Muse Fuse (February)
Austrian artist Monika Wuhrer, founder of Brooklyn experimental community art space, Open Source, joins us to discuss her critical yet playful approach to challenging art world conventions and creating unique interactive projects making art part of daily life.
OPEN SOURCE is a not-for-profit organization founded by Monika Wuhrer and Gary Baldwin in 2008 as a participant driven art initiative. Inspired by the open source initiative and the ease of interactivity on the web, they share a transparent agenda. Open Source offers creatives, their families and neighbors access to a project space, a creative community, and regular opportunities to make art part of their daily live—like the soup kitchen project which invited a different artist to cook a one-pot meal for the public each night in December and the soap box derby camp, a workshop, where kids build amazing box cars out of materials they find in the trash. Open Source welcomes input and contributions focused on offering challenging commentary via the process of art making.
Monika Wuhrer integrates her ideas and projects in the gallery’s programming. “I develop work as a reaction- critical yet playful- to my environment. I am interested in making art a hyper-vivid expression of daily life, and challenging art world conventions by playing with its clichés.”
Monika is from Austria, and after studying in Milan, Italy, returned to her native country where she completed her Masters of the Arts in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. She now lives and works in Brooklyn.
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