Rauschenberg Residency

October 6 – October 20, 2017

A return to Captiva, Florida for a Rauschenberg Alumni Project Residency to explore video and projection relating to coral restoration in South Florida and the Caribbean. Experimentation with footage from a work underway with Matt Flowers, to be scored by Joshua Quarles, is planned. Counting the days...

Posted 8/31/2017

Berlin/Kassel/Munster with VCUarts Professional Practices Course

September 9 – September 17, 2017

A trip to Berlin, Kassel and Munster with my VCUarts graduate Professional Practices course in the Painting and Printmaking and Sculpture and Extended Media departments. The trip has been organized with Berlin-based artist Norbert Witzgall; Noah Simblist, our new chair in Painting + Printmaking; and David Wood, aslo of Painting + Printmaking.

Posted: 8/31/2017

Mildred's Lane during the Mildred Archaeology II Session

July 4–9, 2017

A visit to Mildred's Lane, underwater camera housing in tow, with the goal of finding the lost boulder of Pignut Pond. The boulder, which was the pond's "feature" when it was dug in winter 2015 dramatically pulled away from the shore and slid beneath the surface of the water in winter 2016.

And the opportunity to see terrific Social Saturday presentations by Caroline Woolard and Leigh Claire La Berge with Guest Chef Joshua Quarles in the kitchen for Social Saturday Supper.
 

Posted: 7/16/2017

Research Trip to Coral Nursery, Rauschenberg Alumni Project Residency


June 12–21, 2017

Travel to St. Croix, USVI to work with photographer, videographer, diver and The Nature Conservancy volunteer Matt Flowers to dive and shoot footage in TNC's coral nurseries in preparation for a new work, which will be my focus at a Rauschenberg Alumni Project Residency in October, 2017.

Posted: 6/25/2017

Nomad/9 MFA


February 18–22, 2017

Oakland, California
Visiting artist and Critique Exchange Instructor
Nomad/9 Interdisciplinary MFA
Hartford Art School
University of Hartford

Posted: 6/25/2017

"Coralgarden: Making a Maker Workshop"

February 6, 2017

As Skidmore College envisions a maker space for its new Center for Integrated Sciences, I was invited to be a consultant to the steering committee, travel to campus for a site visit, and deliver a new workshop at the Tang Museum:

Coralgarden is the pilot version of a hands-on workshop with artist and marine invertebrate enthusiast Hope Ginsburg, who has just begun a new body of work exploring underwater coral restoration nurseries. Participants will begin by learning a bit about Hope’s interdisciplinary projects and the process of coral farming too. Anchoring this two-hour, exploratory workshop is the hands-on production of Staghorn coral fragments, which will be suspended from a fabricated “coral tree”, much like those that stretch for acres in coral farms, which have sprung up along coastlines internationally to support threatened reefs nearby. We will aim for each of the participants to make two Staghorn “frags”, one to kickoff the Coralgarden archive and one to keep for themselves.

Photo by Jean Egger and Annelise Kelly


Posted: 6/25/2017

Queens Museum: Care as Culture

Care as Culture: Artists, Activists and Scientists Build Coalitions to Resist Climate Change: A Convening Around the Peace Table

February 12, 2017

Queens Museum
Flushing Meadows Corona Park

In conjunction with Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art, Ukeles and the Museum have conceived a series of public programs meant to engage and contemporize some of the exhibition's important themes. Care as Culture is the final convening that brings the perspectives of eco-artists, activists, and experts on climate change together to interrogate and enrich culture’s place in the movements for environmental justice. 

Case study speakers include Newton Harrison, The Natural History Museum, Natalie Jeremijenko, and Mary Mattingly. Respondents include Carol Becker, Francesco Fiondella, Allan Frei, Hope Ginsburg, Alicia Grullon, Klaus H. Jacob, Amy Lipton, Lisa Marshall, Jennifer McGregor, Aviva Rahmani, Jason Smerdon and Marina Zurkow.

Posted: 2/10/2017

MASS MoCA: Talks and Workshops

February 4, 2017

10 Minutes of Breathing on Land
MASS MoCA
North Adams, MA

Drop-in conversation:
12-12:45pm
4-4:45pm

Guided meditation:
12:45-1:05pm
4:45-5:05pm

In conjunction with "Land Dive Team: Bay of Fundy"
in the exhbition "Explode Every Day"
for Free Day at the museum.

Posted: 2/2/2017

Explode Every Day: The Book


By Denise Markonish, with contributions by Lawrence Weschler, Sean Foley, Steven Holmes, Kay Redfield Jamison, Maria Popova, Barbara Maria Stafford, Jill Tarter, Robin Ince, Stefan Stagmeister, Mary Ruefle, and Sam Green. 

Featuring works in the exhibition by twenty-three international artists and including the project "Land Dive Team: Bay of Fundy" and the series "Breath Portrait I-VII", both 2016.

Published by Prestel, October 2016.

Posted: 2/2/2017

Location Matters: Artist-Driven Environments for Learning

October 18th, 7pm
Wexner Center for the Arts

Black Mountain College’s experiments in education and the arts created a legacy that lives on even today. Hear from a panel of artists who have established unique spaces for creative practice and interdisciplinary exploration. Speakers include Hope Ginsburg, multimedia artist and associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts: J. Morgan Puett, founder of the experimental studio complex Mildred’s Lane; and Adam Void and Chelsea Ragan, founders of the recently created Black Mountain School of the Arts.

Posted: 9/24/16

"Land Dive Team: Bay of Fundy" in The Box at the Wexner


Saturday, October 1 – Tuesday, November 1

Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 North High St.
Columbus, Ohio

Posted: 9/3/16

"Breathing on Land: Bay of Fundy" at Temple Contemporary






Photos: Sam Fritch 

Posted: 6/16/16

"Conjure a Studio" for The Art Assignment


New assignment! This week we meet with Hope Ginsburg, an artist who often works outside of a traditional studio. Her assignment asks you to conjure your own studio and imagine your ideal space for learning, thinking, and making.

"Conjure a Studio" episode for The Art Assignment is live, here.
Thanks Sarah Urist Green, Mark Olsen and John Green. 

Posted: 5/31/16

Explode Every Day, Open Through March, 2017


Curated by Denise Markonish and Sean Foley
With catalog coming soon

Posted 5/31/16

Anderson Gallery Book


Anderson Gallery: 45 Years of Art on the Edge
Available at Barnes & Noble at VCU

From a two-page spread, commemorating Sponge HQ, designed for a new history of the Anderson Gallery, edited by Ashley Kistler, with Traci Garland and Michael Lease.

Posted 5/14/2016

Opening at MASS MoCA

Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder
Curated by Denise Markonish and Sean Foley
MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA
Opening Reception Saturday, May 28th

Posted: 4/11/2016

Opening at Washington Project for the Arts

Enter State: Sensing the Natural World
Curated by Raquel de Anda
Washington Project for the Arts
2124 8th Street NW
Washington, DC
May 21–July 9, 2016
Opening Reception Friday, May 20th, 7–9 pm

Posted: 4/11/2016

Opening at Temple Contemporary


Breathing on Land: Bay of Fundy
Curated by Sarah Biemiller and Rob Blackson
Temple Contemporary
2001 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia PA
May 4–July 15, 2016
Opening Reception Wednesday, May 4th, 6–8 pm

Posted: 4/11/2016

The Art Assignment


The Sponge HQ was thrilled to host Sarah Urist Green and Mark Olsen of The Art Art Assignment. Episode coming soon!

Posted: 4/11/2016

Marfa, TX for Inquiry Pop-Up


Land Dive Team: Marfa 
March 16
We'll gather for an unprecedented meeting of the “Land Dive Team” in which meditating on land with scuba gear reveals the hidden depths of the Marfa landscape. Awareness of the environment and attention to sound and breath are augmented in this hyper-focused flip of land and sea. And after your mindfulness is honed just so, you’ll become a certified Land Diver forevermore. 

Inquiry Pop-Up
March 15-19
As described by conjurer/producer Jennifer Elsner:
Inquiry Pop-Up is a vacay meets salon meets dinner party, for a carefully curated coterie of women, in a spectacular and remote location. It’s five days of personal and professional inquiry, intoxicating conversations, and bread-breaking with a different luminary from the arts, design, business and culture.

Posted 3/8/2016

Film/Video Studio Program at the Wexner


A residency at the Film/Video Studio Program
Wexner Center for the Arts
Columbus, Ohio
February, 2016

Invited by curator Jennifer Lange and working with editor Mike Olenick on the project Land Dive Team: Bay of Fundy for exhibition this spring.

Posted: 2/11/2016

Vermont Studio Center

January 21 – 26, 2016

Artist Talk
Thursday January 21st
8:00pm – 9:00pm
80 Pearl Street
Johnson, Vermont

Posted: 2/9/2016

Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum NYC



Physical Education: Land Dive Team
A workshop for the Creative Time Summit: Curriculum NYC
Boys and Girls High School Campus
Brooklyn, New York
November 14, 2015

Images by Christos Katsiaouni, courtesy of Creative Time, 2015

With a talk in the section "The Art of Pedagogy" on November 15, 2015.

Posted on: 2/9/2016

Bay of Fundy Video Shoot and talk at Connexion Artist-Run Centre




A video shoot for the project,
Land Dive Team: Bay of Fundy
at New River Beach Provinical Park,
New Brunswick, Canada
October 25, 2015

Produced with Connie Bishop of COJO Diving and Jim McNeal of The Dive Shop
with thanks to Joe George and Land Divers: Rachel Barrett, Jessica Bradford and Richelle Martin.

With sound by Joshua Quarles and video by Matt Flowers and Jessica Carey.

And an Artist Talk with Jessica Bradford of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick 
at Connexion Artist-Run Centre in Fredericton, NB on October 24, 2015.

Posted: 2/8/2016

BE(E)ing at Mildred's Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity)



BE (E) ing
October 9–November 4, 2015
Opening reception October 9, 6–9pm
The Mildred Complex(ity) Project Space
37b Main Street
Narrowsburg, NY

For the first annual Narrowsburg Honey Bee Fest, The Mildred Complex(ity) is putting on show a group of curiosities from apiculturalists

Featuring the works of Big Island Bees, Garnett Puett, Barry Puett,
Hal Klavsen, Hope Ginsburg and others.

Image from the Garnett Puett Archives: Beeswax, Wood, Steel, Corning Glass Bell Jar.

Posted: 2/8/2016

Land Dive Team for "Going Somewhere" at 1708 Gallery





Land Dive Team: Road World Championships
September 26, 2015
411 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA

During the Women's Elite Road Circuit for "Going Somewhere" at 1708 Gallery. Supported by The Dive Shop and a grant from CultureWorks Richmond.

Opening meditation session conducted by Rachel Machacek
Photography by Monica Escamilla and Shane Butler 
Dive Support by Zachary Stahl

With "Going Somewhere" Artist Talk at 1708 on 10/8/15.

Thank you, Emily Smith and Janelle Proulx of 1708 Gallery.

Posted 2/8/2016

Symphony of Hunger: Digesting Fluxus in Four Movements


AplusA Gallery
Venice, Italy
Curated by The September Collective
School for Curatorial Studies Venice
September 24-October 31, 2015

Including: "Objects from Prototype for Preserving the Phylum Porifera", 2012
by Hope Ginsburg and Sponge HQ with Colleen Billing, Colleen Brennan, Patrick Carter, Lindsay Clements, Riley Duncan, Gavin Foster, JoJo Houff, Julie Hundley, Joshua Quarles and Clare van Loenen

With catalog: Symphony of Hunger: The Fifth Movement

Posted: 1/30/2016

Images from "Duet for Scuba and Saxophone"


A collaboration with Joshua Quarles for the performance series "In the Glow of a Breathing Sphere"

Fridman Gallery, NYC, July 21, 2015

Posted: 9/5/2015

Link to Presentation: The Creative Time Summit


From the section, "The Art of Pedagogy" at The Creative Time Summit, The Curriculum at the Biennale Arte 2015.

To see all of the presentations go here.

Posted: 9/5/2015

Images from "Land Dive Team" at The Complex(ity) Project Space


featuring "next day" documentation of... 
A Land Dive at the Future Pond Site, Mildred's Lane

Narrowsburg, NY, August 7, 2015

Posted: 9/5/2015

Images from "Land Dive Team: Future Pond Site, Mildred's Lane"


A workshop for the Experience Economies "Landscape Experience" session at Mildred's Land and the Mildred Complex(ity)

Conjuring the pond... August 6, 2015

Posted: 9/5/2015

Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum


August 11-13, 2015
Venice Biennale
Teatro alle Tese

Presenting on Wednesday, August 12th at 2:30pm in, "The Art of Pedagogy".

On Thursday, August 13th participating in Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy's "Experimental Debate" at 2:45pm.

The full schedule is here. Or, the program as a PDF.

Posted: 7/28/2015

"Land Dive Team" at The Complex(ity) Project Space


Opening Friday, August 7th
The Complex(ity) Project Space
37b Main Street
Narrowsburg, NY
mildredslane.com

Featuring a recent body of work that takes meditation with scuba gear as a starting point to refocus attention on our bodies, their contexts and implicitly the health of our atmosphere. Presenting images and documents from recent “land dives” in the desert of Qatar, a remediated wetland in Virginia, and at Mildred’s Lane.  Including a new batch of "Breathing on Land" certifications, awarded to participants from the Experience Economies, "Landscape Experience" session.

The evening's events include "The Intranscendentalist Symposium" by Pablo Helguera and a (BYOB) meal.  For meal availability the Ministry of Comfort at Mildred's Lane: mildredslane@gmail.com

More information about the public programs of "Landscape Experience" is here.

Posted: 7/28/2015


Hyperallergic Review of "New Dominion" at Mixed Greens

"From Climate Change to Race Relations, Artists Respond to Richmond, Virginia"
Jessica Lynne, July 13, 2015

Posted: 7/15/2015

Duet for Scuba and Saxophone at Fridman Gallery


Tuesday, July 21
Doors open at 7:30pm, performances begin at 8pm sharp. 

Hope Ginsburg's and Joshua Quarles' "Breathing on Land: Duet for Scuba and Saxophone" is a new piece in which a live score comprising “mediated breathing”, wind instruments and field recordings is produced to accompany projected video of recent “Land Dives”, which take place in a series of disjunctive landscapes. 

Fridman Gallery
287 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
(646) 345-9831 
Between Varick and Hudson 
info@fridmangallery.com

Posted: 7/3/2015

New Dominion at Mixed Greens


New Dominion presents a selection of artists living and working in Richmond, Virginia. With a subtle nod to Richmond's history and its present, the exhibition presents works that touch on tensions between the past and the future, independence and loyalty, individuality and community. Many of the works embrace a sense of reinvention, self-determination, ownership and agency. Many contain a dose of something specific to Richmond.

Posted: 6/4/2015

Open Engagement 2015


What We Learned at Sponge HQ 
Sunday, April 19 
3:40PM-3:55PM | Open Platform

Taking the sea-sponge as muse, Sponge HQ is a porous project space within a university. "The HQ" hosts collaborations, crosses from art into science and allows for fluid knowledge exchange between experts and learners. Sponge HQ has generated knowledge about stealth reassembling of curriculum, equitable collaboration with students, and models for orienting students to project-based strategies. An overview will be given to catalyze dialogue. 

The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, 1st Floor, College of Fine Arts Building, CMU

Posted: 4/11/2015

Distinguished Alumna Lecture, Tyler School of Art


Monday, February 23rd
4pm, Room B004
Tyler School of Art
2001 North 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

So honored to be returning to my alma mater, Tyler School of Art (BFA Sculpture, 1996), to present this lecture and to begin work on an exhibition at Temple Contemporary for Spring 2016. Thank you, Tyler.

Posted: 2/21/2015

WPA Select Exhibition and Auction


Pleased to be invited by curator Jennifer Farrell to participate in the WPA Select 2015 Exhibition and Auction. 
 
January 29-March 6, 2015
Artisphere
1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA
 
Breathing on Land: Studio IV 
Archival Pigment Print Edition 1/25
8"x9"
 
Posted: 1/18/2015

Queensize - Female Artists from the Olbricht Collection


QUEENSIZE
Female Artists from the Olbricht Collection
12/07/2014 - 08/30/2015

me Collectors Room/Olbricht Foundation will present its first ever exhibition dedicated entirely to women artists, in a show entitled ‘Queensize – Female Artists from the Olbricht Collection’. As one of the largest bed sizes, ‘queensize’ serves as the springboard for the exhibition, with the bed seen as a key existential site of human experience, a symbol of death and birth, temptation and eroticism, dreams and nightmares. The selected artists present us with their own distinctive view of human existence and of what makes us uniquely ourselves: our innermost being and innermost needs, our desires and passions. The display investigates the disparities between how we see ourselves and how others see us, and asks whether there really is such a thing as the specifically female view.The exhibition is curated by Nicola Graef (documentary film producer and director) and Wolfgang Schoppmann (chief curator of the Olbricht Collection).

Featured artists:
Rita Ackermann, Ellen Altfest, Helene Appel, Monika Baer, Tina Barney, Vanessa Beecroft, Katharina Bosse, Louise Bourgeois, Ulla von Brandenburg, Rineke Dijkstra, Nathalie Djurberg, Marlene Dumas, Nicole Eisenman, Sylvie Fleury, Hope Ginsburg, Jitka Hanzlová, Mona Hatoum, Almut Heise, Laurie Hogin, Klara Kristalova, Makiko Kudo, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Abigail Lane, Sharon Lockhart, Teresa Margolles, Alex McQuilkin, Hellen van Meene, Dawn Mellor, Marilyn Minter, Sükran Moral, Elizabeth Peyton, Patricia Piccinini, Chloe Piene, Bettina Rheims, Daniela Rossell, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Taryn Simon, Carolein Smit, Anj Smith, Kiki Smith, Rebecca Stevenson, Kirsten Stoltmann, Anett Stuth, Paloma Varga Weisz, Katharina Wulff, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Lisa Yuskavage

Posted 11/15/2014

The Summit at Crystal Bridges


The Summit at Crystal Bridges: Insights from a Changing America
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville, Arkansas
October 6-7, 2014

Panel: Art and Education in the 21st Century
As education strategy adapts to accommodate the current and future needs of the workforce, a variety of initiatives emphasize the learning of 21st-century skills. Many of these ideas embrace art’s integration into curricula, helping to build critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and other key skills. Is the American education system effectively creating innovative thinkers? How can the arts enhance these aspects of education and what is the role of museums in facilitating the process?

Moderator:
Geoffrey Cowan, President, Annenberg Foundation Trust

Panelists:
John Brown, Executive Director, Windgate Foundation
Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
Hope Ginsburg, Artist, Educator

Posted: 10/15/2014

Presentation at Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art


Thursday, September 4th at 6pm 

Temple Contemporary 
Tyler School of Art, Temple University
2001 N. 13th Street Philadelphia 
215-777-9138 

Hosted by Temple Contemporary and Tyler School of Art’s Fibers and Material Studies Department. 

Posted: 9/3/14

Amphibious Breathing at Mildred's Lane and the Mildred Complex(ity)

Amphibious Breathing from the "An Afternoon of Breathing" workshop at Mildred's Lane and the Mildred Complex(ity). From the session PondHouseSpringHousePond: Phase IV Big Dig. 4'33", 35 MB.
 
 
Posted: 8/24/14

"Professor Relishes Rauschenberg Residency Experience"


VCU News Article
by Leila Ugincius
August 5, 2014

Posted: 8/9/2014

Mildred's Lane and the Mildred Complex(ity)


The Mildred Complex(ity) Studio
Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY

Friday, August 15th
3-6PM

An Afternoon of Breathing
Join artist Hope Ginsburg at The Mildred Complex(ity) as she speaks about her work and presents recent projects. Then, participate in a group meditation in the space, followed by a trip to the river for breathing in and out of water. Using snorkels, masks and an underwater photography setup, electively contribute to the production of still and moving images, capturing the afternoon’s contemplations.

Posted: 8/9/14

Dive Trip and Video Shoot in the Florida Keys


Trip to the Keys from the Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva, FL.
Two diving days shooting underwater video on Looe Key and from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
Pictures taken on land are here.
May 29-May 31, 2014

Posted: 7/31/14

Pilgrimage to Tarpon Springs


Day-trip from the Rauschenberg Residency, a pilgrimage to Tarpon Springs, FL, Sponge Diving Capital of the World.

All pictures, including the Spongeorama Museum, are here.

Posted: 5/26/14


Rauschenberg Residency


Captiva Island, FL

May 18-June 14, 2014

Pictures of the place are here.

Posted: 5/22/2014



Hydrogen Bonding for THIRST at Proteus Gowanus


Hydrogen Bonding

THIRST

Proteus Gowanus

Saturday, March 22nd, 3-6pm

A booklet about the workshop is here.

See images here.

Join artist and felt-maker, Hope Ginsburg, along with Laura Sansone and her Mobile Textile Lab, for a hands-on workshop about the basics of local materials sourcing, natural dyeing and wool feltmaking. Learn how to make dyes with regionally grown plants and vegetables from the local farmers markets. Discover how to massage fleece into felt, and in keeping with our thirsty theme, craft your own felt water molecule. Hope and Laura will illuminate how these workshop activities relate to their broader project work as artists and designers, followed by a brief hydro-focused group dialogue moderated by curator Lydia Matthews.

Posted: 5/22/14


THIRST Opening at Proteus Gowanus


THIRST

Proteus Gowanus

Brooklyn, NY

March 22-April 19, 2014

Opening, Saturday March 22nd, 6-9pm

View images of the Exhibition space here.

Hope Ginsburg + Sponge HQ collaboratively produced work for THIRST at Proteus Gowanus, an interdisciplinary gallery and reading room in Brooklyn, NY. 

THIRST, the third exhibition in a yearlong investigation of WATER at Proteus Gowanus, explored thirsty materials, plants, animals and people. Project curated by Lydia Matthews and Current Collective.

More information about our project is here.

Posted: 5/22/14


Documentation: Objects in Transition


Objects in Transition, a one-day "Artist-Led Studio Immersion" at MoMA on March 15, 2014.

Documentation of the workshop is here

The class was described as follows:

How can a simple change in materials take something from “everyday” to “uncanny”? In this hands-on workshop, you will transform the identity of an object of your choosing using the traditional techniques of wet and dry felting. Working with natural wool and the partial or whole concealment of a “thing,” discover how meaning shifts when form is manipulated. Begin with a gallery tour looking at "assisted" Readymades, Surrealist objects, and select icons of modern design. Return to the studio for discussion with the artist and instruction in two related textile processes. Once your piece is complete, it will be photographed for an archive of such objects. Then, it is up to you to imagine a place for your re/invention and find space for further intervention.

Pictured project by Susannah Brown.Hope Ginsburg: Objects in Transition, 3.15.2014 Photographic © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo by Erica Gannett. 

Posted: 5/22/14


"Friend of a Friend" at Lovey Town


Yoga Diver, 2014

Wool

6"x3"x4"

"Friend of a Friend"

Lovey Town

A group show about artist friendships. 

January 30 - April 30, 2014

Posted: 2/22/14


Objects in Transition at MoMA


Saturday March 15

10am-4pm

Registration begins on January 2nd

Early Bird pricing until January 22nd

How can a simple change in materials take something from “everyday” to “uncanny”? In this hands-on workshop, you will transform the identity of an object of your choosing using the traditional techniques of wet and dry felting. Working with natural wool and the partial or whole concealment of a “thing,” discover how meaning shifts when form is manipulated. Begin with a gallery tour looking at "assisted" Readymades, Surrealist objects, and select icons of modern design. Return to the studio for discussion with the artist and instruction in two related textile processes. Once your piece is complete, it will be photographed for an archive of such objects. Then, it is up to you to imagine a place for your re/invention and find space for further intervention.

Posted: 12/29/13 


Nomadic Feltmaking at Designtex

On Thursday, December 12, it's back to Designtex, the textile company I've known and loved since my years in New York…

…a celebratory felt making workshop with artist Hope Ginsburg, exploring the history, technology and mythology of wool felt. You will produce a piece of felt with an inlaid design of your choosing, and with the new skills that you'll acquire, you could go on to make bowls, socks, or a weatherproof house for life on the steppes.  You will get very clean making felt, so be sure to wear clothes that can withstand soap and hot water. Materials will be provided. Nomadic futures will be conjured.

Posted: 12/9/13


CUE 10th Anniversary Benefit & Auction


New work commissioned for the CUE Art Foundation 10th Anniversary Benefit & Auction, Tuesday November 19th, 2013.

"Scary Shark" (seen here) and "Oarfish Love" photo backdrops made from cut felt, 6'x6'. And props: two sets of scuba masks and snorkels made with hand felted wool, and a pair of felted flippers. With striped dive beanies in the mix. 

Posted: 11/20/13


Utah


This week, I'm heading to Utah for a lecture at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art on Thursday, October 17th at 4pm, followed by studio visits on Friday morning. 

Posted 10/12/13


Trip to see Oncosclera jewelli, 9/14/2013


In Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil during the opening of the 9th Mercosul Biennial, an expedition with marine biologists Dr. Cecilia Volkmer-Ribeiro, Dr. Rodrigo Cambara Printes, Dr. Daniel Slomp and biology students Julio Stelmach, Liriane Petry and Aline Scheid to Lajeado das Margaridas and Passo do S at the Parque Estadual do Tainhas to see the Oncosclera jewelli sponges in their spectacular river habitat. Hiking through the river, driving into the river at dusk, surrounded by Araucaria trees, gazing at the glowing green sponges and celebrating it all with a shared Italian dinner and homemade wine in Sao Francisco de Paula.

To see the full set of pictures, go here.

Posted: 10/5/13


September in Porto Alegre, the Opening of the 9th Mercosul Biennial


Returning to Porto Alegre in September with three Xestospongia muta (marine barrel sponges) produced in the Sponge HQ.  A long day at the studio to finish the Tetilla radiata species for the installation, "Gene for an Eye." A full team of cooperating artists is convened for the work: Luciane Bucksdricker, Francesco Settineri, Arthur Lang, Marcia Braga, Ney Caminha. Marcia's husband's churrasco barbecue keeps us fed and focused. Then, back at the Usina do Gasometro, working in the "freshwater tank," to make the river sponge, Drulia browni. Finalizing the installation, seeing the exhibition, visiting and joining in the opening festivities.

For the full set of pictures, go here.

Posted 10/5/13


Lecture & Conversation for "Cloud Formations" the Pedagogical Program of the 9th Mercosul Biennial


August 8, 2013. Organized for the "Cloud Formations" pedagogical program of the 9th Mercosul Biennial, a night of lectures and conversation on the topic of effluents and musing on the nature of relating science to art.  With joint lectures by myself and marine biologist (and sponge expert), Dr. Cecilia Volkmer Ribeiro and a conversation between the two of us moderated by Potira Preiss, the organizer of the evening. In the audience, the Mediators of the biennial, a group of people who will imaginatively translate the exhibition for the public, which includes the thousands of school children from Rio Grande do Sul who will be bussed to Porto Alegre to see the show.

Posted 10/5/13


August in Porto Alegre, Making "On Resisting the Separation of the Continents"


Traveling to Porto Alegre in August to spend two weeks "on the ground" making several large, yellow-green, Oncosclera jewelli sponges from felted, hand-dyed wool. Working cooperatively with VCUarts undergraduates and "Sponge HQ Monitors" Gavin Foster and Lindsay Clements (who traveled with me), Producer Luciane Bucksdricker, Assistant Producer Francesco Settineri and Biennial Mediators, Arthur Lang, Juliana Scheid and Sarah Szekir-Papasavva in the donated studio of Marcia Braga. Under the watchful, expert eye of Dr. Cecilia Volkmer Ribeiro who named this genus of freshwater sponge in the 1960's and informally called it, "felt of the sea." By the end of the trip four freshwater sponges, rendered in wool, installed in the Usina do Gasometro for the 9th Mercosul Biennial, part of the installation "On Resisting the Separation of the Continents."

For the full set of trip pictures, go here.

Posted on 10/5/13


Weather Permitting


Weather Permitting

9th Mercosul Biennial

Porto Alegre, Brazil

September 13-November 10, 2013

Natural dyeing is underway for a new work for Weather Permitting, the 9th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Working in the VCUarts Fibers area dye lab with natural dye whiz and former student Jessica Dodd, along with Sponge HQ monitors Colleen Billing and Gavin Foster. With Clare van Loenen at the writer's desk.

Mordanting 45 lbs of wool and using cochineal, indigo, cutch and weld to achieve a palette of four colors, which will describe as many species of Brazilian sponges, both freshwater and marine.

A cooperative work, produced between the Sponge HQ in Richmond, VA and a network of artists, designers and students in Porto Alegre, will appear in the exhibition, Portals, Forecasts and Monotypes. The piece, situated in two recessed spaces in a former thermoelectric plant, dovetails with the pedagogical program of the biennial, Cloud Formations.

In August, 2013, two VCUarts Painting & Printmaking undergraduate students, Lindsay Clements (BFA, 2014) and Gavin Foster (BFA, 2015) will travel with me to Porto Alegre for on-the-ground workshops and production.

Images

Project Cooperators to date:

Sponge HQ:

Colleen Billing

Lindsay Clements

Jessica Dodd, Linya Threads

Dan Fawley, The Fiber Warehouse

Gavin Foster

Clare van Loenen

Porto Alegre

Cecilia Volkmer-Ribeiro, Marine Scientist

and more to come...

Posted 7/4/13


Blogging Spring Cleaning


With braided rug by Clare van Loenen and sponges felted by JoJo Houff, Patrick Carter and the monitors of the Sponge HQ. Thanks Clare for capturing Open Late: Spring Cleaning on the HQ blog

The Sponge HQ has its first graduates. To mark the moment the space was thoroughly spring-cleaned, cake was baked and lemonade brewed with honey from the 2012 bees. A new hive, built by Eric Stepp, has been installed and awaits its next generation of occupants. In the stillness of transition we opened our doors as part of an Anderson Gallery Open Late and Richmond’s First Friday[...]

Posted 6/10/13


A Sponge in the Harbor, at Beta-Local


Beta Local, The Harbor

Talk
5/16-6pm
"Sponge in the Harbor"

Site Visit
5/10-5/24
"Recently minted scuba diver and long time sea-sponge enthusiast travels to San Juan to initiate a project for Beta-Local. During the Harbor Residency, researching undersea life along the coast of Puerto Rico, diving and collecting images, video and sound, with thoughts toward realizing an underwater performance. Trading visits with residents from La Practica, offering a lecture and a workshop. Meeting as many people as possible with knowledge of local marine ecology. Group snorkeling and copious exploring."

Sketches and designs produced with documentation from the Harbor are here.

Photographs made while diving PR can be seen here.

Trip photos are here.

Posted: 5/16/2013

Updated: 6/9/2013


The Oldest Textile Process, The First Multicellular Animal & A Thing About Collectivity: What We Learn by Making


Taking the material processes of both wet and dry felting and the subject matter of the sea-sponge, this workshop explores learning by doing, or specifically the pedagogic power of craft. How do collective making and the very process of constructing by hand empower participants to engage new fields of study?  And in this case, with a focus on the sea sponge (as form and biological metaphor) the use of craft for both fostering collaboration and extending an understanding of ecology is explored.

Foam replicas of Spongia officinalis and Spongia officinalis lemella were produced in advance by Sponge HQ monitor Julia Hundley in Richmond, VA.

"Power to the People: Practices of Empowerment through Craft," convened by Otto von Busch, Pascale Gatzen and Lydia Matthews for the 10th European Academy of Design Conference. Gothenburg, Sweden, April 17-19, 2013.

Posted: 4/22/2013


Open Late: Spring Cleaning


Spring Cleaning
Sponge HQ
Anderson Gallery
Friday, May 3rd
5pm-7pm

Open Late 5.03.13 – Spring Cleaning in the Sponge HQ with an eyeful of loose ends tied up, loose ends braided, a brand new beehive, live silk-screening, and glasses of honey-sweetened lemonade raised to our graduating Monitors.

With Colleen Billing, Colleen Brennan, Patrick Carter, Lindsay Clements, S. Riley Duncan, Gavin Foster, Hope Ginsburg, JoJo Houff, Julia Hundley, Warren Jones and Clare van Loenen.

Posted: 4/8/13


Felt Case Study #1: The Material is the Metaphor is the Material


Home from Doha, where Felt Case Study #1 unfolded over five days of "Hybrid Making," the theme for this year's Tasmeem Middle-East Art & Design Conference.

Workshop collaborators Carol Derby, Deidre Hoguet, Richard Lombard, Corby Elford and I had the privilege of working toward a final exhibition with eleven die-hard participants.

Together we made the raw material for wall-mounted product prototypes, a custom pocketed wall piece and modular forms that were used to write "love" in Arabic.

Hope's Flick'r Set

Photography by Dominika Bozic

Posted: 3/21/13


Porto Alegre Site Visit


March 1-6, 2013 

A project about Brazilian freshwater and marine sponges got its start this week in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. 

Working with the amazing folks from the Mercosul Biennial along with experts, artists and architects, I learned about the city, the sites of the show, and a host of Brazilian sponges. 

One such species predates the separation of the continents and lives now in only Brazil and Japan, the majestic, encrusting Oncosclera Jewelli, discovered in 1963 by project contributor, Cecilia Volkmer-Ribeiro. 

More to come this summer (that's winter in POA). Meantime, more pictures from the trip are here.

Posted: 3/8/2013


A General Theory of Last Night


A general Theory of Last Night: A Constructed Panel Discussion” was a scripted panel discussion written collaboratively in the context of the College Art Association Conference in New York on Februrary 15, 2013. A group of 10 participants gathered the evening before the panel to collectively script a discussion that tried to address some of the issues currently being discussed at the conference, identify topics of debate and articulate those positions in a clear and concise manner. 

Collaborating writers included: Michelle Levy, Adeola Enigbokan, Barbara Adams, Caroline Woolard, Hope Ginsburg, Tatiana Flores, Olga Kopenkina, Michael Mandiberg, Martha Rosler, and Pablo Helguera. The introduction and final edited version of the text were made by Pablo Helguera.

The panel was performed by actors Kevin Scullin, Melissa Chambers and Richard Saudek.

The complete script is here.
Text from Pablo Helguera Archive, 2/15/13

Posted: 2/22/13

Crafting the Future

10th European Academy of Design Conference
Gothenburg, Sweden
April 17-19, 2013

Presenting: The Oldest Textile Process, The First Multicellular Animal & A Thing about Collectivity: What we Learn by Making, a workshop in Power to the People: Practices of Empowerment through Craft, convened by Lydia Matthews, Pascale Gatzen and Otto von Busch.

Posted: 2/4/2013


One Minute Film Festival: 10 Years


One Minute Film Festival: 10 Years, opening at Mass MoCA on March 23rd. Celebrating a decade of one minute movies made for Jason Simon and Moyra Davey's annual festival in Narrowsburg, NY. With hundreds of films, the screening of an hour-long "exquisite corpse" project, a book... and posters designed by the artists.

Here's the poster I made for my 2011 offering, La Jetee. In a Minute. Sorted.

Posted: 1/28/13


Hybrid Making: Tasmeem Doha 2013

Tasmeem Doha Middle East Art & Design Conference
Doha, Qatar
March 10-17, 2013

Collaborating with Carol Derby and Deidre Hoguet of Designtex and Richard Lombard and Corby Elford of VCU Qatar to produce a five day workshop: Felt Case Study #1: The Material is the Metaphor is the Material.

More information is here.

Posted: 1/13/13


CAA Panel Presentation: Hybrid Practices

Thursday February 14
12:30-2:00pm
College Art Association Conference
Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

ARTspace
CAA Services to Artists Committee 
Meta-Mentors: Hybrid Practices 
Murray Hill Suite, 2nd Floor 

Chairs: Vesna Pavlovic, Vanderbilt University;
Niku Kashef, California State University, Northridge

Yvette Brackman, independent artist
Samantha Fields, California State University, Northridge
Hope Ginsburg, Virginia Commonwealth University
Max Schumann, Printed Matter, Inc
Jenna Spevack, New York City College of Technology, City University of New York

Posted: 1/13/13


Blogging "Open Late"


"Relics and Tales from Prototype for Preserving the Phylum Porifera" goes live on the HQ blog with scribe Clare van Loenan's capture of the inaugural Open Late. 

Posted: 12/9/12


N2NM: Exchange


December 14

5-8pm

Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion

1607 Paseo de Peralta

Santa Fe, NM

Protoype 1 from Prototype for Preserving the Phylum Porifera goes to Santa Fe for the inaugural N2NM: Exchange. 

Posted: 12/9/12


Open Late


Open Late
Sponge HQ
Anderson Gallery
Friday, November 30th
5pm-8pm

Open Late 11.30.12 – Relics and tales from Prototype for Preserving the Phylum Porifera in the Sponge HQ alongside a potluck organized by the artists of Portrait as Community, which opens concurrently in the gallery next door.

Prototype for Preserving the Phylum Porifera, a hands-on project in honor of the sea-sponge, was produced by Hope Ginsburg and the student researchers of the Sponge HQ earlier this month at MoMA. The event was a "Swarming" for Mildred's Lane and the Mildred Complex(ity) and the MoMA Studio: Common Senses exhibition. Now we’re bringing it all back home.

On view in the HQ this Friday night is a video specially produced for the project in New York, sea-sponges: felted and cast in beeswax and bronze, and a portfolio of archival material. The evening plays out amid hand-felted bee-box seats with honey to taste from the HQ hive.

With Colleen Billing, Colleen Brennan, Patrick Carter, Lindsay Clements, S. Riley Duncan, Gavin Foster, Hope Ginsburg, JoJo Houff, Julia Hundley, Joshua Quarles and Clare van Loenan.

Posted: 11/26/12


Blogging "Prototype for the Phylum Porifera"


Thanks Clare van Loenan for capturing "Prototype for Preserving the Phylum Porifera" on the Sponge HQ blog.
Posted: 11/18/12


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Posted: 10/31/12


Sponge HQ at MoMA


Prototype for Preserving the Phylum Porifera - a hands-on project in honor of the sea sponge, the oldest extant animal on the planet. Hope Ginsburg and the student researchers of the Sponge HQ travel to MoMA to deliver items for the Mildred's Lane archive. The group presents a video specially produced for the occasion and shares other material artifacts from the pedagogical Sponge and Colablablab projects at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

The event takes place amid hand-felted beehive-box seats with honey to taste from the Sponge HQ in  Richmond, VA. The public is invited to participate in this collective project by Colleen Billing, Colleen Brennan, Patrick Carter, Lindsay Clements, Riley Duncan, Gavin Foster, Hope Ginsburg, JoJo Houff, Julie Hundley, Joshua Quarles and Clare van Loenen.

A Swarming for Mildreds Lane and the Mildred Complex(ity) in MoMA Studio: Common Senses, Sunday, November 11th, 12pm-4pm. Mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building. 

Posted: 10/31/12
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