Art Basel 2014: Basel, Miami Beach, Hong Kong

Art Basel 2014 - Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

Art Basel 2014: Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong

by: Zoe V. Speas, The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

A strong tradition of art fairs in the international arts community emerged out of a need to cultivate connections between artists, galleries, and individual patrons, regardless of cultural or geographical divides. This year, the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts is proud to promote the Art Basel 2014 art fair in Miami Beach, Hong Kong, and Basel.

The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts presents the work of founding artists Angel Orensanz at such fairs as Art Palm Beach 2014 and Miami Art + Design (MA+D), but also presents artist materials and publications such as ARTSCAPE Magazine to the Art Basel 2014 Fairs out of Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong.

Art Basel 2014

Visitors gather at the exhibition area of the Gallery Bernier/Eliades (Athens) at the international art show “Art 39 Basel”, in Basel, Switzerland. Art Basel 2014.

(From the ART BASEL 2014 website.)

ART BASEL 2014

Connecting the international art community has been Art Basel’s goal since its beginning. Now, over forty years later, it ranks as the premier show of its kind, presenting 20th and 21st century art with a strong curatorial perspective. Its tradition of excellence across a wide range of genres offers visitors the most vital art that the world’s best galleries can offer.

In both Basel and Miami Beach now, and in Hong Kong moving forward, the week of the Art Basel 2014 show teems with parallel exhibitions and cultural events, creating an exciting environment that deepens and strengthens the relationship between gallerists, artists, curators and collectors.

Art Basel 2014

Art Basel 2014 links the artworlds of Miami Beach, Basel, and Hong Kong through its international fair.

THE IMPACT OF ART FAIRS and ART BASEL 2014

The dynamic relationships between art galleries, their artists, private collectors and public institutions play an essential role in today’s artworld. Galleries support emerging artists by funding their production, introducing them to the artworld, and helping to shape and develop their careers. Well-established artists are generally represented by gallerists who over time have built an extensive international audience for the artist, both through shows in their own spaces and by promoting their work worldwide. Similarly, galleries active in historical material can help to increase or revive interest in an artist long after their death.

Today, fairs such as Art Basel 2014 function as the primary global promotional platform for galleries, allowing them access to a massive number of collectors and curators, people who come to fairs not only to discover new artists and new galleries, but also to deepen their engagement with those that they already know. Thus, a successful fair is one that not only generates sales for exhibitors, but also spurs new collectors and curators to follow the activities of their favorite artists all over the globe – and drives them to see shows in the year-round spaces of the galleries that have supported those artists so strongly.

ARTSCAPE Magazine Now Available!

It’s here! The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts proudly presents the latest issue of ARTSCAPE Magazine.

Now available for print or online subscription, ARTSCAPE Magazine is LIVE and ready for you to download today.

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The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts – ARTSCAPE Magazine Summer/Fall Edition

ARTSCAPE Magazine reflects the cultural and artistic activities of the Angel Orensanz Foundation, a Manhattan-based organization for the arts and culture. Operating out of a beautiful, gothic-inspired building designed by Alexander Saeltzer in 1849, the Foundation seeks to reflect and maintain the artistic energy that pervades the New York City community.

Our magazine serves as a conduit between the affairs of the Foundation and the network of producing artists and innovators throughout New York City. By presenting content that relates art to implications of society and global culture, ARTSCAPE provides up-to-date arts-news coverage in the universally accessible format of vivid imagery and engaging texts. The goal remains, as always, to spark conversation and foster connectivity in an ever-expanding and ever-changing city.

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ARTSCAPE magazine – in print and available for purchase at The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts. Photo credit – Alexa Eskinazi

This edition features a collection of all-new reports on the arts scene in New York City and beyond. 

ARTSCAPE Magazine Articles Include:

  • Sacred Space: Art in Non-Neutral Environments
  • Language, Mind and Memory
  • Building an Art Paradise
  • Origins: The Influence of Space and History on the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

Visit the Angel Orensanz Foundation homepage for more information about the Foundation and upcoming issues of ARTSCAPE Magazine and our NEWSLETTER!

Musicians. We. LOVE. Katy Gunn & Fred Baker – New York Music

Musicians. We. LOVE. – KATY GUNN and FRED BAKER take on the New York Music scene.

by: Zoe V. SpeasThe Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

The “We. LOVE.” series at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts is proud to present a new chapter - Musicians. We. LOVE. This week, we’re excited to introduce to you the talents and stylings of Katy Gunn and her brother Fred Baker. 

New York Music

Musician. We. LOVE. Katy Gunn in performance.

FOLLOW THESE LINKS for a sampling of Katy Gunn’s track, “Beautiful Things” and Fred Baker’s “Pocket Full of Detritus”.

New York Music

Musicality as an inherited trait: Katy Gunn practices the violin with her older brother.

I’ve believed for a long time that musicality is an inherited trait as specific and definite as brown eyes vs. blue, or a crooked thumb vs. straight.

Katy and Fred have the gene, it’s undeniable, and while they both trained from their youth in classical violin and guitar respectively, today they’re searching for the soul of the city in their respective songwriting and poetry-rap explorations in the world of New York music.

New York Music

Fred Baker performing his unique style of what his sister refers to as “poetry-rap”

I first encountered these musicians at a private concert hosted by the Lower East Side’s New York music venue - the Living Room – a gorgeously intimate “talent incubator”  established in 1988 by Jennifer Gilson, who owns it with her husband, Steve Rosenthal.

Katy Gunn was one of the last few performers to have a night at the Living Room before it closed its doors temporarily.

It was not Katy’s first time at the venue—she has performed there before with other musical groups—but the evening was made even more special by the invitation I received by two wonderful members of the team at NOoSphere Arts on East Houston Street in the Lower East Side. Founding Artistic Director Sol Kjøk and gallery manager Annemarta Mugaas are friends of Ms. Gunn’s and have adopted her as a musician-in-residence at NOoSphere, where the brother and sister team have performed frequently in the past, often in conjunction with performance art and dance pieces sponsored by the gallery.

New York Music

Katy Gunn and Fred Baker perform at NOoSphere Arts on E. Houston Street in the Lower East Side.

Before I first parted the curtains to the private backroom performance space where Katy and her brother were performing, I was expecting a fully stocked band complete with percussionist, strings, guitar, and back-up vocals.

New York Music

Katy Gunn performs at the Living Room in New York’s Lower East Side with Fred Baker and vocalist, Thea Beemer.

When I stepped into the room and found only Katy and her brother and vocalist Thea Beemer, I was amazed. The trio created such fullness and variety of sound through Fred’s work on the sound pad and Katy’s ability to sing and orchestrate her violin simultaneously as Thea harmonized seamlessly with her melodies.

New York Music

Musicians. We. LOVE. Katy Gunn, New York Music.

The problem with my music,” said Katy of this complicated blending process, “is that there’s so much wacky instrumentation and orchestration—it’s a challenge to make it work live.

Through use of live sampling, Gunn’s multifaceted sound elicits the intimacy of a jazz/blues background, with an infectious pop/electronic dance beat.  The lyrics she composes touch on a variety of issues, from religion and faith (“All the People”) to the obsessive and all-consuming nature of love (“Beautiful Things”)—they speak to the search of an artist trying to understand the world and New York music through louder questions, and more colorfully.

“The more we divorce ourselves from religion, if art doesn’t replace that idea of spirit, we’ll all be in trouble,” Gunn says.

Learning about the process and resultant navigation of the New York music world can be an overwhelming experience, even sitting across from Katy Gunn and Fred Baker at a cozy Thai restaurant on the Lower East Side. Especially when she doesn’t seem to recognize it as such in the least.

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from http://www.katygunn.com – Katy Gunn’s photoshoot in Brooklyn.

As I ask her about the process she undergoes to develop a new song or new lyric idea, and she begins to explain – with difficulty, at times – I’m comforted to realize that it’s the same challenge, the same difficulty even that I face as a writer, grasping at wisps of an idea in the hopes of weaving it into something resembling a story.

It starts as an imprint,” says Gunn. “One I keep coming back to. I get a beat down, and then find lyrics that match with that rhythm. Sometimes I’ll wake up after sleep with ideas and I’ll try to go and find them again. When it’s something, I’ll listen to it and think, ‘I must have heard this somewhere before…’”

I’m nodding and swallowing heaps of Pad Thai at this point. I think Katy notices my far-off expression and dismisses my confusion with a sweep of her hand. Then she says something to me and to Fred that I’ll remember forever. Especially his response.

New York Music

Katy Gunn and Fred Baker, in performance.

“Anyone can do it, if you put your mind to it,” Katy Gunn assures me. Fred looks up from his curried chicken and rice dish and lifts an eyebrow. “Not anybody,” he adds firmly, and she doesn’t argue. Just smiles.

The truth of the matter is that Katy and Fred do what they do for the same reason that an artist creates, or a writer composes, or an actor takes the stage.

“When I do it well, it’s the only thing that makes me happy,” says Gunn.

“I’m totally paranoid leading up to it, but if it goes well, I’m lost in this lovely place—there have been times I’ve performed when I find myself in a separate world, watching it all happen. There’s no self-identity. It’s a living meditation.”

Listening to her music – and to the music of other up-and-coming new singer/songwriters of the New York music scene – is to participate just as fully as performing it. You become aligned with the artists’ message, you’re rooting for them, like noble underdogs fighting for the survival of art in the face of an increasingly oppressive Gotham City.

Follow Katy Gunn at her website for updates about performances, music downloads, and album releases!

Zoe V. Speas is a writer and editor for the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts. Follower her on tumblr and twitter.

Lou Reed: the Death of a Poet, Musician, and a Friend.

Lou Reed: the Death of a Poet, Musician, and a Friend.

By: Al Orensanz, Director of the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

 New York, November 5, 2013.

death of Lou Reed

The death of Lou Reed hits hard at the Angel Orensanz Foundation. Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed.

Laurie Anderson, wife of the late Lou Reed, has sent us copy of her letter to her husband’s friends, admirers and followers:

What a beautiful fall! Everything is shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water is surrounding us.

Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in upstate New York for the past few years, and even though we’re city people, this is our spiritual home. Last week, I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it!

Lou Reed

from the letter written by Laurie Anderson, wife of the late Lou Reed.

Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician’s hands moving through the air.

Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.

Laurie Anderson, his loving wife and eternal friend.”

Lou Reed

Lou Reed; 1942-2013.

Lou Reed came often to our building in Lower Manhattan for concerts and literary presentations. We conversed frequently: he was an admirer of the art of Angel Orensanz, and we were devoted admirers of his talent and his charm.

Lou Reed, enjoy your eternal rest. Remember us; we will always be here. 

Banksy Street Art: The End of an Era

The End of an Era: A month of Banksy Street Art in New York

by: Zoe V. SpeasThe Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

Banksy Street Art residence in New York City - from October 27 in Greenpoint.

Banksy street art residence in New York City – from October 27 in Greenpoint.

October has been a busy month in the art world. We had a government shutdown, a Banksy street art residence, and consequent reactions ranging from outrage to a revitalization of  the question of defining art.

It all ties together, really, and that’s what I wanted to talk about before Halloween hits us full-force tonight and it’s November before we know it or remember how it came upon us so quickly.

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The shutdown. Remember when that happened?

(Hey.  Remember when THIS happened?)

The first piece I wrote for the Angel Orensanz Foundation was a discussion about the definition of art, creatively entitled, “What is Art?” I scratched it out in a pitifully banged-up notebook during the long train ride from Richmond, VA to Penn Station, NYC.

I talked about how art is fundamentally dramatic—there are countless full-length theatrical dramas and comedies featuring characters that are artists or connoisseurs of art because of this quality. Whatever definition you assign to art, I believe it must allow for the drama and the conflict that is created by putting brush to canvas, hands to clay, etc. We thrive off of this drama, we need it, and we live for it because it illustrates the constant questions that percolate beneath the surface in us from day to day.

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Tahir Square. Angel Orensanz. Politics in art.

Too bad our society isn’t crafted to allow for the necessity of art.

In fact, we spend a lot of effort and money marginalizing art into something to do with leisure or entertainment. But there’s a difference—a monstrosity of a difference—between leisure/entertainment and art. Leaving the theatre after a production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal or Shakespeare’s Richard III, I’m certainly not at my leisure. Entertained? More like slapped in the face by humanity.

By the way, those productions I just listed? Totally playing right now in NYC. Check them out. You’re welcome.

So, of course, when the government shut down for the first time in seventeen years, what’s the first thing to be cut from funding?

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Always the first thing to go: shutting down the museums, shutting down the government.

The National Endowment for the Arts. In other words, the museums—the culture hubs, the “non-essentials.”

And in the middle of that conflict, Banksy comes to New York City for a self-curated artist’s residence and stirs the pot for us.

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Banksy street art at Yankee Stadium. October 30, 2013.

Banksy’s street art residency is called “Better Out Than In: an Artist’s Residency on the Streets of New York”, and beneath the stencil-outline header, a quote from Paul Cézanne triumphs the mission statement of the work.

All pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside.

I’ll say that perhaps the “outside” to which Cézanne referred might be of a slightly different context than the interpretation apparent in the Banksy street art, but in terms of impact? Banksy’s been spot-on.

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“Better Out Than In” – Bansky street art residence in NYC. October 2013.

All of a sudden art—regardless of how you define it—emerges as a buzzword, a hot topic, the spark that ignites a city of people, young and old, desperate for a cause to impassion them enough to speak out.

It’s impassioned me, anyway.

I’ve spoken to gallery owners, artists, event planners, businessmen, and students about Banksy street art in New York this past month and I encountered no one who had nothing to say, no comment to add. In fact, the topic has served as a jumping-off point to larger issues of politics and society and the boundaries that divide generation from generation.

For myself, I have always been loath to discuss political leanings with friends and acquaintances—the ensuing arguments inevitably evolve into a loop of misunderstanding and personal affront. I prefer to stay within the realm of art and theatre where I feel comfortable arguing my beliefs—and yes, maybe that makes me a coward, being afraid of engaging in a dispute for fear of defeat or humiliation.

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Banksy’s Greenpoint portrait being painted over by a masked woman. Which is the graffiti – the Banksy street art or the silver paint obscuring it?

Graffiti does ruin people’s property and it’s a sign of decay and loss of control,” the mayor said, “Art is art, and nobody’s a bigger supporter of the arts than I am–you running up to somebody’s property or public property and defacing it is not my definition of art. Or it may be art, but it should not be permitted.” 

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, October 2013.

And yet, this October, I found myself spewing fire over the contradictions arising between vandalism and art, between art as a necessity and our unhesitating cessation of its funding when goings get tough, between the opinions of the Mayor of New York and the arts community of his city.

Banksy’s residence brought me to a single, perhaps obvious conclusion:

If I argued before that art is fundamentally dramatic, then it also must be deeply political.

I’m going to risk sounding like a college sophomore writing a term paper and quote the dictionary at you here—a definition of the word political“relating to relationships of power between people in an organization; to affairs of the state or government.”

Relationships of power between people. Yup. Sounds about right.

Art becomes the venue through which people can argue rights of individualism and power upon a level playing field. There are no mayors, governors, nor presidents: only personal expression and paintbrushes. And regardless of what you think of the Banksy street art and its artistic merits, his residence challenges us to question our relationship to one another, to our government, and to the city walls that house and protect us. 

Call it graffiti or call it art.

It was swift, it was dramatic, and it defined the month of October for me and countless other New Yorkers. Happy Holidays, everyone.

Angel Orensanz for Art Palm Beach 2014

The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts and Contemporary Art Gallery Returns to Art Palm Beach 2014

Zoe V. Speas; The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

 

The Angel Orensanz Gallery and Museum is pleased to announce its participation in Art Palm Beach, January 23-27, 2014.

Art Palm Beach 2014

Artist Angel Orensanz exhibits permanently at the former “Norfolk Street Synagogue”, home to the Orensanz Museum and Gallery. Orensanz will attend the Art Palm Beach 2014 fair.

The Gallery will present The Collective Unconscious, a series of dramatic new sculptures and paintings by Spanish artist Angel Orensanz. Orensanz has been exhibiting internationally since the 1960s and has a permanent exhibit at the Orensanz Foundation, located inside the former “Norfolk Street Synagogue” in New York City’s Lower East Side.

Burning Bronzes

Art Palm Beach 2014, Angel Orensanz, Burning Bronzes

From the Burning Bronzes episode of the Collective Unconscious series, which Angel Orensanz will present at the Art Palm Beach 2014 fair.

Burning Bronzes, a series of miniature-to-middle scale sculptures, speaks to the artist’s journey from Earth and Land Art into his current medium.

Working with the bronze and stoneware, according to Orensanz, “brings me into closer communion with the earth through my art.”

The sculptures on display will represent a continuation of the artist’s study of the human form and its manipulation, while paying homage to a tradition of indigenous art from around the world.

Bodies

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From the ‘Bodies‘ series by Angel Orensanz – an exploration of the human figure continues this winter at Art Palm Beach 2014.

Bodies consists of an incredibly diverse sequence of drawings in charcoal, graphite, ink, and, occasionally, coffee grounds. Angel Orensanz explores human anatomy through a highly vibrant mix of line weight and texture.

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1961. Dinosaurio. Unknown location. Angel Orensanz.

The figures he depicts contort and bend in an expression ranging from agony to ecstasy.

Orensanz began his training in the 1950s at L’Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris with in-depth, literal study of the human body. Over the decades, his use of “body” and “form” has become an abstraction and a metaphor for the human condition and for the current project, Collective Unconscious.

 

The Language of Fire

Language of Fire - Angel Orensanz - Art Palm Beach 2014.

Angel Orensanz presents the Language of Fire as part of the upcoming Collective Unconscious exhibit for Art Palm Beach 2014.

Language of Fire bridges the worlds of painting, sculpture, and photography. Through his use of fire, plastics, and vivid color, Angel Orensanz illustrates the universal language of creativity, which defies boundaries of nationality and race. The artist employs a range of scale and perspective in these living photographs, verging almost into the realm of optical illusion. The images are often reflections and, being taken from the artist’s perspective, the shadow of Angel Orensanz’s figure may often be found within the complex layers of each portrait.

A comprehensive catalog with accompanying essays will be produced for the purpose of the artist’s participation in Art Palm Beach 2014.

 

For more information on Art Palm Beach 2014:

Media Inquiries: The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts, 212.529.7194. foundation@orensanz.org

Fair Hours:  Preview – January 23rd 6:00-7:30pm; Collectors Invitational 7:30-10:00pm; January 24th-27th 12-7pm (6:00pm on the 27th).

Location: Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

TEDx Lower East Side at the Angel Orensanz Foundation

TEDx Lower East Side at the Angel Orensanz Foundation

by: Zoe V. SpeasThe Angel Orensanz Foundation

TEDx Lower East Side comes to the Orensanz

TEDx Lower East Side comes to the Orensanz.

I’ve been watching TEDtalks forever. I rely on them constantly to fill me with inspiration and renewed purpose to pursue – uh, whatever it is I intend to pursue in life. That part’s a work in progress.

Point being: TED is brain food.

Favorite TEDtalk? Easy. Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career

TEDx Lower East Side

“Why Generation Y Yuppies are Unhappy” – This is Lucy. Lucy wants a green lawn with a picket fence with a team of rainbow unicorns grazing inside it.

Actually, I’m not the first of my friends to report this talk  as one of their favorites.

Especially seeing as most of us between the ages of 21-30 have no real clue as to what we’re doing, if we’re being honest – there’s a particularly relevant Huffington Post article entitled Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy that speaks to this predicament.

It’s all about this formula:

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From the Huffington Post website: Why Generation Y Yuppies are Unhappy.

TEDTalks and TEDx Lower East Side help with that, you know, the confusion thing? Somehow having visual and auditory proof that people out there have their stuff figured out makes you a little bit more confident that you’ll figure yours out, too.

TEDx Lower East Side

Angel Orensanz, founding artist of the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts.

But the thing about working at The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts is you have to learn to be content to watch from the sidelines as people from organizations around the world walk through our beautiful front gates and transform the space into a vessel for change, development, art, science, and the future. Whether it’s Target’s Launch of Chris March’s designs for Halloween or a fundraiser for the Lowline project,  - I peer out from the office in the corner of the great hall and watch with eyes wide as saucers as the place just explodes with life and innovations.

That’s me: the wallflower of the Orensanz. 

Until now. Forget sidelines. I’m jumping into the game on this one.

Why, you ask? Oh, I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you.

TEDx Lower East Side is coming to THE ORENSANZ.

That’s right, folks. Lovers of knowledge from around the world rejoice. TEDx (in which x = independently organized TED event) is hosting their TEDx Lower East Side event at the Orensanz this Friday, October 25th between the hours of 11:00am and 8:30pm.

TEDx Lower East Side

From the TEDx website: TEDx Lower East Side comes to the Orensanz.

The TEDx Lower East Side event this Friday is entitled The Hero’s Journey and deals with the questions of why we are drawn to stories like Star Wars or The Matrix – basically, the journey of extraordinary people, or better yet, ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Speakers in attendance may be found here with bios and links to more information on their background and speaking points. TEDx Lower East Side describes their mix of presenters as hailing “from a variety of backgrounds including scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, yogis, monks, educators and activists.”

Bring your brains and and prepare to melt them. I’ll be the one gnoshing on popcorn from the rafters with my ear pressed to the floor to listen in. 

Verbal Communication and the Art of Conversation.

What is verbal communication?

by: Al Orensanz, DirectorThe Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

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From Angel Orensanz’s The Language of Fire – what is verbal communication? It’s the same as the dialogue between an artist and his medium.

What is verbal communication?Conversation exists as a link between diverse minds, characters and perspectives. The immediate participants are the speakers, each equipped with a specific set of languages, registers, labels and linguistic codes.

For verbal communication  to transpire, it requires a gathering of multiple, individual minds.

These include first and foremost the minds of the main participants, but might also include some silent, distant contributors incorporated through references, quotations, pictures, video, digital background and other forms of participation. Such stimuli—TV stories and imageries that burst from the depths of distant memories—can trigger points of conversation simply by association.  That way, the verbal communication and conversation becomes multiple in the sense that interactions occur not only between the interlocutors involved, but between the environment of the room, of the urban landscape, or the countryside, which slips into and colors the content of what is being said and introduced.

There is no such thing as a spontaneous conversation.

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Selection of photo art from Angel Orensanz’s LANGUAGE OF FIRE.

We are not inventing our language as we speak; language pre-exists all our encounters. Our words and sentences were formulated, coined and exchanged long before the moment of communication. In addition, conversation does not occur in a void or in vacuum.

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Photo-Exhibit by Angel Orensanz at the Saint Petersburg Academy of the Arts

Every sentence we might think to organize has been uttered and reformulated countless times before for a variety of contexts and goals. Such previous verbal incarnations provides the key to our understanding of statements uttered in any language or in any script, once the morphology has been detected and reconstructed.

Love TEDTalks? So do we. Check out this video about by Steven Pinker: What our Language Habits Reveal – What is verbal communication?

Angel Orensanz - what is verbal communication? - Light Matter

From Angel Orensanz’s LIGHT MATTER. What is verbal communication? An interplay between the participant and his environment, much like Angel Orensanz’s interaction with physical space in his art.

Conversation is always creative and innovative. It determines the pathways of our mind and the formulation of our sentences. It measures the appropriateness of questions and their answers, of statements and the silence of a gesture, of the accents of formulation and the position of the speaker.

The ingenuity of conversation allows us to process several lines of thought coming from multiple different speakers simultaneously. Despite the crowded environment of numerous strains of verbal communication, we are able to register one main line of discourse, towards which the various lateral and collateral observations are ascribed and formulated.

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What is verbal communication? “There is no such thing as a spontaneous conversation.” Angel Orensanz’s The Language of Fire

In a dialogue with multiple participants, it becomes the most clear it is the logos, the verbal communication, the language that first and foremost prevails and manifests itself. In the course of our inevitable departure from the original pathways of conversation, conflicting lines of thought and perception are constantly re-assembled. Therefore, the internal plurality of all truth becomes patent and operative. It becomes truly dialogue.

Air Travel as Inspiration for Abstract Art

Mental Instances and Their Permanence: Air travel as Inspiration for Abstract Art

by: Al Orensanz, Director - The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

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Angel Orensanz – Ventanilla; plastic/silicone sculpture installed in the window of an in-flight airplane. How do we find inspiration for abstract art thousands of feet above the ground? will be display at Art Palm beach 2014

For all artists, the source of inspiration is a vital element of production. In a search for inspiration for abstract art, Angel Orensanz travels the world constantly armed with a camera and with eyes and hands of extreme agility and sensitivity. Once he captures his subject matter, he retains it and analyses it zealously. Orensanz preserves the image in the form of a negative, a unique creative practice in its own right.

Angel Orensanz continues his pilgrimage throughout the world in a search for the instance of inspiration for abstract art.

The artist works from his studio in New York’s Lower East Side, but he travels frequently to many diverse European countries. His constant pilgrimage throughout the world requires him to spend many hours in airports and on planes, which forces him to settle into a mode of self-reflection in the midst of his constant activity.

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Angel Orensanz – Ventanilla; plastic/silicone sculpture installed in the window of an in-flight airplane.- will be display at Art Palm beach 2014

The tradition of creative inspiration for abstract art being generated by the experience of travel dates back to the records of writers such as Charles Dickens and Pascal. The Impressionist artists crossed the Alps and the Pyrenees by train. The resulting images created by these artists are filed with layers and colors that reflect the colors of the European mountain ranges. Angel Orensanz takes frequent transatlantic journeys throughout Europe, engaging in an artistic pilgrimage similar to those taken by the Impressionists and their predecessors. His work, accordingly, reflects the influence of his surroundings which accordingly provides his inspiration for abstract art.

As much as Angel Orensanz’s work is a dialogue with the subject matter that he treats in each piece, it is also a dialogue with the environment—both culturally and physically—in which his work exists. Air travel, then, provides a unique environment of semi-permanent interlocutors who sit next to and engage with the artists. They bring up questions, one after another, jumping subjects and thought processes as rapidly as their neurons can fire. In his aviary work, Angel Orensanz captures the spirit of this instantaneous evolution in the exchanges of travelers.

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Angel Orensanz – Ventanilla; plastic/silicone sculpture installed in the window of an in-flight airplane.

The images are undefined and imprecise, mirroring our retina as it perceives everything in a whole of totality and distance. When looking at these images, our brain is not hijacked by a commotion of visual messages, but by a blur of undecipherable information.

Text and language becomes one of the keys to clarifying direction and limits the multiple possibilities open to our interpretation.

In other words, our brain is like the deep-sea diver: the more he is equipped to jump, the more truly he penetrates the depths and the mystical landscapes of the darkest reaches of the ocean. Correspondingly, the artist takes advantage of how the mind’s vision is always wider than the sensorial perception, and the spaces that the mind reaches and penetrates surpass what the senses identify and absorb.

Writers. We. LOVE. Episode 2 – New York Art Critic CORINNA KIRSCH

The Writers. We. LOVE. series continues with our second feature spotlight – new york art critic CORINNA KIRSCH of the blog, Art F City. 

To check out our previous episode of this series featuring Christine Mclaren, click here.

Art F City – home of Staff Editor and new york art critic Corinna Kirsch. www.artfcity.com

By: Zoe V. Speas – The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

Recently, I had the privilege of chatting with writer/curator and New York art critic Corinna Kirsch for a phone interview. She was working from home on several freelance writing projects waiting in her queue. We shared a collective sigh of pleasure at the beauty of having passions that we can occasionally pursue in the comfort of our sweatpants and pajamas—but don’t let the fleece and the silly slippers fool you. This girl means business.

Corinna Kirsch, Writers. We. LOVE.

One of our ‘Writers. We. LOVE.’ Meet: Corinna Kirsch, Senior Editor of ‘Art F City’

She’s a self-professed grammarian and structuralist, and she’s a disciple of editing with a fine-toothed comb. Which comes in handy with her position as Senior Editor of the successful blog, Art F City. Her loves are art history, writing, and unveiling the “secret lives of museums”, and with a background in curatorial studies that she has cultivated through work at the Weisman Art Museum and the Guggenheim in New York, the girl knows what she’s talking about.

 “I happened upon the role of ‘art critic’ by accident,” says Kirsch, “It’s not necessarily a role people say they want to be when they grow up.”

As an undergraduate in Austin, Texas, there were very few models to aspire after in the world of art criticism, and Kirsch considered herself fortunate for the opportunity to write for a non-profit contemporary art e-journal called …might be good. The smaller city environment allowed Corinna to develop her voice and art historical perspectives by providing her with a strong support and networking system.

By the time she completed her undergraduate degree and her post-graduate degrees in Modern Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Corinna had accepted a contract as a curator in Minneapolis, MN. But from the beginning of her work at the museum, she began to realize - something was missing.

Corinna Kirsch, new york art critic

Selection from Kirsch’s curatorial work for The Soap Factory (2011); pictured above, Matthew Metzger, The Dead Man (The Dead Toreador), 2010.

“It was so much more rigid than I’d expected,” said Corinna, “The museum had a policy of not accepting television/video materials in their collections.”

Her solution came in the form of her first blog, created in 2009 and entitled, Here is a FantasyThe world of blogging allowed her to explore discussions with outer curators, to create a network of similarly focused artists and writers compelled by curatorial work and contemporary art. When she moved to New York City in 2010, the network expanded even more.

“Thanks to blogs like Art F City, I discovered there was actually a community of writers to participate with in the city,” she said of her arrival in New York, “In Austin, I thought art critics and art writers were older and had been around the block–I thought they were rare. But they aren’t.” 

Kirsch chose Art F City as her home because it was exactly where she wanted to work. She applied directly and specifically, and began work writing copy and editing for the staff in 2010. Three years later, Kirsch sits as the acting Senior Editor at Art F City, developing the diverse network of series and posts that the blog issues on a daily basis.

“Blogging is a difficult business,” Kirsch commented, “We’re responsible for coming up with fresh, new content every day. For me, my goal is to find the relatable impact, to develop a viewpoint no matter what bullsh*t I see in the world from day to day.”

Beyond her curitorical work, Corinna has contributed to many organizations and publications, including as The L Magazine and The Flux Factor. One of my favorite posts:  Snapchat: Bad for Sexting, Good for Art.

And now: PANDAS!

New York Art critic Corinna Kirsch

Why we love Corinna Kirsch and Art F City? One word. PANDAS.

 Things we love about Art F City: PANDACAM

We love Corinna Kirsch – thus, the feature spotlight in a series entitled Writers. We. LOVE. - but it’s important to acknowledge our love for ART F CITY as well. Besides providing a discussion forum for all levels of art enthusiasts in a playful, welcoming style, Art F City took a delightful stand on the recent NEA shutdownwhich Corinna posted about last week

As you may or may not know, one of the consequences of the recent government shutdown was an immediate discontinuation of the Smithsonian Institute and the National Zoo. And of course, if the National Zoo isn’t running, then neither is the popular “panda camera” which monitors the activity of female panda Mei Xiang and her newborn cub–much to the dismay of thousands of visitors to the website across the world, including Newt Gingrich. No really, Newt Gingrich.

“The cams (incl. the panda cams) require federal resources, especially staff, to run. They have not been deemed essential during a #shutdown,” the National Zoo tweeted Monday afternoon.

“PANDA BLOGGER” – Corinna Kirsch as panda in “PANDACAM.” Courtesy of animalnewyork.com

In protest of the panda camera shutdown, the editorial staff at Art F City have created their own “pandacam” which involves member of their creative team dressing up as pandas and working on their laptops in shifts until the NEA shutdown is reversed. Corinna and her co-workers travel to a loaned location at the 319 Scholes gallery/hack space in Bushwick continue their mission, but the project intensifies with each day that passes without NEA relief.

“I’ve been on panda cam a couple times,” admitted Corinna. “And as much fun as it is to dress up as a panda, I’m not sure I want to do it every day. That mask can get pretty uncomfortable.”

The important thing, Kirsch says, is to stay pandarelevant (which I’m now adopting into my vocabulary). As used in a sentence: Art F City has chosen “pandarelevant” art and artists to promote through their website, such as Joyce Pensato‘s ‘black-and-white’ themed work or a “panda flashmob” from 2010.

Way more exciting than the (still respectable) Time Magazine panda cam
which features a couple stuffed animal pandas – are far less animated than the Art F City staff. 

So check out the panda cam – although no guarantees that it’ll be our Writer. We. LOVE. and New York art critic Corinna Kirsch in the spotlight – and visit www.artfcity.com to check out more of the archives of her work and what’s to come! Thanks, Corinna!