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A stunning capture from "Polymorph," Jenny Sabin Studios' work composed of 1400 digitally produced and hand cast ceramic components. Photo courtesy of Jenny Sabin Studios.
A stunning capture from “Polymorph,” Jenny Sabin Studios’ work composed of 1400 digitally produced and hand cast ceramic components. Photo courtesy of Jenny Sabin Studios.

Our favorite local experimental architecture shop, the studio of Jenny Sabin (with whom Roberta did an interview in 2011 when she had a commission for the American Philosophical Society) just won a gigantic honor with their victory in Overlay, the thirty-third annual ArchitecturalLeague Prize for Young Architects + Designers! Jenny herself is giving a lecture in NYC this Thursday, June 26, followed by an exhibition opening and reception at the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries at Parsons The New School for Design. Admission is free for League members and $10 for non-members.

via Little Berlin – Not that this should be a surprise to anyone, but it turns out that the “trial” held during the opening ceremonies of Plato’s Porno Cave on Friday, June 13th was declared a mistrial. Reasons include The secondary trial they’ve rigged up on June 27 from 8 PM-1 AM is another chance to see bureaucracy, surrealism and revelry in action. There are copious photos from opening night, and a teaser video for the retrial. If you missed the first one, go get your Apollonian or Dionysian side on….

Kudos to the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, who just won a $240,000 grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage! This prize is going towards Strange Currencies, an exhibition on the unorthodox, non-institutional artistic practices in Mexico City in the 1990s.

 Andrew Simonet is not one to just sit back and take the stereotype of the starving artist lying down. This week, he’s launching his new book Making Your Life as an Artist, a free downloadable and paperback that is a rally for artist survival with tons of thank yous to artists just for being artists. So far, 600 artists have downloaded it, even though it hasn’t gone public yet, and its hashtag #unstarvingartist is starting to take off as well. A friend of ours and founding member of Headlong Dance Company, Andrew sat down for a podcast with us and David Brick, another Headlong founder, a couple years back.




A fast reminder for slow art: The call for entries for Strange Figurations is nearing its June 30 deadline. Held by SlowArt Productions, Strange Figurations is bringing all interpretations of that concept, whether surreal, visionary or extraordinary, to Limner Gallery from September 11 – October 4. The competition is open to all artists, national and international, working in all media. Wall mounted works must not be taller than 72″ no wider than 120″.  Sculptural work must fit through a 36″ wide entry door. Winning artists are featured in a group exhibition at the Limner Gallery and also displayed on the Limner Gallery web site. One artist gets a two page display in Direct Art Volume #22, Fall 2015 issue; two artists will be awarded a single page display. All works in the show must be for sale, the gallery takes a 30 percent commission on all sales, and sale price is determined by the artist.

 Artists from all locations are invited to apply to the Queens Museum’s Studio Program. The application deadline is July 7. Here, studio artists have 24-hour access to their studios and two adjacent lounge areas, plus a monthly meeting of all participants, six scheduled studio visits a year, and open studios that coincide with exhibition openings at the Queens Museum. If you’re planning on checking it out, the address is:

Queens Museum

NYC Building

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Queens, NY 11368

Important dates to keep in mind:

July 7: Application deadline; click here for application

August 4–10: Finalist interviews

August 15: Artists informed

October 1: Studios available for occupancy

Studio monthly fees:

550 sq ft studio = 350 USD/month

350 sq ft studio = 225 USD/month

Fees go towards studio program administrative costs and maintenance.

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The cover image from Bay Hallowell's new show "Marginalia." Photo courtesy of the artist.
The cover image from Bay Hallowell’s new show “Marginalia.” Photo courtesy of the artist.

Bay Hallowell has a lush new exhibition, titled MARGINALIA: Recent Prints, in the West Gallery of the Santa Barbara Public Library during the month of July.  There’s a Thursday reception on July 3, from 5 to 8 PM.

A chilling shot from "Redheaded Peckerwood," by Christian Patterson. Photo courtesy of the artist.
A chilling shot from “Redheaded Peckerwood,” by Christian Patterson. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Christian Patterson, whose work appeared in Of the Ordinary at PPAC a while ago, has a tremendous monograph exhibition that just closed out its run in Cleveland but is very much available in print form. Redheaded Peckerwood, based on the tragedy of Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate’s infamous killing spree, is Christian Patterson’s second monograph and won the 2012 Arles Rencontres Author Book Award.

Yevgeniy Fiks has an intriguing show that just opened at First Floor Gallery Harare in Harare, Zimbabwe. Its premise hones in on the extremely unexplored territory of the representation of Africans and African-Americans in Soviet visual culture.  The Wayland Rudd Collection is a collaborative project, containing over 200 Soviet images (paintings, movie stills, posters, graphics, etc.) of Africans and African-Americans spanning from the 1920s to the 1980s, and the responses to them by contemporary artists and academics.