ABOUT

 

 

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Kristyna and Marek Milde are Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artists and curators, originally from Prague, Czech Republic, working together as a collaborative tandem since 2011. Their work investigates diverse forms of modern lifestyles and its alienation from nature and the wider environmental context. In their projects, Mildes examine themes that include domesticity, home and cultural rituals of daily reality while offering the public an active role in various actions and situations staged 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 a platform for an environmental experience.

Mildes have exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions including at the MoMA Studio, New York; Queens Museum, New York; NURTURE art, Brooklyn; EFA Project Space; New York; Wave Hill Sunroom Project Space, Bronx; Smack Mellon Gallery, Dumbo, Brooklyn; Anna Wallace Gallery, New York; Hudson Valley Center for  Contemporary Art (HVCCA), Peekskill; Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia; Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, Dumbo Street Festival, Brooklyn; Abrons Art Center, Lower Manhattan,  Knockdown Center, Queens; Silent Barn, Brooklyn; DOX Center for Contemporary Art; Futura Center for Contemporary Art; Meet Factory; Karlin Studios, Galerie Califia in the Czech Republic and in the  Blue Oyster Art Project Space,  New Zealand. They gave presentations and participated in panel discussions in venues such as tranzitdisplay, Pratt Institute and Mildreds Lane. Their work has been featured and reviewed in the New York TimesBrooklyn Rail, Flashart, Hyperallergic, Artribune, NYFA current, WG News, Artycok TV, and Czech National Television among others.  Their work is part of private and public collections including the permanent public installation at Chateau Trebesice, Czech Republic, Manitoga, Russell Wright Design Center, Garrison, NY, and Mildred’s Lane, PA. They have been selected for the Shift EFA Residency 2014 – 2015 and the Studio in the Park at the Queens Museum in 2016. They have been awarded the LMCC Process Space Residency 2016 at Governors Island.  From 2008 till 2015 they both worked at the Czech Center NY, a prominent Czech Cultural Institute on the Upper East Side, where they curated and organized a wide range of international programs, events, exhibitions, and residencies. In 2007 they received their MFAs from the Queens College, New York. 

 

Contact

Kristyna Milde: mildeart at hotmail.com

Marek Milde: marekmilde at hotmail.com

 

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Artist Statement: 

In our art practice, we explore the culture of modern lifestyles to examine themes of alienation of culture and nature, while investigating its mechanism and cultural codes. We develop narratives addressing the loss of context and the states of passivity in consumerism, considering the consequences of living with our modern comforts and advances. We work with the concepts of domesticity and home; engaging architecture and design, to study the dominant role they play in determining our environment. Our projects engage concepts and methods of the culture of dwelling that, among others, include furnishing and decorating, cleaning, dining, gardening, and food production. We see domesticity as a focal point, to access the theme of the environment at large as here the personal is tied together with a far-reaching context through the consumption of resources.

Our perspective is influenced by the experience of wilderness and nature from our frequent walks, hikes and backpacking trips, which allows us to confront dilemma of the two different worlds, the openness and possibility to relate directly to the landscape in example to choose freely where to sit versus the complete spatial determination and codes of our interior and urban culture. Our work is not defined by unified formal style, we rather employ diverse forms, materials and methods specific to the subject matter of the different projects. However our methodology has crystallized in to a consistent approach to the process, which is based on collecting data, research, and engaging with specific places while interacting socially and collaboratively.

The projects often take the form of site-specific installations, workshops and site-interventions, which function as interactive environments for exploration and experience. For example our interest in the social and environmental issues of modern sedentary culture evolved into a series of theme-based lounges and seating areas, where the viewer is virtually seated into the problem. Many of our projects use metaphors and are based on reenactments of common situations to encourage a new perspective, reframing reality influenced by our predominantly interior based lifestyle. While confronting cultural views and fantasies about nature, we are interested in provoking environmental awareness to un-­conceal the integrity of our fragmented environment to a larger context of culture, geography, and nature.

 

Upcoming Projects:

2017 “Call & Response“, Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill, NY, group exhibition curated by Gabriel Guzman, Sep. 9 – Dec. 3

 

Selected Solo Exhibition and Projects:

2017 “Plantarium“, site-specific installation, Mildred’s Lane, PA

2016 “PopCorn Rock, site-specific permanent installation, Arts in the Fields, PA

2015 “Exchange Library, solo exhibition by Kristyna and Marek Milde at Temple Contemporary Gallery, Philadelphia,

September 14, 2015 – January 31, 2016

2014 “A la cart, Public art project at Old Fulton Plaza, Dumbo

2014 Homescape”, Manitoga, long-term installation at Russell Wright Design Center, Garrison, NY, ongoing since summer 2014

2014 “Hills and Valleys of the Sofa Wilderness”,  Sunroom Project Space, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, curator Gabriel de Guzman

2013 In-Tree-Net, Chateau Trebesice, Czech Republic

2012 Domaci Krajiny”, Kristyna and Marek Milde, Karlin Studios, Prague, Czech Republic

2011 In Loving Memory”, Kristyna and Marek Milde, Nurture Art, Bushwick, New York, USA, curator Marco Antonini,

2008 čUMěNÍ”, Kristyna Milde, Galerie Pavilon, Prague, Czech Republic

2007 “Her Hair“, Kristyna Milde, Klapper Hall Gallery, Queens College, NYC, USA

2007 “Traces“, Marek Milde, Klapper Hall Gallery, Queens College, NYC, USA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2016 Chance Ecologies, Queens Museum, NY, October 8 – 30, curated by Catherine Grau and Nathan Kensinger

2016 “Exquisite Corpus: Maize”, Holes in the Walls, New Jerusalem, PA, June 4 – Sep.17

2016 “Calm Before and After the Storm”, Bruce High Quality Foundation University, NYC, NY, Apr. 8 – May 12

2016 “Word”, Group Exhibition, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY, Feb.28 – July 31

2015 “FoodShed”, exhibition curated by Amy Lipton at CR10 Contemporary project Space, near Hudson, NY, August 8 – Sept. 6

2015 “Bloomsday”, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY, exhibition by Kristyna and Marek Milde, June 16

2015 “Double Vision”, EFA Project Space, NYC, curated by Michelle Levy, February 26

2014 “FOODshed: Agriculture and Art in Action“, Smack Mellon Gallery, Dumbo, curated by Amy Lipton

2013 “Activate NY”, Abrons Art Center, curator Kristian Nammack, Lower East Side, NYC

2013 “ Where is my home?” DOX, Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, curator Jaroslav Andel

2013 Poison Green, Czech Center Gallery, New York, curator Kristyna and Marek Milde

2013 “Plant sale”, The Center for Strategic Art And Agriculture, curated by Lorissa Rinehart, Brooklyn, NY

2013 “We are, we eat”, BOS 2013, Bushwick, New York, curated Kristyna and Marek Milde

2013 “Needles Cleanup“Meet Factory Center for Contemporary Art, curated by Karina Kottova Prague, Czech Republic

2012 “Thoughts on the Living room“, Mildred Complex (ity) at MoMA Studio, Manhattan, November 4th

2012 “Family talks” (Rodinne Promluvy), Futura Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic, curator Marco Antonini

2012 8+, BOS 2012, NYC, USA, curated by Kristyna and Marek Milde

2011 “Looking for a Home” as part of the “Express / Local”, Queens College Art Center, NY, USA, curator Tara Mathison,

2011 “Green”, Gallery Califia, Horazdovice, Czech Republic, www.galeriecalifia.net, curator Barbara Benish, Installation “In-tree-net”

2011 “7+1”, BOS, Bushwick, New York, USA, http://artsinbushwick.org/bos2011/, curator K. and M. Milde, project “Do it your Self”

2010 “Kristyna and Marek Milde”, BOS, Bushwick, New York, USA, http://bos2010.artsinbushwick.org

2009 “Czech it”, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pa, USA, in cooperation with the Prague House of Photography and the Czech Center New York, curators Jen Saffron and Eva Heyd, catalog is available for this exhibition, www.spacepittsburgh.org

2006 “Misplaces”, The Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY College at Old Westbury

 

Public Events:

2017  “EFA 25th Anual Benefit”, NYC, June 14

2017  “Plantarium”, artist talk and workshop as part of the Mildred’s Lane, PA, June 7

2017  “Wasting, Wilding, Workstyling Session II“, contributing Artist’s, Mildred’s Lane,  June 5 -11

2016 “6 Minute Challenge”, presentation at the Czechoslovak Society for Art & Sciences (SVU), Bohemian National Hall, November 9

2016 “Chance Ecologies Symposium”, Queens Museum, October 23, 2016

2016 “Kristyna and Marek Milde: Artist Talk“, tranzitdisplay, Prague, CR, September 8

2016 “Chance Ecologies”, Wild Flower Boutique, workshop, Studio in the Park, Queens Museum, August 13

2016 “LMCC Open Studios”, LMCC Governors Island, NYC, May 28 – 29, June 25

2016Peekskill Open Studios”, Hudson Valley Contemporary Art Center (HVCCA), Peekskill, NY, June 4-5

2016 Phytophilic: Why Look at Plants?”, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, New Zealand, curated by EIrons, February 20

2015 “Phytophilic: Why Look at Plants?”, 1067 PacificPeople, evening of plant-attuned video shorts, featuring video Natural Cleaners by Milde curated by Ellie Irons, August 2

2015 “EFA Open House” as part of the Armory Week 2015 featuring the exhibition “Double Visions”, NYC, March 3

2015 “Scent Laboratory, What is the smell of a Home?” EFA Project Space, NYC, workshop and presentation, March 28

2014 A la cart, Dumbo Street Festival, project presentation, and tasting, September 27th

2014 EFA Shift Residency, open house, August 1st

2014 Sunroom Project Space, Wave Hill, Kristyna and Marek Milde artist talk in discussion with curator Gabriel de Guzman, May 23rd

2013 Kristyna and Marek Milde on the NY Exchange Library and Situationist Art, Abrons Art Center, NYC, November 5th

2012 “Thoughts on the Living room“, artist talk and workshop, Mildred Complex (ity) at MoMA Studio, Manhattan, November 4th as part of the exhibition “Common Senses”.

2012 “Social Sculpture”, Repair Workshop at Nurture Art, May 12th

2012 “Amplify Action: Sustainability Through the Arts”, panel discussion, Green Week, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, March 29th,

2011 “Kristyna and Marek Milde”, artist presentation, Mildred’s Lane, Pennsylvania, USA

 

 

Residencies:

2016 Studio in the Park: Chance Ecologies, Queens Museum, NYC, June 2 – August 14, www.queensmuseum.org

2016 LMCC Process Space, Governors Island, NY, March – July 2016, www.lmcc.net/program/process-space/

2016 Holes in the Walls, New Jerusalem, PA, May

2015 A – Z West Residency, California, October 2015

2014 – 2015 Shift Residency, Elisabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, NYC, www.efanyc.org

2014 Manitoga, Russell Wright Design Center, Garrison, NY

2013 – 2014 Wave Hill Project Space Residency

2013 Futura Gallery, Trebesice Chateau, Czech Republic, July

2011 Express Local, Queens College Art Center, NY, USA, March 15 – June 30

 

 

Curatorial work:

2015 Panorama Europe, Annual European Film Festival, Festival Board headed by Kristyna Milde, May 29 – June 14

2015 NY Portuguese Short Film Festival 2015, Tribeca Cinema, selection of European animated shorts, May 28, curated by K.Milde, Zita Vadasz and Anna Ida Orosoz

2015 Fragility“, series of international short animated films curated by Kristyna Milde in collaboration with IShorts, Czech Center Cinema, February 24

2015 “It is Always Tea Time in Wonderland“, exhibition of Czech cont. design, Ceramic and Glass Art Fair, Jan. 20 – 26, BNH, curated by Kristyna Milde

2015 “Summer on the Roof 2015“, Czech Center Roof Top, film screening every Tuesday, July – August, curated by K.Milde

2015 “Fragility“, series of international short animated films curated by Kristyna Milde in collaboration with ISight, BNH Cinema, Feb. 24

2014 “FAMU Documents”, films screening of the documents by students of the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, followed by Q&A moderated by K.Milde, October 14, BNH Cinema

2014 Summer on the Roof 2014“, Czech Center Roof Top, film screening every Tuesday, July – August, curated by K.Milde

2014 “Beast, Us and Creatures In-between, Czech Center Cinema, film screening February 25th, curator Petr Horak and K.Milde

2013 Poison Green”, Czech Center Gallery, New York, June 25th – September 2nd, curator Kristyna and Marek Milde

2013 We Eat, We Are ”, BOS 2013, Bushwick, New York, June 1st, curator Kristyna and Marek Milde

2013 Labyrinth of Darkness”, Czech Center Cinema, May 21st, film screening, curator Kim L Pace and Kristyna Milde

2013 “Resistance of the Earth”, Czech Center, multimedia project, February 7th, curator Kristyna Milde

2012 Summer on the Roof 2014“, Czech Center Roof Top, film screening every Tuesday, July – August, curated by K.Milde

2012 Journey Through the Sounds”, Czech Center, New York, musical workshop, curator Kristyna Milde

2012 – 2014 “Czech That Film“, anual touring festival of Czech Cinema in the United States, K. Milde is selecting the film and organizing the festival in New York. http://www.czechthatfilm.com/

2012 ”8+”, BOS 2012, NYC, USA, curated by Kristyna and Marek Milde

2012 Milos Forman, film retrospective at the occasion of his 80th birthday in conjunction with the exhibition of Forman’s film posters at BNH

2011 7+1”, BOS, Bushwick, New York, USA, http://artsinbushwick.org/bos2011/, curator K. and M. Milde, project “Do it your Self”

2011 Martin Rysavy, retrospective at the BNH Cinema

2011 Petr Vaclav, retrospective at the Czech Center and at the Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn

2011 Re-Do-Re-Think-Re-Play, Czech Center NY, curated by Marek Milde

2010 Melting The Pot, Czech Center NY, curated by Marek Milde

 

 

Selected Press:

“There are, of course, the eco-warrior overtones here of the wasteful carelessness of humanity, and city life specifically—that a perfectly habitable rooftop deck could be made so by simply hunting for what has been deemed worthless but still has life or meaning left inside it…In the hands of Kristyna and Marke Milde, rusty, sun-bleached chairs become as peculiarly heartbreaking and gently humorous as awkwardly-mended one-eyed teddy bears or cracked and carefully glued porcelain dollies.”

Brooklyn Rail, Sep. Iss. 2011, Review of the Milde’s installation “In Loving Memory” at Nurture Art, Brooklyn 

 

2016 Studio in the Park’s ‘Chance Ecologies’ Takes an In-Depth Look at NYC’s Flushing River by Jenna Bagcal,  Untapped Cities, July 20

2016 At Exhibitions in Peekskill, Art in Plain English by Susan Hodara,  The New York Times,   Art

2016 The Highlands Current “Words as Art“, August 30, 2016 Exhibition review by Alison Rooney about the exhibition Word at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY featuring Kristyna and Marek Milde installation Home in a Home

2016 HVCCA Works “WORD” Wonders , TV reportage by Jay Behrke,  Hudson Valley News Network, February 23

2016 Kristyna and Marek Milde, Meet the artist, Lower Manhattan Cultural Councile (LMCC), January

2015 Exchange Library, Temple Contemporary, September 14

2015 Toulava kamera, Czech National TV, August 2

2015 Scent Laboratory, Interview with Kristyna and Marek Milde by EFA Project Space, April

2015 What You Eat: Shopping Cart to Table by Dyllen Bargteil, Little Patuxent Review, February 6

2015 Kristyna Milde Interview about Á la Cart for Little Patuxent Review

2014 A la cart, Dumbo Street Festival 2014

2014 A la cart: You Are What You Eat, Dumbo.is, BID – Dumbo Improvement District

2014 Food and beverage art Coates FOODshed, by Sharon Butler, Two Coats of Paint, July

2014 Food Shed coming to Smack Mellon, by Joy Garnett, NEWSgrist, May 18

2014 Smack Mellon Gallery invites the Dumbo community to farm with A La Cart for the Foodshed Exhibition, AIR Gallery, June 11

2014 FOODshed, Smack Mellon Gallery

2014 Interview: Kristyna and Marek Milde from the Czech Center New York (CCNYC), Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 57, interviewed by Felicity Hogan

2014 Sunroom Project Space 2014: Kristyna and Marek Milde , Bronx Versity

2014 Meet the Artist: Kristyna & Marek Milde, Wave Hill, June 22

2014 Meet the Artists – Kristyna and Marek Milde: Hills and Valleys of the Sofa Wilderness, www.culturecraver.com

2014 Kristyna and Marek Milde Hills and Valleys of the Sofa Wilderness, Wave Hill

2014 “Kristyna Milde”, Photography Specialization, August 6

2014 Activate New York, Abrons Art Center

2013 East or West, Home Is Best, Expats.cz by Lisette Allen, October 22

2013 Art: Home bittersweet home by Vit Bohal, Prague Post, October 16

2013 Kde, co a s kým tvoří domov, zjišťují umělci v DOX, Czech TV (Ceska Televize)

2013 Kde domov můj? Desítky českých umělců odpovídají výstavou v DOXu, Lidovky.cz , October12

2013 „Kde domov můj?“ zeptali se v DOXu. Odpovědí přišlo 2 000, Radio Vltava, October11

2013 “Poison Green”: Ecology as Ideology by Radka Salcmannova and Matthew Ortiz, Psychology Tomorrow Magazine

2013 Needles cleanup, Artycok TV, September 9, 2013

2013 Needles Cleanup, Meet factory video

2013 Needless cleanup, Art Map

2012 Mildred’s Lane Swarming with Kristyna and Marek Milde: Thoughts on the LIVING ROOM

2012 Pratt Center to Launch “Amplify Action: Sustainability Through the Arts” Exhibition and Events, Pratt

2012 “Kristyna a Marek Milde”, Art talk, December 19th

2012   “Domaci krajiny“, Czech Radio, December

2012Lessico Famigliare”, Flash Art, by Simone Ciglia, published in the September issue in Italy

2012 Family Talk, catalog to the exhibition at Futura Gallery curated by Marco Antonini, May

2012 Family Talk, Artycok TV, June 26

2011 “Kristyna and Marek Milde In Loving Memory”, Brooklyn Rail, by Gail Victoria Braddock Quagliata, Sep. Iss.

2011 “Kristyna and Marek Milde In Loving Memory”, Trent’s Top Gallery Picks—October 2011, W+G   News, October 2011

2011 In Loving Memory” by Anne Percoco, in Repaired Things, August 16th

2011 Siamo tutti newyorkchesi”, Artribune, Italy, July 25

2011 Getting to know Queens trough art”, by Jami Attenberg, Metro, USA, March 23

2011   “Kristyna Milde: Conventions, Consumerism, Art and Women”, interview by Natalia Liquinano in Estetica Comunicacione, Spain

2011 “Artists to Audience Express Local puts 15 city artists in Queens, by Valeen Kalimooto; Greenpoint Star; The Long Island City/Astoria Journal; February 9

2011 “QC Exhibit Asks: Does Home Matter?”, Queens Tribune, February 3

2011 “Mosilm & seks”, by Ann-Marie Cordia, Goldele Magazin, Belgium, pg 96-103, www.goedelemagazine.be

2011 “Kristyna Milde” by Shelley-Anne Keenan at shelley-annekeenanart.blogspot

2010 “Fathers Mouth, Jiri Skala performance at ISCP”, Bohemian National Hall, September 28

2009 “kristyna milde: cUmeni”, Designboom, August 27

2009 “Czech it” Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pa, USA, www.spacepittsburgh.org, Catalogue to the exhibition

2009‘”Czech It’ looks at family of photographers “ TRIBUNE-REVIEW, April.22, by Kurt Shaw, Tribune –Review

2009 Kristyna Milde Recreates Famous Paintings with Posed Dolls, Trend Hunter

2009Art deserves to be Czeched out”, by Colleen Counihan, Pitt News, April 13,

2009 “Czech it Out”, Prague House of Photography, www.phpweb.cz/archiv-vystav/2009/pitt.html

2006 Misplaces”, The New York Times, by Helen A. Harrison, USA, Monday, March 5, 2006

2006 “Misplaces” by Monica Ramirez-Montagut, Arguine, Int. Arch. and Design Magazine, www.arquine.com

 

Memberships:

Chance Ecologies, framework for artists researching projects exploring the un-designed landscapes and wilderness found in abandoned spaces,members since since 2016 http://chancecologies.org/

Project Vortex, group of international artists, designers, architects around the world who are actively intercepting the plastic waste stream as a part their practices. members since since 2017 projectvortex.org

Shift, artistist who participated in the Shift residency at EFA Project Space, member since 2014 www.projectspace-efanyc.org/about-shift

 

Education

 

Kristyna Milde:

2004 – 2007 Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Queens College, CUNY, Queens, NY, USA

1999 – 2003 Assenza Malschule, Painting, Basel, Switzerland

2011 Basic Finances For Artist Program (BFA) at the LMCC, NYC, USA

2003 Art Students League, Painting, NYC, USA

1997 – 1998 Fraies Jugendseminar Engen, Germany

1993 – 1997 Gymnasium pod Vysehradem, Prague, Czech Republic

 

Marek Milde:

2004 – 2007 MFA, Queens College, CUNY, Queens, NY, USA

2001- 2003   Goetheanum, Art Section, Freies Studium Projekt/Painting, Dornach, Switzerland

2003 Art Students League, NYC, USA, Painting

1997- 2001 Atelier Dodekaeder, Germany, Sculpture

1994 – 1996 School of Applied Art – Prague, Czech Republic, Wood and Design