I'm FEELING crazy with so much to do... finish new art for my solo show & performance at CANNON'S WALK AKA 206 South St @the South St Seaport. Installng the extended & Endless JunkMail Scroll & the new wall works on Thursday July 17th & reception & performance with Sean Carolan 6-8 on Saturday July 19th.
Almost too labor intensive collaging on collage & then addind yet another layer of paint and hopefully some drawing as well. But gong to Ohio next week- the day after the reception at Viridian for the 25th Annual Juried Exhibition. Take a look at Viridian
Oh, & the Summer Affiliate show at Viridian Artists
- "HOT!" July 22-August 9 (my father's birthday), a reception Thursday the 24th, 6-8PM & preparing installation pieces for that- finally the Tower Of Babel, "Entangled" (the braided ribbon, the little chair, the empty frame & the golden bough...
still the performance to conjure with Sean - maybe both places?
And a Viridian show at Sabay Thai restaurant 75-19 Broadway in Jackson Hgts (look at sabay section above) & at Acumen Gallery in LIC in the Standard Motors Products Building.
And my cat Shadow who is making me crazy too...
the life of the artist...
The Ceres performance has been moved to Saturday, May 24th, 4PM, the last day of Masayo Nishimura's exhibition. I had to change the date because "Director's Choice II: From Virtual to Actual" opens at Viridian on Thursday evening, the 22nd, 6-8PM. Though I was going to try to be in two places at once, it turned out to be impossible in this lifetime.
Too, I will be performing Sunday, May 25th at 9PM at Theater for the New City- in the lobby- as part of the LES Festival- 1st Av just below 11th St.
Come to it all!
springing into action
Coming up now is my annual open studio with TOAST- May 9-12. Friday night 6-8 & then Saturday, Sunday & Monday 1-6. Please stop by- if you dont know my address, drop me an email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be doing a performance on May 22. 7PM at Ceres during the photo exhibition of Masayo Nishimura. Performing with me for the first time is William Benton, guitarist, of CatCasual.
At Viridian in June is "Director's Choice (that's me!): From Virtual to Actual", a group exhibition of 17 artists whose work I selected from our 23rd Juried Competition. 2 have become Viridian Artists since then- Angela Smith & Joshua Greenberg.
Working hard both at the studio & at Viridian Artists- oh & at Sabay too where I am installing a show of Viridian Artists with a reception sometime in June, so stay in touch.
I have given one dinner party- a surprise going away party for my friend/ painter, Mary Frances Judge, whose leaving NYC for St Paul where life is cheaper, studios are larger, there are fewer artists but lots of snow. I'll miss her.
Experimenting a lot... installations, sewing collage- until I discovered both of my sewing machines needed repair! Everything breaks down...
Thought I'd include this drawing from a series of "Dick Drawings" which I did 10 years ago or so. This one is called "Housewife's Revenge" - though I confess I used to love to iron!
2014 has arrived!
Resolutions? Getting my life in order! My files & art from the past as well! Opening my studio more often & a few dinner parties... we will see.
Mostly performing, but some ideas brewing for works on paper, on canvas, etc. As I said, we will see... look above at MY PERFORMANCE ART for images of 2013 rehearsals & performances.
MOVEMENT RESEARCH'S MONDAY NIGHTS SERIES
with SEAN CAROLAN
8 PM Monday January 6, 2014
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
NO RESERVATIONS and ADMISSION IS FREE
In Entangled, N'Cognita again incorporates out of scale props to search through the media of performance for a clearer understanding of what it is to be a woman today. In this new work in progress, she has braided 600 yards of ribbon into a large ball and sits in a child sized chair as she explores unanswerable questions discovered in a paperback book. The artist uses Butoh movement forms interpreted uniquely & personally to explore, along with words and props, the conceptual ideas embodied in her performance work.
Vernita Nemec, also known as N'Cognita to honor underknown artists, has presented more than 70 performances in the United States, Hungary, Japan, Ireland, Germany, Mexico and France, including guerrilla performances at the Pompidou Museum in Paris, Documenta 13 in Kasel. This is the second time she has been selected by Movement Research to present a work in progress and perform at Judson Church. Her performances can also be seen on UTube and Vimeo.
Sean Carolan, Singer/songwriter and guitarist for his band Sean Carolan Project has been writing and performing for over 20 years with a variety of artists. He has worked frequently with N'Cognita, exploring & relating sound to movement. With his band, he has also performed in New York City, Hoboken, NJ, Boston & Worcester MA, and Virginia Beach VA. Outside of performing, he is an audio engineer and instructor at The Institute of Audio Research in NYC and a freelance film editor.
Nemec, also a visual artist, has presented more than 20 solo exhibitions of her mixed media collages & installations in the United States, Ireland and Hungary. Her art is in the collections of MOMA, the Savaria Museum (Hungary), Sylvia Sleigh Collection of Feminist Art, Rowan University, Asian American Art Center, Franklin Furnace, Groupa Junij, Belgrade and others.
The artist gratefully thanks Materials for the Arts for their assistance.
Thinking I should be making more art & then I realize I am performing my live art all over the place. Just almost finished an incredible- shall I call it residency in the city ? for it was like that. With The Field I did a Fieldwork with a wonderful group of actors, dancers & poets. Great writers, great movers & great conceptualizers & for lucky me, resulting in a new performance work.
Well, if I cant find the image I'm tellin' you now, I will be performing at:
in Soho at 537 Broadway between Spring & Prince Sts on the west side of Broadway...
7pm (Tuesday the 12 of November)
7pm but get there at 6:45 to get a seat.
October already but still 2013
A new performance
547 W 27th St 3rd fl
NY NY 10001
tel: 212 367 8994
"You never know the value of a moment until it is a memory"
"One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late."
Vernita N'Cognita presents a new performance artwork
7PM Thursday October 17, 2013
Chelsea- Soho20 Gallery is pleased to present a performance by Vernita Nemec aka N'Cognita on Thursday, October 17 at 7PM. Entitled "A MOMENT", the artist states
"Life is filled with moments & one can never know for sure which ones will be important and change your life forever...."
"A MOMENT" is the newest performance work that N'Cognita has created. Uncomplicated on the surface, the work attempts to project to the audience the deeper implications of our simplest actions and how, even they can change the course of our lives. The Butoh slowness of her movements allows the viewer to notice infinitesimal details and her smallest gestures. This will be the first public viewing of this work still in development. Its final form will be presented at Judson Church in January.
Vernita Nemec AKAN'Cognita began performing in conjunction with her visual practice in the late 70's. One of her earliest performances, gHumoretteh, occurred at Soho20 in 1978 in conjunction with her solo exhibit & installation there. She has studied Butoh and performance theory with many noted Japanese & American performers including Eiko of Eiko & Komo, at PICA in Portland OR with Deborah Hay & Akira Kasai, and most recently Body Resonance at Schloss Broellin in Germany with Yumiko Yoshioka. Butoh adapted forms an important aspect of her performance work.
Nemec, also known as N'Cognita to honor underknown artists, has presented more than 70 performance in the United States, Hungary, Japan, Ireland, Germany, Mexico and France, including guerrilla performances at the Pompidou Museum in Paris, Documenta 13 in Kassel, and more than 20 solo exhibitions of her mixed media collages & installations in the United States, Ireland and Hungary. Her visual art is in the collections of MOMA, the Savaria Museum in Hungary, Sylvia Sleigh Collection of Feminist Art, Rowan University, Asian American Art Center, Franklin Furnace, Groupa Junij, Belgrade and others.
Articles and reviews of her work have appeared in the New York Times, The Village Voice, High Performance, Nation Magazine & the New Yorker among other publications. Her performances can be seen on UTube and Vimeo. She is included in "The Power of Feminist Art", 1994, Harry Abrams (Pub), edited by Norma Broude & Mary Garrard, "The Pink Glass Swan: Selected Feminist Essays on Art", 1995, Lucy Lippard. and "Performance Artists of the 80's" by Linda Montano. She currently lives and works in New York City.
The artist can be contacted at email@example.com.
& an exhibition at Ursula Clark's Gallery Gaia in Vinegar Hill Brooklyn, next door to DUMBO
79 HUDSON AVE
October 5th- - November 2nd, 2013
Reception: Sunday, October 20th, 4-6 pm
Ursula Clark * Susan Happersett * Bibi Lencek * Kazuko * Sabra Moore *
Hyo-Jeong Nam * Vernita Nemec aka N'Cognita *
Katherine Ellinger Smith * Judy Thomas *
Gaia Gallery in Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn is pleased to present GIRLTALK, a group exhibit of 9 artists addressing Feminity and Feminism in the 21st Century. The show opens Saturday October 4th and continues through November 3th, 2013. There will be a reception on Sunday October 20th from 4-6pm.
There is still much to debate and explore in these issues in the real world of work and politics. Bibi Lencek, Ursula Clark & Vernita Nemec have bought together 9 artists who make their art seriously, seductively and in some cases, scintillatingly, each in her own unique way creating art that makes her voice heard.
When we first presented Girltalk in 2005, we said "Yes. we are serious but not in a tormented, hard on, super sized way. We are celebrating and preserving the feminine and the feminist sensibility. We as women respond to the world with intuition, collaboration and nurturing. Through our bodies and our senses we know who we are and why we are here."
Since then, little has improved in the world for women. As a result, many of us are tormented inwardly as well as outwarding, asking why are women and their work still undervalued and often, even de-valued. In some cultures, we are still little more than gpropertyh and in our own country we are not paid wages equal to those paid our male counterparts. Sadly, Feminism is still an ugly word to the unenlightened.
In the Art World too, women artists must still struggle to have their work seen in museums, commercial galleries and public collections. Still we persevere and with the help of enlightened male and female curators, writers, collectors and activists, the numbers are slowly changing.
The whole world is changing more rapidly and radically, particularly because of the growing importance of the virtual world and the growing realization that we must change to continue life on this planet. Crowd sourcing and the internet have equalized the playing field and we will continue to have our voices heard as we dare to speak louder and louder.
Gallery hours are Saturday & Sunday 1-6 PM
For further information, please contact Vernita Nemec at 212 925 4419 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
First it was body prints, than clothing & fabric was added, then collage and finally some plant life to make these mixed media monoprints up to 38x 50 inches on Stonehenge rag paper and even some body & dress prints on rolls of arches.
Here's just a sampling. More to see soon when you click on Large art works above.
"BODY OF COLOR"
CLOTHING AND FABRIC PRINTS
ORGANIC MONOPRINTING AND COLLAGE
OH MERRY MONTH OF MAY
sharing some images of collages made from those little net produce bags. These are not brand new for I showed them in Oslo in 2011 in "The Oslo Open" a show curated by Irene Christenson.
clever Vimeo, realizing how much we are loving cats these days, for April Fool's called themselves VIMEOW".
My cats are great and Shadow gets more & more loving each night... Jacob is a lap sitter as usual. And I'm updating my website... adding links to videos of recent performances to look at under My Performance Art... and thinking about the next one... but also thinking about new collages... inspired a bit by the Surrealist's Drawing Show at the Morgan Library. Gotta go again to look at the collages!
& MY SHOW AT THE AMARIN THAI CAFE - A PART OF WAH'S SALON SHOWCASE - IN GREENPOINT AT NASSAU AV & 617 MANHATTAN AV
(G TRAIN TO NASSAU). THE SHOW CONTINUES TIL MARCH 3RD. I'M SHOWING MY MARBLE COLLAGES & VEGGIE MESH BAGS.
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS LINK FOR BETTER PHOTOS & MORE INFORMATION.
& OF COURSE, A GREAT NEW SHOW AT VIRIDIAN ARTISTS- THE 3RD ANNUAL PHOTO COMPETITION, OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY FEBRUARY 9TH, 4-7PM & CONTINUING THROUGH FEBRUARY 28TH.
COMING UP IS VIRIDIAN'S 24TH (!) ANNUAL COMPETITION IN ALL MEDIA JURIED BY ELISABETH SUSSMAN OF THE WHITNEY MUSEUM. GO TO WWW.VIRIDIANARTISTS.COM FOR MORE INFO
OH & I CAN'T FORGET TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE NEXT ARTMEAT AT VIRIDIAN ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 20TH 5:45PM
SEE YOU SOMEWHERE!!!
2013 OH NO
I shouldn't say Oh No for already its ok. Things are slowly sorting out & much already is happening both for myself & for those artists I attempt to support in their endeavors in this crazy world.
OK, let me talk about myself for just a moment. Many things that I am involved in are going on right now as I attempt to hit the right key.
First, at Soho20:
"Se lec tions"- whatever that means.
A group of 20 artists, mostly female but not all, which I confess has always been somewhat of a problem for me, having come up in an artworld devoted primarily to male artists. But that is something to discuss at Viridain Artists 1st ArtMeat:
ARTMeat... an artist discussion/salon/meeting to talk about whatever. Next meeting 5:45 Wednesday January 23rd AT VIRIDIAN ARTISTS, 547 W 27TH ST. #632. COME one Come All!
Back to ME!- I'm n the show afor mentioned above & opening at the Amarin Cafe Friday January 11th, 6-8pm - do come! in Greenpoint- the G train to Nassau Av @ 617 Manhattan Av- not an easy trip unless you are Polish or a starving artist who lives nearby but serving Thai appetizers & wine & talk about ART, that blessed topic of converse & solutions to what troubles all if all would only realize & listen!
& then yet another exhibit at Viridian itself which I confess I am the Director of in the spirit of Betty Parsons. She not only "discovered" Pollock but was able to recognize so many valuable artists of today. Already those artists are no longer young but leave a legacy of survival to the cultural world of the next generation of artists who are willing to fight their own battles despite the powers that continue to be.
That show - "Disconnected Realities", an international gathering of 11 fascinating artists who will show a sampling of their art January 15 th to February 2nd with a joyful reception on Thursday January 17th 6-8 pm @ 547 W27th St. suite 632. Come one, come all!
MID-JUNE 2011 already!
so much has been going on, I dont really know where to begin so I'll just plunge in & mix it all up... what's happened & what's happening!
Also, a Shadow has entered my world- a kitten I rescued at one week who needed to be bottled fed every 2 hours- the perfect grey of the color of shadows & so his name.
Will try to add pictures if I can!!!!
Almost May 2011
What an incredible week!!!!
Opened the Detritus Show Saturday at WAH Center - www.wahcenter.com- the show has 64 artists and more art made from trash... its on thru May 29th - Wednesdays- Sundays 1-5. Directions on the WAH Center (Williamsburgh Art & Historical Center) website. We got our first New York Times write-up in the Metro Section Sunday, April 24th!
WAH Center is at 135 Broadway at the corner of Bedford Av near South 5th St. By subway, take the J to Marcy & walk 3 short blocks on Broadway towards the bridge. Call 718 486 7372 or 718 486 6012. Or take the L to Bedford, then the bus on Driggs to Broadway, Or if its a nice day, walk the 15 blocks south on Bedford. Hope to see you there!
And April 29 to May 2 is my Open Studio as part of the TOAST ARTWALK. I have to be 2 places at once 4-6 on Saturday, so I will only be open 1- 3:30 that day, but sunday & Monday I will open 1-6 & Friday night 6-9. Phone 212 925 4419.
Apologies, but the reception at Sabay has been postponed. We will let you know when it is re-scheduled... but the art is up, so stop by for lunch or dinner and perhaps we will see you there!
Finishing up details for upcoming Art from Detritus Exhibition of 60 or so artists at the Williamsburgh Art & Historical Center (WAH)
opening April 23rd - for images of the show click on Detritus at the top of the site...
& then theres always the curatorial space at Sabay Thai Restaurant- to see some of those shows click on Sabay at the top of the page...
SABAY CURATORIAL SPACE has a changing exhibition of contemporary art every 2 months or so
showing art that isn't seen enough outside the conventional gallery setting.
Whether you are an artist or art lover, we hope that you will enjoy
having your meal in this creative setting & perhaps,
even consider purchasing an artwork for your home.
Artists, is your art seen enough?? If not, send me your jpegs!
Already we approach the Ides of March... what that means I'm not sure, but its a warning that time is passing oh so quickly. So I must make mention of this wonderful recent review of a performance at Ceres that I did with Sean. Check it out here. Thank you thank you, Chelseagallerista! You and your honey got it!
For months I've been thinking about creating a blog and now finally I've decided to just do it here since I must frequently update what's going on in my creative & curator life.
So, first, coming up April 23rd, 2011 (the day after EarthDay), I will be opening the latest "Art from Detritus: Recycling with Imagination" exhibit at the Williamsburgh Art and Historical Center (WAH). Its a huge and beautiful exhibition & performance space in an old bank building just across the East River and near the Williamsburgh Bridge in Brooklyn. Since the space is huge, there will be even more artists- some you've seen in past Detritus shows and artists who are new to us. There is a March 1 deadline for new artists to apply who work with recycled materials, trash, found objects. More info to come, but basically send me 3-5 jpegs to my email: email@example.com with the usual info. Click above on Art from Detritus to see what I need.
By the way, the Art From Detritus show that happened at Viridian Artists in November was named the best group show of the week by NY Arts!
There's a new exhibition at Sabay Curatorial Space which consists of photographs by the artist David Rodgers. Small 8x10" black & white photos, they are his version of anonymous photographs found in an attic. The reception was also a "good-bye for the moment" party for his lady friend Katrina, a German photographer returning to her home there. She'll be back though! David's show will be up through February, so stop by the Sabay Thai restaurant ( address in September 2010 listing below) for lunch, dinner &/or happy hour & take a look at the walls. I'm always interested in looking at new work, so email me your jpegs if you feel your art goes with Thai food!
There will be a new Art from Detritus Show at Viridian Artists Inc in Chelsea in November. If you make art from trash that you have salvaged or stuff that would have been discarded if you hadnt rescued it, click on Art from Detritus above for info on how to apply for this latest incarnation of the show.
I like to stay busy & so have accepted a request of Viridian Artists in Chelsea, to return as their director. If you don't know the gallery, you should, for the artists who exhibit there create art in a diverse range of media, style and contemporary concerns- all outstanding. If you are a serious contemporary artist who wants to have your work seen in the art capital of the world, check out www.viridianartists.com and see how to apply for representation. Also, we are having a photo competition that will be juried by Elizabeth Sussman of the Whitney Museum. As an insider reading my website, I will let you in on a secret- I am extending the deadline til november 15th so do not dispair! There is still time! Currently on view there are the paintings of Arthur Dworin- filled with lush & sumptuous color.
I have recently begun a curatorial space for exhibiting the art of under-recognized artists at the Sabay Thai Cafe in Elmhurst, NY. Far psychologically from Manhattan but an easy E train ride there. And its where the Q60 bus leaves for LGA Airport so you can even fly away after!
Beautiful art & delicious food! Images will be here soon but check out their website for location and menu. If you are an artist interested in showing there, email 6 jpegs (no larger than 500 dpi in either direction), your bio & a brief artist statement to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You might check out the space (& the food!) before so that you can select art that will be appropriate size-wise. I suggest no art larger than 40" square or smaller then 8x10". And of course, ready to hang.
As you may know, I am an artist of split persuasions- a performance artist and a visual artist as well as a curator of exhibits in which art and politics touch or,
if necessary, collide. My base is New York City but I love to travel & as often as possible, I use my art as an excuse to go somewhere I've never been.
I've had some wonderful interns these past few months who have been working diligently on archiving videos of my past performances , some of which you can now see on UTube. They also were stage crew for my most recent performance, "Dress", presented at DTW in NYC at the end of June. It was a new piece that I have been developing at Farspace through a Fieldwork grant. I hope that will be up on the web soon too. Special thanks to Jenn Hitchings, Katherine Walton, Joselyn Crocco and Cameron Kafura. Also, special thanks to The Field, dancer Nicole Lee and artist Katya Grohovsky. I am hoping to take the piece to Tokyo!
I will be performing in Tokyo- actually in Izu City just outside Tokyo- in October, 2010. If you have friends there who might like to attend or friends I can touch base with there, please let me know. I will be performing there with the Japanese guitarist Kazuyosi Yamada at the studio of friends of artist Namiyo Kubo.
At the end of April, in connection with the TOAST Artwalk I had an Open Studio at my loft on Canal Street. Please email me at email@example.com if you'd like more information (about any of this!) or just want to touch base!
Thank you for all to came to the Artists Talk On Art evening which I hosted to honor Nancy Spero, who died last October and whom I consider to be my "art mother". She was an incredible lady who never compromised her art or her character. She was generous to all with information, support and love and will be greatly missed. A video of the evening will be available soon that includes much footage of her speaking about her art, so contact Artist Talk On Art directly if you are interested. Now there is a wonderful show of Leon Golub's (her husband) last series of drawings & a wonderful vidoe of them both at the Drawing Center in Soho.
In December, I will be presenting an evening of "Open Performance at Artists Talk On Art which meets at Soho 20 Gallery in Chelsea. These will be 5 minute live performances, quick set up & take down with no tech. If you are a performance artist, please send me a brief description of your piece & your website or Utube video of your work to my email address by November 1. 20 or so performances will be selected.
I hope to interview Arthur Danto about his latest book & his thoughts about Art & Philosophy soon on video after we had to cancel our live interview at ATOA. I will let you know when that is available.
I really should start a blog I suppose, but...
My recent past included:
Performances fall/winter 2009 occurred at Soho 20 Gallery Benefit when they moved to their new location @ 547 W 27th St, Chelsea, NYC on October 24; Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research Open Performance Series, on November 18.
In December 2009, I presented a performance at Ceres Gallery in Chelsea called "The Other F Word", presented during their Exposures Exhibition Series. I exhibited 4 large collaged and painted pieces from my dress series and sold "Forgiveness" to a friend/ collector! This body of work has not been seen much but it is a series that I will continue developing in 2010.
I am continuing too my ongoing installation entitled the Endless Junkmail Scroll in which I collage security envelopes into an ongoing artwork that is sold by the linear inch. That work has been most recently shown in 2009 at Manhattanville College in Purchase NY. Before that it appeared at Gallery 128 on the Lower East Side of NYC, at Central Wyoming College in Riverton WY, at Huntington Long Island in June of 2006 and Cape Girardeau MO in September of 2006.. I see it as ongoing, just as our junkmail sadly seems to be, but please don't send me any until I've figured out a way to work faster!
I am also a performance artist in New York City and have been studying butoh for the last 10 years or so which I incorporate into my performances. I' ve practiced Butoh movement with Noboru Kamita, Eiko, Kim Ito, Akira Kasai, Atsushi Takenouchi, Ko Murobushi, Yumiko Yoshioka & others at Japan Society & The Cave in Williamsburgh, Bklyn; I also participated in the Time Based Art Festival in Portland Oregon, September 2004 with 33 Fainting Spells; Deborah Hay, etc. I plan to present a Butoh workshop in Skopelos Greece in 2011.
In 2005 I performed in Darmstadt Germany in an international project of art & performance in gardens. Previously I was part of the 5 Cities Project in Tokyo, as well as being a presenter at the PSI (Performance Studies International) Conference in Mainz Germany.
In January 2006 I presented a guerilla performance at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, France entitled "The Silver Rose." and another in 2007, "Barbie in Paris". In 2007, I also performed in Dublin, Ireland at Monster Truck Gallery and in 2009, I was honored to be selected by Movement Research to perform at Judson Church, where it all began. As you might guess, I love to travel and have been around the world (in 90 days) and in addition to those cities mentioned above, I have performed or shown my art in Budapest, Hu and Mexico City and aim to still add more to the list...