Shed Raising today! 2-5 with beer tasting 5-6

Do you enjoy the outdoors and building things? Then join Franklin Street Works on Saturday, March 16 for a shed building event from 2:00 – 5:00 pm! The build will take place in Franklin Street Work’ back patio and outdoor space and will invite those in attendance to help artist Simon Draper install one of his signature 6 x 6 Studios, which he calls Habitat For Artists. The artist studio is part of the Digging Deeper installation, which is one of three components in Franklin Street Works’ upcoming exhibition, titled Strange Invitation (April 4 – June 16). The structure will be transformed by artists and evolve throughout the run of the exhibition. For this event, Stamford’s Lorca Café will be providing delicious snacks for all of the builders, while composer and musician Evan James will be providing a playlist! Please join us at any point during the event for some outdoor fun and a unique opportunity to engage with artists and the community. Stick around after for a rewarding party from 5:00 – 6:00 pm that includes a sampling of beers from Half Full Brewery!

“Habitat for Artists” is a collective project that uses the idea of artists’ studios as a catalyst for mutual engagement between artists and communities. The “habitats” are small, temporary, 6’ by 6’ studios installed at a variety of locations. The studios are made from predominantly recycled or reclaimed material and are reused for each new iteration of the project.

The Digging Deeper component of Strange Invitation will focus on artists who work in relationship to sustainability and agriculture through three components: Draper’s habitat; a group exhibition curated by Amy Lipton; and a farm stand and garden conceived and organized by artist/activist Andrea Reynosa. The Franklin Street Works Heritage Garden and Farmstand is a civic ecology investigation into local youth, regional watershed/foodshed awareness, heirloom crop production and entrepreneurship.

Franklin Street Works’ habitat will initially act as an artist studio and a greenhouse for the propagation of seedlings that will be transplanted to a small raised bed garden. Once the seedlings have been planted, it will be the site of mini artist residencies where artists activate the space periodically. Simon Draper will also be partnering with Stamford’s Fairgate Farms, the Hudson Valley Seed Library and other regional artists and community groups as the space evolves, exploring themes such as gardening, farming, and urban sustainability.

posted by Owner on March 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Shed Raising today! 2-5 with beer tasting 5-6

Do you enjoy the outdoors and building things? Then join Franklin Street Works on Saturday, March 16 for a shed building event from 2:00 – 5:00 pm! The build will take place in Franklin Street Work’ back patio and outdoor space and will invite those in attendance to help artist Simon Draper install one of his signature 6 x 6 Studios, which he calls Habitat For Artists. The artist studio is part of the Digging Deeper installation, which is one of three components in Franklin Street Works’ upcoming exhibition, titled Strange Invitation (April 4 – June 16). The structure will be transformed by artists and evolve throughout the run of the exhibition. For this event, Stamford’s Lorca Café will be providing delicious snacks for all of the builders, while composer and musician Evan James will be providing a playlist! Please join us at any point during the event for some outdoor fun and a unique opportunity to engage with artists and the community. Stick around after for a rewarding party from 5:00 – 6:00 pm that includes a sampling of beers from Half Full Brewery!

“Habitat for Artists” is a collective project that uses the idea of artists’ studios as a catalyst for mutual engagement between artists and communities. The “habitats” are small, temporary, 6’ by 6’ studios installed at a variety of locations. The studios are made from predominantly recycled or reclaimed material and are reused for each new iteration of the project.

The Digging Deeper component of Strange Invitation will focus on artists who work in relationship to sustainability and agriculture through three components: Draper’s habitat; a group exhibition curated by Amy Lipton; and a farm stand and garden conceived and organized by artist/activist Andrea Reynosa. The Franklin Street Works Heritage Garden and Farmstand is a civic ecology investigation into local youth, regional watershed/foodshed awareness, heirloom crop production and entrepreneurship.

Franklin Street Works’ habitat will initially act as an artist studio and a greenhouse for the propagation of seedlings that will be transplanted to a small raised bed garden. Once the seedlings have been planted, it will be the site of mini artist residencies where artists activate the space periodically. Simon Draper will also be partnering with Stamford’s Fairgate Farms, the Hudson Valley Seed Library and other regional artists and community groups as the space evolves, exploring themes such as gardening, farming, and urban sustainability.

Tour Your Content Will Return Shortly with three of the exhibiting artists

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Join Franklin Street Works on Thursday, March 14 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm for a casual tour of the contemporary art space’s current exhibition, Your Content Will Return Shortly. Those in attendance will walk through the show with three of its exhibiting artists, Jeff Ostergren (New Haven, CT), Catherine Ross (Brooklyn, NY) and Siebren Versteeg (Brooklyn, NY). While walking through the three galleries, artists will discuss their works, including how videos and installations reflect themes in the exhibition and relate to their larger practice.

The evening will end with an open discussion and reception in the café. Please join us for this free event that is open to the public – a unique opportunity to explore the current show with some of its artists that are emerging figures in contemporary art today!  This event program is made possible in part through the support of the Community Arts Partnership Program awarded to Franklin Street Works by the City of Stamford and a two-year grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Your Content Will Return Shortly, curated by Franklin Street Works’ Creative Director, Terri C Smith, explores television as both medium and subject. Rather than taking a comprehensive view of television as inspiration in contemporary art, the exhibition explores works that highlight televised elements tangential to the main narrative arc. The artists take their cues from the physical and functional qualities of television and a variety of elements associated with broadcasting. They touch on phenomena that include: advertising; laugh tracks; the affects of VHS, DVD and remote control devices on viewing habits; public service announcements; and nuances observations of the relationship between spectacle and cable news. Exhibiting artists are: Christopher DeLaurenti, Eric Gottesman, Jonathan Horowitz, Sophy Naess, Jeff Ostergren, Lucy Raven, Martha Rosler, Catherine Ross, Emily Roz, Carmelle Safdie, and Siebren Versteeg. Your Content Will Return Shortly is on view at Franklin Street Works through March 24.

posted by Owner on March 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Tour Your Content Will Return Shortly with three of the exhibiting artists

ARCHIVE: REVIEW

Join Franklin Street Works on Thursday, March 14 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm for a casual tour of the contemporary art space’s current exhibition, Your Content Will Return Shortly. Those in attendance will walk through the show with three of its exhibiting artists, Jeff Ostergren (New Haven, CT), Catherine Ross (Brooklyn, NY) and Siebren Versteeg (Brooklyn, NY). While walking through the three galleries, artists will discuss their works, including how videos and installations reflect themes in the exhibition and relate to their larger practice.

The evening will end with an open discussion and reception in the café. Please join us for this free event that is open to the public – a unique opportunity to explore the current show with some of its artists that are emerging figures in contemporary art today!  This event program is made possible in part through the support of the Community Arts Partnership Program awarded to Franklin Street Works by the City of Stamford and a two-year grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Your Content Will Return Shortly, curated by Franklin Street Works’ Creative Director, Terri C Smith, explores television as both medium and subject. Rather than taking a comprehensive view of television as inspiration in contemporary art, the exhibition explores works that highlight televised elements tangential to the main narrative arc. The artists take their cues from the physical and functional qualities of television and a variety of elements associated with broadcasting. They touch on phenomena that include: advertising; laugh tracks; the affects of VHS, DVD and remote control devices on viewing habits; public service announcements; and nuances observations of the relationship between spectacle and cable news. Exhibiting artists are: Christopher DeLaurenti, Eric Gottesman, Jonathan Horowitz, Sophy Naess, Jeff Ostergren, Lucy Raven, Martha Rosler, Catherine Ross, Emily Roz, Carmelle Safdie, and Siebren Versteeg. Your Content Will Return Shortly is on view at Franklin Street Works through March 24.

A Conversation With Reanimation Library Founder Andrew Beccone

Franklin Street Works and The Ferguson Library are happy to announce a conversation with Reanimation Library founder, Andrew Beccone, on Saturday, March 2, from 3:00 – 4:15 at the Ferguson Library auditorium in Stamford, CT. There will be a reception at Franklin Street Works from 4:15 – 5:30 pm, after the talk! Reanimation Library is one of three collaborators involved in Franklin Street Works’ upcoming exhibition, Strange Invitation (April 4 – June 2013.) For the talk, Andrew Beccone will discuss the mission of his independent library and explain the temporary Franklin Street Works’ branch that he is creating for Strange Invitation. The branch library created for the exhibition will be open for public use, encouraging daily audience participation and hosting related programs. During the show’s run Franklin Street Works will also present collaborative workshops and projects in association with the Stamford Art Association and the Loft Artists Association.

Andrew Beccone book hunting in CT for the Franklin Street Works branch.

Reanimation Library is a small Independent Presence Library, meaning a non-circulating collection that exists in the physical world. It is open to the public and is meant to inspire the production of new creative work. Reanimation Library features a collection of books that have fallen out of routine circulation and are acquired for their unique visual content. Outdated and discarded, they have been culled from thrift stores, stoop sales, and throw-away piles to be given new life as a resource for artists, writers, cultural archeologists, and other interested parties. “I consider the library itself to be an ongoing collaborative artwork that is activated by people who engage with and use it,” Andrew Beccone explains. Since 2006, the library has been situated in Proteus Gowanus, an interdisciplinary gallery and reading room in Brooklyn, NY.

Reanimation Library, main branch, Brooklyn, NY

Since 2009, Andrew Beccone has created branch libraries that are temporary site-specific manifestations of the Reanimation Library. This allows the library to exist outside of its Brooklyn home, giving the possibility of others to engage with its content. Each branch library contains a collection of books that has been gathered from sources in its local community. For Franklin Street Works’ branch, the library will contain books from the Fairfield County area as well as Reanimation Library inspired artworks by New York based artist Pradeep Dalal. A free scanner and photocopier will be provided to allow visitors to use the books as resource material for their own creative projects. For more information on the Reanimation Library, visit: http://www.reanimationlibrary.org/

posted by Owner on March 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm

A Conversation With Reanimation Library Founder Andrew Beccone

Franklin Street Works and The Ferguson Library are happy to announce a conversation with Reanimation Library founder, Andrew Beccone, on Saturday, March 2, from 3:00 – 4:15 at the Ferguson Library auditorium in Stamford, CT. There will be a reception at Franklin Street Works from 4:15 – 5:30 pm, after the talk! Reanimation Library is one of three collaborators involved in Franklin Street Works’ upcoming exhibition, Strange Invitation (April 4 – June 2013.) For the talk, Andrew Beccone will discuss the mission of his independent library and explain the temporary Franklin Street Works’ branch that he is creating for Strange Invitation. The branch library created for the exhibition will be open for public use, encouraging daily audience participation and hosting related programs. During the show’s run Franklin Street Works will also present collaborative workshops and projects in association with the Stamford Art Association and the Loft Artists Association.

Andrew Beccone book hunting in CT for the Franklin Street Works branch.

Reanimation Library is a small Independent Presence Library, meaning a non-circulating collection that exists in the physical world. It is open to the public and is meant to inspire the production of new creative work. Reanimation Library features a collection of books that have fallen out of routine circulation and are acquired for their unique visual content. Outdated and discarded, they have been culled from thrift stores, stoop sales, and throw-away piles to be given new life as a resource for artists, writers, cultural archeologists, and other interested parties. “I consider the library itself to be an ongoing collaborative artwork that is activated by people who engage with and use it,” Andrew Beccone explains. Since 2006, the library has been situated in Proteus Gowanus, an interdisciplinary gallery and reading room in Brooklyn, NY.

Reanimation Library, main branch, Brooklyn, NY

Since 2009, Andrew Beccone has created branch libraries that are temporary site-specific manifestations of the Reanimation Library. This allows the library to exist outside of its Brooklyn home, giving the possibility of others to engage with its content. Each branch library contains a collection of books that has been gathered from sources in its local community. For Franklin Street Works’ branch, the library will contain books from the Fairfield County area as well as Reanimation Library inspired artworks by New York based artist Pradeep Dalal. A free scanner and photocopier will be provided to allow visitors to use the books as resource material for their own creative projects. For more information on the Reanimation Library, visit: http://www.reanimationlibrary.org/

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