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Our Man In Havana: The Vacuum Cleaner in Art


ur Man in Havana: The Vacuum Cleaner in Art
Gallery Aferro
73 Market St
Newark NJ 07102

April 21 - May 26, 2007
Curated by Emma Wilcox

Opening Reception Saturday April 21, 6-9:30
Roomba Performance by Bobby Zokaites at 8
Performance, "Just Like Mom and Dad's!" by Asha Ganpat

Illustrated full color catalog available, sponsored by Newark Art Supply

www.NewarkArtSupply.com

www.aferro.org

Merav Ezer, Eliza Gagnon, Asha Ganpat, Ganzblum, Richard Herzog,
Jessica Lagunas, Valeri Larko, Maria Adelaida Lopez, Karen Margolis,
James Morgan + John Bruneau, Toni Pepe, MaryJo Rosania, Karen Zalamea,
Bobby Zokaites

One of the various definitions of the word vacuum is "a partially
exhausted space."
But as in forensics, where a milligram of dust can contain a complex
narrative, 14 artists have made visible the hidden significances of a
minor player in mostly domestic dramas: the vacuum cleaner. For the
artists, this significance may be political, scientific, nostalgic or
simply perverse.

Dedicated to James Murray Spangler*, an amateur inventor/department
store janitor whose chronic lung problems may have inspired him to
design the modern portable vacuum cleaner, the exhibit was in turn
inspired by the work of Columbian-born Maria Adelaida Lopez. Lopez's
"dust houses" are replicas of those of her former employers from her
grad-student/housecleaner days, made from the dust of vacuum cleaners.
The artist has stated that her work is for "all the other Marias."

The recurring nature of dust and dirt as a metaphor for resurrection
and transformation is an underlying theme for many of the artists
below. Eliza Gagnon will be presenting a video edited from interviews
she did with an astonishing range of Americans on various aspects of
dust and cleaning, including 9/11 dust, cleaning and sex, cleaning and
race, and favorite cleaning product smells. Like many of the artists,
Merav Ezer's work is informed by her experiences as an emigrant from
her country of origin. Using a vacuum, she creates molds of personal
objects such as cigarettes and high heels, preserving them.

Bobby Zokaites rebuilds Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners for the
function of painting. The algorithm that the machines use to vacuum
rooms then becomes visible. The Roombas will be painting at the
opening, petting is allowed.

* Without money to develop his invention, James Murray Spangler sold
his patent to his cousin's husband William Hoover in 1908.

DISCUSSION

Our Man In Havana: The Vacuum Cleaner in Art


Our Man in Havana: The Vacuum Cleaner in Art
Gallery Aferro
73 Market St
Newark NJ 07102

April 21 - May 26, 2007
Curated by Emma Wilcox

Opening Reception Saturday April 21, 6-9:30
Roomba Performance by Bobby Zokaites at 8
Performance, "Just Like Mom and Dad's!" by Asha Ganpat

Illustrated full color catalog available, sponsored by Newark Art Supply

www.NewarkArtSupply.com

www.aferro.org

Merav Ezer, Eliza Gagnon, Asha Ganpat, Ganzblum, Richard Herzog,
Jessica Lagunas, Valeri Larko, Maria Adelaida Lopez, Karen Margolis,
James Morgan + John Bruneau, Toni Pepe, MaryJo Rosania, Karen Zalamea,
Bobby Zokaites

One of the various definitions of the word vacuum is "a partially
exhausted space."
But as in forensics, where a milligram of dust can contain a complex
narrative, 14 artists have made visible the hidden significances of a
minor player in mostly domestic dramas: the vacuum cleaner. For the
artists, this significance may be political, scientific, nostalgic or
simply perverse.

Dedicated to James Murray Spangler*, an amateur inventor/department
store janitor whose chronic lung problems may have inspired him to
design the modern portable vacuum cleaner, the exhibit was in turn
inspired by the work of Columbian-born Maria Adelaida Lopez. Lopez's
"dust houses" are replicas of those of her former employers from her
grad-student/housecleaner days, made from the dust of vacuum cleaners.
The artist has stated that her work is for "all the other Marias."

The recurring nature of dust and dirt as a metaphor for resurrection
and transformation is an underlying theme for many of the artists
below. Eliza Gagnon will be presenting a video edited from interviews
she did with an astonishing range of Americans on various aspects of
dust and cleaning, including 9/11 dust, cleaning and sex, cleaning and
race, and favorite cleaning product smells. Like many of the artists,
Merav Ezer's work is informed by her experiences as an emigrant from
her country of origin. Using a vacuum, she creates molds of personal
objects such as cigarettes and high heels, preserving them.

Bobby Zokaites rebuilds Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners for the
function of painting. The algorithm that the machines use to vacuum
rooms then becomes visible. The Roombas will be painting at the
opening, petting is allowed.

* Without money to develop his invention, James Murray Spangler sold
his patent to his cousin's husband William Hoover in 1908.

OPPORTUNITY

Open Call for Desideratum


Deadline:
Wed Mar 14, 2007 15:34

OPEN CALL
Desideratum De*sid`e*ra"tum, n.
Deep, unfufilled longing. Yearning. Desire without hope
Anything desired; that of which the lack is felt; a want generally felt and acknowledged.

Open call for art in any and all media dealing with this state(s)

Desideratum curator and Gallery Aferro co-founder Evone Davis once traveled to New
Orleans. Walking to the end of Desire street, she found a large, empty warehouse, water.
Where is the end of desire now?

There is none.

Submissions due July 23. Notification by August 8. Delivery by August 22.

Desiderium will be on display at Gallery Aferro, Newark NJ, September 2007

www.aferro.org

Please refer to exhbition guidelines on website
http://www.aferro.org/websitebaker/wb/pages/submissions.php

Please email work to evonne.aferro@gmail.com
or mail work to Evonne Davis Gallery Aferro 248 sherman ave #43 NY NY 10034

The mission of Gallery Aferro is to bring cultural education and esthetic engagement with
contemporary issues to all people equally, and to create an environment where artists can
gather and share physical and intellectual resources.
We are working towards an arts community that is available to everyone, without
sacrificing standards or quality of experience. Founded in a converted factory building in
the Ironbound, Gallery Aferro was planned as a pilot project to be recreated in different
architectural forms, in multiple American cities. Gallery Aferro is currently being run out of
a 20,000 sq ft building in downtown Newark.

(Artist Brent Hoff once staged a game of beach volleyball between passerbys, using the
US-Mexico barrier as a net. Players could shout to, but not see each other. No changing
sides allowed.)


DISCUSSION

"The One Frame Cinema of the Unknown" at Aferro


Please join us for

"The One Frame Cinema of the Unknown"
New Works by Jesse Houlding

March 3-April 14, 2007
Opening Reception Saturday March 3, 6-9 PM

Gallery Aferro
73 Market St
Newark NJ
07102

www.aferro.org

Gallery Aferro invites you to "The One Frame Cinema of the Unknown", an expansive installation by Oakland-based artist Jesse Houlding. www.houlding.com

Using a 200-foot long sweep of black paper, light and thousands of pinpricks, Houlding will recreate the Aurora Borealis on Gallery’s Aferro’s second floor project space.

He will be exhibiting cyanotype “light drawings,” one of the oldest and simplest photographic processes. His drawing implements for these were a magnifying glass and the sun. Large-scale “magnet drawings” created by moving iron filings across paper with a magnet will also be on display.

Houlding has stated that “My intention is to capture the mixture of anxiety and curiosity that comes with not knowing, of not being able to trust your eyes,”

This month’s exhibition is the first in a planned series of cultural exchanges between Oakland CA and Newark NJ.

OPPORTUNITY

CALL for films at Aferro


Deadline:
Wed Jan 10, 2007 15:58

Gallery Aferro
73 Market Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102
www.aferro.org

Short Film Program Open Call for Submissions
Curated by Kellee Hughes

"...a sort of delegated onomatopoeia that must be produced, must be projected, so that it can be heard, a sort of abstract onomatopoeia that gives voice to a trembling eyelid."
--Gaston Bachelard from Water And Dreams

"deterritorialization of the cinema into the gallery means that spectators who come to these spaces may have a different set of priorities, beyond the normative expectations of a general cinema audience." --Isaac Julien interviewed by Kass Banning

"...shows no potential for abuse or dependance in clinical studies"
-excerpt from advertisement for sleep aid

We welcome short films with any content and in any style, whether it's live-action, documentary, animation, etc. While we prefer to keep this program open, should you want topical guidelines the curator is currently intrigued with the following, which can be interpreted as broadly as one likes:

Plasticity
Futility/Mundanity
Voyeurism/ Surveillance
Obsession
Objects
Landscape
Consumerism/Usage
Transparency

Submissions must be received by January 30, 2007.
Entries must be under 30 minutes in length. MINI DV, NTSC VHS or NTSC DVD copies may be submitted for consideration. We also have 8mm, super8 and 16mm available for exhibition purposes. (Please contact before mailing 8mm, super8mm or 16 mm). Submission material will be returned upon request only (please supply SASE), as we will keep it on file to share with independent curators. Please see submission guidelines on our website: www.aferro.org

Selected submissions will be notified by e-mail February 28, 2007.
Please email for regular mail details

e-mail for further questions or details:
studiothirty4@hotmail.com
ewilcox@aferro.org