Marco Antonini, a director of NURTUREart, a Bushwick’s non-profit for arts, presents a kaleidoscopic portrait of the organization through 10 compact art exhibitions, to open every summer Friday, starting tomorrow with Ivan Argote.
Marco explains that shortly after he was hired by NURTUREart as a director early this year, he was challenged with the planning of the sequel to the Bushwick Biennal. Two years ago NURTUREart threw more of a macro event, a survey of Bushwick, and its art spaces. Marco wanted to change the format, and instead of asking who is Bushwick, to ask who is NURTUREart, as an organization. The poster for the show is an empty template saying: We Are to be filled out by the participating artists.
10 summer weeks, that is 10 summer Fridays night openings at NURTUREart. Every week there will be some one else. Marco says that it’s like an identity game played with artists, curators, and other organizations. NURTUREart is hanging over the keys to these people and will let them speak for them. Each of the Friday shows will be completely original. Marco sees We Are more like a festival than a series of traditional shows. He uses the word workshop a lot.
The gallery will be open to the public already on Thursday, on the day before the opening. The public can come in and see the installation in progress, as NURTUREart belives that it’s important to see the hands on the work.
The only connecting factor of the 10 shows is diversity. NURTUREart pledged to show the panorama of the art being created in New York; to present an idea in a nutshell: going from crazy, odd or weird, to conceptual, minimal, and hyper-educated.
The shows are very improptu, the budget for one traditional NURTUREart show was split into 10. Marco says that it will be an outlet for creativity.
When you go to NURTUREart tomorrow (or even today) make sure to grab one of the brochures. The brochures were produced in Berlin, by a machine called RISOgraph, which uses color soya beans. The machine is completely cold, and uses 95% less energy than normal machine. It’s hand-bound, and each one is a little different than the other.
The list of invited artists, curators and organizations includes:
IVAN ARGOTE/ IAN PEDIGO/ MIGUEL AMADO/ CHELSEA HAINES AND ERIOLA PIRA/
FORTRESS TO SOLITUDE/ RACHEL BUDDE/ FAMOUS ACCOUNTANTS/ REGINA REX/
JONATHAN EHRENBERG/ RYAN KITSON