Now in its fourth year, Wave Hill’s Winter Workspace Program transforms Glyndor Gallery into a space for artists to create new work and develop ongoing projects. Twelve artists, representing an array of artistic practices, will be in residence over two, six-week sessions, from early January until late March, 2013. Each of the two sessions include an Open Studio Sunday, and a series of artist-led workshops for visitors. At these events, artists engage with the public, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the creative process behind each studio art project and hands-on workshop. Artists are available for interviews upon request.
Session 1: January 2–February 11
Manuel Acevedo, a Bronx-based artist who works with light and animation, will examine how we look at language by creating an alphabet made up of photographs taken on Wave Hill’s grounds. Zachary Fabri’s work interrupts the viewer’s pattern of comprehension, spurring consideration of the systems of oppression inherent in both personal and community life. Asuka Hishiki will develop a series of paintings that focus on everyday vegetables and fruits as if they were exotic creatures, capturing every imperfection with the care and precision of a botanical illustrator. Maria Hupfield explores the relationship between body, objects and space. At Wave Hill, she will create a snowmobile suit made of industrial felt, including helmet, gloves and boots. Choreographer Paloma McGregor’s performances are journeys of exploration created through collaboration among artists, educators, academics and a diversity of communities. During the Winter Workspace, she will be developing her piece Building a Better Fish Trap.Linda Stillman focuses on time, memory and nature, working in a variety of media. While at Wave Hill, she will make drawings using flower and plant specimens, and will continue her Daily Paintings series, executing a small painting of the sky each day.
Session 2: February 13–March 25
Firelei Baez creates portraits in which costume, hair design and landscape become entangled and inscribed within the figure. While in residence, she will create characters that are influenced by the landscape of the garden. Tessa Grundon has been creating images of rivers using mud from the river banks and beeswax found in nearby hives. Here, she will concentrate on the Hudson River. Lina Puerta utilizes a wide variety of materials in her sculptural ecosystems that reference anatomical and botanical forms. At Wave Hill, she will study the structure and behavior of plants, with a focus on their life cycles. Naomi Reis’s work investigates fictitious architectural spaces that combine the severe style of modernist towers with topiaries, tropical flowers, vines and water lilies. She will continue to examine the tension between nature and architecture by making drawings in the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory. Bronx-based artist Onyedika Chuke is one of two recipients of Wave Hill’s 2013 Van Lier Visual Artist Fellowship. Born in Nigeria, the artist immigrated to New York City as a child. In recent work, Chuke has created site-specific installations that address the universal human condition. Francisco Donoso is also a 2013 Van Lier Fellow. Born in Ecuador and raised in Miami, he has lived in New York City since graduating from college. In his Winter Workspace studio he will create paintings and drawings that explore the figure in the landscape.