Anne Percoco: GYRE: The Plastic Ocean
A flip-flop discarded in Thailand finds its way to Hawaii, and a bottle cast off from a tsunami in Japan becomes Alaska’s beach litter. In a culture dependent upon the modern convenience of plastic, throwaway products of consumption are affecting oceans and shrinking our world as we all become connected through our trash.
A unique art and science exhibition, Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, brings the problem into perspective. On view Feb. 7 through Sept. 6, 2014, the exhibition explores the complex relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption. Today, plastic packaging finds its way into the hands of artists via our ocean biosphere. Some, such as Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, take an almost archaeological approach to collecting and curating bits of plastic trash while fashioning it into works of art. Others, such as ACC Grantee Anne Percoco, collect materials to create community-based work that is often tactile and playful.
The result is a remarkable visual narrative and a provocative look at the impact we each have on our world.
Text courtesy of Anchorage Museum.
Shuntaro Tanikawa, Yayoi Kusama & Fujiko Nakaya: DOGO ONSENART 2014
Anne Percoco: New Growth
ACC Grantee Anne Percoco's outdoor public sculpture project New Growth will be at Drew University in Madison, NJ April through October. Percoco's installation, together with other initiatives across campus, is featured with the goal of making creative and unexpected connections to further the common good. New Growth was originally commissioned by Randall's Island Park Alliance through the FLOW program and was installed on Randall's Island, NYC, from June to November, 2013.
Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures
Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures is a site-specific project that invites the public to embark on guided journeys through NYC to find public sculptures. ACC Grantee Bundith Phunsombatlert researched all existing public sculptures in New York City and identified 100 sites to be incorporated in his final work. He then created small drawings of each sculpture and developed directional signs and maps that resemble standard U.S. National Park Service signage. The artwork is made up of signage for 100 public sculptures that contain distances drawn from GPS coordinates between each sculpture and the group of wooden posts outside of the Queens Museum at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Trisha Brown: Embodied Practice and Site-Specificity
“Trisha Brown: Embodied Practice and Site-Specificity” is an exhibition conceived by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council director Sam Miller at LMCC’s Art Center at Governors Island. The exhibition examines a pivotal time in (ACC Grantee) Trisha Brown’s early career as an artist and choreographer, as well as a particularly abundant moment for artistic production in New York City.
Text courtesy of NYC-Arts.
My Generation: Young Chinese Artists
My Generation: Young Chinese Artists is the first U.S. exhibition to focus solely on the post-Mao generation of Chinese artists and offers a look at how China’s mega-development has impacted its youth culture and spawned new art trends. The exhibition is curated by noted contemporary Chinese art expert and ACC Grantee Barbara Pollack.
Text and photo courtesy of Tampa Museum of Art.
Strata: Slumbering On the Shore
ACC Grantee Aiko Miyanaga is known for her site-specific installations: using ephemeral materials such as salt and naphthalene, her practice visualises transition. Transformation starts at the point the work is exposed to the air, physically dissolving, yet challenging the evanescence of the present. Through an array of media that may seem delicate – thin strings of crystallised salt, the sounds of ceramic glass cracking – Miyanaga contrasts material resilience with the flux condition of nature: her work becomes a microcosm of our being and surroundings.
Photo courtesy of the artist and Mizuma Art Gallery.
Text courtesy of White Rainbow.
In and Out of Context
The prints in this exhibition stem from a common sense of disconnection. Some of the works display a literal sense of division, as is the case in Golnar Adili's Work Pillow (2013) and Patience (2013). Others include disembodied objects that allude to voices, objects, and context unseen such as ACC Grantee Bundith Phunsombatlert's Blank Sheet of Paper 1 (2014) who removes words from a protestor's sign, echoing both a silent protest in Thailand as well as issues of access, equality and freedom of expression. Similarly, Camilo Godoy's minimalist presidential signature, Ronald Reagan (AIDS, War on Drugs, Central America, etc.) (2014), and x-ray images of migrants Guests and Aliens (2014) are divorced from visual context yet simultaneously entrenched in the politics of the era.
Photo Caption: Bundith Phunsombatlert, Blank Sheet of Paper 1, 2014, screenprint on aluminum, 12" x 8" image & sheet.
Text courtesy of Lower East Side Printshop.
Sapporo International Art Festival 2014
The Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 will provide opportunities for visitors to explore the concept of nature, cities, economy and lifestyles and to find out more about how cities can coexist with nature based on a reassessment of urban and environmental issues in Sapporo/Hokkaido and the region’s history in the context of art.
ACC Grantees Fujiko Nakaya, Aiko Miyanaga, and Yuko Mohri will be holding exhibitions at this event.
Yokohama Triennale 2014
ACC Grantee Yuko Mohri assembles castoff umbrellas, old musical instruments, and machine parts to create installations that make subtle noises or humorous movements. In the Triennale, she presents a work based on handmade instruments left behind by a musician who had come to Japan from the United States in the 1950s and died in 2012, recreated as an automatic music generation device in which the sounds produced change over time.
ACC Grantee Masunobu Yoshimura founded the group Neo-Dadaism Organizers in 1960. During the 1960s, he earned accolades for technology-focused work such as Anti-material; Light on Möbius, consisting of light bulbs mounted on a Möbius strip, and showed work at the 1970 Osaka Expo. The Triennale is scheduled to exhibit works including Oh-Garasu (Japanese homonym of “The Large Glass,” and “a big crow”), created for the Fiber Pavilion at the Expo, and Pig; pig’ Lib;, created just after the Expo.
ACC Grantee Emiko Kasahara’s early sculptures questioned women’s role in society, and in recent years she has produced installations dealing with systems defined by society such as gender and religion. For the Triennale, she will present her installation Offering, consisting of photographs from a ten-year project documenting Christian churches and offertory elements throughout the world and sculptures she made on the basis of this field research.
ACC Grantee Miwa Yanagi’s insights into women’s issues, such as gender roles and youth versus age, are expressed dramatically in photographs that utilize computer graphics and special- effects makeup. She participated in the Yokohama Triennale in 2001 and represented Japan at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Since 2010, she has been involved in theater as well, and in this Triennale she presents a mobile stage truck for her new play Nichirin no tsubasa (Wings of the Sun), based on a text by Nakagami Kenji.
Text courtesy of Yokohama Triennale.
Shinano Primitive Sense Art Festival 2014
Shinano Primitive Sense Art Festival 2014 brings together artist-run spaces and emerging
artists and an innovative programme of special events. The vast majority of the festival is free
to attend. We encourage to create connections between art, the nature and the society as
art has a power to develop creativities needed torejuvenate local communities as it intuitively
sees through to the heart of such issues, finds forgotten potentials and recovers disconnected
ties among people.
ACC Grantees Akio Suzuki and Natsu Nakajima will be holding events at this festival.
Text courtesy of Primitive Sense Art.
Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave
The Power Station of Art is proud to present the major solo exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave by the New York based Chinese-born artist, ACC Fellow Cai Guo-Qiang from August 8 to October 26, 2014 in Shanghai. This will be the first solo exhibition by a living artist at the institution, China’s first publicly funded contemporary art museum.
Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave unapologetically sheds light on one of the greatest challenges faced by mankind: Earth’s current environmental and ecological crisis. Evidenced by the high levels of smog in the air and the incident of 16,000 dead pigs floating down the Huangpu River last year, environmental issues in China—and the world at large—have reached a critical level. Exploring the imminent challenge posed by the environment, the artist references a theme in traditional Chinese aesthetics and philosophy: humanity’s longing to return to a primordial landscape and spiritual homeland.
Photo and text courtesy of Cai Studio and Power Station of Art.
Far From Indochine
2015 will mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. The New Art Center's next Curatorial Opportunity Program exhibition Far from Indochine presents three contemporary projects about Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam that engage with the myths and ideas that formed the backdrop of the war. Through film, photography, painting and sculpture, four artists from France and the United States contemplate the modern and the global in Southeast Asia.
This exhibition features ACC Grantees Patty Chang and David Kelly.
Photo Caption: Patty Chang and David Kelley, Route 3, 2011, 3-channel synchronized HD video projection, 27:21 min.
Text courtesy of New Arts Center.
International Conversations Through New Music
"The Sound of New York" for bassoon quartet, is a five movement work depicting snapshots of ACC grantee and composer Rica Narimoto's life in New York City on her ACC grant.
Victoria Miro is delighted to present a new body of sculptures and paintings by Japanese artist and ACC Grantee Yayoi Kusama dedicated to her iconic depiction of pumpkins.
Since her earliest formative years, in a family who made their living cultivating plant seeds, Kusama has been fascinated by the natural world. She has always had an affinity with nature, particularly vegetal and floral life, but the pumpkin continues to occupy a special place in her iconography and is a motif she has returned to repeatedly throughout her career.The artist has a strong personal identification with the pumpkin, and has described her images of them as a form of selfportraiture. She admires pumpkins for their hardiness and everyday quality, as well as for their unique and pleasing physical qualities.
Text courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery.
ACC Grantee TAO Dance Theatre performs a brand new double bill as part of Dance Umbrella, performing for the first time on the main stage at Sadler’s Wells following sell out shows in the Lilian Baylis Studio.
Formed in 2008 by Beijing-based choreographer Tao Ye, TAO Dance Theatre is known for creating dances that have a mesmeric, trance-like quality. In 6 & 7, Tao Ye continues his numbered series of experimentations that explore the potential of the human body as a purely visual form, freed from the constraints of story-telling or representation.
In 6, his six dancers move in dynamic and hypnotising unison, in a shifting landscape of light created by Swedish lighting designer Ellen Ruge. His latest work 7 continues Tao Ye’s fascination with pattern, precision and ritual, and is distinguished by a sound track of acoustic effects generated by the seven dancers’ own bodies. Both 6 & 7 will be accompanied by specially commissioned music from Chinese indie folk composer Xiao He.
Texts courtesy of Dance Umbrella.
Photo courtesy of Marco Feklistoff.