Announcing a World Wide Artist Search!

by the-biennial-project 4. September 2013 16:39

 

Announcing A World Wide Search for


THE NEW FACE of Star of Venice


the first fragrance developed

specifically for the visual artist.

The acclaimed design team responsible for Star of Venice is proud to announce an exciting new campaign that could make you a star!

We are launching a search for the new face of Star of Venice - the fragrance as unique as you are.

Our team of judges will pore over photos from artists all over the world to select a winner or winners who best embody the Star of Venice essence.

Star of Venice is not about looking like a model (although that's never a bad thing) - it's about being fabulous and knowing it, about owning your own fabulosity.

So throw your name in the hat, because the winner(s) will enjoy these spectacular prizes:

-A fashion shoot with internationally famous fashion photographer Eric Hess.

-A makeover by Star of Venice lead designer and makeup-artist-to-the-stars Samantha Marder.

-A fashion spread in Biennial Project Style magazine and blog.

-The opportunity to have your photo splashed across the globe as part of the Star of Venice 2014 Advertising Extravaganza.

Just send us pics of yourself of your most enchanting self!

And if you want us to snap your entry pic, come on down to the campaign's formal kick off - a glittering gala in Boston's hippest gallery, and one of our talented team of photographers
will be happy to oblige!

Star of Venice Glittering Gala at Space 213


450 Harrison Ave.

(in Boston's trendy SOWA art district)

Friday Sept. 6th 7-9PM


We will also be available at Space 213 to take entry pics for two hours during South End Open Studios - on Saturday September 21st from 2-4pm.

You know you're fabulous, now show the world!

Contest deadline November 2nd (Day of the Dead), 2013. All decisions of the Judges are final. Probably.

The Biennial Project

 

 

 

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Who got into the ArtVenice Biennale 2013?

by the-biennial-project 1. July 2013 15:54

WOWZA!!!

Not even we eternally optimistic folk here at Biennial Project Productions could have anticipated the quality and quantity of work that would be submitted for the 2013 ArtVenice Biennale.

Over eight hundred entries POURED in from around the world.

Work came from a a multitude of exotic foreign lands - France, Great Britain, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Finland, Detroit, Jamaica, Canada, Mexico, The Netherlands, Texas, Australia...and on and on.

The quality of the submitted work was extraordinarily high.

It was wonderful to see so much impressive work, and our only regret is that we can't show you more of it.

Our webmaster however insisted that we draw the line somewhere - so here it is - the Best Darned Little Art Show in Venice, and on the World Wide Web.

(We also picked two GRAND PRIZE WINNERS, who will later this summer will each have their own blog entry!)

ArtVenice Biennale 2013

ArtVenice Biennale 2013 Video Art

The Opening Reception June 2nd (in which all the work was displayed all night long via video projection) was held during the Opening Week of the 2013 Venice Biennale!

The reception was extremely well-attended by lots of Art World Glitterati and Other Fun Folks (US!)!

Look for our next blog entry in which we’ll give you all the cool details on the party. But for now we just wanted to focus on the amazing ART.

Enjoy it all, check out and tell your friends to check it out too!

And for those of you for whom clicking on our link is more intimacy than you are comfortable with – here’s a sampling of some of the amazing work:

 

 

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Marlene Sarroff

 

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Matthew Keller

 

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Asta Q Lee

 

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John Kennard

 

AmoreB1_600

B. Amore

 

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Laura Facey

JoanRYAN#2-600

joan ryan

 

Richard-Fomo#1-600

Richard Fomo

 

Katia#1-600

Katja Tukiainen

 

MacLelland#2-600

Keith MacLelland

 

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Nancy Robb Dunst

 

Yvonne-Petkus#1-600

Yvonne Petkus

 

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Michael St. Germain

 

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Sydney Phillips Hardin

 

Nazzaro#2-600

Nick Nazzaro

 

Mitchel-Ahern#1-600

Mitchel Ahern

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Bonnie Woods

 

CORNEL-GINGERASU#2-600

Cornel Gingarasu

 

Rick-and-Laura-Brown#2-600

Rick and Laura Brown

 

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Clint Imboden

 

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Valerie Patterson

 

Tyree-Guyton#3-600

Tyree Guyton

 

Pretty cool, huh?

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Let us now praise famous artists by Anna Salmeron and Bo Petran

by the-biennial-project 18. June 2013 15:49

 

OMG, Venice, where to start?

Where exactly to start to tell this mind-fuck of a tale?

The Fabulous Villa, overflowing with ever-so-talented and as-of-yet unindicted co-conspirators?

The City, well not exactly a city so much as the world’s largest convention center, but oh what a god-damned jaw-dropping convention center after all?

The Convention Itself (that’s the 55th Venice Biennale, thank you Sir) – a head-spinning and entirely overwhelming conglomeration of all that goes by the name of ART?

The Parties Out There – who knew it was even possible to get tired of champagne?

The Parties At Home – rooftop dancing till the sun came up (and in retrospect perhaps a tad more nudity than was entirely necessary - goodbye, Security Deposit, we hardly knew ye)?

The Famous People – rubbing elbows (AND MORE!) with artists who were actually invited to this thing

(Not that we would ever kiss and tell, but well, if we were to, we would have to mention that at least two Artists Representing Their Countries had, uh, breakfast at our Fabulous Villa. (The Biennial Project Venice Work Group takes their practice seriously!)

Well, Us, being Us, we’ll start with some of The Famous People that we met.

But don’t worry, it’s a long lazy summer up here in New England, and before it’s over, we’ll have gotten to everything!

US with Art Forum Writer Linda Yablonsky, plus Bahamas Pavilion Curator Stamatina Gregory, and Bahamas Artist Tavares Strachan!

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US with Russian Artist Vadim Zakhaov!

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US with Kosovo Artist Petrit Halilaj!

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US with Hungarian Artist Zsolt Asztalos!

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US with Zimbabwe Artist Portia Zvavahera!

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US with Finland Artists Terike Haapoja AND Antti Laitinen.

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US with Turkey Artist Omer Ali Kazma!

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US with Indonesia Artist Albert Yonathan Setyawan!

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US with Latvian Artist Kaspars Podnieks!

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US with Czech Artist Zbynek Baladran!

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US with Palestinian Artist Bashir Makhoul!

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US with Uruguay Artist Wilfredo Diaz Valdez – we LOVE this guy AND his family!

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OK, we’re fairly certain you get the idea – WE met lots of Famous Folks.

And we’re just positive that knowing Famous Arty Folks will eventually pay dividends in our campaign to achieve the fame for ourselves that we so deeply deserve.

To paraphrase our hero Tony Montana, “we want our fucking artistic rights NOW!”

(FYI – there are a few deck of our amazing Limited Edition Venice Biennale 2013 Artist Trading Cards still to be had. To order yours: click here)

Ciao bella, for now darling, but we’ll be back soon.

Next up, The Best Party in Venice (OURS of course).

 

 

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Let us now praise famous (mostly) men

by the-biennial-project 15. June 2013 12:04

 

OMG, Venice, where to start?

Where exactly to start to tell this mind-fuck of a tale?

The Fabulous Villa, overflowing with ever-so-talented and as-of-yet unindicted co-conspirators?

The City, well not exactly a city so much as the world’s largest convention center, but oh what a god-damned jaw-dropping convention center after all?

The Convention Itself (that’s the 55th Venice Biennale, thank you Sir) – a head-spinning and entirely overwhelming conglomeration of all that goes by the name of ART?

The Parties Out There – who knew it was even possible to get tired of champagne?

The Parties At Home – rooftop dancing till the sun came up (and in retrospect perhaps a tad more nudity than was entirely necessary - goodbye, Security Deposit, we hardly knew ye)?

The Famous People – rubbing elbows (AND MORE!) with artists who were actually invited to this thing

(Not that we would ever kiss and tell, but well, if we were to, we would have to mention that at least two Artists Representing Their Countries had, uh, breakfast at our Fabulous Villa. (The Biennial Project Venice Work Group takes their practice seriously!)

Well, Us, being Us, we’ll start with some of The Famous People that we met.

But don’t worry, it’s a long lazy summer up here in New England, and before it’s over, we’ll have gotten to everything!

US with Art Forum Writer Linda Yablonsky, plus Bahamas Pavilion Curator Stamatina Gregory, and Bahamas Artist Tavares Strachan!

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US with Russian Artist Vadim Zakhaov!

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US with Kosovo Artist Petrit Halilaj!

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US with Hungarian Artist Zsolt Asztalos!

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US with Zimbabwe Artist Portia Zvavahera!

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US with Finland Artists Terike Haapoja AND Antti Laitinen.

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US with Turkey Artist Omer Ali Kazma!

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US with Indonesia Artist Albert Yonathan Setyawan!

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US with Latvian Artist Kaspars Podnieks!

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US with Czech Artist Zbynek Baladran!

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US with Palestinian Artist Bashir Makhoul!

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US with Uruguay Artist Wilfredo Diaz Valdez – we LOVE this guy AND his family!

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OK, we’re fairly certain you get the idea – WE met lots of Famous Folks.

And we’re just positive that knowing Famous Arty Folks will eventually pay dividends in our campaign to achieve the fame for ourselves that we so deeply deserve.

To paraphrase our hero Tony Montana, “we want our fucking artistic rights NOW!”

(FYI – there are a few deck of our amazing Limited Edition Venice Biennale 2013 Artist Trading Cards still to be had. To order yours: click here)

Ciao bella, for now darling, but we’ll be back soon.

Next up, The Best Party in Venice (OURS of course).

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2013 Limited Edition Venice Biennale Artists Trading Cards are here! By Eric Hess, Anna Salmeron, and Bo Petran

by the-biennial-project 17. May 2013 08:37

They’re here!

The Biennial Project 2013 Limited Edition Venice Biennale Artist Trading Cards!

Unique and beautiful laminated cards bearing photos and background on 54 artists chosen to represent their countries at the 55th Venice Biennale.

You know you don’t have time to research so many artists all on your own, so take advantage of us having already done the work.

Get immediate access to all kinds of fascinating info on this year’s artists and their backgrounds and processes.

Every time you visit a Pavilion, pull out your deck of cards to find out more fun stuff about the artist who created the work in front of you. 

The cards are the size of real playing cards and are enclosed in a neat plastic case – making it super easy to carry them around in your pocket for easy access.

And what’s cooler than recognizing an internationally renowned artist when they’re sitting next to you on a water taxi or at dinner?

Make a game of it – see how many artists you can see during your time in Venice, and get them to autograph your cards for the memento of a lifetime.

These cards are guaranteed to make your Venice Biennale trip more fun and fruitful.

The MUST HAVE accessory for anyone going to the 2013 Venice Biennale!

There are only 100 of these sets in existence, and when they are gone, that’s it.

Get yours now, at a pre-opening price of $25 plus shipping.

Once we take off for Venice next week, the price goes up dramatically - so take advantage of this special limited-time offer available to our faithful fans.

GET YOURS NOW

Here’s a sneak peak of a few of  these super cool cards:

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ArtVenice Biennale 2013 Application Deadline Extended to May 5th!

by the-biennial-project 1. May 2013 16:03

 

Hey there, artists of the world - here’s a sneak peak at some more of the TOTALLY SICK work that has been submitted to The 2013 ArtVenice Biennale!

And yes, in response to the many requests from the time-challenged amongst you – we are extending the application deadline to this Sunday May 5th at midnight. But we warn you – not a second more!

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Marlene Siff, Shifting Balance,  Acrylic on Linen, CONNECTICUT

 

 

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Nick Nazzaro, Bong Bombs, Digital Print – BOSTON

 

 

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Laura Facey, Body and Blood of Christ, Styrofoam, imitation gold leaf, silk roses – JAMAICA

 

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Nancy Robb Dunst, Pink Slip!,  Fiber Installation – ARIZONA

 

 

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Nevena Petra Pilizota, Dance, Mixed media - CROATIA

 

 

 

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Gary Duehr, Llama, Photo – BOSTON

 

 

Jessica Burke, Christian as the Boy Wonder of Gotham City, Graphite, GEORGIA

 

 

HardinS1_MrGoodbar

Sydney Hardin, Inflatable Love Doll Looking for Mr. Goodbar (After Mel Ramos), latex enamel on canvas – BOSTON

 

 

GingarasuC2_TimeMaster

CORNEL GINGARASU, Patetica, photography – ROMANIA

 

 

ParkerJ2_VenusInVeniceII

Jessie Parker, Venus In Venice III, digital painting on canvas, CANADA

 

 

KazemiF3_Reliance

Freya Kazemi, Reliance, Mixed media – CANADA

 

 

WojakA1_songline_tkane

Aña Wojak, songline (tkane), performance   - AUSTRALIA

 

 

PetkusY4_Shipwreck

Yvonne Petkus, Shipwreck, oil on board – KENTUCKY

 

 

 

 

2013 ArtVenice Application Form

 

ART RULES!

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ArtVenice Biennale 2013 Early Entry Sampler

by the-biennial-project 14. April 2013 08:48

Hey artists of the world, if you haven’t entered the 2013 ArtVenice Biennale yet – shame on you!

What are you waiting for?

Unlike most of the exhibition opportunities out there, this one is actually organized by ARTISTS – i.e. people who totally comprehend that you put your goddamned heart and soul into your work – and we will work our tails off to promote it as widely as possible.

In that spirit, here is a small sampling of some of the excellent work submitted so far……

(And if you haven’t submitted, get your act together- the deadline is May 1st!)

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Rob Festa, in style, dye infused aluminum print, MASSACHUSETTS

 

Elena Buftea, neutrino -particula fantasma, acrylic +collage on canvas, ROMANIA

 

LemayC3_PoliticalPageant

Charlie Lemay, American Political Pageant, Digital Photo Collage, NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

 ImbodenC1_colors_of_war_gernade_red

Clint Imboden, grenade #1 red, cast polyester resin, CALIFORNIA

 

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Camila Santin, immeasurable, photograph, CHILE

 

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Vanessa Thompson, where r you, photograph, MASSACHUSETTS

 

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Paul Valadez, lessons in scorn, pencil and ink on paper – TEXAS

 

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Peter Bullock Evil Men Are Sexy, collage (antique postage stamps) and acrylic – ILLINOIS

 

Orbot107_ShimPlateau

Erick Montgomery, Orbot107_ShimmeringPlateau, digital film still, RHODE ISLAND

 

ENTER THE 2013 ARTVENICE BIENNALE

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Star of Venice to Rise over the 2013 Venice Biennale

by the-biennial-project 6. April 2013 15:54

 

Stylish and au courant, with just a soupcon of irreverence, that’s Star of Venice, the intoxicating new fragrance of The Biennial Project.

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A talented Design Team of Leading Olfactory Experts led by the Renowned Perfumier Samantha Marder traveled the globe in search of the perfect ingredients for this unparalleled fragrance. 

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No expense or endangered species was spared in their effort to bring forward the planet’s most dazzling aroma  - the first fragrance designed specifically for the visual artist.

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This feat of Pure Art Alchemy will make the wearer instantly irresistible to everyone of significance in the art world.

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From curators and critics….

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to collectors and patrons,

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this seductive aroma will open the doors to success and fame that most artists can only dream of.

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No more toiling in poverty and anonymity, or experiencing your family’s palpable disappointment in your life,

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Star of Venice is your ticket to the big time.

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Star of Venice – for those who are ready to take the next step.

 

Star of Venice Caviar & Champagne

European Launch Party

by invitation only

June 2nd 2013

Palazzo degli Angeli,

Venice, Italy

In conjunction with

the Opening Week

of the 2013 Venice Biennale

 

(A limited number of advance orders for Star of Venice

will be taken during this Launch Event.)

 

 

 

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“Just don’t be a Dickhead” Boston Policeman explaining the rules of The Irish Day Parade in Southie

by the-biennial-project 21. March 2013 04:51

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The Biennial Project had always heard about the cheerful confluence of outright racism, homophobia and xenophobia that takes place at Boston’s Annual drunken Irish soiree known as ‘The Southie St. Patrick’s Day Parade’. Needless to say we stayed away for many a moon. This year, upon hearing about an alternative, inclusive march called The Peace Parade, The Biennial Project decided it was our duty as citizens of the great City of Boston to show up. The only way to change opinion on race and gender is through exposure.

“We’re here we’re queer, we’re fabulous don’t fuck with us!”

 On top of the activism, honestly, we went because we love love love a big party.

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Well, from what we witnessed, we were totally wrong about the attitude of the main event. Though the crowd was predominately white and Irish (it is their day) there were many ethnicities guzzling Vodka out of water bottles along side the pale skinned ginger haired crowd doing the same. Even with the shame of the gays still not being allowed to march, we saw a little bit of everything mixed in with the Bag Pipers, step dancers and drunken union workers. There were ghost busters, Storm Troopers, Renaissance people, Rat Pack impersonators, Latin Salsa dancers, skipping bananas, Hip Hop Clubs and a flat bed truck of what we think might have been Russian Strippers. It resembled the array of characters that show up for Biennial Project events. At times it felt like the color altered acid days of our teen years. We went to make a statement but in reality whole day was big green, foolish fun.

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For our global fans who might not know anything about our town’s history, here is a little lesson. In the 19th century Irish immigrants started to come to Boston in droves.

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The Biennial Project is not sure of the exact figures. We are far too lazy to look them up, but trust us; lots and lot of Irish came. So many that Boston still takes on the personality and flavor of the old country. With communities as tight as the Irish were in Boston intolerance formed. In the Early 1970s there were outright riots when the city started to bus school children from one neighborhood to another to harbor diversity and equality of education. For over 20 years Gay groups have had their applications rejected by Allied War Veterans Council who host the parade. In 1995 the rejection was taken all the way to the US Supreme court in the case Hurley vs. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Group of Boston, which ruled parade organizers do have a legal right to decide who marches in the parade.

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We never attended the Parade because of the outright
prejudice and also, lets face it, a big drunken Irish posse can seem scary.

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Last year an organization called Veteran’s for Peace started their own parade, after the big parade, to let the rejected groups march. Yes, it is sort like crumbs from the table but it gives visibility to the fact that the host organization still has fear in their hearts. The Biennial Project tries to conjure up some compassion for these old men who are living a life time of shame for that blowjob they gave as a teenager - but really. Is it too hard to admit you enjoyed it? Anyhow, The Biennial Project went to support The Veteran’s for Peace and stand up for our own rights. Kara Suffredini, executive director of MassEquality, said it well -

“I think this is the work we do every day of changing hearts and minds. There will be a day when we will be welcomed in this parade.”

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So enough with the politics, we went to stand up for our rights but we were really surprised by the inclusive, positive, fun and slightly weird energy of the big green party. What does this have to do with art? As usual we don't know or care - we had a friggin good time. Witness though our (fine art) photos.

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The whole day was cool as shit, with the coolest moment among many coming when one of the GORGEOUS AND FRIENDLY black cops charged with keeping the peace demonstrated the cool new boston with his chill handling of a drunk who stumbled dangerously close to the parade route. "Hey, don't be a dickhead", he gently warned the guy. The guy immediately changed course - trouble averted. None of the old-fashioned scary Boston cop I-bet-his wife-has-a-restraining-order-against-him posturing needed. And did we mention that these very same cops are currently starring in a nationally televised TV show produced by Dorchester boy Mahk Wahlberg called 'Boston's Finest'. There may be hope for our little seaside village yet.

Scranton with clams indeed!

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The Save Ireland from the Curators Project (TM)

by the-biennial-project 26. January 2013 10:47

THE BIENNIAL PROJECT AWAKES TO FIND THAT WE HAVE ATTRACTED THE ATTENTION OF A MAJOR CURATOR:

Dear Mr Hess, Ms Rollins and Ms Salmeron,
I'm writing to you in connection to photographs on your Facebook page - namely Nos 18 and 19 from "Shit we liked at The Venice Biennale 54".
Corban and I would be grateful if you could remove these, as permission to stage/use these photographs was not obtained from us and the images present the artist, his work and the Pavilion in a less than favourable light. Also we find the captions rather derogatory, in particular: 

  • It is deeply offensive to refer to Corban as "a little person from Ireland"
  • Despite your claims he is not married
  • You comment about "Irish Slaves" is rather crass

Whilst we fully respect your artistic intention, we don't feel these photographs project a positive image about your work or that of a fellow practitioner.
I look forward to you response.
Kidnest,
Eamonn Maxwell
Curator
Irish Pavilion @ Venice Biennale

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WE REPLY:

Dearest Mr. Maxwell:

First and foremost, let us say how deeply honored we are to have received this notice from you. Finally, The Art World is paying attention to us.

Secondly, we would point out that putting one's work in the rather public forum of the Venice Biennale unfortunately does open one up to the possibility of being responded to by others in a less than a "positive image".

Thirdly, upon reflection, the "little person" reference was perhaps not our very finest moment. The artists of The Biennial Project are passionately committed to complete and total human and political rights for all of society's oppressed minorities, and this of course includes the height-challenged. Our comment was made in the context of praising Mr Corbin's work, and we thought that it was clear that we were poking fun at a stereotype rather than reinforcing it.

Which brings us to Fourthly - taking offense to the "Irish Slaves" reference. Really? Have you no sense of humor whatsoever?

We're from BOSTON for Christ's sake - we get the history of the Irish.
We arethe history of the Irish, a part of that history anyway."Irish Slaves"  built this town, swim deep in our personal gene pools, and have given Boston so very much of what we hold near and dear about our little seaside village. 

We're the ones after all who were insulted when Jack Nicholson did his usual crazy shtick while wearing a "kiss me I'm Irish" t-shirt in The Departed.

And way back when there were politics in the world, we're the ones who went to fundraisers in Dorchester for Noraid. (When the U.S. government bombed Afghanistan on the pretext of wanting to root out support for al-Qaeda, Noam Chomsky said it that was like the English government bombing Boston to defeat the IRA.) Hey there FBI agents reading this - finally something you can nail us with!

Not to mention that The Biennial Project usually plays well in Ireland - our website gets more hits from Irish users of the internet than any other country per capita. We have always attributed that to the Irish having a more developed ability to comprehend irony than most. 

Apparently there are exceptions to every rule. And because we know that manners apply even to those one believes to be misguided, we will take down the offending pics of Corbin.

More's the pity, we really do like his work.
XXOO,

The Biennial Project

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A CURATOR FRIEND OF OURS ALSO REPLIES:

Dear Sirs,
I am writing as a fan and supporter of the conceptual artist group known as “The Biennial Project.” As attendees at the opening reception for the Venice Biennial (with legitimate press credentials I might add) they took photos and published an edgy and satirical entry on the Biennial Project blog aptly titled “Shit we like…”

As luck would have it, The Biennial Project  had stumbled upon the Irish Pavilion. They really enjoyed the work presented there and loved chatting with the exceptionally friendly staff. When it came time for them to write a witty and sarcastic blog entry, they couldn’t help but to express sympathy and solidarity for these lovely ladies (and all behind-the-scenes art worker bees) by referring to them as Irish slaves. Perhaps it would have been more accurate to say (as they usually do in their writing) “gallery slaves”, but they were so excited to share with the world what they had seen that they couldn’t resist hitting the send button before the editor arrived.

And yes of course, they couldn’t let well enough alone and decided to have a bit of fun with Corban Walker by referring to him as a “little person” in their post. I will admit it: they and I love his work and are extremely jealous. We may be physically taller, but he is “culturally” taller than we’ll ever be.

In light of the above, The Biennial Project artists and their fan base were quite surprised to receive a “friendly” note from the curator of the Irish Pavilion which essentially represented a “cease and desist” order r/t the blog post referred to above. Apparently, as press-pass carrying visitors to the Biennial, they are not allowed to take pictures of the Irish Pavilion and present them in a way which didn’t show the artist and his work in a pre-approved light.

But wait a minute!  Aren’t we talking about Corban, the self-same artist who consistently references his bodily dimensions in sculptural work? Aren’t we talking about the fun-loving Corban who posed with Shaq in a picture which is readily available on the internet?

Yes all supporters of The Biennial Project were tickled. Yes we felt very important. Believe it or not, they don’t hear from upper-echelon international curators every day!  But ultimately we were sad. If freedom of speech and expression didn’t exist, Corban would not be having his 15 minutes…and neither would anyone interesting.

Truly in Art,
Cleah Saraholi,

WE ARE SAD:

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 BUT  AFTER A SUITABLE MOURNING PERIOD WE GET OVER IT:

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TEXT AND PHOTOS FROM THE CORBAN WALKER LIMITED EDITION ARTIST TRADING CARD THAT WE PRODUCED FOR THE 2011 VENICE BIENNALE:

Ireland Corban Walker

Born, June 23 1967 Cancer in Dublin (Baile Átha Cliath) (IE)

Lives and Works In New York

Parents were architect Robin Walker and the art critic Dorothy Walker,

Mr. Walker, 43 years old, is a minimalist sculptor and installation artist known for layering and stacking industrial materials like glass, steel and LED lights into precarious arrangements.

Mr. Walker's work plays with mathematical rules of order and scale, yet he occasionally adds a distinctive twist by making pieces that stand around his own height of 1.2 meters.

He has his own App for The Venice Biennale

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