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Delve Networking #4 at Cue Art Foundation

On Tuesday, September 17th we hosted our fourth DELVE Networking event at CUE Art Foundation in Manhattan. DELVE is a roaming event all over the five boroughs that creates a chance for artists to get together in a comfortable environment and make new connections. Our next one will be in November, so stay tuned.

CUE is a nonprofit that was founded in 2003 and dedicates its programming to "creating essential career and educational opportunities for emerging and under-recognized artists of all ages." We have been to many workshops, exhibitions and events there, and were very honored to host our own in their great space.

The night kicked off with some great talks by artists Shanti Grumbine, damali abrams and Steve Lambert. They all shared their paths about how and why they make the work that they do.


Shanti Grumbine

Shanti Grumbine

Shanti Grumbine, who lives and works in New Paltz, NY, generously shared how she came to make the work where she erases and cuts away text and image from the New York Times newspaper, leaving a delicate lacy skin behind. She made a great point that having applied and participated in various NYFA programs and residencies has allowed her work to grow and transform over the years, and she is off to the Bemis residency this fall.

damali abrams

damali abrams

damali abrams is another busy woman and off to the Fresh Milk residency in Barbados this fall. She talked about her path of harnessing her two passions from adolescence in her art work -- tv and self help books -- to make larger statements about society. The result are performances, videos and more. She shared her amazing music video, Baby It Couldn't Have Been You That I Feared

Steve Lambert

Steve Lambert

Steve Lambert is a funny, subversive artist and his work reflects it. He spoke honestly about the realities of selling popular work at a gallery, and the double edged sword of making money and having to produce the same stuff over and over again. Luckily he shared how he overcame that and has been making other great work. He will be featuring a huge public piece in Times Square starting September 20th.  So, go press the true/false button the first chance you get.

All three artists cull inspiration from the daily norm: television, music, signs, and the newspaper, for instance. The way that Shanti, damali and Steve intake and reinterpret the media so humorously, beautifully and poignantly through their work helps us understand our world much better. 

Check out more photos below and see past DELVE Networking events here. See you next time!

 

 

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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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