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October 2, 2009

Discourse and Practice:
Aporias of Perfection
“No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.” (John Ruskin)

This panel attempts to examine the idea of ‘perfection’ as it is embraced or rejected in the practice of contemporary artists. The topic is related to technical skill and craft versus a deliberate renunciation of these. The artwork as a contained entity with a distinguishable form has been questioned since the inception of Modernism when impressionists were accused to paint merely in stains.

Conceptual art’s progression towards a “dematerialization” of the object has offered the leverage to deepen the cleavage between artistic approaches that pursue a labor oriented mode of production and others that use a minimal effort in the creation of the object. In fact, this panel is centered at a notion of perfection that aims at the enchantment of form and material, while simultaneously acknowledging the limits that are implicit in the processes of rendering an idea or applying a technique.

The failure or plain impossibility of either an artistic or philosophical endeavour to get closer to the idea itself in both visual and spiritual terms is alluded to by the term “aporia” in the title for the panel. In order to provide a creative opposition of terms, the moderation is based on the contrast of “perfection” and “deskilling”, or, drawing on more musical terms, “pop” and “punk.”

The polemic presupposition for the panels discussion is a presumed development in artistic practice away from completion or ostensibly accomplished practice to more interventionist strategies and esoteric presences, thus allowing for the aesthetics of a 'New Poor,' a new form of arte povera, to develop, independent of the current recession.

In yet another set of a binary opposition, this panel seeks to find out when or where the actual turn happened from where attitudes become form (Harald Szeemann, 1969) to where forms become attitudes (Massimiliano Gioni, 2009).


Christian de Vietri sculpture
Christian de Vietri

Moderator: Lukas Baden, GER, Curator, Ferenbal Gurbruestation
Participants: Darren Bader, NYC based Artist, Writer, Curator
Glen Baldridge, NYC based Printmaker and Artist
Christian Ertel, GER, Artist
Christian de Vietri, AU, Artist
Shana Moulton, NYC based Artist
Organizer: Peter Duhon, Director of Programming, ATOA, and Director of Art Comments





October 9, 2009

Past Dreams and Future Visions:
The South Bronx art scene in the 21st Century

Construction site, The South Bronx, courtesy of Barry KostrinskyConstruction site, The South Bronx, courtesy of Barry Kostrinsky
Images of construction in the South Bronx courtesy of
Barry Kostrinsky

The Bronx art scene has emerged, submerged and changed many times over the last 30 years. Each time it has been a model for coordinated community artistic efforts ripe with great art, beauty and expression and not surprisingly coupled with the infighting and rivalries associated with any family. Past dreams and future visions exemplified by select consortium of artists, alongside with what makes an art scene grow, coalesce, dissolve and survive. An effort will be made to reveal the general aesthetic trends that have come from this often forgotten Borough of New York. The Moderator, Barry Kostrinsky, is Founder of Haven Arts, a Municipal Arts Society's recipient of a certificate of merit in 2006. Barry is an artist, curator, collector and supporter of the South Bronx arts scene.

Moderator: Barry Kostrinsky, Founder of Haven Arts, artist, curator, collector
Participants: Joe Lewis, Dean of Alfred University's School of Art and Design
John Ahearm, artist
Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, artist, curator
Tim Rollins, Professor at SVA
Holly Block, Director of Bronx Museum
Organizer: Barry Kostrinsky, Founder of Haven Arts, artist, curator, collector
The South Bronx, courtesy of Barry Kostrinsky
The South Bronx





October 30, 2009

Theory and Practice:
Encaustic Painting Today


This panel consists of encaustic artists and people involved in the world of encaustic art, who will explore the growing popularity of encaustic painting over the last 15-20 years, and address the question of what in the climate of the arts and the times, has revived the use of this ancient medium amongst contemporary artists, when for so long it was used only occasionally, at best.


"Plantae #3", encaustic on panel, 15" x 15"
Ellen Koment
Moderator: Ellen Koment, artist
Participants: Richard Frumess, artist, founder and President of R&F Handmade Paints
Nancy Azara, encaustic sculptor, and author
Michael David, artist
Joan Giordano, artist
Organizer: Ellen Koment, artist



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