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  • Plantarium
    Plantarium
    http://www.mildeart.com/projects/plantarium
    • Petrified Times
      Petrified Times
      http://www.mildeart.com/projects/petrified-times
      • Homescape
      • Home in a Home HVCCA
        Home in a Home HVCCA
        http://www.mildeart.com/projects/home-in-a-home-hvcca
        • Exchange Library
          Exchange Library
          • Cabinet of Smells
            Cabinet of Smells
            http://www.mildeart.com/projects/cabinet-of-smells  

             

            Current :

             

             

            Exhibition: Human Nature

            Featuring our new sculptures Petrified Times 

            Commissioned by Arts Brookfield

            Curated by Tom Kotik

            One Liberty Plaza,

            On view: May 20 – June 29

             

             

             


            Exhibition: Wilder LIC

            Featuring our new living sculpture Plantarium – Tea Garden

            Commissioned by the Flux Factory

            Curated by Lorissa Reinhart and Nat Roe

            Windmill Community Garden, LIC

            May 5 – June 16, Opening Reception: Saturday, May 5, 6 – 8pm


            Session: Wilding, Wasting, Workstyling

            Mildred’s Lane

            Leading Artists: Donna Cleary, Daria Dorosh, Athena Kokoronis, Kristyna and Marek Milde, J. Morgan Puett, Shelley Spector, Amy Low Stein and others.

            Monday, June 18 – Saturday, June 24

            Application now open!

             

             

             


            Plantarium – Garden for Weeds, Bees, and Teas 

            Mildred’s Lane, Developing site-specific project since 2017

             

             

             

             


            DSC_5162Homescape

            At Manitoga, The Russell Wright Design Center in Garrison, NY

            Long-term installation

             

             

             


             

             

            Wilder LIC

            Group exhibition organized by the Flux Factory

            Participating artists and performers Amirtha Kidambi, Andrea Haenggi, Alex Nathanson, Christopher Kennedy & Thomas Choinacky,

            Ellie Irons, Jessica Pavone, Johann Diedrick, Katya Khan, Kristyna and Marek Milde, 

            Richard Garet, Valeria Haedo…and Flux Iron Chefs!!!

            Curated by Lorissa Rinehart and Nat Roe.

            Opening Reception: Saturday, May 5, 6p – 8pm

            Artist Talk: Thursday, May 10 at 7pm

            On View: May 5 – June 16

            Windmill Community Garden, 39-22 29th St, Long Island City, NYC

             

             

            Join us for the opening of the exhibition Wilder LIC, where we have been commissioned by the Flux Factory to create a new permanent living sculpture “Plantarium -Tea Garden” at the Windmill Community Garden located across the street of the Flux Factory which Flux co-founded with neighborhood partners in 2016, this marks the opening of the very first group exhibition in this new location. The exhibition curated by Lorissa Reinhart, independent curator, and Nat Roe, Director of Flux, includes artists and performers who explore the urban wilderness and our relationship to the often overlooked environment. New artworks will be on view May 5 – June 16, with special events and performances throughout the month.

            In his recent book Feral, George Monboit discusses his theory of ecological boredom that posits much of the existential ennui experienced by urban denizens is a result of our self-distancing from the wild in favor of more homogeneous landscapes. To advance this idea further, one might postulate that our evolutionary biology seeks and yearns for biodiversity, recognizing this as the keystone of a sustainable environment. Simultaneously, our contrary desire is to find safety in the controlled and understood leads us to create places where the other is wholly absent.

            Thus we find ourselves increasingly migrating to megacities devoid of any contact with what one might call nature as even city parks are highly regulated spaces where an errant leaf is a cause for a gas powered blower. Outside the city is hardly better as agribusiness monoculture creates unbroken seas of Roundup-ready cash crops. By banishing any hope of the aleatory, these barren spaces inhibit imagination and creativity.

            This exhibition seeks to channel what is wild through familiar media and technologies in order to create an accessible platform for new ideas about ecological and cultural diversity. It suggests the wild can be understood as a complicated system necessary for the perpetuation of life as we know it, rather than chaos that should be simplified and abolished. Finally, this exhibition encourages artists, scientists, programmers, and designers to work together and borrow from each other to create new lenses through which we might see and experience our wilder nature.

             

            Schedule of Events:

            May 5th, 3p-7p – Opening reception, catered by Juquila Kitche
            May 10, 7p – Flux Thursday potluck and artist talks
            May 12, 1p-5p – “Good Vibrations Acoustic Cartography Tour”
            May 13, 6p – “Party Noire”, part of Open Engagement conference
            May 26, 2p-3p – “Weedy Nomad: A Performative Field Study”
            May 27, 2p-3p – “Weedy Nomad: A Walking Tour of LIC’s Forgotten Landscapes”
            May 27, 4p-7p – Amirtha Kidambi and Jessica Pavone (solo and duo sets) with supper from Flux Iron Chefs
            June 3, 4p-7p – Richard Garet (solo) and Andrea Haenggi’s “DON’T TOUCH ME: A Participatory Fieldwork Performance”, with supper from Flux Iron Chefs
            June 17, 6p – Closing Reception

             

            About the Plantarium Tea Garden:

            Kristyna and Marek Milde, Plantarium – Tea Garden, Flux Factory/Windmill Community Garden, 2018,
            view of the work in progress, transplanted foraged wildflowers, soil, stones, steel, 12′ x 12’x 6′

             

            Plantarium – Tea Garden is a new permanent installation commissioned by Flux Factory taking a form of a wildflower garden functioning both as a living sculpture and an open platform, serving the local Windmill Garden Community to grow and harvest plants for teas and infusions and host variety of events, tastings, and educative workshops to deepen the interest in native plants and learn about its cultural, culinary and medicinal use. Plantarium – Tea Garden consists of an organic interlocking system of circular garden beds featuring a spectrum of uncultivated local plants displaying native alongside the introduced species hardy perennials herbs such as the Bea Balm, Mountain Mint, and St. John’s Wort reflecting the evolving culture-nature relationship.

            The design is based on the idea of an interlocking mosaic of wild plant in nature, where they connect with each other to create a living social network a parallel to the diverse communities living in NYC. Some of the circles will also function as seating areas, where people could relax, socialize and experience the textures and smells of the plants. The project evolves in series of walks, studies, and workshops gradually establishing a wildflower garden in collaboration with the local community reflecting the natural diversity through the seasonal change.

            The project is part of series of site interventions and participatory actions where we engage themes of environmental alienation by promoting an active experience of wild plants through use, consumption, and interpretation to explore our relationship to the environment. It father expands concepts of our developing project Plantarium, Garden for Weeds, Bees, and Teas, a wildflower garden, and an educative platform, which we started in 2017 at Mildred’s Lane in PA that explores local wild plants and flowers its use and cultural significance.

            With our project, we aim to enable positive change in our relationship to the environment and public space on the social, ecological and urban planning level. We want to facilitate awareness about the space we live in and connect people to their immediate environment raising awareness about current alienation and disconnections from our surrounding. We are interested in activating local communities through direct experience and interaction to thrive towards more responsible and sustainable future.

             

            About the Windmill Community Garden
            Located across the street from Flux Factory, the Windmill Community Garden was founded in 2016 and is a permanent GreenThumb NYC Park.  The Garden is led by three neighborhood nonprofits including Flux Factory, The Growing Up Green Charter School, and the Dutch Kills Civic Association, in addition to local community members.

             


             

            Human Nature

             New work by Mckendree Key, Katerina Lanfranco, Kristyna and Marek Milde,

            John Monti, Colin O’Con, and Carolyn Salas.

            Curated by Tom Kotik

            Commissioned by Arts Brookfield

            On view April 9 – May 19, 2018

            Opening Reception: Thursday, April 12, 6 – 8 PM

            Grace Building at 1114 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan 

             

             

            Please join us for the opening of the exhibition Human Nature featuring our new sculptures Petrified Times commissioned by Arts Brookfield.  Nature, and our relationship to it has been a theme in art since humans began drawing on cave walls during prehistoric times. Over the millennia, our methods of expression may have changed but our fascination with observing the natural world remains constant. Commissioned by Arts Brookfield, Human Nature presents six new works by seven contemporary artists inspired by the natural landscape and the use of organic forms. Utilizing visual cues from nature, the artworks in this exhibition are distinct interpretations of our environment and the complex relationships to it.  Some works utilize organic materials such as plants and natural fibers to reveal creative interactions with the earth’s resources; others rely on man-made and industrial materials, highlighting the contrast between the modern world and the idealized vision of nature we inherently possess.  The vibrant and unique interpretations in Human Nature serve as visual landmarks in our perpetual quest to understand the ever-changing world that surrounds us.  – Tom Kotik, curator

            Human Nature features new work by Mckendree Key, Katerina Lanfranco, Kristyna and Marek Milde, John Monti, Colin O’Con, and Carolyn Salas.

            The show will continue to travel to:

            One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, NYC,  May 21 – June 29, 2018

            300 Madison, NYC, July 2 – August 10, 2018

             

             


             

            Wilding, Wasting, Workstyling

            Mildred’s Lane Sessions 2018
            YEAR OF TIN & CHINA

            June 18 – 24, 2018
            Accepting Applications!

             

            Session Leading Artists: Donna Cleary, Daria Dorosh, Kristyna and Marek Milde,

            J. Morgan Puett, Shelley Spector, Amy Lou Stein and others

             

             

            Wildcrafting is a term defining food as naturally medicinal, concerned with sustainability. Fellows are engaged in detailed studies of the dynamic landscape at Mildred’s Lane, practicing foraging routines with focus on transforming food/waste systems and critically processing plants throughout the seasons.

            Local naturalists, gardeners, botanists, and other contributing artists will workshop around topics including collecting, pressing, tincturing, planting, soil biology – wilding; while focusing on the dynamic transformation of the Mildred’s Garden adjacent to the Mildred’s Lane TransHistorical Society and Museum.

            The group becomes an emergent collective working on all projects concerning botanicals of Mildred’sLane. Kristyna and Marek Milde are working on their permanent site project, Plantarium – Garden for Weeds, Bees, and Teas. Donna Cleary presents workshops on drying botanicals in preparation for tincture making. Amy Lou Stein is advising on a mother indigo dye system, starting with planting. Shelley Spector shares applied skills in the art of soap-making from recycled products. With collective outcomes, we will experiment with our printing press. J. Morgan Puett refines our daily workstyles as we go. Other special guests include a TOWN Friday with Daria Dorosh.

            TOWN FRIDAY, June 23, is free and open to the public. Daria Dorosh talk,  titled “Take back your body.” It considers the current commodification of the body, how to take it back, and why it matters now more than ever. Our five senses are key in this exploration as well as conventional fashion and gender politics.

            Application details here.
            Download the info-zine here.

            Donna Cleary pulls from her experiences as a Registered Nurse, mother and Herbalist to embody Healer, Medicine Woman, Wise Woman. Donna’s interest lies in traditional healing practices. A descendant of Irish Herbalists, she has reclaimed that familial knowledge. Focusing on the rituals, ceremonies, and objects that accompany medicinal vehicles, her crocheted fertility sculptures reflect on the past by comingling the Feminine Mystique with Pagan Goddess Symbolism, the cycles of life, death, and regeneration. Graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 2014, her exhibitions include Freight and Volume, Petzel Gallery, A.I.R., Art in Odd Places, with reviews by Roberta Smith, Hyperallergic, Rhizome. She attended residencies at MASS MoCA, Cill Rialiag, chaNorth, Mildred’s Lane and founder of 184 Project Space. www.donnacleary.net

            Kristyna and Marek Milde are Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artists duo, originally from Prague, Czech Republic. Their work takes a form of sculptures, installations, and participatory site interventions that investigate codes and mechanism of culture and modern lifestyle exploring its shifting relationship to the context of environment and nature. The Mildes were awarded residencies at ISCP, LMCC Process Space, Queens Museum Studio in the Park, EFA SHIFT, and A-Z West. They exhibited in the Queens Museum, MoMA Studio, Wave Hill, Smack Mellon, EFA, Abrons Art Center, Knockdown Center, HVCCA, Russell-Wright-Design Center, Temple Contemporary, DOX Center for Contemporary Art; Futura; Meet Factory. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, Flash Art, Hyperallergic, BTR Radio, and Czech National Television, among others. In 2007 they received MFAs from the Queens College, CUNY. www.mildeart.com

            J. Morgan Puett. Georgia. BFA, (painting and sculpture, 1981,) and MFA, (sculpture and experimental filmmaking, 1984); from SAIC. Puett is a trans-disciplinary, creative with accomplished work in installation art, clothing & furniture design, architecture, film, writing and more – rearranging multiple intersections by applying conceptual tools and research-based methods with interests in history, environment, design, craft, and collaboration. Morgan’s early work forged new territory by intervening into the fashion system; and since innovative in the realm of social engagement, founding Mildred’s Lane. She continues to explore genres, citing that being is profoundly a social and political practice. Most recently, Puett received The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award and The Pollock- Krasner Foundation Award, both in 2016.www.mildredslane.com, www.jmorganpuett.com

            Shelley Spector is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. In her practice, she responds to available resources, often discarded, in combination with a changeable work environment. She produces specific bodies of work in search of universal themes. Currently, she is working on several long-term projects through which her work is intended to generate rather than deplete resources. Her work is part of many public and private collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which presented her solo exhibition “Keep The Home Fires Burning” in 2015, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. Spector has received grants from the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Leeway Foundation. www.shelleyspector.com

            Amy Lou Stein is a fiber artist who works with natural dyes, eco-printing, textiles, and crochet. She is the founder of Craftwork Somerville, a makerspace that since 2015 has aimed to build community through craft by curating workshops and classes for makers of all ages. Her passion for plants and botanicals grows out of a commitment to sustainably interact with nature and to find creative fulfillment for herself and other by repurposing and reusing. She has taught at Squam Art Workshops and Lakeside Fiber Retreat; and received a technical scholarship to develop her craft and assist teaching at Haystack. Amy Lou draws inspiration from fashion, music, film, and other media: as a principal of Ozma Designs in Los Angeles, she has worked as a costume designer and wardrobe consultant for Beck, Beth Orton, Mercury Rev, and the Eels.www.amyloustein.com

            Daria Dorosh, Ph.D. is a co-founder of A.I.R. Gallery, NY, and adjunct faculty at SMARTlab, University College Dublin, Ireland. She was a keynote speaker at VSMM 2017, a conference on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia at UCD and has given many presentations including The Future is History: feminist legacies in contemporary art, at the Brooklyn Museum. Dorosh studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, NY. She taught fashion design at FIT and fine art at Parsons School of Design, NY. Her Fashion Lab in Process, LLC, is a research platform to identify new economic models for artists. www.dariadorosh.com

            www.mildredslane.com

            Sessions 2018: YEAR OF TIN & CHINA

            2018 is a notable year for us. We are celebrating the tenth season of sessions and the twentieth anniversary of the project site we call Mildred’s Lane. We invite you to share experience and knowledge during the Summer Sessions 2018!

             


             

            Interview with Kristyna and Marek Milde

             

            Peripheral ARTeries Art Review – Aniversary Edition

             

             

             

            We are pleased to share a newly published interview we did for the magazine Peripheral ARTeries. We very much enjoyed talking to the curators of the Peripheral ARTeries Dario Rutigliano (United Kindom) and Melissa C. Hilborn (USA/ Germany) discussing in detail our collaborative artistic process and strategies we utilize in our recent projects. The article is available below on page 4-31.

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             


             

             

             Radio Interview with Kristyna and Marek Milde

             

            Art Uncovered hosted by Kimberley Ruth on Radio BTRtoday

             

            Tuesday,  December 19, 2018

             

             

            Check out our interview on the BTR Radio as part of the Art Uncovered series hosted by Kimberley Ruth. In the interview we discuss many topics and projects including the Public Library currently on view as part of the exhibition Building and Rebuilding at Repair the World. It was a very rich conversation and we hope you will enjoy it!

            Tags: Bees | Books | Collaboration | Environment | Furniture | Home | Sustainability

            Art Uncovered brings you interviews with an eclectic mix of artists and creators. On the show, they discuss their work and how it may intersect with technology, pop-culture, science and the larger culture. Kimberly Ruth is a New York-based multi-media artist, radio host, founder of the Gnome Magazine, and Professor of Journalism and Photography at SUNY New Paltz. Her work explores the failures and inconsistencies of language, especially in the digital age.

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            Building and Rebuilding

            Presented by Asylum Arts

            Exhibition curated by Shlomit Dror

            Featuring works by:
            Noa Charuvi, Esperanza Mayobre, Kristyna and Marek Milde, Naomi Safran-Hon, and Ivan Stojakovic

             at Repair the World NYC 808 Nostrand Avenue, Crown Heights, Brooklyn

            (2,3,4,6 Train to Nostrand Avenue)

            November 3, 2017 – January 14, 2018

            Opening Reception: Thursday, November 30, 7 pm – 9:30 pm

             

            Public Library, 2017, installation view at Repair the World, exhibition Building and Rebuilding

            collections of discarded books found on the streets since 2012, custom sized plywood boxes, dimensions variable

             

            Please join us for the opening of the exhibition Building & Rebuilding curated by Shlomit Dror on November 30 from 7 pm- 9:30 pm at Repair the World, 808 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn presented by the Asylum Arts. The exhibition presents our new installation project “Public Library”, a sculpture and a growing archive of found books rescued from the New York City waste stream. The piece functions as an interactive library allowing for browsing and reading of over 30 book collections we gathered over several years in the trash on the NYC streets. The library takes a form of irregular conglomerate sculpture, serving as a bookcase built of a variety of custom sized rectangular segments, housing individual book collections, resembling elements and structures of architecture. Public Library preserves these collections as cultural statements, which we consider as curated selections that at the same time function as imaginary portraits of unknown characters reflecting the multitude of unique contexts and cultural narratives defining a place such as NYC. The project is an inquiry into the theme of books and their changing role in consumerism, examining the cultural significance of collecting and disposal, it is a part of series of projects in which we utilize the idea of an archive, and collections as a platform to explore current issues of society and culture. The concept of the Public Library is open-ended while suggesting a parallel to the city and urban development, its shifts and expansion, the library will further continue to grow in size and shape with the addition of new finds. Learn more here.

            This group exhibition  Building & Rebuilding addresses the effects of the rapidly-changing landscape in our urban surroundings as a result of sprawl, evident by endless demolitions, empty lots and new high-rises. The works in the show contain familiar elements from city landscapes, such as scaffolding, urban detritus, abandoned buildings, and public gardens, all addressing the hurried transformation of cityscapes closely related to gentrification. The social and architectural shifts in which many neighborhoods in Brooklyn (and elsewhere) encounter are primary themes within the artists’ works. Some of the works in the show are more abstract than others, presenting imagined structures as a way of exploring the notion of permanence and impermanence in “new” territories and spaces. Other works in the show mirror a tangled topography and inspire association with urban sprawl, interrogating urbanism and the tension that occurs due to shifts in the landscape.

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            Building and Rebuilding Exhibition Press Release

             


             

            Call & Response

            Group Exhibition curated by Jennifer Mac Gregor and Gabriel de Guzman

            September 10 – December 03, 2017

            Opening Reception, Sunday, September 10, 2 – 4:30pm

            Wave Hill, Glyndor Gallery, 675 W 252nd Street, Bronx, NY 10471

             

            Kristyna and Marek Milde, In-Tree-Net, 2009-2017, installation view at Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill, 10,5′ x 1,5′ x 6“
            tree trunks and branches, plumbing hardware

             

             

            We are happy to invite you to the group exhibition Call & Response at Wave Hill at the Glyndor Gallery curated by Gabriel Guzman, where we will present our project In-Tree-Net, a site-specific installation on the theme of borders architecture creates towards the natural world.

            Please join us for the Opening Reception on Sunday, September 10, 2 pm – 4:30 pm.

            In the spirit of experimentation synonymous with the Sunroom, a space devoted to site-specific work by emerging artists, Wave Hill’s curatorial team has invited 50 artists who have shown in the Sunroom over the last ten years to return and present new responses, encompassing an exhilarating re-examination of the site.  The show will feature new work, ranging from art objects created using natural materials on site, to sound and video pieces, outdoor installations and performance works.

            For the exhibition Call and Response at Wave Hill Kristyna and Marek Milde created a site-specific installation titled In-Tree-Net, a part of a series of sculptural interventions, responding to issue of environmental fragmentation embedded in architecture. In-Tree-Net takes form of an organic nervous system growing through the building. The installation is made with trees and branches assembled together with plumbing hardware resembling pipes and engineering structures.

            At Wave Hill, the installation penetrates the walls of the historical rooms in which once dwelled families of Roosevelt’s and the writer Mark Twain. Trees and their complex interconnection present in the ecosystem of the woods are here reduced to a rigid model of a machine representing the common mechanistic perspective of nature.

            The Mildes say: “We are interested in connecting our insulated interior reality to the environmental context. In the project, we confront the cultural notion of framing and dividing nature with artificial borders. In-Tree-Net represents the vital element of nature symbolically crossing these barriers, pointing to the continuity of environment.”

            The artists conceived the project In-Tree-Net as a developing algorithm open to being applied site-specifically to a variety of sites and places, institutional, public and private. The project already evolved in response to a number of sites and places in the US and Europe confronting borders and limits of architecture. They are interested in reviewing proposals from individuals and institutions to consider possible interactions with specific sites.

            The Sunroom Project Space provides an alternative to the kind of white-box setting a contemporary gallery might typically offer. Instead, it features distinctive, arched windows, bringing awareness of the vibrant garden oasis beyond into the installation space and informing and inspiring the work within. For ten years, Wave Hill has opened the space to emerging, New York-area artists to create a site-specific solo project, responding to the unique natural environment of Wave Hill’s gardens, setting, and history. This flourishing program draws artists from the Bronx, as well as other parts of New York City, and is an integral part of the cultural life of the borough. More info here

             

             

            “NY gallery offers space for young artists”

            TV Reportage from the opening of the Call and Response Exhibition at Wave Hill, featuring our site-specific installation In-Tree-Net

            September 10, 2017

             

             

            Exhibition review about the anniversary Call & Response show at Wave Hill, where we presented our site-specific installation In-Tree-Net.

            October 6, 2017

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             


             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             


             

             

             

            BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS 2017

            KRISTYNA AND MAREK MILDE
            Dates: Sat., Sun: September 23 – 24, 2017, 2pm – 7pm
            Address: 1416 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

             

             

             

            Please join us for our Open Studio Event taking place at our Studio, Home and Backyard this weekend held as part of the 11th annual neighborhood-wide festival Bushwick Open Studios festival (BOS) September 22-24, 2017.
            You will get insight into the process of making our newest projects we worked on in the last months, such as the developing installation Felling Times targeting media narratives, and project Home in a Home focusing on the theme of domestic integrity we created during our recent ISCP Summer Residency. There will be many more new works to see and we look very much forward to have you over for an informal visit and discussion. We will have some home-made refreshments, please BYOB.  Our BOS 2017 listing FB event page 

            There is much more happening around us, the Bushwick Open Studios Festival features several hundreds participating artists and cultural events, concerts and performances made in Bushwick. So visiting this weekend is a unique opportunity to explore, the currently hottest NY artist neighborhood. Check out the official Festival Website for more information: Bushwick Open Studios 2017 
            During the weekend most studios will be open from 11am – 7pm on Saturday and Sunday with opening night festivities on Friday night kicking off AiB’s annual Seeking Space group show. Some studio hours will vary, check the community events calendar for studio listings with precise locations and times. You can also browse by location, category or search our artist directory. Visitors and neighbors can also enjoy a series of events, performances, and panel discussions coordinated by AiB in partnership with local businesses and cultural institutions.  Some of the Official Arts in Bushwick events during BOS weekend will include:

            Opening night of Seeking Space at Beyond Studios NYC
            272 Seigel Street
            Friday, September 22, 2017 from 7-10pm: The weekend’s kick-off party and opening reception launching the Bushwick Open Studios signature group show, Seeking Space, open 1-5pm Saturday and Sunday through the BOS weekend. Pick up a copy of Making History Bushwick – cataloging ten years of Bushwick and featuring 400 artists – while you’re there!

            “AiB Art Walk” Coordinated with Graham Avenue Business Improvement District
            All Weekend, September 23-24: Artists have been invited to display work in storefronts along the avenue. Closest Subway J/M/Z at Flushing Avenue

            “Deface vs Displace” Curated by Color Scenes and Bushwick Street Art
            1009 Broadway #203
            Saturday, September 23, 2017, 12-5pm: This action-packed performance and exhibition event will include live painting, vendors, performances and an art exhibition. Curated by Color Scenes and Bushwick Street Art, in coordination with Arts in Bushwick. Located at Bushwick Street Art Gallery,

            The BOS Afterparty at House of Yes
            2 Wyckoff Avenue
            Sunday, September 24,9pm: Proceeds will go to Educated Little Monsters, a creative focused, youth empowerment organization in Bushwick.

            A free information map will be available throughout participating hub sites around the community. This free event is an unique opportunity for the Bushwick community and our visitors to tour hundreds of artist studios throughout the neighborhood and a little beyond, to see and feel firsthand the creative vibrancy of a flourishing community.

            For art collectors, BOS presents an incredible opportunity to support local artists and purchase high-quality artworks from emerging and renowned artists alike.

            If you are a visitor, we recommend taking the L train or J train. The L will let out at the northwestern part of the area at Morgan, Jefferson and Dekalb Avenues, while the J will land you in the southern parts of Bushwick along Broadway. Note, the M train is running to Myrtle-Broadway, but operates as a shuttle bus beyond this stop. Please visit the MTA website for specific information about subway service.

             

             

             


             

            ISCP Salon: Kristyna and Marek Milde and Yumiko Ono

            Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:30pm

            ISCP’s second-floor lounge, 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

             

            HVCCA, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Word, Kristyna and Marek Milde, Home in a Home

            Kristyna and Marek Milde, Home in a Home, 2016,Installation view at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, 

            wallpaper, digital print on vinyl, molding, furniture, and project’s survey, 144×120×108 in. (365.76 × 304.8 × 274.32 cm)

             

            Please join us Tuesday, September 19, join us for the artist talks by ISCP residents Kristyna and Marek Milde and Yumiko Ono.

            Kristyna and Marek Milde will speak about their art practice and current project Home in a Home, a research-based work that explores domestic identities. Specifically, they investigate the role of collecting nonfunctional objects and memorabilia in creating personal space. The Milde’s art practice engages themes of modern lifestyles and everyday realities, including domesticity, food, and a variety of cultural rituals that explore society’s alienation from the wider environmental context.

            Yumiko Ono will address her interest in communist culture, especially in the field of architecture and how the idea of utopia connects to her own cultural background. She will explain how this interest circulates throughout her current research in New York. Ono will also present past works to demonstrate the evolution of her work from a particular point of view about form.

            Bellow you can watch a video from the ISCP Artist Talk, the first 30min is Yumiko Ono talking about her work, followed by our presentation.

            PDF of the presentation available here.

            Click here for more information.

             


             

            International Artist Residency at The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)

             

            July 1 – August 31, 2017

            1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

             

             

             

             

            We are thrilled to begin the International Artist Residency at ISCP in Brooklyn, NY!

            Thank you ISCP and BBLA for your support!

            We are working on our project Home in a Home. Come to visit us at the studio # 203!

            The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) supports the creative development of artists and curators, and promotes exchange through residencies and public programs. Housed in a former factory in Brooklyn, with 35 light-filled work studios and two galleries, ISCP is New York’s most comprehensive international visual arts residency program, founded in 1994. ISCP organizes exhibitions, events, and offsite projects, which are free and open to all, sustaining a vibrant community of contemporary art practitioners and diverse audiences. Artists and curators from more than 70 countries, including the United States have undertaken residencies at ISCP.

            The Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA), established in 1891, was founded as an umbrella organization representing approximately eighty Czech and Slovak cultural, educational and athletic community groups and clubs. With contributions from the newly arrived immigrants, the Bohemian National Hall (Narodni Budova) was built four years later as a gathering place for these organizations in the Yorkville section on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
            The original mission of the BBLA was and continues to be to preserve the Czech and Slovak culture in New York City.

             

             


             

             

            Wasting, Wilding, Workstyling II,   Mildred’s Lane Session 2017

            June 5 -11,  2017  

            Kristyna and Marek Milde presentation and workshop: Wednesday,  June 7,  2 – 4pm

            517 Plank Road, Beach Lake, PA, 18405

            Contributing Artists: 

            Morgan Puett, Athena Kokoronis, Donna Cleary, Jan Mun, Virginia Poundstone, Nathaniel Whitmore, Laura Silverman,

            Kristyna and Marek Milde, Tom and Cecilia Coacci, James Prosek, Amy Yoes

             

             

            We are pleased to be the contributing artists for the Wasting, Wilding, Workstyling II  session at Mildred’s Lane, while working on our new project Plantarium – Garden for Weeds, Bees, and Teasa wildflower meadow around Mildred’s Lane bee yard featuring a spectrum of uncultivated foraged local plants.  Please join us for our presentation and workshop on Wednesday, June 7,  2 – 4pm at Mildred’s Lane. During the week long session artists, local naturalists, gardeners, botanists, beekeepers and other contributing artists J. Morgan Puett, Athena Kokoronis, Donna Cleary, Jan Mun, Virginia Poundstone, Nathaniel Whitmore, Laura Silverman, Tom and Cecilia Coacci, James Prosek, Amy Yoes will be leading workshops and presentations around topics including beekeeping, collecting, pressing, tincturing, planting, mycoremediation, soil biology – wildcrafting; while focusing on the redesign and dynamic transformation of the Mildred Garden and the Radical Apiary, both adjacent to the Mildred’s Lane TransHistorical Society and Museum.

            If you would like to participate as a fellow, please email Mildred’s Lane to get more info, day passes are available too.

            More info at www.mildredslane.com

             

             

             


             

             

            Plantarium – Garden for Weeds, Bees, and Teas

            Work in Progress 2017

             Mildred’s Lane

            517 Plank Road, Beach Lake, PA, 18405

            Kristyna and Marek Milde, Plantarium – Garden for Weeds, Bees and Teas, a developing site-specific project at Mildred’s Lane, 2017

            wild flower meadow designed with transplanted uncultivated local  plants and weeds

             

            Plantarium – Garden for Weeds, Bees, and Teas, a new developing site-specific project taking a form of a wildflower meadow around Mildred’s Lane bee yard, featuring a spectrum of uncultivated local plants transplanted from the wild. While serving the plants animals and humans alike. Plantarium is an open platform promoting an active experience of wild plants through use, consumption, and interpretation to explore our relationship to the environment.

            Plantarium – Garden for Weeds, Bees, and Teas explores local wild plants and flowers its use and cultural significance. Mildes gather and transplant uncultivated plants, and weeds on their walks and foraging trips on site and in the Upper Delaware River region. The garden surrounding local bee yard is designed to accommodate bees and insects, while also serving humans to educate and provide culinary and medicinal herbs for teas and cutting flowers for wildflower bouquets. Plantarium is part of series of site interventions and participatory projects in which Mildes engage themes of environmental alienation, and connecting modern lifestyle with the wider context of nature.

            Plantarium aims to recall the significance of wildflowers and weeds overlooked in our culture and to explore its usefulness and role in daily rituals, traditions, and symbolism. In traditional cultures, wild plants were an inseparable part of everyday life, and a valuable resource crucial for survival, connecting natural knowledge and sensitivity to the environment, common skills we largely lost in the western world. The project addresses our vanishing access to natural resources, its mystification, and institutionalization, such as the restriction of harvesting wild plants on the public lands and criminalization of its medicinal use. While our relationship to plants today is dominated by its idealized images, representations, and cultivated forms, Plantarium highlights the wild and uncultivated, bringing them back into the center of our attention. The project is a window into the unique local environment and shifting narratives both natural and cultural, in which the native plants are mixed together with the specimens introduced in the colonial era.

            The project evolves in series of walks, studies, and workshops gradually establishing a wild flower garden reflecting the natural diversity through the seasonal change. The wild plants are planted in a circular form around the bee yard containing 14 different varieties of weeds and uncultivated plants and at the later stage, will be allowed to transform into a wild meadow to blend with its surroundings. The project reverses the idea of a garden, based on growing crops as a monoculture in isolation separated from each other by a mulch, in the Plantarium plants are allowed to go wild and grow as in nature, connecting and interlocking with each other, creating a living social network.

            Mildred’s Lane is an arts center on a rustic, 96-acre site deep in the woods of rural northeastern Pennsylvania, in the upper Delaware River Valley, which borders New York state. It is an ongoing collaboration between J. Morgan PuettMark Dion, their son Grey Rabbit Puett, and their friends and colleagues. It is a home and an experiment in living, hosting a variety of programs, artist residencies, public events, and site-specific projects. Mildred’s Lane attempts to coevolve a rigorous pedagogical strategy, where a working-living-researching environment has been developed to foster engagement with every aspect of life. www.mildredslane.com

            More here

             


            Celebrating 25 years of EFA!

             Online Art Auction and Exhibition Reception

            Wednesday, June 14th 5 – 9pm

            Elisabeth Foundation for the Arts, 323W, 39th Street, NY, NY

            Kristyna and Marek Milde, Ha, Ha, Ha, Yo, series Igeology, 2017, hand embroided plastic shopping bag, silk

             

            On the evening of Wednesday, June 14th, EFA honors 25 years of service with a reception and exhibition at EFA Center in Manhattan.  The reception will feature an exhibition of the nearly 100 exceptional works of art that are available on our online 25th Anniversary Art Auction. We are pleased to support Elisabeth Foundation for the Arts by donating our artwork Ha, Ha, Ha, Yo, from the series Igeology for the EFA Benefit. The exhibition celebrates and highlights the work of prominent and emerging artists who have benefited from EFA’s mission, full list of artists is available here. The two-week online auction Paddle8.com opens June 14 and will be up until June 28, 2017.

            The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts is a public charity dedicated to providing artists across all disciplines with space, tools, and a cooperative forum for the development of individual practice. We are a catalyst for cultural growth, stimulating new interactions between artists, creative communities, and the public.

             


             

            Kristyna and Marek Milde’s work featured in

             

            Flash Art #43, Czech and Slovak Edition

            Article “Lost Connections” by Sarah Corona

            March – May 2017

             

             

            We are pleased to share that the current issue of Flash Art Czech and Slovak Edition, a leading international magazine, features a comprehensive article about our art practice, written by curator and art historian Sarah Corona. The article “Lost Connections” focuses on a variety of our projects about the environment such as the Gone Wild, In-Tree-Net, Cabinet of Smells. Flash Art issue #43 engages themes of #environment and #anthropocene. English version of the article also available on the Flash Art website.

            “Like a hike through the mountains, their art practice involves a well thought-out navigation through our environment that offers new perspectives and views on what we humans might have forgotten in our Anthropocene era.”

            “While Milde’s work reframes modern lifestyle and everyday rituals it is an “archeological” exploration into cultural memes that is also visionary; imagining a future, where the lost environmental connection could be re-established through awareness and active engagement, fostering integrity of culture and nature.”

             Read the article in Czech as PDF here

             

             

             

             

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            In-Tree-Net  featured in the new publication

            Form, Art and the Environment: Engaging in Sustainability

            by Barbara Benish and Nathalie Blanc

            Published by Routledge, 2017

            224 pages | 29 Color Illus. | 29 B/W Illus.

             

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            We are very pleased to announce that our installation project In-Tree-Net has been featured in this new comprehensive publication on environmental and sustainable art by Barbara Benish and Nathalie Blanc.In-Tree-Net, 2011-2013 is a series of site-specific installations engaging architecture and its alienating effects from environment.  In-Tree-Net is sculptural installation made with tree trunks and branches, mimicking pipes and engineering systems in architecture, it represents a metaphor for the inherent connection of built spaces to the vital element of nature.

            Form, Art and the Environment: Engaging in Sustainability adopts a pluralistic perspective of environmental artistic processes in order to examine the contributions of the arts in promoting sustainable development and culture at a grassroots level and its potential as a catalyst for social change and awareness.

            This book investigates how community arts, environmental creativity, and the changing role of artists in the Polis contribute to the goal of a sustainable future from a number of interdisciplinary perspectives. From considering the role that art works play in revealing local environmental problems such as biodiversity, public transportation and energy issues, to examining the way in which artists and art works enrich our multidimensional understanding of culture and sustainable development, Form, Art and the Environment advocates the inestimable value of art as an expressive force in promoting sustainable culture and conscious development. Utilizing a broad range of case studies and analysis from a body of work collected through the international environmental COAL prize, this book examines the evolution of the relationship between culture and the environment.

            This book will be of interest to practitioners of the environmental arts, culture and sustainable development and students of Art, Environmental Science, and International Policy and Planning Development.

             

             


             

             

            6 Minute Challenge IV

             Czechoslovak Society for Art & Sciences (SVU)

            Bohemian National Hall

            Wednesday, Nov 9 at 7pm 

            321E 73rd Street, NY 10021

             

             

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            Come to the fourth installment of the popular SVU’s 6-Minute Challenge: Academic Show &Tell series presenting Czech and Slovak artists, professionals, scientists, students and scholars at local universities and institutions. The 6-Minute format challenges participants to present their project, subject of their research and studies through a presentation in English limited to six minutes.

            Participants include: Andrea Cumpelik (NYU-neuroscience), Petr Dubecky-Fawcett (OAX-graphic arts), Hana Gregusova (jazz singer), Monika Hankova (Jewish Museum in Prague -oral history), Michal Horny (Boston U.-Public Health), Pavel Kocourek (NYU—Economics), Kristyna and Marek Milde (environmental art), Paul Linden-Retek (Yale-political science) and Henrieta Scholtzova (NYU– biomedicine).

            Moderated by Christopher Harwood, PhD, Columbia University
            RSVP: newyork@svu2000.org
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            Chance Ecologies: Queen Public Symposium

            Queens Museum
            at Museum’s Theater and Community Partnership Gallery
            October 23, 2016, 12noon – 4:30pm

            Exhibition Dates: October 8 – 30, 2016

            Curated by Catherine Grau and Nathan Kensinger

             

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            We are pleased to invite you to the upcoming symposium organized as part of the exhibition Chance Ecologies: Queens. The event takes place this Sunday, October 23rd from noon till 4:30pm at the Queens Museum’s theater and Community Partnership Gallery. During the gallery talk (1:30pm – 2pm) we will discuss our new evolving project Gone Wild  engaging wild flowers and the urban wilderness. The symposium will feature a day of screenings, artists talks, and discussions about Chance Ecologies.

            The Chance Ecologies: Queens exhibition, open till October 30, includes projects of 20+ artists working with un-designed landscapes and natural environments found in abandoned spaces and post-industrial sites in Queens. The exhibition curated by Catherine Grau and Nathan Kensinger is organized by Chance Ecologies in collaboration with Queens Museum and New York City Department of Parks.
            While at the museum we also recommend seeing the Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art retrospective.

            For more information, please visit the museum’s webpage: www.queensmuseum.org
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            12noon – 1:30pm: Chance Ecologies in Motion

            A screening of new video works by Joianne Bittle, Laura Chipley, Nate Dorr, Maya Edelman, Dylan Gauthier, Nathan Kensinger, Edmund Mooney, Matthias Neumann, and Natalia Roumelioti (ntilit)

            Over the past two summers, the artists of Chance Ecologies have engaged with three different sites in Queens: Hunter’s Point South, the Newtown Creek and the Flushing River. The works in this screening present a wide range of responses to these post-industrial sites, ranging from collaborative performances to solitary explorations, and employ a variety of film techniques, including stop motion animation, underwater recordings, and drone footage. Each of these films is a unique creation inspired by a different aspect of these landscapes, and when viewed together, they present a larger picture of the ideas informing Chance Ecologies. The screening will be following by a Q&A with the artists.

            1:30pm – 2:00pm: Chance Ecologies on View

            Gallery walk and refreshments

            The curators of Chance Ecologies will lead a walk-through of Chance Ecologies: Queens, the current exhibit in the Queens Museum Community Partnerships Gallery, giving an overview of  the ideas behind Chance Ecologies. Several artists, include Kristyna and Marek Milde, Marisa Tesauro, and Joianne Bittle, will be present to give details about their individual works. Light refreshments will be provided.

            “Vegetative Resistance: Weeds and Wildness in Human Dominated Landscapes”

            Ellie Irons works with cosmopolitan spontaneous plants that thrive in landscapes heavily impacted by human activity. Often described as weeds, they provide a starting point for exploring nativeness, invasion, gentrification and the future of land use in the face of global climate change. As we concern ourselves with big questions of globalization, mass extinction, and climate change, we exert control in small ways by attempting to restore or cultivate landscape fragments to mimic historical ideals. As we pour resources into such measures, what are we losing, erasing, eradicating? Expanding from these questions, Irons will explore the tale of one particular weedy species: Asiatic dayflower (Commelina communis), while raising questions about human and vegetative agency in the so-called Anthropocene.

            “Hidden Vistas: Empathy and Place in Virtual Reality Installations”

            What does it mean to have empathy for a place? How can we use cutting edge technologies such as virtual reality and 360° video to immerse a viewer in places that no longer exist? That are too difficult to find? Too hazardous to visit? Edrex Fontanilla and Sarah Nelson Wright share their creative process of applying “the empathy machine” to wild geographies.

            3:30pm – 4:30pm: Digging into Chance Ecologies

            A public discussion led by the curators of Chance Ecologies and Daniel Campo

            The closing event of this daylong symposium will open up a larger conversation amongst the artists and participants of Chance Ecologies, lead by co-curators Catherine Grau and Nathan Kensinger and by Daniel Campo, author of “The Accidental Playground.” This discussion will consider the underlying themes of Chance Ecologies: What is the importance of unplanned green spaces? What types of ecologies can thrive in liminal, post-industrial landscapes, and why? How can we responsibly interact with and advocate for these spaces? What is the role of artists and creativity and community in these spaces? How can chance ecological landscapes becomes sites of new relational structures between humans, the environment and other species? What will happen to these spaces in the future, as the city faces challenges caused by rising sea levels and climate change?

            Chance Ecologies was created in 2015 by Catherine Grau, Nathan Kensinger and Stephen Zacks, and has been supported by the Queens Museum, ArtBuilt Mobile Studios and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation with a residency at the Studio In The Park program, and has worked in partnership with Amplifier Inc., RadiatorArts, and the Newtown Creek Alliance.

             

             

             


             

             

            Chance Ecologies: Queens at Queens Museum

            Exhibition Dates: October 8 – 30, 2016
            Opening Reception & Walkthrough with Curators & Artists: October 8, 2pm – 4pm
            Participatory Workshops and Public Performances: October 16, 2016
            Chance Ecologies Symposium: October 23, 2016

             Curated by Catherine Grau and Nathan Kensinger

            Artists: Joianne Bittle, Daniel Campo, Laura Chipley, Nate Dorr, Maya Edelman, Edrex Fontanilla, Dylan Gauthier, Dillon de Give, Ellie Irons, Chris Kennedy,

            Kristyna and Marek Milde, Anne Percoco, Edmund Mooney, Matthias Neumann, Natalia Roumelioti (ntilit), Raphaele Shirley, Marisa Tesauro, and Sarah Nelson Wright.

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            We are excited that our new project series  Gone Wild, wild flower interventions in to cultural rituals such as the public workshop Wild Flower Boutique,  is part of the exhibition Chance Ecologies: Queens at the Queens Museum, which features new works, artistic gestures and research projects engaging with the undesigned and wild growing landscapes found in post-industrial sites, landfills and other liminal spaces around Queens. This exhibit brings together creative works from a large group of Queens and Brooklyn-based artists, who have explored three of these sites around the borough over the past two years: Hunter’s Point South, the Newtown Creek, and the Flushing River. Each of these places has its own unique history and landscape, but all three are united by a shared legacy of industrial pollution and human intervention.

            Chance Ecologies: Queens includes a diverse array of artworks, from video installation and new media to sculpture and drawing, the results of collaborations between archaeologists, architects, filmmakers, urbanists and naturalists with community members of all ages and backgrounds. To expand the dialogue around this exhibit, Chance Ecologies will present a day of participatory art projects and public performances along the Flushing River on October 16th, and a symposium of authors, artists, academics and community groups at the museum on October 23rd. More information on those events will be announced at the Queens Museum website.

            Chance Ecologies was created in 2015 by Catherine Grau, Nathan Kensinger and Stephen Zacks, and has been supported by the Queens Museum, ArtBuilt Mobile Studios and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation with a residency at the Studio In The Park program, and has worked in partnership with Amplifier Inc., RadiatorArts, and the Newtown Creek Alliance.

            More information at www.chancecologies.org  and  www.queensmuseum.org

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            Kristýna a Marek Milde: Umělecká prezentace / Artist Talk

            Moderátor/Moderator: Jan Pfeiffer

            tranzitdisplay, čtvrtek 8. září, 2016, 18:30h

            (Thursday, September 8. 2016, 6:30 pm)

            Dittrichova 9/337, 120 00 Praha 2, CZ

             

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            Česky:
            Vazeni pratele dovolujeme si Vas pozvat na nasi umeleckou prezentaci v tranzitdisplay v Praze ve ctvrtek 8.zari od 18:30h, kde budeme mluvit o nasi praci a nejnovejsich projektech. Tesime se na Vas!

            Tranzitdisplay Vás zve na prezentaci Kristýny a Marka Milde, českých umělců, žijících v New Yorském Brooklynu, kteří budou diskutovat o svých nejnovějších projektech. Jejich práce se zabývá problematikou odcizení různorodých forem moderního životního stylu, od přírody a širšího environmentálního kontextu. Ve své tvorbě Mildovi přezkoumávají témata, do kterých patří domov, jídlo a kulturní rituály běžné denní reality a nabízí publiku formou různých akcí a situací pozici aktivní role, která umožňuje nový vhled na vžité normativy a stereotypy. Umělci ve své tvorbě užívají multidisciplinární formy zahrnující situační intervence, workshopy a instalace, které slouží jako prostředek pro vytvoření environmentální zkušenosti.

             

             

            English:

            Dear Friends we would like to invite you to our artist talk at tranzitdisplay in Prague on Thursday, September 8, 6:30pm, where we will be talking about our work and recent projects. Please note that the talk will be held in Czech language only. Looking forward to see you there!

            tranzitdisplay cordially invites you to an artist talk by Kristyna and Marek Milde, Brooklyn based Czech artist tandem. The artists will talk about their latest projects, which engage alienation of diverse forms of modern lifestyles from nature and the wider environmental context. In their works Mildes examine themes that include domesticity, food and cultural rituals of daily reality offering the public an active role in various actions and situations allowing to reframe given cultural norms and stereotypes. In their practice the artists use multidisciplinary forms, which include situationist interventions, workshops and installations that serve as platform for environmental experience.

            www.tranzitdisplay.cz

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            Chance Ecologies: Flushing River Closing Events

            Saturday, August 13, 2016

            1pm-6pm

            Willow Lake (entrance at 72nd St and the Grand Central Parkway), 1pm

             and Studio In The Park adjacent to the Queens Museum,   3pm-6pm

            Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens

             

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            Photo from the Pat Dollan Trail around the Willow Lake in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, courtesy of Nathan Kensinger

             

            On Saturday August 13th, the artists and curators of Chance Ecologies invite you to a final day of public events at their studio residency, Chance Ecologies: Flushing River. This six-week-long artists residency is located at the Studio In The Park, adjacent to the Queens Museum located on its right side if facing it from the Unisphere.

            Please join us for our workshop Wild Flower Boutique at 3pm at the Studio in the Park,

            Wild Flower Boutique is our ongoing project researching the culture and rituals of flower giving, engaging local plants and wildflowers, examining possibilities to utilize wild and roadside plants, considered as weeds, in decoration and bouquet giving as alternative to their cultivated counterparts. In this project we explore model of flower giving that can educate and teach about nature and ecology, synchronizing important events of life with the seasonal cycle. It is a window into the overseen beauty in the chance ecologies that surrounds us.

            The participants are encouraged to bring wild uncultivated plants, weeds and flowers of choice to the workshop. Please respect the property of others, while gathering.

            While giving the wild flowers is certainly the oldest way, less common today, in our project we question what is conventionally understood as beauty, confronting the wild flowers with the formal traditions commonly following sentiments such as love, respect, gratitude and grieve. While flowers function as a social mediator we think using them in the wild form instead of cultivated may bring different light in to our rituals, bringing them closer to honesty, allowing to express emotion and sentiments without refinement and pretense in a more candid way. As wild flowers today rarely find a place in to the vase on table, our project proposes a model of flower giving that can educate and teach about nature and ecology synchronizing important events of life with the seasonal cycle. In traditional cultures their utilization connects to natural knowledge and sensitivity to environment necessary to survival, in the Wild Flower Boutique we are interested to explore ways of using wild flowers to bring awareness to the nature that surrounds us and to contextualize our modern lifestyle.

             

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            PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

            1pm to 2pm:
            The Contradiction of the Urban Wilderness (Daniel Campo)
            & Seed Collecting Walk (Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco)

            Daniel Campo, author of The Accidental Playground, will lead the first part of a walk through the Willow Lake Preserve, exploring the headwaters of the Flushing River, which are located in a man-made “natural” landscape where the Parks Department has planted over 13,000 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 66,000 herbaceous plants.

            The second part of this walk will be led by collaborating artist Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco, who have been creating a seed library of weedy species from various chance ecological sites, where wild growing plants reclaim post-industrial spaces. They will share their insights into different plant species and how to identify them, and invite participants to contribute to their seed collection.

            Please Note:
            This walk will begin at 1pm at the western entrance to the Pat Dolan nature trail, at 72nd St and the Grand Central Parkway. The closest subway station is 75 Ave on the E/F line. After the walk, we will collectively commute to the Queens Museum to attend the following events. The nature trail is not a paved road, and we advise you to wear sturdy, waterproof shoes, long pants and insect repellent.

             

            3pm – Wild Flower Boutique (Marek and Kristyna Milde)
            Join artists Kristyna and Marek Milde at the Studio In The Park for an interactive workshop on the culture and rituals of flower giving, engaging local plants and wildflowers, where participants will be able to create their own wild flower bouquets or arrangement.  This event is a window into the overseen beauty in the chance ecologies that surrounds us.

             

            4pm – Sound and Light Performance (Raphaele Shirley)
            Artist Raphaele Shirley will present a sound and light performance based on her week of research at the Studio In The Park, collaborating with musician David Watson. The performance is a smaller version of “3 trees and 100 pink smoke flares,” which she is developing for Chance Ecologies’ exhibition at the Queens Museum in October. This performance is part of the artist’s series creating S.O.S. signals for endangered landscapes.

             

            5pm – Chance Ecologies: Flushing River Closing Ceremony
            To close their six-week-long artists residency at the Studio In The Park, Chance Ecologies curators Catherine Grau and Nathan Kensinger will highglight the projects and research that have been realized as part of this summer’s creative investigation of the Flushing River. We invite you to join in a discussion about the past, present and future of this waterway and other similar sites in Queens.

             

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            Queens Museum, Studio in the Park – Residency #3 Chance Ecologies

            Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368

            July 2 – August 14, 2016

             

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            We are excited to participate  together with other Chance Ecologies artists in the Studio in the Park – Residency #3 Chance Ecologies at the Queens Museum curated by Catherine Grau and Nathan Kensinger in the unique space of the ArtBuilt Mobile Studios adjoining the museum in the Flushing Meadow Corona Park organized in collaboration with Queens Museum and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. During the residency we explore the relationship between the urban and the natural, un-designed landscapes and wilderness found in abandoned spaces, post-industrial sites surrounding the park and the Flushing River, culminating with Chance Ecologies exhibition at the Queens Museum in October 2016.

            Please check queensmuseum.org/events in the coming weeks for updated information on studio open hours and the project’s public programs.

            About Chance Ecologies
            Chance Ecologies, led by curators Catherine Grau and Nathan Kensinger, is a curatorial framework for artistic gestures and research projects exploring wilderness found in abandoned spaces, post ­industrial sites, and landfills in New York City. The main trajectories of this project are to create research and discourse around the value of wild, unmanaged spaces in the urban environment and to creatively articulate visions for the future of native and non-native species. In 2015, Chance Ecologies engaged a group of 20 artists to create a series of public projects within the wild landscape of Hunter’s Point South, Queens, before it was leveled for a major housing development. These projects included artist-led walks, workshops, a seed library, an archaeological dig, and a pirate radio station.

            About ArtBuilt
            ArtBuilt Mobile Studios are small mobile workspaces that allow artists, social-service providers and micro-businesses work in new ways and in new places. ArtBuilt is a non-profit organization which works to support the creative sector by helping individual creative workers. Formed in 2015 through the merger of established arts-support nonprofits ArtHome and Artopolis Development, ArtBuilt focuses on financial literacy and business training, home-ownership and other forms of asset-building, access to credit, economic self-sufficiency and micro-enterprise support. ArtBuilt provides innovative solutions by leveraging existing solutions and expertise from other sectors to benefit their arts constituency.

            About Queens Museum
            The Queens Museum is an art museum and educational center located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York City. The museum is housed in building built for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, and later hosted the United Nations General Assembly. The Queens Museum has focused on outreach and access for a wide range of audiences, and is known for international contemporary art exhibitions that reflect the cultural diversity of the borough is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural, and international community.

             


             

             

             

            Home in a Home” by Kristyna and Marek Milde

             is  part of an online auction  “Word, Words in Art Art in Words”

            supporting public programing at the 

             at Hudson Valley Contemporary Center for the Arts (HVCCA)

            Biding possible till December 17, 2016

             

             

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            LMCC Open Studios with Process Space Artists-in-Residence

            The Arts Center at Governors Island (Building 110 near Soissons Landing)

            Saturday, June 25,  1:00 – 4:00pm

            Ferry Details: govisland.com/info/ferry

             

            PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

            Elia Alba, Jonathan Allen, Torkwase Dyson, Stacy Fisher, Tracey Goodman, Gordon Hall, Nicolas Holiber, Erin Hudak,

            Benjamin Keddy, Hilary Lorenz, Erin Markey, Raul Martinez (DETEXT), Jillian McDonald, Ander Mikalson,

            Kristyna and Marek Milde, Victor E. Morales, Jim Skudil, Jenna Spevack, Katie Torn, Claudia Weber

             

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            As part of our participation in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space artist residency program, we are pleased to invite you to see progress of our newest project Sitings at LMCC’s Open Studios, which is presented as part of River To River Festival 2016.  This will be the final open studios of the residency before it comes to a close at the end of June after 4 months of intensive work.  Come and spend a summer afternoon visiting the Governors island and the studios of our fellow 20+ Artist-in-Residence in the former army warehouse turned LMCC’s Arts Center, where you can see a variety of in-progress and completed visual, literary, and performing art works by LMCC artists-in-residence. An exhibition by Michael Richards will also be on display in the front gallery adjacent to the studios. This event is free and open to all!

            Also as part of the day:

            Michael Richards: Winged (on view), 12pm – 5pm
            Location: Gallery at LMCC’s Arts Center

            Open Studios with Eiko, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
            Location: LMCC’s Arts Center, Rehearsal Space B

            Open Studios with Kaneza Schaal, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
            Location: LMCC’s Arts Center, Lower Level

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            LMCC logoLower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) missions is to to create a fertile and nurturing environment for artists and arts groups, enlivening public spaces with free programs in the visual, performing, and new media arts, and to provide leadership in cultural planning and advocacy. It empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond. In 2015, LMCC awarded approximately $500,000 in grants, provided 500 individuals with professional development skills and access to business leaders and arts professionals, placed 100 individuals and arts groups in our studio residency programs, as well as presented over 60 days of free cultural experiences for the public to enjoy.

             

             

             


             

            Exquisite Corpus: The Maize

            Presented by the Holes in the Wall Collective

            At Art in the Fields Property, 104 Schweitz Rd, New Jerusalem, PA

            Artists: Kristyna and Marek MildeAnne PercocoArtcodex

            Catherine Grau, Dana HemesBibi Calderaro, and Glen Einbinder

            June 4 – September 2016

            Opening: June 4th at 2pm

             

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            PopCorn Rock, Milde, 2016 - 2PopCorn Rock, 2016, site-specific project in New Jerusalem PA, petroglyphs on stone, 45″ x 100″ x 80″

             

            Join us on  June 4th at 2p for the opening of a group curated show EXQUISITE CORPUS: THE MAIZE at the ART IN THE FIELDS site, a 29 acres old farm property of woodland, fields, pond in New Jerusalem, PA presented by the Holes in the Wall Collective. Seven artists / artist groups engage in an exquisite visual dialogue inspired by the immediate landscape, its history and the role of CORN. Each participating artist /artist group is invited to install an environmental installation during a one week residence at the Holes in the Wall Collective cabin that  investigates the questions – What is our relationship as humans to the land and what are the consequences of that relationship? What are the ecological, political, economic, and cultural implications of these consequences?

            The show is featuring our new site-specific project PopCorn Rock, stone covered with  petroglyphs, which explores the cultural narrative of our most prevalent staple food, corn. Pop Corn Rock is a granite boulder covered with petroglyphs depicting ornamental images, symbols and human figures carved in to the rock appearing on the first encounter to be messages from the past. By using the ancient technique of petroglyphic art, Mildes chiseled into the stone an engraving, retelling the story of corn, and its significance and cultural role seen from the contemporary perspective.

            Maize, cultivated and celebrated by the first Natives of America, given to the colonialists and part of our heritage of Thanksgiving, has a rich and complicated history. Today US corn produces 1/3 of all corn in the world on 96 million acres of land. Of that- ethanol, feed and high fructose corn syrup are the main products, none of which directly feed people. Yet corn itself is a heavy feeder of resources and fertilizer, and when used as a feed crop, can be intensive on land and soil and devastating to natural waterways. It is also a local economic bedrock. These somewhat competing interests make for a dynamic canvas for artistic interpretation and conversation.

            HOLES IN THE WALL COLLECTIVE bridges together PEOPLE – IDEAS – MATERIALS curating new experiences of form and content through UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT.  We are inspired by collisions of ideas, and the heightening of our senses.  We curate EVENTS, CONVERSATIONS, HAPPENINGS with artists / thinkers / makers / doers.  Holes in the Wall Collective curates experiences that are open to the public and PUSH THE ENVELOPE.

            CAMPING:  For those traveling from out of town, we invite you to camp on the land on Friday, June 3rd,  and stay for dinner, and than join us on Saturday, June 4th for a special viewing of the works with the artists in the morning. $20 per person for dinner and camping– Bring Your Own Tent. Pick-ups and drop offs available. 

            CAMPING SPACE IS LIMITED RESERVE YOUR SPACE HERE

            The show will be up through the summer and open for public showings by appointment.

            More information available at www.holesinthewallcollective.org/exquisite-corpus-the-maize/

            More info about the PopCorn Rock project here.

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            LMCC Open Studios with Process Space Artists-in-Residence

            The Arts Center at Governors Island (Building 110 near Soissons Landing)

            Saturday, May 28 – Sunday, May 29 from 12:00-5:00pm

             

            PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

            Elia Alba, Jonathan Allen, Torkwase Dyson, Stacy Fisher, Tracey Goodman, Gordon Hall, Nicolas Holiber, Erin Hudak,

            Benjamin Keddy, Hilary Lorenz, Erin Markey, Raul Martinez (DETEXT), Jillian McDonald, Ander Mikalson,

            Kristyna and Marek Milde, Victor E. Morales, Jim Skudil, Jenna Spevack, Katie Torn, Claudia Weber

             

             

            LMCC Open studios 2016

             

            As part of our participation in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space artist residency program, we are pleased to invite you to the LMCC’s Open Studios on the Governors Island during the Memorial Weekend 2016  May 28-29 to meet the Artists-in-Residence and learn about the work taking place there. As part of the event there will be a performance on Saturday as well opening of 2016 exhibit in the LMCC Gallery: Michael Richards: Winged. Michael Richards (1963-2001), emerging visual artist, who tragically died during 9/11 while working in his LMCC World Views studio on the 92nd floor of World Trade Center, Tower One.  This is the first weekend when the Governors Island opens again to the public. Come to enjoy the ferry ride and the island. 

            The event is free and open to all! No RSVP necessary. Click here for the Governors Island ferry schedule, directions and fees. 

             

            Sitings, study, MildeLMCC’s Open Studios event is a window in to the process of making our newest project Sitings, a series of site-responsive sculptures functioning as furniture exploring the phenomena of unconventional domestication of public space. During the residency we explore and study non-conformist behavioral situations of diverse individuals such us workers on break, homeless people, tourists, children etc. creating unique and personal forms of interaction with architecture and public space by sitting, lying, reading or eating in undesigned places. The project Sitings replicates sites and specific places found in use for sitting or lying in the form of sculptures functioning as chairs and couches that incorporate architectural fragments such as street corners, stairs and pavement.  While Sitings questions the limits and conventions of the private and the public it amplifies the gesture of choosing freely, where to sit as a creative, performative act transforming the highly defined urban environment.

            The project Sitings extends a body of our work, in which we explore the activity of sitting and furnishing as a means to experience broader social and environmental issues such as Homescape (2014), Looking for a Home (2011), In Loving Memory (2011) etc. The project Sitings is aiming to activate environmental awareness and further provoke discussion how to deepen integrity to the environment starting in our immediate surroundings.

             

             

             

            LMCC logoLower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) missions is to to create a fertile and nurturing environment for artists and arts groups, enlivening public spaces with free programs in the visual, performing, and new media arts, and to provide leadership in cultural planning and advocacy. It empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond. In 2015, LMCC awarded approximately $500,000 in grants, provided 500 individuals with professional development skills and access to business leaders and arts professionals, placed 100 individuals and arts groups in our studio residency programs, as well as presented over 60 days of free cultural experiences for the public to enjoy.

             

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            Peekskill Open Studios

            Downtown, Peekskill, NY

            June 4-5, 2016, 12-5pm

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            HVCCA, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Word, Kristyna and Marek Milde, Home in a Home

            Home in a Home, 2016, installation view, wallpaper – digital print on vinyl, 
            molding, furniture, project’s survey, 12’ x 10’x 9’

            Peekskill Open Studios in Peekskill, NY, June 4-5, 12-5pm features our project Home in a Home as part of the exhibition Word at Hudson Valley Contemporary Art Center (HVCCA).
            We will be present at our installation in HVCCA on Sunday afternoon June 5.  Come to enjoy the Downtown Peekskill filled with artists’ studios, boutiques, and art venues opening their doors to the public. Over 100 artists participating; opening their studios, in group shows and exhibiting in galleries.

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            Exchange Library

            as part of the

            Calm Before/After the Storm

            Interdisciplinary Alternatives to Dystopian Futures

            With Arne Hendriks, Hector Llanquín, Mary Mattingly, Zhen Zhen Qi, Rachel Rossin,

            and special projectThe Exchange Library by Kristyna & Marek Milde

             AT BRUCE HIGH QUALITY FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY (BHQFU)

            33 34TH ST 6TH FL BROOKLYN, NY 11232

            APRIL 8 – MAY 6, 2016

            OPENING RECEPTION: APRIL 8, 7–11pm

            OPEN WED–SUN 12–6pm

             

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            Exchange Library, Kristyna and Marek Milde, 2016, installation view at BHQFU,  6 x 7 x 9 ft

             Interactive  mobile library installation, books, shopping cart, garbage bins,  household objects, shopping bags, cardboard boxes,  table and a chair, library diary

             

             

             

            Calm Before the Storm, BHQFU

             

             

            Artists expand boundaries and provide alternatives to expected norms by catapulting innovation over protocol. By bringing tools, skills, and ideas from a myriad of backgrounds into the world of art, these creators find themselves between two worlds, giving them the freedom to make work that changes the way audiences approach both art, and dystopian futures.

            New York’s Freest Art School, BHQFU, is pleased to announce Calm Before/After the Storm, an exhibition curated by the 2015-2016 Foundation University Gallery (FUG) Fellows.

            We are living in a contradictory time, waiting for an event that might influence a collective action. Or perhaps it is an event that   has already occurred, which has created an instability that affects us all. The visibility of these events are made ever more  opaque as they become routine. These artists work with a nuanced form of time, with practices that push boundaries to     recognize new alternatives to art making.

            Dystopian futures, both projected and dangerously near, saturate our imaginations and realities. Individuals working in organizations engineered to fix these problems often seem to be caught within the walls of their domains. Overwhelmed by the standards and expectations in their fields, those who try to create outside of given boundaries may find it difficult to gain recognition and audiences for their new approaches.

            Art however, like other creative fields, allows creators the flexibility to present alternatives to contemporary ways of thinking   and doing; alternatives that may not have been possible within their disciplines. It is for this reason that more and more  creators are turning towards art to present alternatives. The Bruce High Quality Foundation University Gallery (FUG) Fellows find this a pertinent time to present the work of artists who not only work between two domains, but do so in an effort to change the course of ecological, social, and political norms.


            The Exchange Library,
            by artist tandem Kristyna and Marek Milde, is an interactive platform for sharing and redistributing discarded books. The project explores possibilities to access, exchange and save books that for various reasons are unwanted, rejected or thrown away. The Exchange Library installation takes a form of a movable library, utilizing a supermarket-shopping cart with various containers attached to its main structure that function to store and organize books into collections and genres. The system of categorization is inspired by the esthetic and logic used by the garbage scavengers and homeless people, who often build elaborate storage and organization systems on their carts to create a resource for a variety of valuable objects from the trash collected on the streets, including books. The project is open to interaction and encourages the participants to take and donate books following the Exchange Library Rules.

             

            PDF: Exchange Library, BHQF, Press Release

            PDF: Calm Before/After the Storm, BHQF, Press Release 

            Visit the Facebook Event Page

             

            About BHQFU

            BHQFU is New York’s freest art school offering a full curricula of critique courses, studio residencies, and special events from our headquarters at 33 34th St, 6th Floor, Brooklyn, NY. Our educational programming is enriched by a rigorous exhibition series at our university gallery, FUG. Find out more at www.bhqfu.org

            Exchange Library, Kristyna and Marek Milde, 2015, 5 x 6 x 9 ft  Interactive installation with books, garbage bins, shopping cart, household objects, shopping bags, cardboard boxes, and umbrella

             

            The Exchange Library is generously supported by the Benjamin S Rosenthal Library          

             

            Queens College Library

             

             


             

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            Home in a Home featured in the The New York Times

             

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            Home in a Home, at HVCCA, 2016, installation view, wallpaper – digital print on vinyl, molding, furniture, project’s survey, 12’ x 10’x 9’

             

             

            “Each of the more than 70 works in “Word” incorporates text: isolated letters, bold words, enigmatic phrases, provocative sentences or fragments of stories…Lines of text create diamond patterns in the wallpaper in Kristyna and Marek Milde’s living-room-like installation, “Home in a Home” …Word” features 55 artists, who range in age from their 20s to their 80s. displayed alongside pieces by established international artists including Ms. Kimpton, Ann Hamilton, Oscar Murillo, Stefan Brüggemann, John Mellencamp (yes, the musician) and Robert Indiana, whose iconic “Love” towers eight feet tall.”   Read the full article.More about the Home in a Home Project.

            PDF of The New York Times article “At Exhibitions in Peekskill, Art in Plain English” 

             


             

             

             

            Party! Exquisite Corpus: The Maize

            Organized to support the upcoming exhibition program

            Presented by Holes in the Wall Collective

            Live music from Electric Djinn and Funkrust!

            Cocktails from the Artisan INDUSTRY CITY DISTILERY. 

            With Artists: Kristyna and Marek Milde, Anne Percoco, Artcodex – Vandana Jain and Mike Estabrook,

            Catherine Grau, Dana Hemes, Bibi Calderaro, Glen Einbinder

            The party takes place in the unique space of the

             INDUSTRY CITY DISTILLERY 

            33 35th Street, 6th Floor, Brooklyn

            Sunday, April 3, 5pm

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            industry-city-distillery-2Join us S U N D A Y April 3rd  for party to raise funds for art and raise a glass and raise your spirits! Start time 5pm!

            Live music from Electric Djinn and Funkrust!

            Sunset views of Lady Liberty, in house spirits and tasting room bar at the Industry City Distillery. Sliding scale donation $5 to $25. All proceeds from the night will go towards housing the artists, a stipend for each artist group, materials and production of the show.

            More info on the Facebook event page

             

             

            Exquisite Corpus: The Maize, New Jerusalem, PAThis summer Holes in the Wall Collective presents a group curated show Exquisite Corpus: The Maize. Seven artists / artist groups making an exquisite visual dialogue inspired by the immediate landscape, its history and the role of CORN.
            Beginning with the theme of corn and 15 acres of woodland and open fields in New Jerusalem PA, Holes in the Wall Collective invited Kristyna & Marek Milde, who invited fellow environmental artists, who then invited fellow environmental artists to create a group-curated show in dialogue with the land and the artist(s) who precedes them. Each artist/group will have one week in residence to install/create/enact their work before the next artists arrives… It’s an elaborate game of telephone away from telephones.

            Join us for the show opening on Saturday, June 4th in New Jerusalem, PA.

            Help us fund the show by making a donation here, through Brown Paper Tickets donation sales, and look out for our future invitation to the opening of Exquisite Corpus: The Maize.

            All proceeds will go towards housing the artists, a stipend for each artist group, materials and production of the show.

            Thank you!

            More information at holesinthewallcollective.org

             

             

             

             


             

            Home in a Home

            Kristyna and Marek Milde

            as part of the exhibition “Word, Words in Art Art in Words”

             at Hudson Valley Contemporary Center for the Arts (HVCCA)

            1701 Main St., Peekskill, NY

            Artists: Fafnir Adamites • Paula Apkan &  Harriet Evans • Victoria Arakcheyeva • Elizabeth Arnold • Paul Arts •  Robert Barthelmes • Carly Blais • Mati Bracha • Jo-Ann Brody • Stefan Bruggermann •  Robert Brush • Collective Settlement • Valeria Clark •  Beatrice Coron • Kathryn Frund • Jeffrey Gibson • Sally Gil •  Nicolae Golici • Dylan Graham • Inguna Gremzde • Ann Hamilton • Erica Hauser • Robert Indiana • Carla Rae Johnson • Lance Johnson • Laura Kimpton • Job Koelewijn • Carole Kundstadt • Nestor Madalengoitia • Jean-Marie Martin • Barry Mason • John Mellencamp • Kristina & Marek Milde • Bernard Mindich • Patricia Miranda • Oscar Murillo •  Basha Ruth Nelson • Adam Niklewicz • Robert Olsson • Pamela Pearce • Emma Rivers • Lucas Rollins-Page • Gina Scalza • Bill Schuck • Mike Seri • Dusty Simi • Julie Sittler • Tom Smith • Willie Wayne Smith • Kristin Thielking & Keven Brunett • Justin Randolph Thomson & Bradly Dever Treadaway • Les Von Losberg

             Opening Reception: Saturday, February 27th 5 to 7 p.m. 

            On view: February 27 – December 17, 2016

             

             HVCCA, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Word, Kristyna and Marek Milde, Home in a Home

            Home in a Home, at HVCCA, 2016, detail from the wallpaper pattern, digital print on vinyl,  dimensions variable

             

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            Home in a Home, at HVCCA, 2016, installation view, wallpaper – digital print on vinyl, molding, furniture, project’s survey, 12’ x 10’x 9’

             

            We are very pleased to announce new installation project “Home in a Home” at Hudson Valley Contemporary Center for the Arts (HVCCA) in Peekskill, NY, presented as  part of the group exhibition “Word”. The project resumes our ongoing research about domesticity and things we collect. Please join us for the opening reception at HVCCA on Saturday, February 27, 5-7PM.

            The installation project Home in a Home  explores the identity of collectible objects important in creating the personal and psychological space of a Home. Home in a Home is a project based on the research of the culture of dwelling, it takes the form of a furnished living room functioning as a lounge and laboratory for exploring the concepts of domesticity. The walls of the installation are covered with organic diamond-patterned wallpaper, designed by the artists, created entirely of texts, which tell the stories of the things people collect and bring into their home to create their personal space and transform the white, blank boxes we inhabit.

            The visitors can use the installation as a lounge to contemplate what constitutes their personal space, while they may actively participate by completing a questionnaire about the unique non-functional objects in their homes. Over the last 4 years, several hundreds participants from around the world have responded to the project’s survey conducted by the Mildes, sharing the narratives of personal objects they own and collect. In Home in a Home the artists transformed these statements into a room of stories in which the words became patterns on the wallpaper, revealing the intangible layers of the fabric of a Home inside the physical space we live in.

            The installation Home in a Home in the exhibition Word at HVCCA resumes this ongoing project on integrity of modern life styles, which started as part of our “Thoughts on the Living Room” workshop at the MoMA Studio in New York (2012) and continued as part of our solo  exhibition “Homescapes” at the Karlin Studios in Prague (2012) and “Where Is My Home” at the DOX Center for Contemporary Art in Prague (2013).

            The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, located in Peekskill, NY, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and education organization founded by the Marc and Livia Straus family. The Center is dedicated to the development and presentation of exhibitions and interdisciplinary programs that enrich our understanding of contemporary art, its contexts, and its relationship to social issues. HVCCA is also committed to the enrichment of Peekskill, a multicultural community that has recreated itself as a major arts destination. HVCCA operates a 12,000 square foot exhibition space and is the primary sponsor of the Peekskill Project, an annual, city-wide exhibition of site-specific artwork.

             More about the Home in a Home project here.

            PDF: Press Release Word at HVCCA


             

             

            LMCC  Process Space Residency 

            Governors Island, New York City

            March 1 – June 30, 2016

             

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            View from the Process Space Residency at Governors Island 

             

            We  would like to announce that we have been awarded the prestigious LMCC  Process Space Residency at Governors Island in New York City.  Process Space residency is comprised of exclusive, concentrated time from up to five months in dedicated space for project development. The residency provides intensive, project-based studio, including opportunities for audience development, for mid-career and established artists and arts groups working across all disciplines. Process Space is committed to addressing a unique need artists have, at a more established career-stage, for dedicated space to develop projects at home in New York City. Across disciplines, artists have sought out development and rehearsal spaces as well as resources in other cities and countries around the world, causing them to take their artistic practices, collaborations, and innovations away from New York City. With these conditions and matters in mind, Process Space specifically supports artists who are developing work for performance, exhibition, or publication at a New York-based presenting venue, gallery, arts organization, or press.

            gal-gov-island-01-jpgThe residency is located at Governors Island, in a former Army warehouse (Building 110) embedded in the midst of picturesque landscapes, expansive waterfront views, and unique historic architecture. The Arts Center at Governors Island includes 20 studios for visual artists, two rehearsal spaces for performing artists, and a Gallery space. From March to December, the Arts Center functions as a shared, multidisciplinary space where artists can experience a retreat-style residency just a short ferry ride from the frenetic buzz of the city. While on the Island, artists develop their practice and create new works, drawing inspiration from the unique location, as well as the community of fellow artists-in-residence that forms in the space.

            During Governors Island’s public season (Memorial Day Weekend and the end of September), LMCC and artists-in-residence welcome visitors into the Gallery to enjoy an annual exhibition and, during Open Studios events, into the studios to meet the artists and learn about the work taking place there.

            Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)  missions is to to create a fertile and nurturing environment for artists and arts groups, enlivening public spaces with free programs in the visual, performing, and new media arts, and to provide leadership in cultural planning and advocacy. It empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond. In 2015, LMCC awarded approximately $500,000 in grants, provided 500 individuals with professional development skills and access to business leaders and arts professionals, placed 100 individuals and arts groups in our studio residency programs, as well as presented over 60 days of free cultural experiences for the public to enjoy. The combination of LMCC’s investment in individual artists and small arts groups, our robust network of partners in the public and private sectors, and our integrated approach to fostering local neighborhood efforts, aims to spark public imagination as well as inspire personal attachment and investment in NYC’s communities.

             

             

             


             

             

             

            PHYTOPHILIC: WHY LOOK AT PLANTS? 

            An Evening of Plant-Attuned Video Shorts

            Blue Oyster Art Project Space

            Dunedin, New Zealand 

            Saturday, February 2oth
 at 3pm

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            Kristyna and Marek Milde, Natural Cleaners, 2015, video still from single channel video,6:50 min

             

            Phytophillic video series curated by Ellie Irons, featuring our video Natural Cleaners, is having another screening. This time it at the Blue Oyster Art Project Space, a non profit art space, located in Dunedin, New Zealand on February 20th. Phytophillic is a curated program of contemporary video art and archival footage focusing on the photosynthetic among us. Organized by Ellie Irons and presented by Zina Swanson, Phytophillic was originally screened at 1067 PacificPeople (Brooklyn, NYC) in September 2015.

            It features work by:
            Tega Brain
            Rob Carter (UK)
            Ellie Irons
            Angela Dittmar Posey
            Patricia Dominguez
            Kristyna and Marek Milde
            Mary Ivy Martin
            Kara Schmidt

            If you know anyone over in that part of the world, send them to Blue Oyster this weekend!

             

             


             

             

             

            A-Z West 

            Joshua Trees, California

            October 2016

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            We are participating in the  A-Z West , which is a residency project located on thirty-five acres in the California High Desert next  Joshua Trees National Park. A-Z West is creative, research hub  and  an open air sculpture park in the dessert founded by the artist Andrea Zittel. The Wagon Station Encampment serves as a living base consisting of twelve A-Z Wagon Stations, Zittel’s signature futuristic living pods that look like compact trailers from Mars. Zittel, a longstanding international art star who is represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York and Regen Projects in LA, among others, describes her work as “encompassing all aspects of day-to-day living: home, furniture, clothing, food, all become the sites of investigation in an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs.”  Andrea Zittel is also the founder of the adjoining  High Desert Test Site, a non-profit organization that supports intimate and immersive experiences and exchanges between artists, critical thinkers, and general audiences, which is helping to realize land art project in the California high desert area and beyond.

             

             

             


             

            The Exchange Library

            Kristyna and Marek Milde 

            Temple Contemporary

            at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA

            September 14, 2015 –  January 23, 2016

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            Exchange Library, Kristyna and Marek Milde, 2015, 5 x 6 x 9 ft.

            Interactive installation with books, garbage bins, shopping cart, household objects, shopping bags, cardboard boxes,  and umbrella

             

            The Exchange Library is an interactive platform for sharing and redistributing books outside of the regular market place that explores possibilities to access, exchange and save books that are for various reasons unwanted, rejected or thrown out. The project follows the narrative of book’s life, in which knowledge, ideas and culture undergo similar destiny as our personal stuff and household objects, spinning in the consumerist cycle. It points out the impermanence and the interchangeability of things as well as ideas we desire and deem for permanent, but in fact its ownership is relatively short-lived period followed by gradual obsolescence and ambivalence, leading to its final rejection and disposal.

            The Exchange Library installation takes a form of a movable library made out of a supermarket shopping cart with various containers attached to its main structure that function to store and organize books into collections and genres. The system of categorization is inspired by the esthetic and logic used by the garbage scavengers and homeless people, who often build elaborate storage and organization systems on their carts to resource variety of valuable objects from the trash on the streets, including books. We are fascinated by the mobile designs of these sometimes very large structures, which their users maneuver through the dense city traffic, and think they present an interesting example of intervention in the system, while bringing up the resourcing strategy of the hunter-gatherers. We consider the use of the cart as a significant symbolic gesture, since the supermarket shopping cart, the ultimate tool and symbol of consumerism, repurposed here to function on the other ends of the commodities cycle, is slowing down its speed by saving and redistributing valuable things destined to be discarded.

             More about the project and images here.

             

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            Directions: Temple Contemporary is located on the first floor at the Tyler School of Art, which  is on Norris Street between 12th and 13th Streets on Temple University’s main campus.

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             


             

             

            FoodShed: Art and Agriculture in Action 

             At CR10 Arts Contemporary Art project Space

            Curated by Amy Lipton

            August 8 – September 5, 2015

            Opening: Saturday, August 8th, 4 – 6pm  

            CR10 located at 283 County Route 10

            Linlithgo, NY (3 miles south of Hudson)  

            www.cr10.org   

            Salt over Gold

            Kristyna and Marek Milde, Salt over Gold, 2015, step and repeat wall, red carpet, bronze stanchions, 8′ x 10′ x 4′

             

             

            FoodShed: Art and Agriculture in Action at CR10Arts near Hudson, NY, on view till September 5, 2015 curated by Amy Lipton is the second edition of the exhibition project first shown at the Smack Mellon Gallery in DUMBO in 2014.  The Exhibition features artists and works dealing with the topic of food and agriculture.

            FoodShed presents our new installation project entitled Salt over Gold that explores the unglamorous but essential components from the story of food happening out of sight of average consumer by focusing on farming. The project adopts the esthetic and corporate language taking form of an official VIP celebrity entrance with red carpet and step and repeat wall to bring up and examine the key elements of the process that produces our daily essentials in contrast to ever present pop and corporate culture, while contemplating on value and worth and role of sponsorship involved in the “Event of Life”.

            More info about the project

             

            Video  from the opening of the Salt over Gold installation at the FoodShed: Art and Agriculture in Action at CR10

             

             

             

             

             

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            In-Tree-Net featured on the Czech National TV Ceska Televize  !!!

            In the Travel and History Series Toulava Kamera on August 2, 2015 

            The TV show features  Renaissance Chatteau Trebesice near Prague that contains prominent contemporary art collection of Alberto di Stefano and Eugenio Percossi, that  includes permanent installation In-Tree-Net by Kristyna and Marek Milde.

             

             

            Toulava Kamera Zamek Trebesice 2.8.2015

            To view the video click  here to be directed to the Czech National TV.  Select the chapter about the Zamek Trebesice.

            In Czech language only. 

             

             


             

            PHYTOPHILIC: WHY LOOK AT PLANTS? 

            An Evening of Plant-Attuned Video Shorts

            Sunday, August 2nd
 at 7pm at

            1067 Pacific People, Crown Heights, Brooklyn

            www.1067pacificpeople.nyc

             

            Please join us for the screening Phytophilic: Why Look at Plants? an evening of plant-attuned video shorts organized by Ellie Irons in collaboration with 1067 PacificPeople founder Andrea Haenggi, this event is part 1067 PacificPeople’s “Art after the Anthropocene” series and will be featuring our video Natural Cleaners. Admire the weeds in all their late summer glory, and enjoy a program of contemporary video art and archival footage focused on the photosynthetic among us.  Plant-themed beverages and snacks!

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            Kristyna and Marek Milde, Natural Cleaners, 2015
            video still from single channel video,6:50 min
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            SCENT LABORATORY: WHAT IS THE SMELL OF A HOME?

            Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00pm

            At EFA Project Space

            323 W. 39th St, 2nd floor, New York, NY

            Cabinet of Smells, EFA Project Space, 2015

            Cabinet of Smells, EFA Project Space, 2015

             

            Join us for a demonstration of Cabinet of Smells and an artist talk about our projects revolving around the theme of domesticity. The installation Cabinet of Smells (2015), a scent laboratory at the Elisabeth Foundation, explores the idea “What is the smell of a home?” It engages our relationship to smells inherent to our daily surroundings that encompass our bodies, homes and living environments.

            Using collected scents from home environments, we will walk visitors through the process for distilling “perfumed scents of home.” Please bring items from your household that has a particular scent unique to their home. Examples could be dust, toys, books, food, cleaners, cloth, etc.— bring anything you don’t mind parting with.

            Cabinet of Smells examines the boundaries between aroma and odor, and the cultural norms that define the pleasant, odd and acceptable. Modern tools produce a constructed landscape of artificial smells such as perfumes, cleaners and air fresheners, and their function to blur distinction between natural and artificial. While the perfume industry attempts to construct fictional scent identity, the Cabinet of Smells revisits what the real smell of a home actually is.

            Space is limited. Please RSVP to megang@efanyc.org to reserve your spot by Friday, March 27th.

            This event is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Double Visions on view through March 28, 2015 at the EFA project Space.

            More information about this event: www.projectspace-efanyc.org

             

             

             

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            In its seventeen years, The Armory Show, America’s leading fine art fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries, has become an international institution, bringing artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world to New York every March. Armory Arts Week strives to take advantage of this yearly convergence of the world’s top collectors and art enthusiasts by proudly consolidating and promoting a diverse selection of our city’s own cultural offerings.

            In celebration of New York’s unparalleled artistic communities, Armory Arts Week works to highlight the distinct non-profit cultural organizations of our city’s multiple neighborhoods and boroughs. Throughout the week of The Armory Show, we promote a different neighborhood each day with cultural events for all levels of visitors.

            This concept of a week of non-profit arts-related events was born out of the festivities and widely-felt excitement generated by The Armory Show, and was formalized with the support of the city in 2009. Since then, Armory Arts Week has continued to expand its reach throughout all five boroughs of New York. From elaborate benefit parties to interactive public programming, The Armory Show hopes that Armory Arts Week will continue to enrich the public through the promotion of New York’s exceptional arts-related events.


             

             

            ARMORY ARTS WEEK: EFA OPEN HOUSE

            OPEN STUDIOS, EXHIBITIONS, PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP 

            The Elizabeth Foundation for Arts

            323 West 39th Street, New York (between 8th and 9th ave)
            Tuesday, March 3, 2015,  5pm – 9pm

             

            EFA

            As a part of Armory Arts Week, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts invites the public to our Open House to view over 60 artist studios, the EFA Project Space and EFA’s Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. EFA Studios Member Artists work in a wide range of media and artistic sensibilities, creating a vibrant and diverse community. RBPMW will be open for tours from 5pm to 9pm; “This Color is you” curated by Bill Carroll will be on view in Blackburn 20|20, 5th floor, from 6pm to 9pm; “Double Visions” will be on view in Project Space, 2nd floor, from 5pm to 9pm.As a part of Armory Arts Week, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts invites the public to our Open House to view over 60 artist studios, the EFA Project Space and EFA’s Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. This year, The Armory Show is paying special attention to non-profit visual and performing artsinstitutions within the five boroughs – further enhancing their mission to highlight the vibrant arts community in New York and encouraging visitors to explore the city’s cultural offerings. Each day features a different geographic location.

            This year, The Armory Show is paying special attention to non-profit visual and performing artsinstitutions within the five boroughs – further enhancing their mission to highlight the vibrant arts community in New York and encouraging visitors to explore the city’s cultural offerings. Each day features a different geographic location.

            ON VIEW:

            Project Space will be open from 5pm to 9pm featuring the exhibition,

            Double Visions, with works by current SHIFT Residents, 2nd Floor.On view through March 28th, 2015.

            RBPMW will be open for tours from 5pm to 9pm, 2nd Floor.

            An opening reception for, Speculum Speculorum – Mirror of Mirrors, curated by Mary Dinaburg and Howard Rutkowski will be held on the 3rd Floor, 6 – 9pm

            An opening reception for, This Color Is You, curated by Bill Carroll will be held in Blackburn 20|20, 5th Floor, 6 – 9pm.

             

             


             

             

            DOUBLE VISIONS

            FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 28, 2015

            Opening Reception: Thursday, February 26, 6pm – 8pm

            At EFA Project Space, 323 W. 39th St, 2nd floor

            Artists: Louise Barry, Andrew Beccone, Fay Chiang & Sidd Joag, David Court, Kristyna Milde & Marek Milde, David Rios Ferreira

            Organized by: EFA Project Space and participating artists

             

            Double Image

            Please join us for the opening reception of the group show Double Vision at the EFA project Space organized as part of the SHIFT residency, where we are presenting new projects evolving around the theme of smell and cleaning in the domestic environment.

            Natural Cleaners (2015) is a twoNatural Cleaners video still - 01-channel video documenting performance made in various natural and forest environments. In the project we engage in the activity of cleaning normally reserved to the realm of domesticity here misplaced in to the nature involving cleaning trees, stones, grass and riverbank while using domestic tools such as brooms brushes mops etc. We are interested in how the cleaning taken from its context is reduced to a very basic gesture with an edge of absurdity but at the same time it represents elemental mechanism of claiming and controlling space. Natural Cleaners looks at cleaning as a form of primeval cultural statement, that draws on the premise of declaration of a space by selecting and eliminating.

            While culture is built on principles of elimination the cleaning in the nature becomes clearly an act of intervention in the environment, a force disturbing natural progress of things. Cleaning or removing of traces equals removing connection to context and continuity a step representing separation, disconnection and state of artificiality.

             

             

            Cabinet of Smells, 2015The installation Cabinet of Smells (2015), explores idea “What is the smell of a home?” It engages our relationship to smells inherent to our daily surroundings that encompass our bodies, homes and living environments. It examines the boundaries between aroma and odor and the cultural norms that define the pleasant, odd and acceptable. It presents the modern tools that produce constructed landscape of artificial smells such as perfumes, cleaners and air fresheners and their function to blur distinction between natural and artificial. While the perfume industry attempts to construct fictional scent identity that usually covers the actual context the Cabinet of Smells engages revisit the idea seeking what actually the real smell of a home is. The project includes laboratory station, which is used to distill scents of various household objects such as old books, socks or debris etc. Our attempt is to produce a perfume that would represent its origin and identity of a place inclusively.

            The exhibition is part of the SHIFT residency, formerly the Residency for Arts-Workers as Artists, was launched in August 2010 to provide an unprecedented opportunity: studio space and peer support for practicing artists who also work as arts professionals (administrators, curators, directors, and others). This program honors these individuals with a unique environment to build on their own art practices. Seven residents are selected from nominations based on their outstanding contributions to the art community plus their potential for artistic growth in a shared interactive environment.

            The artists in this show all share a double life, balancing their practice as artists, with their commitment to being arts workers. Over the past five months, this motley group has been meeting regularly in homes and studios, over home cooked food and drink, to identify the issues that surround their work and their practice.

             

             


             

             

             

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            WHAT YOU EAT: SHOPPING CART TO TABLE

            By Dylen Bargteil, Little Patuxent Review

             

            A la cart

            This is the story of many of our meals. We pace aisles, snag this and that from shelves, hand some cash to the cashier, and make our way back home to roast, fry, braise, or microwave. But even a home-cooked meal is far from homegrown, and the modern agriculture industry in Western capitalist society has distanced us from the origins of the food that keeps us alive

            While walking alongside the Brooklyn Bridge, I came across several shopping carts repurposed. The carts carried a bounty of potted plants. In place of prices, ingredients blooming out of the carts were tagged with growing times. I stopped to snap a few photos, noted the name of the project, and went home to research further.

            Á la Cart, a participatory workshop and installation, was a project of Kristyna and Marek Milde, two Brooklyn-based artists raised on the uniform food of communist rule in Czechoslovakia. “It always appeared to us that in the West there was a universe of choices; however, here the unification and monopolization is clearly happening too—for different reasons but with similar results,” Kristyna noted. For the Mildes, food is an inherently political vector, representing both “the powerful weapon or tool of self-reliance” and the act of eating as “agree[ing] to [the] highest degree [by] making the subject part of our body.”

            To the Mildes, this political significance amplifies the already intense emotional role food plays in our lives. Created as part of Smack Mellon’s exhibition FOODshed: Art and Agriculture in Action, the project was focused on community and human interaction from the outset:

            We have started by inviting members of the local community in DUMBO Brooklyn, inexperienced in gardening, to actively engage in the process of growing ingredients for a single dish of their choice. Each participant adopted one supermarket shopping cart filled with soil that served as [a] garden bed, and attempted to cultivate ingredients for his/her favorite recipe. The development of the project was documented and the participants were asked to take notes about the experience. . . . The project took place in the growing season of 2014 starting in May and was finished in late September with a public event presented at the Dumbo Street Festival that featured the harvest and a gathering of the participants, who met to eat and to share their experience and ideas about the urban gardening and sustainable food production. The idea of Á la Cart is to serve both as a living sculpture and a platform for growing food. It is not meant to be a farm or a professional gardening course but rather a playground encouraging new experiences while reconsidering the limits of consumerism.  …………..Continue reading 

             or download the article  as pdf

             

             

             

            Kristyna Milde Interview about Á la Cart for Little Patuxent Review

            The article WHAT YOU EAT: SHOPPING CART TABLE includes link to an interview,

            where we talk about the project A La cartand the our relationship to Food in general:

             

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             LPR: Could you please describe the arc of Á la Cart? I’ve seen a list of instructions for participants, and I saw the carts, but is it being documented and if so how? Do you think of this piece as having an end? Will participants’ experiences be distributed to each other or an audience in some way?

            KM: Project Á la Cart is a participatory, edible workshop experiment, which started with the initial question, “If we are what we eat, who we are if we don’t know the origin and the context of the production of our food?” It was originally created for Smack Mellon’s exhibition FOODshed: Art and Agriculture in Action, curated by Amy Lipton. We started by inviting members of the local community in DUMBO Brooklyn, inexperienced in gardening, to actively engage in the process of growing ingredients for a single dish of their choice. Each participant adopted one supermarket shopping cart filled with soil that served as a garden bed and attempted to cultivate ingredients for his or her favorite recipe. The development of the project was documented and the participants were asked to take notes about the experience. A formation of six carts functioning as the garden was parked at Old Fulton Plaza in a public space. The project took place in the growing season of 2014 starting in May and was finished in late September with a public event presented at the Dumbo Street Festival that featured the harvest and a gathering of the participants, who met to eat and to share their experience and ideas about the urban gardening and sustainable food production. The idea of Á la Cart is to serve both as a living sculpture and a platform for growing food. It is not meant to be a farm or a professional gardening course but rather a playground encouraging new experiences while reconsidering the limits of consumerism.

            Browsing your history of projects, I’ve noticed that food and agriculture are pervasive themes. What has drawn you to these themes? Did you have any salient intellectual or emotional experiences that pointed you in this direction? This is a similar question to what I ask from contributors to our blog’s “What You Eatseries, trying to draw out narratives from our community’s formative experiences with food.

            There have been several motivations for our interest in food. In our art practice we explore environmental contexts of the culture of living. The theme of food extends to projects in architecture and design in which we examine the cultural relationships of the constructed reality and natural world. Food, of course, is an important element in the environment at large and is very personal too, because to experience it means to internalize it. To follow the taste is for us a simple way to start exploring the complexity of food production. There is always a question why something tastes great while something else is just awful. While taste is a personal preference, 1[my husband and I] both agree on one thing: highly processed chain- or factory-made food usually tastes bland, dull, and uninteresting while artisan or homemade food made with farm fresh produce always causes us excitement. We share similar experiences from early childhood of eating highly uniform and tasteless food in school versus the food made at home in the family and friends circles.

            ……..Continue reading

             


             

             

             

            Á LA CART

            KRISTYNA AND MAREK MILDE

            in collaboration with Danny Baledamic, Laze Dunimagloski,

            Danielle Pottberg, Wah-Ming, Sal Robinson and the Smack Mellon Gallery

            Meet the artists: Saturday, September 26, 3-5pm

            as part of the DUMBO STREET FESTIVAL

            September 26-28, 2014

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            The Fall is falling and for us who planted it’s a harvest time! Please join us this Saturday, September 27, from 3 – 5 pm for an informal gathering around our project Á la Cart at the Old Fulton Plaza in DUMBO to harvest and sample some very local goodies, meeting the participants and sharing ideas about the urban gardening and sustainable food production. Our gathering will take place as a part of the DUMBO Street festival 2014 that is happening all around Dumbo this weekend. The project Á la Cart, started in May 2014 and will finish this weekend. If you happen to be close don’t miss the last chance to see it !

            Project Á la Cart is a participatory, edible workshop experiment, which started with the initial question: “If we are what we eat, who we are if we don’t know the origin and the context of the production of our food?” For this project, we invited members of the local community to actively engage in the process of growing ingredients for a single dish of their choice. Each participant submitted his/her favorite recipe and has cultivated all their ingredients in one of the 6 shopping carts filled with soil parked at Old Fulton Plaza. Originally created for Smack Mellon’s exhibition FOODShed: Art and Agriculture in Action, curated by Amy Lipton, Á la Cart serves as both a living sculpture and a platform for growing food. It is not meant to be a farm or a professional gardening course but rather a playground encouraging new experiences while reconsidering the limits of consumerism.

            Special thanks to: Smack Mellon, Anthill Farm, DUMBO Improvement District, 7 Old Fulton Street Restaurant and all the participants involved.

            See more at: dumboartsfestival.com/art/a-la-cart/

            Location: Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

             

             

             


             

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            Artists Probe Urban Agriculture by Allison Meier on July 1, 2014

            Reviewed about the show FOODshed at the Smack Mellon Gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn,

            featuring our installation À la cart

            Andrea Reynosa: John Street Pasture

            Andrea Reynosa’s “John Street Pasture,” a public project at 1 John Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn,

            in collaboration with Brooklyn Grange, Alloy, & Smack Mellon (photograph by Etienne Frossard, courtesy of Smack Mellon)

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            While food culture has shifted to local production and sustainable farming, there’s also a vein of art taking these issues into projects that mix agriculture with activism. FOODshed: Agriculture and Art in Action, curated by Amy Lipton, opened last month at Smack Mellon in Dumbo, has 14 New York-based artists examining what we eat.

            In collaboration with Smack Mellon’s FOODshed, Alloy real estate development, and Brooklyn Grange, artist Andrea Reynosa planted a 6,000-square-foot field with clover that is sprouting red flowers alongside the Manhattan Bridge. The space was formerly a parking lot. The flourish of vibrancy is temporary, but Reynosa is planning that through the clover, a site that might otherwise be an empty construction lot will have life that will in turn ameliorate the soil before a condominium moves in.

            Similarly, much of the work in FOODshed is about improving the balance between urban and natural, while accepting that places like Brooklyn aren’t going to return to farmland anytime soon. Another of the neighborhood projects is from Brooklyn-based artist team Kristyna and Marek Milde. Called À la cart, the artists corralled some shopping carts into vegetable gardens at Old Fulton Street, and in Smack Mellon are coordinating food workshops focused on what can be grown collaboratively on the city streets.

            Some of the projects are more whimsical, such as Jenna Spevack’s “domestic microfarms” that transform furniture and a record player into apartment-scale growing spaces. More conceptual is Rochester-based Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint’s “OS Fermentation: Collaborative Hacks, with Fruits, Vegetables, and Microbes.” The EcoArtTech duo’s project has custom computer sensors monitoring the fermentation of organic material in realtime to show color levels, pH, and oxygen, generating a digital relay of the biological processes we often forget. Staten Island-based Tattfoo Tan, meanwhile, takes it to the extreme with his “NEAKA (New Earth Apocalypse Knowledge Advancement),” preparing for a devastating disaster by examining processes of dehydrating food waste into new material. (An accompanying giant metal catamaran arrived after my visit, emphasizing the scale of peril.)

             

            Kristyna and Marek Milde, “Á la cart” outside Smack Mellon (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

            This Wednesday, Smack Mellon is hosting a panel discussion on creativity in urban and rural farming with some of the artists and members of the sustainable food community. As part of the current art and ecology trend, there is definitely a chance here for community engagement with agriculture in New York City with the diversity of projects and public programs. However, the strongest piece is still outside the gallery, that stretch of clover by the bridge offering some fleeting beauty in a reclaimed space before the high-rise, perhaps the best tact ecology has in a city that will not stop developing any time soon. Yet as a collaboration between real estate, park, and artist, it definitely offers hope in how greenery can be a component of the urban landscape.

            See the whole article: http://hyperallergic.com/135615/artists-probe-urban-agriculture/

             

             


             

            FOODshed

            Curated by Amy Lipton

            at Smack Melon Gallery

            Artists’ reception: Saturday, June 7, 5pm-8pm

            Exhibition Dates: June 7 to July 27, 2014

            (John Street Pasture by Andrea Reynosa will close on July 13th.)

            Artists; Joan Bankemper/Black Meadow Barn; Joy Garnett; Habitat For Artists Collective (Simon Draper, Michael Asbill, Carmen Acuna, Dan McGinley, Brandon Cruz, Jessica Poser, Lisa Breznak and Sean Corcoran); Natalie Jeremijenko; Kristyna and Marek Milde; Peter Nadin/Old Field Farm; Leila Nadir + Cary Peppermint (EcoArtTech); Andrea Reynosa, Brooklyn Grange and Alloy; Bonnie Ora Sherk; Jenna Spevack; Susan Leibovitz Steinman/Mona Talbott; Tattfoo Tan; Elaine Tin Nyo; Linda Weintraub

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            FOODshed: Agriculture and Art in Action focuses on sustainable agriculture, entrepreneurship, and artists’ use of food as subject matter or medium. The exhibition and programming include 14 exhibiting artists in the gallery at Smack Mellon, 3 public projects in the nearby DUMBO community, as well as public workshops in collaboration with the artists in the exhibition. The gallery exhibition features artworks and inventive projects around agriculture and food that address farming as both activism and art form. Many of the artists in this exhibition are known for bringing community-specific issues into their work and are exploring the real-world implications of small-scale farming and raising community awareness about our food systems. Their varied practices include growing food, cooking food, raising animals for food, and engaging communities around local food production as well as instigating new artist-based economies.

            The artists working in New York State today in the realm of food and farming coincide with a larger cultural awakening regarding the ills of our present system, such as the distances food travels to supermarket shelves and the effects of shipping and transport on climate change. Brooklyn has become the epicenter for food activism and culinary explorations. Artists have joined food activists in focusing on environmental problems such as lack of biodiversity in mono-cultural farms, the loss of top soil and nutrient-poor soil, the abuse and poor conditions of feedlot and factory raised animals, the conversion of farmland into housing, and the waste of un-harvested crops. Artists are now farming not only to raise their own food in order to become self-reliant and to eat more healthily, but also to offer alternative and sustainable approaches within their local communities.

            For the artists in FOODshed, the acts of cultivation, growing, and by implication educating have evolved to a deeper level of activism where the boundaries of real world and art completely disappear. Their projects present new paradigms regarding the growing, production, distribution and consumption of food. The artists in this exhibition advocate for an organic, regional and local approach, which they are manifesting in their own lives.

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            À la cart, Kristyna and Marek Milde, 2014, site specific installation at the Old Fulton Plaza in DUMBO, Brooklyn, 6 shopping carts, soil, vegetable plants, tarp


            2014 SHIFT Open House

            Please join us this Friday, August 1, 2014 at 6pm-8pm for the Open House and Private Viewing of the artists’ work in progress, which concludes the first part of our participation in  SHIFT Residency at EFA Project Space in Manhattan, which will be followed by a year of meetings, shows, and activities.
            Please come to celebrate this occasion with us and our fellows Louise Barry, Andrew Beccone, Fay Chiang, David Court, and David Rios Ferreira. During the Open House we will present our new evolving project titled Corner Lab.


            Please RSVP to lauren@efanyc.org by Thursday, July 31, 2014 to attend.

            For more information on each of our residents, visit the “current residents” page on our SHIFT website.
            www.shift-efanyc.org/residents-test/current-resident


            Homescape

            by Kristyna and Marek Milde

            at Manitoga, The Russell Wright Design Center in Garrison, NY

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            Homescape, 2014, at Manitoga, NY
            aluminum, insulation material, soil, moss, grass, ferns and stones,
            29 1/2″ x 64″ x 32″ and 29 1/2 x 32″ x 32″

            We are thrilled, that our installation Homescape will be on a long-term view at the Manitoga, The Russell Wright Design Center in Garrison, NY, since July 2014. Homescape is a lounge environment created with moss and ferns transplanted from the forest at Manitoga that we made for our show Hills and Valleys of the Sofa Wilderness at the Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill, Bronx. We highly recommend visiting, as the site is a natural and architectural gem and allows for hiking as well. The close proximity to NYC makes Manitoga ideal for a half-day trip. The lounge is located close to the Russells Wright house, which you can visit on a tour. For direction and tour reservation check the Manitoga website.

            Manitoga

            The Russell Wright Design Center in Garrison, NY


            Hills and Valleys of the Sofa Wilderness

            Kristyna and Marek Milde

            solo exhibition at

            Sunroom Project Space, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY

            May 23–July 6, 2014

            Meet the Artists: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 1:30 pm

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            Homescape, at  the exhibition Hills and Valleys of the Sofa Wildernes at Wave Hill,  NY
            2014, aluminum, insulation material, soil, moss, grass, ferns and stones,
            29 1/2″ x 64″ x 32″ and 29 1/2 x 32″ x 32″

            Kristyna and Marek Milde’s art examines the effects of architecture, design and interior space on how we see and relate to the outside world. In their practice, the Mildes create objects, situations and events that use both organic and artificially constructed elements to confront cultural views and fantasies about nature. Their projects often take the form of do-it-yourself home improvements, revisiting the role of furnishing and decorating. They believe that the interior-based culture prevalent today creates boundaries between the man-made and organic realms, producing a removed perspective of the world. To counteract this disconnect, the artists explore methods for transforming built spaces in ways that reconnect people to the larger environmental contexts of culture, geography and nature. Their work creates a shift when plant material from outdoors is placed inside the gallery space.

            At Wave Hill, the Mildes create a lounge where visitors can experience the natural landscape from the comfort of the domestic interior. Their Sunroom Project, Hills and Valleys of the Sofa Wilderness, transfers a piece of woodland floor into containers that are shaped like a couch and a chair and filled with transplanted ferns, moss, grasses and stones from Manitoga in Garrison, NY. Visitors are encouraged to sit down, as they would in the forest, and experience the forms, texture, smell and feeling of the organic materials. While deconstructing the traditional use of plant motifs in interior design, Hills and Valleys amplifies the contrast between outside and inside, provoking questions about how to engage with the natural world in the isolation of urban dwellings.

            Thanks to MANITOGA /The Russell Wright Design Center for their support of Hills and Valleys of the Sofa Wilderness.

            View the invitationa s pdf

             

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            NYFA CURENT:

            Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 57

            Kristyna and Marek Milde from the Czech Center New York (CCNY)

            Interview by Felicity Hogan

            2 Beyond Cage 11-7-121 BNH

             

            This month, IAP highlights the comprehensive and prolific activities of the Czech Center New York, interviewing Program Manager Kristyna Milde and Production Manager Marek Milde, who also collaborate as part of their artistic practice. In light of an upcoming exhibition at Wave Hill’s Sunroom Project Space, opening on May 23, we took theopportunity to learn more about both the CCNY and Kristyna’s and Marek’s collaborative process, with a focus on how each influences and interacts with the other.

            Can you tell us about the mission and activities of The Czech Center New York?

            The Czech Center New York (CCNY) is the official cultural institute of the Czech Republic, dedicated to promoting Czech art abroad and fostering interaction between Czechs, Americans, and the wide international community in New York City. The CCNY, established in 1995, is part of an international network of Czech Centers supporting artists, professionals, and cultural exchange in 23 countries on three continents. CCNY is located in the recently redesigned Bohemian National Hall (BNH) on the Upper East Side, on E. 73rd Street between First and Second Avenues, which is a five-story building, built in 1896. It is a rare survivor of the many social halls built in the nineteenth century for New York City’s immigrant ethnic communities. Our facilities include a gallery, cinema, performance hall seating 300 people, and a rooftop terrace.

            Our team of four people creates programs of about 80–100 events per year. We host a wide range of mostly free events showcasing contemporary Czech art, together with international collaborations in music, fine art, and design, and feature annual film festivals and seasonal rooftop screenings.

            We focus on presenting contemporary artists and projects, which are committed to engaging cultural discourse and addressing relevant cultural- and social themes. While we provide a platform for interaction and dialogue of Czechs with local and international artists, we encourage production of new works and are presenting concerts, screenings that are North American- or world premieres, and site-specific installations in our gallery.

            Can you tell us about the mission and activities of The Czech Center New York?

            The Czech Center New York (CCNY) is the official cultural institute of the Czech Republic, dedicated to promoting Czech art abroad and fostering interaction between Czechs, Americans, and the wide international community in New York City. The CCNY, established in 1995, is part of an international network of Czech Centers supporting artists, professionals, and cultural exchange in 23 countries on three continents. CCNY is located in the recently redesigned Bohemian National Hall (BNH) on the Upper East Side, on E. 73rd Street between First and Second Avenues, which is a five-story building, built in 1896. It is a rare survivor of the many social halls built in the nineteenth century for New York City’s immigrant ethnic communities. Our facilities include a gallery, cinema, performance hall seating 300 people, and a rooftop terrace.

            Our team of four people creates programs of about 80–100 events per year. We host a wide range of mostly free events showcasing contemporary Czech art, together with international collaborations in music, fine art, and design, and feature annual film festivals and seasonal rooftop screenings.

            We focus on presenting contemporary artists and projects, which are committed to engaging cultural discourse and addressing relevant cultural- and social themes. While we provide a platform for interaction and dialogue of Czechs with local and international artists, we encourage production of new works and are presenting concerts, screenings that are North American- or world premieres, and site-specific installations in our gallery.

            While primarily supporting Czech culture, the organization is also open to ideas around current cultural or social themes and international projects. Can you point to recent examples of this?

            While Czech Center New York’s mission is to Czech culture, it seems that in the interconnected world of today, the cultural presentation based solely on the national origin is fading. We think the art today, rather than present itself, needs to communicate and be aware of the international discourse. We are pleased that in the recent past ,we have be able to organize series of international collaborations in which the Czech was not just the label of the country of origin, but rather an element of driving cultural force.

            CCNY is a member of European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), which includes European Cultural Institutes in New York, and representatives from the cultural departments of European Consulates and Embassies in NYC. We collaborate on events and festivals throughout the year. For example, the European Film Festival, which the Czech Center established 6 years ago, grew from a small collaboration of a few countries to a large 2 week festival with about 20 participants now called Panorama Europe. This year we partnered with the Museum of the Moving Image to enable the festival’s expansion.

            Another recent example is an art criticism conference, which we organized together with Finnish, Polish, and Spanish cultural institutes and AICA International on April 27, called “Walking in the Air: Art Criticism in Europe.” We had five speakers talking about the current state of art criticism in their representative countries, and Hrag Vartanian as a moderator, who is the editor and co-founder of the influential arts blog Hyperallergic. We are hoping to establish this conference as an annual event as well.

            Coming up at CCNY on May 27 at 7:00 PM is the US release of Mariusz Szczygieł’s newly published book, Gottland, translated to English, that deals with the Czech history from the Polish perspective and world premiere for a Czech film based on the same book. The event will include excepts from the film and is a collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute and Melville House, the local publisher.

            read  the whole interview at NYFA website

             


             

             

            ACTIVATE NY

            Abrons Art Center

            466 Grand Street, at the corner of Pitt Street, Lower East Side, NYC

            October 25-November 24, 2013

            Opening Reception: October 25 | 6-8 pm

            Artists Sol LeWitt, Kristyna and Marek Milde, Occupy Oakland, William Powhida, Lisa Ruyter, Catherine Tafur, and B. Wurtz.Organized by Kristian Nammack

             

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            ACTIVATE NY explores the relationship between art and activism, by facilitating a number of participatory events and by displaying relevant works of art in the gallery spaces. The first floor small gallery will host an installation called New York Exchange Library  by artists tandem  Kristyna and Marek Milde.  It takes a form of a free library, where visitors are encouraged taking and or bringing their own books to exchange exploring the concept of knowledge as a free resource versus a commodity.

            ACTIVATE NY  will hosts series of participatory events in the Abron’s  Galleries including the launch of the100 hour Challenge, Artis Talk on Tuesdays at 7pm- pairing artists in the exhibit with activists relevant to the topic, Book Club on Wednesdays at 7pm led by art critic Andrew Russeth and open Discussion on Thursdays at 7pm facilitated by Kristian Nammack.

            more info here:

             

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            Kristyna and Marek Milde, New York Exchange Library, 2013

            installation with books, garbage bins, table, chair, toys and various household objects, shopping cart,

            shopping bags, cardboard boxes, bookcases

            Generously supported by the Rosenthal Library at the Queens College and the Abrons Art Center.

             

             


             

             

            Where Is My Home?

            DOX Center for Contemporary Art

            Poupětova 1, Prague 7, Czech Republic

            October 11, 2013 – January 13, 2014

            Opening October 10, 2013

            Pozvanka KDM DOX

            Artists:  Jiří David, Tomáš Císařovský, Tomáš Džadoň, Kristyna and Marek Milde, Karel Nepraš, Kristina Norman, Martin Mainer, Daniel Pešta, Jasanský a Polák, Kateřina Šedá, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen and Tallervo Kalleinen, Jindřich Štreit Martin Zet, Krzysztof Wodiczko, among others.

            The exhibition “Where Is My Home?” is dealing with the subject of home in its various meanings – home as a place, a town, a land, a region, a country. The project’s name, consisting of the first words of the Czech national anthem, contains a moment of doubt, personal as well as collective inquiry, which today is once again a topic due to the fact that today’s society is rife with uncertainty, dissatisfaction and feelings of frustration. If the idea of home is traditionally connected primarily with the feeling of certainty and security, it is logical that growing uncertainty and frustration from public life lead the public in no small affairs in creating a wider, shared home a city, province or region.

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            As part of this exhibition we show a project called “Home in a Home”, which is a site specific installation consisting of text on the wall and an office table with questionary. It is part of our an ongoing research project, where people are asked to list nonfunctional objects they have collected along with their stories, which create for them the personal layer of a home . The project, which works with the narratives of objects, started at our presentation and workshop Thoughts on the Living Room at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in November 2012 and continued as part of our solo exhibition Homescape in the Karlin Studios in December 2012. The visitors the exhibition Where Is My Home in DOX are encouraged to further contribute to the project with their ideas on the subject.

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            In-Tree-Net

            Kristyna and Marek Milde

            Permanent installation at the Chateau Trebesice, Czech Republic, 2013

            as part of the contemporary art collection curated by Alberto Di Stefano and Eugenio Percossi

             

             

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            The site-specific installation In-Tree-Net at the Trebesice Chattou is made out of trees and branches attached to the walls with hardware fixtures to resemble pipes and wires of engineering systems that bring vital functions into the building. The installation spans vertically three floors of the castle and continues horizontally across the top third floor leading to a room, where it branches out as a tree top.

            Trees and their complex interconnection present in the ekosystém of the woods are here reduced to a rigid model of a machine representing the mechanistic approach towards Nature. Pipes that in industrial settings are usually exposed while the architecture in civil buildings usually attempts to meticulously cover in order to create an intact environment. In the In-Tree-Net the pipes become alive pointing at the environmental dependency of the seemingly independent interior environment.

            In-Tree-Net critically approaches culturally conditioned understanding of nature, which produces the perspective that nature as such has borders, beginning and end, similar to the architecture and urbanism. Nature here is an element that penetrates not only the walls, but also crosses artificial borders, that divide landscape without a context, cutting through the mountains and rivers. In the In-Tree-Net the organic systems represent an idea of bringing nature closer and the way of its estranged perception, implying a reconnection of a fragmented environment to a whole.

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            Chateau Třebešice

            Since 2003 Czech and international artists have been invited to stay at castle Třebešice near Kutná Hora, Czech republic, in individual or group residences, from a few weeks to some months, they are invited to create artworks and site specific installations.The art collect

            ion at Třebešice is always growing and there are already approximately 80 artworks accessible to the public inside the castle and gardens. For guided tour please make reservation in advance.

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            Reportage on the Ceska Televize, the National Czech TV as part of the Toulava Kamera on August 2, 2015, about Chatteau Trebesice featuring installation by Kristyna and Marek Milde In-tree-net, which is part of the permanent collection. 

             


             

             

            PLANT SALE

            a visual art exhibition examining life as commodity

            The Center for Strategic Art And Agriculture

             

            Plant sale

            Opening July 4, 2013 from 3 to 8pm in conjunction with CSAA’s Fourth of July Garden Party,open until August 4th, 2013

            11 Stanwix Street at Bushwick Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn, located in the North Garage of Silent Barn.

             Plant Sale features work by Claire Wood, Cnaan Omar, Christina Kelly, Jason Gaspar, and Kristen Barry,

            Kristyna and Marek Milde and more.

             

            On July 4, 2013 from 3 to 8pm at the Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture is pleased to present Plant Sale, a group visual art exhibition that examines how we perceive plants in a contemporary context. It asks, who are we if the basis of our of food chain is an invisible commodity, patented sold on the stock market in the form of electronic data?  It explores the commodification of life, its effect on our society and ourselves.

            The opening of Plant Sale coincides with CSAA’s Fourth of July Garden Party with performances by award winning Americana guitarist Glenn Jones and D. Charles Speer and the Double Helix. ($10 at the door.)

             

             


             

              

            POISON GREEN

            Examines themes, concepts and cultural fictions

            dealing with environment and ecology

            CZECH CENTER GALLERY

            321E 73RD STREET, BET. 1ST AND 2ND AVENUE

            JUNE 26, 2013 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2013

            OPENING: JUNE 25, 2013, 6:30PM – 8:30PM

            Participants: Matej Al-Ali (CZ), Silvina Arismendi (Uruguay), Mark Dion (USA), Petr Dub (CZ), Mathias Kessler (USA), Tomas Moravec (CZ), Because we can (USA), Anne Percoco(USA), Katerina Seda (CZ), Klara Sumova (CZ), and Slavoj Zizek (Slovenia)Dinner Garden: Vita Chase, Slavka Petrova, Marek Soltis, Filip Trcka, Nicole and Jan Zahour

            Curated by Kristyna and Marek Milde

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            The exhibition project Poison Green interrogates and study the complexity of our environment. Rather than painting green and romanticizing nature, the artists and concepts, presented in the exhibition, examines the consequences of the urban, post-industrial, and virtualized reality we live in.  It seeks to demystify the ideologies inherent in our understanding of nature, reflecting on conventions and stereotypes, and looking for possible environmental models socially integrated into our daily lives and culture.

            The exhibition Poison Green is incorporated in a series of installations and visuals that extends from the gallery of the Bohemian National Hall to its rooftop, where a community garden project Diner Garden accompanying the show is installed. Here participants and visitors have the opportunity to experience the process of how to grow food just enough food for one dish.

            read more 

            view photos from the show 

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             Supported by the, Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association,

            Tanya Bonakdar Gallery and the Vermont Compost Company.


             

             

            We Eat, We Are

             one day exhibition project

            as part of the

            Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) 2013

            June 1st, 2013, 12am (noon) – 10pm

            1416 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237

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            Participants:

            Keil Borrman, Mike Estabrook, Jamie Isenstein, Vandana Jain, Richard Jochum, Athena Kokoronis, Radka Kovacikova, Michael Merck, Kristyna and Marek Milde, Natalia Porter, Danielle Pottberg, Petra Valentova, Jan and Nicole Zahour

            Curated by Kristyna and Marek Milde

             

            An edible and participatory exhibition project examining the concepts and the culture of eating, cooking and food production as a realm in which identity and relationships to the environment are established.

            If we are what we eat, who are we if we don’t know the origin and the context of the production of our food?

            While today convenient and easy access to an abundance of food seems a matter of course, the source and the mechanism of its production remain largely out of sight. The glossy and uniform food packages seem to provide necessary information, however the product data put together with stories written about authenticity; endorsed by seals and marks, seem to divert one’s attention from the context and process of its creation, therefore making the modern food industry fit into genres such as mystery, ideology, sci-fi or political thriller.

            “We Eat, We Are” presents a series of installations and events about or made with food. The makers of the project explore nourishment and engage awareness for the ways and methods of growing, cooking and sharing food, together with its social rituals inherently embodied in the community and culture.

             more information here

            view photos from the events 


            Needless Cleanup

            Meet factory, International Center of Contemporary Art

            Ke Sklárně 3213/15
150 00,  Prague 5, Czech Republic

            5. June – 25. August 2013

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            Artist:

            Masaru Iwai (JP), Jan Nálevka (CZ), Kristýna a Marek Milde (CZ/US),

            Pipilotti Rist (CHE), Janek Rous (CZ), Lucia Sceranková (CZ),

            Curator: Karina Kottová

            Cleaning and destruction can be seen as two basic principles within the duality of Apollonian and Dionysian, yin and yang. The key interest of this show is the transmission from one to another: from order to chaos, from serenity to uncontrolled passion. In Herman Hesse’s writings, these principles are often personalized, depicted as opposite forces, such as the rational Narcis and the emotional Goldmund, two monks in a medieval monastery, both in their own way longing to find the essence of life. While one decides to explore the realm of ratio within the safe fences of his sanctuary, the latter follows his urge to give in to his passions and live on the edge of life and death, beauty and horror. However, as the author explores further in his Steppenwolf, these characteristics rather meet in a single human mind, together with a number of other “souls” or principles that cannot be simply categorized. We are both rational beings and wild beasts, and while we often need to clean up the mess we made, we also long (or can’t help) to create it at the first place.
            Works to be featured in this exhibition are looking for certain “in-betweenness”, for order that is reversed by a simple act, which disturbs the original cleanliness and opens a window into “the other world” of illogic behavior, obscurity, deviation or even madness.

             Photos from the show 


            The Homescape

            Solo Exhibition by

            Kristyna a Marek Milde

            Karlin Studios, Křižíkova 34, Prague 8, Czech Republic

            Opening: Wednesday, December 19th from 6pm

            Open until: January 13th, 2013

            Homescape, 2012, exhibition view

            Homescape, 2012, exhibition view

            Please join us for the opening of our solo exhibition “The Homescape” opening December 19th at Karlin Studios in Prague.

            The show investigates on the field of domesticity how architecture and postindustrial reality influences the way of understanding nature. It engages the dilemma between nature and architectural structures and its impact on the current environmental issues. It follows a phenomenon of a new special kind of species: “Homo Interius” a contemporary human, who spends most of its life inside of a white cube separated from the influence of the surrounding environment ultimately resulting in his interior perspective of the outside. “The Homescape” presents parallels between artificial constructs and nature positioning the alienated interior environment in larger context of nature and landscape.

            More information and photos from the show

            Czech version – Česká verze


            MoMA Common Senses

            Thoughts on the LIVING ROOM

            Artists‘ talk  and workshop by  Kristyna a Marek Milde

            Sunday, November 4th, 2pm

            MoMa, Cullman Building, Mezzanine

            4 West 54th Street between 5th and 6th avenues

            Photos and info from the workshop here

            We are very pleased to be invited to o give an artists‘ talk and a workshop at the Mildred’s Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity) as  part of the exhibition project MoMA Common Senses  at the Museum of Modern Art.

            If possible please bring a handful of dust sweepings from your apartment for the workshop with you.Just sweep it in a plastic bag before you go!

            Brooklyn based artists Kristyna and Marek Milde present their projects engaging culture of living and domesticity . Looking at what is “swept under the carpet,” their work investigates how the comfortable interior environment of our homes produces a culture of alienation from nature. Their projects often take the form of DIY home improvements, and revisit the role of furnishing, cleaning and decorating and its function inside of a white cube to produce the feeling of home. Their work explores ways of transforming our spaces of dwelling, revealing its connection to a larger environmental context of culture, geography and nature.Participants at MoMA Studio will have the opportunity to share their ideas about the elements that contribute to their sense of home. Additionally, participants are encouraged to be part of a Do it Your Self project called “The Color of The Home” a workshop in which a colored wall paint pigmented by ordinary household dust will be made producing a color chart. If possible, please bring a handful of dust swept up in your home in a plastic bag.

            MoMA Common Senses 

            Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000 (July 27–November 5, 2012), MoMA Studio: Common Senses is a multisensory environment at the intersection of education, design, and art that aims to foster our evolving relationships with nature, technology, and our everyday surroundings through community interactions and creative play. A series of drop-in activities, workshops, and ongoing projects for audiences of all ages integrates components such as light, nature, food, textiles, games, and technology. Artists, designers, and educators including Fritz Haeg, J. Morgan Puett of Mildred’s Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity), Karen Hewitt, Reggio Children, and others engage visitors in generative and sensory experiences from harvesting an edible garden and creating light-based scapes installations to engaging with an experimental school and playing with new and familiar toys and games. Visit MoMA.org/learn for more information.

            Mildred’s Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity)

            “What is it that we need to learn in the 21st century?” J. Morgan Puett of Mildred’s Lane and the Mildred Complex(ity) poses this question to visitors of MoMA Studio in a series of events and a workshop space. Based in northeastern Pennsylvania, Mildred’s Lane is a working-living-researching environment made up of a community of artists interested in fostering new modes of social engagement with every aspect of life. From discussions to meals, interactions at MoMA Studio focus on our relations with each other and our environments, systems of labor, and aspects of holistic living as they relate to contemporary culture. Gleaning from her sense of aesthetics and design, Puett’s installation and living archive invites visitors to explore inventive forms of domesticity, tactile qualities related to textiles, and the natural states of food—gathered from Fritz Haeg’s Domestic Integrity Field Part A-1, also a part of MoMA Studio—while fellow artists invite the public to engage in their practice on frequent, impromptu visits.

            Mildred’s Lane Swarming: 

            These frequent visits by collaborating artists, writers, and critics at Mildred’s Lane invite the public to participate in collective tasks and discussions, from hosting food-related events to explorations of creative processes related to the visual arts, writing, biology, and more. All Swarmings take place at MoMA Studio: Common Senses on an impromptu basis during opening hours, unless otherwise noted.

             


            QUEENS COLLEGE

            ALUMNI ART + COMMENTARY | 1937—2012

            75 YEARS OF THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE

            November 7 – December 21, 2012

            Talks + Reception | November 7, 5-8 PM| Queens College Art Center

            Queens College Art Center, 2012. All rights reserved.

            Please join us for the opening and talks at the Queens College Art Center

            Talks + Reception | Wednesday, November 7, 5-8 PM
            Curated by Suzanna Simor, Alexandra de Luise + Tara Mathison

            Queens College Art Center|Rosenthal, Level Six | CUNY| 65-30 Kissena Blvd.
            Flushing, NY 11367-1597|artcenter@qc.cuny.edu | 917.997.3770

            Comprising art and commentary in all media contributed by Queens College alumni (the artists’ contemporary work drawing on their personal college history and recollection), this installation will speak to the school’s 75th anniversary, directly addressing what the Queens College experience has meant to students over three-quarters of a century.

            Sponsors: Kupferberg Center for the Arts; Queens College; QC Alumni Relations Office; Art Department; the Libraries; Queens College Foundation, Inc.; CUNY; New York Community Bank.


             

            GO Brooklyn

            Open Studio Weekend

            September 8 – 9th, 11AM – 7PM


            Come to our open studio! It is part of the Go Brooklyn, borough wide open studio project

            organized by the Brooklyn Museum featuring works by local artists.

            You can find us on the map under the number 1678.

            our location:1416 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237

            To view the map of the other studios go here.

            Brooklyn is home to more artists than anywhere else in the United States, making it the creative capital of the art world.GO: a community-curated open studio project is a borough-wide initiative designed to foster personal exchange between Brooklyn-based artists, their communities, and the Brooklyn Museum.

            During GO, Brooklyn artists will open their studios to the community, sparking a dialogue between artists and their neighborhoods. Newly informed by the artist about the artistic process, studio visitors will be empowered to nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to be held at the Museum. Based on community nominations, Museum curators will create an exhibition to open on Target First Saturday in December 2012.

            Organized by the Museum’s Managing Curator of Exhibitions, Sharon Matt Atkins, and Chief of Technology, Shelley Bernstein, GO is inspired by two established programs: ArtPrize, an annual publicly juried art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the long tradition of open studio weekends held each year in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, DUMBO, Gowanus, Red Hook, and Bushwick.

             


             

            8+

            BOS 2012

            Bushwick Open Studios

            Sat. June 2nd, 1-10PM

            1416 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237

            The Bushwick open Studios are back! Come to join us for the show 8+, which will be open one day only on

            Saturday, June 2nd, from 1pm to 7pm.

            Opening party in the evening 7-10pm with music and DJ Nanoru. Outdoor screening in the garden after dusk. BOYB!

            Exhibition 8+ presents works by Zeljka BlaksicMike EstabrookVandana JainRichard JochumTom Kotik,

            Kristyna and Marek Milde, and Anne Percoco. Organized by Kristyna and Marek Milde.

            More about the show and artists

            To find out about the other events and view our profile visit the Arts in Bushwick website.


            Social Sculpture

            Workshop by Kristyna and Marek Milde

            As part of the exhibition “The Life Instinct”by Anne Percoco at the  NURTUREart

            Sat. May 12th, 3-5PM

            NURTUREArt Gallery, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn NY



            more photo from the workshop here

            We would like to invite you to a workshop called Social Sculpture, we give at the Nurture Art  on Saturday May 12th from 3-5 pm.

            The workshop  explores the consumerist cycle of disposal by reusing and redefining function of  common household objects.

            We will build furniture with reclaimed materials, chairs and furniture, which should later serve public as a sitting area outside of the Nurture art.

            The space is limited to 10 people, so please RSVP now to get a place gallery@nurtureart.org

            Please bring, if possible, some of the following items with you:

            – found furniture pieces (such as chairs, pieces of chairs, tables, or anything which can be used for sitting)
            – tools (such as a drill, saw, hammer, wood screws etc.)

            This is to ensure that there will be enough materials to go around and that the workshop will not be slowed down if many people need to use the same tools at a time. NURTUREart has a limited tool selection, but will gladly share the resources available.

            Join us, it will be fun!  


            Amplify Action: Sustainability Through the Arts

            Opening Reception
            Saturday, April 21st, 4-6pm

            Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Skylight Gallery
            1368 Fulton Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, New York, 
            A/C to Nostrand Avenue

            In-tree-net, 2012,  detail form the installation at the Skylight gallery, trees, plumbing hardware, 24×10 feet

            The Amplify Action team is excited to introduce our participating artists for Amplify Action: Sustainability Through the Arts. This exceptional group of artists, both local and beyond, will present works that engage with a diversity of topics related to community sustainability, inspiring audiences to question, discuss, and take action. Explore the artists’ work by following the links below.

            Participating Artists:

            Elaine Angelopoulos | local-artists.org/user/4807/cv 
            Jean Brennan | www.jeanbrennan.tumblr.com 
            Adam Brent | adambrent.com 
            Roberto deJesus | www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/139614-roberto-de-jesus
            Wolfgang Ryan | www.wolfgangryan.com 
            Barbara Ekström | www.barbaraekstrom.se 
            Carrie Grubb | carriegrubb.com
            TTK | gottkgo.com 
            Christopher Ho | www.christopherho.com 
            YK Hong | www.ykhong.com/ykart 
            Artcodex | www.artcodex.org
            Bernard Klevickas | www.bernardklevickas.com 
            Michael Konrad | www.konradprojects.net 
            Mary Mattingly | www.marymattingly.com
            Kristyna & Marek Milde | www.mildeart.com 
            Michael Millspaugh | www.lakegeorgearts.org/michael_%20millspaugh.htm
            Simonetta Moro, Tattfoo Tan, and students of Eugene Lang College and New School for Liberal Arts | simonettamoro.com 
            Antonia Perez | www.typeandyou.com/repurposes/24_perez/index.html 
            Kevin William Reed | www.kevinwilliamreed.com 
            Aya Rodriguez-Izumi | www.iamaya.com 
            Vincent Romaniello | vincent-romaniello.blogspot.com 
            Andrew Scott | www.afsart.com 
            Robert Stephenson | www.robstephenson.com 
            Means & Ways: Radek Szczesny Jenny Way | www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/44622-radek-szczesny?tab=PROFILE 
            Kioka Williams, Bed-Stuy Community Quilt Project | www.facebook.com/bedstuyunity.fiberart

            All are welcome to join artists and community members in celebrating this occasion. Please RSVP here.

            More info www.amplifyaction.org

            Amplify Action: Sustainability Through the Arts

            Panel Discussion

            Thursday, March 29th, 2012

            Myrtle Hall, Pratt Institute, Room 2E.3

            As a prelude to Amplify Action, a panel discussion will be held as part of Pratt Institute’s Green Week to engage the audience in a dialogue on the power of art to influence community sustainability. The panel will feature Mary Mattingly, Kristyna Milde and Simonetta Moro, three of the participating artists in Amplify Action, discussing their work as an ongoing project of lifestyle change and as a campaign to shift perception toward sustainable practices.

            Moderator:

            Ann Holder, Associate Professor, History, Social Science & Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute

            Panelists:

            Mary Mattingly, Artist – www.marymattingly.com

            Kristyna Milde, Artist – www.mildart.com

            Simonetta Moro – www.simonettamoro.com

            photo by Natalia Porter, 2012

            Amplify Action biographies & Artist Statements

            Moderator:

            Ann Holder, BA-Hampshire College, PhD Boston College, fields of specialization US Social/Cultural History, US Women’s History, African-American History, Gender/Sexuality Studies, Urban History, Cultural Studies, European Intellectual History; Current projects: Citizenship in the Post-Bellum South; Fellow: WEB DuBois Center at Harvard University. Former coordinator of the Critical and Visual Studies Program at Pratt. Courses taught at Pratt: World History, The Sixties, Families and Others, Representing the Real, The Story of Freedom in the United States, CritViz Colloquium and American Studies/Visual Studies

            Artists:

            Mary Mattingly was born in Rockville, CT. USA in 1978. She lives and works in New York City. Mattingly studied at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Parsons School of Design, and Yale School of Art from 1996-2002.

            Recent solo exhibitions include:
            Frontier, Galerie Adler, Germany 2007; Fore Cast, White Box, NY2006; Second Nature, Robert Mann Gallery, NY 2006; We Go Round and Round in the Night, Feldman Gallery, Portland, OR 2005.

            Recent group exhibitions include:
            Future Tense, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY 2008; Video Visionen, O eins, Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany 2008; Bivouac, Art Omi, Ghent, NY 2007; Other Worlds: Fact and Fiction, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT 2007; and the International Center of Photography’s Triennial, Ecotopia 2006.

            Recent publications/articles include:
            Le Monde Magazine, Village Voice, ARTnews, Aperture, A Public Space, Artforum, C Photo, New York Magazine, New York Press, Time Out New York, Photography Quarterly Magazine.

            She has co-curated interventions called Waterways alongside the Venice Biennial and with the Istanbul Biennial. Currently, Mattingly is working on a project called the Waterpod, a floating sculptural living structure that will showcase new ideas, simple and effective technologies for water desalinization and purification, clean energies, and sustainable, autonomous living. It can be easily prototyped and remade in different environments, and with different available resources. It will launch in May 2009, showcasing the work of artists, scientists, humanitarians, and geologists as part of the Hudson River’s Quadricentennial Celebration.

            Currently, Mattingly is an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and an artist in residence at New York University. She just completed teaching a Master Class at the International Center of Photography.

            Flock House, 2011, Photograph, 16 x 20

            Exhibition Piece: Flock House is a migratory, public space that will be choreographed throughout New York City’s five boroughs to predetermined locations including: city parks, public spaces, and unused city-owned lots. Constructed of materials including recycled and reprocessed vehicles including airplane interiors, car bodies, bicycles, and boat hulls, the shape and form of “Flock House” is inspired by data patterns of current global human migration, immigration, and pilgrimage.  Flock House promotes a city in which structures combine, separate, and recombine, reflecting the daily movements and relationships of modern metropolitan life. By augmenting and affirming local community resources through workshops, organized events, and online information, “Flock House” embellishes the etiology of civic folkways, offering new opportunities for collaboration, celebration, and invention.

            Artist Statement: My work proposes a peripatetic world where populations depend on both migration and integrated communities. I focus on creating autonomous living/ traveling systems and the tools that accompany them, from wearable environments called Wearable Homes to water-based habitats that explore the intersection between autonomy and interdependence. In 2009, I completed a project called the Waterpod: a mobile, sculptural, autonomous habitat and collaborative public space atop a barge made to explore solutions for sea-level rise, lack of housing, and decrease of useable land.  Docking throughout New York City, artists lived onboard and tested the social, ecological, and technological ecosystems for the project’s duration. Formally contingent on mapping worldwide human migration patterns, my current projects are itinerant, small-scale architectural interventions called Flock Houses.  These capsules morph into preexisting underused urban structures, reflecting city dwellers’ movements while attempting to alter the autocratic effects of economic development.

            Kristyna Milde, born in Prague, Czech Republic currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her work deconstructs cultural meaning to question traditional boundaries between archetypes and stereotypes. She employs a variety of media including photography, sculpture, and installation. She received Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the Queens College, New York in 2007. Milde also studied painting from 1999 to 2003 at the Assenza Malschule, Basel, Switzerland. Kristyna Milde works for over a decade on a variety of interdisciplinary projects, on which she often collaborates with her husband Marek Milde. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and art centers in Europe and USA among others in the NURTURE art, Brooklyn, USA; Anna Wallace Gallery, New York, USA; Space Gallery, Pittsburg, USA; Futura, Prague, Czech Republic. Her work was featured in the New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, W+G News, Queens Tribune, Pittsburgh Tribune, BQE Media. She works as a Program Manager at the Czech Center NYC, a cultural institute of the Czech Republic.

            In-Tree-Net, 2011, Site-specific installation made out of tree brunches mounted on the wall with plumbing hardware

            Exhibition Piece (Kristyna & Marek Milde): The project In-Tree-Net engages the dilemma between systems of Nature and artificial structures. It investigates the influence of architecture on the understanding of Nature. The installation is site specifically made for the gallery settings out of tree trunks and brunches mounted on the walls with plumbing and electric hardware to resemble engineering systems of pipes and wires. Trees and their complex interconnection present in the ecosystem of the woods are here reduced to a rigid model of a machine representing the mechanistic approach towards Nature. Pipes which architecture usually attempts to cover in order to create an intact environment are here revealed to bring the outside inside pointing to the environmental dependency of the seemingly independent interior environment.  It follows the phenomena of a new kind of “Homo Interius”, a contemporary human, who spends most of its life inside of a white cube separated from the influence of the surrounding environment. In-Tree-Net critically approaches a culturally contingent understanding of the nature of Nature, which produces the perspective, that nature as such has borders, a beginning and its end, similar to architecture and urbanism. Nature here is an element that penetrates not only the walls, but also crosses artificial borders, that divide landscape without a context, cutting through the mountains and rivers. In the In-Tree-Net the organic systems represent an idea of bringing closer the nature and the way of its estranged perception, implying a reconnection of the fragmented environment to a whole. It is part of our larger body of work concerning themes of environment and mechanisms of culture creation.

            Artist Statement (Kristyna & Marek Milde):  Our work engages themes of environmental alienation and mechanisms of culture. We use daily surroundings and everyday places such as the home or a public space to explore themes of identity and personal integrity in the environment. For our installations we use a combination of natural and artificially constructed elements placed in situations where cultural forms are being confronted. We are interested to uncover the principles of how culture determinates itself and to question the removed and alienated cultural views.

            Simonetta Moro, My work exists in the space of memory, in the interstices between the real and the imaginary, the present and the past, the detail and the overview. Places and architecture influence my practice; history informs the content. My drawings and paintings emerge through a cumulative, layered process that takes advantage of the translucency and texture of the materials, such as mylar or rice paper. These materials contribute to creating an allusive, dream-like quality, and give depth to the resulting image. Contrasting images are seen all at once, implying the simultaneity of perception and the suspension of time.
            Photographic processes also play an important role in composing the initial image on canvas or paper. Used more or less literally, reproductions are re-contextualized and transformed to respond to the particular situation I construct.
            Representation and abstraction coexist in my work – often situated at their edges. I see the map-form as a synthesis of these two modes, a metaphor that allows me to expand on the politics and poetics of places, and to evoke the idea of journey. A personal history of wandering made me investigate issues of placement and displacement. As tools for traveling, maps can either transport us into other worlds, or make us aware of the unseen details of our current world.

            Signs of Growth/Mobile Gardens map, 2009, ink on paper, 11×17″

            Exhibition Piece: Signs of Growth/Mobile Gardens map – Collaborative project by Simonetta Moro, Eve Mosher, Tattfoo Tan and students of Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts

            Artist Statement: Signs of Growth: Urban Food, is a site-specific installation/ performance that took place in October 16 -18, 2009, in the context of Art in Odd Places festival, organized by Simonetta Moro, Eve Mosher and Tatfoo Tan with students at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts.The work entailed identifying and marking “green sites”—or places that potentially might support locally grown food—with signs along 14th street, from Union Square to 10th Avenue. The sites are diverse, idiosyncratic, even fantastical, including everything from scaffolding to rooftops, intending to encourage passers-by to think about urban agriculture and under-utilized public spaces.

            The street action employed Tatfoo Tan’s Mobile Gardens – carts and found objects that students, working in collaboration with the artist, equipped with greenery and paraded along 14th street, while distributing maps of the Signs of Growth sites and brochures about urban window box planting. An example of text in the map reads: “Did you know?… At least 6000 tons of food must be imported into NYC daily. Unemployment would decrease with local food movements/production. Produce coming into NYC often has to travel over 1500 miles. Urban farming uses 1% of water needed for traditional field farming and absolutely no pesticides. Rooftop gardens can insulate buildings.”

            In the exhibition that followed the performance, installed in the Skybridge Art Space at Eugene Lang College, a documentation of the public project was displayed along with maps, mobile gardens, a cookbook created by students, a greenhouse project, and an audio Soundscape.


            This Month in Art October 2011

            Kristyna and Marek Milde,”In Loving Memory” by Trent Morse

            WG Williamsburg Greenpoint News + Arts, October Issues 2011, pg 6.

            Perhaps the cheapest piece of furniture that one can buy is the plastic garden chair. It is ubiquitous on porches and in yards throughout the world, especially among folks with little disposable income. And, at a few dollars a pop, the chairs themselves are pretty much disposable. Artistic duo Kristyna and Marek milde found one of these chairs on a Chelsea sidewalk and decided to put it in an installation.

            “In Loving Memory” solved a practical problem for NURTUREart. The gallery had a huge roof deck but nowhere for people to sit, so the Mildes hit the streets on New York and brought back a clashing collection of ten discarded chairs, which they cleaned and restored to working order. The chairs alone are a ramshackle and hideous bunch, but plaque – much like the plates affixed to park benches in dedication to deceased loved ones – that elevates them to objects of conceptual intrigue. There’s a ratty green lawn chair inscribed as “In Loving Commemoration of the Obsolete” a rounded red chair honoring the “Awkward”, a lifeguard chair memorializing the “Washed – Out”, and , of course, a white plastic garden chair for the “Uncool”.

            This project was meant to demonstrate how, with a little elbow grease, a piece of garbage can be resurrected as a perfectly usable throne. But it also shows that, by labeling an object as uncool, it suddenly becomes cool. Such is the power of irony.

            Click here to view the original article

            To learn more about the project In Loving Memory click here

            “KRISTYNA AND MAREK MILDE In Loving Memory”

             Brooklyn Rail Article, September 2011, by Gail Victoria Braddock Quagliata

            PERMANENT INSTALLATION AT NURTUREART

            In Loving Memory, Kristyna and Marek Milde’s strangely sweet homage to the discarded, now permanently occupies NurtureArt’s rooftop space. Stepping out onto the gallery’s deck one scorching August afternoon and waiting for my eyes to adjust to the shocking sunlight, I initially thought this exhibition looked like any Brooklyn rooftop hangout, with mismatched, weather-beaten chairs strewn about the space in conversationally-logical groupings. My eyes adapted and I noticed, in a far corner, THE PANEL: that iconic, graphically subdued piece of common museum/government/historical site signage that screams “official informational document” or, plainly, “read this sign and understand why you’re standing here reading this sign.”

            ….. read the rest  as a PDF

            Click here to go to the original article

            To learn more about the project In Loving Memory click here


            In Loving Memory

             NURTUREart Gallery

            EXTENDED till October 31st, 2011

            Directions: 910 Grand Street, Brooklyn NY, take the L train to the Grand Street

            MAP

            installation on the roof of the NurtureArt Gallery, NYC


             

             IN-TREE-NET

            Gallery Califia

            EXTENDED till September 12, 2011

            as part of the Tik-Tak exhibiton

            Directions: Horazdovice, Czech Republic


            Green

            July 4th, 2011 – August 1st, 2011 

            Gallery Califia

            Opening Reception, Monday, July 4th, from 8 PM

            Directions: Chateau  Horazdovice, 341 01 Horazdovice, Czech Republic

            MAP

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            Learn more about our project IN-TREE-NET, which is part of the GREEN exhibition


            In Loving Memory

            June 21st, 2011 –  EXTENDED till October 31st, 2011

            NURTUREart Gallery

            Opening Reception and Roof Top Party, Tuesday, June 21st, 7-10 PM

            Directions: 910 Grand Street, Brooklyn NY, take the L train to the Grand Street

            MAP

             

            In Loving Memory is an installation made of discarded outdoor chairs found in the garbage on the streets of New York.While the chairs serve their purpose as patio furniture on the roof of the NURTUREart, the installation addresses the issue of fast-paced cycles of the consumerism and the impermanence and the interchangeability of things, where actual ownership often represents a short-lived affair before rejection.Each chair has a plaque attached to its back. As memorial benches and chairs with inscriptions are erected to celebrate the honorable dead or living with a notion of monumentality, these plaques commemorate worn out, obsolete, and generally uncool characters recalling un-monumental aspects of everyday life. Whilst these may represent the reasons for the negation, together they create an inclusive monument questioning the mechanisms of the culture of disposal.

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            Bushwick Open Studios are finally here!

            A year has gone by and we are again participating in the Bushwick Open Studios, a weekend of over 350 open studios and exhibitions in the Bushwick area. We are excited to host a show called 7+1 as part of this event, featuring Brooklyn artists Silvina Arismendi, Zeljka Blaksic, Juan Fontanive, Tom Kotik, and Allison Schlegel.  The show will be open one day only, on Saturday June 4th from 12 -7pm. Immediately following the show, you are invited to an after party with a live music performance by Joseph Robinson at 8pm and music by DJ Nanoru.  To top it off, there will be an outdoor screening in the garden after dusk.  So get ready for a busy day, and please – BYOB!

            In the directory you may find the locations of the open studios and there will be also printed map available throughout out the neighborhood,
            http://artsinbushwick.org/bos2011/directory

            We are listed as #139.
            You may also check our profile on the web:
            http://artsinbushwick.org/bos2011/directory/?listing=1935

            Silvina Arismendi www.silvinaarismendi.com
            Zeljka Blaksicwww.gitablak.com
            Juan Fontanive www.juanfontanive.com
            Kristyna and Marek Milde www.mildeart.com
            Joseph Robinson www.nicarioproductions.com
            Allison Schlegel stockandpile.com

            Address:
            1416 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn 11237
            L train to Jefferson Stop
            http://tinyurl.com/milde-s-home

            L TRAIN OUTAGE:  ALT. TRANSIT OPTIONS

            For anyone who has not heard – in a last-minute announcement, the MTA has decided to schedule an L-train service outage for BOS weekend.  There will be no L train between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

            Luckily, we have more than one train that serves our neighborhood, and many convenient bus lines.  So, if you were planning to ride the L train to BOS, never fear – there are many other ways to get here and get around on public transit, both from Manhattan and from other parts of Brooklyn.

            Here is everything we know about the transit situation, and our recommended alternate routes to get to L train stops in the Festival area.  Please help us spread the word – we are still open for business, even if the L train isn’t!

            June 3-5, 2011 L Train Outage: BOS2011 Transit Options

            SUBWAY SERVICE
            – J train will run as normal

            – G train will run as normal
            – M train will have expanded service, so will run its full route (from 57th St to Metropolitan Avenue) throughout the weekend.  M trains should run regularly except between midnight and 6am.
            – L train will be replaced by shuttle from Lorimer Street through all of the L stops in Bushwick.  You can connect to the L shuttle via the G to Lorimer/Metropolitan.

            BUS SERVICE
            – BEST L-TRAIN ALTERNATIVE FROM MANHATTAN: Take the J to Marcy Ave (Williamsburg Bridge Plaza).  Take the B60 bus.  Stops at the Montrose and Morgan L stops, and on Wilson Ave a few avenue blocks from the Jefferson, Dekalb, Myrtle-Wyckoff, Halsey and Wilson stops.

            RECOMMENDED ALTERNATE SERVICE BY L-TRAIN STOP
            – Graham L: B43 bus. You can also take the B24 from Queens.

            – Grand L: Q54 bus or Q59 bus.
            – Montrose L: take the G train to Broadway, the B60 bus or the B43 bus.
            – Morgan L: B60 bus or B57 bus.
            – Jefferson L:  B57 bus or B38 bus.
            – Dekalb L: B38 bus.
            – Myrtle-Wyckoff L: M train to Myrtle-Wyckoff or B54 bus.
            – Halsey L: B26 bus.
            – Wilson L: B60 bus.

            There are other bus routes that will serve different areas of BOS. We suggest that you use a combination of mta.info (for Service Advisories) and Google Directions, which now have excellent public transportation information, to figure out how to get to specific locations.


            Thank you for your continued interest and support.

            See you at the BOS2011



            Kristyna and Marek Milde

            Looking for a Home

            Queens College Art Center

            Thursday, March 24, from 5-8 pm


            Please come to see our work in progress installation Looking for a Home at the Queens College Art Center thisThursday, March 24, from 5-8 pm as a part of the Express + Local Project. We are creating living environment over the period of one month from furniture we found on the streets of New York. Looking for a Home is a work in progress installation, so please follow its development on site and online on our new website: www.mildeart.com

            To read an article about this project in Greenpoint Star and view other announcements go to our news section.www.mildeart.com/news

            Adress:

            Queens College Art Center, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Level Six
 and Three

            Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367-1597

            Directions:http://www.qc.cuny.edu/welcome/directions/Pages/default.aspx

            Looking forward to see you there

            Kristyna and Marek Milde

            Kristyna and Marek Milde: Looking for a Home is a work in progress installation, which concerns the themes of consumerism and the culture of disposal, recalling environmental awareness in the realm of domesticity. For one month the space is being populated with found furniture and domestic objects dumped on the streets of the New York metropolitan area. It will grow out of sidewalk finds that the artists make during their residency. The objects are categorized; the progress is monitored and then documented. The resulting piece will be a fully or partially equipped living environment, depending on the luck of the findings.

            Express + Local: NYC Aesthetic

            VISIT DURING OUR UPCOMING OPEN STUDIO DATES!

            Thursday, March 24, From 5 – 8 pm

            Artists: Kristyna Milde, Marek Milde, Derek Vadala, Carl Gambrell, Rob Kimmel

            The March 1–31 participants all live in Brooklyn. Graphic designers Carl Gambrell and Rob Kimmel will physically explore Queens to create a map that illustrates their newfound understanding of the borough’s cartography. Photographer and web programmer Derek Vadala captures the decaying manufacturing areas of Queens. Czech-born artists Kristyna + Marek Milde explore issues of consumerism within their New York home. The sculpture of Howard Lerner, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting and a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Individual Artists Grant, is made from local found objects.

            For many New Yorkers, one’s zip code determines the pizza they eat, the baseball team they cheer, and their general attitude about life. But can it influence the art they make? By bringing New York-area artists to the Queens College Art Center in Flushing for a month-long residency, EXPRESS+LOCAL: NYC AESTHETICS explores the possible effect of locale on their works. Artists (Ellis AveryBecky FrancoCarl GambrellNaomi GrossmanErin HankeRob KimmelHoward Lerner, Kristyna Milde + Marek MildeTommy MintzApril NettAntonia PerezAnne Sherwood PundykDerek VadalaJon Wohl) from diverse disciplines and divided into three groups, will share gallery space for one month at a time (Jan. 28-Feb. 28; March 1-31; and April 1-29). The public will have the opportunity to view the works-in-progress and talk with all the participants during an Open Studio one night each month and at varied times during their residency. A free culminating exhibition (May 5-June 30) will showcase pieces created during their time in Queens and feature artists’ talks with the curator, Tara Mathison.

            Depending on their chosen residency, the visual artists, writers, musicians, and curators will work separately or together within the gallery space to respond to the idea of place. EXPRESS+LOCAL aims to offer insight into the varied studio practices documenting their creative response to New York and specifically, the borough of Queens. While some of the artists are very familiar with Queens and Queens College, others have had no direct experience before the residency; EXPRESS+LOCAL may lead each artist to forge a new sense of place.

            More Info:

            http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/Art_Library/artcenter.html or

            Tel: (718) 997-3770. E-mail: artcenter@qc.cuny.edu,

             

             


            Looking for a Home

            Final Exhibition

            May 5th to June 30th, 2011

            We are excited to reach  the  final stage of our project called Looking for a Home, which is a lounge area created solely with furniture found in garbage on the streets of New York collected over a period of one month.

            Please join us for the Reception and Artists’ talk which will include also other projects of the EXPRESS +LOCAL: NYC Aesthetic

            Thursday, May 5 from 5 – 8pm at the Queens College Art Center, CUNY

            Address:
            Queens College Art Center
            Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Level Six
            Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367-1597

            Our installation is on the 3rd floor ( ground floor ), right behind the main entrance and the gallery is on the 6th Floor

            Directions: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/welcome/directions/Pages/default.aspx

            About the Project:

            Looking for a Home is an installation concerning the themes of consumerism and the culture of disposal. The public space is populated with furniture and domestic objects dumped on the streets of the New York metropolitan area, which the artists found during their one month residency. The objects are cleaned, repaired and categorized; the progress is monitored and documented. The resulting piece is fully equipped living environment, which the public is encouraged to use as a private working area.
            The objects, which assumingly have been replaced by new commodities, are, in Looking for a Home, kept relevant by the artists’ discovery. This site-specific environment reflects the state of abundance and rejection and recalls environmental awareness in the realm of domesticity. While the sale of anonymously mass-produced household objects is encouraged by the supportive framework of fictional stories around the objects and designers, Looking for a Home focuses on the stories of the objects’ lives and their use, adding an enriching personal layer of a real story connected to specific people and their environment

             


             

            Looking for a Home

            is a part of the

            EXPRESS +LOCAL: NYC Aesthetic

            By bringing New York-area artists to the Queens College Art Center in Flushing for a month-long residency, EXPRESS+LOCAL: NYC AESTHETICS explores the possible effect of locale on their works. Artists (Ellis Avery, Becky Franco, Carl Gambrell, Naomi Grossman, Erin Hanke, Rob Kimmel, Howard Lerner, Kristyna Milde + Marek Milde, Tommy Mintz, April Nett, Antonia Perez, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, Derek Vadala + Jon Wohl) from diverse disciplines and divided into three groups, will share gallery space for one month at a time (Jan. 28-Feb. 28; March 1-31; and April 1-29). The public will have the opportunity to view the works-in-progress and talk with all the participants during an Open Studio one night each month and at varied times during their residency. A free culminating exhibition (May 5-June 30) will showcase pieces created during their time in Queens and feature artists’ talks with the curator, Tara Mathison.

            Depending on their chosen residency, the visual artists, writers, musicians, and curators will work separately or together within the gallery space to respond to the idea of place. EXPRESS+LOCAL aims to offer insight into the varied studio practices documenting their creative response to New York and specifically, the borough of Queens. While some of the artists are very familiar with Queens and Queens College, others have had no direct experience before the residency; EXPRESS+LOCAL may lead each artist to forge a new sense of place.

            More Info:
            http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/Art_Library/artcenter.html or
            http://kupferbergcenterarts.org/ (Queens College Art Center)

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            Artist to Audience: Express + Local puts 15 city artists in Queens

            Article in BQE MEDIA – Brooklyn and Queens newspaper

            February 9, 2011

            Article about residency/exhibition Express + Local, we are participating in with a project “Looking for Home”.

            To learn more about this project click here

            Click here to view the  original article


            QC Exhibit Asks: Does Home Matters?

            Article in Queens Tribune

            February 3rd, 2011

            Click here to view the  original article

            To learn more about our project click here

            Express +Local,

            Queens College Art Center,

            January 28-June 30, 2011

            We are participating in residency/exhibition Express + Local with a project “Looking for Home”.

            To learn more about this project click here

            Gallery Guide

            Express Local: NYC Aesthetics

            Announcement, March 2011

            Interview with Kristyna Milde  by Natalia Liquiñano

            Estetica y Dirección de Arte

            Weblog de apoyo de la asignatura Estética y Dirección de Arte. Prof. Ángel Fernández.

            March 16, 2011

             

            http://esteticacomunicacion.blogspot.com

             

             

             

             

            KRISTYNA MILDE: CONVENTIONS, CONSUMERISM, ART AND WOMAN.

            Kristyna Milde is a Czech multidisciplinary artist who owns a very genuine style and a huge plastic versatility. Her work explores several sources of creation and inspiration; consumption, mass culture, women image, the auto-perception into the world, the culture models… Reflective, critical, even incisive, but at the same her work accumulates magic and almost childlike sweetness: no doubt she attains her artwork by talking itself.

            Q – Kristyna, would you please tell us just a bit about your career. How did you start in the artistic world?

            A – I am coming from a creative family; my mother and my younger brother are both artists. My mother is a painter and she also writes poetry. My brother is a conceptual artist working with the theme of personalizing the urban environment.

            I have been creating things since I was really young – drawings, paintings, sculptures. It was the most natural way of expression for me. I started to take various courses and finally decided to study painting. I went, along with my future husband Marek, to Basel Switzerland to study at the Assenza Malschule and spent four years there. After that, we moved to New York and went to the MFA program at the Queens College, where we both graduated in 2007.

            Q – Many of your works use Barbie dolls, Action men, or their accessories to be developed. Why do you use these tools for your creations? What are the meanings or intentions?

            A – When I was little, there was still a communism in my home country. The market was very limited. I played with simple toys, most of them made by my mother or grandmother. I also had some old toys. After the revolution in 1989 the market was suddenly overflowed with the western products I was shocked by the number of things and commodities, and the mechanisms of a quick disposal. I mean, after the period of restriction, everything was suddenly allowed. People started to buy things, they could not even dream of before. Instead of one type of yogurt, you have 20. I guess people were also disoriented, they did not know what is enough. So on one side you have this hyper-consumption and on the other side, you have the disposal of “old” things, which are not “god” anymore. And we end up in the cycle, which can’t really fulfill anything. I think that is why I feel still quite sensitive to the overpowering market production, and its effects on the human behavior. In my view kids playing with toys are not just playing, they are learning and absorbing specific perspective of reality given by the producer. Children project their self-image onto the doll in an attempt to identify with it, which often results in a so-called Barbie syndrome: the child longs for having the same physical appearance and social status as the doll. The plastic toys, especially Barbie dolls, in my opinion, symbolize the dark side of commodity exchange. By placing them in a different context in my artworks, I am trying to disclose the nakedness and emptiness of such things.

            One of the inspirations for this part of my work is a book called “Momo” by Michael Ende. The girl Momo has the gift to listen to people in such a way, that they start to understand themselves better. She lives in an old amphitheater and has almost nothing, but she also does not need much. The only thing she really needs is friendship. There are Grey Men in the city, stealing time from people. Momo, who tends to spend time with playing and listening to stories, gets uncomfortable for them and they are trying to get rid of her. First, they separate her from her friends by making them too busy to come and play with her. When she is quite alone, they come with a car full of stuff and give her the perfect doll. Momo tries to play with her, but the doll says the same things over and over again. She only wants to get more clothes and accessories. Finally, Momo gives up and gets bored, which never happened to her before.

            I think that this story is quite significant as it says a lot about our social and cultural behavior today.

            Q – Specifically in works like cUMENI or The Tribuna of the Uffizi, what do you try to transmit/denounce?

            A –cUMENI combines two seemingly different approaches of depicting women: the history of European painting and modern pop culture. The word čUMENI,  in the Czech language, plays with the words art and gaping. In this project, I critically examine how modes of representation distort our perception of women. The Barbie doll plays the role of historical icons in recreations of world-famous paintings. 
The presented ideal manipulates a woman’s concept of her body and creates an artificial identity. This model reduces a woman to an object of desire and visual pleasure and has a negative effect on her self-image. 

As traditionally recognized media; paintings sanction the male gaze, which would be considered voyeurism in other contexts. 
Using the historical painting as a stage, with a female icon represented by the modern Barbie, I want to show the similarities between stereotypical representation in the past and in the present time. I am also interested in how playing with artificial mass produced toys influences the youngest generation. What ideals are they identifying with? What consequences does it imply for their development? With cUMENI I want to inspire contemplation and reconsideration of the visual culture and its impact on the formation of identity and gender relations.

            Q – And what about your work 1959?

            A – 2009 marks the 50th anniversary since Ruth Handler designed the Barbie doll. I was thinking: How strange, that the doll did not age since then? She still looks as fresh as in the late 50s; a symbol of never-aging beauty. So I decided to confront the idealized image of the Barbie Doll, the symbol of successful consumerism, with the everyday reality. I asked myself how would a person, who would live the life of the character of ”the perfect consumer” looks like in its fifties. I focused on the gap between the dream, the prefab ideal of consumerism, and the real process of aging and deterioration. There is a photograph in the 1959 series, where Barbie is celebrating her birthday with a huge cake in her apartment. In my project, she does not look like Cinderella, but rather as a middle-aged woman she is supposed to be. Her body is affected and transformed by the reality of her life. She is obsessively shopping and over consuming the products of the never-ending sales and media spectacle. While obeying the rules to become the perfect consumer, she turns into an absurd character fulfilling the imperative to enjoy!

            “Diet, injections and injunctions will combine from a very early age to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable and a serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible.”

            Bertrand Russell, “The Impact of Science on Society” 1952

            Q – There are many other artworks not related to Babies nor dolls, but with women. For example Her Hair, where you show your creations developed with hair. Tell us a bit about this project.

            A – In the project “Her Hair,” I have worked with female hair using various media such as photography, installation, and animation. It explores my identity in the relationship to the outer world. The perspective of my body and my personal experience is the starting point of my exploration. I use the feminine attributes to deconstruct our images of identity and cultural conventions.

            I see the hair as a mediator between my own body, the outside and myself. The hair is part of my identity, something familiar, but it also has its own life. It is growing, expanding into space. In the project “Her Hair”, I want to stretch the possibilities of the physical limits of hair. The underlying content focuses on the psychological aspects of physical experience and the search for emotional closeness and connection.

            The perspective of my body and my personal experience is the starting point of my exploration. I use the feminine attributes to deconstruct our images of identity and cultural conventions.

            Q – What are you currently working on? And are there any future projects?

            A – One of the projects I am currently working on is “The Tribuna of the Uffizi”. I am recreating a painting by Johann Zoffany from 1772-8. It portrays the Uffizi Gallery in Florence with the major paintings and sculptures from Renaissance and antiquity. It is a very complex project; I am re-staging every single painting in the picture and afterward, I will recreate the whole piece in 3D. The final presentation will be a large-scale photograph. Zoffany’s painting can be used as an illustration of the eighteenth-century idea of the “masterpiece”. Zoffany is creating a conceptual framework to parallel the classical ancient and Renaissance tradition. He is trying to justify the idea of cultural continuity. By replacing the human figures in the paintings by contemporary toys, I am adding a new layer of reference to deconstruct the idea of a masterpiece.

            Q – Your works are exhibited to the public in the flicker’s account from MILDEART, what is exactly MILDEART?

            A –MILDEART is a loose name, which combines my and my husband’s work. It derives from our last name Milde. We are collaborating on most of our projects. Each of us has an individual art practice, but we are always conceptually and practically helping each other. We also have some projects where we are “officially” working together.

            Q – Are currently any other exhibitions/galleries where we can find your artworks?

            A – During this month my husband and I we are participating in a one-month work-in-progress residence at the Queens Art Center in New York. We work on a project called “Looking for Home”, which deals with the theme of consumerism and mechanisms of disposal. We will create an apartment room furnished solely with furniture found during the period of one month on the streets of New York. It will be followed by a group show in May at the same location. I was also featured in the March issue of the Godele Magazine in Belgium. The article has 6 pages with large size photos of my cUMENI.

            Q – What is your personal opinion about the current situation of the Contemporary Art and artist? How do you see the Contemporary Art market?

            A- This is a very complex issue, with a wide range of angles. I had the possibility to get the know some of the mechanism in the art market and I would say that the experience was rather controversial. I think that is very important to differentiate between the creation of art, the presentation, and the market. Each of them has specific rules and problems. It is a very competitive and selective system.

            by Natalia Liquiñano