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ART& COM W.D.H. RE-LOCATION

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RE-LOCATION

ART&COM é uma instalação-performance-exposição colaborativa com mídia mista, estórias e interações, que originalmente converteu dois espaços comerciais vagos do Jamaica Colosseum Mall (Queens, Nova Iorque) em um centro de exposições. Seu conceito foi desenvolvido por Thiago Szmrecsányi e Natalia de Campos / Syncretic Pleasures, evoluindo com contribuições dos comerciantes deste shopping center. Com a curadoria de Heng-Gil Han e Kalia Brooks para o projeto JAMAICA FLUX, apoio do Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, ART&COM contou com texto crítico e apreciativo de Edward D. Miller ("Como vender nada") e Alix G. Camacho Vargas. 

Em RE-LOCATION, ART&COM fará parceria com a Emma Thomas Gallery no Lower East Side de Nova York. Os artistas vão transferir os materiais novos, usados e transformados em Jamaica, Queens de volta ao bairro onde Thiago e Natalia tem uma história de 20 anos, trabalhando em seu estúdio, há apenas alguns quarteirões de distância deste novo espaço de comercialização de arte e idéias.

Alguns dos conceitos ART&COM originais, como um compromisso dos artistas com a comunidade local comercial estão presentes, ainda que agora invertida. A comunidade artista local agora está representada, engajando o comércio na 'contratação’ das proprietárias da Emma Thomas como diretoras de vendas de produtos tanto de alguns destinados à não-venda (“not-for-sale”) como de outros para a venda.

Quando foi fundado, ART&COM exibiu informações sobre atividades que acontecem no shopping center, coletados por meio de interações de Natalia com os comerciantes e observação de Thiago do uso de elementos visuais para promover produtos, seus materiais impressos promocionais, e sua história lá. Mostrou esculturas de Thiago criado com objetos novos, usados e descartados diária ou sazonalmente, reunidos, organizados e criados por Thiago e Natalia, tanto dentro do ateliê como mesmo no local da exposição.

ART&COM também analisou alguns dos ritmos e fluxos do bairro de Jamaica, Queens, em Nova York. A exposição evoluiu empregando livremente as histórias e materiais recolhidos para que todos os envolvidos - artistas, visitantes, comerciantes e trabalhadores - pudessem ser afetados por um resultado imprevisível. Como resultado, ART foi visto às vezes como um intruso no COM de um shopping center com uma história com quase 30 anos dentro da cultura hip hop e uma comunidade imigrante forte.

Na RE-LOCAÇÃO das idéias e relações entre produtos e arte, e seus fabricantes, o processo de fazer e as escolhas em vendê-los está no centro da mostra. Será que os artistas apresentam sua prática social ou suas obras de arte para a venda? Em ambos, os conceitos não podem ser cristalizados, pois eles estão evoluindo, e sua comercialização se dá em uma economia em transformação.

A atitude e prática de Natalia e Thiago giram em torno de questionar o seu fazer e apresentar da arte, seja na forma de esculturas, textos, jogos, fotos, performances, vídeos ou toda a mídia mista. Seu questionamento expõe o que nos é familiar à uma nova luz?


Thiago Szmrecsányi &
Natalia de Campos/
Syncretic Pleasures

Opening - Brunch
Nov 20 th 1-4 pm
Pre-Opening
Nov 17 th 6-9pm

Until Dec 04 th
Emma Thomas Gallery
319 Grand St / Orchard
5 th Floor | Gallery Hours:
Tue - Sun 12-6 pm | New York

Walking tour to Artists' Studio Dec 3 rd at 2 pm
contact@emmathomas.com.br


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ART&

COM

Work

Displays

History

RE-LOCATION

ART&COM is a collaborative Installation-performance-exhibition with mixed media, stories, and interactions, which originally converted two vacant commercial spaces in the Jamaica Colosseum Mall (Queens, New York) into an exhibition center. Its concept was developed by Thiago Szmrecsányi and Natalia de Campos/Syncretic Pleasures,  to evolve with contributions by the Mall merchants. Curated by Heng-Gil Han and Kalia Brooks for JAMAICA FLUX, supported by the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, ART&COM had the critical writings of Edward D. Miller ("How to sell nothing") and Alix G. Camacho Vargas. 

In RE-LOCATION , ART&COM will partner with  Emma Thomas Gallery in the Lower East Side of New York. The artists will transfer the materials new, used and transformed in Jamaica, Queens back to the neighborhood where Thiago and Natalia have a 20-year History, working in their studio, only a few blocks away from this new space of commercializing art and ideas .

Some of the original ART&COM concepts such as an artist engagement with the local commercial community are present, though now inverted. The local artist community is now engaging the commercial, ‘hiring’ Emma Thomas owners as sales directors of products which are both not-for-sale (NFS) and for sale.

When it was founded, it displayed information about activities happening in the Mall, collected through Natalia’s interactions with the merchants and Thiago’s observation of their use of visual elements to promote products, their printed promotional materials, and their history there. It showed sculptures by Thiago created with objects  new, used and discarded daily or seasonally, gathered, organized and created  by Thiago and Natalia, both in the studio and on site at the Mall.

ART&COM™ also examined some of the flow and fluxes of the neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens, in New York City.The evolving exhibition freely employed the collected stories and materials so that all involved – artists, visitors, merchants and workers – could be affected by an unpredictable outcome. As a result, ART was sometimes seen as an intruder in the COM of a Mall with a history of almost 30 years in the hip hop  culture and a strong immigrant community.

In the RE-LOCATION of the ideas and relationships between products and art, and their makers, the process of making and the choices in selling them is at the center of the displaying. Will the artists present their social practice or artworks for sale? In both, the concepts cannot be crystalized, for they are evolving, and their commercialization is part of a shifting economy.

The attitude and practice of Natalia and Thiago revolve around questioning their making and presenting of art, be it in the form of sculptures, texts, games, photos, performances, videos or all of the mixed media. Does their questioning bring the familiar into a new light?




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Thiago Szmrecsányi

Thiago Szmrecsányi is a Brazilian artist working primarily as a sculptor, who adds new meanings to existing things. He is based in New York since 1994. In New York he has shown most recently as a selected artist in Jamaica Flux 2016; at the Flomenhaft Gallery (2013),  CultureFix (2012), the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center Abrazo Interno Gallery and the CutLog Art Fair. He was part of the Bronx Museum AIM Program in 1995. Abroad, he has shown his work at Le Centre Vu, Quebec; Paço das Artes, Sao Paulo; Projeto Macunaíma, Rio de Janeiro; and Centro Cultural Vergueiro, most recently at Sé Galeria; in Sao Paulo. Thiago is a recipient of the Artists Space Independent Project Grant for his curatorial work “insert” produced for Cuchifritos Gallery at the Essex Street Market (2002-03) with vendors,18 artists of 6 countries. Thiago holds a BA from Hunter College/CUNY

Additionally, Thiago was a Teaching Artist for Studio in a School (2004-08) and has been a collaborator in performance projects and designed sets and spaces at chashama 461 gallery, the Flamboyán Theater, Connelly Theater, and Hostos Theater.

www.thiagosz.com

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Natalia de Campos is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, video, sound, writing, interactive media, and theater. She is also a producer, educator and translator. Syncretic Pleasures® founded in 1999 by Natalia, produces performances, art events, objects, solo works, and exhibitions with international collaborators shown in venues in New York City and São Paulo. Most recently at: Festival de Música Estranha 2015 and Kunsthalle São Paulo, 2013 (Brazil); New York: chashama 461 gallery (2012), Grace Hotel, SCOPE Art Fair, Bowery Poetry Club, Jamaica Flux 2016.

She performed with The Living Theatre, Mikhail Baryshnikhov’s White Oak at BAM, and in many other live performances, including experimental films. Natalia is an alumn from the Creative Capital/LMCC Artists' Summer Institute 2010 and member of the Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab and the International Federation of Theatre Research. She holds a BA in History from the Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas of the University of São Paulo and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Performance & Interactive Media Arts at Brooklyn College/CUNY.

A recent project is the soundscape “Common Elements: The Heart of El Museo” (2014) is installed in the lobby of El Museo del Barrio in the Spanish Harlem, New York City, which she developed with the museum’s operations staff, under a commission for Office Hours, a project of Nicolás Dumit Estévez. ( http://www.elmuseo.org/office-hours/ )

Natalia also works as an arts manager and producer and has worked with Richard Foreman, The Builders Association, in Under the Radar Festival, New York’s subway art program MTA Arts for Transit, private gallery projects, Cuchifritos project space at the Essex Street Market and many others. https://syncretic.carbonmade.com/about

Natalia and Thiago are long term resident artists at The Clemente Cultural Center in the Lower East Side of New York and have collaborated in many of the above and other projects for the last 15 years.