Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Sternberg Project movie screening on August 30th at 8 pm

Art in Odd Places recently posted about the Sternberg Project, a multimedia time capsule project in Sternberg Park.

Our friends from the Sternberg Project informed us the public screening will be on August 30, Monday at 8 pm.
Details below:

Title: Moviehouse Cinemaparque: The Sternberg Project

The Sternberg Project is a brand new site-specific dance film by Zena Bibler of Little Dances Everywhere that is an interactive, crowd-sourced, multi-media time capsule of the park made up of 10-second to one-minute clips filmed by the community at the park this summer. The Moviehouse screening is free and open to the public and also includes a short live performance and a dance film by Itziar Barrio.

Venue Address:
Sternberg Park Handball Court; 54 Boerum Street (Boerum and Lorimer) in Brooklyn. Near to the G, L, J, and M.

August 30, 8pm



Zena Bibler
Katie Schetlick
Faye Min Lim
Ashley Hannan
Jacob Liberman
Malinda Crump
Ariel Lembeck
Rishauna Zumberg
Ashley Murray

Sound mixing:
Chris Tabron

If you get a chance, don't miss out on this amazing film.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

AiOP 2010: CHANCE artist Linda Hesh will help you reconnect through doorknob hangers

Our next Art in Odd Places 2010: CHANCE artist hails from Washington DC. Linda Hesh, whose works were featured in the Washington Post and the New York Times,  is not new to the public art scene. For this year's festival, her project is an extension of her previous work that use door knob signs on random places, or should I say "odd places" to invoke a reaction. However these doorknob signs are more than  your typical "Do Not Disturb. Another reason to keep your eyes peeled October 1-10.

Who is the artist behind the doorknob signs? Hang for a bit and read below.

Aiop: Tell us about Linda Hesh

photo provided by Artist

LH: I moved to Washington, DC for love, but my personality is more suited for NYC where I previously lived for ten years. I am a full time visual artist who teaches occasionally when I think something might useful to other artists. For about five years I have had objects commericially imprinted with words and then photographed them in installations to address social issues such as displacement, bigotry, and gender disparity. This has included steel benches, doorknob hangers, coffee mugs, and real apples all with words on them.

Photo by the Washington Post
Aiop: We read about your "For and Against Benches". What was that about?
LH: The “FOR and AGAINST Benches” were my last big interactive public art project. I took these two 6 foot long steel benches around the Washington, DC metro area and asked people what they were FOR or AGAINST. I photographed volunteers and then put what they said they were for or against under the portraits as captions. The benches plus 309 photographs made into a slide show video were shown at the Museum of the Americas in Washington this year. The FOR and AGAINST Benches were reviewed in numerous local publications including the Washington Post Newspaper written by Michael O'Sullivan

Aiop: How did you hear about Art in Odd Places?
LH: A Washington, DC area sculpture group sent out an email notice.

Aiop: What made you decide to submit a proposal for the Festival?
LH: A couple of years ago I installed my “Desolation” doorknob hangers on 14th St. as part of a Washington, DC public art exhibition. These had statements of longing that could be about gentrification or a lost love. It seemed natural that I should put doorknob hangers on 14th in NYC. Plus, I have a personal connection to this street. When I lived in NYC, 14th was a sort of demarcation line. I was a downtown gal, meaning I didn't go above 14th St. unless absolutely necessary.

Photo by the New York Times

Aiop: How is the preparation coming along for your piece this October?
LH: After numerous re-writes, I have my statements done for “Chance Meeting” doorknob hangers and they are being printed in Kansas.

Aiop: What's your favorite spot on 14th street?
LH: I like 14th St. all the way west where you can see the meeting of the old and the new: the meat packing district along with galleries, high design stores and restaurants. I remember when you had to convince a cabdriver that you really did want to go there.

Aiop: Do you have a hidden talent you would like to share?
LH: I am a raconteur . I'm not good at writing my stories down, but always have a narrative hidden in my art.

Aiop: Any message to the people who will be in 14th street during the festival?
LH: Enjoy the random moments of art. They add energy to the everyday.

Aiop: What should people expect from your project?
LH: I hope that people feel a moment of surprise when they see one of my doorknob hangers, and then they steal it.

Aiop: What's your lucky number?
LH: 666 I raised money for my last show by selling real apples that were laser etched with the word “EVIL” and then freeze dried. The pre-show price was $66.60 (the devil's number). People were amused by the price which encouraged them to buy so it's my new lucky number.

Aiop: Write a fortune
LH: A chance meeting will change your life.

Aiop: What's the strangest encounter that you've had as a pedestrian in New York?
LH: Whenever I go back to New York, I seem to run into old boyfriends on the street. This can be kind of embarrassing when I'm with my husband since each time it's a different guy.

Aiop: What do you hope to bring to the festival?
LH: Initial confusion that turns into reconition and amusement.

Aiop: Where do you live?
LH: I currently live in our Nation's Capitol. When I lived in New York, I was in Little Italy or what is now known as Nolita.

Thanks Linda! We are looking forward to see where your doorknobs signs end up.
Want to know more about Linda Hesh? Visit her website

Saturday, August 21, 2010

New York Times featuring AiOP 2009 artist, LuLu LoLo

Our vivacious and fabulous Art in Odd Places alumna, LuLu LoLo, will be featured on this Sunday's New York Times to talk about her East Harlem town house.

You can read all about it by clicking the picture
photo by Ozier Muhammad/The New York

Also, check out the couple's interview by Lisa Wolfe by clicking here

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Flux Factory: Going Places (Doing Stuff)

We are so excited to have Flux Factory in our 2010 festival, that we cannot wait to show you what they are all about. This summer they have been working on, “Going Places (Doing Stuff.) Getting on a bus with Flux Factory and not knowing your destination? Sound odd? Great! This is Art in Odd Places after all... and we do LOVE the odd!

Flux Factory says, “There is always mystery in traveling, even if you know where you are headed. Going Places (Doing Stuff) is all about this mystery, asking the general public to give themselves over to our artists. The excitement of simply stepping on a bus to who-knows-where becomes a metaphor and catalyst for the leap of faith inherent to aesthetic experience in general.”

Visit their website to find out more!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A frARTernity of artists: BroLab Collective - Art in Odd Places 2010

The Art in Odd Places team is in full swing gearing up for the upcoming festival. We are thrilled to have such great artists this year to present their work on Manhattan's 14th street. Excited to know who are artists included this year? Well, check in with the AiOP blog since we will be featuring all of them.

To kick things off, we have a group composed of Rahul Alexander , Robert Amesbury , Jonathan Brand , Adam Brent, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Ken Madore, Ryan Roa, collectively known as "BroLab". Each of them hail from a different background joined together by camaraderie and their passion for art. They are definitely an interesting group, emphasizing the need to grow both as a group and individual artists. One might say the name "BroLab" invokes a sense of "frattiness". But here in Art in Odd Places, we celebrate their commitment to become a brotherhood of artists in a much a higher degree with a word that fully encompasses who they are: A "frARTernity". And that, ladies and gentlemen, is something you don't see everyday in college.

Let's proceed on getting to know them better, shall we

(From Left to Right) Ryan Roa, Jonathan Brand, Ken Madore, Adam Brent, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Rahul Alexander

Aiop: What is Brolab?

BC: BroLab started from our semester in the AIM Program. We liked each other and the work we were doing and we thought why not continue meeting after the program is over. Essentially, BroLab is a bunch of like-minded artists who like to share ideas,have studio visits, drink, and make art. In one way it is an outlet- a way to diversify our individual work and work collaboratively. It is also great fun and we want to continue to grow our collective.

Ryan Roa One on One, 2008

Jonathan Brand Battle Axe, 2007

Travis LeRoy Southworth

The Growing Metaphysical Void at the Center of My Bedroom Ceiling 2010

Aiop: So what's with the name?
BC: long story short is that we were having a bit of fun with "colab". We had a speaker or two in AIM that leaned heavily on references to "Colab" noting the DYI art market we are heading towards that is similar to the 80's. I think it was after a studio visit with some of the guys, we were at the Sycamore Bar in Ditmas Park, that we said lets start a collective and lets call it "BroLab" given that we are all guys. The capital L came later to add a little panache.

Adam Brent I’m OK with it 2010

Aiop: How did you hear about Art in Odd Places?
BC: We heard about it through a fellow artist Christy Speakman who participated in it last year.

Aiop: What made you decide to submit a proposal for the Festival?
BC: We were searching for a venue to pitch an inaugural project when we ran into AiOP’s call for proposals for works along 14th Street. The 2.3 mile span, centralized location, and AiOP framework seemed like an ideal opportunity to explore some of our potential ideas and put them into action.

Aiop: How is the preparation coming along for your piece this October?
BC: We are rolling along and have for the most part finished our yokes and taken some practice runs. We have been joking around that we should probably get in shape given that our performance includes one 24 hr bucket relay from river to river. We have come to discover that water is heavy. We still have to get volunteers and solve some water access issues.

Aiop: What's your favorite spot on 14th street
BC: To the far east and to the far west, where it is always wet.

Aiop: Do you have a hidden talent you would like to share?
Sure, we can form 6-man pyramid.

Aiop: Any message to the people who will be in 14th street during the festival? BC: Come check out our performance, for more info visit or follow us at

Thank you, BroLab. The possibility of the 6 man pyramid is another reason why you have to be on the lookout for this group this October.

Volunteer for Art in Odd Places!

Art In Odd Places 2010 Festival: CHANCE

Starting: ASAP in August 2010
Ending: October 11th, 2010
Located at: 14th St, Manhattan

If interested please email with the subject heading “Volunteer for AiOP 2010”

Position Description
Art in Odd Places (AiOP) is seeking volunteers to support the implementation stages of its upcoming annual public art festival to take place October 1-10, 2010 on the length of 14th Street, from Avenue C to the Hudson River.

Strong interest in public and/or performance art
Flexibility and comfort to work both independently and as part of a team.
Excellent organizational and communication skills
Ability to work well in a collaborative environment, but also see tasks through independently

• Support of artist projects: the volunteer will work closely with an AIOP artist in realizing there performance or public art project
• Assist with postcard and map distribution • Aid in preparations for key festival events including the opening (October 1), panel discussion, screening, and talks.

About Art in Odd Places
AIOP is an annual festival that explores the odd, ordinary and ingenious in the spectacle of daily life. A fourteen year-old initiative, it began as a project at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, was revived in New York, and now takes place annually along 14th Street in Manhattan. AiOP aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. The festival reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas. In past years, AiOP has received press coverage from the New York Times, Time Out New York, Papermag, Daily News, and L Magazine. The festival is a project of GOH Productions.

About AiOP 2010: Chance
Taking place along 14th Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River in New York City from October 1 to 10, 2010, AiOP: CHANCE will explore this location's rich history, configuration, and heterogeneous communities. This edition of AiOP is informed by various interpretations of the term CHANCE, including proposition, luck, randomness, risk, and opportunity. Within this context, artists are given the opportunity to apply their practice to an unconventional structure—playing off the idiosyncrasies inherent to the urban plane. Curated by Yaelle Amir and Petrushka Bazin, the festival will feature works exploring this comprehensive term, while endeavoring to broaden the public’s outlook on art, city dwelling, and social conventions.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

A video of Art in Odd Places 2010: Sideshow

Once upon a time, the circus freaks decided to infiltrate New York City's 14th Street to kick off Art in Odd Places' festival. It happened on June 22, 2010 at TheaterLab. A video managed to surface documenting the craziness. Video credit goes to Alex Gaylon.

Watch and be mesmerized