Spring in New York. FIVE INSTALLATION ARTISTS STRUT THEIR STUFF AT THE CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR NYC MAY 8-11 AT THE TUNNEL IN CHELSEA
In addition to the 100 fine and functional artists exhibiting their work at the Contemporary Art Fair NYC, May 8-11, three installation artists, one interdisciplinary performance artist and a flying artist will demonstrate their moving art.
Ellie Murphy’s large yarn sculptures center on notions of cultural and personal nostalgia. She combines references to crafts, folk motifs and Americana from her childhood in 1970s Kansas with aspects of modern, conceptual, multicultural and feminist art. The Ridgewood, Queens-based artist uses the process of creating as a way of playing with the unintended and humorous connections between cultural independence, humor and sexual aesthetics.
She began making yarn sculptures after having a child and moving into a house with her partner which changed her perspective. Murphy, http://site.elliemurphy.net, whose work was shown at Bennington College’s Usdan Gallery, as just one example, has a BFA in sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from Yale University.
Taezoo Park, who has a BFA in animation from Hong-ik University in Jochiwon, Korea and an MFA in digital arts from Pratt Institute, New York, described “Digital Being,” the installation he is mounting at the art fiar as “an invisible and formless creature born from technological garbage.” This creature evolves and responds to its environment through an atypical movement or specific interaction according to the machinery it dominates.
Park considers that there are very simple digital codes in all electronics–TVs, speakers and computers–much of it thrown away. Unless totally broken, they can still operate, he notes. He ponders what happens if command codes are accidentally and repeatedly combined, generating mutant codes and errors. What if a code were to realize its consciousness during this continuous operation he asks. His work, http://www.taezoo.com, has been featured at the New York Hall of Science, the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival, Dumbo Arts Festival, Cornell University, Harvestworks, Governors Island Art Fair, Northside Festival and the Pratt Digital Arts Gallery.
Interdisciplinary performance artist Autumn Kioti, as TRICKSTER, performs stylized movement-based shadow play from within the confines of her own private dwelling–a 13-foot high teepee–constructed on the spot. Simultaneously, the TRICKSTER chronicles a journey in ink and paint upon its walls. She describes it as “art ritual performance, part graphic novel meets hieroglyph, part clown observers follow TRICKSTER’s trek spiraling up from the underworld and… back to the beginning.”
With soundscapes composed by author, poet, and shaman Misha Nogha and her husband, Michael Chocholack, Autumn encourages observers to participate by adding their own thoughts, sketches, or scavenged items, tweeting and tagging photos.
Kioti, www.autumnkioti.com, based in New York City, was born in South Florida and has been a performer since childhood. Her self-taught interdisciplinary practice combines found object mask and puppet building, painting and illustration, etching and print-based work, folk arts, kinetic aerial art and performance, theatre, photography and written works. Currently a stage and screen actor and aerialist, she has performed in aerial/theatrical movement-based works from Jakarta and Indonesia to Madison Square Garden. A member of the International Women’s Artist Salon, Women’s Caucus for Art in America, as well as a member of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America, she collaborates with photographer Anthony Collins.
Flying artist Michael Indorato teaches digital graphics at Neptune High School, Neptune, N.J., and maintains a studio/gallery in Asbury Park, N.J. He works on his large canvases as if flying, simultaneously painting abstract images using acrylic on canvas with mesh screening, photographic images and resin. Indorato made the contraption to spin 360 degrees so he could work on multiple paintings simultaneously while achieving an unusual perspective. The device also allows him to drip paint strategically without having to step on large canvases. http://indorato.com/
In addition, Ramon Silva, www.artistramonsilva.com, in collaboration with Larry Ossei-Mensah, will demonstrate “Channeling Mollino, which explores the Polaroid portraiture of Italian artist Carlo Mollino and posits what the photos would look like today. In a representation of Mollino’s studio, Silva will conduct sittings with muses, accompanied by video and a soundtrack designed by Silva.
Spring in New York. Visit http://www.contemporaryartfairnyc.com/
Where: Tunnel, 269 11th Ave. at 27th Street, New York, NY 10001.
Hours: Preview: Thursday, May 8th, 4pm-8pm General Admission: Friday, May 9th, 10am-7pm; Saturday, May 10, 10am-7pm; Sunday, May 11, 11am-5pm.