ARTISTS: David Brooks, Pilar Conde, Zack Davis, Christian de Vietri, Aaron King, Zak Kitnick, Lynn Koble, Tamara Kostianovsky, Mads Lynnerup, Wyatt Nash, Navin June Norling, Andréa Stanislav, Brina Thurston, Kon Trubkovich, Lan Tuazon, and Erik & Ninh Vysocan.
OPENING DAY PERFORMANCES:
Set within Andréa Stanislav’s installation, titled “Ghost Siege”, dancer/choreographer Leah Schrager will dance to music composed by Kenny Aronoff, preminent drummer and percussionist. Performances will take place at 3pm, 4pm and 5pm (Approximate running time: 10min).
Riot City Souvenir Stand, a reference to souvenir stands near major tourist attractions, is a presentation and sale of limited edition reproductions of notable New York City buildings by Lan Tuazon. Onlookers and consumers alike will get a tour of her sculpture Riot City and learn about its urban planning features. This performance will continue throughout the opening reception, from 2-6pm.
Socrates Sculpture Park is pleased to announce the opening of EAF09: 2009 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition on Sunday, September 13, 2009 (2-6pm), featuring new works by the Park’s current resident artists. This year, Socrates awarded fellowships to: David Brooks, Pilar Conde, Zack Davis, Christian de Vietri, Aaron King, Zak Kitnick, Lynn Koble, Tamara Kostianovsky, Mads Lynnerup, Wyatt Nash, Navin June Norling, Andréa Stanislav, Brina Thurston, Kon Trubkovich, Lan Tuazon, and Erik & Ninh Vysocan.
Fellowship artists are awarded a grant and a residency in the Park’s outdoor studio and are also provided with technical support and access to tools, materials and equipment to facilitate the production of new sculptures and installations for exhibition in the Park. The artists develop their projects throughout the summer in the open studio and on site in the landscape, offering visitors the opportunity to experience both the creation and presentation of their works. Representing a broad range of materials, working methods and subject matter, the diverse sculptural works in this exhibition are presented against the Park’s spectacular waterfront view of the Manhattan skyline.
Emerging Artist Fellows are selected annually through an open application process and reviewed by a committee composed of the Park’s Executive Director; past EAF recipients; established artists who have shown a commitment to mentoring and advocating for younger artists; as well a writers, gallerists, and curators who have special knowledge of contemporary art. The 2009 Advisory Committee members were: Kara Walker, artist; Neville Wakefield, curator; Martha Schwendener, writer; Vandana Jain, EAF07 fellowship artist; and Amy Smith-Stewart, gallerist.
Socrates is undergoing a phased expansion of the EAF program and is incrementally awarding two additional fellowships per year to reach twenty fellowships as an annual number upon the Park’s twenty-fifth anniversary in 2011. Socrates has awarded sixteen fellowships in 2009, and will award eighteen fellowships in 2010, and twenty in 2011. The official application to participate in Socrates Sculpture Park’s 2010 exhibitions, including EAF10, will be available on the Park’s website in September 2009 at www.socratessculpturepark.org.