Ground Arts Featured Curators Series: Celebrating curators thinking outside the box.
Anthony Caradonna of OPUS Project Space
526 W26th St, #705, New York, NY 10001
The distinguishing aspect of our new curatorial program at OPUS Projects is the focus on the intersection and merging of different disciplines across the art and design fields. My interest to expand into this curatorial initiative stems as far back as my childhood and adolescent aspirations to become a painter and film maker. My longstanding interdisciplinary approach at Pratt, as student, and then, as an architect, designer and educator influenced me, just recently, to turn a part of my Chelsea design studio into an event, exhibition and installation space.
I have pursued a lifelong, passionate commitment to multidisciplinary architectural design practice and design education and administration for twenty five years. As chair and professor at the Pratt undergraduate architecture program, I have been privileged and honored to work with literally hundreds of extremely talented, unique and innovative students, faculty and colleagues from multiple disciplines including interior design, industrial design, fine arts, film and photography. The accumulated experiences, collaborative course work and collaborative projects deeply inform my interdisciplinary approach as an art and design educator, and as a mentor and supporter of students and fellow faculty and designers. The OPUS Project Space is an organic outgrowth of this experience and passion for the art and design milieu. I directly informs the curatorial model that develops projects and collaborative proposals for spanning and exploiting the space between art and design, as well as, giving artists and designers a place to learn and grow through overlap. Design will definitely be a focus at OPUS for artists and patrons who understand the power of its role in art and our contemporary culture and incorporated art in design and vice versa.
The curatorial mission of OPUS Interdisciplinary Projects space is to exhibit projects by emerging contemporary artists and designers exploring the spectrum that spans the fields of art, design, text, information and science. I plan to host exhibitions, interdisciplinary events, collaborative projects, and works created by artists, designers, authors and musicians – on site in real time. I hope to support emerging artists at different levels of experience, maturity, career paths and backgrounds whose explorations expand our world view, enhance our vision and improve our understanding.
This inclusive, evolving and somewhat organic strategy is intended to support, celebrate and promote the development and exploration of ideas, open discourse and exchange, interaction and collaboration between individuals, agencies and institutions, promote inquiry and innovation and, serial, spatial, temporal, material and technical experimentation.
The type and range of art work exhibited this fall consist of works on paper that link art, design and science by mixing state of the art technology and traditional techniques of production. In 2013, interactive collaborative and site installations and performances, instrument driven drawing constructions and machines and collaborative drawings and documentation of client/artist performances are planned. Integrating and critiquing design, architectural, landscape and urban issues and themes are central to these projects and artists. The small studio space that supports architecture, design and opera companies, just behind the gallery wall, brings other potential opportunities for future partnerships which will include music and industrial design. The gallery and studio will create self support and sustainable funding through both for profit and non profit initiatives. Balancing the supported research model with art and commerce market strategies is a goal.
Mark C. Parsons print series on display in the OPUS Project Space is exemplary of this approach. As a sculptor, his strategic choice to incorporate advanced laser technology and collaborative harvesting of other designer’s digital files into a series of printing plates, illustrates the kind of new avenues for exploring latent potentials for artistic practices and production based in this overlap and cross over between art, design and science. Mark’s work as a sculptor provides license for both employing unexpected tools and materials and enlisting participation of groups of collaborators from a wide range of communities and backgrounds to produce the work. His work opens and liberates the practice and definition of art and sculpture and its impact on the communities and environments it interacts with.
Contemporary Archaeology, at OPUS Projects, 526 West 26th Street #705, September 13 – October 27, 2012. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday, 12-6pm, and by appointment.