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Hay Qua! That’s NEAAT Mini-Fest

Posted in Uncategorized by Audrey Tran on June 26, 2009

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When interviewing others,  I try to ask people about their backgrounds to get a deeper understanding of the people I’m talking to.  Well, I’ve just been asked to do the same thing for a gathering of Vietnamese Americans in NYC at the Hay Qua! Mini Fest tomorrow.  Come out to the event if you’re free!  Tickets are still available and the list of speakers has also grown.  While I plan to talk about my experiences as a young blogger, others from a range of creative industries will speak about their passions in food, fashion, publishing, film, design, and more.  Also, if you’ve become a fan of banh mi, this mini-fest will be a real treat. Hope to see you there!

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The Tree Project

Posted in Uncategorized by Audrey Tran on June 25, 2009

Hiroshi Sunairi has been asking dozens of participants from  across the world to plant Hibaku seeds for his latest art piece, titled, Tree Project. Hibaku seeds come from trees that miraculously survived the atomic bomb in Hiroshima 60 years ago.  For the artist, this project is about sharing “the pleasure of growing plants,” with those who are interested. To participate, anyone can simply email the artist directly at treeprojects@gmail.com.

The Tree Project blog documents the sprouts’ progress –from Sunairi’s distribution of the seeds, to emerging sprouts in the care of participants. Visit the site to hear beautiful stories revolving around theses seeds and new pictures of the developing trees.  I have also been recruited by Hiroshi for this piece, and last week, my seedling finally made its way out of the soil.

What name should I give it?

What name should I give it?

This specific plant is a from the Persimmon tree and has a unique way of sprouting at the neck for several days.

Sunairi will exhibit documentation of the seeds’ growth along with the young seedlings in a show at the NY Horticultural Society next December.

Alan Sonfist’s Time Landscape

Posted in Uncategorized by Audrey Tran on June 18, 2009

Alan Sonfist Time Landscape The Time Landscape sits peacefully on the corner of LaGuardia Place and Houston Street, as busy walkers bustle around it everyday.   I’ve overlooked this earthwork for the past four years, perhaps because at first glance, it seems like any other  fenced garden, only a bit overgrown.  It’s also situated right next door to another community garden full of vegetables and neatly tended flowers.  However, Sonfist’s work asks viewers to think of their environment in ways that a normal garden doesn’t.

This fenced plot, installed in ’78, holds a “primeval forest,” made up of Pre-colonial plants that inhabited Manhattan before settlers began transforming it into the concrete landscape we know today. With this in mind, I see Sonfist’s piece as an intervention in daily life, much like a  living timecapsule that holds live objects.   Unlike others in the 1960’s Land Art Movement, Sonfist created an earthwork that exists alongside nature instead of in domination of it.

I took these photos this past weekend.  On image.google  there are a few dozen pictures that capture the landscape as a whole, but  here, I’ve decided to post images that show some of the intimate details of the Time Landscape.  Regardless of what pictures you might see, every New Yorker should visit this piece at least once.

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While taking these pictures, I found myself stooping awkwardley around the fence to get scenes of the landscapes interior, but I realize now that it must have been Sonfist’s intention to view the landscape in conjunction with the world around it.

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On View at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

Posted in Exhibits by Audrey Tran on June 10, 2009

Among the 30 artists in Ronald Feldman Fine Arts’ latest show, BLACK&WHITEWORKS, I came across several artists whose bodies of work draw attention to the environment. Currently, the gallery holds a large photograph documenting Mierle Laderman Ukelese’s performance, Touch Sanitation. trucks-01 In this piece, the artist explores our view of sanitation workers by greeting 8,500 NY workers face-to-face and shaking their hands.  She would also say, “Thank you for keeping New York City alive,” while greeting the workers.  Critic, Robert C. Morgan called this, “art as gesture, art as circumstance within an appointed system or any designated structure,” in 1982. Morgan explains in his article that Ukelese  was trying to change the stereotypical perception of the people who clean New York City.  beuys Also on view is Joseph Beuys’ woodcut titled Large Glacier Thaw, which carries a completely different tone.  This piece was especially interesting to me because of my recent writing on David Kennedy-Cutler’s Antarctica sculptures.  This simple monochromatic print also created an ominous mood as I began thinking of the numerous studies released on global warming and rising sea levels this year.  Curiously, Beuys made this print in 1952, long before our society’s awareness of such problems.  It’s also interesting to note that before Beuys became an artist, he studied science with a deep inclination towards animals and plants, which would make their way into his later performance based works.   Regretfully, I missed Roxy Paine’s “post-apocalyptic naturescape” at the Met this year, but I was very happy to see one of his Dendroid drawings also included in this show.

For those of you who enjoy earth-minded art, but hate going to art exhibits that focus entirely on the environment, this show is definitely worth seeing, as it places green works into a larger conversation.       

 

BLACK&WHITEWORKS is at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 31 Mercer Street in New York.  The group exhibition will be on view from June 6 to July 31, 2009.  

 


BUSHWICK Open Studios

Posted in Uncategorized by Audrey Tran on June 7, 2009

Here are some green and eco conscious highlights from this year’s Bushwick Open Studios.  I didn’t get to go to all of these, but they sound great.   More information on filmmaker, Josh Fox’s work.  Aurora Robson’s bio/statement. And some notes here on the featured artists at Nurture Art, INC.  See the shows, soon!  

 

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