Naomi Reis, class of 2005, at Mixed Greens NYC

"Planted," a new window project, opens next Thur May 29 at Mixed Greens. There will be some painted silhouettes of non-native foliage, real non-native foliage, and fake non-native foliage staged together (a bit awkwardly, as in life.) And some new collages will be available in the Flat File. Up through Aug 29 - please come say hello. 

Coming up this summer, "Back to Eden," a group show with many artists I admire, opens Thur June 26, 6-8pm, at the Museum of Biblical Image. On Tue Aug 5 at 6:30pm, Lina Puerta and I will talk with curator Jennifer Scanlan about "The Garden as Symbol." Participating artists: Lynn Aldrich, Anonda Bell, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Mat Collishaw, Sean Capone, Jim Dine, Mark Dion, Barnaby Furnas, Adam Fuss, Rona Pondick, Lina Puerta, Naomi Reis, Pipilotti Rist, Alexis Rockman, Dana Sherwood, Mary Temple, and Marina Zurkow,  and Fred Tomaselli. 

Links and press release below for more info. Thank you for your support and please keep me updated with your news! 

May 29 - Aug 29, 2014
Opens Thursday May 29, 6-8pm
531 West 26th Street, New York, NY

Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden
June 27 - Sept 28, 2014
1865 Broadway, New York, NY


MFAs in Berlin: "Das stille Leben des Sammlers Kempinskit"

Opening: Sat, May 24, 7-10 pm

Note: The exhibition is held at a private limited-time-only location in Berlin, accessible by RSVP only. Please email the gallery for location: rsvp@thisisexile.com
Das stille Leben des Sammlers Kempinski

You are cordially invited to the final exhibition project by Exile in Berlin and to the inaugural Private Viewing of the imaginary collection of Mr Kempinksi. This exhibition brings together works by over 60 artists, now presented for the very first time for collective viewing.

The New York-based curator Mr Miller and the Berlin-based Mr Siekmeier were asked by Mr. Kempinksi to create a collage of artworks that reflects upon the relationship between art and collecting.

The Kempinski collection is by definition fluctuant and can move freely from one context to the next.

Participating Artists:

Nadja Abt
Joseph Akel
Peggy Ahwesh
Francisco Berna
Douglas Boatwright
Matt Borruso
Matthew Burcaw
Elijah Burgher
Luke Butler
Anders Clausen
T.M. Davy
Mark Dilks
Discoteca Flaming Star
Paul Gabrielli
Robin Graubard
Markus Guschelbauer
Teenie Harris
Frank Hauschildt
Adrian Hermanides
Dan Herschlein
Valentin Hertweck
Benjamin Alexander Huseby
Monika Paulina Jagoda
Stephan Jung
Vytautas Jurevicius
Renata Kaminska
Saman Kamyab
Brenda Ann Kenneally
Kinga Kielczynska
Lisa Kirk
Martin Kohout
Marcus Knupp
Ulrich Lamsfuss
Cary Leibowitz
Hanne Lippard
Katharina Marszewski
Darrin Martin
Rachel Mason
Howard McCalebb
Kazuko Miyamoto
Bob Mizer
Erik Niedling
Hugh O’Rourke
Joel Otterson
Rob Pruitt
Johannes Paul Raether
Annika Rixen
Matteusz Sadowski
Dean Sameshima
Pietro Sanguineti
Fette Sans
Wilken Schade
Jason Seder
Barbara Sullivan
Gwenn Thomas
Goran Tomcic
Rein Vollenga
Jan Wandrag
Fresh White
Tara White
Norbert Witzgall
Carrie Yamaoka

This is Exile's final exhibition project in Berlin before re-opening in a new location in New York's Lower East Side in September.

Link to Facebook Page
Link to "This is Exile" Page 

Animated Architecture presents: Glass House, an outdoor, dual projection video art installation by Daniel O'Neill, curated by Sean Stoops.
WHEN: Thursday - Saturday May 8-10, 8pm - 10pm each night
LOCATION: North Leopard St. just above East Girard Avenue.  The video projections will be visible from the Girard El train platforms and other nearby spots on street level, such as the Seven Eleven.
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In 'Glass House,' video artist Daniel O’Neill presents an invented "x-ray view" of a private home. Two site-specific animated video projections depict imaginary scenes on the top floor exterior walls of the building's deck. The video projections will be visible right after sunset, from the nearby Girard "El" train stop (as trains leave and enter the station) from the north side of the platforms.The project explores privacy and voyeurism in a dense urban community. The inside view is based on memories of the artist’s own childhood home. Nostalgia for a familiar place is projected on the urban landscape.

Animated Architecture: 3D Video Mapping Projections on Historic Philadelphia Sites is a festival of site-specific, outdoor/indoor video art events, usually held at night and screened at various Philadelphia buildings, opening in fall 2013. In spring 2012 Animated Architecture was named as one of thirty-five art project award winners to receive grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge, which funds innovative projects that engage and enrich Philadelphia’s communities. www.animatedarchitecture.org


HEART'S GYMNASTICS Curated by Yevgeniya Baras in NY

EJ Hauser, Melissa Brown, Erin Lee Jones, Yevgeniya Baras, Jackie Tileston, Anna Schachte, Fabienne Lasserre 

Curated by Yevgeniya Baras

Opening: Sat May 31, 6-9 PM
Exhibition Duration: Saturday, May 31-Sunday, June 29th

1665 Norman St,
Ridgewood, NY 11385
(Halsey Stop on the L Train)

(Please see the list of other exhibitions I am in below)


EJ and Yevgeniya had breakfast and talked about Gymnastics. 

Yevgeniya Baras: Heart’s Gymnastics is risking by taking the heart places where upon first consideration it should not go. When looking at work I am interested in someone who is consistently pushing themselves.

EJ Hauser: This makes me think about the fact that I admire artists who are able to be vulnerable, which is a huge requirement to make good work. If you don’t risk something, the return is not going to be the same as if you say: ” I am willing my heart to go places it shouldn’t or knowing it shouldn’t be going there and still willing to do it.”

EJH: A figure doing a back flip in my painting comes from a reoccurring dream I have when I am standing with you in my dream, we are talking, and I am like: “Hey Yevgeniya, look at this and I jump up in the air, flip, and land back on my feet. Then when we think about dreams being in touch with words: “Do back flips” is an expression. “I did back flips over that painting”, for example, or “head over heals”.

YB: I think this idea of gymnastics as an activity most of us don’t usually do but it’s a stand in for a kind of emotional and intellectual stretching; a flexibility.

EJH: It has been said, that a good artist has to be willing to be naked in public. And when we think about the idea of subject matter and content, you have to be willing to put something out there and know that the meaning that someone else gets out of the work belongs to them, and that could be frightening. You have to think about how your broadcast is being received. 

YB: How much great music, theater, amazing art has been misread? What kind of revolutions have certain cultural products caused that they were initially not encoded to cause. They were picked up by other people and their needs.

A Painting, a sculpture, a song, throws up a mirror for you to consider your own experience.

EJH: One may fear to do heart gymnastics.

YB: But the only studios I am actually interested in is where we will talk about color pink but then we will talk about your mother. 

EJH: One of the first things you said about the artists in the show have in common is that it’s about your appetite, for what you want to see, what you want to be contextualized with, your experience of the contemporary conversation and I think that this idea of the flexibility of the heart. There is a great song by McGarrigle sisters : “Heart like a Wheel”. The line is: “You can bend it but you can not mend it”. The wheel runs a little off kilter because it has been harmed a few times. I think there is something really beautiful in your belief in the heart, your belief in the flexibility of the heart and the necessity of the heart being able to take you places. 

YB: Thank you. It is learning to be awake.

Other exhibitions I am in:

"By Invitation Only" 
Kinz + Tillou Fine Art
Opening: Tuesday, May 20, 6 - 9 pm 
59 Cambridge Place
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Curated by:
Renee Riccardo, Mickalene Thomas, and Andrew Gori

"Meanwhile, Back at The Farm" : 
Suzanne Goldenberg, Maria Britton, Shanna Maurizi, Clare Grill, Yevgeniya Baras, Mike Olin
Opening: Friday, May 30, 2014
195 Morgan Ave
Bushwick, NY
Curated by Melanie Parke and Justine Frischmann

Group Exhibition
Honey Ramka
Opening: Fri, May 30, 2013
56 Bogart St.
Brooklyn NY 11206


Penn MFA Thesis show in Vienna! Opening Tuesday, May 27th at the Franz Josef Kai gallery space

Penn MFA Thesis Show in Vienna, Austria - May 26th-June25th

Philadelphia Connection
»an ocean in between the waves«
young art positions of the Penn MFA program

Laura Bernstein, Carousel, 2014, Newsprint, papier-mâché, cardboard, Dimensions variable 

Press Conference: Monday, May 26, 2014 10.30 am 
Opening: Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 6 - 10 pm 
Venue: FRANZ JOSEFSKAI 3, 1010 Vienna 
Duration: May 28 - June 25, 2014 
Monday - Saturday, 2 – 8 pm (closed on Whit Monday) 


(Vienna/Philadelphia, May 8, 2014) The idea that travel forms an integrative feature of artistic 
praxis and creates an essential component of both experience and knowledge production, 
comprises the conceptual origin of the exhibition. In particular, a change of place in the 
paradigm of a globalized cultural geography contributes to the broadening understanding as 
well as the relativization and even the transformation of one’s own work. 
With the move from places of origin to new social and cultural contexts, different conditions 
automatically cause shifts in meaning-making, a process in which local conventions of reception 
also play a role. 
From this paradigm, the young artists from the interdisciplinary Fine Arts Department at the 
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia developed an independent model for presenting 
their latest work. For six months, they collaborated with curator Roland Schöny, and created an 
exhibition that fundamentally differs from any conventional student showcase. 
 We acknowledge that the artists have produced a large volume of work that embody 
discursive densities and represent a variety of visual strategies. Nevertheless, rather than 
merely displaying already finished works, the artists both selected individual pieces through a 
dialogic process and created new works according to the physical layout of the gallery space. 
As such, the project is situated in a transitional zone that lies between an institutional 
dependency and a continuation of the experimentation with articulations of form. Therefore, 
the exhibition space at FRANZ JOSEFSKAI 3 is the stage. 
Although the group of young artists from the Penn MFA program consider themselves 
personally connected through the production of internal alliances and collaborations that allow 
for critical confrontations and mutual exchange, the difference in their approaches through 
photography, video, painting, or performance, is significant for their work. In parts the art 
scenes of New York influences many of the artists. At the same time works manifest the 
narratives of actual pop culture such that the viewer can discover the sediments of filmsettings 
or specific class and gender codes as embedded in fashion. Some works raise personal 
questions regarding the reconstructions of political history while others visually interpret 
transculturally shaped forms of personal memory and biographical narratives through the 
media of photography and video. The experiences of migration and origins, from Santiago de 
Chile or Tehran, for example, influence such processes. Other artists explore the sense of 
emancipation through the theme of urban space as a field of action. While transmedial 
strategies are conspicuous throughout the exhibition, only few works focus on one visual 
format. Moreover, the potential of the gallery space has been questioned in many ways. As 
such, the artists open the architectonic features of the gallery’s interior space to the outside 
through visual links, which oftentimes reflects their political and critical consciousness. 
After MFA students participated in similarly structured exhibition projects that took place in 
Los Angeles and Berlin in 2013, this group of 13 students decided for themselves the location 
of this year’s show after receiving a mandate. Among their many options, they finally decided 
on Vienna as an approach to a significant European center of contemporary art. 
Artists: Marie Alarcon (*1978 Rhinebeck, NY), Laura Bernstein (*1987 New York City, NY), 
Claire Bidwell (*1988 Los Angeles, CA), Anthony Bowers (*1984 South Bend, IN), Sam Mapp 
(*1985 Chicago, Ill), Scotty Menesini (*1975 Pittsburgh, PA), Mohammadreza Mirzaei (*1986 
Tehran, Iran), Theo Mullen (*1979 Denver, CO), Evan Nabrit (*1982 Columbus, OH), Daniel 
O'Neill (*1979 Providence, R. I.), Maria Paz Ortuzar (*1985 Santiago, Chile), Gordon Stillman (*1984 
Poughkeepsie, NY), Joshua Zerangue (*1988 Lafayette, Louisiana)

Curator: Roland Schöny teaching position at Digital Arts Department of University of Applied 
Art Vienna, structured a public art programme as a permanent cultural initiative of the city of 
Vienna 2004 - 07, realized exhibitions in cooperation with ICA in SOKOL Moscow (2014), at OK 
Center for Contemporary Art Linz (2002-04) or Künstlerhaus Vienna (2000). As author 
cooperations with Centre Pompidou, Vancouver Art Gallery, Kunstmuseum Luzern or TBA21. 
On Saturday, 24 May 2014 from 2 until 7 pm the artist Laura Bernstein roams with her 
performance "Finding The Fall" streets in the inner districts of Vienna (a parachutist in search 
of the causes of landing here). 
The opening will take place in cooperation with Projektraum Viktor Bucher, Prater Street 13/1/2, 1020 
Vienna (Finissage of the exhibition "Dance with us", www.projektraum.at). 
Exhibition Participants 
Roland Schöny, Contemporary Art Curator and Author, Vienna 
Joshua Mosley, Professor and Chair of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania 
Ken Lum, Professor and Director of Undergraduate program, University of Pennsylvania 
The artists will be present. 
Press Conference: Monday, May 26, 2014 10.30 am 
Opening: Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 6 - 10 pm 
Venue: FRANZ JOSEFSKAI 3, 1010 Vienna 
Duration: May 28 - June 25, 2014 
Monday - Saturday, 2 – 8 pm (closed on Whit Monday) 
Information http://www.pennmfathesis.com 
Contact for inquiries Roland Schöny 
+43 664 815 61 14 
Penn MFA Program 
The Master of Fine Arts program at Penn is focused on the professional development of visual 
artists. Through workshops, seminar courses, international residency opportunities and 
interactions with curators, writers and artists, the program provides an open intellectual 
framework to foster independent methods of artistic research. In addition to seminars within 
the Fine Arts department, graduate students are encouraged to pursue topics of science and 
the humanities through an impressive selection of courses offered across the university. 
Download the PennMFA Program Catalog 
For program inquires, contact: mfa@design.upenn.edu or (215) 898-8374 

A Celebration of Terry Adkins to be held Monday May 19th from 6-9pm at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse - RSVP Required.