Christina Ray
Since the beginning
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

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BIO
Christina Ray has produced artist projects, performances and site-specific interventions for city streets and exhibition spaces since founding Glowlab in 2002. As a consultant and educator, Ray has participated on panels and juries with Rhizome, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Eyebeam, the Van Alen Institute and others, and has taught interactive media at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Fluent in Japanese, Ray lived and worked in Japan for four years where she cultivated an aesthetic and cultural awareness that has influenced the growth of Glowlab’s international focus.

Ray is the founder of Conflux, the annual art and technology festival for the creative exploration of urban public space, and has led the festival as Director since its inauguration in 2003. She is currently serving as Key Artistic Advisor for Times Square Public Art Planning with the Times Square Alliance and recently became a founding member of the Advisory Committee of the new 92YTribeca arts and entertainment venue, which opened in the fall of 2008. Ray also sits on the advisory committee of the Queens-based arts organization Flux Factory. In 2009, Ray’s work will be included in the books _A Guide to Democracy in America_, published by Creative Time, and _Critical Play_, written by Mary Flanagan and published by MIT Press. She is a frequent speaker on the intersection of art and emerging technology in public space.

Ray has collaborated with and received support from organizations including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, The New York State Council on the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Puffin Foundation, The Independence Community Foundation, the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Williamsburg Gallery Association, Intel’s Berkeley Research Lab, Southern Exposure, ISEA, Art Interactive, ABC No Rio, Participant Inc., Parsons School of Design, Hunter College, the Cooper Union, the University of Pennsylvania Design School, the CUNY Graduate Center, the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island and others.
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EVENT

Air and Blood


Dates:
Thu Oct 08, 2009 00:00 - Wed Sep 23, 2009

Glowlab is pleased to present Air and Blood, a solo exhibition of works by Heather L. Johnson featuring a new series of drawings and embroideries along with a text-based installation that will be situated within the gallery and the surrounding neighborhood.

Glowlab will host a reception for the artist on Thursday, October 8, 2009 from 7-9 pm.

Johnson’s new body of work fixates on the circulatory nature of urban movement. Air and Blood references the connection that urban inhabitants, either transient or permanent, have with overarching public transportation systems. Using the Holland Tunnel as a point of departure, the artist investigates the way in which anatomical processes are mimicked in the transfer of people, objects and ideas in the urban environment.


EVENT

Conflux 2009


Dates:
Thu Sep 17, 2009 00:00 - Wed Jul 15, 2009

Glowlab announces the 6th Annual Conflux Festival in partnership with New York University.

Conflux, the art and technology festival for the creative exploration of urban public space, is pleased to announce the 6th annual Conflux Festival will take place from September 17-20, 2009.

The festival will be headquartered in Manhattan with our partner and host, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. As in past years, Conflux events will take place throughout New York’s five boroughs.

The future of the festival was uncertain after the initial five-year run ended last year. In the midst of the econocalypse, however, artistic and critical attention to the complexities of urban space has taken on a heightened significance. It thus seemed imperative for the festival to continue with a special emphasis placed on resource-sharing, academic analysis, and hands-on and collaborative approaches to the creative examination of the urban environment.

The structure of the festival continues to evolve with this year’s presenters curated by invitation from within the existing Conflux community. In keeping with its commitment to openness, the festival will also include a special open-format daylong event called ConfluxCity that will allow for a diverse range of new participants and projects.


EVENT

Between the Lines in Minowa . Roberto Molla


Dates:
Thu May 07, 2009 00:00 - Tue Apr 28, 2009

Glowlab Announces Between the Lines in Minowa, a Solo Exhibition by Artist Roberto Mollá

New York, NY (April 25, 2009) - Glowlab is pleased to present Between the Lines in Minowa, a
solo exhibition by Spanish artist Roberto Mollá featuring a dozen new works on grid-paper and a
large-scale wall-drawing. Glowlab will host a reception for the artist on Thursday, May 7th
from 7 to 9pm.

Mollá’s captivating new body of work samples from a variety of cultures to depict a strange and
beautiful “floating” world reminiscent of the ukiyo-e genre of Japanese paintings and prints. The
subject of these traditional scenes was city life, specifically activities from the entertainment district
of Minowa. In Mollá’s modern day ukiyo-e, sinewy koi fish mingle with reclining geisha courtesans
and manga characters within labyrinths of folding screens, simultaneously inviting and obscuring
the viewer’s gaze.

Contact: Glowlab Director Christina Ray
Phone: 718.388.5911
Email: info @ glowlab.com
Exhibition dates: May 07-June 07, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 07 . 7-9pm
Admission: free
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday . 12-6pm
Location: 30 Grand Street between Thompson St. and 6th Ave.
Travel info: A/C/E train to Canal Street
Event link: http://www.glowlab.com/glowlab/roberto-molla-2009/


EVENT

Beka Goedde . Phototropic Dormancy


Dates:
Thu Mar 05, 2009 00:00 - Fri Jan 23, 2009

Beka Goedde . Phototropic Dormancy

Exhibition dates: March 05-March 29, 2009
Reception for the Artist: Thursday, March 19 . 7-9pm

Glowlab is pleased to announce Phototropic Dormancy, a solo exhibition by up-and-coming New York artist Beka Goedde. Installed as a site-specific environment at Glowlab, Goedde’s mixed-media sculptures, hand-cast plaster and works on wood panel focus the viewer’s ability to read and create passages through a landscape. Her work provides a three-dimensional point of entry into a dense field of vision marked by layers of textured plywood and plaster, etchings, graphite, pigment and earth-toned encaustic wax.

This exhibition of new works is a study of landscape as time, and the ways movement and decay affect our spatial and psychological construction of imagery. The title refers to the latent potential in plants to obtain energy from and grow toward sources of light. Goedde’s research brings her to ruins in the American southwest, as well as the southeast and other locations where natural disaster or change has inscribed new areas of settlement; the use of building materials reflects the poverty of the inhabitants, who build over unstable ground or water. By studying the structures built by the very people living within them, and communities that exist together with available resources under local shelters, Goedde finds re-invented stories of creation, patterns of building and natural occurrences of life. She literally constructs her experience by, as she explains, “building a house around myself.” On a more formal level, her pieces often reference the structure of Chinese scroll painting as presence and void, of the painter’s movement across a landscape and the time passed during a journey between places. In this new installation where changes in daylight, pattern and perspective bring forth new spatial experience, the artist’s work re-inscribes our memory with embodied knowledge of the built environment.

Beka Goedde (b. 1982, Seattle) studies the concept of the landscape as a time-frame and movement as the natural decay of structural material. She received her BA from Columbia University, Barnard College, in 2004, with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience and philosophy. Her thesis work focused on the sense of touch, specifically a non-dualist way of conceiving of the space of one’s body and the space surrounding oneself, on both a phenomenal and neurophysiological level. Goedde’s work has been exhibited in New York at the International Print Center, Cheim & Read, Glowlab and Leo Kesting Gallery. Her work is included in numerous private collections, including the Beth Rudin DeWoody collection.

Glowlab is an innovative art gallery and creative catalyst located in New York, collaborating with and presenting the work of artists exploring the convergence of art, technology and the urban environment.

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For further information please contact gallery Director Christina Ray: 718.388.5911 or info @ glowlab.com


EVENT

Glowlounge: 4 Weeks of New Works, Artist Talks and Late Nights


Dates:
Thu Feb 05, 2009 00:00 - Fri Jan 23, 2009

Exhibition dates: February 05-March 01, 2009



Weekly Thursday night lounges:
February 05, 12, 19 and 26
7-9pm
Capacity is limited and reservations are encouraged. RSVP to rsvp @ glowlab.com.



As Glowlab settles into our new SoHo location, we return to our roots in interactive and participatory artwork with Glowlounge, an exhibition modeled on our original salon-style events that took place in Williamsburg from 2003 to 2005. Glowlounge acts as a platform for artists and the public to connect in an informal, creative setting to view and talk about art, social change and progressive approaches to urban living. Past Glowlounge events have featured cultural change agents including Swoon, Flash Mobs creator Bill Wasik and more.



Shaking up the traditional art world model of the month-long-show-with-opening-reception, Glowlounge opts to evolve over the course of four weeks. Each Thursday night we’ll stay open late with a changing selection of artworks and participating artists in attendance to discuss their projects with our guests. These nighttime lounges will have limited capacity, and reservations may be secured via email to rsvp @ glowlab.com. The exhibition will also be on view during our regular gallery hours.



Glowlounge brings long-time Glowlab collaborators Steve Lambert, Sal Randolph and Lee Walton together with current gallery artists CutUp, Beka Goedde, Heather L. Johnson, David Kesting, Roberto Mollá and Mark Price. We’ll also introduce works by Paloma Crousillat, Pablo Helguera, Emily Henretta, Brian Leo, Casey Porn, Tod Seelie and additional artists as the show unfolds in an environment of chance and discovery.

As Gallery Director Christina Ray describes, “We launched this series almost six years ago and it sparked so much exciting conversation and collaboration within our community. We really look forward to bringing it back now.” In the spirit of a true “lab” experiment, Glowlounge offers a continuous opportunity for artists and the public to engage in dialogue and explore the convergence of art, technology and the urban environment.

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For further information please contact gallery Director Christina Ray: 718.388.5911 or info @ glowlab.com

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6pm
Location: 30 Grand Street between Thompson Street and 6th Avenue
Travel info: A/C/E train to Canal Street
Admission: free
Website: glowlab.com