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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Ken Butler and Perry Hoberman @ artMovingProjects

166 N.12th St, between Bedford and Berry Sts., Williamsburg (917-301-6680, 917-301-0306).
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.Thu-Sun, 1pm - 6pm
Opening 7-9 Opening Saturday September 8th - October 14th

Ken Butler

Drawing and Driving

Ken Butler re-visits a childhood obsession with exotic racing car prototypes and model building and presents a 40ft. slot car track along with a stable of 1/32nd scale “hybrid” slot cars constructed from found objects.

In addition, a suite of detailed drawings elaborate this theme, along with other works that extend the artist’s ongoing exploration of sound and image installations.
Bicycles, pianos, projectors, musical chairs, racing cars, and
dinosaurs are subjected to transformation and re-construction.

Also, the artist presents a sit-down race-driving simulator
(with steering wheel and pedals) utilizing a Playstation 2 and Gran
Turismo 4.

While in high school in Portland, Oregon, the artist won a
first-in-state award from The Fischer Body Company Craftsman’s Guild
for the design and construction of a sports car prototype, laboriously
carved from sugar pine. He had dreams of going to Europe to work with
high-end automobile design firms like Pininfarina, Bertone, Zagato, and
the like.

Project Space

Perry Hoberman

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

art talks Sept 10 - Marina Zurkow + Joe McKay

Pace Digital Gallery is pleased to host an evening with 2 new media artists - Marina Zurow and Joe McKay.

Monday Sept 10, 6:30pm. Room 313, 163 William Street (between Beekman and Ann Streets), New York, NY, 10038.
This event is free and open to the public, please join us!
inquiries: jmcdonald2 at | click for more info, map, directions

::Marina Zurkow creates animated, psychologically infused narratives, which push cartoons beyond the classic perpendicular screen into physical environments. These have at times been interactive, embedded in objects, embodied as mascots; exhibited on multi-screens, DVD, mobile devices, and as immersive installations. Her investigations into character, nonlinear fictions, site, and audience all use pop languages as a conduit to deeper social engagement. Zurkow is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and currently teaches at NYU.

:: Joe McKay is an artist who makes work with and about digital culture. McKay will discuss his recent works, "Cell Phone Sculptures" and "Sunset Solitaire", on the occasion of "Loss of Signal", a solo show at VertexList Gallery, opening on September 7th. McKay is currently in residence at the Headlands Center For the Arts in San Francisco.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Cell phone sculptures by Joe McKay@ VertexList

VertexList space has the pleasure to present “loss of signal”, a solo exhibition
by the new media artist Joe McKay.

A reception will take place on Friday, September 7th 2007 from 7pm - 10pm, with the artist in attendance. The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, October 7th, 2007.

Live demonstration of the “cell phone piano” @ the opening reception.

Joe McKay is an artist/hacker who makes work with and about digital culture. McKay grew up in Ontario, Canada and got his MFA from UC Berkeley. In 2001 McKay participated of the Whitney Independent Study Program and had a two-person collaborative exhibition with Kristin Lucas titled "The Electric Donut". In 2004 Joe had his first solo show at VertexList in Williamsburg, New York. He has shown his work in the Berkshire museum, the National Gallery of Canada, the ICA in San Jose, the Pacific Film Archive, and the New Museum.

Works on display at VertexList include brand new projects including “Cell Phone Sculptures” (an installation Involving crazy contraptions made from old discarded cell phones) and “Sunset Solitaire” (In this performance/video Joe wrote a program that lets him mix the sunset live. He then projects from his computer onto a garage door behind his studio). Also on display UFO 1-7 (manipulated photographs).

Cell phones are contentious little machines. We depend on them to contact our loved ones, or the tow truck. But we hate them too. They make us look silly when they ring during a movie or an artist talk. We both love and resent how connected they make us to everyone else with a cell phone.

So the day you get a new cell phone is a complicated one. The new phone has bells and whistles and good reception – it is without a doubt a "better" phone. But what happens to the object you kept in your pocket all those months, the little machine that vibrated against your thigh and played Santana when your best friend was calling? Do you drive it to Circuit City and toss it into their cell phone recycling bin, telling yourself that you were uneasy about discarding your phone for environmental reasons, and not emotional ones? Or do you leave it in your junk drawer next to your very first cell phone, which still produces a tinge of guilt.The cell phone sculptures give these old phones a second life. Torn apart and recontextualized – they perform new functions. A dog-chewed phone gets to show off its beautiful broken display. Two flip phones become telegraph sounders. Four phones combine to make a musical keyboard. And so on.

In Sunset Solitaire, I perform a one man game with the setting sun. The sunset has a decided advantage, it has access to all the colours that the human eye can distinguish, and a horizon that stretches forever. I have access to a four year old Eiki projector, an old Macintosh laptop with specialized hardware, and the side of a barn. But I have skills, and give the sunset a good run for its money. The game lasts for 35 minutes, starting at a point when there is so much light that the projector does not make much of an image, to complete darkness. In between there are some moments when I come pretty close.

The piece was performed over five nights in the Fall of 2006, facing San Francisco bay. After each night I would re-write the software for the next attempt. I filmed the performance on the fifth night.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Artist's Park in Chelsea

Artist's Park is a site specific project by Scot Kaplan. Most likely the smallest park in the world (3x3') has opened for visitors on 24th street between 10 and 11th avenues. "This one square yard of green space is a place to put your feet in the grass as a respite from the surrounding tumult."

This Thursday August 30, 2007 at 7:00pm Artist’s Park, a site-specific installation 
by Scot Kaplan, is being honored by a ribbon cutting ceremony
marking the parks establishment and availability to the public.
The event will be held at 534 West 24th street on the park grounds with refreshments
served following the ceremony. All are welcome and encouraged to attend,
although turns will have to be taken strolling the park’s grounds.

Update #2:
Everybody loves the park!
New York Post, United Press,,,

Some of the best comments:

This is both awesome and pathetic."

"What is this?? An artist park for ANTS?? c. ZOOLANDER
This is the stupidest thing the city has ever done. A slap in the face to the whole art community."

"Can a homeless person (a former artist) sleep there at night?"


Tuesday, August 07, 2007

vertices @ Galapagos

A summer showcase of short pieces from the people of vertexList.
Nice and fun, Bit Shifter and Jamie Allen are going to play live, special banner project by
Charles Beronio, video installation by Katja Loher; come over if you are in NY!
selections of short works @
GALAPAGOS, 70 north 6th st, Williamsburg
tel: 718 782 5188
Sunday, August 12, 7 - 9.30pm,
free admission
organized by Willis Baxter Johnson

featuring short pieces by:

Lalo Molina
Matt Freedman
Joe McKay
Jilliam Mcdonald
Scot Kaplan
Kristin Lucas
Carlo Zanni
Lee Arnold
Aron Namenwirth
Zachary Biberstine
Marcin Ramocki
Roddy Bogawa
Paul Slocum

Kara Hearn

Billy Bob on tour!

Billy Bob Thornton is on tour with his band following the release of a fourth album, "Beautiful Door". Anyone for August 31st at the Deerfoot Inn in Calgary?
Sadly, no New York show.
Click for schedule and more info

German TV mini-documentary

Short and sweet German documentary featuring Jillian Mcdonald, Billy Bob, and Zombies. By Stephan Mueller, New York.
"VirtuelleLiebe" - Kulturzeit, Channel ZDF/3sat (Germany), aired February 14th, 2007
Check it out

Friday, August 03, 2007

Summer A.I.R @ vertexList: Scot Kaplan

vertexList has the pleasure to announce our summer resident artist: Scot Kaplan.
To make a studio visit appointment please call 646 258 3792 or email info(at)

30 Cakes, video
Running time approx 4 minutes

In the video 30 Cakes artist Scot Kaplan has asked thirty women of varying ages and ethnicities to select a cake, present it to him, and hit him with it.

Scot Kaplan has lived and worked across the United States since receiving his MFA in sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania. The forms that his artwork’s take range from experiencial installations, to multimedia interactive objects, to performance and video. He has exhibited widely both across the US and internationally most recently with his piece Control Room which debuted in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2006. Mr. Kaplan currently holds an Assistant Professor of Fine Art position at The Ohio State University

Some additional information about Scot Kaplan, as well as published reviews of his work and video excerpts can be found at the following web addresses.