Practicum Descriptions

Tamar Ettun

Tamar Ettun will be researching the iconic demon Lilith, dyeing textiles, casting, video editing, and installing sculptures.

I am looking for a mentee who can become a collaborator over the summer and take active part in the work process. A young artist who is independent, hands-on, organized, quick thinker, flexible, resourceful, friendly and easy to work with! 

We will be installing an outdoor sculpture in Brooklyn, dyeing textiles, casting in different materials, doing research and video editing.

The new project I am working on revolves around the iconic demon Lilith: I am fascinated by rituals, early communal performances, devotion, faith, magic, shadow work, mysticism and how they connect to concrete everyday life, the body, pizza, storytelling, and contemporary made-up, nonsense, absurd rules that are rooted in the search for meaning. 

I will be happy to teach you specific skills as needed, give feedback about your work, share my contacts, and be transparent about my experience—- the good and the bad!

Heather Hart

Heather Hart will be developing a project about thresholds, that combines research, woodworking, and connecting Black communities.

“Liberation is a spatial practice”- Mario Gooden, Dark Space

Heather Hart makes public sculpture, and is the co-founder of Black Lunch Table (https://blacklunchtable.com/). She works at an intersection of art (+architectures, publics), play, and Black activism… kind of. 

This summer Heather will be working on a special project involving thresholds. She needs to work with someone who is good at Rhino and/or Sketchup and who is also excited about Black communities. Alternatively, she could use someone who is skilled at woodworking. She is recovering from some health stuff, so she needs someone who can handle lumber for her. Most of that work would be with jigsaw, circ saw, and miter saw— along with other hand tools. 

The summer’s focus will be on producing really fun sculptures! Hart is looking for someone smart, dependable, with positive vibes. Studio flow is fun, laid back, music selection is jamming and the space has windows in Long Island City, close to MoMAPS1.

Pablo Helguera

Pablo Helguera is looking for someone passionate about research, drawing, education,  performance, socially engaged art, games, installation, archiving and artist books.

Full Description Forthcoming!

Marisa Morán Jahn

Marisa Morán Jahn will be making a 20-foot tall interactive copper sculpture that functions like a safe lightning rod.

This summer, I’ll be working on ZAP: A Snatchural History of Copper (working title; I know there’s a lot going on there), a book, film, and public sculpture that explores copper, an element found in motherboards, our homes, electrical wires, lightning rods, and the IUD (intrauterine device) implanted in Jahn’s own ‘snatch’ (womb).

ZAP! (for short) involves a lot of different kinds of skills, many of which I don’t know how to do—but you might!

I have NO IDEA how to make this, but expect to have fun learning how: “A 20-foot tall (inter)active copper sculpture that functions like a safe lightning rod, ZAP! commemorates the tiny one-inch, T-shaped copper intrauterine device (IUD) used by 21 million women across the world yet almost always hidden from view, literally and discursively.” I do have a copper specialist, a lightning and grounding expert, and reproductive technologists onboard to help guide the making of this monument. So you won’t get zapped.

Here are the parts I DO know how to do and that I can teach you:

  • Artmaking: uh, flubbing around until I figure out how to match the right medium to the concept;
  • Filmmaking: producing, fundraising, scriptwriting. I am okay at cinematography/editing and usually involve others to join my team to lead on this end;
  • Writing for a a book: organizing, researching, and writing

I am looking for a mentee who ideally possess some of the following skills: casting and mould-making, woodworking/carpentry, sewing, fabrication, photography, video production, video editing, audio editing, other misc. crafts! I am best paired with those who embrace unexpected surprises and understand that the shifting nature of collaborative work means that sometimes, what we’re making will shift mid-way.

Baseera Kahn

Baseera Khan will be working on a range of projects including a performative lecture, a solo exhibit, a new commissioned series of large-scale collage works, and planning ahead for an upcoming performance series. 

Baseera Khan will be working on a range of projects including a performative lecture, a solo exhibit, a new commissioned series of large-scale collage works, plan ahead for an upcoming performance series. 

This summer, I will be preparing proposals/materials for various exhibitions and performance serie(s) around the world. I also need someone to assist me in preparing for a solo exhibition at Atlantic Contemporary where I will be exhibiting pieces from Privacy ControlsSeats(both furniture and wall works), Collages, and Sound Blankets

Additionally, I have been asked to make a new set of collage works on a larger scale as a new commission for Wexner Center for the Arts (which accompanies another exhibit). As I work on these collages, I will be addressing the relationship between art and institutions— I am probing how institutions can foster coalition building, critical participation, and the consideration of other positions, possibilities, and perspectives. This show will include a multigenerational group of artists whose work takes on exigent social issues. Artists in the show are re-forming and reorienting our position to structures, mechanisms, and effects of power, and ultimately produce openings, pathways to ethical awareness, and spaces of understanding. 

Lastly, The Public Art Fund has invited me to explore areas of New York City where my work can exist in public space. I am considering a massive column with personalized hieroglyphs inscribed onto the shaft of the outer walls. I would not make this out of concrete, I’d love to venture super lightweight synthetic materials – fake rock.

I am looking for a mentee who can keep up with my website, and archive some of my works into a document. I would like someone who has a physical know-how to install work and lift somewhat heavy objects, as I keep a pretty substantial storage facility in LIC, Queens. The projects that I will be working on are as follows – and need help fabricating and video editing and shipping and receiving all these projects.

Amy Khoshbin

Amy Koshbin will be redefining/reclaiming/f***ing up politics through artmaking and YouTube.

This summer, we’re going to change the world together while having a damn good time in my studio on Governors Island, provided through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency. I’m an Iranian-American artist, rapper, and politician, and I’m creating a video art series about how to run for office for YouTube, producing a rap album, further developing You Never Know (a political campaign speech/rap performance that showed at the Whitney Museum) to take on tour, and creating a series of drawings/collages/paintings/soft sculptures for an upcoming solo exhibition at Project for Empty Space about personal and cultural transformation.

I’m expanding the boundaries of artmaking beyond the gallery/institution. We as artists have much more power than we think to universally shift culture in a positive direction. I’ve taken that idea into the political realm and am running for City Council in Brooklyn to demystify the complex structures of government and expose ways we can change the system from the inside out while enjoying ourselves. Our main project will be creating a how-to-run-for-office video art/YouTube series for anyone to use to run in their area, and we will be dropping videos weekly (some of which I’ll be rapping in with crazy animation—entertainment is key!).

If you ever wanted to learn to be a YouTube star, join me. I am seeking mentees and collaborators that know how to shoot video on DSLR cameras, and edit on Adobe Premiere Pro. Ideally, you would also have some experience or are willing to learn to:

  • Animate video
  • Edit sound files
  • Create graphics for use in videos/online/promotion (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)
  • Organize and collect info in Google Docs (sheets and docs)
  • Photograph (mainly for documentation)
  • Research
  • Give honest feedback
  • Have adventures

Steve Lambert

Steve will be rebuilding an interactive digital installation with an ultra-sonic people counter.

Description Forthcoming!

Jen Liu

Jen Liu will be engineering beef cells through nanotech materials, painting, sculpting, and exploring speculative technologies, self-defeating object design, and toxicity, among other subjects. 

All my work means to expose the emotional and material underbelly of the global industrial complex, while resisting the implicit exploitations of documentary methods. Environmental toxicity, synthetic femme bodies, speculative technologies, self-defeating object design, and manipulating texts against their stated purposes, are all core concepts within the greater whole.

Concretely: I’ll be working on genetic engineering beef cells through nanotech materials, and a series of gold, graphic paintings on paper. There will be some other projects in the works this summer too, which will most likely encompass choreography, sculpture, and my favorite medium, video + 3D animation.  I’ll be looking for a mentee whose material interests and skills are diverse, and may be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously – but more importantly, someone whose investment in engaging with and creating political discourse through artistic means, is their front focus.

LaJuné McMillian 

LaJuné McMillian’s will be using motion capture data from Black performers for new media projects involving performance, games, animation, and VR.

LaJuné will be working on the Black Movement Project— an online database of motion capture data from Black performers and Black character base models, currently underrepresented in available online databases. This library will be used for various extended (virtual, augmented, mixed) reality projects, performances, games, and research purposes. 

I will need to work with a mentee interested in learning about or who already knows New Media tools such as Unreal, Motion Capture, 3D modeling/rigging, but more importantly someone who is interested in social justice, as it refers to the body, and ethical ways to archive movement data. 

William Powhida

William Powhida will be exploring culture, capital, and governance through research/investigation-based projects that use photography, political satire, and a variety of paper-based media. 

I will be continuing to explore the themes of my 2019 show Complicities including the connections between culture, capital, and governance. My studio will either be located in Bushwick or Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 

Through ongoing research and investigation, I will be developing a new body of work for exhibitions this fall related to a project I am currently planning for a multi-stage exhibition, TwentyTwenty, at the Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art that opens in June. 

The show will explore the political implications for the election year primarily through photo-based media and we are invited to revise our work in the show over the summer and into the new year.  I am planning on using the opportunity to experiment with image production in the studio through works on paper using a variety of media. 

In addition to my own studio projects, I will be continuing work on a contract-based ‘store-to-own’ project to transfer works in my inventory to interested parties. I am currently developing the project into an alternative art fair in collaboration with a group of artists including the McCoys, Jennifer Dalton, and Peter Rostovsky.  I will also be continuing work with the Artist Studio Affordability Project and the (De)Institutional Research Team, which may pose other areas of research, inquiry, and engagement with issues affecting artists in New York. All of these projects are areas of possible participation for prospective mentees with an interest in research-based practices, social justice, and political satire.  

Aliza Shvarts

Aliza Shvarts is preparing for a New York solo show that will continue exploring the uncanniness of the internet. 

Description Forthcoming!

Dannielle Tegeder

Danielle Tegeder will be preparing for a solo exhibition in New York in the fall while maintaining a busy painting practice in her Times Square studio. 

I am looking for an eager candidate to join me in my studio as I prepare for a solo show and other projects in Mexico City and New Orleans in January of 2021. I’d like to work with someone who is detail-oriented, flexible, and who can keep track of several tasks while remaining organized. You would need to be able to assist with studio management, such as emailing, packing works, grant writing, painting and drafting art work, managing deadlines, and using Photoshop and InDesign. Interests in abstract painting, Constructivism, intersecting media, installation, and architecture are a plus!

My studio is located at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in Times Square. It is one of the biggest studio residencies, so there will be many opportunities to meet and connect with the other artists in the building. I’m hoping to offer insight into how to sustain a long-term studio practice in NYC, as well as any advice in regards to pursuing a career in the arts.

Clement Valla

Clement Valla will be in the studio this summer, working on 3D scans of plants, rocks, and animals as he thinks about the ways we observe nature through technology. 

This summer, I’m seeking a mentee who will consider what it means to see and think in a post-perspective era with me. We will use 3-D scanning, 3-D manufacturing, and digital textile printing to create things that hover between pictures and sculptures. These technological apparatuses will be aimed at the natural world, and in particular rocks.

Clement Valla will be working on pictures, videos and sculptures for an upcoming exhibition and some group shows. The works are all based on 3D scans of plants, rocks and animals, and we’ll be focusing on some of the unexpected and stranger ways computer pictures shape our observations of nature.  We will use photography, 3D scanning, 3D manufacturing, digital textile printing, and digital weaving to create things that hover between pictures and sculptures.

Here’s what we’ll be doing on a practical level, so some experience in any of these would be great:

  • photography
  • sewing and garment making
  • fabrication (including metal cutting, drilling and soldering)
  • photogrammetry
  • 3d modeling and  3D manufacturing processes
  • computer programming or scripting (javascript, python, or anything simple!)

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