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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AC [Direct] II Presents Mary Ivy Martin: Untitled Abstract No. 3 May 14 - June 13, 2009 / Opening: Thursday, May 14, 6-8pm


Dates:
Thu May 14, 2009 00:00 - Sat Apr 25, 2009

Mary Ivy Martin: Untitled Abstract No. 3
AC [Direct] II features the installation Untitled Abstract No. 3 by Mary Ivy Martin. For Martin, absence and presence are important elements in her work, both literally and figuratively. Whether this presence is site-specific or metaphysical, it leads her to ask: What is missing in her life? How do we deal with the complexity of contemporary life? How do we relate to our surroundings and the natural world? How do our experiences differ?

To expand on these questions Martin collects objects that are often walked over, passed by and taken for granted. As such, extracting these objects from their element draws attention to their own inherent history and meaning: the appearance, texture and smell, all being significant.

Through the processes of collection and installation, the artist creates new relationships between familiar objects, the installation space and the viewer; consequently reanimating the objects. Moreover, grids, binding techniques, landscaping and placement are tools used to impose an unexpected or “un-natural” order upon the materials.

Untitled Abstract No. 3 demonstrates Martin’s current work with natural materials such as grass and dried leaves which conjure up a sense of nostalgia and longing within herself. The act of working with these materials addresses her heightened awareness of a certain disconnect with nature as a resident of New York City, while also alluding to contemporary movements of environmentalism, ecological art and a rebellion against the electronic age. The materials work as a kind of gateway for the artist to explore their rich histories, contexts, complexities and questions. As with Untitled Abstract No. 3, Martin’s work challenges the boundaries between indoors and outdoors as she re-evaluates the role of nature in daily life.

A multi-faceted painter, photographer and installation artist, Mary Ivy Martin is based in New York City and works with natural materials in an effort to confront a sense of detachment with nature in daily life. She studied photography at the University of Arizona, where she began to work with organic forms. Residency programs such as Art Farm in rural Nebraska and Sproutbau taking place within a reclaimed housing project in Bremen, Germany, have provided an essential escape from a highly urban atmosphere and have fostered her interest in sustainability and communal environments. More information about Martin’s work and projects can be found at www.maryivymartin.com.

About AC [Institute Direct Chapel]
AC’s mission is to advance the understanding of art through investigation, research and education. It is a lab and forum for experimentation and critical discussion.

We support and develop projects that explore a performative exchange across visual, verbal and experiential disciplines. We encourage critical writing that challenges conventional expectations of meaning and objectivity as well as the boundaries between the rational and subjective.

For additional information about the artists please contact AC [Institute Direct Chapel].

Art Currents is a non-profit 501(c)3.

AC [Institute Direct Chapel]
547 W. 27th St, 5th Floor New York, NY 10001
5th Floor - #519-529 & North Alcove
www.artcurrents.org email: info@artcurrents.org
Gallery Hours: Wed, Fri. & Sat: 1-6pm, Thurs.: 1-8pm


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AC [Institute] Presents Nico Vassilakis: 5IVE SEQUENCES, April 16 - May 9, 2009


Dates:
Thu Apr 16, 2009 00:00 - Thu Apr 02, 2009

AC [ Direct ] I / II and AC [ Chapel ]
April 16 - May 9, 2009 / Opening: Thursday, April 16, 6-8pm

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Nico Vassilakis: 5IVE SEQUENCES
5IVE SEQUENCES, a visual poem by Nico Vassilakis is being exhibited in AC [Chapel] as an installation for the first time since its publication. Enlarged in scale from its original chapbook size and offering a rare opportunity to collectively interact with the piece in a public forum, 5IVE SEQUENCES explores the inherent structure and transience of language as a medium.

In creating 5IVE SEQUENCES, Vassilakis focused on the individual shapes and constructions of letters within words, referring to it as a kind of “hyper-staring” that allowed him to transform them into images and sculptural forms, free of the bonds of syntax or semantics.

For Vassilakis, visual poetry is a tangential literature through which the alphabet is deconstructed into dislocations of meaning and/or the revisioning of letters—changing the viewers perception and experience of them. Within his work, letters or fragments of letters and the environment in which they are placed, become the medium for his compositions. 5IVE SEQUENCES explores a periodic table of language through individual letterforms, exposing and disjointing their order to lose their cohesion, opening up new interpretations and meanings.

Nico Vassilakis is a multimedia artist, poet and writer. He is currently the curator for the Subtext Reading Series in Seattle. His visual poetry videos have been shown worldwide at festivals and exhibitions of innovative language arts. Vassilakis’ writings have appeared in numerous magazines, including: Ribot, Caliban, Aufgabe, Chain, Talisman, Central Park and Golden Handcuffs Review. His latest publications are TEXT LOSES TIME and most recently a Vispo essay “staReduction,” from BookThug Publishers (Toronto, Canada).

For additional information about the artists please contact AC [Institute Direct Chapel] at info@artcurrents.org.

About AC [Institute Direct Chapel]
AC’s mission is to advance the understanding of art through investigation, research and education. It is a lab and forum for experimentation and critical discussion. We support and develop projects that explore a performative exchange across visual, verbal and experiential disciplines. We encourage critical writing that challenges conventional expectations of meaning and objectivity as well as the boundaries between the rational and subjective. Art Currents is a non-profit 501(c)3. AC [Institute Direct Chapel 547 W. 27th St, 5th Floor, #519-529, New York, NY 10001 www.artcurrents.org email: info@artcurrents.org Gallery Hours: Wed, Fri. & Sat: 1-6pm, Thurs.: 1-8pm


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AC [Institute] Presents Stephen Day and Sibylle Peretti: Suicide Notes, April 16 - May 9, 2009


Dates:
Thu Apr 16, 2009 00:00 - Thu Apr 02, 2009

AC [ Direct ] I / II and AC [ Chapel ]
April 16 - May 9, 2009 / Opening: Thursday, April 16, 6-8pm


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Stephen Day and Sibylle Peretti: Suicide Notes

On view in AC [Direct] II is Stephen Day and Sibylle Peretti’s mixed-media installation Suicide Notes. This ephemeral, poignant piece is composed of fifty-four text and image/drawing based collages directly onto everyday, white napkins. The impetus behind Suicide Notes is Day and Peretti’s found drawings of a young artist that committed suicide. Each individual napkin records the anonymous artist’s search for a conclusive narrative within his/her existence. Simple and accessible, the notes are seemingly a quest towards leaving a poetic yet nevertheless profound eulogy from a life never fully realized.

Inventing projects between populist formats and satire, Day and Peretti’s work encompasses an extensive range of mediums and methodologies. Often centered on historical figures, moments, documents and artifacts, much of their work creates narratives involving universal, archetypal messages that emphasize both human strength and fragility.

Based in New Orleans and Cologne, Germany, American artist Stephen Day and German artist Sibylle Peretti have collaborated under the name Club S & S since 2000. Both individually and as collaborators they have shown extensively in international and national institutions, foundations, museums and biennials. They have been awarded multiple residencies throughout Europe and the US where their work is also part of permanent public collections in Germany and New York. Most recently they exhibited in the first biennial of New Orleans, Prospect.1.

For additional information about the artists please contact AC [Institute Direct Chapel] at info@artcurrents.org.

About AC [Institute Direct Chapel]
AC’s mission is to advance the understanding of art through investigation, research and education. It is a lab and forum for experimentation and critical discussion. We support and develop projects that explore a performative exchange across visual, verbal and experiential disciplines. We encourage critical writing that challenges conventional expectations of meaning and objectivity as well as the boundaries between the rational and subjective. Art Currents is a non-profit 501(c)3. AC [Institute Direct Chapel 547 W. 27th St, 5th Floor, #519-529, New York, NY 10001 www.artcurrents.org email: info@artcurrents.org Gallery Hours: Wed, Fri. & Sat: 1-6pm, Thurs.: 1-8pm


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AC [Institute] Presents Lemeh42: Sightlines, April 16 - May 9, 2009


Dates:
Thu Apr 16, 2009 00:00 - Thu Apr 02, 2009

AC [ Direct ] I / II and AC [ Chapel ]
April 16 - May 9, 2009 / Opening: Thursday, April 16, 6-8pm

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Lemeh42: Sightlines
AC [Direct] I presents “Sightlines,” by two Italian multimedia artists who go under the collective name Lemeh42. A digital collage of video, animation and performance, their work explores classic narrative structures and eclectic storytelling—reformulating them into non-linear, spacio-temporial alter realities. Finding inspiration from science, art, figurative painting and avant-garde literature, the videos become surreal worlds with their own rules; rigid and mysterious at the same time.

Righteous Killing of a Beautiful Fly is based on a recorded performance at Lemeh42’s theater stage. Taking inspiration from the ancient Greek myth of Icarus, the work re-examines the traditional story as a profound metaphor and testament to contemporary life. In the piece a young man surrounded by feathers lies dead in his childhood room where all his unrealized memories and dreams exist forever, like him, in a perpetual state of stasis. Similar to the tragic Icarus, his ambitions are too great and too far for him to reach, destroying him in the end.

Also evolving from one of Lemeh42’s performances, Study on Human Form and Humanity #01 was filmed on location and then digitally collaged and edited. The title reflects the two aspects and processes of the work: a choreography of the positions and movements of a sleeping human body and the expression of “humanity” manifested through the written dreams that are transposed onto the body and conduct its individuals movements.

Working together since 2005, Lemeh 42 have been shown extensively in international exhibitions and have been the receipients of numerous awards such as their latest one, the ICEBERG Prize (Bologna, Italy) as well as being chosen to represent Italy at the BJCEM 2009 (Skopje, Macedonia). Their work has been repeatedly selected by major international videoart festivals including the Cyprus Short Film Festival, where they received the honor of “Best Experimental Editino” for their work Flor de la Alhambra and the New Media Art Biennale, (Madeira, Portugal) where they also were awarded first prize for their work Study on Human Form and Humanity #01.

For additional information about the artists please contact AC [Institute Direct Chapel] at info@artcurrents.org.

About AC [Institute Direct Chapel]
AC’s mission is to advance the understanding of art through investigation, research and education. It is a lab and forum for experimentation and critical discussion. We support and develop projects that explore a performative exchange across visual, verbal and experiential disciplines. We encourage critical writing that challenges conventional expectations of meaning and objectivity as well as the boundaries between the rational and subjective. Art Currents is a non-profit 501(c)3. AC [Institute Direct Chapel 547 W. 27th St, 5th Floor, #519-529, New York, NY 10001 www.artcurrents.org email: info@artcurrents.org Gallery Hours: Wed, Fri. & Sat: 1-6pm, Thurs.: 1-8pm


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AC [Institute] Presents Five New Exhibitions


Dates:
Thu Mar 19, 2009 00:00 - Thu Mar 12, 2009

Location:
United States of America

Group Exhibition from Rhizome and PAM Members: Domestic
Ann Torke: The Residue Series: Everyday Accumulation
Jeff Becker: CapaCity Project
Bryan Whitney: Myriad - The Ten Thousand Things
Andrew Erdos: Santalope

AC [ Direct ] I / II and AC [ Chapel ]
March 19 - April 11, 2009 / Opening: Thursday, March 19, 6-8pm

About AC [Institute Direct Chapel] :
AC’s mission is to advance the understanding of art through investigation, research and education. It is a lab and forum for experimentation and critical discussion. We support and develop projects that explore a performative exchange across visual, verbal and experiential disciplines. We encourage critical writing that challenges conventional expectations of meaning and objectivity as well as the boundaries between the rational and subjective.

Art Currents is a non-profit 501(c)3. AC [Institute Direct Chapel] 547 W. 27th St, #519 New York, NY 10001 www.artcurrents.org email: info@artcurrents.org Gallery Hours: Wed, Fri. & Sat: 1-6pm, Thurs.: 1-8pm 5th Floor - #519-529 & North Alcove