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8+

Zeljka Blaksic, Mike Estabrook, Vandana Jain, Richard Jochum, Tom Kotik, Kristyna and Marek Milde, Anne Percoco
Anne Percoco,Field Study VI
Jochum_AtlasAnne Percoco, Field Study IVZeljka Blaksic, CHRISTINA 1Zeljka Blaksic, CHRISTINA 2Mike Estabrook, Flamingo cop sprayVandana Jain, Stitch workTom Kotik, PrecisionTom Kotik, KramerPublic Library Milde

Exhibition 8+ presents works and concepts by Zeljka Blaksic, Mike Estabrook, Vandana Jain, Richard Jochum, Tom Kotik, Kristyna and Marek Milde, and Anna Percoco. Organized by Kristyna and Marek Milde. The show will be open one day only on Saturday, June 2nd, from 1pm to 7pm. Opening party in the evening 8-11pm with music and DJ Nanoru. Outdoor screening in the garden after dusk. BOYB!

Željka Blakšic:
a.k.a. Gita Blak born in Zagreb (Croatia) is a visual artist who lives and works in New York City. Blakšic works mainly in video/audio installations, performances and visual arts. Her artwork mostly autobiographical examines complexities of identity, values of existence and memory. She received her MFA at the School of Visual Arts, Photo and Video Department. Her work has been displayed both in Europe and USA.
Currently she participates in the NYFA Immigrant Artist Project (IAP).

In her work she consistently investigates commemorative practices, culture of remembrance and thus related identities through complex interrelationships between dysfunctions, impossibilities and absurdities. Although the starting point of her works is mostly based on a first-person point of view, intimate and autobiographical approach of the author is not completely hidden and she manages to elevate this topic on a universal level. Exploring possibilities and peripheral areas of different media, often combining sound, video and performance her works translates into complex audio-visual systems.
Her artistic career began early in adolescence, in the field of music, and she continues to nurture it through performances with musicians in experimental music and visual appearances.

www.gitablak.com

Mike Estabrook:
Born in Quincy, Illinois is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY.?Estabrook’s work spans the gap between the imaginative and the political, and makes use of a wide range of media including drawing, painting, animation and video. He also frequently collaborates with other artists, being one half of the drawing duo.The Shining Mantis, as well as a founding member of the multi faceted creative collective *artcodex*.His work has been exhibited at number of museums and galleries in New York and abroad, including PPOW Fine Arts, ABC No Rio, PS1/MOMA, The Queens Museum, The Bronx Museum, The Krannert Museum, Arario Gallery, Esso Gallery, and several other galleries and non-profit spaces in New York and abroad. He and his work have been cited in many blogs and publications, including G-train salon, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Brooklyn Rail, and L Magazine. In 2005-6, he participated in the Artists in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum, in 2007-8 was a resident in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program, in 2009 was a resident in the Rotating Studio Program at the Artist’s Alliance, in 2010 did a residency in NY Arts Beijing, and in summer 2010 was a resident in the inaugural season of LMCC’s swing space on Governors Island. He Received his MFA from Queens College in 2005.

www.mikeestabrook.com

Richard Jochum
Richard Jochum (photograph) is a studio member at the Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts and an adjunct professor at Teachers College Columbia University in the Department of Arts and Humanities and the Film and Education Research Academy FERA. He has worked as a media and video artist since the late 1990s and has had numerous international exhibitions and screenings. Richard received his PhD from the University of Vienna (1997). His MFA in sculpture and media art is from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (2001). Richard’s art practice is accompanied by publications and research in the field of cultural theory and contemporary art and he has been awarded several grants and prizes. His most recent public art installation is a flip book with 30 light boxes in a public railroad tunnel in Austria.

Artist’s Statement:
1) I am a post-minimalist and post-conceptual sculptor and media artist drawing from a variety of media and artistic practices.
(2) I think art continually has to create new images for the time we live in. For the conditions and issues we deal with: existentially, politically, physically, and globally. Searching such images is what I am aiming for.
(3) My artistic work is often based on participation or embedded in local communities. I believe in an intriguing encounter between art producers and the public. Audiences can make us learn better and see things we would not have known yet. I understand both, intelligence and creativity to be profoundly social.

http://richardjochum.net

Kristyna and Marek Milde:
born in Prague, Czech Republic are a collaborative couple living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Their work investigates states of identity connected to environment and cultural alienation towards nature. In 2007 they received MFA at the Queens College, New York. From 1997 to 2003 Marek studied painting and sculpture at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland. He also studied Wood and Design in the School of Applied Art, Prague, Czech Republic. Kristyna studied painting from 1999 to 2003 at the Assenza Malschule, Basel, Switzerland. Kristyna also participated at the LMCC BFA program in 2011.
They had widely exhibited in the USA, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany and Switzerland among others in the NURTURE art, Brooklyn, USA; Anna Wallace Gallery, New York, USA, Queens College Art Center, NY, USA; Califia Gallery, Czech Republic. Their work was reviewed among others in the New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, WG News and BQE Media. They both work at the Czech Center NYC, a cultural institute of the Czech Republic. Kristyna works as a Program Manager and Marek as a Production manager. Their work is on currently on view at the Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn as part of the exhibition Amplify Action, till end of July, and in the Family Talk exhibition in Futura Gallery in Prague, starting June 5th. They are also organizer of this show as a part of BOS 2012.

www.mildeart.com

Tom Kotik:
Born in Prague in 1969, but has lived in the United States since he was a young boy. He attended NYU and earned his MFA in 2004 from Hunter College. Kotik has been exhibiting since 1994, and has had work shown nationally and internationally at venues including the Miro Foundation in Barcelona, The National Gallery in Prague, Sculpture Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Bronx Museum, Black and White Gallery and Elga Wimmer Gallery. In October 2011 Kotik had a solo exhibition at Lesley Heller Workspace in New York. Kotik has also been resident artist at Art Omi, Yaddo and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s studio program, and was a participant in the Bronx Museum’s AIM program in 2005. Tom Kotik lives and works in Brooklyn.

Tom Kotik Statement:
My work is about silence. I trap my own aggressive music in soundproofed boxes, or transform loud music into low frequency, high-amplitude signals. Both are small pathways into silence, moments that reflect the complicated system of absence. The unassuming boxes seethe with repressed sound. The low-frequency pulsing reveals the movement of silence. These constructions speak to the physicality of silence, a search I have termed the architecture of silence. My most recent work removes amplifiers and speakers entirely. Without technology, the focus becomes the materials and politics of silence. Foam, wood and plasterboard are arranged to imply sound through architectural form. It is sound art without the sound. And, it is further illustrates that silence may be chosen. We can construct, touch, and move silence into our spaces, into our discourse. Or, or we can choose to let it be drowned out by loudness. What happens when silence is unheard?

http://www.lesleyheller.com/artists/tom_kotik/index.html

Vandana Jain:
Vandana Jain studied Art at New York University, and Textiles at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Recent awards include the 2008 LMCC Workspace Residency, the 2007 Emerging Artists’ Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park and the 2003 Artists in the Marketplace program. She has shown at a variety of venues locally and internationally, including Toronto Free Gallery (Toronto, Canada); the Queens Museum(NY); ABC No Rio(NY); Momenta(NY); the Soap Factory(MN); Grey Noise Gallery (Lahore, Pakistan). She recently participated in the 798 Biennale in Beijing, China.

Vandana Jain Statement:
Since 2001, I have been primarily working with well-known corporate logos, sometimes also incorporating slogans, wrappers and packaging. I often place these elements into quasi-religious contexts, arranging logos into mandalas or creating ritualistic spaces based on ad campaigns. I am interested in examining the deep influence of corporate and consumer culture on modern life, through a contrast of hand and machine; individual and conglomerate.
Since my work is based on the appropriation and recontextualization of corporate branding, I have been free to cultivate diverse styles and media, and strive for the perfect coupling of an idea and its embodiment. This calls for a wide-ranging studio practice that includes painting, embroidery, architectural models and installation. I often use labor-intensive and handmade art practices that will contrast with the mechanical aesthetic of the corporate logo, and that stand in for the laborer/producer.
Recently, I have been exploring the ideas of the privatization of personal and public space through architectural models for fantastic structures. What if the AT&T logo was used as the starting point for a mammoth housing complex? Or if cave dwellings were juxtaposed onto the architecture of water bottles? What if highway overpasses were shaped into logos, channeling drivers through the GE loop on the way home? These irrational, implausible structures seem impossible to imagine, yet serve as routes of inquiry into the complexity of the human/corporate relationship.

www.artcodex.org/vandana_jain/

Anne Percoco:
Born in Boston in 1982. Lives and works in Jersey City. Anne Percoco earned an M.F.A. from Rutgers University in 2008. In 2009 she completed a fellowship with the Asian Cultural for work in India. There, she realized one solo show and three public projects. She completed a residency with Residency Unlimited in 2010 and a fellowship at A.I.R. Gallery in 2011, where she presented her first solo show in New York. In spring 2012 she had a solo show at NURTUREart. Currently she is participating in the Bronx Museum’s AIM program. She has exhibited at venues including the DUMBO Arts Festival and BRIC Rotunda Gallery, both in Brooklyn; the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA; Exit Art in Manhattan; and the U.S. Botanical Garden in Washington D.C.

www.annepercoco.com