How Serious Artists Prepare for the Venice Biennale

by the-biennial-project 22. June 2019 11:52

Let be honest here.

The idea of attending the opening week of the Venice Biennale can be pretty intimidating.

There’s the art of course.

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And as if that weren’t enough, along with the art come throngs and throngs of people. Good-looking, well-dressed people. Most of them are Europeans for god’s sake, with their good health care, bicycling-to-work, and months-off-hiking-in-the-mountains lifestyles.blog14

It was enough to make us want to stay home under our blankets eating Pringles.

But THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN WRONG, I TELL YOU WRONG! We were not about to rest on our considerable laurels when there was so much art to be seen and so many fabulous receptions to be attended!

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We refused to let the scale (or time, or American health care) keep us from our rightful places frolicking with the well-healed and glamorous masses. No, we took control of the reigns of fabulousness, and dedicated ourselves in the weeks and months prior to our Venice pilgrimage to our task with our customary resolve.

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We got rid of the bad skin!

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And those rotten wrinkles!

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We committed ourselves to various scientifically proven replenishing regimes!

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We adorned ourselves with the most glorious embellishments!

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We polished our pearly whites until they sparkled!

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We got the most perfect highlights in our hair!

We ironed our seductive yellow attire and painted our digits to match!

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And in one truly impressive case one of us actually did something of substance,

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Losing SIXTY POUNDS in time for the trip!

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How serious artists prepare for the Venice Biennale

by the-biennial-project 22. June 2019 11:49

Let be honest here.

The idea of attending the opening week of the Venice Biennale can be pretty intimidating.

There’s the art of course.

blog1

And along with it come throngs and throngs of people. Good-looking, well-dressed people. Most of them are Europeans for god’s sake, with their good-health-care, bicycling-to-work, and months-off-hiking-in-the-mountains type lifestyles.

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It was enough to make us want to stay home under our blankets eating Pringles.

But THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN WRONG, I TELL YOU WRONG! We were not about to rest on our considerable laurels when there was so much art to be seen and so many fabulous receptions to be attended!

blog3

We refused to let the scale (or time, or American health care) keep us from our rightful places frolicking with the well-healed and glamorous masses. No, we took control of the reigns of fabulousness, and dedicated ourselves in the weeks and months prior to our Venice pilgrimage to our task with our customary resolve.blog20

We got rid of the bad skin!

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And those rotten wrinkles!

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We committed ourselves to various scientifically proven replenishing regimes!

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We adorned ourselves with the most glorious embellishments!

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We polished our pearly whites until they sparkled!

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We got the most perfect highlights in our hair!

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We ironed our seductive yellow attire and painted our digits to match!

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And most impressively, at least one of us did something of substance,

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Losing SIXTY POUNDS in time for the trip!

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The Biennial Project’s Biennial Selected Artist List

by the-biennial-project 15. April 2019 15:17

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WOW – was jurying ever hard this time! A ridiculous amount of great work was submitted, and we could not begin to accept everything that was good. So if your work was picked, congratulations, your work is insanely great.

Lillian Abel

Kirstine Ahumada Torres Meyer

Ali Al Ezzi

Constant Albertson

Pandora Apostoloska Sazdovska

Manss Aval

David R Banta

Hinglaz Bardoloi

Deirdre Barrett

Jean-Claude Bise

Jan Brandt

Richard Buckley

Karen Burgess

Nikyra Capson

Bruno Cerboni

Yvonne Cilia

Emelie Coffey

Sandrine Colson

Chris Costan

Neil Curran

Lucy Dallorto

Francisco De la Barra

Nick Di Stefano

Susan Dietrich

Gary Duehr

Emily Dugie

Sigrid Ehemann

Barbara Eskin

Tom Estes

SARTORI FLORENCE

Faith Gabel

Parisa Ghaderi

Wally Gilbert

Bela Gold

Al Harden

Artemis Herber

Dee Hood

Rainer Otto Hummel

Clint Imboden

Yvette Kaiser Smith

Marjorie Kaye

Matthew Keller

Maegan Kirschner

Walter Kopec

Laura Krasnow

Herman Krieger

Louise Laplante

Charlie Lemay

Patrick Lichty

CHARLENE LISKA

Madeleine Lord

Steve Lovegrove

Maria Luongo

Winicjusz Lysik

Stephen Von Mason

Juliana McDonald

Azita Moradkhani

CAROL MOSES

Jeannie Motherwell

Judith Motzkin

Erica Nazzaro

Caleb Nichols

CHRISTINE PALAMIDESSI

Karen Petersen

Yvonne Petkus

Bo Petran

Sisavanh Phouthavong

Adriana Prat

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Doug Puller

Ilari Rantala

Tatjana Raum

Larry Roberts

Sherri Roberts

Ginette Rondeau

Lenora Rosenfield

Ruth Rosner

Shubho Saha

Sasho Sazdovski

Dani Schechner

Victoria Schepps

Ellen Schon

George Shaw

Julia Shepley

Melissa Shook

Marlene Siff

Rhonda Smith

Michael St-Germain

Mark Stafford

Kristin Street

Katherine Sweetman

Svetlana Swinimer

Skeffington Thomas

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Richard Trupp

Sabrina Tso

David Tycho

Paul Valadez

Milica Vergot

Isabelle Kawai Vincent

Norma Watters

Paul Weiner

Deborah Weinreb

Joyce Westrop

Coral Woodbury

X Bonnie Woods

Tami Xiang

Andre Chi Sing Yuen

 

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Entry Deadline extended for the Biennial Project Biennial–with High Profile Special Jurors Announced

by the-biennial-project 17. February 2019 17:49

Your humble servants here at Biennial Project Laboratories are hard at work on making The Biennial Project Biennial at The 2019 Venice Biennale a great big extravaganza of fantastic art from far and wide. Boy are we lucky to be able to be able to get to know so many amazing artists though this contest. We cherish being able to see and share, with you, the fascinating work that these artists create. It definitely beats obsessing 24/7 about The End Of The World As We Know It. But we digress. We have some great news. Some Kick Ass Art People have agreed to be Special Guest Jurors for our show! Each of them will pick their favorite piece from the show to receive recognition with a Special Juror’s Prize. Without further ado, The Special Guest Jurors for The Biennial Project Biennial at The 2019 Venice Biennale are:

Founder and Publisher of  New England’s highly respected and read-by-everyone ArtScope Magazine - Kaveh Mojtabai.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT KAVEH MOJTABAI

 

Carrying on a family tradition of artistic excellence and innovation - the incredible artist Jeannie Motherwell.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT JEANNIE MOTHERWELL

 

And a trio of trailblazing contemporary Cuban artists, activists and organizers of the recent 00Biennial de la Habana - Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara, Yanelys Nuñez Leyva, and Nonardo Perea.

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INTERVIEW WITH CUBAN JURORS

 

Each of these Kick Ass Art People has stupendously good taste – so we can’t wait to see which five artists they single out for special recognition.

Because these five are now on board, we have decided to extend the deadline to enter The Biennial Project Biennial at The 2019 Venice Biennale until March 15th. What are you waiting for?

 

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The William Forsythe Exhibition at the ICA

by the-biennial-project 9. February 2019 10:34

by Emily Dugie and Mark Hoffman

Q: So Emily, we hear there's a cool new show at the Institute of Contemporary Art here in Beantown. Have you seen it yet?

A: The William Forsythe Exhibition? I have! It was so incredible; I've gone back to see it twice.

Q. Wow Emily - you are truly impressive! We consider it an accomplishment to get to the good shows here once - twice is setting the bar pretty high. The ICA says about this exhibit that "Forsythe has developed installations, sculptures, and films that he calls Choreographic Objects. Blurring the lines between performance, sculpture, and installation, his Choreographic Objects invite the viewer to engage with the fundamental ideas of choreography." I have to admit that while I think dance is beautiful and all, I have no idea whatsoever what the fundamental ideas of choreography might be. Can you tell us some of your impression of the show?

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A: I have never been a dancer, and my only preconception of choreography itself is a organized routine that is followed step by step. Forsythe seems to take a different view of choreography in his installation. Not something the is practiced, and memorized, but something more internal and reactionary. Natural movements of the body in response to inner and outer stimulus. It encouraged a youthful exuberance from all the attendees I witnessed and promoted an atmosphere of playfulness while, at the same time, leading the participants to think about the movement of their bodies and others. 

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Q: OK, I am convinced. Group playfulness is a subject in entirely too short supply in today's world and especially in the ever-so-serious art world. And being prodded to think about the movement of our bodies alone and in concert with others seems to me to get at some deep body-centeredness that we have in childhood and lose somewhere along the line. You really make me want to see this show! Could you tell us about or describe one specific interactive thing within the installation that you liked? If I promise I will stop peppering you with questions soon?

A: My favorite installation within the exhibit was one that, the first time I went, no one noticed. It was an installation that was built into the museum walls. It had the appearance of someone slicing a 2 ft high gap into the bottom of the wall with the recess going back perhaps 15-20 feet. The first time I crawled into the opening, everyone else simply continued to walk past not noticing the hidden alcove. Laying on my back and watching the feet of the patrons walk past, I was amazed that such a confined space could feel so open and unrestricted. This probably had to do with the fact that I was only inside for a handful of minutes. 

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The second time I went to view the installation, the hidden space was well known, and it was full of laughter and people experimenting with different ways of moving around the space. The museum attendant was pointing out different ways people had found of entering and exiting that involved sliding and rolling as opposed to crawling to spare the knees of the patrons.

It was amazing the difference the space had when I was alone vs. when it was full of twisting bodies. 

Q: Thanks so much to Emily Dugie and Mark Hoffman for this interview and photos – you have convinced us that we MUST get off this sofa and go see this show!!!

 

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so that we shall not die of reality…

by the-biennial-project 2. February 2019 19:02

“We have art so that we shall not die of reality.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Some really great art is being submitted to The Biennial Project Biennial at the 2019 Venice Biennale. It is a joy to see and a joy to be able to share it with you. Here are six artists to brighten your day…..

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Lifeboat, by Caleb Nichols, Stoughton, Massachusetts

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American Inquisition, by Al Harden, Cincinnati, Ohio

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The Juggernaut of Nought, by Richard Trupp, London, Great Britain

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Women Dancing, by Faith Gabel, Brooklyn, New York

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Reality as Memory, by Ruth Rosner, Watertown, Massachusetts

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Looking for Level Ground, by Dee Hood, Ruskin, Florida

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Include The Biennial Project in the 2021 Venice Biennale

by the-biennial-project 11. December 2018 05:24

We the undersigned entreat the Justly Venerated Authority of the Venice Biennale to acknowledge that a Grave Miscarriage of Justice has resulted from the failure of said body to include The Biennial Project in any of it's previous biennial exhibits.

This despite the demonstrable fact that the work of The Biennial Project and it's legally incorporated subsidiaries do so clearly merit inclusion in such exhibits.

We do hereby propose as remedy to this calamitous state of affairs that the Venice Biennale issue a formal invitation post haste to The Biennial Project to participate in an official and recognized capacity in the 59th Venice Biennale to be held in the city of Venice in the year 2021.

SIGN OUR PETITION HERE

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CALL TO ENTRY FOR THE BIENNIAL PROJECT BIENNIAL 2019

by the-biennial-project 17. November 2018 08:05

The Biennial Project Biennial 2019

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The Biennial Project presents an open call to artists worldwide for The Biennial Project Biennial 2019 - an online juried biennial, with accepted work to be displayed on our website. In addition, all accepted work will be shown via a large screen digital presentation at a champagne reception to be held at the CENTRO CULTURALE DON ORIONE ARTIGIANELLI (donorione-venezia.it) in Venice during the Opening Press Week of The Venice Biennale 58.

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Reasons To Enter

The Biennial Project Biennial 2019:

- Accepted work will be displayed permanently on the very busy Biennial Project Website.

- Accepted work will also be shown on a large screen digital presentation in Venice during the Opening Week of The Venice Biennale 58.

- Online galleries with accepted work will be promoted on The Biennial Project Blog posting reaching over 40,000 art lovers.

- Work will be juried by The world renowned Biennial Project Artists, with Special Prize Winners chosen by by jurors to be announced.

- Hundreds of entries are highlighted on our well-trafficked social media sites during the months leading up to the entry deadline.

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Reasons to Enter

The Biennial Project Biennial 2019

before 12/31/18:

Now we know that artists love to wait until the last possible moment to respond to calls for entry.

But there are great reasons to break from this time-honored tradition and enter the The Biennial Project Biennial 2019 early.

You will have a much better chance of having your work promoted as part of the publicity for The Biennial Project Biennial 2019.

We feature an entry of the day every day during the entire entry period - sending a chosen image out on Facebook to our following of over 5,000 people - and linking to the entrant's website or facebook page.

Additionally, we send out Entry Sampler Email Blasts several times during the lead up to the contest, highlighting some of the most interesting work that we have received.

Near the end of the entry period we are swamped with the number of replies, whereas at the beginning the pace of entries is less frenzied - greatly increasing your chances of being included in one of these publicity vehicles.

Not to mention that your image could be selected to appear on a postcard or a poster for The Biennial Project Biennial 2019.

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Less of Us–Week 1

by the-biennial-project 4. November 2018 14:45

Our 25 week Journey to Greatness has commenced!

7 out of 8 of our faithful pilgrims showed up on Saturday to set their goals, discuss past challenges, weigh in, and make some wagers here and there.

Here are the Starting Point photos of Bo, Stephanie, Eric, Melissa, Anna And Diane.

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This week we all are going to focus on being our slightly better selves. We are also going to download an app called WhatsApp to our phones so that we  can have a private platform to keep in touch.

MESSAGE FROM OSCAR:

“This past Saturday I witnessed a group of an incredible people who are ready to commit. Support groups like the one we have will go a very long way and we can only benefit from this process. This may shock you guys but I came out as a different person right after the first session. I heard a lot of powerful stuff and can’t wait to see how everyone will progress.

Wednesdays between 12pm-1pm I am available for calls to discuss and support and give any feedback you need. My phone number is . You can call or text me, whatever works better for you. Just remember, don’t be shy! Ask for what you need.

What I would love to see these upcoming weeks is paying attention to how you practice self care in the moment, and, as people discussed in the meeting, portion-control. I will cover more on how we can work on it. Please feel free to have questions ready so we can discuss as a group.

WhatsApp is the app that would be an additional tool for us discuss and share photos and more. Try to download it to your phone if you haven’t already.”

NEXT MEETING FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9th

6-7:15PM AT 80 BORDER STREET.

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you want to travel with us.......

by the-biennial-project 23. October 2018 08:34

and you know that we're half crazy, but that's why you want to be there.

As you may have heard, there is this large-ish art exhibition held in Venice once every two years known as the Venice Biennale.

And as you may or may not have heard, The Biennial Project hosts a big wonderful artist brigade that attends each Venice Biennale during the head-spinning week of press previews that lead up to the opening.

It is SO MUCH DAMN FUN - a chance to hang out with artist friends and get to know new ones in the mesmerizing backdrop of Venice while exploring a mind-bending amount of fascinating contemporary art.

And while here is never a shortage of receptions and parties to be had during this wild and crazy week,  just to be sure, The Biennial Project hosts a fantastic reception/gala of our own during the trip to display all the fabulous art work we have accepted into our very own “biennale within a biennale”.

We will of course give you more details on how to enter your work in our biennale in the months to come, but we wanted to get word about the trip out now for those intrepid souls who might be interested in going with us and experiencing this one of a kind experience for themselves.

Now, perhaps this idea intrigues you but you are thinking “oh come on now you crazy Biennial Project kids, it’s way too early to make plans for a trip so far in advance”. Well, one would think so, except that the Press preview week of the Venice Biennele is SOOO absurdly popular, and attended by so many collectors, gallerists, critics and various VIP-types, that to have any chance of booking a super nice flat close to the proceedings at a reasonable cost, one has to commit, well, yesterday.

Our group currently fills TEN absolutely perfect flats super near each other in a great area - over 40 artists so far! We have tentative holds on a few other lovely flats, and are looking to fill them up with old friends and new ones who want to come along for this glorious ride.

If you think you might like to go, let us know and we can help guide you thru the process. We will admit to being just a teensy weensy bit obsessed with this – we are the Biennial Project after all – and we have accumulated a fair amount of knowledge on the subject which we are more than happy to share with you. Come on now, live while you can.

VENICE CALLING YOU!

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