It was great to see you at my Bushwick Show – Invented Mythologies ! And Thank you for braving the heat in Bushwick, some of you coming from upstate or Manhattan, which is just as far:)
I got a fresh point of view and heard your comments about the work and your honest opinions. I was amazed at the insights some of you had about what you thought was a successful piece and what you thought was the best part of a successful piece. And what you thought didn’t work. Artists sometimes like to say they do the work for themselves. The truth is we are part of a soup, physiologically and cognitively, we constantly shed cells and replenish with new ones, we are constantly engaged in the world mentally.. so unless we a are a Robinson Crusoe – we are an amalgamation, and so is our work.. to some degree.
…all at Postcards From The Edge – A Benefit for Visual AIDS. January 25-27, 2013 @ Sikkema Jenkins & Co – 530 West 22nd Street, NYC.
The 15th Annual POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
Featuring artworks byMirenaRhee, Ann Hamilton, Donald Baechler, Kara Walker, Dana Schutz, Bjarne Melgaard, Marilyn Minter, Burt Barr, Kiki Smith, Ed Rusha, John Baldessari, Louise Fishman, Arturo Herrera, Ida Applebroog, Ross Bleckner, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Katherine Bernhardt, Nayland Blake, L.J. Roberts, Marcel Dzama, Catherine Opie, Tony Feher, Mary Heilmann, Jim Hodges, Julie Mehretu, Jeff Koons, Robert Longo, Moyra Davey, Bill Viola, Jane Hammond, Lawrence Weiner, Kay Rosen, Jack Pierson, Louise Lawler, John Waters.
The intent of Figment Dress was to create a visual response to Mark di Suvero sculptures, the wearable aspect of my projects actually stems from my many-years involvement with computer generated artwork. Working commercially for blockbuster franchises like Star Wars made me want to create painting and sculpture experiences where the whole body operates simultaneously as a surface, as a creative vehicle and a final product. Where the body is literally in touch with the process, with the materials and the product creators; where the final piece is spontaneously created on the spot with very low likelihood that the same object (in this case “dress”) will ever be produced again.
When I first conceived the piece I had no idea how it was going to come out formally. I wanted it to be relevant to the vision of Figment, grounded in “forms follows function” principle and also reflective of the location – Governors Island right across Manhattan in New York. Mark di Suvero sculptures dominated the landscape and provided me with the relevant geometric fulcrum.
I will be creating a Figment Dress performance for Figment Festival. It will be free, collaborative and wearable, a figment of our own imagination.
Be careful: No Weapons , No Alcohol, No Pets
June 9-10, 2012
Governors Island, NYC
FIGMENT is an explosion of creative energy. It’s a free, annual celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible. For one weekend each summer, it transforms Governors Island into a large-scale collaborative artwork – and then it’s gone.
Saturday, June 9 — 10AM – 6PM
Sunday, June 10 — 10AM – 6PM
XQUISITE CORPSE showed up in Central Park on Easter Sunday.. to color some grass. We decided to do XQUISITE the day before and next day we setup the XQUISITE SHODO which turned into a true collaborative effort in the spirit of XQUISITE CORPSE.
As time went on and with input from passers by ( Thank you, Harriet from London! ) the true colors of XQUISITE SHODO painting showed up and it turned into an XQUISITE Kimono!
XQUISITE CORPSE Open Studio ( and party )
Saturday, March 10, 12-6 pm and party 6-11 pm
526 West 26th street, studio 723, New York, NY 10001
A Collaborative art project.. with a twist.
Please be cautious,
this will not be a usual art party,
you may need to wear art on your sleeve.
The XQUISITE CORPSE will drink the new wine and art will be made by all and not by one!
Paint, painting surfaces and booze will be FREE, make sure to wear comfortable clothes, if anything.
This piece was inspired by a climbing wall I saw in Brooklyn. A climbing wall is usually littered with tiny boulders of various shapes and sizes and your climbing path is marked and color-coded with tape. Say, black tape with a stripe designates a VO, a beginner’s path, a dark red could be a V6, a path for only experienced climbers. I thought the climbing wall was a good metaphor for life, with the tape off.
Picasso once said “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child”. I’d say it will take a few lifetimes to earn the ability to see like a child. As a child you always see things as they are, rarely blinded by purpose or meaning. Once you grow up you stop being fascinated by the obvious thingness of all things, the simple facts of movement and color which are astonishing by themselves but too obvious.
Life existed for 3.5 million years without the ability to see. So the thinking among
scientists is that life didn’t need the ability to see in order to exist. Seeing is the
longing of life to understand and to reflect on itself.
Life existed for 3.5 million years without the ability to see. So the thinking among scientists is that life didn’t need the ability to see in order to exist. I am hoping it will take me a bit less than that to learn how to see.
I would like to invite you to my Pen and Ink Drawings Open studio as part of High Line Open Studios Chelsea 2011 – Oct 14-16, 526 West 26th street, suite 723, Fri, Sat and Sun 12-6 pm. I will be participating with new pen and ink drawings.
Preview exhibition and opening reception party will be held at 551 West 21st Street, ground floor, the corner of West 21st Street and 11the Ave.
The Preview Exhibition will be open to the public for the weekend event, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 14 – 16, 2011, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
My biggest thanks to Painter and true Londoner Ian Mack with whom I will be sharing the Open Studio space this year. Please, support his work: http://www.ianmackstudios.com/
To my patrons and all art lovers visiting Open Studios – Thank you for the inspiration and provocation. The planing of future work will be in part based on feedback I received from you. This is going to be in a way a continuation of our conversation. Thank you for your patronage.
I would like to invite you to Pen and Ink Drawings Open studio as part of High Line Open Studios Chelsea 2010 – Oct 15-17, 526 West 26th street, suite 303, Fri 6-9 pm, Sat and Sun 12-6 pm. I will be participating with new pen and ink drawings.
There is going to be an accompanying Exhibition Opening Party for All High Line artists, which will be held at 508 West 26th street, suite 5G, Thurs, Oct 14, 2010 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will remain open Oct 15-17, 2010, Fri, Sat and Sun from 12 to 6 p.m.
I would be happy to see you if you can make any of the days/events. Please, feel free to forward around. There are many other artists participating in the event, all within a few blocks around West 26th street in Chelsea. If you can’t make my studio perhaps you can visit theirs: http://www.highlineopenstudios.org/artists.html
Thank you for your support!
Mirena Rhee is an artist based in New York city. Mirena does pen and ink drawings, paintings, installations and performance art work