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studioELL is a brooklyn-based, hybrid, transient, higher education fine art learning space that offers online and physical courses, residencies and programs in studio art. we are most interested in re-imagining what fine art experiences in higher education look like.
studioELL courses are offered to artists at any level of their career, regardless of degree or level of education. courses are practice-based and are intended to help artists develop their ongoing studio practice. part critique, part studio visit, part higher education, part continuing education, studioELL reconsiders the possibilities of education and support by constructing new spaces for critique and development, with the understanding that we all have much to offer each other throughout our careers.
studioELL is a not-for-profit, artist-run space. registration fees are supported by our scholarship program to help make courses accessible to all. generous support for our programming has been provided by an anonymous donor. programs have also been supported by a variety of donors, art programs and community partners.
intintermission museum of art (ima) was founded in 2020 by rose van mierlo and john ros, in response to the cultural, social, environmental, economic and political fissures that make themselves evermore present during times of crisis and put stress on accepted systems of operation. ima provides a space for critical thinkers to respond to these moments of friction by investigating them as meaningful sites of production, instigating dialogues which will culminate in a public archive. collaborative responses will be organized around themes, and though they exist on their own (as editions), they co-exist as larger ideas (in volumes).
inspired by modern, postmodern and contemporary examples of institutional critique, ima carries forward meschac gaba’s suggestion that the museum is “not a model… it’s only a question.” its name references this question as open space: the flipping movement of a hand searching through archives, gaps in the pavement, performance interludes, tv-commercials, coffee breaks and silent pauses; all moments of unpoliced disruption that are typically un-institutional. at its core, ima therefore proposes the museum as a site of uncertainty; a building without walls; a non-hierarchical collection of interdisciplinary narratives and voices; both a guest and a host; and an exercise in cross-pollination. it resists the architectural premise of power that underwrites the white cube, democratizing the exhibition in terms of access. instead, its architectural premise is that of lateral networks; its vision decentralized and participatory.
the dump. the trash can. the bin. this will be a space where artists tash kahn and john ros will share studio conversations within the realms of the visual and conceptual in order to better understand the moment we occupy. this space is meant to be a private conversation, though others may chime in from time to time when necessary. this space will be archived chronologically and will be meant to act as a place to plop stuff, allow it to percolate, digest and work through our ongoing collaborations – citizen* and signal**.
our goals are for this space to serve our practice, with no real sense of audience or tangible result (though the very existence of this space already disproves that). we want this space to lead us — to move us — and to allow us to enter new spaces in our personal and collaborative art practices. contradictions welcome.
*citizen explores ideas of community, ethics, and why people do what they do
**signal is a conversation in photographs, each one responding to the last
founded in january 2017 as an artist-run initiative, stand4 gallery and community art center’s pursuit is to be alive and working towards a better world through the arts as an active medium of engagement. stand4 serves as a generator of meaning, action, agency, collaboration, and social justice. it is shapeless, non-conforming, and responsive to the times. stand4 is meant to exist as a catalyst: a way to envision a more socially and environmentally just future.
housed in a former medical office in the heart of bay ridge, stand4 brings the visual arts and programming to the center of the community, opening up opportunities for social, political and cultural connections and creating a discourse that bridges culture and tradition and includes new voices towards a more sustainable future inspired by local interests.
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