Studio On The Street: Nina Katchadourian, 2010 Artist-in-Residence
Artist Residency Program and Event:
Studio On The Street provides an artist without a workspace the opportunity to use Forever & Today, Inc. as a studio during the summer months. Inaugurated in the summer of 2009 and complimented by corresponding educational outreach, Studio On The Street coincides with Forever & Today, Inc.'s aim to respond to artists' needs while rethinking contemporary artist-centered initiative and non-profit organizations.
During her summer residency at Forever & Today, Inc., Nina Katchadourian assigned herself "homework." Similar to the idea of the back-to-school essay, What I Did This Summer is an open studio event featuring the resulting works. Exploring ways of channeling anxiety through artistic activity, Katchadourian focuses on casual, spontaneous, and experimental works with connections to patterns present in everyday life. She often responds to immediate situations, includes public components, or collaborates with individuals who do not identify themselves as artists.
Among the works on view is Anxiety Fleet (2010), a collection of small whittled bark boats Katchadourian made this summer while staying with her family in the Finnish archipelago, where she grew up spending childhood summers engaged in traditional crafts such as this. The Jitney's Just A Fucking Bus (2010), is a music video expressing Katchadourian's surprise to find out that "the Jitney," often mentioned by visitors to The Hamptons' upscale beach communities, is nothing but a luxury coach. Bridging both her musical and artistic practices, this work humorously draws attention to Kachadourian's Californian roots, and her lack of context for the East Coast's summering lifestyle of the affluent.
Also featured is an audio work, Pitch Imperfect (2010), Katchadourian made with sound recordist Richard Fleming while watching soccer games during the recent FIFA 2010 World Cup held in South Africa. The resulting immersive soundscape features 32 recorded participants attempting to vocally imitate the vuvuzela horn, a controversial instrument used by fans that gained worldwide notoriety during the matches.
Nina Katchadourian will participate as a teaching artist for a session with students at New York's Abrons Arts Center this fall as part of an educational outreach partnership organized by Forever & Today, Inc. for her residency.
Nina Katchadourian (b. 1968, Stanford, CA) received her MFA in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego in 1993 and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York (1996). Based in New York, she grew up spending every summer on a small island in the Finnish archipelago, where she still spends part of each year. Katchadourian's photography, sculpture, video, and sound work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions including: The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2008); IAPSIS Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (2005); and ArtPace, San Antonio (2002). Group exhibitions include: Berardo Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal (2010); The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (2010); Apexart, New York (2009); Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2009); iCI (Independent Curators International) traveling exhibition: The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; and others (2006-2008); Ballroom Marfa, Marfa (2008); MASS MoCA, Massachusetts (2008); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2008); New Museum, New York (2008); Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2003; 2007); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2007); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2006); Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn (2004); Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2002); Art in General, New York (2002); SculptureCenter, Long Island City (2002); Artist's Space, New York (2000); MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2000); and Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2000) among others. She has received project commissions through Public Art Fund, New York (2006; 2007) and her work has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, Art Journal, Art Monthly, Art Review, Art/Text, Canadian Art, frieze, GQ, Modern Painters, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Sculpture, TimeOut New York, Vogue, and other publications.