Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Opening tomorrow, June 28th / Cameron Martin: 'Reticulations' / Van Doren Waxter (New York)

Cameron Martin

June 28-August 25
Opening Reception: June 28, 5:30-7:30PM
Untitled, 2016, Permanent marker on paper, 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (11.4 x 8.9 cm)

Van Doren Waxter is delighted to present Cameron Martin: Reticulations, an exhibition debuting contemporary artist Cameron Martin’s new body of small-scale, optical drawings. On view from June 28 through August 25, 2017, Reticulations is the first solo show of Martin’s work in New York in six years. Accompanying the show is a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Dan Nadel.
The drawings in Martin’s Reticulations were made over a period of three years using permanent marker on paper, representing a radical departure from the artist’s 15-year practice of large-format landscape-based painting. Deviating from the issues of representation foregrounded in his dark gray and black photo-based paintings of the mid to late 2000s and the illusory, nearly white-on-white work from his subsequent Bracket series, the lush, saturated colors and purely abstract nature of this newest body of work mark a definitive turn in Martin’s production. At the same time, while the visual content of Reticulations is entirely new, the series reflects an insistent focus on perception, exactitude, and inscrutability that has been present throughout the artist’s career.
As the exhibition's title suggests, each work in Reticulations is composed of intersecting lines that conjure networks both material and virtual. Distributions of vibrant, gradient-like fields of color appear to be illuminated from within, evoking sonic textures, textile patterning and imagined information space. The procedures used to produce the drawings are both systematic and aleatory, creating periodic disruptions to the overall stability of the image, reminiscent of the technological glitch. The resulting compositions provide a platform for studious examination of the activity of visual perception and consumption.
Coinciding with Reticulations is a solo exhibition of Martin’s new body of paintings at the University Art Museum at SUNY Albany entitled Abstracts, on view from June 30–September 9, 2017. Produced in conjunction with Abstracts is a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by art historian and critic Suzanne Hudson.

About the Artist
Cameron Martin was born in Seattle, Washington in 1970 and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He was educated at Brown University and the Whitney Independent Study Program. He is the recipient of a 2010 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a 2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, among other awards. Solo exhibitions include James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA (2017), Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzurg, Austria (2016), Bracket, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY (2011), Gallery Min Min in Tokyo (2008) and Currents 97: Cameron Martin, at the St Louis Art Museum, St Louis, MO (2006). His work has been presented in group exhibitions internationally, including Mythos Berg, RLB Kunstbrücke, Innsbruck, Austria (2011), roundabout, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, which travelled to the Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel (2010), and the prestigious Whitney Biennial (2004). His work is in numerous museum collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Seattle Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

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North River Commission Grows Chicago’s Northwest Business Districts through Beautification


North River Commission Grows Chicago’s Northwest Business Districts
through Beautification Strategies

Chicago’s northwest Albany Park and Irving Park business districts are in full bloom and not just due to Mother Nature. North River Commission (NRC), a nonprofit community and economic development organization, is the service provider for Special Service Area #60 (SSA). In collaboration with business leaders, North River Commission launched an array of beautification strategies designed to catalyze growth in the business districts by attracting customers and new businesses.

Beautification of business districts, by creating more attractive main streets, is an important priority for NRC as an aesthetically pleasing environment is beneficial to both businesses and residents. Thanks to entrepreneurial businesses and NRC’s Montrose Pilot Project, Albany Park and Irving Park are experiencing a boom in commerce and consumer traffic.

“Our strategy is to engage business leaders and residents in guiding improvements that celebrate Albany Park and Irving Park as destinations to work, play, eat, and drink,” says Duka Dabovic, Economic Development Coordinator North River Commission.

Creating vibrant districts means partnering with businesses to provide enticing spaces that meet people’s social desires. For many Chicagoans, dining outdoors tops the summer to-do list. However, the West Montrose side of the Chicago River’s north branch doesn’t have a single patio east of Harlem Avenue, according to Ramez Fakhoury, owner of Angelo’s Wine Bar (3026 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-539-0111). “I was going to do an outdoor patio regardless but there were a lot of hoops I had to jump through,” Fakhoury says. “Duka approached me and told me about the SSA Façade Program which helped out a lot.”

The SSA Façade Improvement Program gives business owners an incentive and support to beautify the outside of their buildings. Projects include putting up new lights, signs and awnings, tuck pointing, replacing windows, painting rusting balconies and assisting with complete facade makeovers. To receive a rebate, business owners simply need to bring their idea to the SSA team and fill out an application. Once their plan is approved by the SSA Commission, owners can start their projects. Rebates are awarded after the renovation is complete and cover 50% of the cost up to $7,500 for one storefront or $20,000 for improvements of three or more storefronts per building.

For Angelo’s new outdoor patio, the SSA Façade Improvement Program helped offset the cost of pouring new concrete, which created a 700 square foot patio on the restaurant’s west side. The space is accessorized with rustic wooden flower planters, custom metal fences, an L-shaped bench, fire pit, four seater lounge area, string lights and outdoor speakers, making it the perfect summer hang out spot.
The outdoor dining space is the next step of Angelo’s extensive facelift. Founded by Jimmy Angelo, this formerly simple, Italian pizzeria was more of a take-out stand than a sit-down restaurant. When Fakhoury took over in 2004, he saw that the neighborhood was changing. Beer gardens and breweries were popping up, bringing new clientele into the area and presenting an opportunity for a new concept—a wine bar.

While Fakhoury kept the original pick-up business as a tribute to his family and to Angelo’s long time customers, the renovation allowed the restaurant to welcome a new, much more diverse crowd seeking the Neapolitan style food, robust wine selection, house-made vermouth and elegant cocktails. “I see a lot of the working class coming in after work, soccer moms, couples enjoying date night and a lot of families and kids,” says Fakhoury, “it’s a neighborhood spot now.”

While Angelo’s now boasts one of the area’s few outdoor patios, another option for diners to enjoy a warm summer breeze is nearby on Irving Park. The SSA Façade Program allowed Tano’s Pizzeria (3038 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-478-3070) to replace its old storefront windows with large, retractable glass doors accentuated by a beautiful custom railing. “The goal was to bring ‘a fresh air’ dining experience to our customers when the weather is nice,” says Tom Guagliardo, owner of Tano’s. In addition to creating an inviting, open air atmosphere, the project dramatically increased the restaurant’s curb appeal, catching the eyes of motorists driving down the street and customers seeking alfresco dining.
Over the five years Tano’s has been open, the restaurant established itself as a place for everyone. “There is nothing typical about our crowd because of the neighborhood,” says Guagliardo. “Lunch brings in construction workers and neighborhood office workers while dinner can bring in anybody from a single neighborhood artist to a rowdy family of eight. But for the past few years every spring and summer we hear the same story almost daily, a young family will walk in and say "Hi, we are new to the neighborhood, just moved in down the street, and we are looking for our new pizza place!" More often than not, they become regular customers,” he says.

The community’s warm welcoming and ongoing support of his business is extra special for Guagliardo, whose parents owned a restaurant called Manzo's a few blocks west of Tano’s for more than twenty years. “I basically grew up in that restaurant,” says Guagliardo, “that restaurant and this community who supported it for 50 plus years raised me.” As a result, opening Tano’s in Irving Park was a no brainer. From the real family photos hanging in the dining room walls to the beautiful new, open façade, Tano’s celebrates the community’s welcoming inclusivity and sense of family.

For Mir Naghavi, owner of Noon O Kabab (4651 N. Kedzie, Chicago IL 60618; (773) 279-9309), the community’s supportive and inclusive nature encouraged him to expand his humble Persian restaurant from a small, family-owned, 11-table restaurant to a multi-location restaurant group. “We wanted to make good Persian food everyone could enjoy,” says Naghavi. With its quiet ambiance, soft lighting, gentle Persian music and exquisite Persian tiles depicting Sufi fables and tales decorating the walls, Noon O Kabab quickly cemented itself in the neighborhood as a place where the community could enjoy food and each other's company.

Noon O Kabab’s success is a testament to the community’s support of local business. Across the street from Naghavi’s restaurant was a location for a globally popular fast food chain—Kentucky Fried Chicken. However, the fast foot joint could not compete with the local business like Noon O Kabab, Tano’s Pizzeria and Angelo’s Wine Bar whose owners are as passionate about serving delicious food as they are about the Albany Park community. Eventually the KFC closed, disintegrating into a dilapidated eyesore.
While everyone saw an eyesore, Naghavi saw opportunity. A staunch believer in the area’s potential, Naghavi is known for encouraging other business owners to take pride in where their businesses live. So when the time came to expand, Naghavi simply looked across the street. Renovating the beat-up KFC into a third location for the beloved Noon O Kabab (4651 N. Kedzie, Chicago IL 60618; (773) 279-8899) was a rebirth of sorts; it beautified the area by eliminating the decrepit building and reinvigorated business in the area by adding 2,300 square feet of fast casual dining space and a catering kitchen that can fulfill orders for parties up to 700 people. The renovation is the first phase of a larger plan Naghavi has for his restaurant and Albany Park. While he undertook renovations on his own, he turned to NRC for help on phase two—installing new retractable windows and signage.

NRC’s Dabovic credits the restaurant’s success to Naghavi’s passion and to Albany Park’s famously diverse residents. Albany Park has always been a welcoming community for immigrants building new lives in Chicago, and is proud to continue celebrating that diversity today. Dabovic enthusiastically states the NRC’s district development strategies enhance interactions and endless chance encounters. “We embrace diversity in the neighborhood,” says Dabovic. Business district beautification encourages people to hang out in the area and meet each other in the stores, coffee shops, ice cream parlors and restaurants. By bringing people together, NRC is celebrating and protecting Albany Park’s harmony of different cultures and thus its identity as a Chicago neighborhood.
Montrose Pilot Project
Besides the Façade Program, a new initiative of the Albany Park & Irving Park Special Service Area is the Montrose Pilot Project, which makes the business district more inviting to customers by adding pizzazz between Troy and Mozart along Montrose. “We want to celebrate a sense of place along Montrose, capitalizing on all of the positive public and private investment that has taken place there,” says Dabovic, who enlisted help from Bark Design (3115 W. Montrose Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618; 773- 539-7185) to design the banners which highlight the businesses and services along Montrose.

Wanting to capture Albany Park’s unique spirit and add vibrant colors to the street, business leaders collaborated on new benches, bike racks, trash cans and street banners. The banners will be a major focal point and help mark the area. “We want to add color and brightness to the neighborhood but also want it to be different,” says John Bistolfo, Founder and Design Strategist of Bark Design. In a nod to the area’s ethnic diversity, the banners use bright colors to reflect the neighborhoods’ different cultures. Scheduled to be installed by the end of summer, the banners will be simple, distinct and only contain one verb to tie into the business they are in front of rather than being loaded with information. Examples include “PRIMP” for Supreme Beauty Parlor, “BREW” for the new Ravinia Brewery and “CONQUER” for Junior Ninja Warriors.

In addition to banners, the project includes new benches, bike racks, trashcans and landscaping for more pops of color. Flowers will be planted and the large planters, along with existing bike racks and trashcans, will get some TLC—a deep clean and paint job.

Greening the Districts
Trees are a critical part of a city’s infrastructure and play an important role in encouraging shoppers to spend more time and money in business districts. Adding trees also improves the quality of urban life aesthetically, economically, socially and environmentally. Recognizing the benefits of increasing Albany Park’s urban forest, NRC, through the Special Service Area, begun a multi-year plan to inventory, maintain, and plant trees along the business district sidewalks.

The SSA Commissioners, made up of area business leaders, are working with Bartlett Tree Experts on selecting the best trees and the best locations for the project. Many locations are existing, empty tree pits that have been an unsightly nuisance for years. Now, vibrant healthy trees will beautify the business districts, as NRC plants 30 or more trees per year along Lawrence, Kedzie, Montrose, and Irving Park roads.

North River Commission (3403 W. Lawrence Ave suite 201, Chicago, IL 60625; 773-478-0202 x114) is the nonprofit community and economic development corporation for the northwest side of Chicago, from the Chicago River to Cicero and Addison to Devon. Founded in 1962 by concerned residents and neighborhood institutions, NRC unites more than 100 civic associations, businesses, schools, institutions and places of worship to improve the quality of life in the community by creating affordable housing, quality education, arts & cultural endeavors, open spaces, and thriving neighborhood businesses. North River Commission operates the Albany Park Chamber of Commerce as part of its economic development strategy. Learn more about the NRC at northrivercommission.org and follow their news on Twitter @NRCchicago and on Facebook.

The Albany Park Chamber of Commerce supports, advocates for and promotes its members and local businesses in the Albany Park, Irving Park, Mayfair, and North Park business districts. The Chamber provides resources that strengthen and physically improve area businesses. It attracts new businesses and investment to the community. It beautifies the commercial districts to further stimulate development and to enhance culture, dining, shopping and entertainment on Chicago's northwest side. Learn more at albanyparkchamber.org  and follow their news on Twitter @AlbanyPkChamber and on Facebook.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Political artist Tania Bruguera and YBCA presentEscuela de Arte Útil (School of Useful Art) (San Francisco,CA.)


Political artist Tania Bruguera and YBCA present Escuela de Arte Útil (School of Useful Art)

YBCA turns its galleries into a classroom where students explore art as a tool for social and political change

Featured instructors include Jeanne van Heeswijk, Alistair Hudson, Rick Lowe, Debt Collective, WochenKlausur, Tania Bruguera

June 20–August 10, 2017
4–8 pm, Tuesdays–Thursdays

Photo: Escuela de Arte Útil, 2017–ongoing. Installation view, Tania Bruguera: Talking to Power / Hablándole al Poder, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2017. Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photograph by John Foster Cartwright.
Friday, June 16, 2017 through Sunday, October 29, 2017
Opening Night Party: Friday, June 16, 2017, 7 pm

 It’s not uncommon for college students to take classes during summer vacation. But this summer, fifty Bay Area students will have the unique experience of taking their college classes in the middle of a contemporary art gallery as they join renowned Cuban political artist Tania Bruguera in exploring how art can be used as a tool for social and political change. As part of the exhibition Tania Bruguera: Talking to Power / Hablándole al Poder , the artist and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts have launched the Escuela de Arte Útil (School of Useful Art) in YBCA’s gallery-turned-classroom. At the escuela, students will explore the concept of arte útil—useful art or art as a tool—with Bruguera, guest instructors, and prominent Bay Area artists and organizations, including Ted Purves, Susanne Cockrell, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Bonnie Ora Sherk, and Karissa McKelvey of Debt Collective.

Continuing Bruguera’s concept of “updating” long-term, socially engaged performances, the Escuela de Arte Útil is based on the model of her earlier Cátedra Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art School) , which took place at her home in Havana from 2003 through 2009. Bruguera has designed a new curriculum for YBCA and the Bay Area that continues her interest in, and use of, the form of transitional institutions—in this case an art school—to harness the potential of art to shift perspectives, and initiate and contribute to social, political, and cultural change.

This immersive public art project is divided into lectures and workshops, and ends with an exhibition of arte útil projects generated by the students. The focus on arte útil is coupled with the aims of the Arte Útil Archive (2013–ongoing)—the main resource for the school that is presented here for use, and is also available online at arte-util.org. The bulk of the full-time student body is comprised of students from UC Berkeley, San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, and San Francisco State University. Other students are part of the 2017 YBCA Fellows cohort who are exploring the topic of creative dissent.

The school is also open to the public , allowing YBCA gallery visitors to drop in on classes and lectures as part of their exhibition experience, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4 to 6 pm, and Thursdays 4 to 8 pm. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of YBCA’s pay-what-you-can membership to gain free admittance to the galleries and classes.

Throughout the eight-week duration of the school, students meet three times a week to learn about the concept of arte útil from renowned practitioners and theorists. The class schedule is as follows:

Week 1: Introduction to Arte Útil
Instructor: Tania Bruguera
, a political artist who has worked at the intersection of activism and performance for more than thirty years, opens the course with an introduction to the concept of arte útil and an analysis of its effectiveness.

Week 2: Institutional Self-Criticism
Guest Instructor: Alistair Hudson
, director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, has been with the arte útil project since the beginning, creating a permanent arte útil office in the mima galleries. He will speak about the limits and responsibilities of institutions.

Week 3: Active Hyperrealism
Guest Instructor: Debt Collective
meets the criteria of arte útil by creating art that has real-world impact, specifically by buying student debt from financial institutions as a form of resistance and renegotiation. They will discuss how artists can work on this 1:1 scale to make useful art.

Week 4: Reforming Capital
Guest Instructor: Jeanne van Heeswijk
, whose practice harnesses the structures of capitalism to ethically help communities. She has set up cooperative restaurants, bakeries, and a clothing atelier in struggling communities neglected by the government in Rotterdam and Liverpool. Her projects continue to be active. She will be presenting case studies and discussing the process of leveraging capitalism to create arte útil.

Week 5: A-legality
Guest Instructor: WochenKlausur
, an Austrian collective that has been working since 1993, operating within the gray areas of legality. Its first ongoing project took place in Indiana, where it used the budget allocated for an exhibition to instead set up a van and medical treatment for the homeless. WochenKlausur will be lecturing on the effectiveness of art and loopholes versus a-legal and illegal strategies

Week 6: Sustainable Outcomes
Guest instructor: Rick Lowe
is a social practice artist who in the 1990s initiated projects in poor neighborhoods that aimed to combat gentrification. These projects continue to be successful. He will be discussing sustainability and community.

Week 7: Usership
Instructor: Tania Bruguera
returns as lecturer to discuss audiences, constituencies, and usership. She will be meeting with art and ecology pioneer Bonnie Ora Sherk, who created the Living Library in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.

Week 8: Conclusion
Instructor: Tania Bruguera
concludes the escuela with an analytical eye on the material presented over the last eight weeks.

Escuela de Arte Útil is organized by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in collaboration with California College of the Arts, the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University, the Asociación de Arte Útil (Alessandra Saviotti and Gemma Medina Estupiñan), and the YBCA Fellows program. Running from June 20 to August 10, classes are held Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 8 pm, and are open to the public during open gallery hours.

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COST: Free with gallery admission (general: $10; seniors, teachers, and students: $8; YBCA members: free)

About Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is one of the nation's most innovative contemporary arts centers. Founded in 1993, YBCA's mission is to generate culture that moves people. Through powerful art experiences, thoughtful and provocative content, and deep opportunities for participation, YBCA is committed to creating an inclusive culture that awakens personal and societal transformation. YBCA presents a wide variety of programming year-round, including performing arts, visual arts, film/video, and civic engagement. For tickets and information, call 415.978.ARTS (2787). For more information, visit ybca.org.