FOLLY 2014: RESIDENCY & EXHIBITION FOR ARCHITECTS
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: FOLLY 2014
FOLLY 2014 JURY
ABOUT THE ARCHITECTURAL LEAGUE
Folly 2014 is also funded, in part, by the J. Clawson Mills Fund of The Architectural League and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by the generosity of: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Lambent Foundation, Mark di Suvero, Agnes Gund, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Thomas W. Smith Foundation, and Spacetime C.C.
Special thanks to the City of New York, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Peter F. Vallone Jr., and the Department of Parks & Recreation, Commissioner Veronica M. White.
We invite you to explore Socrates Sculpture Park’s digital archive, the newest edition to our organizational website. The archive currently spans 99 exhibitions and more than 900 artists who have exhibited at the Park since its founding. Our goal is to bring broader exposure to the ambitious and often ephemeral projects that have been produced at Socrates, and to encourage further exploration of this work.
The archive is a result of a three-year initiative to catalogue and transfer the Park’s early slides, snapshots, and transparencies into a digital format, so that they may be shared with public. The archive will grow with each new exhibition and we anticipate that it will become increasingly refined as our alumni artists have the opportunity to contribute their own documentation of their projects. From what has been collected to date, you can already see the extraordinary range of materials, subjects, and approaches taken by the artists throughout the Park’s 26-year history. What will also be apparent is the evolution of the surrounding neighborhood and landscape, and how the site lends inspiration, and a unique context, as a seasonally shifting and highly active, outdoor public venue.
Each artist and exhibition has a dedicated page, and the artists and their respective exhibitions are interwoven. The archive is sorted in three different ways for your viewing convenience. You can opt to view a complete list of artists or exhibitions by clicking through the links within the “Browse Artists” or “Browse Exhibitions” menu categories (to the left).
Under the “Explore” category, you can refine your search more specifically (by exhibition titles, year, type, etc….) and then sort your results chronologically or alphabetically. When viewing your list of results, the artist and exhibition pages are distinguished by the color of their borders; all exhibition pages will have a blue border and all artist pages will have an orange border. From there, you can view more details by selecting the individual artist and exhibition pages.
Funding for this archive was made possible through a technology grant from the Booth Ferris Foundation, and through contributions from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Agnes Gund, Jerome Foundation, Lambent Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York Community Trust.
This initiative is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and by public funds from the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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EAF14: ARTIST RESIDENCY & EXHIBITION
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2014 EMERGING ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS
1. APPLICATION FORM
Applicants must provide the following information 1) name; 2) date of birth; 3) place of birth; 4) mailing address; 5) telephone number; and 6) email address. You may also indicate your 8a) gender; and 8b) ethnicity, though this is optional. Please indicate 9) whether you previously submitted a proposal to Socrates Sculpture Park; and 10) whether you are currently based in New York City.
2. CURRENT RESUME AND REFERENCES
Resume should include information about your education; exhibition history; awards, grants, and residencies; and details of any published writings, reviews, or catalogues about your work. Please provide the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of two people who are familiar with your work.
3. IMAGE LIST
A numbered list that corresponds to each of the 10 submitted images. For each image, include the title, date, materials, and dimensions. A two-sentence description of each work is optional.
4. TEN (10) DIGITAL IMAGES (JPEG ONLY, 1MB MAX)
Images should reflect recent work, particularly work that relates to your proposal for Socrates Sculpture Park. These images are in addition to any images, renderings, etc. submitted in Section 5. DO NOT SUBMIT VIDEO OR AUDIO FILES. FILES MUST BE IN JPEG FORMAT AND LESS THAN 1MB
You may submit up to two specific proposals or versions of the same proposal with your application. A written description (no more than 900 words) is mandatory and should detail the work that you would like to produce and exhibit at Socrates Sculpture Park. This written description should focus on the following: 1) overall concept; 2) use of materials; 3) how proposed project is related to the site; 4) how proposed project fits into your artistic practice; and 5) how submitted images of past work relate to your proposal. The proposal should address plans for the reuse, recycling, and dispersal of all material used in the project. Drawings, plans, or renderings are optional, though strongly encouraged.
SUBMITTING YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
Once you have gathered the information described above, you are ready to begin uploading your application. Socrates Sculpture Park uses a free online platform called Wufoo, which you can access by clicking below.
This program is also funded, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by the generosity of: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Lambent Foundation, Mark di Suvero, Agnes Gund, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Thomas W. Smith Foundation, and Spacetime C.C.
Applications and Guidelines
The call for proposals for EAF13: 2013 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition will be announced in EARLY NOVEMBER 2012. We encourage you to check back for application information at that time.
Profile of an Emerging Artist
PROFILE OF AN EMERGING ARTIST
David McQueen builds things to help people recall their past.
By focusing on obsolete technology -- like windmills and lighthouses, whose architectural structures may have survived, but which no longer have a functional purpose -- he creates sculptures that remind us of, and at times mimic, a history that is long gone. Lighthouses have been replaced by GPS technology, and windmills by electricity. McQueen’s kinetic sculptures, often placed near waterways from the ocean to the East River, are meant to be meditative and transporting.
He describes his past work as “monumental” and “heroic,” so when McQueen was first awarded an Emerging Artist Fellowship his original concept was to construct a towering 30-foot lighthouse in the park. But then he visited Socrates and saw the 1872 Blackwell Island Lighthouse across the river on Roosevelt Island, another idea emerged. “It was a crystallizing moment,” he said recently while sitting in the open-air artist studios in the park. “We often trust large structures because they are big, and that they existence makes us trust them implicitly.” But a fallen lighthouse, which is how his project evolved, depicts a failed or collapsed scenario. To him, the seemingly broken structure represents the simultaneous past and future of the Blackwell Lighthouse, and its humility makes it an underdog. “You want to sympathize with it,” he said, “root for it.”
He assumed many would see the sadness in the object itself, and brought that anthropomorphic aspect to the next level. Through his fallen lighthouse, McQueen created a conduit for people to share their deepest thoughts and forgotten memories. His sculpture, titled One of us may have been sleeping, so I’ll tell you again tonight, comes with a phone number (718-473-9985) and invites text messages throughout the exhibition, which ends on March 31, 2014. McQueen encourages people to bring the past to light, quite literally: his sculpture translates the text messages into Morse Code and flashes them across the East River toward the Blackwell Lighthouse.
As part of the project, McQueen encourages people to “text anything left unsaid” to anyone, whether friends or family, current or past, or even to yourself. “After all the things you’ve learned, what would you say to your teenage self, if given the chance?” he asked. Many have already taken that chance. The “Socrates Beacon,” as he refers to it on Twitter, has already received about 250 messages that were broadcast across the river.
The messages received have ranged from serious to silly, and even angry. On October 16th, one texter lamented, "I wish I didn't push you away. I was so afraid of losing you, and in the end I did anyway." McQueen tweets the messages using his @socratesbeacon handle.
His use of technology to activate outdated machinery may seem ironic, but for McQueen it’s an effective strategy to allow “people to access the past.” He hopes that the strength of spreading the messages widely over social media will encourage others to communicate their own messages. The texts seem to come from a wide variety of audiences, and the senders are always anonymous.
Next up for David McQueen is an exhibition at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he will further develop his work on navigational structures, building a large-scale boat that recalls the surrounding Naval community. Till then, he said, he will focus on building smaller objects.
One of us may have been sleeping, so I’ll tell you again tonight is part of EAF13, a group show currently on view at Socrates Sculpture Park, through March 31, 2014.