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

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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Fifth Annual Stony Brook Philosophy & Art Conference and Exhibition

Thu Mar 29, 2012 18:00 - Sat Apr 21, 2012

New York, New York
United States of America

Exhibition on View March 29 – April 21, 2012
Opening Event: March 29, 6-8pm

Conference Schedule:
Friday, March 30, 9:15am-8pm
Saturday, March 31, 9:30am-9pm

Special Events:
April 5, 2012 SECONDS: a film and food double feature, 5:30pm-9pm
Tampopo (1985) & The Biggest Little Chinese Restaurant in the World (2008) organized by Kelly Rae Aldridge, Department of Art History & Criticism, Stony Brook University

April 12, 2012 SIT STILL! 5:30pm-9pm
Figure drawing workshop for beginners & friends organized by Shannan Hayes, Department of Philosophy, Stony Brook University

April 19, 2012 5:30-9pm
Book Release: Heidegger Among the Sculptors: Body, Space, and the Art of Dwelling
by Dr. Andrew J. Mitchell, Department of Philosophy, Emory University. Organized by the Department of Philosophy, Stony Brook University

Contact: info@artcurrents.org

All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Still Life?
Fifth Annual Philosophy & Art Conference
Stony Brook University

Dr. David Wood, Keynote Speaker
Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
March 30-31, 2012

The Masters program in Philosophy and the Arts at Stony Brook University in Manhattan focuses on intersections of art and philosophy. Towards encouraging dialogue across disciplines, the Fifth Annual Stony Brook Philosophy and Art graduate student conference and concurrent month-long exhibition in Chelsea serve as an interdisciplinary event and welcomes participants working in a variety of fields and media to respond to this year’s theme: Still Life?

The theme Still Life? might provoke an existential, ontological, and/or ethical questioning of life as we know it. Additional topics might include: questions about (universal) human rights; the distribution of protections and risks; personal freedom, agency, and choice; disability and dependency; aging, decay and entropy; becomings, stunted potential, stutters and stammers; material, cognitive, affective or spiritual motion/mobility; vitality, time and rhythm; practices of preservation, plasticization and documentation; distillation and/or dilution; memory, nostalgia and haunting; exchanges, transitions and continuities between life and death; conceptualizations of eternity; enduring, waiting and patience; the life of art objects; ephemera(l) tracings; questions of motion and stasis; the uncanny or animate-inanimate; the inorganic life of things; causa sui or nascent morphology; contemporary still life; the endurance of painting/the painted gesture; the 'freezing' of photography; the stillness or kinetic affect or quality of sculpture; performance and the moving image.

Participating Artists:
Shaila Wadhwani
Kate Brandt
Anna Hawkins
Melanie Perreault
Robin Pineda Gould
Dominique Paul
Fiona Annis


Paul R Jones: Boundary Interactions

Wed Mar 07, 2012 18:00 - Sat Mar 17, 2012

New York, New York
United States of America

Paul R Jones: Boundary Interactions

March 7 – March 17, 2012

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

Boundary Interactions
Paul R Jones’ work is based on interactions. He explores this through performance, video and photography. Jones is interested in the concept of the artist as researcher, someone who utilizes fieldwork techniques familiar to visual anthropology, sociology and geographical studies. This approach developed from research exploring geographical and social issues specific to border regions. Jones is fascinated with how interactions can become a form of place-making.

Boundary Interactions consists of two short films, Balancing Act and Roll, in which the artist performs specific actions at the frontier between England and Wales. Although the acts contain a sense of slapstick, making reference to artists such as Buster Keaton and Bas Jan Ader, each are referential of issues inherent in border politics – the in-between point of becoming a citizen or a foreigner. It is also reflective of the desperate measures one will attempt to illegally cross a border.

After receiving his MA in Fine Art Paul R Jones withdrew to the border regions to explore the relationship between failure and struggle. Paul has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Switzerland. Recently he received an award for experimental performance at the MADATAC 03, Madrid.


Chris Twomey: TRIUMPH of the XX

Thu Feb 23, 2012 18:00 - Sat Mar 17, 2012

New York, New York
United States of America


Our origins, our identity, and the ramifications of genetic discoveries are the themes that drive the imagery of Chris Twomey’s work.

Triumph of the XX evokes the passion of the XX chromosome (female) in its ability to heal a flaw or mutation in the DNA by recombining and backing up since there are two X’s. A red haired woman is the metaphor for this concept, as she recombines the genes of the world with various men of different ethnic backgrounds, healing division. Aluminum foil, a simple substrate found in the kitchen and commonly used by women for domestic labor, is elevated, along with this concept, to an articulation of the divine.

Award winning artist, as well as writer, and curator, Chris Twomey has had solo exhibitions in NYC and innumerable group exhibitions worldwide. Her next notable solo shows are scheduled for February 2012, “TRIUMPH of the XX” at the AC Institute in NYC, and a new series entitled ‘STOLEN GOODS” premiering at HP Garcia Gallery in NYC, June 2012. Graduating from Pratt Institute with an MFA, Twomey has received various awards; CAPS grant, Ford Grant, Experimental TV award, an American Film Institute Directing Internship, among others. She is also co-founder & curator for Broadthinking.org.

In early 2012, Twomey published CHRIS TWOMEY PARALLAX: Time, Media, and Significance, a personal memoir running parallel to the survey of Twomey’s career over the last 30 years with approximately 130 pages of art images and critical essays by Eleanor Heartney, text by David Freund, Steve Cannon, Norm Hinsey and Chris Twomey.



Félix Lazo: m:n:m::l

Thu Feb 23, 2012 18:00 - Sat Mar 17, 2012

New York, United States of America

Curated by María J. Montalva

About m:n:m::l

Is there a possibility of creating a piece that becomes an experience deep enough that it transforms our neuronal conditioning and presents reality anew?

Félix Lazo’s field of interest relates to the problems of perception and cognition, how we connect to what our senses receive and how we make sense and meaning out of this information.

m:n:m::l is an interactive, visual and audible installation that consists of two visual systems and one audible system. Each of the visual systems is made up of two parts: a physical or material part of origami boxes made of synthetic paper placed in a grid on the wall. The digital part is projected on the walls so that it interacts with the boxes. Interactive programs specifically created for the installation run the two visual systems. Placed on two walls, the interaction between color, form and origami gives each of them a distinctive character. These abstract systems based on simple geometric forms are modified by the interaction between sound movements in the environment.

Félix Lazo was born in Chile in 1957. Lazo studied Biology at the University of Chile while also studying Music and taking some courses in Art History with a special interest in Latin American Art at the Catholic University of Chile. In 1981 he received his Bachelor's Degree in Music from the Catholic University and the following year he enrolled in some courses in Art Studies at the School of Fine Arts.

In 1985 Lazo was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, which enabled him to earn a Master of Arts in Music Education and also a Master of Education at Teacher’s College of Columbia University. From 2002 to 2003 Lazo studied Computer Music Composition at the Center of Musical Composition (CCMIX) in Paris at the studio of the famous French composer and music theorist Iannis Xenakis (1922 - 2001).


Sam Pluta: American Idols Exhibition and Concert

Thu Feb 09, 2012 18:00 - Sat Feb 11, 2012

New York, New York
United States of America

Sam Pluta: American Idols

February 9 - February 11
Opening Event: Thursday, February 9, 6-8pm

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Special Event:
Friday, February 10 at 8pm

Concert Featuring:
Architeuthis Walks on Land
Katie Young and Amy Cimini

Sonic Overload
Sam Pluta, Jim Altieri, Dan Peck, Jeff Snyder, Peter Evans, and Tom Blancarte

Admission: $10

American Idols continues Pluta’s interest in self-contained systems, autonomous sonic networks which function devoid of human interaction. This music finds a magic spot in the sonic tapestry, where sounds can hover in a state of equilibrium. With the tiniest movement away from the idea, the system is destroyed, but in this small space, an entire universe is revealed.

American Idols is an exercise in simplicity. Four electric guitars, tuned to the harmonic series of the 60 cycle hum of the world around us, are feeding back. The hum of the guitars and amplifiers is the only input to the system, yet the result is a swimming and swirling sea of guitar harmonics, a chaotic self-contained environment. The guitars feed their signal to sixteen televisions which visually display hypnotic pulses of the guitar drones.

Sam Pluta is a New York City-based composer and improviser working in the fields of acoustic and electronic music. He has been commissioned and premiered by Wet Ink Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, ICE, Timetable Percussion, RIOT Trio, So Percussion, Dave Eggar, and Prism Saxophone Quartet and has performed internationally as a laptop soloist and chamber musician. As technical director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, a founding member of the improvising quartet GBL and performing with groups like the Peter Evans Quintet, he has focused in recent years on fusing the worlds of acoustic and electronic instruments through composition and improvisation. Aside from his teaching duties at Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music, he holds the John Plude Faculty Chair in Computer Musicianship at the Walden School. His music is released on quiet design and Carrier Records.