Moinhos do Dao – Eco Quinta

Professional Residence Program for Artists, Scientists and Educators.
The Moinhos do Dão (MdD), translated as Mills on the river Dão, is a terraced 3 acre terrain and former mill complex on the banks of the river Dão in the heart of Portugal. It is part residency, part rural tourism and part living/working community that welcomes the public to experience both the natural and cultivated landscape.

Besides providing a unique, natural environment combined with indoor/outdoor workspace for our AiRs, the Moinhos do Dão has had the opportunity to connect the AiRs with Youth Lectures in nearby schools, open studios on the MdD itself, exhibition opportunities, and instances where the AiRs could utilize tools and facilities off the MdD, such as large format, old world printing processes. The MdD continues to develop relationships in the community, and below, you can see some images of moments over the last few years that AiRs have had the opportunity—when desired—to expand their residency beyond the immediate terrain and connect with the community.



Art Issues Blog Centering on the San Francisco Bay Area

Artopic.org was initiated to generate a dialogue between artists, curators and the visual art audience centering on art issues (both theory and practice) and goings-on in the San Francisco Bay Area (and beyond), started in August of 2008.

Initially, four artists four artists, curators and/or critics were invited to join me on this blog for limited time frames, rotating in and out new bloggers every few months, to contribute their activities in the SFBAY art scene, or, to include their artistic works (as appropriate).

Contributors included: Deric Carner, Shanna Maurizi, Dan Nelson, Obi Kaufman, Julien Poirier, Art 4 a Democratic Society (A4DS), Narangkar Glover, Virtual Thomas Albright, Arkadiusz Tomalka, and others.

Artopic.org’s demise came through a ISP bankruptcy disappearance and loss of all hosted data, but more importantly and sadly, there were no personal backups of the last 2 years of the website/project. With wordpress databases lost, it was impossible to recreate the project, and thus it was abandoned. Funny enough, there exists a ghost-print of what Artopic.org turned out archived on Facebook.

Beyond its contribution to a flourishing art scene from 2008 onwards in the SF Bay Area, Artopic.org did receive a share of recognition from the East Bay Express.

Artopic.org also contributed significantly to the 2010 event Art Publishing Now at Southern Exposure, San Francisco.



The S.R. Kucharski Project / TOMORROWISM

The S.R. Kucharski project is a self-portrait in multiple dimensions. I placed myself in a self-critical, self-reflexive role to observe and question the “Role of the Artist,” a personal, critical relationship towards contemporary art (of the era of 2001–2009), and utilizing a foundation of conceptualism-practice to imagine (un)realizable artistic manifestations, first in the city of Rotterdam, NL, then Europe, then the San Francisco Bay Area.

Instead of producing the goods (the self-portrait), I traded myself in as the goods.

Thus, Kucharski’s ideas have manifested in an art magazine for theme-based discussions on contemporary art and artists titled Open Issues; a proposal for a sky-writing (cloud sculpture) installation piece over Rotterdam titled: The Biggest Statement I Could Possibly Make; a manifesto on the future of art practice: Tomorrowism (view “Manifesto For Sale“); designing beer mats in England with an educational purpose in mind; a city-wide installation of small representations of the artist’s head; creating consumable (literally) and official artwork for the opening of ROOM: the Shop in Rotterdam; a public art poster project titled WANTED:, presented in conjunction with KunstXpress, Rotterdam.
(view PDF portfolio)



Open Issues

Open Issues is a zine dedicated to fostering discussions with artists, about art/culture/society, recorded within one hours time. It is a collection of conversations, partially based on the artist’s work, but also on themes, with an idea to put all the interviews together, showing the different voices, but maybe also showing that they share some same perspective, and that these methods and creative processes are things I think are important to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as well as important to all artists in relation to contemporary art practice. The zine is called Open Issues, because that is how I feel about these conversations—the voices of these artists aren’t giving you any sort of answer or solutions, only showing you that there are some out there…

Open Issues number three: March-April 2006
Themes: The interior (exhibition) space used to address the exterior (social/physical) space, or vice versa; identifying and utilizing aesthetics of the exhibition space versus aestheticising the exhibition space (including “space within space” or complete denial of the exhibition space); identifying a Berlin-Rotterdam connection: how outsiders can apply a certain awareness to the contemporary issues and/or activate themselves through a place, a city.
Artists: Maarten Janssen, Lucas Lenglet, Susanne Kriemann, Bettina Carl, Christine Rusche, Jack Segbars
Download Open Issues number three in PDF format.

Open Issues number two: April-May 2005
Themes: Giving it away for free—art and ideas as public property; the Mobile, Transnational and Interstellar Artist; the wish for longevity (and for one’s own work).
Artists: Harmen de Hoop, Maziar Afrassiabi, Jetske de Boer, Marc Bijl, Arend Roelink, Nicoline van Harskamp
Download Open Issues number two in PDF format.

Open Issues number one: April-May 2004
Themes: Artist Duos or Teams, the Group in Art, redifining terms of the new in art practice.
Artists: Libia Pérez de Siles de Castro and Ólafur Árni Ólafsson, Bik van der Pol, Jan Adriaans, InnBetween, Wietse Eeken, Jennifer Stillwell and Amanda Ross-Ho
Download Open Issues number one in PDF format.