Artists Judy Anderson and Kevin deForest on Expectations, the Pleasures of Reading on the Subway, and their 2016 ISCP Residency
This past spring, the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Creative Saskatchewan sent artist Judy Anderson to the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. Anderson’s residency marks the second year these partners have sent a Saskatchewan artist to this renowned international residency following that of 2015 resident artist Zachari Logan.
Judy Anderson is a Cree artist from Gordon First Nation and holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Regina. Anderson works in a variety of media, including painting, sound, installation, and beadwork, as well as various community engagement projects. As their residencies drew to a close, Anderson spoke with artist and Manitoba Arts Council-sponsored ISCP resident Kevin deForest, who is based in Brandon, about expectations, museum hopping, and the pleasures of reading on the subway.
How was your New York experience in terms of your expectations?
Judy Anderson: I knew there was going to be plenty of art to look at but I was blown away by the amount of art and being able to see art not generally shown at home.
Kevin deForest: I was often surprised at how helpful people could be in general. So the New York experience was not like being on a Seinfeld episode. I was also a bit shocked at how some artists and curators were like a parody or caricature of themselves when speaking about artwork in public forums.
What have you enjoyed the most at ISCP?
KD: Studio time. The staff is really engaged and concerned for the residents. Some really friendly, interesting artists and curators from Europe, Asia, and Canada who make it fun to be there.
JA: The day before Open Studio ISCP has a lunch for the artists in residence and the staff. Following lunch, all studio doors are open so that we can look at each other’s art. I absolutely loved this experience because the art is strong and varied and it affirms your own place within the art world.
MacKenzie Art Gallery Visits NYC and International Studio & Curatorial Program with Gallery Volunteers
May 25, 2015
Regina, SK – MacKenzie Art Gallery Executive Director and CEO Anthony Kiendl took six members of the MacKenzie Gallery Volunteers on a whirlwind tour of New York City over the Victoria Day weekend. The visit included stops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the Frieze Art Fair, and the newly re-opened Whitney Museum of American Art at its new location alongside the Highline in the Meatpacking District.
A highlight of the three-day tour was a visit to the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) located in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The group toured several studios in the 18,000 square foot building, including a visit with current Saskatchewan artist-in-residence Zachari Logan who is at the ISCP until June 30, 2015 as part of an exciting partnership between the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Creative Saskatchewan.
“This residency is a wonderful opportunity that will further Zachari’s artistic practice in an international context,” says Kiendl. “We’re very excited to be a part of that.”
Logan says working at the ISCP has given him the opportunity to take his work in new directions of form and materials as well as the chance to network with other international artists.
Artists Theo Sims and Zachari Logan discuss new directions, when a weed is just a weed, and other highlights from Zachari Logan’s ISCP residency in Brooklyn, NY.
Theo Sims: So you’ve been here for a month now Zachari. Can you tell me what’s been a real highlight or series of highlights for you in these first thirty days?
Zachari Logan: A couple of things come to mind. First of all it would be living in Brooklyn. I’ve spent a lot of time in New York in the past, but I’ve spent virtually no time in Brooklyn, other than maybe going to the Brooklyn Museum in Prospect Park. So, it’s been nice being around so many artists because they all live in Bushwick - where I live - and I’ve gone to a lot of openings, and met a lot of local Brooklyn artists too. There are lots of connections that way. That’s been fantastic.
Theo Sims: So, what are you going to be working on whilst you are here on your residency?
Zachari Logan: Well, I’ve started a couple of drawings that are moving in a slightly new direction - a continuance of other works but a reconfiguring of content.
SASKATCHEWAN TO SEND ARTIST ZACHARI LOGAN TO NEW YORK FOR INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCY
March 25, 2015
Regina, SK – Creative Saskatchewan and the MacKenzie Art Gallery are pleased to announce that Saskatoon artist Zachari Logan has been selected to participate in a funded three-month residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York, in the spring of 2015.
Currently residing in Regina, Zachari Logan is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s Master of Fine Arts program. Logan works primarily in drawing, ceramics, and installation practices, exploring the intersection between masculinity, identity, memory, and place. His work has been exhibited widely, in group and solo exhibitions throughout North America and Europe. Logan’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Line Gallery: Centre for Contemporary Canadian Drawing (North Bay, ON), the Leslie-Lohman Museum (New York City) and in many private collections worldwide.
About the MacKenzie Art Gallery
The MacKenzie Art Gallery is Saskatchewan’s oldest and largest public art gallery, offering a wide range of contemporary and historical art programs. The MacKenzie Art Gallery Vault is home to more than 4,500 works in the Permanent Collection by internationally renowned artists such as Picasso, Rodin, and Edvard Much, as well as an impressive Canadian collection with pieces by Greg Curnoe, Joyce Wieland, Dorothy Knowles, the Regina Five, Joe Fafard, Bob Boyer, and many others. The MacKenzie features world-class exhibitions and public programs, research, publications, and more. For more information, please visit www.mackenzieartgallery.ca
About Creative Saskatchewan
Creative Saskatchewan was established as a crown agency of the Government of Saskatchewan in July of 2013. The agency was created in recognition of the integral role creative industries play in a vibrant Saskatchewan. The agency’s mandate is to positively affect the gross domestic product of the Province of Saskatchewan. Creative Saskatchewan is a marketing agency, that clear direction guides the programs offered and the national and international marketing activities produced. For more information about Creative Saskatchewan, please visit www.creativesask.ca
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) is located in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the former factory of the Sackett & Wilhelms Lithography Company, an 18,000 square foot building constructed in 1901. The building has 35 studios for artists and curators, an exhibition gallery, and a project space. ISCP’s mission is to introduce New York audiences to exceptional international artistic practices, as well as to engage communities in Brooklyn and Greater New York City through public programs. Founded in 1994, ISCP has hosted over 1,900 artists and curators from more than 62 countries. Creative Saskatchewan and the MacKenzie will join other Canadian and international galleries and cultural centers that have sponsored artists to attend the ISCP. www.iscp-nyc.org
For a full Media Release of the Project Announcement and Artist Call, please click here.