Jun 03, 2015
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Ventana244 Gallery June 6 - 5-6pm 244 North 6th Street Brooklyn NY, 11211 www.ventana244.org
As part of the Torched & Scorched installation at Ventana244, the artist MTAA and Raphaele Shirley presents two live performances in the gallery starting at 5pm on June 6, 2015
This event begins with MTAA’s Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship II. In 2009, MTAA presented the world’s first Vernacular Alien World Drawing Championship in the Electronic Gallery at Salisbury University, Maryland. Six years later MTAA brings all the excitement and thrills of competitive alien drawing to Brooklyn for a one night 30 minute no holds barred melee. Prizes will be awarded and beer consumed.
Following MTAA’s participatory performance, Raphaele Shirley present a 20 minute immersive audio visual environment titled Blue line, running man, spinning circle. First performed at Postmasters gallery in 2011 and again at the Outpost Artist Resources in 2013, this work extends Shirley’s light sculpture series into a performative realm, building an immersive audio and visual environment that includes a rotating video projection-house, fog, water mist and improvised live sound by Laura Ortman on violin and Lynn Wright on guitar.
Both performances are free and open to the public. The exhibition Torched & Scorched with work by Ana Busto, Yifan Hu, MTAA and Raphaele Shirley continues through June 21, 2015. permanent link to this post
May 19, 2015
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Apr 21, 2015
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Main road through White Sands National Monument in New Mexico - Stratosphere + MTAA, 2009/2015
Torched & Scorched
Ana Busto, Yifan Hu, MTAA, Raphaele Shirley
May 15 to June 21, 2015
Opening of Exhibition: Friday May 22 from 6-9 pm
Viewing hours: Thursday 5-7 pm, Friday 2-7 pm, Saturday–Sunday 12-6 pm
Torched & Scorched performance with Yifan Hu, MTAA and Raphaele Shirley, Saturday June 6, 5-6 pm
Ventana 244 presents Torched & Scorched a multi-media installation assembled with interactive and traditional formats including painting, sculpture and sound.
Drive away from Brooklyn, past the skyscrapers of Manhattan, past the swamps, factories, farms and parking lots of New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the highways and suburbs of Virginia, over into Tennessee, crossing the Mississippi via Memphis into Arkansas, and then cross the flats of Oklahoma going on to the expanses of West Texas. If you travel this far, the sky opens up. You see the sun and moon beat down on the earth with punishing, bright light. Keep going west, and you find yourself in the mountain-ringed Tularosa Basin among the gypsum crystal dunes of the White Sands National Monument of New Mexico. This landscape is where our age, the nuclear age and natural history commingled in a flash.
Two thousand miles east in Brooklyn, Ventana 244 presents Torched & Scorched opening on May 15 featuring a collaboration by Ana Busto, Yifan Hu, MTAA and Raphaele Shirley. Torched & Scorched integrates a visual and audio environment with conversations about the emotional weight of the landscape that today is a tourist attraction open to the public twice a year; a place where, for a few dollars, people can buy a chunk of irradiated earth that was melted to glass by the blasts of 60 years ago.
Using combustion as a primary working process, Ana Busto approaches core materials of iron, clay, bronze, wood, sand, glass, cardboard and stone as theaters for transformation. For Torched & Scorched she presents elements of a down-on-the-heels park: landscapes painted, cast glass, and ceramic and wood. In Busto’s work, stones look like animals or animals turned to stone. Shapes appear and speak from electronic driven voices.
With Busto’s sculpture as a starting point, Yifan Hu, mixes found and computer processed animal voices to create an audio landscape for Torched & Scorched As the voices cross, overlap and diverge, the boundaries between the identifiability and nonidentifiability come in and out of focus.
For Torched & Scorched, Raphaele Shirley built the fourth of recent series of large scale paint and neon installations. This new orb shaped work, blistering white light and golden skin is set in a dark expanse. In this series Shirley merges differing representations of cosmology generated throughout the ages in both Eastern and Western traditions filtered through the language of post minimal and process based art.
In a set of works titled New Mexico Setlist, MTAA overlays a second exhibition onto the gallery space. Made of text routed onto vinyl backgrounds, MTAA names artist and artworks intertwined with the New Mexico landscape. Combined, the six small works of the New Mexico Setlist create an art historical mixed tape for our wandering through the West as well as provides some background and mind-eye context for the Torch / Scorch installation. permanent link to this post
Apr 18, 2015
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Two black felt hats painted black inside hung by a thread
$600, edition of 1 of 2
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set of four 6”x 8” machine etched black vinyl with white core signs 100 usd each. no edition.
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Feb 22, 2015
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Radiator Arts 10-61 Jackson Ave, LIC, New York 11106 Tel: 347.677.3418 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.radiatorarts.com
Ensign Sgr A* March 6 - April 10, 2015 Opening: Friday, March 6, 2015, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm and by appointment Sgr A* Live Music and Film with Aviram Cohen, MTAA and more - Saturday, March 28, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artists: Amelia Bauer, Joianne Bittle, Aviram Cohen, G.H. Hovagimyan, Nicholas Knight, Esperanza Mayobre, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, MTAA, Shannon Sberna, Raphaele Shirely, Janice Sloane, Colleen Rae Smiley, with exhibition graphic by Charles Orr and OTO. Curated by Over The Opening (OTO)
Every 365.25 days, the Earth revolves once around a star we call the Sun. Approximately every 225 million years, the Sun revolves around Sgr A* (pronounced “Sagittarius A-star”) which presides at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. It is now theorized that Sgr A* is not actually a star but a supermassive black hole that is currently eating planets, stars, light and even smaller black holes. Of course, the thought of an unseeable thing / dimensional portal actively swallowing our galaxy is keeping me awake some nights.
Meanwhile back in Long Island City, Radiator Arts and Over The Opening (OTO) are pleased to present Ensign Sgr A* featuring artist using negation and absence as ensigns or banners for states of exploration and loss. The exhibition operates as part wunderkammer and part memory hole with past prime astronomy, geography, technology, and superstition as the backdrop. Battles will be fought and journeys begun but broken and disappeared, in the long view of time, approach.
Amelia Bauer stages alien nocturnes in the Western landscape. Joianne Bittle shows space age couture and found prehistoric displays. Aviram Cohen sets contact mics to trace invisible pathways. G.H. Hovagimyan forms ARs for floating zombie teen avatars. Nicholas Knight renders codes. Esperanza Mayobre maps points with no return. Jennifer and Kevin McCoy scan future ruins. MTAA prepares to disappear. Shannon Sberna sees hypnosis and future luck. Raphaele Shirley enlightens worlds and historic technologies. Janice Sloane performs and documents dark acts. Colleen Rae Smiley sews signals and Charles Orr with OTO design a graphic to inform and educate.
About OTO (Over The Opening) http://www.tinjail.com/over_the_opening/
From the fall of 2007 until the winter of 2009, the artist collaboration MTAA invited artists and art collectives to present one-night exhibitions of time based art in their North 6th Street Brooklyn studio. This ongoing monthly event curated under the name Over The Opening (OTO) operated as a blurring of studio space, exhibition venue and social experiment. The artists who worked with OTO represented a diverse array of practices. Works ranged from a tamale making workshop, to endurance karaoke to experimental computer games. Over the years, OTO presented 26 exhibitions of expansive scope with modest means. Ensign Srg A* at Radiator Arts marks the first OTO exhibition in a gallery setting.
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Jan 02, 2015
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Dec 31, 2014
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Nov 23, 2014
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For the one or two people interested in how the training is going for my new career as a male watch model, here is a tumblr site - Leonardo Di Casio. Enjoy. permanent link to this post
Aug 13, 2014
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SNAD in Domenico Quaranta essay for Art and the Internet (pic thanks to Owen Mundy)
Also, Paddy Johnson writes about it over on Artnet - A Brief History of Animated GIF Art, Part One and I found that Hanne Mugaas put it in Frieze Issue 159 Frieze Issue 159 back in November 2013
Very cool. Thanks all. permanent link to this post
Jul 16, 2014
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We’re still not sure if MTAA is or is not in the exhibition net.art Painters and Poets in Ljubljana, Slovenia curated by Vuk Ćosić & Alenka Gregorič but we do know that Vuk sent us a picture of one of the best SNAD “Physical Outputs” ever. Show runs to August 31, 2014 permanent link to this post
Jul 15, 2014
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Solvent transfer drawing for South First’s Group Material Unrealized Proposals show. List of 10 things I know about Austria and image from my hotel room in Leondig from 2007
GROUP MATERIAL: REACTIVATING THREE “UNREALIZED” PROPOSALS
10 vague things I learned on my only trip to Austria in the Fall of 2005 and then remembered nine years later on the occasion of SOUTHFIRST Gallery’s re-activation of the unrealized curatorial proposal North/South of Bounds, reinterpreted as American/Austrian Boundaries, from the artist-run collective Group Material (1979-1996)
1. Cotton candy is called candyfloss.
2. Grown men, in general, do not wear shorts in Austria unless you count Lederhosen.
3. I was told and I agreed that Americans do not know how to say goodbye.
4. Everyone used the slang “Zuper” to describe something good as in “This beer is Zuper!”.
5. Celebrating your 38th birthday alone in a street cafe in Vienna can be perfect.
6. Vienna is the English name for Wien.
7. As the shouting match in the train station confirmed, Germans and Austrians do not necessarily get along.
8. When in doubt, talk about music.
9. Most people I knew in New York had not been to Austria, most people I met in Austria had been to New York.
10. If new drinking buddy promises at 2am to pick you up from the hotel and take you to the airport at 7am sharp, you might want a backup plan.
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Jan 26, 2014
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As part of the Real Estate exhibition at the Ventana 244 Art Space at 244 North 6th Street in Williamsburg , Brooklyn in the city of New York, MTAA has sub-subleased an exhibition space in Raphaele Shirley’s art installation tilted “The Only Property I Will Ever Own” which in turn was subleased from the artist Tamas Veszi, who is leasing the space from Peter Soriano and Philippe Richard who are somehow leasing the space from the Gallery owners from January 24—February 28, 2014 or something like. The lines are somewhat unclear at this point.
Anyways, Raphaele Shirley’s art installation tilted “The Only Property I Will Ever Own” consist of a vintage dollhouse sized barn mounted on top of Tamas Veszi installation. In the barn, Shirley has install a light installation. MTAA, as a sub tenet of Shirley, has installed two almost identical photographs in the barn. The photographs may be viewed via small black and white monitor that is connected to a surveillance camera mounted in the barn.
So, MTAA in agreement with Raphaele Shriley, would like to place for sale on craigslist a work titled MTAA’s Sub-Sublease of Shirley’s The Only Property I Will Ever Own which is comprised of the barn, the light installation, the two photographs, the monitor, the camera and assorted cables for $5,500 OBO.
MTAA is willing to deliver and install the artwork to any location in the city of New York. Delivery costs to location outside of New York City can be negotiated.
Craigslist post for the work permanent link to this post
Dec 30, 2013
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No to spectacle.
No to virtuosity.
No to transformations and magic and make-believe.
Agree with transformation and magic but make-believe is all we have.
No to the glamour and transcendency of the star image.
No to the heroic.
No to the anti-heroic.
We try but that is what we always end up with. Is that fine?
No to trash imagery.
What? No. Maybe.
No to involvement of performer or spectator.
Yes to the no involvement part but only for the performer.
No to style.
No to style always ends up as a style. How about change style often?
No to camp.
No to seduction of spectator by the wiles of the performer.
Could not seduce the audience with our wiles if we tried, so that works for us.
No to eccentricity.
First misread that as electricity and strongly disagreed.
No to moving or being moved.
Sure. We do not like to be touched while performing as well. Creepy.
Yvonne Rainer - No Manifesto, 1965
MTAA’s Maybe Manifesto in relation to Yvonne Rainer’s No Manifesto, 2013
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Dec 17, 2013
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The second sample of a 1 hour work performed on Dec 7, 2013 at Auxiliary Projects in Brooklyn as part of MTAA’s Desk Mod #4. Station IOI or Some Thoughts on Isolation, Observation and Ice. For the work an audio recording was made during the IOI exhibition opening. A set of four tapes where then made from the recordings. At 4pm on December 7, Aviram Cohen used a 4 track to play and manipulate the tape over 1 hour. While Aviram was in the gallery, MTAA was outside attempting to make Jiffy-pop popcorn on the street. The work outside was captured and projected in the galley by a surveillance camera. The sound heard on this sample comes from Aviram’s performance as well as people in the gallery commenting on the work outside. permanent link to this post
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A 2 min sample of a 1 hour work performed on Dec 7, 2013 at Auxiliary Projects in Brooklyn as part of MTAA’s Desk Mod #4. Station IOI or Some Thoughts on Isolation, Observation and Ice. For the work an audio recording was made during the IOI exhibition opening. A set of four tapes where then made from the recordings. At 4pm on December 7, Aviram Cohen used a 4 track to play and manipulate the tape over 1 hour. While Aviram was in the gallery, MTAA was outside attempting to make Jiffy-pop popcorn on the street. The work outside was captured and projected in the galley by a surveillance camera. The sound heard on this sample comes from Aviram’s performance as well as people in the gallery commenting on the work outside. permanent link to this post
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On Saturday Nov 24, 2013 at 4pm, MTAA performed Live Dramatic Reading (Disconnection of HAL 9000’s Higher Functions) at Auxiliary Projects in Brooklyn as part of the exhibition Desk Mod #4. Station IOI or Some Thoughts on Isolation, Observation and Ice.
This is the fourth time the work has been preformed publicly since 2009. The work has also been presented at OTO in Brooklyn, the Beal center in Irvine, California and at the Aurora Picture show in Houston, Texas permanent link to this post
Dec 10, 2013
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Saturday Dec 14 at 4pm -5pm
Auxiliary Projects - 2 St. Nicholas Avenue, space 25, at the corner of Jefferson Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn
MTAA and Elaine Tin Nyo will make and serve you a very very cold Vesper Martini.
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Dec 03, 2013
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Saturday, Dec 7, 4pm- Music for lOl (Live)- with Aviram Cohen - MTAA and Cohen perform a live remix of field recordings from the IOI opening at Auxiliary Projects.
For the second of four IOI performance at Auxiliary Projects, MTAA and Cohen will create a live remix of field recordings from the IOI opening. For the past 14 years Aviram Cohen has experimented with different genres in music. Raw punk, Disjointed jazz, Shadowy synthesizers have all been implemented to convey a DIY approach and application. For this performance Aviram will continue with his more recent exploration with cassettes and tape music. Uncovering the dormant rhythmic qualities that occur in our verbal communications with each other. While Aviram manipulates sound, MTAA will be making popcorn and severing you drinks.
Auxiliary Projects is located at 2 St. Nicholas Avenue, space 25, at the corner of Jefferson Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn permanent link to this post