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Saturday, July 4, 2015

PRESS RELEASE III ADAM MYSOCK 'When Everything was Wonderful Tomorrow'







PRESS RELEASE III ADAM MYSOCK

Galerie Andreas Binder

"When Everything was Wonderful Tomorrow"


Opening: Friday, June 26 2015 at 6.00 p.m.
Duration of the Exhibition: June 27 to September 13, 2015

ART WEEKEND: June 26 / 27 / 28, 2015
OPEN ART: September 11 / 12 / 13, 2015


Adam Mysock is revisionist history painter who focuses on narrative imagery, miniature creations, and visual humor.
Rather than rewrite the narrative of the past to justify an ideology, he repaints yesterday’s imagery in order to rationalize our present circumstances. As a painter, Mysock is preoccupied by the undeniable role that the image plays in creating this acceptance of the fictional. He believes painting has the authority to make the intangible concrete, and a series of them has the ability to authenticate a fabrication in our collective memory.
Referring to the new works featured in When Everything was Wonderful Tomorrow, Mysock states:

„When we envision our future, the places we dream about tend to appear as pleasant as those we currently find ourselves in - perhaps even more so.
But with the dire predictions about global warming that constantly fill our news cycles, our ability to foresee our ideal surroundings is being challenged by our expanding climatological science. It’s becoming increasingly hard to anticipate the environment of tomorrow in light of our historical and present misuses of nature.
Essentially, the effects of our past seem to be progressively undermining our available futures.
And yet, there’s a way to look at all of this with an abundance of optimism — through the eyes of those who deny climate change is even occurring. Sure, they may be motivated by ignorance, greed, or some other undesirable impulse, but the future they propose seems to contrast only minimally with the environment of today. Any changes brought about by rising temperatures merely offer new, exciting hurdles that our grandchildren will merrily rise above!
If we think of comedy – specifically satire – as a form of language that falls between poetry and lies, it’s as if many of the loudest, most dismissive voices in the climate change conversation may be among our generation’s greatest satirists, if only they didn’t believe what they were saying.
It’s this thin line between satire and delusion that inspires the paintings in When Everything was Wonderful Tomorrow.
Throughout the paintings, I examine the absurdity, consequences, and realities of our actively disconnected relationship with our environment and our future. Whether highlighting the wardrobe possibilities of playing winter sports in a warmer climate or outlining the psychological strategies we use to justify repeated harm to our environments and ourselves, each piece questions how we differentiate between the sincerely absurd and the satirically critical.“

Adam Mysock

During the Art Weekend:

ART TALK with Dr. Birgit Sonna and the Artists Anna Krammig and Adam Mysock
Saturday, June 27 from 2.p.m. - 3.p.m. at the Gallery Andreas Binder







Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GUNS IN THE HANDS OF ARTISTS Article by The Atlantic Featured on Digg.com





GUNS IN THE HANDS OF ARTISTS Featured on NOLA.com

PAUL VILLINSKI, Epitaph, 2015, shotgun, aluminum (found cans), soot, steel, 37 x 5.25 x 5.25 inches


WHO PUTS BUTTERFLIES ON GUNS? ART EXHIBIT POSES QUESTIONS III
Doug MacCash

The "Guns in the Hands of Artists" exhibit that debuted at Jonathan Ferrara gallery in October 2014 was comprised of conceptual sculpture made from weapons acquired during New Orleans Police Department gun buy-backs. The exhibit traveled to Aspen, Colo., where it caught the notice of The Atlantic magazine's website. As reporter Conor Friedersdorf explained in his story titled "Putting Guns in the Hands of Artists":

"The first 'Guns in the Hands of Artists' exhibit occurred in 1996, in collaboration with gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara, who has recently labored to reboot the exhibit in hopes of bringing it to cities all over the United States. 'It's my goal to use art and the creative process to facilitate new, frank dialogue about gun violence ... without the often polarized politics that surround the issue,' Ferrara said in a statement."

A young onlooker at the exhibit, Friedersdorf wrote, was nonplussed by the appearance of delicate butterflies affixed to a weapon. "Who puts butterflies on guns?" he said.





Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Atlantic Features 'Guns in the Hands of Artists' at the Aspen Institute

RON BECHET, Why! (Is it Easier to Get a Gun than an Education, A Gun Instead of Help?), 2014
map, gun parts, paint on wood panel, 28 x 38 x 5 inches


Putting Guns in the Hands of Artists

A New Orleans art project aims to comment on deadly weapons from America’s streets–and to transform how they’re seen by young men at risk of violence.

BY CONOR FRIEDERSDORF

ASPEN, Colo.—As the murder rate in New Orleans spiked during the 1990s, artist Brian Borrello had an idea: Inspired by a little boy who was killed by a stray bullet during a drive-by shooting, he sought guns confiscated by police in hopes of taking objects that had been used destructively and transforming them into constructive objects for the community.

Over time, scores of artists were invited to attempt works in that vein.

“We take something very base and crude, work our magic, and put them back out in the world in a kind of alchemy,” Borrello explained Sunday at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

The first Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibit occurred in 1996, in collaboration with gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara, who has recently labored to reboot the exhibit in hopes of bringing it to cities all over the United States. “It’s my goal to use art and the creative process to facilitate new, frank dialogue about gun violence … without the often polarized politics that surround the issue,” he said in a statement.

Artists and audience members have shaped its evolution. Ferrara recalls an encounter with a skeptical police officer who pointed out that an exhibit in what he called a “white” gallery wasn’t going to reach kids in the most violent New Orleans neighborhoods.

In response, a new component was added to Guns in the Hands of Artists: Panel conversations were held with young men who had direct experiences of gun violence.

“Having these panels––surrounded by works of art made from guns and dealing with the issue of gun violence––fostered a very frank dialogue,” Ferrara said. “I must admit that a few of the panels left me feeling sad, sick, and somewhat overwhelmed by this specter of gun violence that afflicts my community and America as a whole. And then, as we were finishing the last panel with the youth who were discussing their experiences … I had the ‘aha moment’ of why all of the time, effort, and work that I put into this multi-faceted project made sense and felt right.”

The moment was captured on video––skip to the 8:12 mark to see it, or read a transcript below:


Said the young man:

"It’s shocking me because I was in the streets and I was dealing with guns. I come here … I see them doing something good with guns. That gun has butterflies on it. Who puts butterflies on guns? There were certain things that I saw––that bullet’s got a diamond on it, but it’s cool. And now if I put my hands back on a gun, it’ll probably be doing something like this. It wouldn’t be shooting guns … I’d say, let me take you to this gallery on Julia Street, I can show you what you can do with guns."

Said Ferrara, “If we, through the lens of art, could reach this young man then maybe, just maybe, there is hope that we can reach more like him and have some kind of impact.”



Saturday, June 27, 2015

PRESS RELEASE III GUNS IN THE HANDS OF ARTISTS opens tomorrow at The Aspen Institute





International Art Stars Turn Guns from the Streets of New Orleans into Works of Art

at Aspen Ideas Festival and Aspen Action Forum

The Aspen Institute announces Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibition organized by JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY

ASPEN, Co.—In 1996 gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara and artist Brian Borrello organized the first Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibition in New Orleans—transforming guns removed from the city’s streets into original works of art. The persistence of violent gun crime in New Orleans and across America led Ferrara to reprise the project this past October at his eponymous gallery in New Orleans. This iteration of the exhibition features over thirty nationally known artists who have used decommissioned guns from the streets of New Orleans to create original works of art dealing with the issue of guns in our society. With underwriting support from The Helis Foundation and the City of New Orleans, Guns in the Hands of Artists will be exhibited at the Aspen Institute during the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Aspen Action Forum before travelling the country for the next three years.

“As an artist, activist and social entrepreneur, I asked myself, ‘What can I do to address this issue that pervades our society?’” said Jonathan Ferrara. “Putting together this exhibition is my way of doing something. It’s my goal to use art and the creative process to facilitate new, frank dialogue about gun violence. The exhibition fosters a new discourse by bringing the discussion into the realm of art; without the often partisan and polarized politics that surround the issue.”

With the cooperation of the City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Police Department, Ferrara obtained 186 guns by way of the department’s gun buy-back program. Over thirty painters, sculptors, poets, and filmmakers were challenged to create new works using these guns. Many of these artists have first hand experience with gun violence. Artists include MEL CHIN, SKYLAR FEIN, PETER SARKISIAN, RON BECHET, BRADLEY MCCALLUM and DEBORAH LUSTER who lost her mother to gun violence.

As part of an examination of violence in this country, the Aspen Ideas Festival will present this exhibition from June 28th through July 4th. Aspen Ideas passholders are invited to attend a panel discussion on “Guns in the Hands of Artists: Change through the Lens of Art”, featuring artists BRIAN BORRELLO, RON BECHET, MK GUTH, and BRADLEY MCCALLUM, and to join tours of the exhibition led by organizer and curator Ferrara. The exhibition will also be open prior to each evening’s film in the Paepcke building, and anyone with a ticket to that night’s film is welcome to come early to walk through the exhibition in the Paepcke gallery.

The Aspen Action Forum will also present the exhibition July 27th – July 31st as part of their focus on collaborative leadership and action. A public reception will be held on July 27th at 5:00 p.m. with Ferrara giving a keynote speech to introduce the exhibition.

For general public viewing outside of the Aspen Ideas Festival and Action Forum, please call 970-925-7010 for the latest information about viewing dates and times.

To complement the exhibition, Ferrara is publishing a book on the project featuring photographs of the artwork with a collection of essays on guns and gun violence by nationally known thought leaders including WALTER ISAACSON, curator DAN CAMERON, John Barry, Maria Cuomo Cole, Dan Gross, Ace Atkins, Gregg Hurwitz and Robert Crais. The book is being published by crowd-funding website Inkshares and will be available Fall 2015.



Artists featured in Guns in the Hands of Artists:

Neil Alexander New Bedford, MA

Katrina Andry New Orleans, LA

Luis Cruz Azaceta
New Orleans, LA

John Barnes
New Orleans, LA

Ron Bechet
New Orleans, LA

Brian Borrello
Portland, OR

Mel Chin
Asheville, NC

Andrei Codrescu Yellville, AK

Stephen Paul Day
New Orleans, LA

Luke Dubois
New York, NY

Margaret Evangeline New York, NY

Skylar Fein
New Orleans, LA

Jonathan Ferrara New Orleans, LA

Rico Gatson
New York, NY

MK Guth
Portland, OR

Generic Art Solutions
New Orleans, LA

Marcus Kenney
Savannah, GA

Deborah Luster New Orleans, LA

Bradley McCallum
New York, NY

Adam Mysock New Orleans, LA

Sybille Perretti New Orleans, LA

Ted Riederer New York, NY

Peter Sarkisian Santa Fe, NM

Bob Tannen New Orleans, LA

Nicholas Varney New York, NY

William Villalongo New York, NY

Sidonie Villere New Orleans, LA

Paul Villinski New York, NY



About Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY is a collective environment of creative visions; a commercial gallery with a public conscience. Artist, activist, and entrepreneur Jonathan Ferrara opened the gallery in 1998 to give artists a voice. Since its inception, the gallery has focused on cutting edge works by local, national and international artists with a sense of purpose, mission, and message. In recent years, it has gained a national reputation and increasingly presents artists and exhibitions in cities across the US and in Europe including Miami Project during Art Basel Miami Beach, the VOLTA Fair in New York City and Basel, Switzerland, artMRKT Houston, San Francisco and Seattle as well as, working with museums, institutions and private collections across the country.

Digital Resources for Guns in the Hand of Artists

· Mini-Documentary on Guns in the Hands of Artists

· Hi-Res Images of Artwork

· Video Interviews with Artists

· Past Press for Guns in the Hands of Artists

· Inkshares: Guns in the Hands of Artists book



About The Aspen Institute

THE ASPEN INSTITUTE is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.