Holly Crawford
Since 2005
Works in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BIO
Holly Crawford is cross media artist, behavioral scientist, economist and art historian. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Essex in Art History and Theory, B.A and M.A. in Economics and M.S. in Behavioral Science from UCLA. From 2004-2006, she was a non-clinical Fellow at NYU Medical School Psychoanalytic Center. Her art and poetry (www.art-poetry.info) give new meanings and draws categories themselves into question through transformative juxtapositions. Her projects include: Offerings (Ars Electronica, (.net Participant); Open Adoption, The Road, Hyphens, Voice Over, Found Punctuation (video) Tate Modern 2007, My I have your autograph? (unofficial, Basel Miami Art Fair 2007), Critical Conversations in a Limo, NY 2006 (VIP project, Armory), 2007 in Melbourne (MIAF) & San Francisco (The LAB & Sesnon Gallery UCSC), Sound Art Limo, NY and Melbourne 2007, Flatland Limo, NYC 2008. Many projects are ongoing, site specific and participatory. Publications: Artistic Bedfellows, ed., 2008, Attached to the Mouse, 2006 and catalogue essay, “Disney and Pop” in Once Upon a Time Walt Disney Studio; Artistic Bedfellows, edited, 2008. Some projects are created and curated through AC (Art Currents) which she created and directs, www.artcurrents.org She taught art at UCLA and SVA. She was born in California and now lives in New York City.
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EVENT

Sarada Rauch: Jellyfish Piano


Dates:
Wed May 16, 2012 13:00 - Sat May 26, 2012

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

May 16 – May 26, 2012

All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Contact: info@artcurrents.org

Jellyfish Piano:
Reinterpretation gives history more than one perspective. With this in mind, I reinterpret traditional narratives using contemporary images to create modern folklore. Narratives that I use come from traditional epics, fairy tales and myths which are collections of oral traditions. An oral tradition is passed down as a broad formula. The storyteller improvises a great deal of the narrative, reinterpreting the story and inserting their own perspective and imagery. I use this same methodology of reinterpretation while making videos, and I treat them as oral tradition.

A common parallel found in traditional narratives is the mermaid. Not many other imaginary beings are as prevalent cross culturally, or have maintained popularity throughout narratives, ancient to the present day. The mermaid lives underwater and enchants humans with song. She is graceful and dramatic, much like a jellyfish.

Jellyfish Piano is a reinterpretation of the mermaid. In this video, a swimmer is transformed into a jellyfish by the underwater perspective of the camera, stripping the body of its human traits to the essential organs and limbs of a jellyfish. The swimmer’s trailing skirt and legs form the greater part of this balletic jellyfish’s movement, whose gracefulness is punctuated by the notes her feet strike on the keyboard-like lanes of a public pool. The notes of the piano keys are played each time she touches one of them with her toes.

In my work, I combine the digital with the hand made and animate static objects. They acknowledge their own silliness and because of this they can also dabble with being genuine. My work is winking at you while telling you something heartfelt.

-Sarada Rauch

Bio:
Sarada Rauch is a multi media artist born in Los Angeles and based in Brooklyn, after a long stint in Germany. Rauch reinterprets traditional narratives using contemporary aesthetics by animating her sculpture and paintings with video. She received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and her MFA from Hunter College. Sarada has exhibited and performed at venues such as Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, RH+ Gallery in Istanbul, Winkleman Gallery at Seven, Miami, Platform Gallery in Seattle and the RISD Museum in Providence. She was also the recipient of the Tony Smith Award and the BBK Fellowship in Saxony.


EVENT

RICHARD KOSTELANETZ: SEDUCTIONS


Dates:
Thu May 17, 2012 19:00 - Thu May 17, 2012

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

From Kostelanetz’s More Short Fictions, sixteen performers narrate interwoven tales of sex and memory.

This event is part of a larger installation, AVANT-GARDE EROTICAS, on view May 3-May 26, 2012


EVENT

Billy Friebele: Traversing/Suburban: Target


Dates:
Thu May 03, 2012 18:00 - Tue May 15, 2012

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

May 3 – May 15, 2012
Opening Event: Thursday, May 3, 6-8pm

All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Contact: info@artcurrents.org

Traversing/Suburban: Target
I have always found big box stores to be disorienting. One day while filling my cart, walking from one end of a store to the other, I wondered how far I had traveled and what my path looked like. I started recording these movements with video cameras and GPS units in order to understand these mundane experiences in new ways.

Contemporary spaces often have a disembodied spatiality. In some ways shopping at these enormous stores mirrors the ambulatory experience of browsing the internet, where everything is available simultaneously. Sometimes I lose track of what I am looking for as I come across an interesting display for stationary or dog food.

Big box stores are contemporary versions of traditional markets, which usually function as both commercial and social centers for a town. The social component is often lost now, as I see other shoppers cruising the aisles but they are just as disoriented as me, whispering to themselves as a reminder of what they came to buy in the first place. The goods purchased are shipped from all over the world, with no real reference to where they came from. Targets and Wal-Marts have expanded to fill the country. The idea of a localized store or market has been absorbed by the homogenized sameness that we seem to find comforting.

In this project I am translating walking into an act of drawing, highlighting the patterns that our bodies continually draw and re-draw as we traverse contemporary spaces. I am interested in how the forms that arise out of these walks reveal the container of our movements and patterns of commerce.

-Billy Friebele

Bio:
Billy Friebele lives and works in Washington, DC. He received a Masters in Fine Arts in from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work examines the intersection of new media and public space through video, animation, and installation. Friebele has exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, and the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC. He has also recently exhibited in Sarajevo, Bosnia; Jatiwangi, Indonesia; Detroit, MI; Boston, MA; and St. Louis, MO among other places. He teaches as an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.


EVENT

Jasmine Johnson: Glory Days


Dates:
Thu May 03, 2012 18:00 - Sat May 26, 2012

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

May 3 – May 26, 2012
Opening Event: Thursday, May 3, 6-8pm

All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Contact: info@artcurrents.org

Glory Days:
Jasmine Johnson’s practice uses techniques of montage, juxtaposition and appropriation within the mediums of video, sculpture and performance to examine social relationships and proximities. A collective authorship is shared between artist, artwork and audience employing the viewer’s understanding to provide the connective tissue of a structure. By building upon familiar social structures and devising fictional scenarios, seemingly disconnected parts are unified through montage techniques and distinctions between real and represented space are collapsed.

In Glory Days (2009) footage from three separate dinner parties has been spliced together coercing unacquainted actor-guests into one hybrid conversation. The stage is substituted for the dining table as a means to analyze the structure of social encounters and performance in non-theatrical environments. The six actors were selected according to their written applications on an Internet casting website and paired for their dissimilarities with the aim of generating unpredictable discussion.

Through a process of dismantling and reconfiguring, content is collapsed into utterances accentuating the notion of superficiality within speech. The guests speak to each other, against each other and over each other, occasionally achieving moments of harmony. Polite exchanges and misunderstandings lead to bruised egos, awkward silences and uncomfortable laughter. Conversations move between topics of childhood and sexuality to personal performance and their aspirations as actors. Concerns arise about the “cut’n’paste” process of manipulation they have become subject to, commenting they are like “clay in the hands of the director”. The actors were invited to behave 'naturally' but the distinction between performing as an actor and the performance of an individual is often muddied.

Bio:
Jasmine Johnson was born in 1985 in Brighton, United Kingdom. She lives and works in London. She completed her BA in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and is currently studying an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University London.


EVENT

Richard Kostelanetz: AVANT-GARDE EROTICAS


Dates:
Thu May 03, 2012 18:00 - Sat May 26, 2012

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

AVANT-GARDE EROTICAS:
The purpose of art is to impart the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known. The technique of art is to make objects ‘unfamiliar,’ to make forms difficult to increase the difficulty and length of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged.
—Viktor Shklovsky

If you want people to pay attention to your poetry, choose a plot they already know.
—[The Latin poet] Horace, as quoted to me by John Barth, 1 March 1968

Having written an undergraduate honors thesis on Henry Miller exactly fifty years ago, when his most notorious books were still banned from America, I developed an early interest in literature commonly deemed unacceptable.

Once erotica became familiar in contemporary art and writing, I became interested in alternative ways of portraying heterosexual experience, initially in print, then in media, in ways often judged unfamiliar, if not unacceptable. This I’ve done since the late 1960s.

I still believe that the three great subjects for art, surely for my writing, are love, art, and New York City.
—Richard Kostelanetz, Ridgewood-SoHo, May 2012

BIO:
Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz’s work in several fields appear in various editions of Readers Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Webster's Dictionary of American Writers, The HarperCollins Reader’s Encyclopedia of American Literature, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Directory of American Scholars, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World,Who's Who in American Art, NNDB.com, Wikipedia.com, and Britannica.com, among other distinguished directories. Otherwise, he survives in New York, where he was born, unemployed and thus overworked.