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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Michael Greathouse: What Is It That Wakes the Sleeper?

Thu Dec 18, 2008 00:00 - Sat Dec 06, 2008

United States of America

AC[Institute Direct Chapel] is pleased to announce the exhibition of Michael Greathouse's series of videos that will run from December 18- Jan 17, 2009.

547 W. 27th St., 5th Floor
NY, NY 10001

Opening December 18, 6-8 pm

AC [Direct] I, Michael Greathouse exhibits his most recent series of video shorts: Banquet, Valentine, Badlands, Windows, Everything Seems to Be OK..., In Dreams as well as the first showing of Incarnation. Inspired by the cinema genres of film noir and early Hollywood horror, each piece is a cinematic collage of composited, found images and sounds seamlessly integrated with 3D computer animation.

Within an infinite loop of isolated moments, Greathouse captures the surreal, oneiric storytelling reminiscent of black and white films of the ‘40s and ‘50s. Filled with ominous, asynchronous sounds, he creates dark, unsettling hyper-real images saturated with visual metaphors and non-linear associations. His experimental and conceptual narratives leave questions unanswered and the storylines implied yet never defined.

Influenced by his background in sculpture, Greathouse’s videos have the profound awareness of space along with a poignant, dreamlike clarity and form. His enigmatic and sensuous monochrome palette captures impossible places suspended in time and reality.

Born in Kansas City, and presently living in New York, Greathouse has been exhibited in numerous film festivals including the Ace Film Festival, (New York); Cannes Film Festival; Kargart International Video Festival, (Istanbul); “Videologia” (Volgograd) and the International Festival of Independent Cinematography, "KinoLev," (Lviv) where he was awarded first place in animation. He has also exhibited in the Louisiana Biennial; the Louisiana Contemporary Arts Center; the New Orleans first international biennial, “Prospect 1” as well as an upcoming exhibition in 2009 at “Die Begegnung mit der andren Art,” Museum of Contemporary Arts (Siegen).

For additional information about Michael Greathouse please contact AC [Institute Direct Chapel] at info@artcurrents.org. AC is a 501(3) c

More of Greathouse’s work is also on view at: www.michaelgreathouse.com


Laura F. Gibellini's 341 W. 24th Street, New York

Thu Dec 18, 2008 00:00 - Sat Dec 06, 2008

United States of America

AC[Institute Direct Chapel] is please to present this site specific installation.

Laura F. Gibellini: “341 West 24th Street, New York”
December 18-January 17, 2009
Opening December 18, 6-8 pm

547 W. 27th St., 5th Floor
NY, NY 10001

For our house is our corner of the world. As has often been said, it is our first universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word.
Gaston Bachelard, “The Poetics of Space”

In her autobiographical, site-specific installation at AC [Direct] II, Spanish artist Laura F. Gibellini explores the relationships between public and private environments. Incorporating line drawings and photographic digital prints, Gibellini builds a spatial narrative directly into the gallery through a recreation of a part of her apartment in New York City.

Investigating the elasticity and transience of lived spaces, “341 West 24th Street, New York” translates a trompe l'oeil fragment of time and place during her temporary stay in Manhattan. Gibellini delves into places that mirror our memories and negotiate our past and future. Her work is a complex visual topoanaylsis—one that permeates the psychological and emotional boundaries of the interior and exterior worlds we construct around us.

Gibellini has studied Visual Arts in Madrid and Kassel and is presently pursuing a PHD in Contemporary Art Theory from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, including a Research Fellowship from MoMA. She has exhibited in the US at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe and extensively throughout Mexico, Europe and Asia. She has participated in the “I Public Art Biennial,” 2008 (Navacerrada, Madrid); “Linguistic of the Image: Spanish Videoart,” Casa Asia (Beijing); “VIDET’08,” International Videoart Festival, 2007 (Barcelona); “Taking Action,” Courier International Video Organization (Istanbul); and “Rizoma,” 2006, Cultural Institute of Baja California, (Tijuana).

In 2008 she was commissioned by the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid for the online piece, “Disculpen las Molestias (Artista Trabajando) / Pardon the Mess (Artist at Work)” as well as presented with an award in recognition of her overall body of work by Madrid’s City Council. Her work is part of the Spanish and Iberoamerican Contemporary Art Collection, Nuestra Señora de Africa, Student’s Residence, (Madrid) and the Contemporary Art Collection, Navacerrada’s City Council (Madrid).

For additional information about Laura F. Gibellini please contact AC [Institute Direct Chapel] at info@artcurrents.org. More of Gibellini’s work is also on view at: www.laurafgibellini.com


Kenji Kojima's Subway Synthesia

Sat Dec 13, 2008 00:00 - Tue Oct 21, 2008

United States of America

[size=25][color=#800000]Opening Thursday November 6th, 6-8 pm

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[b]AC[Institute Direct Unlimited Chapel]
547 W. 27th St, #519-529
NY, NY 10001

T&D: Wed-Sat 12-5 & Thursday until 8[/b]

Since 1990, Japanese artist Kojima has been experimenting with the relationships between perception and cognition, mathematics, technology, music and art. New York City Subway along with RGB Music digital performance are on view in both AC [Direct] galleries.

Kojima’s series of photographs New York City Subway are presented as diptychs that become the material for his digital performance and sound installation. These photographs, along with simple text overlays, act as a sort of eye-to-mind primer that are then dissolved into hundreds of pixels of flowing color and sound. Through RGB Music, these digital photographs are further reduced to their color pixels that are then transformed into a series of musical compositions.

Images from Kojima’s New York City Subway photographs form Mondrian-like geometric of colors that correspond to a note or chord in a selected scale. As these photographic musical variations manifest as song poems, the city’s underground, the subway, is transformed into music and color. Kojima digs beneath the surface buzz of New York to reveal the poetry and music within them.

As Kojima describes it, “is not an impression of a painting or a photograph of a musical variation. It composes a score from an image directly.”

To experience this interactive component go to: http://www.kenjikojima.com/rgbmusiclab/

Born in Japan and currently living in New York City, Kenji Kojima is an accomplished artist, inventor and computer scientist who integrates both the visual and the technical. Concerns with knowing his medium have pushed him to build his own original tools from which to create his art. Kojima’s fascination with tempera painting techniques and early studies in design influence his current use and understanding of digital technology and art. Along with technical innovation and multi-disciplinary mastery, his pieces evoke poetry and humor throughout. Kojima’s work is archived at New Museum / Rhizome in New York. In both 1999 and 2001, he was selected by the Machida City Museum in Tokyo for excellence in Art on the Net.

Holly Crawford, Ph.D.

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Tue Oct 21, 2008 00:47

United States of America

AC[Institute Direct Unlimited Chapel] is looking for interns to help in all phases--curatorial, PR, installation and being there. We are a new non-profit, 501 (3) c space in Chelsea. We are particularly interested in experimental, installation, sound, video and performance.

Day & Time: Wed-Sat 12-5, Thursday 6-8

Please contact:

Holly Crawford hc@artcurrents.org
Christine Licata cl@artcurrents.org

AC[Institute Direct Unlimited Chapel]
547 W. 27th St. 519-529 & north alcove
NY, NY 10001


China Blue's CD Release Party!

Sat Nov 01, 2008 00:00 - Tue Oct 21, 2008

AC [ Direct ] 547 W. 27th St, #519 New York, NY 10001
a non-profit space, 501 (3) c

Join us for the CD release of China Blue's "Under Voices / Les Voix de la Tour Eiffel" on Saturday November 1, 2008, 4:00-6:00pm

With "Under Voices / Les Voix de la Tour Eiffel," China Blue discovers music in the vibrations of the Eiffel Tower

Since 1889, the world has assumed they knew the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. In October of 2007, international artist China Blue discovered a hidden dimension of the structure — its sound. Using scientific recording equipment, she reveals the structure to be a living, constantly fluxing, iron organism.

This architectural wonder produces a pulsing range of sounds, spanning from wind and traffic induced iron vibrations to the hum of the steel chassis in the machine room. Interlaced with these structural sounds are the human reverberations from the thousands of visitors.

These first ever sampled sounds are the basis of the work she just released: "Under Voices: Les Voix de la Tour Eiffel," available as CDs: http://cdbaby.com/cd/chinablue2 and limited edition thumb drives: http://cdbaby.com/cd/chinablue3 through CD Baby.

About the Artist: China Blue is an internationally exhibiting artist who pursues the intersection of sound and architecture. She was an adjunct professor and fellow at Brown University in the United States. Her work has been shown, galleries and non-profit spaces in Finland, Sweden, France and the US. She was the US representative at OPENXI in Venice Italy, an exhibition held in conjunction with the Architecture Biennale. Her work has been in the Melbourne International Arts Festival in Australia and the Armory Fair in New York. Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Art in America, Art Forum, artCritical, NY Arts to name a few. She has been interviewed by France 3 (TV), for the film "Com-mu-nity" produced by the Architecture Institute of America and was the featured artist for the 2006 annual meeting of the Acoustic Society of America.

AC [ Institute Unlimited Direct Chapel ]

Gallery Hours:
#519, #529 & North Alcove
Wednesday through Saturday: 12-5pm, Thursday: 12-8pm

547 W. 27th St, #519 New York, NY 10001

Holly Crawford, Director: hc@artcurrents.org
Christine Licata, Gallery Manager: cl@artcurrents.org

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.