Oct 31, 2009


System:System Open Through November 1st
In the spirit of the current zeitgeist of homegrown art shows in unused real estate spaces (such as my show currently up in Brooklyn Heights ) there is an incredibly show up through November 1st in an abandoned convent in Greenpoint. The building itself is incredibly creepy, with strange odors, peeling paint, old linoleum, and bathrooms suitable for any horror movie. All 3 floors are filled with installations in the rooms. My friend Matt Schenning had a great installation investigating the futile powers of barriers in exhibition settings.

The show is 21 Monitor Street in Greenpoint.

Oct 28, 2009


One of my closest friends, Beth Ferraro, is hard at work in the DC photo and art scene where she works at Honfleur Gallery. If you're in the DC area, check out these events:

FOTOWEEK ANACOSTIA : special event November 6th : all other events November 7-14th

SPECIAL EVENT : November 6th @ 7:30pm
Silent Auction + Reception hosted by Senator Al and Franni Franken
For tickets 202-365-8392, includes light fare and drinks, only $25
Address: 2204 MLK Jr Ave SE
The fundrasier takes place next to the gallery at a converted warehouse space, 2204 Martin Luther King Jr Ave in Southeast Washington DC. Join us as the event kicks off at 7:30pm with light fare and drinks. It will be a great opportunity to purchase affordable photography during the Silent Auction with works generously donated by Owen Franken, Joshua Yospyn, Renee Woodward, Antoine Sanfuentes, Jared Ragland, Chandi Kelly and many other photographers. The proceeds from the event will help reinforce ARCH Development Cor The poration’s commitment to Anacostia, bringing fine arts and cultural programming to Anacostia through its two art spaces, The Honfleur Gallery and The Gallery at Vivid Solutions. Senator will be drawing his famous free-hand map of the US to be auctioned off during the event. Owen Franken will also be presenting a slide show during the evening, discussing his life’s work and images displayed. Tickets are only $25 and are available in advance by calling 202-365-8392 or email bferraro@archdc.org. (Preview of Owen Franken's A Photography Retrospective at The Gallery at Vivid Solutions is free and will open at 6:30pm.)

Five different exhibitions throughout the Historic Sector of Anacostia, East of the River. All the exhibits open Saturday November 7th @ 7pm and are in walking distance of each other. We are accessible by metro (green to Anacostia) and metro bus (90 to Anacostia). Please check the web sites for gallery hours and more directions. Honfleur Gallery 1241 Good Hope Road SE WDC 20020 Women Photojournalists of Washington : Launch WPOW’s mission is to connect and educate the public of the work of women photographers. The photographers featured in the juried exhibit are Astrid Riecken, Allison Shelley, Abby Greenawalt, Ashely Twiggs, Algerina Perna, Amanda Lucidon, Andrea Bruce, Carol Guzy, Gabriela Bulisova, Jamie Rose, Katie Falkenberg, Laura Elizabeth Pohl, Melina Mara, Sarah L. Voisin and Yanina Manolova. Launch is generously sponsored by Camera Bits.

A Contact Sheet : Honfleur's represented artists + local favorites Photographers include Darren Smith, Renee Woodward, John K. Lawson, Antoine Sanfuentes, Joshua Yospyn, Jean-Francois Bauret, Jean Francois Rauzier, Jean Noel L'Harmeroult, Cyril Anguelidis, Andrea Hope, Jared Ragland, Sherry Ways and Deborah Terry.

Alternative Arts Space 2200 2200 MLK Ave SE WDC 20020 BK Adams + Steven M. Cummings : I AM ART Steven Cummings, DC based photographer, collaborates with BK Adams, Anacostia based sculptor and painter presenting an experimental installation with interactive components.

The Gallery at Vivid Solutions 2208 MLK Ave SE WDC 20020 Owen Franken : A Photography Retrospective
The French have a word that aptly sums up Owen Franken's career: Imprévisible (unforeseeable). To many, unforeseeable might be a source of anxiety. To Franken, it's freedom. It is not surprising then that Franken enjoys an unusual profession for an MIT grad: Photojournalism. Franken's career has taken him to 103 countries, allowing him to taste the best (and sometimes the worst) of what the world has to offer and get paid for it. "I've always relished freedom and never worried about financial security," Franken says from his home in Paris, where he juggles his roles as a food and travel photographer, a father of two, a gourmet chef, and the older brother of Senator Al Franken. His photos have appeared on the covers and pages of Time, Newsweek, Forbes, BusinessWeek, the New York Times, and National Geographic, as well as Saveur, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Food and Wine,and Travel and Leisure. He has photographed presidents from Nixon to Clinton, covered wars and Woodstock, illustrated Chinese economic reform and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

ARCH Training Center 1231 Good Hope Road SE WDC 20020 Student Photography Exhibit : Eco-Action-Reaction Student photography show focusing on the importance of renewable energy resources, such as solar power, and exploring the environmental juxtaposition between man and nature. This exhibition is funded in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Oct 23, 2009

Finally, I get to Chelsea

Saw some good work in Chelsea this past week.
The big, beautiful pictures-lover in me loved these shows:

Amy Stein at Clamp Art - Amy's Domesticated series, employing both stuffed and real animals, plays with our skewed relationship with the natural world in a lyrical and effective way.

© Amy Stein

Justine Kurland at Mitchell-Innes & Nash:
Justine's photos taken alongside a drive across the country to the west are romantic, ethereal, and a throwback to the current early 20th century - zeitgeist currently taking over our city.

© Justine Kurland

Ed Burtynsky at Hasted Hunt Kreutner
Burtynsky uses large format to perfect effect, capturing crystalline reflections in big, oily puddles.

© Edward Burtynsky

Simen Johan at Yossi Milo:
A lot of people around me are 'over' big pictures, like little, cute, badly done pictures as a refreshing alternative. I'm not on that over-big-stuff bandwagon; I like art to surround me, to allow me to lose myself in this other thing or place. Such was my feeling with Johan's show at Yossi Milo, gigantic, fantastical animal pictures covering entire gallery walls. I fell in love with his Bison; the creature mythical, mysterious, and huge, it alluded to our primordial and unknown past on this planet.

© Simen Johan

at Claire Oliver, Beth Cavener Stichter's ceramic huge, eroticized animals were disturbing, beautiful, and provocative:

© Beth Cavener Stichter

And finally, Jaume Plensa's In the Midst of Dreams at Gallery Lelong was spectacular. In the main gallery, giant, luminous fiberglass white heads rose out of a sea of rocks. The other sculptures consisted of slightly warped heads that had been then carved out of white alabaster. The faces appeared somewhat distorted, ghostly, and dreamlike, as if trying to remember a passing glimmer in a vision.

© Jaume Plensa

Cell phone pics

I Want This


I definitely have already fired myself as the writer of this blog---in fact, I had to ask my graduate school sister to start giving me assignments so I"m more on top of it.
It's been a busy few months, with lots of openings and writing-of-grant-applications.
In a nutshell:
-applied for grants from the Graham Foundation for Architectural Research, the Guggenheim Foundation, NYFA, and several others. My fingers are crossed for all of these, as grants are the only way I can possibly continue my world's fair project at a pace that is faster than that of a dead snail.
-sold two prints, of my newest variation on the 1893 Chicago site at night (as seen below)
-had openings at the BOFFO show in Brooklyn Heights and Dutch Kills Gallery in Long Island City, where I was the October guest artist
-made it to the semi-finalists of the Photolucida Critical Mass competition
-set up a solo show at the South Oxford Artspace in Ft. Green, Brooklyn for March
-and, have been always, always, making new work

© 2009 Jade Doskow

KNOXVILLE world's fair

I recently---few weeks ago---traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, to photograph the Sunsphere from the 1982 world's fair. It somewhat resembles a giant golden disco ball. I had fun with the shoot, making a picture I can only describe as 'escher-esque.' Will post the new pictures once it's scanned.


YOU ARE INVITED! Brooklyn Studio Tours presents "ARToberfest 2009" - Artist Open Studio Tour in Red Hook & Carroll Gardens | Brooklyn, NY.

Come out this Saturday, October 24 from 11AM - 6PM to a walking tour that includes a viewing of art in each artist's studio, live entertainment, garden tours, pre and post parties and a couple of gallery visits!

This is a great way to view a multitude of art from different mediums (we have photography, sculptures, painting, woodwork,clay works, glass works and much more!).

Go to www.brooklynstudiotour.com for more details and to download your walking tour map!

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