Biennial Roadshow Marfa–the great work keeps coming!

by the-biennial-project 23. February 2014 13:19


Art is good.

Art makes you happy when you need to be happy.

Art makes you cry when you need to cry.

Art makes you think when you need to think.

Art pisses you off – well,  you get the idea.

And the art that is being entered for the Biennial Roadshow Marfa again makes us honored to be part of this tribe.

Check out a few sweet samples from recent entries, and don’t forget that the absolute final deadline to submit your work to the Biennial Roadshow Marfa is this Saturday March 1st.

Don’t miss your chance to participate in this beautiful and exuberant show.



An uncertain map of the universe

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Federico Delfrati Ieva Jakusonoka, Germany, 
An uncertain map of the known universe 
made of wax, wood, clay, ropes and various paper



Paul Sisson, CO, Next Auction



Eric Charlton, Nevada, A Prudent Dialogue of Opulence


happy rest

vanessa thompson, MA, happy rest 



Tom Estes, United Kingdom, Temptation of Christ
Nick Nazzaro, MA, The NRA Way



Judith Kindler, WA, Stilettos


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Karen Rosenkrantz, MA, flying cowboys (2)


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A Valentine gift from The Biennial Project that doesn’t require lube…

by the-biennial-project 14. February 2014 11:45


So, if you are like us you didn't get a dozen red roses or a 5 carat diamond this Saint Valentine's Day.


We didn't even get a crappy little bear holding a heart.


Like us you might have also gained 10lbs from all the cheap chocolate and candy hearts that people have been bringing into the studio.



Maybe you even made an attempt to go out for a romantic dinner only to have to wait for a table and eat cold pasta in an overcrowded, overpriced restaurant


only to be requested by your love to perform anal sex when you got home.


Well, we here at the Biennial Project are here to save your St. Valentine Day this year.

We have decided to extend, by two weeks, the deadline for The Biennial Roadshow Marfa!!

Aren't we wonderful!!!



In case you have been living under a rock and have no idea what The Biennial Roadshow Marfa is, let us explain.

The Biennial Roadshow Marfa is an open call to artists worldwide to enter and possibly be selected to show in our online juried competition, and screen in our digital presentation at our Hoodang and Gala reception in Marfa, Texas this April!!

The new and improved FINAL deadline is now March 1st, 2014, MIDNIGHT.

We also highlight in blogs and facebook posts some of the work entered before the we jury the entries, so the earlier you get your work in the more likely we will show it off.

So get your ass in the saddle and enter the Biennial Roadshow Marfa by March 1, 2014.


Did we mention we are open to butt fucking?


For information go to on this juried Art show go to

For instruction on how to enter go to


And for an added Valentine thrill, we’ve prepared today’s preview of some of the kick-ass work submitted so far with an eye to the spirit of the holiday.

Feast your eyes:


Against Nature, by Joshua Zerangue



Yin and Yang, by Kristen Freitas





Walls of Love2, by Herber Artemis


Llama (Fragmented Memories, Page 68), 
by Stephanie Goode
Witches I, by Katherine  Sweetman




Don't Play With Fire, by Judith Kindler



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Sneak Preview of Art from the Biennial Roadshow Marfa

by the-biennial-project 9. February 2014 15:01

Hey artists and art lovers!

Here’s this week’s sneak peak at some of the AMAZING art that has been submitted to the Biennial Roadshow Marfa.

And remember – the deadline for submissions is this Friday, so get those entries in!

Enter the Biennial Roadshow here!


David Turner, Belfast, Northern Ireland, I Nearly died Laughing
Kristi Beisecker, Wellesley, MA, Bluebells


Joshua Zerangue, Philadelphia, PA, Against Nature
Michael St. Germain, Newton, MA,  Hollywood Basement sketch


Adamo Macri, Montreal, Quebec, Stasis Echo of Mount Helicon


Brandy-Michelle Byard, Arlington, Texas, Message in a Bottle

And check out this totally cool video entry:




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Check out some cool art!

by the-biennial-project 25. January 2014 11:51

With the entry deadline 3 weeks away, The Biennial Roadshow Marfa is already attracting fantastic artwork from far and wide – with U.S. entries from all around this fair country – including from Florida, Louisiana, California, Illinois, Texas, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York, plus international entries from as far away as Indonesia, Thailand, and Quebec!

Feast your eyes on some of the beautiful work we’ve received so far! Now go enter your work so that it might be included in our next roadshow round up of submitted art! And don’t forget to follow the Biennial Roadshow on Facebook – we’ll be posting samples of submitted artwork daily!

Installation series “Untitled 2007”(Primitive Cool), Sarawut Chutiwongpeti,Thailand


    Prospero Sycorax Ariel, Adamo Macri,Quebec


 Sweep, Laura Scandrett, CA


Untitled (light head), and Jacob McCandles, Big Jake, 1971, Christopher Deris, LA


      cupandcardboard, Susan Fitzsimmons, Texas


 Freeport Story In Papua, Bahtiar Dwi Susanto, Indonesia


      Congress Street Bridge HDR 04, Robert Festa, MA


         Stop being Assholes, Kelly Jo Shows, ME



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A Unique Opportunity to Support The Biennial Project’s Important Charitable Work.

by the-biennial-project 11. January 2014 12:22


As you’re preparing your entry for Biennial Roadshow Marfa (ENTER BIENNIAL ROADSHOW MARFA HERE), you can also help us establish a Biennial Roadshow Marfa Artist Residency for a Deserving International Artist who would otherwise not have the means to participate in this career-making event (ENTER BIENNIAL ROADSHOW MARFA HERE).

The artist selected for this prestigious residency by the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Advisory Council (BRMAC) will be invited to participate fully with the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Traveling Group (BRMTG) as an artist-in-residence for the entire week of Biennial Roadshow Marfa – March 30th thru April 6th, 2014. (ENTER BIENNIAL ROADSHOW MARFA HERE).

Lodging will be provided for the Artist-in-Residence within our state of the art campus on the spacious grounds of the internationally renowned El Cosmico Centre for Artistic Development.


This fortunate artist will have full access to the sophisticated creative apparatus of The Biennial Project to develop their own artist practice and to contribute to the greater good of The Biennial Project. (ENTER BIENNIAL ROADSHOW MARFA HERE)

The BRMAC will look to select an artist whose body of work demonstrates the vision, maturity and collaborative ability to contribute to The Overall Biennial Project Oeuvre.



We will also look to select our Artist-in-Residence from an underprivileged area - someplace where artists don't have access to the multiple resources to support the arts that we as Americans take for granted.


(To give just one example of many, guns. If an aspiring artist in many parts of the world is called by their muse to use guns as part of their practice, they are forced to deal with a Kafkaesque nightmare of boring bureaucracy.  When artistic inspiration strikes, who has time for paperwork?)

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In summary then, the BRMAC will scour the world to identify the most talented but geographically-challenged contender, and with your support will assist them with travel costs, accommodation, and beer money.

What you will receive in return for your generous support of this project:

Good Karma, plus:

Support Level One – Smile – $1 (Click YES to Donate $1 to Support Art Residencies when submitting your work to Biennial Roadshow Marfa). Help make the Biennial Roadshow Marfa look more prestigious on your resume and curry favor with the judges! (ENTER BIENNIAL ROADSHOW MARFA HERE)

Support Level Two - Sparkle – $10 - A Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Postcard signed by all BRMAC members OR a personal email exchange with the BRMAC member of your choice (up to 3 emails each).

Support Level Two – Glitter – $25 - A Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Postcard signed by all BRMAC members PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Poster OR a brief hug with the BRMAC member of your choice (travel costs not included).

Support Level Three – Bronze – $50 - A Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Postcard signed by all BRMAC members PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Poster PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative T-shirt OR a somewhat longer hug with the BRMAC member of your choice (travel costs not included).

Support Level Four – Silver – $100 - A Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Postcard signed by all BRMAC members PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Poster PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative T-shirt PLUS a Limited Edition Video of the Highlights of the Biennial Roadshow Marfa OR a lingering hug with the BRMAC member of your choice (travel costs not included).

Support Level Five – Gold – $250 - A Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Postcard signed by all BRMAC members PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Poster PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative T-shirt PLUS a Limited Edition Video of the Highlights of the Biennial Roadshow Marfa PLUS a signed photo from the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Artist-in-Residence, PLUS regular (no less than 7) email updates from the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Artist-in-Residence as he/she completes the artistic journey of a lifetime OR a lingering hug with wandering hands allowed with the BRMAC member of your choice (travel costs not included).

Support Level Six – Platinum – $500 - A Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Postcard signed by all BRMAC members PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative Poster PLUS a Limited Edition Biennial Roadshow Marfa Commemorative T-shirt PLUS a Limited Edition Video of the Highlights of the Biennial Roadshow Marfa PLUS a signed photo from the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Artist-in-Residence, PLUS regular (no less than 7) email updates from the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Artist-in-Residence as he/she completes the artistic journey of a lifetime PLUS A Single Edition (yours will be the only copy available!) video of the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Artist-in-Residence during his or her residency - including their performance during the Closing Ceremony OR a lingering hug with wandering hands allowed with the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Artist-in-Residence (travel costs not included).

Support Level Seven - Plutonium – $1000 - you tell us what you're interested in, and we'll talk.





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by the-biennial-project 25. December 2013 14:24

So the other night we had perhaps one too many at one of the Glittering Art Soirees that are mandatory this time of year, and got to chatting with artist friends about the Roadshow Biennial Marfa that The Biennial Project is hosting this coming April.

One of our co-conspirators, who had had, if we are to be entirely honest, perhaps two too many, suggested that we should ask our favorite art critic Jerry Saltz to jury the show with us.

At the time this sounded like just the most daring and Biennial Project thing to do, so we agreed with said co-conspirator that he should chat the old boy up and see if he was game.

What a surprise then when we awakened the next day to find that the aforementioned co-conspirator had face-booked his friend Jerry and asked him to jury our show.

Egad we thought - what would ever have given him the idea to do such a thing? What could he have been thinking? Seriously, that man drinks too much.

But as it happens around the holidays, everything happens for a purpose, and the purpose is always good.

And the purpose of our little adventure was to confirm that Sir Jerry Saltz is indeed not only the best major critic writing in the English language today, but also just the nicest and most decent famous person out there.

Not only did he answer our sorry little asses (OK, maybe not SO little this time of year), but he gave us a rejection letter that surely will reign forever as the most goddamned sweet rejection letter of all time.


On Wednesday, December 18, 2013 11:37 PM, Jerry Saltz wrote:

I want to – but I am so so so busy these days.

NYM is stopping publishing weekly and going bi-weekly; means MORE on-line writing for me; Whitney Biennial is March, etc., etc.

I am poor; you are poor: Bad match.

You don’t have enough to pay me. I can’t work for less than I charge – which is WAY more than you have.

I LOVE being asked; your lives there are so so much bigger than mine here.

I truly envy you all for these lives lived in art…

Thank you; I am honored to have been asked,




OK Biennial Project friends, If you can find us a more generous rejection letter, we will print it in our blog - but we know you can't because such a thing would be outside the realm of human possibility.

Other than the general niceness, there are three things worth pointing out about this response:

Jerry Saltz thinks we're poor. Is it that obvious? Maybe we should stop cutting our own hair to save money. But more importantly,

Jerry Saltz thinks we're artists. How many times have we tried to explain this to you?  Take THAT, painters of fruit - we told you so!

Jerry Saltz thinks we're much bigger than him. OK, now we're just melting in a warm pool of wonderful.  LADADADADADA! LADADADADADA!

While we still have visions of invites to major biennials dancing in our heads, and definitely plan to achieve our goal of becoming super famous in the coming year, until then, this will do nicely. And they say there is no Santa Clause!

Now, be well-behaved children and go follow the good Mr. Saltz on face-book and wherever else you find him, so that you can enjoy his refreshing take on art and the art world - and don't forget to tell him The Biennial Project sent you!


(US with Jerry outside the Whitney Biennial Preview Party last year.)


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by the-biennial-project 8. December 2013 14:51

The Biennial Project is pleased to announce an open call to artists worldwide for Biennial Roadshow Marfa 2014 - an online juried competition and screen digital presentation.

If your rousing work is selected it will be shown on our very busy website and in a blog posting reaching over 3,000 art world movers and shakers.

Best of all - your art will be presented as part of a giant screen digital display at The Biennial Roadshow Marfa 2014 Hoodang* and Gala (that is a reception for you non-Texans) being held at world-renowned El Cosmico, the coolest gathering spot for trend-makers in the art-world Mecca of Marfa, Texas.

This glittering shindig is being held on Friday April 4th, 2014 - where all selected art work will be seen by the contemporary artists and artisans who inhabit or visit this Western hamlet and by The Biennial Project’s massive entourage who will be in Marfa that entire week. This is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Much better.

The Jurors will be the members of The Biennial Project - plus a special celebrity guest juror to be announced.

marfablog2Now, you may ask  - why Marfa, Texas?

Well for those of you who might not know – prepare to get all fired up, because this tiny town perched on the high plains of the Chihuahua desert is nothing less than an art’s world station of the cross, like Art Basel in Miami, or Documenta in Germany.

It's a blue-chip arts desmarfablog5tination for the sort of glamorous scenesters who visit Amsterdam for the Rijksmuseum and the drugs.

It all started when the acclaimed minimalist artist Donald Judd left New York City in the 1970s for this dusty dot of a town. He wanted to escape the art scene he claimed to disdain.

With the help of the DIA Foundation, Judd acquired an entire Army base, and before he died in 1994, he filled it with art, including light installations by Dan Flavin and Judd's own signature boxes. Now it’s a whole creative community.

An extremely fashionable and well-connected creative community. A creative community that needs to see your work.

How can you turn down a shot at fame and fortune like this? You might get so rich you can eat fried chicken all week! More chicken any man ever seen!

The potential for exposure is enormous! You’ll be running with the big dogs here.


It’s a no brainier…we want you to enter! We want the world to see your creations. We want you to be celebrated and wealthy. You must enter!!! You can be as happy as a boardinghouse pup if you do!

Once again all selected work will be displayed on our website gallery and in a blog posting that reaches an audience of 3,000. Your work will also will be included in a digital art display to be shown at The Biennial Project's Biennial Roadshow Marfa 2014 Hoodang and Gala.

In addition, the artist who is bestowed the title of Marfa Town Marshall (The Grand Prizewinner) will have a solo gallery show on our website, and a solo blog posting of 15 pieces or his/her work to our on-line audience of over 3,000.

Go to and click the ENTER NOW link or simply click this link:


APPLICATION DEADLINE: All application materials must be submitted by 12pm EST February 14th, 2014.


**For you behind-the-times urbanites, a hoodang is defined in the Urban Dictionary as "a party, festival or celebration. This word is used in the southern region of the USA to describe informal get-togethers that involve dancing and playing the fiddle such as hoedowns and lynchings. EX "Hoowee! Boy, that sure was a fun hoodang!" "Which one? The dance, or when we hung that guy for lookin at our women?""There are so many, I forget which one." "both: HOOOWEE!". Or “Hoowee! Boy, this sure will be a fun hoodang! We’ll get all gussied up and paint the town and the front porch then shoot out the lights. You can throw your Stetson over the windmill!!”





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What happens in The Venice Biennale stays at The Venice Biennale

by the-biennial-project 27. November 2013 16:43

So the Venice Biennale 55 is officially closed. What happened there will now only be a memory. You will always hear people talk about that person whose eardrums shattered because didn’t wear their plugs during Konrad Smoleński loud-as-shit bells at The Polish Pavilion. You will have to decide if it was 3 or 23 naked artists running down Calle Avvocat and around the diners at Acqua Pozza restaurant in Campo Sant Angelo. Someone will have to figure out the truth behind the stories of people adding their own garbage to the organized chaos of Sarah Sze’s piece at The American Pavilion. The Venice Biennale 55 has only been closed a few days and art lovers world wide are already turning the tale of how much free Koskenkorva vodka a certain young American in a bow tie drank at the opening party for the Finnish Pavilion. How far Justin actually power puked will always vary in our collective memories. All we can verify is that the band Phantom, was great at the reception and that Justin made it home safe if not sound.

We, The Biennial Project felt that we should maintain some decorum and respect towards this gigantic art world event and not influence(or jade) your opinion of it until it closed. Only now is it truly safe for you to watch our reactions. Witness a video montage of some of the experiences The Biennial Project had during the opening week of this year’s Biennale. Fact or fiction is up to you now…..Rumor has it somebody saw an actual painting.

What happens at The Venice Biennale stays at The Venice Biennale, sort of….


More Shit we liked The Venice Biennale 55

by the-biennial-project 20. November 2013 22:52

Sometimes we, The Biennial Project, get so caught up in the lives of being an artist, or caught up in the organized mind of being artists we forget to share with you some of the stuff we have already written about. Here is a review we did of some of the art we saw at The Venice Biennale 55 in June of 2015. Yes, too late for you to actually see it, but hopefully you can get a sense of it from our look back……Here is some of the shit The Biennial Party and our entourage liked when went to Venice Biennale 55 during the opening week.

In this blog we will talk about the art works, not hockey, of our countries of heritage, Latvia and the Czech Republic.

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The little country of Latvia became little engine that could because the
whole entire city of Venice were impressed with their Pavilion entitled
North by North-East. This site-specific work  explores the artists'
relationship to the natural and ever-shifting man-made world. The project
also investigates the concepts and conditions of identity, uncertainty, and
the 'in-between.
Kriss Salmanis' presented a large tree that swings upside down from
the ceiling, creaking from the sheer force of movement and slowly dropping
limbs to the floor. We saw this tree hit one or two inattentive people in
the ass as well. It also smelled divine. A good place to pass gas if you
have to while touring the Biennale. Too many Biscotti can be a bitch on your
digestive track. We ought to know. We spent plenty of time covering up our
human odors at the Latvian Pavilion.
Kaspars Podieks hung  large-scale black-and-white photographic  and video
portraits of residents of Latvian village of Drusti standing emotionless in
the snow. Podieks feels strongly about Drusti. He is active in the social
and political activities as a member of its town council. Looking closely
the perspectives seem a wee bit askewed somehow floating above the
landscapes (much like Latvia and The Biennial Project). That is because he
hangs his subjects from a crane. Oh those Latvians!!

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On a personal note we had a great time at The Baltic Bash, or Latvian
reception. Two of The Biennial Project's entourage  are of Latvian descent.
This stoke of cultural luck caused quite the stir with Eric Hess being
interviewed by Latvian news and Markus Blauss resembling Kaspars Podnieks.
The gene pool in Latvia isn't that big.  Anyhow with the insider genetics
mixed in with the abundance of Janu siers (caraway cheese) Bauskas Alus
(Latvian Beer) all of the members of The Biennial Project and our vast
entourage started to feel Latvian. So Latvian in fact that when it was time
for the actual presentation we sort of forgot to step out of the way and we
posed for photos and answered press questions. What a pleasure to be Latvian
for an afternoon. Eric said what he liked best was that everybody smelled
like his grandmother which he now realizes is from her daily consumption of
Latvian beer and cheese. No wonder she was always singing.

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In addition to the two Latvian in our touring group  we had three Czechs. Bo
and Sonia Domkarova were born and raised in Kolín, Czech Republic.
Kolín is a town in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic some 55
kilometres (34 mi) east from Prague, lying on the Elbe River. In spring 2005
a new automobile factory was opened in Kolin by the TPCA consortium on the
northern edge of the town. It employs 3,000 people.
Also included in trio of Czechs is  Anna Salmeron who Czech by years of
Its really not a party without one or two rowdy Czechs. We had

In the Giardini we fell in with Czech artist Zbynek Baladrán. Our new friend
'Z' presented a film entitled 'Liberation or Alternatively'. In this flick Z
conceptualizes the relationship between the mental map of Venice, in his own
critical reading of the collected material and the context of the Venice
Biennale as an institution. Subjective comments of the montage of images
take the viewer through distant and close, personal, social and political
contexts of Venice as a contemporary art centre, without which the Biennale
would not be what it is - a joyous apocalypse of meanings and values. This
is exactly how the Biennial Project experiences Venice. No wonder we are all
somewhat Czech. Zbynek was so cool that he didn't even get too pissed at us
when we went to grab his photo when he was taking a much needed cigarette
break after a full day of press interviews and parties.



Announcing the Biennial Roadshow!

by the-biennial-project 9. November 2013 13:11


                                  (Rootless Cosmopolitans hit the road again!)

Attention Unindicted Co-conspirators and Fellow Travelers!

The Biennial Project  - never content to rest on our ever more sizable laurels - is just tickled to announce an Intensely Cool New Thing!

In the "off" year from our infamous Assaults on the Venice Biennale, we are going to host Biennial Exhibits in a series of Super Fun Art Locales that we have always wanted to visit.

Hence, the title - The Biennial Roadshow.

(Get the play on Antique’s Roadshow? Aren’t we just the cleverest and the meta-est?)

As we anticipate it, for future Biennial Roadshows, anyone who wants to can suggest a destination, but for the first one we have already picked a place.

The place is Marfa, Texas.

Yes, Texas.

OK, we will admit that the idea of Texas freaked us out a little at first too.

But as we hear it, it’s super beautiful out there, and we’ll be traveling as a large group to one of their artiest towns, so we’re thinking we may get out alive.

After all:


Here's a video with more info about Marfa:


and more:

Why Marfa is a Really Cool Place that Cool People Already Know About

We’ll have more info soon about how to apply to get your important work included in Biennial Roadshow Marfa, but for now we want to offer the opportunity for a select small group to travel with us.

We can check out super cool spots, see art, make art, re-enact the Last Supper in the dessert, and generally make our parents proud. And you know that you can trust us because you’ve touched our perfect body with your mind.

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When are we going you ask?

The week of March 30th thru April 6th, year of our lord 2114.

Where are we staying you ask?

Only THE coolest place ever – check it out!

THE Coolest Place Ever - El Cosmicobobby

Yep, we thought you’d agree that there could be no cooler base camp from which to partake of the bounty of Marfa. Did we mention that they have hot tubs?

And that on Friday April 4th The Biennial Project and El Cosmico will host the best party in town to celebrate the opening of the Biennial Roadshow Marfa exhibit?

OK, by now you either realize that this is the coolest thing ever, or you are considering reporting us as spam.

If you are in the cool kids group, and are in the mood for a road trip, let us know.


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