated through the placement of objects and products specific to the early 1990’s. The group discussed whether these details nail the narrative to a specific generational experience or give surface detail to scenarios familiar to a viewers belonging to any cohort.

This body of work is a slight departure from Matt’s last large body of paintings, which were created through a process of narrative invention and removal constructed from original video source imagery that contains images of young adults. The current work is primarily a product of memory and invention that focuses on the violence and low-level menace inherent in many adolescent experiences. The group discussed the ways in which the making of the work relates to the context of the narrative. The anxious vibrations of color between the ripped, torn and cut paper add a visual weight to the narratives alluded to. The textured flatness and variation between areas of generalization and sensitive detail seem to invite a viewer experience that is like memory from another’s perspective.

– Amanda Lechner

Artist Residency Roundtable


Artist Residency Roundtable

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Location: Chelsea, Manahattan

The Artist Residency Roundtable is organized by Audra Wolowiec and Yuka Otani as a part of Studio Fuse’s ongoing mission to foster dialog and to share resources among artists. Guest artists will discuss their personal and professional experiences at various residency programs in New York City and across the country from LMCC, Socrates Sculpture Park, Skowhegan, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, MacDowell, Yaddo and Djaressi, to name a few. Artists will present their work and an open, roundtable discussion will follow. A comprehensive list of available resources online and in print, for national and international artist residencies, will accompany the discussion.

Participating Artists:

Laura Braciale – www.laurabraciale.com
Rachel Frank – www.rachelfrank.com
James Huang – www.james-huang.com
Stephanie Lempert – www.stephanielempert.com
Christopher Robbins – http://www.christopher-robbins.com
Yuka Otani – www.yukaotani.com

Yuka Otani at Chashama North

Stephanie Lempert at Socrates Sculpture Park

Rachel Frank at Sculpture Space

Laura Braciale at LMCC Studio

Christopher Robbins at Art Farm, Nebraska

James Huang at Yaddo

RESOURCES

Residencies /Artist Opportunities:

* Alliance of Artists Communities – www.artistcommunities.org

* NYFA Source – www.nyfa.org

* Res Artis – www.resartis.org

* Trans Artists – www.transartists.nl

* Re-Title.com – www.re-title.typepad.com/opportunities

* Residency Unlimited – www.residencyunlimited.org/category/opportunites/

* Art Deadline List – www.artdeadlineslist.com

* Nuture Art Calendar – www.nurtureart.org/nurtureart/index.php?ptr=page&pgid=229

* The Arts Council of Lapland (AiR programs in northern areas of Finland, Norway, and Sweden)

www.artslap.fi/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=19&Itemid=21

* AIR_J (AiR programs in Japan) – http://en.air-j.info/search

* Alternative Spaces / Opportunities by Region: “Phonebook” by Green Lantern Press (purchase online for $15)

www.press.thegreenlantern.org/store.html

Other great resources to look at:

* College Art Association (online search + ‘standard guidelines’ resource for cv, etc) – www.collegeart.org

* NYFA Learning (tips for grant writing and project proposals etc.) – www.nyfa.org/level2.asp?id=76&fid=1&sid=781

* Foundation Center (grants for individuals) – www.foundationcenter.org/getstarted/individuals

QUESTIONS / THOUGTS FOR DISCUSSIONS

On application:

-How did you hear about this program?

-Did you propose what you were going to do? How specific was your proposal?

-Did you know anyone? Did you have a prior personal connection with a resident / instructor / board member?

-If you submitted a proposal, was it site-specific to the program?

-What kind of resources do you use to search for residency programs?

-How often do you send applications? How many residency applications have you done so far?

-Did you get into the program in one shot, or did you apply more than once?

Pros and cons:

-What were individual residency programs like? Was it productive?

-Were you content with the accommodation / work space / facilities provided?

-What kind of supports (separate live/work spaces, stipend etc.) did you have from the program?

-Were you required to pay or work?

-How long was the residency? Was it a desirable length for completing your project?

-Did you have a lot of interaction with fellow residents?

Outcome:
-Did the residency culminate in an exhibition?

-Was it difficult to transport your work home from the residency?

-Did you gain opportunities because of this residency? Was the residency professionally helpful?

-Did you start off with a lesser-known program to get into more well-known program?

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Studio Fuse on Tour: Recent studio visits in Provincetown, MA

April 18th, 2010 we had the opportunity to make three quick studio visits in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Taylor Baldwin is in his final weeks of his second year as a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Province Town. Taylor’s sculptures, drawings and installations bring together disparate imagery from natural history, the everyday, and the fantastic to form new sometimes impossible relationships between the constructed objects and ideas. He is now preparing for a residency at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha.

Taylor Baldwin

"i ain't afraid of no ghosts" image courtesy of Taylor Baldwin

Matt Bollinger is also a FAWC fellow. Matt’s work often reconstructs memory and other abstracted narratives through drawing and painting.  Most of his current pieces of work are large or near life scale graphite drawings with surprising levels of surface texture and gesture.

"Screen Door" image courtesy of Matt Bollinger

Matt Bollinger

Meghan Gordon is a FAWC alumni currently working in Provincetown. Meghan’s recent sculptures and drawings replicate objects of historical-narrative value, translating them part-by-part in new materials and presenting them in new contexts. She Recently finished a residency at the MacDowell Colony where she began some of the work that is in-progress in her studio.

"Replacement Wood-Burning Stove for Edwin Dickinson’s Studio" image courtesy of Meghan Gordon


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