Open Studio Event at NARS Foundation, Brooklyn

open studio NARS

NARS Spring Open Studios, a three-day exhibition of international contemporary art, showcases the residency and studio artists working in our growing artist community. This Sunset Park-wide Open Studios event, co-presented with J&M Studios, invites the public to meet artists from all over the world and to experience the artistic process and the diverse range of artistic mediums presented in the intimacy of the studio environment.
For more information check NARS homepage.

Uppcoming event: ”self” solo show at Örebro University.

Cultivation Series.

Örebro University and Örebro Art College are pleased to present the exhibition self by Cecilia Jansson.

The exhibition features recent works from the series Cultivation, porcelain and bread sculptures made in New York, 2016; selected works from the series Identiteeth, porcelain sculptures made in Jingdezhen, 2011; and the complete Zhinü´s sisters series, hand knotted silk carpets made in Henan, 2014-2015.

A common denominator is the aim to point out structures in society. Human behavior often hides preconceptions and prejudices, as we sort each other into groups. Our basic need to label people is worth investigating. What purposes do these labels serve? To what extent can we create our own identities? How do we value people we perceive as different from ourselves?

Opening Nov 24 4pm

I utställningen self visas nya verk från serien Cultivation, porslin och brödskulpturer gjorda i New York 2016; valda verk från porslinsserien Identiteeth, skapade i Jingdezhen 2011; och hela serien Zhinü’s systrar, fyra handknutna silkesmattor gjorda i Henan, 2014-2015.

Den gemensamma nämnaren är en vilja att på olika vis peka på strukturer i samhället. Vanliga beteenden döljer ofta förutfattade meningar och fördomar – vi tenderar att sortera in varandra i grupper. Detta grundläggande behov av att sätta etiketter på folk är värt att undersöka. Vilka ändamål tjänar dessa etiketter? Hur, och i vilken utsträckning, skapar vi våra egna identiteter?Hur värderar vi människor som vi uppfattar som annorlunda?

Vernissage Nov 24 16.00

The exhibition hall Örebro University.
Nov 24 – Dec 16 Monday -Thursday 9-19, Friday 9-15.30.

October 13 – November 2, 2016
inCube Arts
314 W 52nd St #1, New York, NY 10019


NARS Foundation is pleased to present Source Material, an exhibition that brings together the work of five NARS alumni: Sandra Erbacher, Cecilia Jansson, Euyoung Hong, Christine Rebhuhn and Alisha Wessler at inCube Arts.

The artists in this exhibition condense different sources of material, functions, and associations into a singular object or image that serves as a further source of information, sensory modalities and affect. Subtly altered readymades or compositions of organic, ephemeral, or synthetic materials — often contradictory or abstract — that are part object, part sculpture occupy an indeterminate space between the real and artificial. By interrupting, reconfiguring or mashing up the function and meaning of everyday things, such as say a hockey helmet and freezer build up, or a hand-dryer and on-hold music, the artists, Christine Rebhuhn and Sandra Erbacher, more than posit their material and ontological status in relation to industry, design and commodification, let the materiality mediate a visceral experience of unease and suspension.
The uncanny feeling these objects embody or arouse, from recognizing the familiar as strange and suggestive, are differentiated by distinct material and conceptual approaches. Cecilia Jansson’s sculpture composed of porcelain and bread is a disturbing hybrid of refinement and the crude in an exoskeleton body. Alisha Wessler’s ghoulish masks of found objects and manipulated materials carry the psychic and physical emotive quality effigies imbued with folk-magic or morbid commemorative death masks. Euyoung Hong’s work looks at the places of others, corners, peripheries, which are frequently overlooked, abandoned and disappearing, and reproduces this sense of marginalization in the gallery space, encapsulating the anxiety that foregrounds the exhibition.
For further information, please contact us at / / 718-768-2765.
NARS programs are made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).


Jury of OpenART 2017

From left: Peter Ojstersek (SE), Cecilia Jansson (SE), Pia Männikkö (FI)

The Open Call for next year’s OpenART biennial has officially closed and the extensive work of selecting the artists will take its first steps in September.

The selection of the artworks will be made by an international jury of artists consisting of Cecilia Jansson (SE), Peter Ojstersek (SE) and Pia Männikkö (FI). All of the jury members have previously exhibited their work at OpenART.

Cecilia Jansson is a Swedish artist with a local connec­tion to Örebro through her artistic projects with the inmates at Kumla Prison and teaching posi­tion at Örebro Art School. Only in the past year she has won Örebro Coun­ty’s Culture Prize, been exhib­ited at Swatch Faces at the Venice Bien­nial and just recently completed an Artist in Resi­dency stay at NARS Foun­da­tion in New York.

Peter Ojstersek is a Swedish artist living and working in both Gothen­burg, Sweden and Berlin, Germany. Although, split­ting his time between the two coun­tries he has also, since 2007, been working as a Senior Lecturer at Valand Academy, Univer­sity of Fine Arts in Gothen­burg, Sweden.

Pia Männikkö is a Finnish artist living and working in Helsinki, Finland. She partic­i­pated in OpenART’s resi­dency project Academy in 2013, ending the stay with three artworks repre­sented at the bien­nial. Throughout the years she has been exhib­ited in coun­tries like Germany, Spain, Scot­land, Australia and more.

The 6th edition of OpenART is taking place 18 June – 10 September 2017.