Monday at 6:30 pm: “Cara Starke on Creative Time” in room 101C

This Monday (March 16th) at 6:30 pm, VCS presents a lecture by Cara Starke, Director of Exhibitions at Creative Time. The talk will take place in room 101C at 133-141 West 21st Street, and is free and open to the public. For more information, see the poster below and this VCS blog post.

CSOCT poster

Elektra KB featured in The Independent’s “Bright young things: 10 faces to watch in 2015”

(screencapped from The Independent)
Elektra KB (screencapped from The Independent)

At the beginning of the year, VCS alumna Elektra KB was featured in “Bright young things: 10 faces to watch in 2015,” a profile of rising stars in the fields of contemporary art and entertainment published in the UK’s The Independent. Here’s what the article had to say about Elektra:

Feminism returned in 2014 and we need a new generation of feminist artists to confront inequality afresh. Elektra KB was born in Soviet-era Odessa and moved to Colombia as a child. Now studying for an MFA at Hunter College, New York, her bold and graphic work often uses materials associated with “women’s” craft, and considers “the demonisation of women and revolutionary culture since the heretics in the Middle Ages”. Her subject matter has included police brutality during the 2012 agrarian workers’ strike in Colombia and “Cathara Insurgent Women”. Her work is dramatic and exciting. She is one to watch.

Since the article’s original posting, it’s been picked up by SVA Briefs and publicized throughout the SVA community. We’re all very proud of Elektra, and want to congratulate her for this well-deserved honor.

To learn more about Elektra and see what she’s been working on, visit her website and blog.


Next Monday, March 16th at 6:30 pm: VCS presents “Cara Starke on Creative Time”

Next week, the Visual & Critical Studies Department will present the latest entry in SVA’s Art in the First Person lecture series:

Monday, March 16, 2015, 6:30 pm
Cara Starke on Creative Time

Photo courtesy of Creative Time.
Photo courtesy of Creative Time.

133-141 West 21st Street, room 101C
New York, NY 10011
Free and open to the public

Over the past four decades, Creative Time has commissioned and presented ambitious public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, across the country, around the world. Guided by three core values—art matters, artists’ voices are important in shaping society, and public spaces are places for creative and free expression—Creative Time is deeply committed to presenting important art for our times and engaging broad audiences that transcend geographic, racial, and socioeconomic barriers.

Cara Starke, Director of Exhibitions at Creative Time, will speak about Creative Time’s innovative and meaningful history—from Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated lower Manhattan six months after 9/11, to Paul Chan’s production of Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, to Kara Walker’s A Subtlety at the Domino Sugar Factory—as well as the process of commissioning artists, and the challenges of engaging public spaces as places for creative and free expression.

As the Director of Exhibitions at Creative Time, Starke heads the department that commissions artists and presents public art projects. Previously she was Assistant Curator at The Museum of Modern Art, where she collaborated with artists and organized exhibitions with the Department of Media and Performance Art.

A brief tour of Jonathas Nazareth’s website

JN website

VCS alumnus Jonathas Nazareth recently sent out an announcement of his new website, which features portfolios of his work in both video and fine art. In a brief bio, Jon provides the following information about himself:

From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but have spent most of my life in NY.

I am a painter and video artist. If I am not working on a commercial shoot or edit, I am in my studio painting and drawing.

I am profoundly inspired by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Mary Frank, Henri Matisse, William Kentridge, among many others.

Here are a few selections from the site, along with excerpts from Jon’s comments.

Commercial Reel 2015

This is my reel with some of my favorite projects from the previous years. These were projects I worked on in different capacities: producer, editor, assistant editor, and After Effects. The song is an oldie but a goodie by Holy Ghost.


Jonathas Nazareth, Canto de Ossanha Traidor, 18” x  22”, Oil on Canvas, 2013
Jonathas Nazareth, Canto de Ossanha Traidor, 18” x 22”, Oil on Canvas, 2013


Jonathas Nazareth, Sculpture 4, 1' x1' , Terracotta & India Ink, 2013
Jonathas Nazareth, Sculpture 4, 1′ x 1′ , Terracotta & India Ink, 2013


Mary Frank Animation Samples

This is a sample animation I’ve been working on with artist Mary Frank. More to come. These are 3 different still images that I animated in after effects.


A selection from the website's portfolio of drawings.
A selection from the website’s portfolio of drawings.


A shot of Jon from his bio.
A shot of Jon from his bio.

There’s a lot more to see at Jon’s site, so be sure to check it out.

Julia Santoli to perform in the Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Abstract Liberation this May

Portrait of Julia Santoli by  Jin Hee Kwak
Portrait of Julia Santoli by Jin Hee Kwak

Today’s post is a follow-up to Tuesday’s announcement of Julia Santoli’s Alumni Scholarship Award. Earlier this week, Julia sent me the following information about an upcoming performance project she’s working on:

I’ve recently been a confirmed to perform at Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Abstract Liberation at Knockdown Center this coming May, and will be doing a piece in collaboration with sound artist Maria Chavez. I will be doing something in relation to my thesis performance–creating audio feedback in relation to a free-standing speaker, using a body microphone and gesture. The festival will include acts from dozens of noise musicians and sound artists, including both legends and newcomers.

Ende Tymes

More information about Ende Tymes is available on its website and an IndieGoGo page that’s just been launched to help fund this year’s festival. Here an excerpt from the IndieGoGo page:


ENDE TYMES V is the fifth-annual celebration of NOISE, EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC, and VIDEO ART. This event provides an active environment for artists and fans to celebrate some of the best noise artists in the world. This year the festival will happen May 13-17 at venues in Brooklyn and Queens, NYC

Hosted by SILENT BARN, OUTPOST ARTISTS RESOURCES, and KNOCKDOWN CENTER, Ende Tymes V will present more than 60 artists over the course of 5 nights. The schedule is a densely packed lineup featuring a wide variety of street-level experimental music and noise art: harsh noise, avant-garde, drone, modular synthesis, and our personal favorite “unclassifiable.”

Ende Tymes is curated and produced by Bob Bellerue, an active member of the noise community for decades, who has been producing DIY events since the late 80s. He runs this as a labor of love with the aid of the incredible artists, the magnificent fans, a crackpot team of interns, volunteers from beyond the dawn, and the 3 awesome venues.

The events at each location have their own particular flavor. Opening night will happen at Knockdown Center, which is a huge art space in Maspeth Queens. This event will include performance and installation works played over multi-channel sound systems as well as a massive main PA.  The installations will remain in place through the weekend. Silent Barn is located in Bushwick Brooklyn and is the original home of Ende Tymes.  It is a raging collectively-run DIY music venue.  The performances there run like greased lightning with new acts every 10-30 minutes in an intense and intimate environment.  Outpost Artists Resources is located in Ridgewood Queens, and is a video art resource center.  The work presented at Outpost will be video and film heavy, as they have a killer projector and screening room. The videos gathered from the public call for works mentioned below will be shown here. Each venue is thoroughly supportive of Ende Tymes on personal and institutional levels.

There’s a lot of additional information available on both sites, including archives of videos and press from prior festivals, and links to other writings about Noise Art.

I’ll post updates here as the festival approaches.

Julia in performance during the recent Carnivalesque reception