Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thanks for visiting the project blog. To see posts on the Open House and Spring Space to see her in all her glory, check out the tabs on the right side bar to see more photos from the building process, guests, and events.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Splitting up

Softbox is shrinking like our economy. I'm splitting up the space due to finances and an impending MFA show. It'll still be beautiful, but the scales of public vs. private are tipping heavily towards the private for now.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Spring Space Closing party

tons of fun! A little steamy but the last hour was gorgeous on the roof.

summer sunset

Monday, June 22, 2009

Spring Space Closing

Spring Space is closing on Sunday, June 28th. There will be a reception/potluck from 4pm-7pm. See sidebar for directions!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Spring Space Opening

Spring Space opening went well! The work looked beautiful on fresh white walls with good lighting. Valeria's "curator's didactic" around the center pillar was a great sculptural addition and guests got to see the light change over the course of the night. She was at her best.

It is open by appointment until the end of the month. Email me: softbox "at" joqnelson.com.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Spring Space, curated by Valeria Federici

Softbox's contribution to A Lot of Possibilities as Spring Space will open Saturday May 30th.

The show is curated by Valeria Federici based on an open concept of boundaries and limits.
Federici writes: "In harmony with Soft Box, a location that escapes standard definitions of space by existing as a living object molded by individuals and transformed through their ideas, Spring Space presents episodes of straddling boundaries and facing barriers.”
“In an implicit manner, to define means to exclude. Spring Space addresses the possible interruption of such proscription by investigating, reinventing and overcoming limits.” Federici continues.

Artists include:
Alyssa Casey
Marion Misilim
Roel Vanderlinden

Work of the artists involved is a direct response to their experience in and with a foreign country and culture:
“Travelling in Alentejo, Portugal, I was deeply struck by the strong resemblance of that landscape to the region of California where I grew up.” Alyssa Casey said.
Having been trained in biology, art, and the research methods of physical geography, Alyssa decided to place her own emotional truth under scrutiny by conducting an experiment to objectively test the resemblance of Alentejo and California.

Alyssa Casey, from California-Alentejo

Marion Misilim travelled to Romania to visit her family. She came to the US when she was 3 years old with her parents escaping communism. Her relatives still live there. Marion first travelled back to Romania in 1997 in an exploration of another life she may have lived. Marked by the death of her grandmother, in her last trip in 2008, she noticed how much the country is changing driven by progress and how local identities risk extinction.

Marion Misilim, from web projects.

Roel Vanderlinden travelled to US for the first time in the summer of 2008. The constant presence of American flags throughout the landscape - hanging from windows, standing in many backyards as well as atop many buildings - inspired him and his brother Martijn an ongoing project to spread the message "unity through identity". The project already brought Roel in Lisbon, Seville, St. Savinien, Novo Mesto and Zagreb making fields of painted flags, of all countries, in all countries, with all people.

Roel Vanderlinden from "unity through identity."
Federici holds a MA in Art History from The University of Rome, Italy. She moved to New York City on October 2007 where she now lives and works. She has been working for art galleries both in New York City and Massachusetts where she managed several exhibition research projects and co-operated on installation curatorial aspects.
Federici's past projects include:
-Participation in the MCLA Arts Management Program, North Adams, MA, in Summer 2007, co-installing several exhibitions at Gallery 51
-Work with Picture Projects Inc., Brooklyn, NY, for exhibition managing, developing and researching.
-Co-curated Sand Counting Lab, an installation by Alison Cornyn for the exhibition “Sand, Memory, Meaning and Metaphor” at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY.
-Installation planning and oversight for exhibition of Gilles Peress photographs as part of Access to Life project at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. travelling to Madrid, Spain, Oslo, Norway and Rome, Italy.
-Currently, Federici is working at a permanent exhibition for a landmark building by Frank Lloyd Wright in Elkins Park, PA.

(The project California - Alentejo was originally created within the context of the Festival Escrita na Paisagem 2007 (Written in the Landscape), a festival of performance art in Alentejo, Portugal. After a road trip in 2004, where in she brought Alyssa to the Alentejo landscape, Inês Barreiros included Alyssa in the section "Andamentos" (a section dedicated to young artists/performances). The artist would like to acknowledge Inês for her invaluable creative and logistical support. The project would not have been possible without the generosity and help of she and her entire family, Leonilde, José, and Ana Barreiros. California – Alentejo was created with a grant from the US Embassy of Portugal, Department of Cultural Affairs)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Three Bull Shenanigans

Softbox hosted its 1st dance party for 3 Taurus troublemakers, Meredith Davenport, Ellie Krakow, and Rebecca Loyche. The "unfortunate matador" cake by Jane Hansen went over well, especially with Cool Papa who broke out of his cage while we were out to dinner and devoured half of it.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Video night-organized by Lara Duren

Fantastic. We climbed up to the roof before hand, a perfect "1st spring day" in New York. We don't look for daffodills, the real signs of spring are bare legs and sundresses.

Crowd was mesmerized by the sometimes silly, sometimes dark, work. Artists included:

Barchael, Michael Berube, Amy Brener, Meredith Davenport, Rob Debbane, Lara Duren, McLean Fahnestock, Nathan Gwynne, David Kagan, Ellie Krakow, Yuliya Lanina, Jess Levey, Rebecca Loyche, Nathaniel Lieb, Lars Rasmussen, Sarada Rauch, Meg Vinson, Alex Golden, and Seldon Yuan.

There was fun with wheels, too, rearranging the space.

Resident Mary Mazzer also showed her work, material paintings using cardboard and chenille plus a panel of psycho-responsive watercolor drawings.

Monday, April 13, 2009

SoftBox-Short Video Screening Night + Meet the Resident!

Short video screening event curated by Lara Duren.
Humor. Dark. Light. Bizarro.

Artists include: Barchael, Michael Berube, Amy Brener, Meredith Davenport, Rob Debbane, Lara Duren, McLean Fahnestock, Nathan Gwynne, David Kagan, Ellie Krakow, Yuliya Lanina, Jess Levey, Rebecca Loyche, Nathaniel Lieb, Lars Rasmussen, and Sarada Rauch.

Also, Mary Mazzer will be showing work she's made in residence at Softbox since December.

They'll be some goodies, BYOB is appreciated.

Saturday, April 18th
Opens at 7pm, Screening starts at 8-ish

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Video Screening, Call for Entries

This is an upcoming event curated by Lara Duren. Please forward this to anyone that might be interested!

Video and time-based artists––

Softbox is calling for submissions of time-based art. Time––if you've got it, give it!

We are looking for work that embodies all flavors of humor and it's relationship to the human condition. We want it real, we want it raw, and we want it bad. We don't care how you dish it out as long as it's hot and ready to... wait, what was I talking about? Right! Humor–– make us laugh, make us laugh so hard we cry, annoy us with your idiocy, disturb us with your irony, astound us with your wit, make us uncomfortable, comfortable, sad, angry, sock it to the man––do all of the above and more!
l venue check out softboxqueens.blogspot.com

Submit your work in m2v and aiff files. If you can't do this send a DVD. Please only send a DVD if you absolutely can not submit your work in m2v/aiff form. For performance based work, submit a proposal with visual components. All submissions need to be under 20 min long.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, April 6th.
Although feel free to submit earlier!

If you would like your submissions returned please supply the appropriate postage or pick it up at the event on April 18th.

For performance proposals or general questions please email me at laraduren@comcast.net.

Work will be screened on April 18th. More details on that later!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Space All Over

Softbox is a part of a 4 show coalition , conceived by Anna Lise Jensen. The 1st show takes place at Jensen's apartment in February, opening the weekend of Feb 7-8.

A Lot of Possibilities, the first show at Winter Space, mirrors one room's view of a communal garden. This formerly abandoned private lot was taken over by the City and neglected, until locals decided to organize and turn it into a garden. The exhibition explores the idea and experience of transformation and transplantation through various interior "lots" of participating artists: Nanna Debois Buhl, Laura Fayer, Sandra Eula Lee, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Kenneth Rasmussen, Mark Inglis Taylor and Jonathan Velardi.

Winter Space
15 W. 103rd St. #4D
New York, NY 10025
Open Weekends, 11am-4pm, from February 7th-March 29th.

A Lot of Possibilities opens February 7th, and Winter Space stretches the opening experience by avoiding it. An official opening is replaced by continual presence and visits -spontaneous as well as planned - on Open Weekends, 11am-4pm, from February 7th-March 29th. After that, the exhibition will be open per appointment only (call 917 549-7285) till next winter season rolls around.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Mary Mazzer

Meet Mary Mazzer!

Mary moved in over thanksgiving and will stay and softbox until March. She just finished her MFA in Painting from Kent State University in Ohio.

It was a two-for-one...she brought Cool Papa Bell with her, a Lab/Great Dane mix that dismembers stuffed squirrels and leaves their body parts around the place.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Girls' weekend

Softbox was a full house, hosting Sarah Sutton and Mary Colan from Cleveland, along with another Ohio buddy and new softbox guest Mary Mazzer (post coming soon). They came to town for a Julie Langsam opening at Frederieke Taylor and a little birthday mayhem for Sarah. There were some heated and manic art convos (involving heavy YouTubage and flash drives) and a capacity test of the water heater.

Mary took these nice tricolor skyline shots:

Monday, November 24, 2008

Lidy's thoughts

Performance from Oracle, by Lidy Six. This was a gathering led by a shaman on the dutch island Terschelling.

Lidy was the first guest to Softbox (see post "New Guest: Lidy Six"). This is part of an email from her about her thoughts about the space and her own work.

"...First things that crossed my mind:
Your space relates a lot to my work of the last years, specifically my series ‘Oracles’ in seven parts. In several parts the whole space was white with the audience on white cushions. In part 3 I had a dream interpreter as guest. I was laying down in bed with her, in a large bed for two persons in the middle of the space, the audience around on cushions. For one and a half month every morning I wrote down my dreams of the night. During the performance I told her some of that dreams and she worked with me and the dreams, it was a journey into a dream world with the audience involved. Everything was white, also the bed and sheets and her and my nightclothes, white because of the dream world, it has something diffused, volatile, another dimension. The light had an important role too.And in part 7 we asked also the audience to come in white. That part was about the power of sound and color, I showed you some images on DVD. Here we traveled through seven colors via light and sound. With this part I was very busy during my stay in NY. Last Friday I had a meeting with a new lighting designer for developing further ‘Oracles#7’. I told her about my stay in NY and about your space too (I couldn’t show photo’s, will do that later). She said that she could imagine that it would be nice to work with light in your space for some days, to explore things, also with your rooms on wheels. She is a very good lighting designer, is also writing about light, for example a very good article about the work of James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson.

After leaving and thinking of your space for example the idea fell in that it could be nice to sit a whole day in your space, on white cushions, without talking, in silence and experience the light, all the transitions in light during the day. Starting in the dark in the morning up until the darkness in the evening, from before dawn till after sunset. Writing this now, I become consciousness that it has to do with the sky-scape of Turrell in PS1. I could imagine to do this on a clear winterday, I think that gives beautiful light. And invite people, ‘audience’ for this experience. I remember that you told me that during the day there are sometimes different colors in the space. I would love to experience that..."

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Open House press

Kyla Calvert wrote about Softbox after interviewing me before the open house. She is covering the neighborhood on her blog (scroll down to Thursday, October 2, if you can make it past the post titled "Rikers Island guard made me fight thug, ex-inmate").

The open house was also reported in Queens Chronicle by Paul Leonard, see article here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Chen Tamir from Flux factory (and curator of Living Room) is the most recent guest at Softbox. She's unfortunately a double refugee at the moment, coordinating the clean-sweep of Flux Factory (lost to eminent domain!) and from her own domicile. I think some fluxers are stuffing envelopes at Softbox this week for their benefit.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Election Night Party

Wanna come over and dare to dream?
Election Night party:
Nov. 4th, 5:30pm until it is over (that's right, see above, dare to dream!)
I'll have my TV, NPR, and internet to help the baited breath.
Maybe even an interactive color-me-in-map!

Please RSVP

Apply to Softbox

Interested in coming to Softbox as a resident? See information below!

1: Description of Program

Short term subsidized residency, 1-3 months, live/work warehouse space with option for hosting an event.

2: What supports/services are provided as part of the program? i.e. housing, studio space, food, stipend, etc..

Subsidized live/work opportunity at below market rental price. Opportunity to stage a small-scale event or performance in the space, possibilities include music or theater performance, film/video screening, relational projects.

Basic sculpture tools available: table saw, chop saw, hand tools. Private studio plus option to build larger site-specific work in space.

Information about events and resources provided by host as needed, access to host’s contact list for promotion.

3: What disciplines is the residency for? Visual Arts, music, architecture...

Unlimited, but there are restrictions on the use of space in terms of lighting, audience size, harsh chemicals and noise levels.

4: Who is eligible to apply?

Emerging or established artist, international welcome. This opportunity is ideal for an artist who is coming to New York to work on a project/performance, to research project possibilities and network, or relocating to New York and needing a short term place to live, work, and present projects.

5: Application procedure and Materials

Email application in prose form describing yourself, statement of need, proposal for use, time frame, web link to previous work and/or attached images, and 1 professional references available by phone. Feel free to attach CV or press.

Email or phone interview to follow initial review.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis, length of stay dependent on needs and availability.

contact: Jo Q. Nelson, softbox "at" joqnelson.com