Rik Beck
Urban Tracks, Rik Beck
Urban Tracks, Rik Beck
Urban Tracks, Rik Beck

RIK BECK / A.I.R. MARCH 2018

Rik Beck is an artist, curator, and a social worker living and working in Germany. Rik has participated in projects all over the world, including Berlin, Ghana, and Kyrgyzstan. In Stuttgart where she resides, Rick gave lectures on urban planning in the university. Currently, she is a teacher of urban sketching for adults at V.H.S. in Stuttgart. She also developed a seminar school called Ghatronic in Ghana for using digital programs with the use of PC.

Rik examines outside spaces and the structure of surfaces found all around us: new, worn-down and eaten away by exhaust fumes pollution, rough, smooth, fine, ornamental, figurative, monochrome and so on. She uses graphite to reveal the structures in an authentic way. She renders the image into a new form equivalent to a photograph. The materials Rik uses in her work are graphite ink, watercolor and is currently experimenting with lime (with fresco painting).

Rik will feature her images rendered in Red Hook in a zine that will be left in places in around the neighborhood. A visual map of locations for people to find and explore. This self-made publication is a game of sorts to observe the neighborhood in a different way and asking people to connect the rendered drawings to the actual physical locations.

Julieta Salgado

JULIETA SALGADO PHOTO DARKROOM ASSISTANT 2018

I’m excited to help rebuild the darkroom at De-Construkt Studios in Red Hook. It’s my hope to not only produce personal artworks but to share the space and my knowledge with other artists, particularly with people who have felt alienated from the formal art world or academia. I want to show Brooklyn that poor people, queer people, black and brown, undocumented people, we can make art!

Julieta Salgado is a queer, femme, mestiza, artist from Brooklyn, NY via Manabí, Ecuador.

A photographer, an occasional poet, a secret singer, and habitual insurgent, her visual work documents social justice movements between homelands, with a focus on trans and queer people at the intersections of immigration enforcement, policing brutality, freedom of movement and self-determination.

Through her self-portraiture, she explores themes of queer sexuality, femme identity, desire, depression, diaspora, death, generational trauma, and unraveling coloniality.

Follow her on Instagram @julieta_salgado

Caro Krebietke
Caro Krebietke’s DIY 35MM Camera
Caro Krebietke’s DIY Photo of Red Hook
Caro Krebietke’s DIY Photo of Red Hook
Caro Krebietke’s DIY Photo of Red Hook

CARO KREBIETKE / A.I.R. FEBRUARY 2018

Our February artist in resident is Caro Krebietke a visual artist, associate professor, and curator based in Stuttgart, Germany. Caro’s artistic approach is a research-based which leads her to work in different locations all over the world. Caro has collaborated with international cultural and educational institutions in Italy, Morocco, Czech Republic, Russia, Namibia, Vietnam, Denmark, Romania, and Switzerland as well as in different cities in Germany. She holds a degree in Archaeology, Ethnology, and Egyptology at Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich and a Master of Arts degree in Ceramic Arts at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart.

During her residency, Caro will be experimenting with analog photography, specifically with DIY pinhole cameras made from found objects, such as empty beer cans or coffee containers. She will be photographing Red Hook area with these pinhole cameras as part of her long-term research project depicting urban landscapes. Caro will also be offering workshops on how to build DIY pinhole cameras to the local community.

Examples of Caro’s photography with her DIY cameras at https://www.instagram.com/pinholeviewer.

Madison Manning invites you to Big Fun Party for Your Weird Cool Stuff
Madison Manning invites you to Big Fun Party for Your Weird Cool Stuff
Madison Manning invites you to Big Fun Party for Your Weird Cool Stuff
Madison Manning invites you to Big Fun Party for Your Weird Cool Stuff

MADISON MANNING / A.I.R. JANUARY 2018

Madison Manning is a multidisciplinary artist who works in painting, sculpture, and performance. Madison’s large-scale work utilizes bright color palettes, luxuriously tacky textures, and queer feminism to critique of the beauty and behavioral ideals she was taught as a young girl.

During her time at DE-CONSTRUKT, Madison is hosting a month-long party – BIG FUN PARTY WITH ALL YOUR COOL WEIRD STUFF.

Every day in January, Madison will open up her studio to guests who are asked to bring personal items of their choosing. By bringing old clothes, forgotten bobby pins, hidden talents or unanswered questions, Madison wants to hear stories and collaborate on a one-of-a-kind piece of art based on whatever “stuff” the party guest brings.

Each day will be entirely up to chance as it will be based off the unique interaction with the guest(s)- perhaps a painting will be made out the guest’s old clothes. Maybe a performance will be filmed. Maybe a long conversation will happen over tea. In her practice, Madison has a deep affection for her materials and their history. Through her time at DE-CONSTRUKT, she wants to open up her studio to create with others while learning about their connection to their “stuff.”

If you are interested in participating in BIG FUN PARTY WITH ALL YOUR COOL WEIRD STUFF or have general questions, please e-mail madisonmanning@me.com to RSVP.

Visione 2, Ester Grossi
svincolato (acrilico su tela, 50X50, 2014)
Scalea (acrilico su tela, 80X80, 2014)
Poissy (acrilico su tela, 50X50, 2014)
Visione 1 (acrilico su tela, 120X100, 2017)

ESTER GROSSI / A.I.R. DECEMBER 2017

Our December artist in resident is Ester Grossi, a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in painting. Her interest lies in investigating the power of images in various contexts and to explore new ways to delovelop them across collaborations with other artists. The focus of her pictorial work is to reduce and simplify (in an apparent way), our complex society, full of signs, symbols and information around topics of popular culture and mass communication.

During her residency in Red Hook, Ester is studying the history of maritime architecture with the help of the local community. With this research Ester will develop work on canvas that catch the essense of these complex shapes, textures and colors of Red Hook’s harbor. Her aim is to reduce it to graphic images, something between abstraction and figuration, with the intention to print a limited silkscreen editions of this work.

Ester Grossi, born in 1981 in Avezzano (AQ), Italy. In 2000, she recieved a high school diploma of Fashion, Design and Decor. She later earned a bachelor’s degree of Television, Cinema and Multimedia Production at university of Bologna. Ester collaborates with international film and music festivals, music labels and italian fashion designers as well with musicians and video-artists for multimedia installations. She lives and works as a painter in Bologna, Italy.

Guide For Returning by Lindsey Clark-Ryan

LINDSEY CLARK-RYAN / A.I.R. JULY 2017

Our July artist in resident, Lindsey Clark-Ryan, is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in installation and printmaking. She is interested in the precarious boundaries between two-dimensional graphic images and three-dimensional objects, between mobile and stationary, and between function and uselessness. Her work reflects a deadpan and absurdly precise observational attitude toward existing in and archiving the world.

Clark-Ryan while during her residency in Red Hook is testing the interactive aspects of her ongoing project, a Guide for Returning. The project itself is centered around a kinetic approach to printmaking, so it makes sense that these interactive moments should also avoid being static. By setting up pop-up shows in various areas of Red Hook, Clark-Ryan hopes that participants can come up with their own terms for interacting with the project as they encounter it. Each person will translate it through their own experience, and she looks forward to being surprised by reactions and conversations she had not considered before.

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BASIS STUDENTS VISIT DE-CONSTRUKT

On Friday, June 16th, we were visited by 30 Basis Independent Brooklyn students accompanied by several chaperones and their teacher Mrunali Das. We spent the morning highlighting our favorite projects, our intern Eduardo Sotomayor gave insight into artist practices and roots of creativity and we ended with an artist presentation by Adrian Mangel our May artist-in-resident at DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts].

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BENEFIT FOR RDJ SHELTER

FOn June 3rd at 6pm at DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] hosted an evening Creative Solidarity a Benefit for RDJ Shelter in support and celebration of the RDJ Refugee Shelter, the only shelter in New York City (Harlem) specifically for homeless asylum seekers and refugees. With our fundraising efforts we raised over $1,100.

It was an important and exciting evening of food, drinks, music, performance, storytelling, a raffle and much more–with all proceeds benefiting the RDJ Refugee Shelter!

The RDJ Refugee Shelter, along with DE-CONSTRUKT, promoted the work of artists, performers, musicians, and activists, created by and in support of asylum seekers living in New York City. The exhibit will include photographs, video, mixed media, and furniture–the result of a furniture refurbishing workshop for shelter guests run by exhibited artist, Ahmed Awney.

Visual and performance artist, Georgia Lale featured her photographs from her performance art project entitled #OrangeVest, which confronts the refugee crisis in Europe with public interventions performed at sites such as the United Nations, The National Mall, and beyond. Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, a multi-disciplinary conceptual artist, showed photographs. Her work investigates the definition and construction of identities, personal memories, culture and collective histories in the post-Internet age. Ahmed Awney featured his latest works–a set of photographs titled “The Fourteen Stations of a Refugee” based on the Stations of the Cross, a Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. He also elaborated on his workshop program created in collaboration with the RDJ Shelter. We screened a short documentary titled “Bodies of Resilience” directed by Jill Woodward and choreographed by Despina Sophia Stamos.

Performance and musical acts included musicians and spoken word artists from all genres with songs of resistance, revolution, and solidarity. Musical talent comprised of the empowering NYC-based bands Koyt Far Dayn Fardakht, a queer/trans anti-zionist Yiddish punk band, and Fat Boy Wilson & Old Viejo Bones performing folk blues and songs of resistance with a special guest Claudio Montouri aka The Bird Man of Rome and 81ack 8astards, a Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Rock Band Duo whose music discusses the raw material and sociopolitical subject matter that affects the urban and ethnic youth population. Multimedia artist E. Okobi performed spoken word, and musician Chilly G presented poetry and songs. We started the night with vibraphonist Sean McCaul, a NYC based musician/composer who has performed and recorded with a diverse and notable range of artists, including, Philip Glass, Yo Yo Ma, Dean and Britta, and Shilpa Ray.

We ended the evening with DJ Hell, a veteran composer, sound designer, experimental club DJ/turntablist, and video director/producer, creating barrage collages of big beats and noise, seaming together multiple music genres, cultures and generations.

Throughout the night, there will be various opportunites to donate to RDJ Shelter.

We had a raffle to win a Red Hook Lobster Pound $25 gift card, Hometown BBQ– (2) $50 gift cards, Trader Joe’s– gift bag, Fort Defiance– $50 gift certificate, Cacao Prieto – certificate for (2) person weekend tour, Eva Perotta, LMT, RSMT-E – (1) session bodywork certificate, Larissa Humphrey, Personal Trainer – (1) 60 minute at-home, private personal training session including a fitness assessment, nutrition and behavioral counseling, and a total body circuit workout, Van Brunt Stillhouse – (1) certifcate for distillery tour and whiskey tasting for (4) people.

Thank you to all the businsess that donated to the raffle and for Sixpoint Brewery, Richard Dennis, Mark Miller and The Ice House for beer and food donations.

Eduardo Sotomayor

EDUARDO SOTOMAYOR SUMMER INTERN 2017

Hello! My name is Eduardo Sotomayor and I am currently a student at NYU studying Art History. I am very excited to begin my internship with DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] and to work alongside everyone who makes the exhibitions, performances, and events possible. I hope to make new connections, sharpen my writing skills, and take in all the learning opportunities when helping to organize the events planned for this summer. Here is a picture of myself and a reproduction of a work by the young Columbian artist Felipe Arturo that has recently resonated with me. I cannot wait to see how the summer unfolds!

Eduardo Sotomayor

ADRIAN MANGEL / A.I.R. JUNE 2017

Adrian Mangel a painter, born and raised in Costa Rica, is our artist in residence for June 2017. He has show work in many group shows in New York and abroad, including venues such as the Art Director’s Club, the Society of Illustrators, and Rochester Art Center. Mangel’s work is often concerned with his experimentation in materiality. His style of painting is what drives his subjects, rather than the other way around.

Mangel is currently working on a series of gas station drawings on paper, and is expanding them to a larger scale on canvas. He is continuing his series of sports paintings in particular tying them to Eduardo Galeano’s book “El Futbol a Sol y Sombra”.

During his residency, Mangel is exploring how to transform his drawings into mass-produced items as part of a greater installation resembling a traditional Mexican street market. Calling into question the relationship between craft and art, artisanal products and mass production.

To view Adrian Mangel’s work visit http://adrianmangel.com.