where this photograph was found

HATHAWAY Contemporary Gallery
887 Howell Mill Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

April 22 - June 11, 2017
Film Screening and Artist Talk, May 20, 7-9pm

Please join us for a solo exhibition by Heather M. O’Brien, who participated in MINT’s 2016 group exhibition Where We Are Going, Where We Have Been. Heather will present two of her recent short films, Where this photograph was found, and Our machines are made of pure sunlight, and will give an artist talk the the evening of May 20.

Heather's work explores how capitalist desire and militaristic legacy construct our ideas about home. She seeks to build encounters around issues that undo American social and cultural conditioning, and the illusion of accurate memory.

Dissecting the National Imagination

Society of Photographic Education Conference
March 9 - 12, 2017
Orlando, Florida

Jasmine Rayna Clark, Heather M. O’Brien, Greta Pratt, and Rebecca Sittler

And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

In 1938, Langston Hughes wrote this question in 'Let America Be America Again,' a poem that demanded fulfillment of a dream that never was. Decades later, constructed heroic identities continue to limit our personal and political imaginations. These four artists explore pervasive and predominantly masculine American icons: the explorer, the cowboy, the president, and the war hero. Shifting and recontextualizing contemporary constructs of militarism, gender, and race, they reveal the duplicitous nature of myth and its vast contradictions. Who is behind the veil? What was burnt out by the stars?

Advances and Retreats
Light Year 19

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Dusk - 10pm
Manhattan Bridge Anchorage
The Triangle at Pearl Street and Anchorage Place, NYC

Jaanika Peerna
Monika Bravo
Heather M. O'Brien
Hamra Abbas
Andrew Thomas Huang

Curated by John Ensor Parker and Sarah Walko

Advances and Retreats is a one night, public art video exhibition on the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage that focuses on works that ask the viewer to bear witness. In these either obvious or subtle experiences, the collision of our external and our internal worlds meet. The works have us look straight at visual experiences, whether it’s the slow movement of algae on water, or the intense destruction of a bridge, with the awareness of how both connected and disconnected our individual perception is to external factors. Artist Monika Bravo states “I wanted to create a visual notation of what it feels like when I listen to specific pieces of music” and this is what all of these artists are doing – creating works about what it feels like to live in a surveillance society or how it feels when trying to hold onto something concrete when we are in a time when nothing is static. The works focus on this ebb and flow between tension and release, structure and disintegration, alienation and connection. And it is this awareness of our feelings between these varying states that pull out a deeply shared human experience.

Research Reventón Publication
Fall 2016

How does the presence of the border/borders alter our making/thinking?
How does the site of Tijuana, Mexico confirm/disavow/complicate the hegemonic narratives that we live/perpetuate?

Artists were invited to think and work through questions about borders in Tijuana, Mexico in October 2015. After year of reflection, this publication shares ideas and documentation around this process.

Research Reventón includes contributions by Abraham Avila, Abigail Collins, Elizabeth Conn-Hollyn, Misael Diaz, Deanna Erdmann, Ingrid Hernandez, Haeahn Kwon, Heather M. O'Brien, Amy Sanchez, Daniel Schwarz and Geovanni Zamudio.

Residency at Marble House Project, Summer 2016
Dorset, Vermont

Zones of Representation: Photographing Contested Landscapes

SF Camerawork
1011 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

April 23, 2016

This gathering will consider how photographers have responded to transformations in the global landscape through new ideas about the function of photographic media. How can novel visual practices disrupt traditional narratives of spatial representation? In what ways do artists respond to the historical contribution of their medium in perpetuating these same narratives? And in what ways do contemporary technologies impact interactions with the land? Zones of Representation is presented in collaboration with SF Camerawork and co-sponsored by the Northern California Art Historians.

Including: Lauren Kroiz, Bruno Lessard, Casey C. Monroe and Heather M. O'Brien

Organized by: Makeda Best, Bridget Gilman and Kathy Zarur

Visiting Artist Lecture at the American University of Beirut

March 23, 2016
Beirut, Lebanon

Where We Are Going, Where We Have Been

636 North Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306

Opening Reception: February 20th, 2016. 7 - 10pm
On view through March 20th

Curated by Micah and Whitney Stansell

Lauren Adams. Amber Anderson. Meg Aubry. Tyler Beard. Casey Brown. Kristin Doetzkies. Carly Drew. Mary Dunn. Mary Forst. Josephine Figueroa. Julie Gautier-Downs. Kira Hegeman. Karen Hillier. Desire Hough. Linda Jurkiewicz. Ashley Kauschinger. Wihro Kim. Ben Lee. Skye Livingston. Shona Macdonald. Lorenzo Mager. Heather M. OʼBrien. Dami Onifade. Victor Perez. Iman Person. Olivia Rado. Mark Reamy. Kimberly Reiner. Ivan Riascos. Carlos Richard. Whitney Sage. Sara Santamaría. Charles Andrew Seaton. Michael Shaffer. Tanya Sue Todd. Ian Welch.

Image: Between apocalyptic apprehensions, and dreams of deliverance (still), 35mm slide lecture and projection (60 slides), 16 mins

Space Jamz
Humble Arts Foundation

Curated by Jon Feinstein

Space Jamz looks at outer space through a media-fogged pair of beer goggles. Divorced from the full context of the artists’ complete body of work, each image in this exhibition serves as a constellation point: a hodge-podge of film, pop culture and literary references to the interstellar. Amelia Bauer, Jessica Harvey, Maurice Depestre and Oscar Henderson-Pennington’s barren landscapes, for example, are reminiscent of Star Trek or Flash Gordan’s Martian territories, despite being shot in North American terrain. Krum Brice and Jacob Haupt’s hilarious photographs of aliens may owe more to The Outer Limits, and other early sci- fi series and movies than any scientific attempt to explore galaxies above, while Lydia McCarthy, Ian Kline, Alexander Harding, and Julia Rene Jones point to classic, terrifying representations of alien abduction.

While this selection of images may not unlock the secrets of the galaxy, nor will it help us to understand the universe with greater clarity, it may illustrate how photography can function as its own parallel representation.

Image: Alberto Sinigaglia

Conveyor Magazine: Issue No. 7 - Time Travel
Launch Event at MoMA PS1 Art Book Fair

Friday, September 18, 2015
4 - 5:30pm
22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Whether it's the lure of reminiscence, the promise of the future, or scientific fascination, the fantasy of time travel holds universal appeal. The laws of physics suggest that time does not actually flow in any particular direction and therefore we might—someday—travel through time as freely as we travel through space.

This issue of Conveyor Magazine explores time travel by employing the camera as our time machine; a tool that alters our temporal experience and transforms perception of time and space. A photograph eternally suspends a moment, leaving behind a document that we may then return to and investigate again and again. Photographs allow us to reassemble and manipulate the sequence of events. Timelines are thus reconstructed, the past is altered, new histories are created, and the distant future is just a shortcut away.

The Time Travel issue is also available via the Conveyor Arts website.

About Conveyor
Conveyor Arts is a production house specializing in small run editions of artist books, zines, and other printed matter related to photography. Under the imprint Conveyor Editions, the group commissions and publishes several projects annually that reimagine the form and function of the contemporary photobook. Conveyor Magazine is a semi-annual publication dedicated to eliminating the hierarchy between emerging and established artists.


Sunday, August 23, 2015
7:30 - 10:30pm
435 S. Broadway, Los Angeles

On March 2nd all of the artists at the building located at 435 S Broadway got an email notice from the building manager saying that “...the owners had decided to take the building on a completely different direction.” This new direction, against the backdrop of the alarming development of Downtown Los Angeles, could have meant an array of different actions and futures; for us it meant to relocate, read and sign new contracts, demolish and make new walls, paint them, bring new people and projects into our studios and make new work, all with the all too familiar anticipation of having to eventually repeat the cycle. Individual and collective spaces, experiences and activities now have to dissipate, dissolve and transfer into other locations.

fadeinfadeout was organized by Jimena Sarno as an invitation to respond to the building itself but also to reflect on ideas of displacement as it happens around us in personal, local and broader, global scales; in the everyday life of people close or far away, and along with them, the transformation and transposition of spaces, objects, thoughts and memories. The presence of these various creative responses, one last time at this location, hopes for an understanding of the building's transformations, our prospective absence in it and this cycle of fadeinfadeout.

Please join us Sunday August 23, 7:30 – 10:30 for an evening of sound, text, video, dance and installation on the rooftop and throughout the building.

David Bell
Johanna Breiding
Danielle Bustillo
Rebecca Bruno
Minkyung Choi
Robert Crouch
Veronique d'Entremont
Jorge Espinoza
Arshia Haq
Ali Kheradyar
Gelare Khoshgozaran
Heather M. O'Brien
Alexandra Pacheco
Carole Sabouraud + Florencia Marano
Noah Spindler
Amy Von Harrington
Christina Webb

What Trickles Down, What Accumulates

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 2:30pm
2425 Glover Place
Los Angeles, CA 90031

What Trickles Down, What Accumulates will bring conscious artists in conversation with community organizers to examine issues of structural injustice. It will feature an installation of Youth Justice Coalition's "City of Lost Angels" Memorial and an album pre-release listening of What's working is broken, an immersive audio piece that includes personal testimonials of police violence.

Performance, audio and visual artwork by Karen Atkinson, Jesse Bliss, Johanna Breiding, Malik Brock, Veronique d’Entremont, Derrick Maddox, North East Los Angeles Alliance, Heather M. O'Brien, Amitis Motevalli, Jimena Sarno, will be shown, with presentations by S.T.A.Y. (Standing Together Advocating for our Youth) and Union de Vecinos/LA Tenants Union.

The event will be $10 suggested donation to benefit The Youth Justice Coalition.

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Interview by Liz Sales on the International Center of Photography website about the book, I see in the sea nothing except the sea. I don't see a shore. I don't see a dove.

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Are you a renter?

Over half of the residents of Los Angeles are renters, more than any other city in the United States.

At the same time, Los Angeles has the least affordable rents in comparison to actual wages.

As a result, Los Angeles faces a historic crisis in housing access and affordability. Landlords and developers with support from the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles and the California Apartment Association aggressively lobby City Council to defeat moratoriums on rent increases while hitting more and more renters with evictions to make way for luxury housing and short-term rentals. Contributing to the overall lack of accessible housing in Los Angeles, landlords and developers have aggressively reduced the number of rent-controlled apartments in the city.

Meanwhile, displacement from gentrification forces working class and poor residents out of their homes and neighborhoods in order to ultimately benefit a small number of fat-cat investors and developers.

(click on text above for reference articles)

It's about time that the renters of Los Angeles come together and take action. We are Los Angeles!

Los Angeles Tenants Union is a diverse group of residents from neighborhoods across the city coming together to build a tenants-centered movement that fights against gentrification and for the human right to housing for all.

Come out on Saturday, July 18 to the Town Hall Meeting to learn how you can become a member and build a movement of renters in Los Angeles.

We are renters and we are Los Angeles!

The Los Angeles Review of Books

I see in the sea nothing except the sea. I don't see a shore. I don't see a dove. is featured in the summer issue of The Los Angeles Review of Books

analog dissident

Carmen Argote and Heather M. O’Brien

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 6pm
435 S. Broadway
Los Angeles CA 90012

Carmen Argote is a Los Angeles native born in Guadalajara, and an artist who works with her immediate surroundings, seeing the architecture around her as a way to explore personal history, memory, and place. And a cat person.

Heather M. O’Brien is a dreamer, a swimmer and a photographer. Recently she's been working with 35mm slides from a family archive to expose the falsities of the American Dream. Prison abolition and tenant rights are what is at stake for her.

Organized by Jimena Sarno, analog dissident is an invitation to queer/radical/ feminist/politically inclined artists and curators to get together once a month to engage critically around work, outside of traditional art institutions, school, gallery openings and most importantly, outside of social media.

"The project brings our fleeting and digital interactions into a real time dialog in the analog world. Let’s discuss our work through our personal and collective experiences and our relationship to institutions, as well as issues of inclusion and exclusion, consensus, capitalism, security culture, immigration, citizenship, the environment, the art world. Let’s create a non-hierarchical space where we support each other, build relationships and possible collaboration opportunities. Where we exchange ideas and give mutual encouragement. Where we stay generous and open.

In a climate where there is less and less political agency, art should deal with issues that are traditionally considered politics, because ultimately everything is political. Our art practices have political agency when we question what is made visible and invisible and who is included and who is not, while challenging inequalities and traditional power structures. How do we approach this in the studio, and within our immediate community of friends and peers? How do we deal with oppressive systems and how do we dissent? Does our work reflect these issues either in its content or in the way it is shown? Do our politics and work align? What is at stake for us and why?

The meetings feature work and work in progress by two artists in an informal, open studio visit. As a starting point for discussion, presenting artists will bring questions and ideas they are grappling with as they start or complete their work."
- Jimena Sarno

Click here for more information about analog dissident.

I see in the sea nothing except the sea.
I don't see a shore. I don't see a dove.

Sunday May 31, 2015, 5-7pm
at The Public School in Los Angeles
951 Chung King Road, 90012

A reading in the round by:
Noor Abed, Danielle Bustillo, Chris Cuellar, Cody Edison, Ashley Hunt, Kevin Michael Key, Dont Rhine, Corina Maritescu, Christina Sanchez Juarez, Weng San Sit and Samira Yamin

Additional readings by:
Ryan S. Jeffery and Nancy Popp

Works on view by:
Heather M. O'Brien and Shelly Silver

The event will include a reading in the round of passages in the book, featuring artists and organizers from around Los Angeles. The voices will allow words on the page to be communally heard aloud; with the hope of a realization of the different places from which we speak.

Refreshments will be provided and the book will be available for purchase.

About the book
Through dialogue and reflection, an exhibition which took place at the Camera Club of New York in April 2014, I see in the sea nothing except the sea. I don't see a shore. I don't see a dove. is re-considered in book format. The tide is rising. Can we separate art and the way we choose to live? How do we rearrange our desires?

The title of the project ("I see in the sea...") is borrowed from Mahmoud Darwish's book of poetry, Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982. Here, however, the current and overwhelming power of the war on terror and its endlessness is considered; it's difficult to imagine a shoreline. Where does our individual involvement begin, and where does it end? How are we complicit and what is the role of the artist in this war? "Memory for Forgetfulness is an extended reflection on the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and its political and historical dimensions. It is also a journey into personal and collective memory. What is the meaning of exile? What is the role of the writer in time of war? What is the relationship of writing (memory) to history (forgetfulness)? In raising these questions, Darwish implicitly connects writing, homeland, meaning, and resistance..." - UC Press

About The Public School
In 2007, The Public School was initiated in Los Angeles in the basement of Telic Arts Exchange. The Public School is a school with no curriculum. It is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system. It is a framework that supports autodidactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything is in everything.

Image: Heather M. O'Brien, The sea is walking in the streets, 2min 43sec, single-channel video, color, sound

I see in the sea nothing except the sea.
I don't see a shore. I don't see a dove.

March 30, 2015, 7-9pm
at Baxter Street at the Camera Club of New York
126 Baxter St, New York, New York 10013

A reading in the round by:
Justin Collins, Pradeep Dalal, Sean M. Kennedy, Valentina Medda, Sona Rai, Andy Robert, Julissa Sarabia and Marisa Williamson

Additional readings by:
Malene Dam, Allen Frame and Amin Husain

With works on view by:
Zeynab Izadyar and Heather M. O'Brien

The event will include a reading in the round of passages in the book, featuring several writers and contributors of the project. The voices will allow words on the page to be communally heard aloud; with the hope of a realization of the different places from which we speak.

Refreshments will be provided and the book will be available for purchase.

About Baxter Street at the Camera Club of New York
One of New York’s oldest arts organizations, the Camera Club (CCNY) has been a home for photographers to develop their craft, providing both a working facility and collegial environment for discussion and the exchange of ideas. The Club is dedicated to continuing its long tradition of welcoming both photographers and devotees of photography and encouraging their participation through memberships, classes, lectures, exhibitions and residency program. Since its founding in 1884, the club has nurtured many talented photographers whose careers cover a wide range of disciplines, including portraiture, photojournalism, fashion, street photography, advertising, documentary and fine art.

Image: Chongqing, 2012 © John Alexander

photo la 2015

January 15 - 18, 2015
The Reef/LA Mart
7354 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90036

Artists from the California Institute of the Arts Photography & Media program will be exhibiting work at photo LA 2015, which will take place at The Reef/LA MART. The prompt for works was: Personal Totem: Symbolic Thing.

Exhibiting artists include
Arden Surdam, Bayley Mizelle, Claudia Retegan (Klaus & Dan), Dan Centofanti (Klaus & Dan), Eve-Lauryn LaFountain, Heather M. O'Brien, Pun Ho Yan, Jamora Crawford, Johanna Breiding, John Alexander, Jonathan Takahashi, Karley Sullivan, Lee Ann Paynter, Meital Yaniv, Roslyn Veilleux, Sage Paisner, Susanna Battin, Susanne Melanie Berry, Violet Ryder, Vivi Fragou, Sit Weng San and Yaron Guerrero

About photo la
The 2015 edition of photo la will expand upon its showing of uniquely diverse photographic art, ranging from 19th Century works to contemporary and innovative photography-based art. Alongside galleries, museums, and nonprofit organizations, photo la will also expand its acclaimed programming to include more lectures, roundtable discussions, special installations, and docent tours with members of the photographic/arts community in Los Angeles.

Non-Negotiable Sites of Struggle
Second-annual MLA Subconference

January 7 - 8, 2015
Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre
Vancouver, Canada

Wednesday, January 7, 3:45 - 6:15 PM
Linette Park, Hamzah Baig, Hans Kuzmich and Heather M. O’Brien
Abolitionism as Critical Pedagogy: A Collective and Participatory Workshop by members of Critical Resistance Los Angeles

About the Workshop
A collective made up of four members of Critical Resistance Los Angeles (CRLA), a chapter of a larger grassroots abolitionist organization fighting to end the prison industrial complex (PIC), offers a space with conference participants in which alternative modes of pedagogy can be explored. We begin the workshop with brief individual narratives of the collective members, all of whom are involved with higher education, either as adjunct faculty or as PhD candidates, sharing how their backgrounds in these respective social justice areas have led to organizing with CRLA under an abolitionist framework. We explore experimentations, alternative pedagogies such as art and political practices that simultaneously address and undo the hegemonic narratives that take place in the classroom—and implicitly, a wider public. A goal of the workshop is to create a space where interaction, participation, active listening and brainstorming are integral parts of being together in a space that builds trusting relationships and sustainable alternatives to the PIC. Finally, the workshop invites subconference attendees to take part in a Theatre of the Oppressed exercise. Here, participants become “spect-actors” to resolve common classroom scenarios which are often uncomfortable, invisible and easily situated for everyone to be complicit due to larger structural inequalities and injustices.

About the MLA Subconference
The second year of the Subconference of the MLA will center on struggle as a non-negotiable and constitutive action for responding to ours and others’ increasing contingency. When we say non-negotiable, we mean that the following tactics are no longer optional: Direct and collective action, critical research on the financial and labor structures of higher education, union organizing, collectivizing wages and resources, making knowledge and information networks available by whatever means possible, and rejecting gains for some workers that would mean losses for others. These tactics can no longer be considered nostalgically as actions that belong to the past nor idealistically as something to do in the future. They are necessary tactics we need now as we grapple with higher education as a site of economic accumulation and subjective disciplining. Last year we asked, “Who are the subjects of these vulnerable times?” This year we ask which sites, both past and present, demonstrate that only an uncompromising rejection of austerity and precarity can be successful? In addition, we challenge ourselves to consider how such a politics of non-negotiability needs to influence and reconfigure our reading, visual, interpretive, and pedagogical practices as laborers in higher education.

where water touches land

613 22nd St. Denver CO, 80205

Opening Reception: Friday, Nov 14th, 7-9PM

A leather bound almanac holds unrecognized faces that feel strangely familiar.
Against the backdrop of a desert landscape I see a cactus in the foreground,
or is it a cannon?

In a narrow space between light, I find our points of contention.
The innocence of those we miss is translated through illumination.
Where do we find our other?

The domestic space produces many stages for our scripted roles.
The home. Our home.
We must return to a place where water touches land.

Against the bank of the river, I watch and wait.
The birth of flight catches my eye in the undisturbed silence.
With a pilot I lose site of the horizon line.

The photograph tells us nothing.
I awaken in the night to a familiar sound, evocative of my childhood.
It reminds me of the constant rising sun.

Only in forgetting can we understand the present.

Building the new Lincoln Heights Jail, 1930, from the LA Public Library archives

Critical Resistance Los Angeles at the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead

The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles
June 26 - 30, 2014

152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012

Critical Resistance Los Angeles (CRLA) will occupy the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead, at MOCA - The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, June 26 - 30, 2014. A visual installation by CRLA will be on view, and three workshops will take place throughout the week. Mobile Homestead sits in front of the Geffen Contemporary Building; a full scale replica of Kelley's childhood home on wheels, the Homestead is designed to carry out public service when detached from its permanent "residence" in Detroit.

The visual installation, comprised by CRLA members and their allies, conceptualizes the past, present, and future of the prison landscape and the prison industrial complex—specific to Los Angeles County and California. The installation includes posters from Melanie Cervantes and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, photography and a viewing piece by Ashley Hunt, media by CH.R.O.M.E., an archival piece reflecting the history of the Lincoln Heights Jail by Heather M. O’Brien, poetry by Linette Park, and a video of a recent action by Critical Resistance Los Angeles and their allies (edited by Kean O’Brien and Ashley Hunt). The protest took place at the Antelope Valley Mall in March 2014 to raise awareness about the proposed women’s jail at the Mira Loma Detention Center in Lancaster. The action is part of CRLA’s current campaign to stop the construction of a new women’s jail that has been offensively described as a “women’s village.” To learn more about CRLA’s campaign and of our struggle, we invite you to join any our workshops.

Workshop Schedule:
Thursday, June 26, 6-8pm: Discussion about CRLA and works at the Mobile Homestead related to the Prison Industrial Complex.

Friday, June 27, 3-5pm: Homeless Bill of Rights presentation in conjunction with Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN).

Saturday, June 28 4-6pm: Presentation by California United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), LA No More Jails Coalition (LANMJ), and Youth Justice Coalition (YJC), along with a workshop on abolition with CRLA and Los Angeles Poverty Department members.

For all workshops, please RSVP to crla@criticalresistance.org

About Critical Resistance:
Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. Critical Resistance is a member-led and member-run grassroots movement to challenge the use of punishment to “cure” complicated social problems. We know that more policing and imprisonment will not make us safer. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflects communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope. In all our work, we organize to stop the devastation that the reliance on imprisonment and policing has brought to ourselves, our families, and our communities.

To learn more or get involved with CRLA, please visit our website: criticalresistance.org

I see in the sea nothing except the sea.
I don’t see a shore.
I don’t see a dove.

Curated by Heather M. O’Brien

Adam Golfer
Ashley Hunt
Carlos Motta
Samira Yamin

April 19 – May 17, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 19, 6 – 8pm

The radio tells me my school is the next target for a shooting. I practice holding my head under the desk. I wake up in a dorm room and watch the second plane hit the tower. People are holding newspapers in the subway; they show a city that’s underwater. Light beams down through a hole in the roof of the stadium. 2,500 men sit inside Orleans Parish Prison. Water rises to their chests. I finally see his eyes on the cover of a magazine. People peer beyond the fence, hoping to catch a glimpse of the ash. He tells us we will not fail. He tells us we are with him or we are with them.

I see the snow fall on her face and I’m reminded of the ash. The desert feels cold at night, even inside the trailer. They watch the shadows shimmer from above. He tells us to get on board and do our business around the country; to go and enjoy a great American destination spot, like Disneyworld. I see a tent city at the base of the skyline. It’s dusk and the light is soft. But I can’t see the prisoners. There’s a bottomless fountain but no people. There are no images of his body. I search but my eyes are tired. I search but I don’t want to see anymore. I search but I’m completely numb. I must search.

The document tells us nothing. Let’s begin there. Now, what is the site? Is it here or is it there? How do we tell this story? A conscious choice is made to tell it otherwise––to mull over media, memorial, technology, detention. That which is unseen begins to leak, and slowly we begin to see: blue, white, foam, waves.

Please join the Camera Club of New York and Heather M. O’Brien on April 19, 3 – 5:30pm, for an afternoon of video screenings and a roundtable dialogue with the four artists. There will be a follow up roundtable event facilitated by Amin Husain, of MTL Collective and Gulf Labor on May 10, 2 – 5pm. RSVP for these events is required; email info@cameraclubny.org, as seating is limited. A publication in conjunction with the project will be released in 2015; edited by Heather M. O’Brien, published by Secretary Press.

I scarcely have the right to use this ghostly verb

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
The New School
66th 5th Ave. at 14th St.
New York City

April 3 - 17, 2014
Opening reception: April 3, 6 - 8PM

Featuring work by:
Mounira Al Solh
Firelei Baez
Tatiana Istomina
Reena Katz & Pablo Gómez Uribe
Heather M. O'Brien
María Paz Ortúzar
John Albok
David Wojnarowicz

During the opening there will be a performance by Heather M. O'Brien.

I scarcely have the right to use this ghostly verb is an exhibition that explores notions of cultural memory expressed by a generation whose identities are shaped by events to which they did not actually bear witness, but have directly impacted their experiences of the present. The project highlights the problematic nature of claiming historical narratives for any generation as a whole, wary that these claims may, in fact, co-opt forms of persisting hegemonies. Thus the project proposes a space of dialogue, even of conflict, among the many layers that our backgrounds imply. he exhibition in the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, features seven emerging artists whose works create a space of conversation with one another and with historical works drawn from The New School Art Collection, and includes painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, text, and video. Accompanying the exhibition, there will also be a night of film screenings and a publication of texts and images from artists, scholars, and writers whose contributions augment the dialogue, intermingling the personal and the collective.

I scarcely have the right to use this ghostly verb, is a curatorial project by Maricruz Alarcón, Pieter Paul Pothoven, and Ilyn Wong.

This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of The New School Art Collection and Parsons Fine Arts Alumni

Carousel proudly presents
Between apocalyptic apprehensions, and dreams of deliverance
by Heather M. O’Brien

Sunday, November 24, 2013
Performance to begin promptly at sunset, 4:40 PM
Pier 84, West 45th Street and the Hudson River

(Keep going past the Boathouse, and dress for the weather.
Blankets to sit on and hand warmers will be provided.
Performance is approximately 20 minutes.)

With drinks, vittles, and conversations to follow at:
Sake Bar Hagi
152 W. 49th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues

(We will take the M50 bus to Hagi after the performance.)

The location of the performance is precise: earth, water, sky. The piece embraces
and questions the monolithic past of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, located on the adjacent pier. A limited edition of artist books designed by Colomba Cruz will be available. Click here for directions to Carousel event and Saki Bar Hagi.

Post Post

Curated by Nathalie Sanchez & Erik Benjamins
15 Oct–8 Nov, 2013
Thomas P. Kelly Art Gallery
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

Art & Protest Panel Discussion: Monday, November 3 at 3pm
Closing Reception: Thursday, November 7, 6-9pm

Curators Nathalie Sanchez and Erik Benjamins invited artists to participate in Post Post by creating projects in response to the exhibition Prison Nation. Post Post promotes the production of site responsive artworks that confront, support and frame the Prison Nation exhibition. Post Post is an annex, an experimental extension, an open-ended workshop, an unpredictable show within a show. Artists respond with material or performed gestures that will organically accumulate throughout the gallery space over the month-long duration. Engagement with the LMU community is encouraged.

Prison Nation is organized by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics and showcases political poster reproductions that critically respond to the American penitentiary system. The exhibition coincides with this year’s Bellarmine Forum, Restorative Justice. Posters are available for preview at politcalgraphics.org.

Heather M. O'Brien, The gaps of history, 11x14", Digital C-Print, 2013

2013 Camera Club of New York: Photo Benefit Auction

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Affirmation Arts
523 West 37th Street
New York City

Founded in 1884 by the legendary Alfred Stieglitz, The Camera Club of New York remains a vital not-for-profit workspace, gallery, forum, and learning center, serving established and emerging photographers throughout the New York area. CCNY nurtures, educates, and promotes an inclusive and diverse community of photographers through its many programs, including exhibitions, lectures, classes, and a residency program, and is committed to providing an affordable space in which photographers can practice their craft. Its annual Photo Benefit Auction is its main fundraiser, which helps to sustain all of CCNY’s exciting and relevant activities.

Featuring work by:
Osama Al-Eryani / Mariette Pathy Allen / Malú Alvarez / Winona Barton-Ballentine / Peter Baryshnikov / Noah David Bau / Michael Berkowitz / Cynthia Bittenfield / Kirstin Broussard / J Carrier / Jesse Chan / John Chee / I-Hsuen Chen / Petros Chrisostomou / Jan Cieslikiewicz / Bridget Collins / Sara Cwynar / Moyra Davey / Dillon DeWaters / Beatriz Diaz / Bobby Doherty / Inga Dorosz / Maureen Drennan / Emile Hyperion Dubuisson / Mark Fernandes / Ryan Foerster / Allen Frame / Fryd Frydendahl / Neil Goldberg / Anders Goldfarb / Lorraine Gracey / Robin Graubard / Daniel Handal / Stephen Hilger / Henry Horenstein / Andrea Hoyer / Joelle Jensen / June Kim / Justine Kurland / Anna Landa / Nate Larson & Marni Schindelman / Pierre Le Hors / Leigh Ledare / Minny Lee / Matthew Leifheit / Pixy Yijun Liao / Teresa LoJacono / Joshua Lutz / Sara Macel / Joseph Maida / Tiana Markova-Gold / Vanessa Marsh / Robert Marshall / Yoshiyuki Matsumura / Chris McCaw / William Mebane / Haley Morris-Cafiero / Rachelle Mozman / Heather O’Brien / Jeanine Oleson / Brayden Olson / Sarah Palmer / Francesco Palombi / Matthew Papa / Jorge Alberto Perez / Alexander Perrelli / Libby Pratt / Nandita Raman / Jonno Rattman / Richard Renaldi / Claudia Retegan / Saul Robbins / Adam Ryder / Liz Sales / Bryan Schutmaat / Pacifico Silano / Brea Souders / John Stanley / Chad States / Rob Stephenson / Joseph Sywenkyj / Ilona Szwarc / Lucas Thorpe / Christina Thurston / Sally Tosti / Joaquin Trujillo & Brian Paumier / Lisa Walsh / Trey Wright / Ayumi Yamazaki

Collective Action Archive

The Passage Gallery at Purchase College, SUNY
September 6 - 29, 2013

735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

Collective Action Archive is organized by the School of FIlm and Media Studies New Media program at Purchase College and Franklin Street Works.

The show explores politically active U.S. Artist Collectives, featuring ephemera, documentation, and publications that include photos, videos, zines, and books from more than 30 artist collectives from around the country, including Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, Winston-Salem, and San Francisco.

For the Purchase College redux, every collective in the archive will be on display simultaneously, with the majority of the items in the Collective Action Archive being featured. In addition to the greater breadth, the exhibition includes new items sent to Franklin Street Works in the last four months. Interpretive labels and a comprehensive gallery handout will augment the materials, contextualizing the work of these socially active artists who tackle topics ranging from fair artist compensation, to environmental responsibility and reproductive rights.

Collectives included in this exhibition are: ABC No Rio, Artists Against Apartheid, Big Tent, Conflict Kitchen, Critical Making, fierce pussy, Floating Lab Collective, Futurefarmers, Guerrilla Girls, Guffey Hollow, Howling Mob Society, Illegal Art, Just Seeds, Kitchen Sink, Knifeandfork, Lucky Pierre, M12 Collective, Meme Rider Media Team, National Bitter Melon Council, Okay Mountain Collective, Paper Tiger TV, Philly Stake, Preemptive Media, Publication Studio, Regional Relationships, Second Front, Students of the African Diaspora, subRosa, Temporary Services, The Pinky Show, W.A.G.E., and Work Progress Collective.

Collective Action Archive will be on view from September 6 - 29, 2013. A reception will take place in the gallery on Wednesday, September 11, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, followed by a symposium at the Neuberger Museum of Art Study from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Both events are free and open to the public. The symposium will include author, artist, and activist Gregory Sholette; along with a member of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.); and one of the founding members member of the Knifeandfork collective.

This exhibition is sponsored by The School of Film and Media Studies and New Media program at Purchase College, and Franklin Street Works, a contemporary art space in Stamford, CT.

© Jon DeCola

I'll Be Your Mirror: Navigating Interaction in the Digital Age

Education Gallery at the International Center of Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York, NY
September 13–November 24, 2013

Curated by the Editors of Scrapped Magazine: Noura Al-Salem, Frances F. Denny, Nicole Horton, and Osvaldo Pontón

I'll be Your Mirror: Navigating Interaction in the Digital Age examines the dissemination and consumption of information in contemporary media culture. Curated by the editors of Scrapped Magazine, themselves ICP alumni, this exhibition considers how much of our contemporary experience is filtered through corporatized mass media.

Marxist theorist Guy Debord stated "All that once was directly lived has become mere representation." Debord described not only the relationship that we have to world events, but also how we experience our own lives. Today, much of the information and imagery we receive circulates through second or third hand experience—not just through traditional outlets such as television and newspapers—but through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and blogs. Disconnection and alienation masquerade as obsessive communication over social media. The cult of celebrity, the deliberate curation of a public image on Facebook and Instagram, online dating, politicians using mass media to score political points, and a 24-hour news cycle where information must be manufactured to hold viewers' attention—all modes of virtual communication have combined to jam our airwaves.

The artists selected for this exhibition tackled this theme conceptually, thematically, and globally, using a variety of tools, from iPhones, Skype, and screenshots to X-ray film, car parts, and digital photography.

bits of colored cloth, performance rehearsal 2013

bits of colored cloth performance LIVE on KCHUNG Radio

June 8, 2013

1640AM in Chinatown Los Angeles, CA // live stream at www.kchungradio.org

Poster design by Johanna Kozma

Subject Matters: CalArts 2013 MFA Show

The MFA class of 2013 in the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is pleased to announce its graduate exhibition, Subject Matters, on view June 8-22, 2013. The exhibition will be held in various storefronts at Mandarin Plaza, located at 970 N. Broadway in LA’s historic Chinatown. Subject Matters reflects the diverse fields that the graduating MFAs engage with outside the discipline of art, in a wide range of mediums and approaches.

Subject Matters is curated by Claire de Dobay Rifelj, an LA-based curator and art historian who has organized exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Williams College Museum of Art, among other arts spaces.

A catalogue designed by Brian Roettinger will accompany the exhibition and includes contributions by Claire de Dobay Rifelj and Lauren Mackler (founder and director of Public Fiction, which exists in print and space), as well as conversations with the artists.

Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday June 8th from 6-10pm. The exhibition will be on view Wednesday-Sunday from 12-6pm, and both street and lot parking is available.

Participating artists from the programs in Art, Photography & Media, and Art & Technology:

Pablo Carrillo, Heisue Chung, Roslyn Cohen, Jamora Crawford, Benjamin Dean, Jason Roberts Dobrin, Conor Fields, W. Don Flores, Tara Foley, Satoe Fukushima, Ting Ying Han, Páll Haukur, Andrea Hidalgo, Marie Johnston, Johanna Kozma, Anne Guro Larsmon, Elin Lennox, Chandler McWilliams, Arturo Molinar-Avitia, Heather M. O'Brien, Minha Park, Lauralee Pope, Stephen Neidich, Bryne Rasmussen, Camilo Restrepo, Ashley M. Romano, Tamara Rosenblum, Vidisha Saini, Emily Shanahan, Dina Sherman, Vivian Sming, Lauren Steinberg, Marisa Williamson, Katrin Winkler, and Yiji Wu.

Poster design by Izaak Berenson


Thursday, May 16, 2013

A402 Gallery
California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355

We will be releasing a publication in a box. Yes, a box.

Adriana Baltazar, Roslyn Cohen, Yaron Guerrero, Christopher Hahn, Natalie Hon, Nebras Hoveizavi, Ashley Hunt, Emma Iocovozzi, Nick Johnston, Taylor Lovio, Heather M. O’Brien, Andres Payan, Ho Yan Pun Nicole, Vidisha Saini, Weng San Sit, Kevin Smith, and Katrin Winkler

With a contribution by Ultra-red

Designed by Izaak Berenson | Invisible Institute | Index/Index

The “problem of social practice” is that all art-making is social practice: As human activity, art emerges from social life and takes place within it, deriving its meanings and value from the social relations and beliefs that surround it. - Ashley Hunt

© Bridget Batch

bits of colored cloth

Heather M. O'Brien
March 18 - 22, 2013
A402 Gallery

California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355

Performance: Thursday, March 21, 9pm

Poster design by Michael Ray-Von

CalArts Gallery Exhibitions: March 18-22, 2013

Heather M. O'Brien - A402
Emily Shanahan - Lime
Bryne Rasmussen - Mint
The CalArts Clothesline Project - Main
Andy Gohlich - L-Shape
W Don Flores - D301
Vidisha Saini - D300
Anne Guro Larsmon - C113
Katrin Winkler - C108

Opening Receptions: Thursday, March 21, 8pm

poster design by Vivian Sming

The Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series Spring 2013

Heather M. O'Brien, Emily Shanahan, and Vivian Sming have planned 16 artist visits for the Spring Semester 2013 at CalArts. The events occur every Thursday (as well as a few Tuesdays), and include studio visits with CalArts graduate students in addition to an artist lecture or workshop.

Please visit: art.calarts.edu/pblectures for more information.

Memories Can't Wait

School at the International Center of Photography
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York City
December 14 + December 15, 2012
10am - 5pm

On December 14th and 15th, the International Center of Photography in New York will host Memories Can't Wait, a two-day symposium jointly organized by the ICP-Bard MFA program and the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. It investigates the different artistic strategies used to rethink the ways to produce and document.

Memory is intricately linked to forms of documentation, from news journalism to handwritten letters. Yet, the 1980’s postmodern critique of representation has shattered the myth of documentary veracity and a singular authoritative history. This merciless critique of documentary has created fertile ground for new and meaningful ways to engage with the idiom. With digital technology, not only is there an increase in image proliferation, but the lines between documenter and documented are evaporating. David Levi-Strauss has noted:

"The challenges of public memory and public agency are rapidly increasing as the technologies of communication change at an accelerating rate, and our ability to respond, will depend on our willingness to find new ways of analyzing and understanding image flows."

Memories Can't Wait asks: How, in the face of the challenges Levi-Strauss mentions, can image-making sustain critical consciousness? How can personal memory and imagination in the absence of verifiable narratives create new meaning? Is there urgency in weaving personal accounts into political and historic narratives, if so how does it manifest? How can artists build an archive that honors the time-sensitive and ephemeral nature of their work? How can these methods inform the ways that history gets recorded?

Invited panelists will convene for conversations around these topics and concerns. Following the event, an extensive publication featuring essays, transcripts and visual materials will be published to document and reflect on the symposium and the process leading up to it.


Saturday, December 15, 2012, 2-9pm
6020 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

The CalArts MFA class of 2013 is holding a one-day 100x100 fundraising event that features 100 pieces from 35 graduating students in Art, Photography and Media, and Art and Technology, as well as donated work from recent graduates and undergraduates, all available for $100 each.

Come early, this event is first-come, first-served and we expect (and hope) things will be flying off the wall. Your contribution will give you an original work, and all proceeds go to support the MFA class of 2013 graduate group show in June of 2013.

© Sarah Palmer

Camera Club of New York (CCNY) Annual Benefit

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 6-8 PM
25 CPW Gallery
25 Central Park West at 62nd St. in NYC


Featuring work by artists in their final year from the Art, Photography & Media, and Art & Technology MFA programs

October 15-20, 2012
California Institute of the Arts

Reception: Thursday, October 18, 8pm

Metta World Peace: Publication Release

Heisue Chung, Camilo Restrepo, Danielle Dean, Katrin Winkler, Tara Foley, Malene Dam, Minha Park, Patrick Flood, Roslyn Cohen, Shagha Ariannia, Heather M. O’Brien, Jonathan Takahashi, the Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW), Michelle Dizon, and Ashley Hunt

September 29th - October 6th, 2012

California Institute of the Arts, Gallery A402
24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355

What are the frames through which war is understood? How have the discourses of art addressed the role of the artist in times of war? From what positions do such discourses speak? What silences remain? This exhibition is a release platform for the publication, Metta World Peace, which is the culmination of a collective response by twelve artists towards the “contemporary world as a site of global war.” [1] The publication was designed by the Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) and includes bookend texts by Michelle Dizon and Ashley Hunt.

[1] Hlabajova, Maria and Winder, Jill. Concerning War: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art, BAK Critical Reader Series, 2010.

“This publication developed out of a class called The Work of War in Times of Art which I taught at the California Institute of the Arts in the Spring of 2012. The class explored the themes of art and war and arose within a specific political climate. Eight years after the declaration of war in Iraq and after much postponement, the end of 2011 marked the formal withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq. It comes as little surprise to many of us that at the same time that the withdrawal was being projected for year’s end, a goliath US embassy was being built and expanded in Iraq with a staff that was initially proposed at 16,000. Coupled with my own research into the legacies and continuities of US imperialism in the Philippines, such events in the supposed shift from war to peace, and from force to diplomacy, also threw a question concerning the mutually constitutive nature of war and peace into stark relief. It brought to mind a statement I had read some years before by Paul Virilio. ‘There’s no State of Peace for peace is just war pursued by other means.” - Michelle Dizon

Feature on Culturehall

hope that you enjoy the show is featured in this month's New Artist Feature, Summer 2012 (September 5 - October 2) on Culturehall. Culturehall is a curated online resource for contemporary art where selected artists can share their work with curators, gallerists, collectors and other artists.

Poster design by Vivian Sming

The Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series Fall 2012

Heather M. O'Brien, Emily Shanahan, and Vivian Sming have planned 15 artist visits for the Fall Semester 2012 at CalArts. The events occur every Thursday (as well as a few Tuesdays), and include studio visits with CalArts graduate students in addition to an artist lecture or workshop.

Please visit: art.calarts.edu/pblectures for more information.

USSSA’s revolution: an artist organized rally
Sunday, July 15, 2012, 2:30 - 4:30pm
Pershing Square (corner of Olive and 6th Streets)
Los Angeles, CA

The USSSA is a national arts initiative—a creative platform to organize multiple perspectives on politics and social order. USSSA will organize a collectivist happening in Pershing Square in Los Angeles, CA asking artists to present on a cause of their choice for five minutes each. Protest art is an especially potent force among the LA arts community and all forms of speech (silent and visual, vocal and pedantic) will be included, as well as artists who represent a variety of causes that are often neglected by mainstream media. In response to authoritarian models of speech (one speaker, one platform, a large homogeneous audience, corporate/militant organization) this rally will be set-up to be more accessible and to widely represent important causes that are often pushed to the margins. Artists will stand on level-ground in an oval-formation. Documentation of this event will be included with subsequent rallies in Chicago and New York.

Poster design by Mary Rasmussen

Artists as Travelers

Galerie der Hochschule
Hochschule Für bildende Künste (HBK)
Braunschweig, Germany
July 10 - 15, 2012

Opening Reception: July 10, 7 - 10PM

Artists include: Shagha Ariannia, Larissa Brantner James, Johanna Breiding, Kaucyila Brooke, Heisue Chung, Malene Dam + Heather M. O'Brien, Cody Edison, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Sarah Petersen , Minha Park, Mary Rasmussen, Kari Reardon, Benjamin Tong, Shirley Tse, and Bedros Yeretzian

mmxii: CalArts

Curated by Catherine Taft
June 1–23, 2012

L.A. Mart, Lower Level
1933 S. Broadway, Suite 409
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 12pm–5pm

Opening Reception: Friday, June 1, 6–11pm

Closing Reception + Publication Release: Saturday, June 23, 6–11pm

mxxii: CalArts opens on Friday, June 1st, 2012, from 6-10 pm at the LA Mart in Downtown, Los Angeles. The exhibition includes works by thirty-five MFA students from the programs in Art, Photography & Media, and Art & Technology: Shagha Ariannia, Daniel Axe, Larissa Brantner James, Johanna Breiding, James Brush, Krista Buecking, Akina Cox, Malene Dam + Heather M. O'Brien, Danielle Dean, Gracie DeVito, Sean C. Flaherty, Patrick Flood, Andrea Franco, David Gutierrez, Anitra Haendel, Mary Hill, Guiyoung Hwang, Joshua Logan, Alexander Meadows, Robbie Nock, Joni Noe, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Sarah Petersen, Mary Rasmussen, Kari Reardon, Christopher Reynolds, Nick Rodrigues, Daney Saylor, Rowan Smith, Jonathan Takahashi, Benjamin Tong, Liz Toonkel, Ariane Vielmetter, Esther Pearl Watson, and Joseph Zorrilla.

Catherine Taft, a Los Angeles-based curator, writer, and critic, is curating the show and organizing its accompanying catalog. The catalog will be available at the opening reception, and will feature essays by emerging writers and members of the CalArts faculty. The show will take place at LA Mart's sprawling concourse level, home to last September's artist-run project space, CO/LAB, at ArtPlatform.

Catherine Taft is a project specialist at the Getty Research Institute and was recently named a directing member of Human Resources, Los Angeles. She is co-editing the forthcoming book Double Issue: A Document of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival and has contributed to a number of exhibition catalogs. Her writing is regularly featured in several publications, including Artforum, ArtReview, and Modern Painters.

The exhibition is made possible by Art Platform, Los Angeles and ARTRA Curatorial. Refreshments will be served at the opening and closing receptions, and validated parking will be available. For more information please visit: www.calarts2012.com

CalArts Open Studios

Sunday, April 22, 2012
12pm - 6pm
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA, 91355

California Institute of the Arts’ MFA program is pleased to announce Open Studios 2012. Open Studios is an annual event at CalArts in which MFA graduate candidates in Art, Photography and Media, and Art and Technology open their creative workspaces to the public for one afternoon. Attendees are offered a unique opportunity to meet with rising artists and preview their work-in-progress firsthand in the informal studio setting. Each artist will be available to answer questions and discuss their artistic practice. The Master of Fine Arts Program at CalArts is a two-year, full-time, studio-based program located in Valencia, CA. An interdisciplinary forum for the intellectual, cultural, and experimental possibilities in production, the program pushes students to question conventional ideas about contemporary art. MFA students present a solo mid-residency or thesis exhibition each year of study that is open to the public and critiqued by the institution.

Maps of the studios will be available to visitors upon arrival. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit openstudios.calarts.edu or call Open Studios Publicity Relations at 310-926-2020.

Classroom Case Study
Malene Dam + Heather M. O'Brien

March 12 - 16, 2012

D301 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91355

Over the course of a week in March we would like to invite you to join a series of conversations on what it means to be educated, to facilitate, to listen, and to learn at CalArts. We wish to explore these questions within the community at CalArts because we think it is important to pause and collectively think through what it means to all of us to be students and what it means to engage in education. At the core of our questioning we ask: what is knowledge and how does it function for us individually and as a group? This is a fundamental question in thinking through how we come to function in the world as artists. We will facilitate conversations with sets of questions in a roundtable format. We hope this will be an opportunity for us to reflect on the interactive relationships and power struggles that effect the contemporary classroom. The intention is to enable a setting where we, as students, come together in space outside of a class structure to collectively reflect on the dynamics of our social learning environment.

Six conversations will take place throughout the week in the D301 gallery at CalArts. Each conversation will take place at a different roundtable; all of the tables are painted with chalkboard paint, and participants will be encouraged to take notes and respond to other participants by writing on the tables. By the end of the week the tables will function as records and will be presented around the gallery space, along with a series of notes which have been taken throughout the process of the project.

Work Progress Collective

Saturday, February 11, 2012
12PM - 1:30PM
The Bronx River Art Center's Roundtable

In the current art exhibition, Shifting Communities, at the Bronx River Art Center, WPC is interested in gathering socio-statistic data of jobs, employment, and work through public surveys and a focus group. All findings gathered within the project will serve as a beginning form of community engagement, as a foundation for the archive, and as a source of local information for the greater public. We hope that the Focus Group gathering will be a space to foster a unique dialogue within the South Bronx community and beyond regarding a timely subject matter: work and employment.

Shifting Communities: workworkwork
The Work Office (TWO)
Publicworks Office (PwO)
Work Progress Collective (WPC)

On View from January 20 – February 18

Opening Reception: January 20, 2012 from 6-9pm

Bronx River Art Center
305 E. 140th St. Bronx NY 10454

In the fourth exhibition of the Shifting Communities series, three collaborative projects The Work Office (TWO), Publicworks Office (PwO) and Work Progress Collective (WPC) present workworkwork, which examines various approaches to the idea of work and how it is defined and viewed. Creating sites of work in the gallery, workworkwork will investigate work as physical labor, work as symbolic labor, and work as work. TWO will hire artists for a week and compensate them with Depression-era wages. PwO will publish a volume of analytical/speculative case studies and create an installation of symbolic objects "re-collected" from local communities of material and symbolic exchange. WPC will conduct surveys and a focus group, creating generative inflows to the workworkwork process as well as a broader project archive.

The Work Office (TWO) is a multidisciplinary art project disguised as an employment agency. Modeled on the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the Great Depression in the 1930s, TWO is a gesture to "make work" for visual and performing artists, writers, and others by giving them simple, idea-based assignments to explore, document, or improve daily life in New York. From a temporary central office at BRAC’s gallery, TWO's administrators—Katarina Jerinic and Naomi Miller—interview, register, and hire employees; assign, collect, and exhibit work; and distribute Depression-era wages to artist employees. At the exhibition opening and through an online open call, TWO will recruit artists and others to apply for work to create Bronx-centered projects responding to one of TWO’s assignments. Applications are due January 24 and are followed by interviews. Once hired, artist employees will have a week to complete their assignments. At a Payday Party on February 10, artist employees will be paid $23.50, the weekly wage for an artist in the Federal One Project (the arts division of the WPA). Employees will receive their paychecks and the public will be invited to view their work and learn about the project. Completed assignments will remain on view from February 11-18.

Publicworks Office (PwO) proposes a reassessment of discarded urban objects that have exited the "legitimate" logistical flow of material production (i.e. manufacture-wholesale-retail-landfill distribution) to "re-collect" around informal urban aftermarkets (e.g. the flea market). Through improvised partnerships with local stakeholders, passersby and researchers, principal collaborators Jeff Maki and Alexandra Woolsey Puffer will develop an analytical/speculative case study in an unlimited edition (for re-collection and spontaneous re-circulation by gallery visitors) and an installation of objects re-collected from local communities of material and symbolic exchange. The project is a call for the recovery of objects that tell stories of power, and an intersecting investigation of the spaces, policies and practices through which individuals inhabit and transform the City of New York.

In its current incarnation, Work Progress Collective (WPC) functions as an agency interested in the present state of socio-statistic data of jobs, employment and work; exploring the possibility that each term can exist as mutually exclusive of the other(s). Administering a variety of questions through surveys and a focus groups, Erica Leone, Felisia Tandiono and Heather M. O’Brien of WPC engage South Bronx residents throughout local neighborhood areas of commerce, social and cultural activity (e.g., libraries, grocery stores, schools, churches, etc.). WPC research findings serve as a beginning form of community engagement, as foundational project archive materials, as well as a source of local information to feed the broader collective project, workworkwork. Public opinion research findings and the WPC archive will be displayed during the length of the exhibition. Gallery visitors are invited to contribute their responses to the questionnaire available at WPC’s office corner within the gallery.

Poster design by Vivian Sming

Hegemony is a hard word to pronounce.
December 12 - 17, 2011

Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91355

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 8PM - 10PM

Featured Artists: Heisue Chung, Roslyn Cohen, Jamora Crawford, Jason Roberts Dobrin, Pall Haukur, Elin Lennox, Heather M. O'Brien, Minha Park, Daney Saylor, Vivian Sming, Rowan Smith

© Heather M. O'Brien, 2011

hope that you enjoy the show.

Heather M. O'Brien
December 3 - 10, 2011

Lime Gallery
California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 6:30PM - 8:30PM

The Camera Club of New York Benefit Auction 2011

CCNY Annual Benefit Event
November 7, 2011
6- 8 PM

25 Central Park West
(corner of 62nd Street)

Featuring work by emerging and established photographers, including:

Mariette Pathy Allen / Rachel Barrett / Jacqueline Bates / Matthew Baum / Michael Berkowitz / Per Billgren / Anita Blank / Timothy Briner / Jesse Burke / Eric William Carroll / Sean Carroll / James Casebere / Lindsey Castillo / Jesse Chan / Vincent Cianni / Annabel Clark / Margarida Correia / Megan Cump / Pradeep Dalal / Bobby Davidson / Allison Davies / Isaac Diggs / Maureen Drennan / Emile Hyperion Dubuisson / Mark Fernandes / Larry Fink / Lauren Fleishman / Martine Fougeron / Jona Frank / Fryd Frydendahl / Theresa Ganz / Anders Goldfarb / Curtis Hamilton / Jason Hanasik / Daniel Handal / Kara Hayden / Jeanne Hilary / Francine Hofstee / Henry Horenstein / Michi Jigarjian / Erica Leone / Sze Tsung Leong / David Levinthal / Sam Levinthal / Wayne Liu / Feng Lu / Ryan MacFarland / Jerome Mallmann / Chris McCaw / Jo Meer / Dana Miller / Azikiwe Mohammed / Paolo Morales / Keren Moscovitch / Laurel Nakadate / Katherine Newbegin / Lori Nix / Heather M. O’Brien / Brayden Olson / Alice O’Malley / Cara Phillips / Libby Pratt / Richard Renaldi / Mauro Restiffe / Saul Robbins / Caren Rosenblatt / Michael Schmelling / Tina Schula / Manjari Sharma / Aline Smithson / John Stanley / Chad States / Amy Stein / Joni Sternbach / Motohiro Takeda / Maureen Testa / Sally Tosti / William Wegman / Randy West / Grant Willing / Jessica Yatrofsky / Rona Yefman / Pinar Yolaçan / Arin Yoon

All proceeds go to The Camera Club of New York (CCNY), a non-profit 501(c)3 arts organization that has been nurturing talented photographers since 1884.

Shifting Communities
On View September 09, 2011 – February 18, 2012

Bronx River Art Center
2064 Boston Road
Bronx, NY 10460

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Friday: 3PM - 6:30PM
Saturday: 12PM - 5PM

Bronx River Art Center is proud to announce its 2011-2012-exhibition program: Shifting Communities--featuring four exhibitions and an ongoing schedule of lectures, presentations, and workshops.

Shifting Communities highlights dynamic initiatives in culture and the arts currently at work in the margins of the art world and American society. The goal of this project is to create a paradigm where community-centric contemporary art and artist think-tanks can be a tool for public service; a language for the exploration and investigation of the broader aspects of culture and society; and a magnet that can bring different cultures and ideologies together in order to strengthen a more inclusive definition of community.

Bronx artists: Laura Napier (Social Practice/Video), Nicky Enright (Multimedia/DJ), Hatuey Ramos-Fermin (Installation/Performance), and Christy Speakman (Photography/Sculpture/Video)

Artist Collective Members: Jason Balicki and Jason Eisner (J+J Collective); Ryan Roa, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Adam Brent, Ken Madore, Jonathan Brand, and Rahul Alexander (BroLab); Douglas Paulson, Kerry Downey, Christopher Domenick, Christopher Robbins, Justin Rancourt, Chuck Yatsuk, andJo Q Nelson (Action Club); Heidi Neilson and Natalie Campbell (SP Weather Station); Katarina Jerinic and Naomi Miller (The Work Office); Erica Leone, Heather M. O’Brien, and Felisia Tandiono (Work Progress Collective); Alexandra Woolsey-Puffer and Jeff Maki (Publicworks Office)

Shifting Communities operates multifold: as a roundtable brainstorming series for students, artists, and local residents; as a curatorial/exhibition initiative; and as Bronx-centric social sculpture.

Photowork 2011

The Barrett Art Center
55 Noxon Street
Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601

May 14 - July 14, 2011
Gallery Hours : Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm
Saturday, 11am - 3pm

Opening Reception: Saturday May, 14, 2011, 4pm- 6pm

Curated by Lauren Hinkson, Assistant Curator, Guggenheim Museum

Photowork is a premier regional exhibition of new photographic images. As a National show, this exhibition brings together photographers from across the country with artists from 30 to 40 states represented each year. This year, the exhibit features images showcasing the latest advances in photography and mixed media, as well as work by photographers using more traditional methods.

About the Curator: Prior to the Guggenheim, Lauren Hinkson was senior cataloguer for the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, and was a fellow at the Museum of Art at RISD. She received her degree in Art History and Architecture from Brown University.

© Heather M. O'Brien

Fellowship at Women's Studio Workshop, April 2011

I've spent the last few weeks at Women's Studio Workshop in upstate New York, focusing on a new project and learning letterpress printing. Women's Studio Workshop is a visual arts organization with specialized studios in printmaking, hand papermaking, ceramics, letterpress printing, photography, and book arts. The organization was founded in 1974 by four women artists, Ann Kalmbach, Tatana Kellner, Anita Wetzel, and Barbara Leoff Burge. Committed to developing an alternative space for artists to create new work and share skills, WSW programs are centered on the artistic process and often informed by feminist values. Today WSW offers the only visual arts residency in the United States solely for women. Since establishing the Artist in Residence (AIR) Program in 1979, WSW has supported 400 artists from around the world. WSW’s residency programs have had the continuous support of the National Endowment for the Arts since 2002.

WSW's mission is to operate and maintain an artists' workspace that encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, to provide professional opportunities for artists, and to promote programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts.

Image: Michael McKee, one of T&Ns’ founders, leading a discussion in 1970

A conversation about gentrification, displacement, and rent regulation

Presented by Art for Change, Tenants & Neighbors, and Heather M. O’Brien

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Forum: 5:30 - 7pm
Reception to follow

Art for Change Gallery
1699 Lexington Ave (btwn. 106th & 107th St.)
New York, NY 10029

RENEW is a project that begins a dialogue around ideas of displacement, specifically with regard to the rent laws in New York State. The work is a collaborative effort between the artist Heather M. O’Brien and Tenants & Neighbors, a non-profit organization that harnesses tenant power to preserve at-risk affordable housing and to prevent the displacement of low and moderate income people from their homes and communities.

On March 26, 2011, from 5:30pm to 7pm, Art for Change, Tenants & Neighbors, and Heather M. O’Brien will host a forum at the Art for Change gallery in East Harlem. The forum will be an opportunity to discuss and engage with issues surrounding the rent laws in New York State and the fight to preserve rent regulation. The forum will feature several panelists from Harlem and other neighborhoods in NYC who will discuss current issues concerning the possible expiration of the rent laws on June 15, 2011 and what the change could mean for local communities and tenants; several short videos will also screened. The RENEW installation will also be on view. The piece consists of a highly nuanced, multi-media timeline that looks at the struggle for rent regulation from the 1970s to the present, including documents and photographs from the Tenants & Neighbors archive, and audio recordings of tenant leaders and organizers; the work concludes with a contemporary participation montage that highlights the need for solidarity and unity among many different kinds of tenants.

For generations, New York’s tenants have been fighting to preserve rent stabilization and tenant rights against efforts by the organized landlord lobby to weaken tenant protections. This coming year is one of the most important years in that fight because New York’s rent laws, which allow for the continued existence of rent stabilization and rent control in New York City and its suburban counties, are set to expire on June 15, 2011. If the rent laws are allowed to expire, over a million units of rent regulated housing could be converted to market rate or luxury housing, and the tenants who live in those apartments would lose protections from speculative rent increases and from baseless or retaliatory eviction. This could end up changing the face of our communities and eroding our rights.

The forum will be followed by a reception for Art for Change and the New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition, to help them raise the money they need for their campaign to defend and strengthen the rent laws.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Hinterland Art Space
3254 Walnut St. Denver, CO, 80205
March 25 - April 21, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday, March 25, 6-11pm
1st Friday Reception: April 1, 6-10pm
Closing Reception: Thursday, April 21, 6-10pm

Exhibiting artists include: T. John Hughes, Rebekah Rocha, Rett Rogers, Timothy C. Flood, Thomas Carr, Sarah Buckius, Stephen Cardinale, Susan R. Goldstein, Terri Bell, Norman Broomhall, Nicole Craine, Mark DeRespinis, Janelle Pietrzak, Gene Wheeler, Evan Blackstock, Ellen Jantzen, Dmitri Obergfell, Mariana Vieira, Jody Akers, Heather M. O'Brien, and Jean Albus

The term HINTERLAND originates in the German language, has been incorporated into the english vocabulary and means: Beyond what is visible or known. Reflecting on our name, HINTERLAND is explicitly featuring artists who work with extravagant and coherent visions. The art we highlight plays and seduces with compelling concepts within the roam of contemporary art. HINTERLAND show artists who practice in a variety of mediums, including: painting, photography, sculpture, video, and design. Down the Rabbit Hole will be held in conjunction with the Month of Photography Denver (MOP) which was founded by Mark Sink in 2009. MOP is a celebration of fine art photography through collaborative public events throughout Denver for the month of March 2011.

Fellowship at The Camera Club of New York

The Camera Club of New York provides residencies and fellowships to emerging photographers living in New York City. These programs include much-needed workspace (darkrooms, studio, digital) at the CCNY space in midtown as well as access to the CCNY community and programs. I look forward to beginning a CCNY fellowship in March 2011. For more information about CCNY and its programs please visit: www.cameraclubny.org

Year Zero
2010 Studio LLC Exhibition

Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Queens, NY 11432
January 26 - March 26, 2011

Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 26, 6-8PM

"The artists participating in the 2010 Studio LLC program were under 30 at the time of application, and within three years of their most recent degree. Most are in their late twenties. Not only does their work represent a cross-section of the diverse artistic practices currently co-existing in the New York art world, but it represents the point of view of a specific generation." - Curator, Louise Barry

Year Zero is a review of artists’ works participating in the 2010 Studio LLC program at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. The program teaches artists to explore their studio practices, identify their professional goals, and create a long-term plan for accomplishing them. Twenty-one artists were selected to participate in a year-long series of seminars on topics including financial management, grant seeking, working with emerging curators, filing taxes as an artist, and networking. This exhibition is the final piece in a series various seminars and workshops.

Exhibiting artists include: Carla Aspenberg, Lydia Bell, Kate Burnet & Dan Woerner, Michelle Carollo, Nicole S. Fernandez, Jocelyn M. Goode, Cosme Herrera, Nung-Hsin Hu, Jae Kyung Kim, Wayne Liu, Graham McNamara, Heather M. O'Brien, Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz, Gabriela Salazar, Yasmine Soiffer, Mark Lawrence Stafford, Chad Stayrook, Felisia Tandiono, Christine Wang, Jinjoo Yang

© Susann Nuernberger (diptych)

Moment of Recognition

Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery
School of the International Center of Photography
1114 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd street, NYC
January 15 - March 20, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday, January 21, 6-8PM

Moment of Recognition is an exploration of portraiture in the new millennium. Intrigued by what is revealed when a split-second in time is captured, curator Amy Arbus looked for subjects that were in motion, either physically or emotionally. Included in the prints on view are images of reality TV star wannabes, male escorts, survivors of genocide, Hasidic Jews in Williamsburg, self-portraits, and functional as well as dysfunctional families. This new generation of photographers combine various genres such as reportage and lifestyle to reinvent portraiture and create pictures uniquely their own. Each of the portraits implies a narrative or inspires the viewer to create one. Arbus writes in her statement, “In curating this exhibition I chose photographs that were strangely familiar despite the fact that I had never seen them before. It was as though I was meeting an old friend for the first time.”

Exhibiting artists include: Myriam Abdelaziz, Michele Asselin, Keziban Barry, Joan Lobis Brown, Stefen Chow, Susan Falzone, Benjamin Heller, Sara Manzoor, Calli McCaw, Susann Nuernberger, Heather M. O'Brien, Donna Ruskin, Robin Siegel, Beth Van Hoeven, Mindy Veissid, and Jim Wilson


Art for Change Gallery
1699 Lexington Avenue, NYC
On view January 14, 2011 – April 2, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday, January 14, 7-11PM

(dis)located will focus on the concept of displacement as it functions locally to exclude various groups of people. The exhibition will explore the psychological damages created by the constraints of exclusion as a product of homelessness, sexual orientation, immigration, economic status, gentrification, and ethnic or racial identity, among others. Feelings of being “dislocated,” whether actual or metaphorical, and its effects on groups such as, but not limited to, homeless LGBT youth, residents forced out of their neighborhoods due to gentrification and rising rents, or Muslims excluded by rising anti-Islamic sentiment, will perhaps identify a common thread of experience. Furthermore, the show will work to highlight the similarities between the experiences of these "exiles" in order to foster connections between seemingly disparate people. Ultimately, the aim of this exhibition is to open a dialogue to collectively empower these newly built coalitions to lead to further activism.

RENEW is a project featured in the (dis)located exhibition that touches on ideas of displacement, specifically with regard to the rent laws in New York State. The work is a collaborative effort between artist Heather M. O’Brien and Tenants & Neighbors, a non-profit organization that harnesses tenant power to preserve at-risk affordable housing and to prevent the displacement of low and moderate income people from their homes and communities.

Working in several contexts and mixing imagery, text, audio and pieces from the Tenants & Neighbors photo archive, RENEW addresses the intricacies of the history to defend and strengthen the rent laws in New York, what it could mean for neighborhoods and tenants if the current laws are not extended in 2011, and why there is an urgent need for all New York’s tenants to be united in the effort to defend our rent regulated housing. Presented in the exhibition is a highly nuanced, multi-media timeline that looks at the struggle for rent regulation from the 1940s to the present; the piece concludes with a contemporary montage that encourages viewer participation and highlights the need for solidarity and unity among many different kinds of tenants.

For more information on the project please visit: renew2011.tumblr.com

Essex featured in Photo Center Northwest time lapse video


Silvermine Guild Arts Center
1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, CT

Curated by Brian Clamp
November 14 - December 23, 2010
Gallery hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 12-5PM, Sunday: 1-5PM

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 14, 2–4PM

The Silvermine Guild Arts Center, located in New Canaan, CT will present the sixth edition of SPECTRA, a national triennial exhibition celebrating the art of photography. The exhibit will run from November 14 through December 23, 2010. The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, November 14 from 2pm to 4pm. Photographic imagery today is as diverse in content, meaning and viewpoint as all the wavelengths of light that form those images. SPECTRA ’10 represents a collection of the best current work being done in photography, and expresses a visual statement about the medium today. This year’s curator is Brian Clamp, owner and director of ClampArt, a gallery in Chelsea, New York City specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on photography.

About Brian Clamp
Brian Clamp opened ClampArt in 2000 after completing an MFA in Critical Studies in Modern Art at Columbia University. Aside from exhibitions at his own gallery space, Clamp has curated numerous photography shows at various venues throughout the United States, and has reviewed photographers’ portfolios on dozens of panels over the past several years. Clamp is the author of numerous publications on American art, and also occasionally contributes written work to various art periodicals.

About Silvermine Guild Arts Center
Silvermine Guild Arts Center is one of the oldest artist communities in the United States. Located on a four acre campus, the center is comprised of a nationally renowned artist guild, award winning school of art offering multi-disciplinary art classes and producing over twenty contemporary exhibitions annually. The center also provides innovative arts education in Norwalk and Stamford schools through its outreach program, Art Partners, and hosts a lecture series and special programs throughout the year. Silvermine Guild Arts Center is a nonprofit organization.

Installation view, Essex
Photography Now: EITHER/AND Part II: The New Docugraphics
The Center of Photography at Woodstock

WPC at the Dumbo Arts Festival

September 24–26, 2010
45 Main Street, Suite 830, Brooklyn, NY
Exhibition Open Hours: Friday: 6–9PM, Saturday & Sunday: 12–6PM

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 25, 6–8PM

Artists Katarina Jerinic and Naomi Miller, Brooklyn Arts Council Regrant recipients, are pleased to announce the third run of their project The Work Office (TWO) during the Dumbo Arts Festival from September 24th–26th, 2010.

TWO‘s current employees are: Michael Berens, Rebecca Blakley, Tess Elliot Catalano, Jano Cortijo,Carrie Crow, Andy Dayton, Carey Denniston, Cat Del Buono, Carloyn Dinshaw & Marget Long, JeanAnn Douglass, Emilie Esders, Meg Franklin, Harvey Loves Harvey, Raquel Hecker, Alexa Hoyer, Carey Kirkella & Pete Riesett, Justine Lee-Mills, Becca Lofchie, Mark Lozier, Alicia Mountain, Elsbeth Pancrazi, Sarah Nicole Phillips, Ari Richter, Diana Santiago, Eliza Stamps, Robin Wachsberger, Justice Whitaker, Julia Wilson, and Work Progress Collective (Erica Leone, Heather M. O'Brien, and Felisia Tandiono).

Their work will be celebrated during a Payday Party on Saturday, September 25th from 6–8 pm. At the Payday Party, a paycheck will be distributed to each employee for $23.50, once the weekly wage for an artist in the Federal One Project, the arts division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The event is free and open to the public.

Selected from a pool of applicants in the New York City area, the artists were hired for one week, from September 13th–20th, to complete their response to a TWO assignment. The artist/employees’ assignments, such as documenting a need for repairs, making a regional travel guide for a block or neighborhood, reinterpreting a newspaper photograph, or giving a concert for a houseplant, will be on view at the TWO office during the Dumbo Arts Festival from September 24th–26th, and on the TWO website thereafter.

The Work Office (TWO) is a collaborative, multidisciplinary art project disguised as an employment agency. Informed by the WPA of the Great Depression in the 1930s, TWO is a gesture to “make work” for visual and performing artists, writers, and others by giving them simple, idea-based assignments that explore, document, and improve daily life in New York.

WPC is featured in the Fall issue of whitewall Magazine

Floating World

The Gallery at Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island

September 10 – October 10, 2010
Hours: Fridays: 11AM – 4:30PM; Saturday and Sundays: 11AM – 6PM

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 12, 3PM - 5PM

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is pleased to present Floating World, a group exhibition of works created by the visual artists-in-residence in the inaugural session of Swing Space in Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island. Each of the artists who participated in this residency session has been influenced by their time on the Island, as well as the daily voyage there and back. The collection of works presented in Floating World will reveal the artists’ diverse processes from photography to video to sculpture and installation. Some work directly interprets aspects of the landscape, the seascape, the architecture, topography, and history of the Island, while other work demonstrates the exciting response to an intense period of time in-residence on this “Floating World.”

Featuring: Jae Hi Ahn, Rachel Bacon, Ouida Biddle, Jessica Bruah, David Colosi, Jessica Feldman, Jenn Figg, The Friendly Falcons and Their Friend the Snake, Moo Kwon Han, Wojciech Gilewicz, GH Hovagimyan, The Shining Mantis, Sungmi Lee, Sunghee Pae, Birgit Rathsmann, Larry Shea, Hidemi Takagi, Work Progress Collective (Erica Leone, Heather M. O'Brien, and Felisia Tandiono), Chin Chih Yang, and Maeung Gyun You.

Floating World is curated by Erin Donnelly and Melissa Levin.

Present Tense

August 6 - September 17, 2010
Photographic Center Northwest
900 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Curated by Denise Wolff

The exhibition title, Present Tense, refers to state of the medium today. In recent times, we have heard intense debate about the direction of photography: questions about the future of the medium, the threat of potential extinction of the physical book, cynical commentaries that originality is a thing of the past. Ms. Wolff selected projects to counter these concerns. Denise Wolff is a photo book editor, known for her work with both contemporary and historic photography. Prior to joining Aperture last year, she worked at Phaidon Press. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work on many beautiful books with various photographers, including Martin Parr, Eugene Richards, and Stephen Shore.

Exhibiting artists include: Adam Satushek, Alex Leme, Carl Wooley, Chikara Umihara, Chris Letcher, Ellen Rennard, Erin Nicole Johnson, Heather M. O'Brien, Kireilyn Barber, Landon Nordeman, Mark Daughhetee, Matthew Besinger, Michael ten Pas, Sari Wynne, Steven Beckly, Tony Chirinos, Virginia Wilcox, Yoko Ikeda


BADCAT Mobile 1
223 West 10th St. (b/w Hudson and Bleeker)

July 29- August 5, 2010
Hours: 11-6 daily, including Sunday
Opening Reception: July 29, 6-9pm

Artists: Molly Dilworth, Bettina Johae, Ben Gancsos, Robert Ransick, Abigail Simon, Marina Zurkow, and Work Progress Collective (Erica Leone, Heather M. O'Brien, Felisia Tandiono)

Curated by Abigail Simon

SPECULATIVE TOPOGRAPHIES examines the relationship between the surfaces of the world and the descriptive technologies and methodologies use to map it. The ideal of the Map is a sacred relic of Enlightment thinking: objective, rational, standardized and above all “REAL”. Yet, maps were crafted by cartographers, who produced documents that supported the commercial and strategic aims of their state and mercantile employers. How to imagine the world---indeed the real---in the era of Google Earth?

Rather than produce one definitive map of the world, Google offers multiple interpretations of the earth’s geography. The artists in SPECULATIVE TOPOGRAPHIES are actively engaging with the challenges of this shift in how we imagine ourselves and our world, and its impact on our potential to reinvent our possible futures.

The Brooklyn Association for the Development of Camera-based Art and Theory (BADCAT). BADCAT is a networked collective of over 70 artists working in all media (including photographs) who are committed to expanding the notion of the “photographic image”. In monthly salons, online and meat-space exhibitions and collaborations, BADCAT` is a forum for the presentation and production of hybrid works of any and all pedigree.

Photography Now: EITHER/AND Part II: The New Docugraphics

July 24 - August 29, 2010
The Center for Photography at Woodstock
59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498

Curated by Lesley A. Martin, Aperture Foundation

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 24, 5-7pm

This year’s installment of CPW's annual Photography Now exhibition goes beyond the typical survey of contemporary photography and departs from its traditional format in the spirit of giving full credence to the medium’s pluralities.

Ms. Martin invites us to consider, "What defines contemporary practice? What is it and what do we value in it? On one hand, we encounter a staunch defense of "reality-based" photography via traditional film and camera optics; on the other, an increase in the use of photographs – staged, found, and digitally remixed – both strategies drawn from among many out of the quiver of contemporary art."

In organizing this years Photography Now installment, she proposes that we are no longer served by a zero-sum approach of "either/or" to the medium, but rather, "either/and".

Exhibiting artists include: Cynthia Bittenfield, Tony Chirinos, Natan Dvir, Thomas Gardiner, Mike Mergen, Heather M. O’Brien, Brook Reynolds, Christina Seely, Eric White, and Jennifer Wilkey.

Image Credit: © Ed Doty 2009

Persistence of Vision Part I: RECOMBINANT NOSTALGIAS

BADCAT Mobile 1
223 West 10th St. (b/w Hudson and Bleeker)

July 20-27, 2010
Hours: 11-6 daily, including Sunday
Opening Reception: July 20, 6-9pm

Artists: Eva Davidova, Ed Doty, Wayne Liu, Heather M. O'Brien, Felisia Tandiono, and Paula Winograd

Curated by Abigail Simon

At the same moment that Photography itself has been declared "dead" and "dying", its dismembered and dematerialized corpse is mysteriously reappearing in the central nervous system, the structural body and the re-animating spirit of other practices ---painting, sculpture, architecture, installation.

These artists reject the notion of the photographic as an evidentiary practice carrying descriptions of a world composed of facts and solids. Using diverse practices ranging from self-reflexion to appropriation, installation to digital manipulation, they bypass rational thinking with cognitive transformations so forceful they verge on violence. These diverse practices are united by a shared interest in the idea of “moment”, and by a desire to re-imagine the narrative of time and spatial relations so that the surfaces of the world are reconfigured to reflect a more internal, less quotidian real.

BADCAT mobile 1 is a pop-up gallery manifested by the Brooklyn Association for the Development of Camera-based Art and Theory (BADCAT). BADCAT is a network of over 70 international artists working in all media (including photographs).

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Open Studios on Governors Island

Opening Weekend
Saturday June 5 & Sunday June 6, 2010

Housed in a former munitions warehouse on the northern shore of Governors Island adjacent to the ferry dock, Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center provides space to artists in LMCC's Swing Space residency program for the development and presentation of new projects in the visual and performing arts. With 20 visual arts studios, two rehearsal studios, and an exhibition space, all with stunning views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor, Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center offers a unique experience for artists and audiences alike.

The New York Times recent article about Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island