Flux A.I.R. Show Closing Dance Party & Benefit

Artists-in-Residence Show Closing & Dance Party
Friday, November 13th, 9pm
Exhibition open all afternoon
*FREE*

 

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A.I.R. Show open for viewing 11/7 – 11/13

Flux Factory is turning 21! To celebrate, curator Roopa Vasudevan has challenged Flux artists-in-residence to produce new works within 21 hours.  Join us on Friday the 13th for a closing dance party to celebrate another year of Flux.

Thank you to Rockaway Brewing Co. & Deep Eddy Vodka for providing drinks!

Artists Include:
Ariel Abrahams
Donald Daedelus
Abby Entsminger
Jason Eppink
Sarah Greenbaum
Molly Haslund
Lena Hawkins
Wieteke Heldens
Bonella Holloway
Zuzia Juszkiewicz
Tina Kohlmann

Seth Larson
Ayden LeRoux

Tzu-Huan Lin
Gil Lopez
Alex Nathanson
Maddie Hewitt & Dylan Neely
Rob O’Connor
Will Owen
Caroline Partamian
Paul Kunihølm Pauper
Maya Quattropani
Caitlin Foley & Misha Rabinovich
Lavinia Raccanello
Fatima Rodriguez
Eleanor Scholz
Walker Tufts (et al)
Roopa Vasudevan
Leah Weinstein

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More info on the A.I.R. show and Fall Benefit Banquet here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/835208163265597/
http://www.fluxfactory.org/fluxers/flux-turns-21/

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Flux Factory Turns 21: the 2015 Flux Fall Benefit Banquet

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We’re celebrating by doing what we do best: inviting all our friends over for dinner & making more art than even we thought was feasible!

Join us on Saturday, November 7th for a banquet to benefit a Fluxy 2016. We’ll serve you a 5-course meal with open bar in the midst of a brand new group exhibition from this year’s Flux residents.

Year by year, Flux has become NYC’s most storied affordable collective art space, and we need your support to continue providing our 40 annual residents with space and support to share ideas and art. Life in NYC ain’t easy for artists! Flux has stood strong to protect creative freedom, low costs, and collaborative opportunities to retain innovative art in the city. Now’s your chance to stand strong for Flux.

The Meal will begin with a new invention from our neighbors at Dutch Kills Centraal, a curried farro with glazed baby carrots, sunchokes and medjool dates. Our Residency Director Carina Kaufman will prepare a sweet and sour grilled pumpkin with turnips, romaine hearts, roasted beets and pumpkin seed butter. More Flux Iron Chefs and local restaurants are also preparing their finest for the occasion!

Flux Artist In Residence Group Show: Roopa Vasudevan has curated new works from 28 of Flux’s recent residents for the occasion.  To celebrate our big 21, Roopa has challenged Fluxers to produce new works within 21 hours.  Our banquet will coincide with the opening of our A.I.R. show, with a special curator tour and champagne toast to kick things off. See our full list of participating artists & RSVP here.

7:00pm: VIP Curator Led Tour + VIP Champagne Toast

7:30pm: Doors open to Dinner Ticket Holders

8pm: First course is served

*note: sponsors of tickets can select specific individuals to sponsor, or have Flux select artists.  Contact nat@fluxfactory.org to make arrangements.

Can’t make the benefit?  Sponsor an artist seat in your place through a tax-deductible donation of $50 at our Eventbrite page.  Or come celebrate the closing of the Artists-in-Residence show with a free dance party and cash bar on Friday, November 13th at 9pm.


at Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
 
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A massive thank you to our sponsors, including: Rockaway Brewing Company, Deep Eddy’s Vodka, Whole Foods, Dutch Kills Centraal, Court Square Diner and Tomcat Bakery.

*A.I.R. Show open for viewing 11/7 – 11/13

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Flux is Headed to Russia!

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This September, 7 Flux artists will be collaborating on an immersive interactive game for the Art Prospect Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Using traditional Russian games, like Gorodki and Dice, as a starting point the Flux Game allows players to crawl farther down the rabbit hole as they play, discovering the game within the game. It’s Double Dare meets the Olympics meets Model UN meets bitcoin speculation.

Participating artists include past and present Fluxers: Nat Roe, Jason Eppink, Lena Hawkins, Kathryn Sclavi, Alex Nathanson, Walker Tufts, and Will Owen.

This Flux Factory project is supported by CEC Arts Link and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

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Hotel Wars

October 4th- November 1st, 2015

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In the past decade, dozens of independent and brand name hotels have sprung up alongside the Flux Factory building in Long Island City, and more than twenty hotels are set to break ground. The hotel boom, the result of a delayed 2008 rezoning that allowed for rapid new developments in Dutch Kills’ mixed-use industrial areas, has quickly changed our neighborhood into a shifting environment of passing visitors. How can LIC residents, small businesses, and developers constructively and collectively respond to the complex political and social realities of the hotel industry’s rapid growth in a way that takes all stakeholders’ needs seriously?

To playfully respond to these rapid changes and their implications, Flux Factory is posting three teams of highly collaborative artists, game designers, urban theorists, and performers at hotels within a one-block radius of our building for a month-long Olympic-style competition. Each week, teams will receive a prompt that provokes questions about how hotels serve an existing neighborhood, the effects of tourism, and the communities the industry creates and/or displaces. They’ll have seven days to engage with tourists, hotel employees, neighbors, and local business owners and craft their responses using a variety of media. At the end of each week, works will be unveiled at a series of elaborate awards ceremonies, where Long Island City community stakeholders will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. Collaborating hotels are: Home2 Suites Long Island City, Holiday Inn L.I. City – Manhattan View, and Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Queens / Queensboro Bridge.

Join the festivities and help Flux Factory crown the first Long Island City Hotel Wars Champions!

Full Schedule:

October 4th, 4 – 5 pm: Opening Ceremonies and Parade circling our block! Email carina@fluxfactory.org to participate (seeking: performers and volunteers), or head over to Flux to watch!

October 11th, 4 – 5 pm: Awards Ceremony #1 at Flux Factory: The first works are unveiled and judged live.

October 18th, 4 – 5 pm: Awards Ceremony #2 at Flux Factory: The second works are unveiled and judged live.

November 1st, 4 – 6 pm: Closing Ceremony and Winner Crowned: The final works are unveiled and judged live, and the Hotel Wars winner is crowned.

Competitors: Abby Entsminger, Abi Inman, Aliya Bonar, Adrian Owen, Gil Lopez, Ida Benedetto, John Locke, Kevin Aranibar, Michelle Levy, Nathaniel Sullivan, Oriana Leckert, Seth Larson, Toni Pizza, Will Owen, and Yoni Brook.

Host Hotels: Home2 Suites Long Island City, Holiday Inn L.I. City – Manhattan View, and Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Queens / Queensboro Bridge.

Brain Trust: Carina Kaufman, Jason Eppink, Laura Lupton, and Prerana Reddy.

Organized by Carina Kaufman and Jason Eppink.

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Hotel Wars is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Challenge #1 : October 12, 2015

Tell the history of your hotel site, using interviews from residents, hotel employees, guests, and more, in any media you choose.

Judges: Fabiola Robles, Mike’s Pizza, Rebekah Gibson, Growing Up Green Charter School, and Jack Eichenbaum, Queens Borough Historian

Judging criteria: quality and quantity of interviews, depth of research, aesthetic treatment, and general fluxiness.

WINNER: TEAM Home2Suites!!!

Aliya Bonar, Nathaniel Sullivan, Will Owen

“Your Voice Here” Brochures for the hotel lobby.

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Abreaction 3: Muscle Memory in the Consumption of Food

Abreaction 3: Muscle Memory in the Consumption of Food
An exhibition curated by Caroline Partamian

September 24th-26th, 2015

Full Schedule:

  • Thursday, September 24th, 6-9 pm: Soft Opening
  • Friday, September 25th, 6-10 pm: Opening party & performances by Ariel Abrahams, ChristinaNoel & the Creature, Bonella Holloway, & Katy McCarthy
  • Saturday, September 26th, 2-7 pm: Closing reception and 5 pm Artist Talk with Andrew Murphy & Katy McCarthy (more details TBA)

 

Image by Joe DeNardo

Abreaction is the extraction of memory stored within a muscle, resurfaced through kinetics and physical movement, of which the individual was previously unaware. Muscle Memory in the Consumption of Food continues the Muscle Memory series conceptualized by Caroline Partamian, and invites artists to create a piece that forces the viewer to engage in the their deeply embedded traumatic, comforting, erotic, and grotesque food-related memories. Video, multimedia, and performance works explore the aesthetics of specific foods and the behavior of eating through the senses.

Artists: Ariel Abrahams, Vaba Bility , Michael Borowski, ChristinaNoel & the Creature, Eva Dean, Christian Hendricks, Bonella Holloway, Marguerite Kalhor, Sarah Manuwal, Jamie Mayne, Katy McCarthy, Andrew Murphy, and Netta Sadovsky.

About the curator:

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and currently residing in Brooklyn, New York, Caroline Partamian is an independent curator, artist, and chef. Caroline’s exhibitions focus on the theme of kinetic memory and somatics in relation to dance, performance, and other more tangible mediums of art. She also plays guitar in the collaborative psych-punk project SCULLY.

Sponsored by Rippers and Trader Joe’s. 

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View From Above

View From Above
mixed-media, video installation, performance

September 19-20, 2015
Opening Reception: September 19th, 6-9 pm
Open Hours: Sunday September 20th 2-6 pm

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The exhibition presents works dealing with the aerial perspectives of a landscape. One approach is to find new ways of transforming and rethinking the all-inclusive view from above created by a drone camera. A mixed-media installation appears as a ruptured landscape, which doesn’t offer any geographical data or orientation but turns into surreal and disorienting tableau. Similar interest of displacing the drone technology motivates video projections, showing a vision of a drone’s camera creating sublime spaces in the border between virtual and real. Other works consider the aerial perspective in regards to the physical reconstruction of waterways, and its impact on territory lines.

For this exhibition, the artist presents a multimedia installation which also functions as living stage for performances. Diffraction of light passes through a shallow water basin and layers of acrylic mirror to unearth an abstract moving photomontage cast as a reflection onto the wall. The light reflection reveals the process of environmental degradation, land reclamation, and shifting boundaries, thus metaphorically holding more weight than the physical material distorted by the artist. The result is a phantasmagoric experience, leaving those suspended in time with a “view from above” to contemplate how humans interact with the earth’s surface.

Participating artists include: E. Adam AttiaMaddie HewittLyoudmila MilanovaDylan Neely and Rob O’Conner.

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REAL f/x MIRAGE ZONE™

FATAMORGANA presents: REAL f/x MIRAGE ZONE™
Opening Reception: Saturday August 29th,  6-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday August 30th,  3-4pm
Open Hours: Wednesday September 2nd, 11am-3pm 

 

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The Real f/x Mirage Zone™ exists in peripheral landscapes, a desert inhabited by visions induced by invisible forces. The spectacular illusion, the mirage, leaks the virtual into actual, giving a shape to our desire. In Real f/x Mirage Zone™ commodities hover above the surface, caught in a pool of liquid in the landscape. Real f/x Mirage Zone™, will open to the public on August 29th as a diluted, synthetic entity in what-is virtual and actual. With the mission to reveal the abstract nature of global economics and its hidden environment, Real f/x Mirage Zone™ is in part an installation and in part a video screening that documents land-based actions of FATAMORGANA. The exhibition will consist of a two channel video installation alongside commodity proxies for the objects in the gallery sourced from the immediate environment.

 

FATAMORGANA is a research based platform developed as a collaborative effort, created out of a joint interest in landscape, time and new spatial logics. FATAMORGANA articulates hidden abstractions within our man-made and natural environments. Our goal is to continue expanding our practice, to put people in touch with peripheral, often slippery, landscapes. We will look into that immaterial void with optimism to uncover hidden patterns and give our findings shape.

 

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The Yellow Snake Is Waiting

The Yellow Snake Is Waiting

Opening Reception Friday August 21st 6-9pm

On View August 21st- August 27th 12-6pm

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What do I really want?

What do I really desire?

You know it, you feel it too.

The Serpents of Desire are waiting for you.

Walk along the water to find it.

Be careful of those animals and beasts, they can smell it.

They can sense your hunger and they are hungry too.

Go for it, the snake is waiting.

For his first solo exhibition in New York, Tzu-Huan presents The Yellow Snake Is Waiting, a video installation created during his Flux Factory residency period. The video features footage of a fictional story to find the ultimate solution of never-ending desire by fusing two well-known mythical stories from East to West. The narrative explores the fog of memories and makes transparent the mystery of desire.

Tzu-Huan Lin is a Taiwanese video and installation artist based in New York. He received an MFA in Digital Arts from Pratt Institute in 2013. He creates work in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural functions by manipulation to create different functions and contexts.

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August Flux Thursday

Thursday August 13th

Dinner at 7 pm. Presentations begin at 8:30 pm.

The event is free, but please do bring something to share!

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For this Flux Thursday the focus is New York City water. We are offering cool reliefs from the summer heat with dinner and artist presentations.

Flux Factory is pleased to present artists and historians whose practice takes root in the exploration and occupation of urban waterways. They will elaborate on their research and passion towards the subject as well as explain how it informs their work. Ida C. Benedetto co-founder of Sextantworks will discuss her most recent transgressive placemaking project involving the New York City Harbor. Steve Duncan renowned urban explorer will share his expertise on the New York sewer and tunnel system, and information about his guided underground tours. Dylan Gauthier co-founder of the boatbuilding project Mare Liberum will speak about the artist collective, and his other collaborative free seas projects. Maddie Hewitt current resident of Flux Factory will present her research on the physical reconstruction of waterways, and the influence it has on territory lines in Marble Hill. Together the discussions emphasize the complexities and creative potential of New York City’s maritime landscape. The event is free, but please do bring something to share!


 

Ida C. Benedetto is a Brooklyn-based experience design and media strategist. She is the co-founder of Sextantworks (formerly Wanderlust Projects). Sextantworks practices experiential gift design and transgressive placemaking through generosity, location and intimacy. Sextantworks has been profiled in The New York Times, Fast Company, NPR, and The Daily Beast. Ida consulted on the experience design and gifting system for the Night Heron Speakeasy, which has been lauded in the Atlantic and the New Yorker. She is an adviser to Photography, Expanded, an initiative of the Magnum Foundation to inspire documentary photographers to extend their storytelling practice beyond the still image. Ida is on the steering committee of the School for Poetic Computation.

Steve Duncan is an Urban Explorer based in New York City. He has extensively explored the New York City Sewer System and other tunnels in the New York City area such as the New York City Subway System and Amtrak tunnels that run through the city. Steve has also explored sewers and underground infrastructure around the world. He has explored sewers and tunnels beneath Paris, London, Rome, Naples, Stockholm, Berlin, Moscow, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He also hosted a television show on The Discovery Channel in 2005. The show aired for five episodes and has since occasionally been aired in syndication.

Dylan Gauthier is a Brooklyn-based artist (writer, curator, educator, boatbuilder, media activist). His works take the form of videos, photographs, soundtracks, publications, environmental research and performances, and are concerned with temporary situations, shared experiences, public space and access to information. He is co-founder of the boatbuilding and printmaking project Mare Liberum (thefreeseas.org), a frequent collaborator with the Gowanus Studio Space, and with the collective Red76, and has shown in museums and galleries including MASS MoCA, the Walker Art Center, Stacion Kosovo, EFA Project Space, Parsons/the New School, Columbus College of Art and Design and the Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase. Dylan holds an MFA from the Integrated Media Arts program with a focus on creative nonfiction at Hunter College.

Maddie Hewitt is a visual artist and curator from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work responds to the impositions of domestic social norms and crowd control. Using a wide range of media, Hewitt alters familiar physical objects and co-opts their original meaning. Most recently she has begun organically researching the history of New York City waterways drawing connections between pre-colonial landscapes to what the city is like today. Hewitt holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art with a focus in sculpture. Since 2013 she has been a curator at Little Berlin organizing exhibitions, film screenings, performances, weekend-long festivals, artist critiques, and other public events. She is currently an artist in residence at Flux Factory.

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Good Humor

August 8th-9th

Opening Reception August 8th 3-­11pm

 

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Flux is pleased to present Good Humor,​ an interactive art installation experimenting with the physical and psychological aspects of ice cream. Featuring the work of Springboard Collective, this participatory show invites audience members to cultivate new relationships with our favorite frozen treat.

Come for the art, stay for the ice cream….or is it the other way around? Create your own plaster ice cream sculpture to last the ages. Scoop, squeeze, and serve plaster mixed with dye, paint, glitter, marbles and other ‘toppings’ at the sculpture station. Add your vision to the installation, or take it home to display your sculptural prowess (for future generations, of course). Take a ‘turn’ cranking the old-fashioned ice cream machine as we serve up new flavors on the hour. Classic and experimental approaches to flavoring need taste buds! Engage in the collaborative process, learn new techniques, and add your expertise to the social environment.

As you cool off with the fruits of our labor, explore the audio and visual landscape in our soft serve gallery. Media and object based installations foster a creative escape that celebrates the exuberant energy of summertime. Stay late for improvisational performances and inclusive dance party with a live DJ. Hope to see you there!

Formed in Athens, OH, Springboard Collective produces collaborative, site­-specific, interactive and immersive sculptural environments. With experimental and imaginative approaches to everyday materials, their installations focus on transforming physical and psychological aspects of fun in socially-engaged events. Artists include: Danny Crump, Sarah Dahlinger, Barry O’Keefe, Micah Snyder, and Steph Wadman.

 

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8th

3pm Ice cream on the hour

5pm Build your own ice cream sculpture

9pm Live DJ set (TBA)

Show will also be open for viewing Sunday August 9th from 3-­9pm

 


Past Springboard Collective works

Contact: Danny Crump, Artist in Residence, Flux Factory

(435)890-­8853, thewetjangles@gmail.com

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