Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Splitting up

Softbox is shrinking like our economy. I'm splitting up the space due to finances and an impending MFA show. It'll still be beautiful, but the scales of public vs. private are tipping heavily towards the private for now.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Spring Space Closing party

tons of fun! A little steamy but the last hour was gorgeous on the roof.

summer sunset

Monday, June 22, 2009

Spring Space Closing

Spring Space is closing on Sunday, June 28th. There will be a reception/potluck from 4pm-7pm. See sidebar for directions!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Spring Space Opening

Spring Space opening went well! The work looked beautiful on fresh white walls with good lighting. Valeria's "curator's didactic" around the center pillar was a great sculptural addition and guests got to see the light change over the course of the night. She was at her best.

It is open by appointment until the end of the month. Email me: softbox "at" joqnelson.com.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Spring Space, curated by Valeria Federici

Softbox's contribution to A Lot of Possibilities as Spring Space will open Saturday May 30th.

The show is curated by Valeria Federici based on an open concept of boundaries and limits.
Federici writes: "In harmony with Soft Box, a location that escapes standard definitions of space by existing as a living object molded by individuals and transformed through their ideas, Spring Space presents episodes of straddling boundaries and facing barriers.”
“In an implicit manner, to define means to exclude. Spring Space addresses the possible interruption of such proscription by investigating, reinventing and overcoming limits.” Federici continues.

Artists include:
Alyssa Casey
Marion Misilim
Roel Vanderlinden

Work of the artists involved is a direct response to their experience in and with a foreign country and culture:
“Travelling in Alentejo, Portugal, I was deeply struck by the strong resemblance of that landscape to the region of California where I grew up.” Alyssa Casey said.
Having been trained in biology, art, and the research methods of physical geography, Alyssa decided to place her own emotional truth under scrutiny by conducting an experiment to objectively test the resemblance of Alentejo and California.

Alyssa Casey, from California-Alentejo

Marion Misilim travelled to Romania to visit her family. She came to the US when she was 3 years old with her parents escaping communism. Her relatives still live there. Marion first travelled back to Romania in 1997 in an exploration of another life she may have lived. Marked by the death of her grandmother, in her last trip in 2008, she noticed how much the country is changing driven by progress and how local identities risk extinction.

Marion Misilim, from web projects.

Roel Vanderlinden travelled to US for the first time in the summer of 2008. The constant presence of American flags throughout the landscape - hanging from windows, standing in many backyards as well as atop many buildings - inspired him and his brother Martijn an ongoing project to spread the message "unity through identity". The project already brought Roel in Lisbon, Seville, St. Savinien, Novo Mesto and Zagreb making fields of painted flags, of all countries, in all countries, with all people.

Roel Vanderlinden from "unity through identity."
Federici holds a MA in Art History from The University of Rome, Italy. She moved to New York City on October 2007 where she now lives and works. She has been working for art galleries both in New York City and Massachusetts where she managed several exhibition research projects and co-operated on installation curatorial aspects.
Federici's past projects include:
-Participation in the MCLA Arts Management Program, North Adams, MA, in Summer 2007, co-installing several exhibitions at Gallery 51
-Work with Picture Projects Inc., Brooklyn, NY, for exhibition managing, developing and researching.
-Co-curated Sand Counting Lab, an installation by Alison Cornyn for the exhibition “Sand, Memory, Meaning and Metaphor” at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY.
-Installation planning and oversight for exhibition of Gilles Peress photographs as part of Access to Life project at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. travelling to Madrid, Spain, Oslo, Norway and Rome, Italy.
-Currently, Federici is working at a permanent exhibition for a landmark building by Frank Lloyd Wright in Elkins Park, PA.

(The project California - Alentejo was originally created within the context of the Festival Escrita na Paisagem 2007 (Written in the Landscape), a festival of performance art in Alentejo, Portugal. After a road trip in 2004, where in she brought Alyssa to the Alentejo landscape, Inês Barreiros included Alyssa in the section "Andamentos" (a section dedicated to young artists/performances). The artist would like to acknowledge Inês for her invaluable creative and logistical support. The project would not have been possible without the generosity and help of she and her entire family, Leonilde, José, and Ana Barreiros. California – Alentejo was created with a grant from the US Embassy of Portugal, Department of Cultural Affairs)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Three Bull Shenanigans

Softbox hosted its 1st dance party for 3 Taurus troublemakers, Meredith Davenport, Ellie Krakow, and Rebecca Loyche. The "unfortunate matador" cake by Jane Hansen went over well, especially with Cool Papa who broke out of his cage while we were out to dinner and devoured half of it.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Video night-organized by Lara Duren

Fantastic. We climbed up to the roof before hand, a perfect "1st spring day" in New York. We don't look for daffodills, the real signs of spring are bare legs and sundresses.

Crowd was mesmerized by the sometimes silly, sometimes dark, work. Artists included:

Barchael, Michael Berube, Amy Brener, Meredith Davenport, Rob Debbane, Lara Duren, McLean Fahnestock, Nathan Gwynne, David Kagan, Ellie Krakow, Yuliya Lanina, Jess Levey, Rebecca Loyche, Nathaniel Lieb, Lars Rasmussen, Sarada Rauch, Meg Vinson, Alex Golden, and Seldon Yuan.

There was fun with wheels, too, rearranging the space.

Resident Mary Mazzer also showed her work, material paintings using cardboard and chenille plus a panel of psycho-responsive watercolor drawings.

Monday, April 13, 2009

SoftBox-Short Video Screening Night + Meet the Resident!

Short video screening event curated by Lara Duren.
Humor. Dark. Light. Bizarro.

Artists include: Barchael, Michael Berube, Amy Brener, Meredith Davenport, Rob Debbane, Lara Duren, McLean Fahnestock, Nathan Gwynne, David Kagan, Ellie Krakow, Yuliya Lanina, Jess Levey, Rebecca Loyche, Nathaniel Lieb, Lars Rasmussen, and Sarada Rauch.

Also, Mary Mazzer will be showing work she's made in residence at Softbox since December.

They'll be some goodies, BYOB is appreciated.

Saturday, April 18th
Opens at 7pm, Screening starts at 8-ish

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Video Screening, Call for Entries

This is an upcoming event curated by Lara Duren. Please forward this to anyone that might be interested!

Video and time-based artists––

Softbox is calling for submissions of time-based art. Time––if you've got it, give it!

We are looking for work that embodies all flavors of humor and it's relationship to the human condition. We want it real, we want it raw, and we want it bad. We don't care how you dish it out as long as it's hot and ready to... wait, what was I talking about? Right! Humor–– make us laugh, make us laugh so hard we cry, annoy us with your idiocy, disturb us with your irony, astound us with your wit, make us uncomfortable, comfortable, sad, angry, sock it to the man––do all of the above and more!
l venue check out softboxqueens.blogspot.com

Submit your work in m2v and aiff files. If you can't do this send a DVD. Please only send a DVD if you absolutely can not submit your work in m2v/aiff form. For performance based work, submit a proposal with visual components. All submissions need to be under 20 min long.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, April 6th.
Although feel free to submit earlier!

If you would like your submissions returned please supply the appropriate postage or pick it up at the event on April 18th.

For performance proposals or general questions please email me at laraduren@comcast.net.

Work will be screened on April 18th. More details on that later!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Space All Over

Softbox is a part of a 4 show coalition , conceived by Anna Lise Jensen. The 1st show takes place at Jensen's apartment in February, opening the weekend of Feb 7-8.

A Lot of Possibilities, the first show at Winter Space, mirrors one room's view of a communal garden. This formerly abandoned private lot was taken over by the City and neglected, until locals decided to organize and turn it into a garden. The exhibition explores the idea and experience of transformation and transplantation through various interior "lots" of participating artists: Nanna Debois Buhl, Laura Fayer, Sandra Eula Lee, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Kenneth Rasmussen, Mark Inglis Taylor and Jonathan Velardi.

Winter Space
15 W. 103rd St. #4D
New York, NY 10025
Open Weekends, 11am-4pm, from February 7th-March 29th.

A Lot of Possibilities opens February 7th, and Winter Space stretches the opening experience by avoiding it. An official opening is replaced by continual presence and visits -spontaneous as well as planned - on Open Weekends, 11am-4pm, from February 7th-March 29th. After that, the exhibition will be open per appointment only (call 917 549-7285) till next winter season rolls around.

Friday, January 2, 2009