Delve Networking

DELVE: Death + Art

This event’s theme is Death + Art.  With all of our events we curate interdisciplinary talks and performances that include a variety of artists and creatives who give presentations prior to an evening of mingling over drinks. For DELVE: Death + Art, we are interested in how artists may transcend literal or personal experience to examine such topics as war, obsolescence, the “death” of materials through loss of function, decay or disintegration, or how death and the past can be reframed in the present to create a spectacle, an oddity, or an educational experience. It is our hope that this exploration of death will result in a new creation. Through multiple platforms (the event, our blog, and social media), we will share the many ways that artists and thinkers may create a beginning from an end. We hope you can join us on this journey!

Over the next month, we will be sharing links, interviews, and guest blog posts by artists and creatives who deal with this topic in a wide variety of ways. Please be sure to follow us on social media and use the hashtag #delvedeath, if you have anything to share!

The night of the event, we have two artists who will be sharing their practice with us:

Spencer Merolla

Spencer Merolla

Spencer Merolla

Spencer Merolla is an artist working in the medium of human hair. She has been making art as long as she can remember, beginning with obsessively coloring on the little cardboard inserts that come in packages of hosiery--and also on the walls of her childhood bedroom. Her interest in Victoriana stems from growing up in a sprawling, drafty Victorian house in Larchmont, NY and from being dragged by her mother to lectures with such scintillating titles as "Edith Wharton's Influence on Homes and Gardens."

Her recent work revisits the Victorian practice of sentimental hairwork from a contemporary perspective, investigating its emotional and performative aspects. Shifting attitudes toward mourning and death make the Victorian practice at odds with modern sensibilities, and this discordance offers an opportunity to reflect on our modern-day conventions of grief and remembrance.

She lives and works in Brooklyn.

Terence Hannum

Terence Hannum

Terence Hannum

Terence Hannum is a Baltimore based visual artist and musician who performs solo, with the avant-metal band Locrian (Relapse Records) and the dark synthpop duo The Holy Circle. Hannum is an Assitant Professor of Art at Stevenson University. He has had solo exhibitions at Guest Spot (Baltimore), Western Exhibitions (Chicago, IL), Stevenson University, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Gallery 400 at UIC (Chicago, IL).  And in group shows at TSA (Brooklyn, NY), sophiajacob (Baltimore, MD), Allegra La Viola (NYC), City Ice Arts (Kansas City, MO) & Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans, LA).

About the venue:

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is a new 4,200 square foot non-profit institution dedicated to the celebration and exhibition of artifacts, histories and ideas which fall between the cracks of high and low culture, death and beauty, and disciplinary divides.

The Morbid Anatomy Museum hosts the kind of temporary exhibitions that very few larger museums can produce; shows both large and small, drawing on private and public collections and calling on the scholarship and expertise of the greater Morbid Anatomy community. Our permanent collection houses a research library of over 1,000 books as well as artifacts such as memorial artworks, medical moulages, wax embryological models, natural history specimens, and a variety of uncanny artworks and artifacts from around the world.



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Why DELVE? The impact of community.

Last week, we hosted our ninth DELVE Networking event, on the topic Food + Art. That means that, so far, we have been in nine different amazing arts-related spaces all over the city (such as Made in NY Media Center by IFP, Cue Art Foundation, TSA Bushwick, and A.I.R. Gallery, just to name a few) and have invited 24 amazing artists, curators, designers and creatives to share their work and their paths as creative forces. Then there are all of you: the people who come to listen, learn, engage and share your own stories. It's been super fun, inspiring and educational. Our community has grown so much over the last 15 months of DELVE, and we wanted to take a minute to look back, reflect, and look forward to what all is to come!


DELVE started as the series of networking events for artists and creatives in New York City described above, but it has grown to include bespoke workshops and our popular Toolkit. With DELVE, our goals are simple: to create community, to empower artists and creatives to hone the professional skills they need to put their best work into the world, and to inspire ourselves and others to take action on projects that truly matter.

DELVE workshops create an inspiring environment of exchange by instigating conversation in a productive environment, nurturing seeds of ideas into coherent thoughts, and providing ample suggestions and resources on how to best communicate your art practice with the world.  Everyone who attends our workshops is meant to share what he/she does, because through this act of sharing and community building, great opportunities can arise. We also have great hand-outs, worksheets, presentations, imagery and fun stories to share. Sometimes we invite guest speakers to come and inspire everyone even more.

With our toolkit, we specialize in helping you—the talented artist or creative entrepreneur—build sustainable skills to assure that your work is best represented to the world: online, in writing and in person. We work with you one-on-one to maximize your potential and develop and maintain long-lasting productive habits. The results? You acquire some kick-ass tools and learn how to use them effectively, so that your creative practice gets to a confident, productive place.

The best part of having the workshops and toolkit be an outgrowth of the networking events is that we are constantly growing our community and helping people get the tools they need in order to create opportunities for themselves and others. By being able to effectively communicate what you do as an artist or creative, you open doors to new collaborations, projects, and more. DELVE has grown into a wonderful community, and we love that anyone can attend our events because amazing things can grow out of a little sharing and conversation. All of the motivation and talent we witness is a huge inspiration, and if you haven't joined us for a DELVE event yet, we hope you will soon!

Click here to learn more about how the DELVE toolkit can help you, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

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DELVE Food + Art: Stefani Bardin, Emilie Baltz + James Collier on July 22!

DELVE Networking for Artists and Creatives and Everyone on July 22 at Made in NY IFP Media Center in Dumbo, Brooklyn.  Tickets here. 

DELVE Networking for Artists and Creatives and Everyone on July 22 at Made in NY IFP Media Center in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Tickets here. 

We are really excited for our DELVE Networking: Food + Art event on Tuesday, July 22nd at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. There are a limited amount of tickets in their amazing space (think giant video wall in their gallery and a gorgeous screening theater near the water in Dumbo), so be sure to secure your spot before it's too late! There will be food, drink and inspiring talks and performances all around the topic of Food + Art – two of our favorite things.

Later this month, we'll be sharing more in-depth posts from our speakers for DELVE, but in the meantime we wanted to introduce the spectacular people who will be sharing with us on July 22.

First, Stefani Bardin explores the influences of corporate culture and industrial food production on our food system and the environment. She works with neuroscientists, biologists and gastroenterologists to ground her research in the scientific world. These investigations take the form of single and multi-channel videos, immersive and interactive installations as well as tools for measuring and/or mediating these influences. Just check out her website to be totally wowed, and take a look at her satirical video above. She'll be sharing insight about her practice and new projects with us. 

Lickestra by Emilie Baltz is a musical licking performance at the intersection of food design and smart objects developed in collaboration with smart object designer   Carla Diana   and musician Arone Dyer of   Buke&Gase  .

Lickestra by Emilie Baltz is a musical licking performance at the intersection of food design and smart objects developed in collaboration with smart object designer Carla Diana and musician Arone Dyer of Buke&Gase.

And Emilie Baltz is another multidisciplnary artist who creates experiences that provoke new connections within the 5 senses as a means of stimulating the individual and the collective. She works at the intersection of design, performance, strategy and the visual arts, her process mirroring that of a chef in the kitchen, mixing ingredients of expression by blending photography, product, environment and intention with the human senses to provoke new points of entry into the individual and collective experience. As a personal passion, she uses the eating experience as both lens and machine for cultural reflection and creation. In this sector, Emilie works to reframe, requestion and remind us of the fundamental place food occupies in our life as a portal into both the primitive and the civilized. Emilie's site is incredible and each project explores food and art in new dimensions.

Photograph by James Collier

Photograph by James Collier

James Collier is a commercial and fine art photographer, and is naturally curious about the intersections between people and what they eat. A recent transplant to Brooklyn, James spent the last 10 years in California's Central Valley, where he explored food's role in cultural storytelling, historic preservation, and driving local economy. Much of James's work in California focused on making food approachable, which led him to a series of projects documenting food at its source. He currently splits his time between commercial assignments and personal projects - both often involve farm visits and sharing food with friends. We're thrilled that James can join us and share his stories about food on the other side of America.

Outside of the Made in NY IFP Media Center in Dumbo.

Outside of the Made in NY IFP Media Center in Dumbo.

We are really excited to be partnering with Made in NY Media Center by IFP for DELVE. They are a multi-disciplinary creative space with over 20,000 square feet. They serve the NYC tech and creative communities by providing creators with the facilities, network, classes & workshops and access to industry resources that will fuel any story, project, company or platform. Check them out, sign up for their mailing list, get to know them. 

See you all on July 22nd! It will be an amazing night, and check out all of our #delvefoodandart posts on our blog, Twitter and Facebook to explore other projects we are sharing. Download the press release for the event here.

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Step away from your computer! Network in person.

We all spend a lot of time looking at screens. Screens are part of our workdays, connecting on social media, reading the news, sharing information. They are our best friends and sometimes our worst enemies. But there really is no better way to connect and meet people than a good old fashioned face-to-face. (A phone call comes in at a close second.) 

This great article on the Etsy blogTop Tips for Building a Creative Network by Casey Sibley, has a lot of great information in it. One of the key take-aways is this:

You may be hesitant to put yourself out there before you feel ready, or before you’ve perfected [your] product. When I started my business, I was terrified to tell people about it, fearful that they would think I was a total weirdo for wanting to start a creative business. But networking in person early and often will help build your confidence. Over time, I’ve found that most people are very supportive, and often admire that I am pursuing something that I love to do.

We often work with creative entrepreneurs who work alone, or in a small team, and a new business venture or even a new product needs moral support to take off, as well as financial support, a clear voice and strong visuals. Explaining your goals in person is often most effective, and doing so will help light that fire to move forward. And yes, if you are making a transition from a 9-5 corporate environment to a creative business, it can feel very, very weird. So there's no better way than to start getting your idea out there in the world to see how it sticks. It sounds scary and kind of annoying, but always ultimately fun. That's networking.

Wanting to give people the opportunity to meet in person is one of the many reasons we started DELVE Networking events around New York City. Our next one is July 22nd in Dumbo at Made in NY IFP Media Center and we'll be exploring Food + Art. We'll be sharing more about it soon, but get your tickets now before it's too late. Some amazing speakers are lined up and we can't wait to spend the evening with you! Summer's a great time to start sharing your new products, projects and business ideas with friends and like-minded people in person– the energy is high and the nights are long. And if you want want to chat about telling your story in the most clear and compelling way with stunning visuals, say hello.

See you on July 22nd in Dumbo and feel free to leave your favorite networking tips and insights below!

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Power in numbers: DELVE Collaboratives + Art

We are very excited to announce that our next DELVE Networking: Collaboratives + Art event will be on May 22, 2014 at TSA (Tiger Strikes Astroid) in Brooklyn. (If you haven't already, you can get tickets here!) 

From now through May, we will be exploring collaborations throughout all disciplines on our blog and social media, so be on the lookout for #delvecollaboratives and use the hashtag to let us know about your collaborative projects.

From experience, we believe that great things can happen from joining forces: there is a power in numbers. Before we started Kind Aesthetic, we started an artist collaborative called 3-art with our talented friend, Leah Gauthier. With three minds and different skill sets all working towards the same goal, we made great things happen, like our Made to Move project featured in this previous post on our blog and on Chairs and Buildings.

Last but not least, we are extremely excited to announce our two speakers for the event: Alex Paik and Jason Andrew. They both represent inspiring examples of how collaboration can yield amazing opportunities and projects.

Alex Paik, Prelude and Fugue (Layers),  gouache, colored pencil, paper, 10 x 10 x 2 inches, 2013

Alex Paik, Prelude and Fugue (Layers), gouache, colored pencil, paper, 10 x 10 x 2 inches, 2013

Alex Paik is an artist and the director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York, an artist-run exhibition space in Bushwick which will be our hosts on May 22. His work has been exhibited recently at Millsaps College, Space 4 Art: San Diego, Nancy Margolis Gallery, and Parallel Art Space. Recent solo shows include Recapitulation Bop at Gallery Joe, Start to Move at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia, and Polyphonic Improvisation at U Turn Art Space.  Paik’s work has been in several art fairs, including Drawing Now: Paris, Pulse:New York and Miami, artMRKT San Francisco, and Texas Contemporary. He is currently represented by Gallery Joe in Philadelphia.

Jason Andrew is a Brooklyn based independent curator and producer. A prominent figure in the Bushwick art scene since 2006, Mr. Andrew is the founding director of Norte Maar, a nonprofit arts organization with a mission to create, promote, and present collaborations in the disciplines of the visual, literary, and the performing arts: connecting artists, choreographers, composers, writers, and other originating artists with venues and each other. He also co-runs OUTLET Fine Art, is an exhibition space in Brooklyn dedicated to presenting innovative and dynamic programming. In 2010, he and the artist Deborah Brown opened Storefront.  For his curatorial projects Mr. Andrew was voted Best Exhibitionist by the Village Voice, and was a feature in L Magazine’s "Who Made the New Brooklyn." His exhibitions have been critically reviewed by Artforum, Art in America, and The New York Times among others. Recent curatorial projects include To be a Lady, featuring an international selection of historic, mid-career, and emerging women artists currently on view at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery during the Singapore Biennale (2013).

Both Alex and Jason will be sharing guest posts on our blog soon, so stay tuned! And Save the Date for May 22— it will be a great event. Read more about DELVE here and get tickets here.

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Friday Links- April 18th

From the Kind Aesthetic world, we have a few things to share:

Our first ever KA Quarterly came out, called Think Spring. It's a visual treat.

We are excited to be hosting three workshops in May with Arts Gowanus at Proteus Gowanus, for artists, by artists. Check them out.

We explored how community and art can be a powerful team on our blog this week.

This photo essay by our friend, Amy Finkel, is super powerful and inspiring. Just read it.

Mel Chin's exhibition at the NOLA Museum of Art looks like a must see: "Mel Chin’s Rematch, now on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art, is the artist’s first retrospective, long overdue and particularly prescient this week as a new U.N. report highlights the dire conditions of the Earth created by pollution, energy, and population, among other factors."

" Benjamins, Jay & Willoughby Sts." from

"Benjamins, Jay & Willoughby Sts." from

Starting to explore collaborations in anticipation of our upcoming DELVE Networking event in May. Check out this site by four photographers shooting Downtown Brooklyn.

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Sarah G. Sharp Guest Post: #imaginaryspaces

As part of our focus on Moving Image + Art, leading up to our Delve event on March 17, we invited our guest speakers to write a blog post on their interest in the topic. Today, Sarah G. Sharp shares her insights into imaginary spaces achieved through media (in all its various definitions).

Current technologies and the social realities they produce are interconnected with the technologies and social realities of the past and future. The new social spheres promised by our machine-based hybridity, and described by Donna Haraway in The Cyborg Manifesto, have both come to pass and been absorbed by the ways we now consume and produce experience online.

The internet once represented the ultimate utopian escape. The technophiliac narratives that surrounded our new networked connectivity said that online we would be without bodies and therefore leave behind all of the elements of our identities that affect us in the concrete world. We would now be floating brains connected to keyboards, interacting with others in a new truly egalitarian society.

MCI television ad, 1997

In the text-centric world of the early internet, where storage capacity and bandwidth constraints produced images that were largely lo-res and “moving” images that were often very short loops or GIF’s, the relationship between our online personas and our offline realities could be highly abstracted. We could actualize imagined spaces and more easily try on other identities, experiment with expressing our innermost desires and seek community without threat to our “real” lives. But technology has advanced and we are more savvy users. We know that our online actions translate to data that talks back to us. We are asked to share, to connect, to reveal. (Hopefully, we are also learning to value our embodied experience… brains need bodies to survive and minds are not formed in a vacuum.) With the ubiquity of images and time-based media in the post-internet moment, we now manage personas that are mirrored shadows of our concrete selves, a persona still, but connected to our bodies, our faces, our offline world. In fact we often report on and seek validation for our experiences with total immediacy (were you actually at that concert if you didn’t Instagram it? Did you actually have an #amazingtime if it no one “liked” it?)

Still, there is a great deal of power in an imagined space. Utopian fantasies provide maps for future possibilities and point towards gaps in our lived experience. An imagined space has even more power once it is made visible, re-formed into a film, photo, pic, gif, .mov, a work of art. And, as Marshall McLuhan, and others, have told us, the form of media inscribes meaning. In The Medium is the Message he wrote: “The serious artist is the only person able to encounter technology with impunity, just because (s)he is an expert aware of the changes in sense perception.”

Sometimes re-organizing, cutting apart and stitching together the world around you is the way a new social reality is imagined.

Dziga Vertov, Man with a Movie Camera, 1929, (English titles with sound (1995) based on notes by Vertov.)

“Kino-Eye uses every possible means in montage, comparing and linking all points of the universe in any temporal order, breaking, when necessary, all the laws and conventions of film construction.”  -Dziga Vertov, 1929, From Kino-Eye to Radio-Eye

Sometimes leaving earth is the only way it seems possible to form a new world.

SunRa, excerpt from Space is the Place, 1974

“Space is not only high, it’s low. It’s a bottomless pit.” -Sun Ra

Imagined space can be produced through a critical re-working of the media artifacts that come into our homes and shape our identities.

Dara Birnbaum, Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman,1978

“Explosive bursts of fire open Technology/Transformation, an incendiary deconstruction of the ideology embedded in television form and pop cultural iconography.”  -Electronic Arts Intermix

Seeking out analogies and repeated forms across media can produce new metaphors and shed light on our past uses of technologies.

Stephen Beck, Video Weavings, 1976

“Inspired by the analogy between weaving (vertical warp threads traversed by horizontal weft threads) and the construction of the television image (vertical and horizontal scans of an electron gun)...” -Video Data Bank

Elaine Reichek, SETI, 2004

Elaine Reichek, SETI, 2004

“Like a picture on a computer screen, an embroidered image is a collection of minute fragments (stitches) that the eye assembles into an image... The embroidery reproduces a message sent in 1974 from the world’s largest radio telescope, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, toward the constellation Hercules, some 25,000 light years away. A string of 1,679 bits in binary-code pictogram was assembled into a pictogram showing the numbers one to ten, the chemical formula of the DNA molecule, two human figures, a description of the solar system, and other data.” -Elaine Reichek

In this rapidly paced, digital moment, the stillness of paper and print media seems to have a new aura. I’ve been working with an issue of TIME magazine from 1969 that contains a photo essay about the “Youth Commune” phenomenon. This was popular media’s way of explaining the desire to drop out and experiment with forming new societies to America at large. As I rework these images, I think about the time in which they were made and what it meant to concretely produce an imagined space, and then reproduce it via popular media. I look for what might be revealed about that moment, both in the impetus to leave “normal” society behind and in the framing mechanisms present in popular media. I think about the way I view these works in the present moment: slowly, silently, surrounded by text, yet non-hyperlinked and delineated from advertising. I imagine and make visible a new space, one that connects the future with the past.

Sarah G. Sharp The Youth Communes, 2013 embroidery thread on found Life Magazine cover. 18” x 22”

Sarah G. Sharp
The Youth Communes, 2013
embroidery thread on found Life Magazine cover.
18” x 22”

Sarah G. Sharp A New Way of Living Confronts The US, 2013 found images and embroidery thread on paper 18" x 20"

Sarah G. Sharp
A New Way of Living Confronts The US, 2013
found images and embroidery thread on paper
18" x 20"

Sarah Sharp is the recipient of a Getty Library Research Grant and a BRIC Arts Media Fellowship. Exhibitions include The Aldrich Museum, CT, The Hampden Gallery at UMass Amherst, Frederieke Taylor Gallery and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, NY. Her oral history interview with Elaine Reichek was published by the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute in 2009. Sarah is the co-founder of Cohort artist’s collective. She holds an MFA and an MA from Purchase College and is on the faculty in the Art Practice MFA Program at the School of Visual Arts and in the Department of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons the New School for Design in New York. She lives and works in Brooklyn.

OFFLINE, an exhibition curated by Sarah Sharp,  is on view this Saturday from 12-6pm and there is a closing event from 1-3pm on Sunday at Radiator Gallery in Long Island City.


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Ariel Jackson Guest Post–Homey Don't Play That

As part of our focus on Moving Image + Art, leading up to our Delve event on March 17, we invited our guest speakers to write a blog post on their interest in the topic. Today, we're sharing Ariel Jackson's words with lots of supporting videos. Enjoy!

My generation has embraced America’s idea of individualism. We grew up believing in the “American Dream” of being an individual, but at the same time we still look to connect to the world in some way whether that be politics, social media, or popular media. We tend to connect to the politics that present themselves in popular media through social political paradigms we’ve grown up in.

bell hooks : Cultural Criticism and Transformation

Stuart Hall : Representation & The Media

The need for individuality in my generation resides in the need to escape a historical narrative in order to see the world in our own way. Video-making and the use of social media provides a way for us to easily express our own narratives via capturing footage, creating footage, and posting how we experience, envision and understand in the world around us. When creating my artwork of characters and narratives, I embrace the saying that nothing you discover is new. It is a re-discovery for yourself but common knowledge to the rest of the world. So then, what could I bring to the table that’s new? My answer is to bring myself. No one knows me but they know the topic that affects me as a black woman in the 21st century, dealing with limiting and 2-dimensional paradigms that have been regurgitated since the introduction of black women to the United States.

The Confuserella Show (AKA I Need A Shrink)

Confuserella is one of my characters whose narrative I use to talk about politics and history with the aid of popular and historical media.

Melissa Harris-Perry, an American writer and professor, wrote a book called Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. In Sister Citizen Harris-Perry introduces us to her theory “The Crooked Room”. This theory states that the negative stereotypes that black women deal with can be described as a crooked room where black women find themselves when confronted with the re-introduction of historical stereotypes in the media. They react by either recognizing the room is crooked and stand upright or accommodate themselves to the crookedness of the room by distorting themselves.

Through history we have seen forms of resistance or standing upright via movements involving black women. In the early 20th century, black women resisted the Jezebel stereotype by leading a movement of temperance, modesty, and respectability. Black women domestic workers resisted the Mammy stereotype by living outside their employers’ homes, protesting unfair labor conditions, and nurturing their own families and communities. During the Civil Rights Movement, black women resisted the sapphire stereotype by helping change the country, not through angry violence, but through disciplined endurance of racist counter attacks against against their nonviolent struggle.

Back Talk: Past and Present Methods of Resisting Controlling Media Images and Stereotypes of Black Women

To what point have these movements been successful in relation to the negative stereotypes in today’s media? They have been successful in black communities when self-education is active, but on a whole, these moments of resistance have not been able to chip away at the prevalent use of stereotypes in our media today. So what’s a form of resistance that takes a direct aim at media as opposed to the politics that the media uses for it’s own means of rates advancement?

In regards to my artwork I have decided to do both the bending in lieu of standing upright within the crooked room by producing my own media. The Jezebel, Mammy and sapphire amongst other stereotypes exist in a media that does not involve black women in the positive decision making of representation. In essence I have no control over this stereotype. Someone else has created this stereotype and is therefore asking me to participate in this stereotype in exchange for money. So when I participate I am a servant to this concept of who I am.

Introducing Homey D. Clown

An example of resistance against this system exchange for financial servitude is the show “In Living Color”. The level of self-awareness in the usage of stereotypes in “In Living Color” aids the debunking of stereotypes through humor and outrageous acting. The producers of the show, the Wayan brothers and sister, took control of these stereotypes to serve their humorous intentions. When I’m doing these characters I have to ask myself “Am I coonin’?” and I think to myself “Am I coonin’ to someone else’s benefit? Or am I blowing it out the water by making it so outrageous under my own power therefore I’m taking claim over these stereotypes and saying “SEE!? This is NOT real” It’s funny but it’s not real. I’m making fun of the distortion while standing upright in this crooked room. In my work I create extensions of myself to emphasize the distortion which is the power of media. This is me and this is me and this is me and therefore all of it’s me and at the same time none of it is me.

Ariel Jackson was born in Monroe, Louisiana and raised between New Orleans, LA and Mamou, LA. In 2009 she was selected as an artist to look out for in New Orleans Magazine's "Who's Who". She earned a B.F.A. at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2013. During her time at The Cooper Union she received The Robert Breer Film Award for Excellence in Film, Video and Animation and The Benjamin Menschel Fellowship Award for Documentary. She is currently participating in the Artist In the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum.

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Friday Links–March 7

We're looking forward to seeing lots of art this weekend at the fairs: especially at the Moving Image Art Fair and the Spring Break Art Show! Here are some other links to interesting things we came across this week. Have a good weekend!

Ai Wei Wei explains how the internet has affected his life and work: internet as freedom, as community organizing, as communication...

This article was making the rounds this week: See what makes creative people different.

See what happens when artist Ben Sisto goes down the internet rabbit hole, just to figure out what chords a guy is playing on an organ.

We interviewed Mollie Flanagan of the NARS Foundation for this week's Delve Interview. Read it here.

And don't forget: our DELVE Moving Image + Art Event is coming up March 17th at Videology in Williamsburg. More tickets and information here.

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NEW DELVE Fabric(ation) & Toolkit + Post-Networking to dos

Last Friday evening, many people braved the bitter cold to join us at the cozy Textile Arts Center's Manhattan workshop for DELVE Networking, Fabric(ation) + Art. It was a seriously inspiring group of artists, graphic designers, architects, fashion designers, students, Textile Arts Center fans, interior designers, entrepreneurs and more. Fiyel Levent and Annie Coggan gave inspired talks about their work and process, each diving into what the idea of fabrication means to them.

We had the chance to announce our brand new Toolkit for Artists and Creatives that is part of the DELVE suite of services, which also includes events and bespoke workshops. If you are an artist or creative looking to grow your community or build your practical professional skills to enhance your practice, check out our new site and take action on projects that are important to you.

Plus, in this post we also wanted to share some tips for what to do after these networking events to keep building your community.

Scroll down and keep on reading to learn more....

Last Friday evening was a wonderful and productive event because:

  • We had the opportunity to hear about and be inspired by the processes of two talented architects/designers/artists who redesign, beautify and transform the way we use and think about everyday objects and the spaces we inhabit.
  • The Textile Arts Center, an organization that symbolizes experimentation and learning based on fabric and textiles, is a great space to think and talk about fabrication.
  • Meeting new talented people from all around the city (and world) really opened our eyes to so many more inspiring projects that are going on.

Hearing Fiyel Levent talk about her process was really enlightening, and it was amazing to hear how her travels around the world have influenced her designs for furniture, objects and paper goods. Experimenting with different materials is very important to her work. She took us down the fascinating path of how she actually makes her intricate, beautiful objects. She left us with an important thought: from designing her furniture and objects to her paper goods, fabricating locally has become incredibly important to her as she moves away from creating every single one of her pieces on her own. 

Courtesy Fiyel Levent  These intricate shavings were a by product from her screens on the right, an unexpected surprise. 

Courtesy Fiyel Levent

These intricate shavings were a by product from her screens on the right, an unexpected surprise. 

Courtesy Fiyel Levent  The blue foam cylinders, collected from art supply stores all over NYC and then some, became the molds for this gorgeous wine rack for a private client.

Courtesy Fiyel Levent

The blue foam cylinders, collected from art supply stores all over NYC and then some, became the molds for this gorgeous wine rack for a private client.


Annie Coggan's work explores, in her words, "rooms, objects and stories: three preoccupations and their subsequent consequences." First, Annie took us on a tour of incredible rooms that she has designed, and the objects (especially chairs) that she remakes for certain persons from history. Each space, object and drawing is infused with deep historical meaning, usually based on a specific individual chosen and interpreted by Annie. As a mother, teacher, instructor, designer and artist, her fabrication methods thrive on self-imposed rules, whether all materials must be salvaged, or she works on projects in pieces through embroidery in the evenings so she can always be producing.


Thanks to everyone who attended and participated and we hope to see you again soon!

Annie Coggan/Chairs and Buildings
Fiyel Levent Atelier
Fiyel Levent Paper Goods
Textile Arts Center


If you collected any business cards or made new friends last Friday at our event, here are some suggestions to schedule into your calendar this week:

Follow up and say hello! Just send an email and check out the other person's website. Simple. Do it before you forget. Add each other to your mailing lists.
Connect on social media. This is a great way to stay in touch. It seems we all use Facebook these days to share art events and Twitter is an easy way to stay in the know. 
Comment and interact with the event organizers. We have a blog and hope you'll comment on pieces that interest you and leave your website and introduce yourselves. Join our community!
Schedule a studio visit. We are huge fans of studio visits with new friends of colleagues. So if you've hit it off with someone, there's never a better time to get some feedback on your work, or vice versa. We all live here to create and share what we do.

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Delve Networking #5 at Brooklyn Art Space

Our last DELVE Networking event of 2013 was a great one on November 21st. We were really happy to host the event at Brooklyn Art Space's (BAS) Trestle Gallery in our neck of the woods, the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. We really appreciate BAS since their mission is to help artists and create community, just like what drives our DELVE events. In addition they provide affordable studio space, workshops and great things like open critiques. They are a great resource.

Artist  Gina Beavers  

Artist Gina Beavers 

Our two guest speakers for the night really inspired the crowd with their work, sense of humor and insightful look into their professional paths as artists. First, Gina Beavers, a talented painter and teacher, talked about different projects and techniques in her work, and what she uses for inspiration, such as images sourced from the internet. Gina is based in Brooklyn, NY and has a BA in Studio Art and Anthropology from the University of Virginia, an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MS in Education from Brooklyn College. She has an extensive exhibition record and let everyone know that her first big shows developed from what we were all there in the room to do: networking.  That has led to reviews in the New York Times, Artforum, The New Yorker and Modern Painters, among others. Her work is smart and incredibly painted, and we were really excited to hear more about her process. 

Annica Lydenberg of  Dirty Bandits 

Annica Lydenberg of Dirty Bandits 

It was great to see the path of Annica Lydenberg from Dirty Bandits through a fun journey in pictures of how she got started and found her true passion: type. Annica is a Brooklyn-based designer, illustrator and screen printer with a deep obsession with type as art.  Each word she draws is treated as image in and of itself rather than a word rendered in a particular font. She works with screen printing, painting and pen and ink, pulling stylistic influence from an ever growing library of found type. Annica started as a designer and was brave enough to show us some really, really (hilarious) early work from her commercial design career so we could see just how far she has come. Always a self-starter, she sells her work on-line and in local stores, has trained with professional sign painters in San Francisco and is working on some really cool projects. You will definitely want to follow her on Instagram to get your daily dose of witty, gorgeously painted words and keep up with all she has going on.

Check out some more photos and below and be sure to join us for January's DELVE event. Sign up for our mailing list to learn more. Thanks to our speakers, Brooklyn Art Space and all of the creative forces in attendance. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Friday Links- September 20

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Delve Networking #3 at A.I.R. Gallery

On Thursday, July 11, we hosted a great Delve Networking event at A.I.R. Gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn. A.I.R. (Artists in Residence) was founded in 1972 as the first artists-run gallery for women in the United States, and remains to this day "an artist directed and maintained gallery, providing a sense of community for women and serving as a model for other alternative galleries and organizations." They offer numerous opportunities throughout the year, for both female and male artists.

Delve Networking at A.I.R. Gallery, Dumbo, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Delve Networking at A.I.R. Gallery, Dumbo, Brooklyn, N.Y.

We were happy to host two amazing speakers at A.I.R: Laura Roumanos from United Photo Industries and Matthew Deleget from Minus Space. Both Laura and Matthew are neighbors of A.I.R Gallery at 111 Front Street in Dumbo. They keep good company on their floor with galleries like Artadia and Klompching, as well as Brooklyn Arts Council


Laura Roumanos is originally from Sydney, Australia – where she graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts and is currently a producer and artist facilitator. There she took classes in theater production, even including pyrotechnics, which came in handy when she produced the Yeah Yeah Yeahs own Karen O’s new Psycho Opera for The Creators Project in 2011 at St. Ann’s Warehouse. She described this project "as an experience of collaboration like none other, because there was theater, music, visual arts, and technology..." and everyone had to come together to make this piece for a 24/7 3- week work schedule where everyone became a family. She highlighted her path of getting from Australia to New York to join the Manhattan Theatre Club to St. Ann’s Warehouse to becoming the Senior Producer of Creative Time and also a Producer at the World Science Festival. What Laura pointed out in her talk is that her accomplishments are due to her leaps of faith, boundless energy, and following her passion, which is creating amazing events for the public to enjoy.  Laura is currently working at United Photo Industries as their executive producer and co-founder of Photoville, while consulting, managing, and producing numerous theatrical shows and events throughout New York City.

We recommend a visit to Photoville this fall, which is a "Brooklyn-based pop up photo destination built from freight containers transformed into exhibition spaces" from September 19 to September 29, 2013. 

Matthew Deleget  is an abstract painter, curator, and arts worker, and like most artists and creatives, wears many (many) hats. Matthew described his ambitious path and the choices he has made since starting his life in arts in New York.  As an artist, he has exhibited his work nationally and internationally,  and holds an MFA in Painting and an MS in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design from Pratt Institute. For the artists in the audience, this was a great point to make, since his current gallery, MINUS SPACE, founded in 2003, is a platform for reductive art on the international level and has an informed, thoughtful mission. He relived his time at the New York Foundation for the Arts, where he founded and directed NYFA’s Information & Research Department from 1998-2009. This included all of NYFA’s on- and offline programs for and about artists, including its comprehensive web site, classified listings, artist magazine, artist learning area, searchable databases and collaborative research projects. (More than 4.5 million individuals use NYFA’s information programs annually, and we can be sure the majority of our readers have used this invaluable resource.) Matthew continues to make art work as he educates through Creative Capital, runs his gallery space, and spends time with his family.

What he and Laura both made clear through opening up to us about their decisions and choices, is that to work in the arts we all do what has to be done, and through our own motivations and desires, important projects can take shape and these become personal stepping stones to success.

Thanks to A.I.R. for hosting us, and to Matthew and Laura for their inspiring and honest presentations. Take a look at more photos below and read about other Delve Networking events here.  


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