ecoartspace NY currently has two new exhibitions on view. TRANSported, commissioned by Arts Brookfield is presented as part of the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival 2013. TRANSported features two site-specific, interactive installations housed within and utilizing the unique features of the 20-foot shipping container. Both projects relate to the Festival’s theme of “Untapped Capital.”
Seth Kinmont, whose project Tender begins in Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side as part of Ideas City Streetfest on May 1st, engages the public with a sculptural installation and daily performance. Seth Kinmont will mint and issue his own currency out of his shipping container. The project will present visitors with freshly stamped coins and newly printed bills whose value shifts from fixed to fluid, transforming the items into a kind of lottery ticket that could be considered a souvenir, a token, a piece of art in itself — or a chance to win a work of art that has the potential to generate its own value. Tender will move to Brookfield Place on May 6th.
Habitat for Artists, an artist collective based in New York’s Hudson Valley, transforms their metal container into a vehicle for dialog and conversation in their piece called Art Pac-Kit. Two hybrid studios and a central hub for shared engagement become evolving spaces for a series of public interactions with groups such as Solar One and the Hudson Valley Seed Library as well as individuals that explore aspects of self-reliance. Solar power and rainwater will be collected from the rooftop, which will also be home to a square-foot garden, while exterior walls will be covered with a vertical garden and a public message board where visitors can leave written suggestions and ideas. Discussions on conservation and sustainability will be held in a central hub connecting the studios. Both projects will remain on view at Brookfield Place (formerly World Financial Center Plaza) and open to the public daily from 10am – 6pm through May 27th.
“My title TRANSported refers to the history of this site as a shipping port where New York Harbor meets the Atlantic Ocean. TRANSported also suggests ways in which Seth Kinmont and Habitat for Artists are both using materials to visually transport viewers into different realities and presenting possibilities for the imagination to soar. As a curator whose work has long focused on environmental issues, I am thrilled to be working with the Ideas City Festival’s theme of Untapped Capital which states as their goal: an examination of surplus resources that may be under-recognized or underutilized, ranging from people and raw materials, to ideas, networks, varied resources, and modes of communication and provides a meeting place for developing alternative thinking as regards new methodologies, new solutions, and new goals.” Amy Lipton
Digging Deeper at Franklin Street Works in Stamford CT is a component of Strange Invitation which brings together 3 collaborative teams. The exhibition asks “What happens when you invite an artist who defines him/herself as both social activist and organizer to do a project at a gallery space?” Each component of Strange Invitation reflects a mix of art and activism, addressing themes informed by the participants in-depth work with local communities. Digging Deeper focuses on sustainable agriculture, entrepreneurship, and artists who create projects informed by our relationships to natural environments. The exhibition includes an outdoor artist studio and greenhouse created by Simon Draper and Michael Asbill, as part of Habitat for Artists (HFA) in partnership with the Hudson Valley Seed Library; The Franklin Street Works Heritage Garden and Farmstand by Andrea Reynosa, a civic ecology investigation into local youth, regional watershed/foodshed awareness, heirloom crop production and entrepreneurship; and a gallery exhibition featuring works by Joan Bankemper, Andrea Reynosa, Jenna Spevack, Elaine TinNyo, Linda Weintraub and HFA. Digging Deeper is on view at Franklin Street Works through June 16, 2013. The art space and café are open to the public on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
ecoartapace ecoartspace is a nonprofit platform providing opportunities for artists who address the human/nature relationship in the visual arts. Since 1999 they have collaborated with over 150 organizations to produce more than 40 exhibitions, 100 programs, working with 400 + artists in 15 states nationally and 8 countries internationally. Currently they are developing a media archive of video interviews with artists and collection of exhibitions ephemera for research purposes. Patricia Watts is founder and west coast curator. Amy Lipton is east coast curator and director of the ecoartspace NYC project room.
A project of the Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs since 1999
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