Friday, July 27th, 6-9 pm @ DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] @ 41 Seabring St. 3rd floor, Brooklyn NY 11231
Rotten Love Tomato which includes an art installation and poetry by visiting Romanian artist Florin Dan Prodan is an exploration into the poems, tweets, phone and Facebook messages between the rise and fall of a love and creative relationship of two poets, one from Romania and the other from the US that have different cultural backgrounds, ars poetica and life views. We invited two NYC artists who have strong connections to Romania to collaborate on Prodan’s theme.
Inas Al-soqi is a half Palestinian half Romanian woman with a unique sense of humor towards worldly sensibilities. Her collages play with the dichotomy between the sanctioned and the unsanctioned, and that of folk and fine art.
Lucien Samaha, born in Beirut is a prolific photographer and has the distinction of being the first digital photographer during hist time as the Marketing Manager for Eastman Kodak Company. Samaha considers himself a “post-conceptualist” artist where he relished the adventure of photographing and gathering materials from the real world and then finds inspirations from them in a finished project.
Florin Dan Prodan
Romanian poet and artist Florin Dan Prodan (1976) is the founder of the literature and art group Zidul de Hartie. As a poet, he has published among other books, On the Road. travel poems (Shambhala Press, Kathmandu, 2012) and The Facebook Poems (Cartea Romaneasca, Bucharest, 2017). His poems are translated into Spanish, German, Korean, Ukrainian and French. In English, he has been published in two poetry anthologies and in magazines including Plume. Florin runs two artists and writer residency program in Romania and Kyrgyzstan. As a visual artist, he has exhibited in galleries and art spaces throughout Europe and Asia.
The role of the artist is often the one of the outsider, just on the fringes of society, looking in. Half-Palestinian, half-Romanian artist Inas Al-soqi has claimed this role with conviction, filling her collages with the kind of political satire unique to someone with the perspective of a permanent foreigner. Sometimes confronting, sometimes uncomfortable, always intriguing, Inas’ work is that of an astute observer, willing to point out the flaws of societies past and present.
Born in Beirut in 1958, Samaha has been photographing his life since he took one of the first photography courses ever offered in a High School Art curriculum in the US in 1975. Photography has been Samaha’s companion throughout his many careers, including that of a Flight Attendant for TWA, a Marketing Manager for Eastman Kodak Company (where he had the distinction of being the first digital photographer ever), and a world famous DJ on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center.
He considers himself a ‘post-conceptualist’ artist where he relishes the adventure of photographing and gathering materials from the real world and then finds inspiration from them in a finished project. He is currently consolidating his archive of over a million visual assets. He has shown at the Museum for Modern Art in Frankfurt Germany, and was a Nam Jun Paik Award Finalist in 2004 in Germany, among others. To date, he has self-published over 70 photography books of varying genres from street photography in different cities to esoteric themes found in his archive’s categories.
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Saturday, July 28th, 6-9 pm @ DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] @ 41 Seabring St. 3rd floor, Brooklyn NY 11231
Please join us at DE-CONSTRUKT for an opening of studioHydrostatic’s latest works, sample some art ferments and talk growing food with pee.
Taking a creative approach to research that blurs the lines between conceptual art, mad-scientist project and citizen science, studioHydrostatic uses hand-blown glass, digital technology, biological and recycled material to build installations, unique tools and standalone sculptural objects tailored to the mission of ecological problem solving (carbon sequestration, biodiversity encouragement, food production, and ecosystems stabilization, etc.) in site-specific environments.
The latest environmental installation from studioHydrostatic uses human urine to grow vegetables, fruits and medicinal herbs in a gallery of the Museum of American Glass. Both aquaponic techniques and biological wastewater treatment processes are the foundation for this high-tech, recirculating artificial wetland. While, conceptually, this is a sort of tongue-in-cheek life-support system for nature, on the microbial level, it’s more like an open party (nicknamed “the post-apocalyptic party machine”) as opposed to a sterile hospital stay. Here, the main departure point from most industrial agriculture is the encouragement of biodiversity for the sake of system stability; partnering with soil biology is partnering with the Earth’s immune system.
Founded 2014 in Brooklyn by partners Sarah Max Beck and Robert C. Beck, studioHydrostatic is a collaborative, multidisciplinary bioart studio with a mission to inspire, explore and culture the evolution of relationships between humans and the greater environment into symbiosis through science, waste recovery, alternative agriculture and storytelling as art.
This exhibit at DE-CONSTRUKT, studioHydrostatic: Dissected, Disassociated and Disinfected, is the first exhibition of standalone studioHydrostatic objects and components, and shown in conjunction with the most recent independent works of both Sarah Max Beck and Robert C. Beck, which gives, in a way, a three part venn diagram type experience of how the latest of each body of work affects the others.
DIN DIN: A CURATED COMMUNITY POTLUCK
Sunday, July 29th, 6-9 pm @DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] @ 41 Seabring St. 3rd floor, Brooklyn NY 11231
DE-CONSTRUKT studio in invites creatives to join us every last Sunday of the month for a potluck style community dinner.
The evening will include the work of our DE-CONSTRUKT duo resident artists Sarah Max Beck and Robert Beck of studioHydrostatic a multidisciplinary, collaborative art studio merging science and creative practice to build inspiring, new models that challenge the understanding of the biological environment, humanity’s relationship with it, and culture symbiosis between the two.
Sarah and Robert will share a short lecture on the practice and benefits of using urine as fertilizer. A handmade pesto and a fermented (alcoholic) beverage made by Sarah using herbs produced by one of studioHydrostatic’s current bio art installations will be available for sample.
Please bring food and or drink to share. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.