Please vote for the Windmill Community Garden! Our budding community garden has been chosen as one of 3 finalists in NYC to receive a $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association to improve local parks.
Smiling Hogshead Ranch is an all-volunteer urban farm located on an abandoned rail spur in Long Island City, Queens, New York. They’ll be hosting the afterparty for the Flux-a-thon, a spectacularly jubilant, semi-absurd twist on a traditional walk-a-thon, complete with costumes and floats, all to raise money for another year of Flux Factory’s unique and collaborative residency program.
Come to Smiling Hogshead Ranch at 5 pm on May 7th and cheer the Flux-a-thon to the finish line! Join our guest judges Hrag Vartanian (Editor-in-Chief & Co-founder, Hyperallergic), Paddy Johnson (Founder & Editorial Director, Art F City), Harriet Taub (Director, Materials for the Arts), Kevin Balktick (co-founder,FIGMENT) and Connie Wang (Fashion Features Director, Refinery 29) in awarding teams prizes for best costume, best use of recycled materials, most funds raised, and more!
*By donating $20, you get entry to the BBQ & dance party*
*By supporting Flux Factory with a $50 donation, you get entry, plus a free drink!*
*By supporting Flux Factory with a $150 donation, you get entry, plus a meal, plus 3 free drinks!*
*All donations go directly into Flux Factory’s operating costs, helping keep our doors open, our woodshop sawing, and our residents producing over 75 FREE and ALL AGES exhibitions and educational events a year!*
Dinner at 7:30 pm. Presentations begin at 8:30 pm.
The event is free, but please do bring something (edible) to share!
Dinner is produced by Fung Wah Biennial Artist Heather Kapplow. She will be serving food which will be delicious and also dissects global migration through ingredient sources.
Hosted by Fung Wah Biennial Co-Curators Matthias Borello, Sally Szwed, and Will Owen. Sunita Prasad presents on her performative public interactions on the Fung Wah Biennial Bus to Boston. Bryan Chang, documentarian for Fung Wah Biennial, will be presenting his work as a documentary film maker and speaking about his film collective Meerkat Media. Meg Wiessner will give a presentation on the history of fabric patterns used on bus seats and other public transportation. Fan Letters (Alex Nathanson + Dylan Neely) present their research and performance documentation from their performance from the Boston leg of the Fung Wah Biennial. Ariel Abrahams and Rony Efrat give a brief presentation about their unique transnational collaboration and their work for the Fung Wah Biennial.
After 3 years of working at Flux Factory, our wonderful Residency Director Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez is moving on to new and exciting adventures. Though we’re saddened to lose such an important community leader, we’re looking forward to expanding the role into a full time job — for the first time ever, Flux will have two full time employees. We’re pleased to announce an opening for Managing Director.
Artists-in-Residence and staffers collaborate frequently at Flux
Flux Factory Managing Director Job Description
Hours: Full Time, 40 hrs / week Salary: Approximately $31k / ann To apply: email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Managing Director Applicant” in the subject and with CV and cover letter attached. All applications are due by March 31.
Flux Factory is one of NYC’s longest standing collective art spaces, founded in Williamsburg in 1993 and residing since 2002 in Long Island City, Queens. We support a welcoming community of international cultural producers, including (but not limited to) artists, community organizers, urban agriculturalists, educators, curators, builders, game designers and musicians. Since introducing our formal residency program in 2009, more than 200 Fluxers have produced prolific, eccentric and diverse programs within a socially engaging and collaborative environment. Today, Flux manages a community-oriented artist-in-residence program of 16 private studios, shared workspaces and a public events gallery.
Flux is seeking a Managing Director to report to the Executive Director of Flux Factory in managing the organization. The Managing Director will have primary responsibility for facilitating the core Flux Factory programs including Residency, Exhibitions and Education. The Managing Director will also be a key team member in meeting our development goals alongside our Board of Directors, Executive and Development staffers.
Flux is a unique organization that requires an inspired Managing Director with strategic thinking skills, curatorial savvy, inbox wizardry, and the ability to navigate interpersonal dynamics with cultural producers from varying socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The MD should feel comfortable working as a professional manager in an informal internal environment that depends on the cooperation of staff and an entire community of artists. The MD should learn how to inspire collaboration that results in unique programming despite limited resources. The ideal candidate demonstrates strong engagement with socially engaged art practices and contemporary art trends, as well as the capacity to manage multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines. It’s a challenging job in a supportive environment, a wonderful opportunity to learn a wide variety of skills, with many opportunities to leave one’s mark.
Flux’s coworking office
Some broad responsibilities include the following:
The MD will be the chief facilitator of our international residency program that hosts approximately 35 residents each year, both through open-calls and organizational partnerships. MD will lead call-outs, scheduling, onboarding, rent collection, developing opportunities for residents, attending resident meetings, and more.
The MD will support curators of four major Flux Factory group exhibitions each year. While curators are chiefly responsible for production, MD will oversee project budget and administration, ensure milestones are met, guide overall strategy, publicity, and lend assistance as needed. MD will provide similar support for resident-produced programs, educational programs and gallery rentals. Overall, Flux produces approximately 50 public programs per year and while each program has its own curator, the MD’s role will be to ensure all the organizational tools are in place for success.
Flux produces two major fundraising events per year, including silent art auctions, banquets, and walk-a-thons. The MD will play a large role in the production of these events through soliciting participants, seeking sponsors, growing committees, planning production, and more. Additionally, the MD will participate in developing and managing programs for increasing Flux Factory’s earned income.
The MD will generally contribute to the Flux Factory team, representing Flux Factory to stakeholders, partners, supporters, press and the public; collaborate to develop strategy; and supervise volunteers. As a member of the Flux Factory artist collective, the Managing Director will have the same opportunity as other Flux Factory participants to take part in Flux Factory activities on a volunteer basis.
Flux Factory is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.
– – APPLICATIONS are now CLOSED- – Please check back in the Fall of 2016
Flux Factory is a 21 year old non-profit arts organization, artist collective and international residency program committed to building a sustainable community for diverse cultural producers, including visual artists, builders, curators, community organizers, chefs, activists, musicians, writers…
We’re looking for cultural producers of all kinds to join the Flux community for 3 / 6 / 9 / 12 month residencies.
Flux Factory cultivates a spirit of openness and generosity through a unique collaborative and participatory approach to realizing its residency and public programs. Fluxers benefit from an immersive and prolific environment that encourages experimentation and peer to peer resource sharing. Residents work together to shape and realize Flux’s expansive programming, proposing and leading exhibitions and educational events. Flux Factory nurtures individual practices by offering professional development opportunities, including one-on-one studio visits, group field trips, and monthly salons.
Our labyrinthine building includes 14 studios, a gallery, silkscreen studio, woodshop, coworking office, communal kitchen, library, and rooftop garden. Check the Residency page for more information and photos.
Each resident is responsible for their own funding, though Flux Factory can help with this process.
– – APPLICATIONS are now CLOSED- – Please check back in the Fall of 2016
Fluxer Ariel Abrahams presents February’s Flux Thursday inspired by his exhibition FRIENDSHIP. FRIENDSHIP manifested as two all-night sleepover events in the Flux gallery on January 22nd and 26th. Drawings, sculptures, performances and videos were explored over the course of each night.
The work presented will be in the spirit of FRIENDSHIP: either on topic, or by special friends of Abrahams. Following the presentations, we will have a short Q and A on friends and art-making.
Spotlightness is a pop-up group show organized by Sébastien Maloberti at Flux Factory.
Reception on January 28th, 6pm–9pm
Featuring works by Jimmy Beauquesne, Mathilde Bezon, Kevin Desbouis, Marine Joulie, Sébastien Maloberti, Valentine Ridde and Bruno Silva.
The exhibition will present the work of seven artists, all based in France, and currently in residence at Flux Factory (Queens) and Triangle Arts Association (Brooklyn), with the partnership of Artistes en Résidence and the École Supèrieure d’Art de Clermont Métropole. This project’s format is lightweight, much like the artists’ methods of working: simple means, found materials and tools. All these works were produced this week in the fresh air of NYC.
Flux Factory is one of NYC’s oldest and most affordable collectively-run art spaces. On Saturday, May 7th, we’re holding the 1st Annual“Flux-a-Thon“ putting our own jubilant, collaborative twist on a traditional walk-a-thon to raise money for another year of our residency program. Teams of artists and marchers will wander through the streets of Long Island City with their best mobile art projects, floats, performances, and roving spectacles.
We’ll head from Flux Factory to Smiling Hogshead Ranch, an all-volunteer urban farm located on an abandoned rail spur in Long Island City, where our guest judges Hrag Vartanian (Editor-in-Chief & Co-founder, Hyperallergic), Paddy Johnson (Founder & Editorial Director, Art F City), Harriet Taub (Director, Materials for the Arts), Kevin Balktick (co-founder, FIGMENT) and Connie Wang (Fashion Features Director, Refinery 29) will award prizes for best costume, best use of recycled materials, most funds raised, best performance, and more! The day will conclude with a Garden Dance party and BBQ featuring the Center for the Holographic Arts behind the grill, scrumptious dishes donated by Beija Flor, Dutch Kills Centraal, and Tom Cat Bakery and music by none other than DJ Vinyl Richie and DJ Seaarch.All funds raised in the “Flux-a-thon” will go directly into Flux’s operating costs.
Each year, our roster of cultural producers run ambitious and challenging programs, that are always free and open to the public. In addition to providing low-cost facilities and support that premise creativity, we pay every artist who participates in a Flux program, providing over $30,000 in 2015 to support the creation of new works.
In 2016, Flux Factory has narrowly avoided displacement from Long Island City. We are thrilled to have signed a 5 year lease extension, and to continue to serve our neighborhood and the greater NYC arts community long-term. However, starting April 1st, our rent went up 8.5%, and we’re working to raise the funds necessary to keep our doors open, our woodshop sawing, and our studios humming with emerging and off-the-wall cultural producers.
Sunday, February 28th, 4-8 pm (with music by DJ Vinyl Richie)
Wieteke Heldens is pleased to invite you to Once Upon a Line, her third solo-show. She will share her paintings and drawings made during her current residency at Flux Factory. Together, the paintings form a never-ending story or an endless poem with their titles and content. ‘Once upon a time’ refers to the title of the first work made during the residency. The second work is made by the first and so forth. But the first is never the first and the last is never the last. Everything has history and everything has consequences.
Wieteke Heldens was born in Ottersum, The Netherlands in 1982. Heldens works in the medium of painting. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague in 2007. She had her first solo show at Flux Factory in 2011 and exhibited in the The Hague Gemeente museum, Royal Palace in Amsterdam and internationally in Switzerland, France, Germany, Denmark and the US. In 2013 Heldens won the Royal prize for Painting in the Netherlands. Heldens is currently represented by gallery Borzo in Amsterdam and is an active member of Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives in The Hague. She lives and works in New York and in The Hague.
These artists and / or their works listed below will be present on these specific buses:
The Biennial Project, Marco Castro, Eric Doeringer, Fan Letters (Alex Nathanson + Dylan Neely), Sunita Prasad, Joshua Caleb Wiebley, Ariel Abrahams + Rony Efrat, Magali Duzant, Keith Hartwig + Daniel Newman, Heather Kapplow, Seth Timothy Larson + Abigail Entsminger, Manuel Molina Martagon, Kristoffer Ørum, Ruth Patir, Pines / Palms (Emily Ensminger + Sophie Trauberman), Jonah Levy, Roopa Vasudevan, Tereza Szwanda, Documentarian: Bryan Chang
Boston Partners: Atlantic Works Gallery (Hosted by Anna Salmeron), Make Shift Space
Michael Barraco, Chloë Bass, Adam Milner, Marjan Verstappen + Jessica Valentin, Meg Wiessner, Joshua Caleb Wiebley, Ariel Abrahams + Rony Efrat, Magali Duzant, Keith Hartwig + Daniel Newman, Seth Timothy Larson + Abigail Entsminger, Manuel Molina Martagon, Kristoffer Ørum Ruth Patir, Pines / Palms (Emily Ensminger + Sophie Trauberman), Jonah Levy, Roopa Vasudevan, Tereza Szwanda, Documentarian: Alex Nathanson
Philadelphia Partners: Asian Arts Initiative (Hosted by Nancy Chen) , R.F. Kampfer Revolutionary Literature Archive (Hosted by Bradley Duncan), Space 1026 (Hosted by Jacqueline Quinn) ,Vox Populi (Hosted by Bree Pickering)
Dillon De Give, Ursula Nistrup, Kristoffer Ørum, Ariel Abrahams + Rony Efrat, Fan Letters (Alex Nathanson + Dylan Neely), Magali Duzant, Keith Hartwig + Daniel Newman, Seth Timothy Larson + Abigail Entsminger, Manuel Molina Martagon, Ruth Patir, Pines / Palms (Emily Ensminger + Sophie Trauberman), Kristoffer Ørum, Jonah Levy, Roopa Vasudevan, Tereza Szwanda, Documentarian: Alex Nathanson
Baltimore Partners: Current Space Gallery (hosted by Michael Benevento + Andrew Liang)
In March 2016, Flux will commission 25 US-based and international artists / artist groups to create site-specific works for three Chinatown bus routes in the North-Eastern United States for the inaugural Fung Wah Biennial. During trips to Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore artists will share performances, projections, sound-works, web-based projects, and other social interventions that amplify experiences or tease out the nuanced politics of transit.
On each Saturday in March, a bus will depart from NYC to venture to a new city and back. Artists were invited to create works in response to the history and infrastructure of these particular bus lines, as well as the physical and emotional experience of travel. Some works look at transit through the lens of leisure, or challenge its banality and isolation, while others contend with migration as an act of necessity or survival. The works will be presented on the bus while en route to and from their respective destinations, as well as on the ground in each city. The audience will comprise of mostly knowing Fung Wah Biennial exhibition participants, however it may also include those who are simply traveling on each selected bus (i.e. innocent bystanders).
The impetus for this exhibition is three-fold: The impending migration of most emerging art spaces in New York City due to increasing cost of living; The experience of travel whether for leisure or out of necessity; The incredible, inexpensive network of buses between Chinatowns in the Northeastern U.S. and beyond, and especially honoring the closure of the original company in 2015, Fung Wah Bus line.
In Roopa Vasudevan’s “eMOTION Mapping” passengers’ varied emotional states, typically internalized, become collected and visualized on a web-based map designed by the artist.
A trip to the bathroom may ask one to consider the meaning of permanent residency status, while washing away labels associated with it embossed on Tereza Swanda’s hand cast soaps.
Weary travelers are treated to customized comforts found in seat-pocket travel kits tailored especially for each bus journey by Pines // Palms (Emily Entsminger and Sophie Trauberman), while Marjan Verstappen’s “Fung Wah Onboard Service” allows passengers to taste the topography rolling by outside the windows through her specially created snack menu.
Reminding us of the legacy of artists inspired by travelling between cities in the northeast, Eric Doeringer will revisit artist Douglas Huebler’s cartographic exploration of two cities by recreating his 1968 artwork “Boston – New York Exchange Shape” during the Fung Wah Biennial’s Boston leg.
In the “The Legend of Buspar” Abigail Entsminger and Seth Timothy Larson will translate an epic, multi-act saga of forced urban migration and transformation into a miniature theatrical production staged in two seats at the rear of the bus.
In each city Fung Wah Biennial will partner with local art and cultural spaces for lectures and tours to get to know better our neighboring city centers and their creative output. Our current partners include: Current Space (Baltimore), Space 1026 (Philadelphia), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Atlantic Works Gallery (Boston), and more to be announced. The last week of the month will culminate in an exhibition held in the Flux Factory gallery, 6pm Friday March 25th, 2016 showing both documentation and replication of works from the month’s travels.
Will Owen, organizer and co-curator of Fung Wah Biennial states, “The Fung Wah Biennial was an idea now taken a little too far. We’re essentially creating a series of gallery exhibitions on chinatown buses– while traveling between cities in the Northeast with artist interventions, snacks, and all the joys and frustrations of a regular gallery opening, but traveling at 70 miles per hour.”