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On Sunday, October 3rd, please join us to celebrate our Artists in Residence 2021 Exhibition at Maker Park in Staten Island from 4pm-6pm. The event will showcase public installations by Catherine Cullen, Mx. Enigma, Paco Levine, Gail Middleton, Caleb Nussear and Tone Tank. We hope to see you all there!


Mx. Enigma

Mx. Enigma (She/They & Queen) is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer and media maker. They are a nonbinary transfemme of color living in NYC. They graduated Cum Laude at Brooklyn College in 2017 with a B.A in Media/Film & a side concentration in gender, race and sexuality. Their work focuses on the intersections of queerness, American culture & the public's reactions. Their work has been featured in 50+ galleries in NYC including cultural institutions like MOMA, MAD, Bronx Museum, Tribeca Film Festival, HBO & BRIC media. Mx. Enigma is creating a large-scale sculpture The Gateway 2 Healing, a memorial to victims of gender based violence centering Trans (TGNCI+) people of color. Carried by DNA spiraled strips, as the cycle of life continues, without those we keep losing, in the colors of blue, white, pink paying homage to the most vulnerable, transgender & gender expansive people of color. Held together by a spiraled portrait, the confusion, injustice, and guilt we all carry to be bystanders to the horrified news and state of the world that we aren’t focusing on Tikkun Olam (actively repairing the world). - Mx. Enigma, 2021

Tone Tank

Tone Tank is an Italian-American, Brooklyn-born artist known for street art, bootleg resin action figures, sculptural installations, graffiti, rap, and acting. Tone's work explores the fading identity of the Italian-American, alongside the disappearing identity of the old New York, and the old New Yorker by archiving recognizable images and symbols from this era of history in the form of sculptures, which many times are also self-portraits.

Tone is creating a life- size statue sculpture made out of mixed materials.

Caleb Nussear

Caleb Nussear is an American artist living in New York City. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Bard College at Simon’s Rock and an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Caleb’s work suggests a higher dimensional order and the equivalency of the human figure with a complex recursive geometry. Further influences are the natural landscape as it is found, an asymptotic “approach” to the work, and the sensuous and tensile drawn line. His work incorporates formal geometric patterns and ideas using ceramics, wood and glass-casting. Since 2018, he has been represented by Massey Klein Gallery.

Caleb is creating a new geometric sculpture for this exhibition.

Paco Levine

Paco Levine naturally calls himself a multimedia artist, since all media are systems to carry signals between brains. Levine is interested in systems of the body, technology and systems for enhancing and transforming perceptions into thoughts, feelings and ideas into perceivable phenomena (artwork).

Levine’s project installation The Reintegration Chamber is an interactive mystic gazebo with sacred geometries and symbols, a portal between the interior space COVID forced us into and the outside world as it is today.

Gail Middleton

Gail Middleton is a long-time West Brighton resident who is a frequent visitor to all Staten Island Parks. She is always seen with her camera capturing images of scenery and wildlife and specializes in nature photography and portraits She received a Staten Island Arts Grant in 2018 for her curation of Another Day in the Life of Staten Island.

Gail is creating a participatory mural, F**k Cancer, to honor cancer survivors.

Catherine S Cullen

Catherine holds a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota, and studied Experimental film/video at the New School. She apprenticed to potters in Mashiko, Japan and was an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Millay, and VCCA. She exhibits her work widely and is guided by a strong sense of poetic expression, spiritual inquiry and a passion for materials: ceramic, glass, metal, plaster, wood and stone.

Catherine will present a steel sculpture called Tree with Moons as her artist-in-residence project.


Catherine Cullen beside her sculpture Tree with Moons, 2021


This event is brought to you by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Updated: Sep 7, 2021



 



We are pleased to present an exhibition and artist talk in conjunction with New York Textile Month of artist and makerspace member, Hilla Shapira.


Advanced Protection is a series of soft talismans and wearable objects by Hilla Shapira. She references Jewish iconographic objects like Judika and spiritual objects alongside body parts, genitalia and menstrual pads. Shapira creates a queer point of view on the term God, as a queer woman from a Jewish orthodox background. By redesigning the objects, Shapira reclaim the religious discourse and sexuality taboos. She questions the language hierarchies of blessing and cursing and the binarc separation between organs and gentiles.


ON VIEW September 23- October 24 OPENING RECEPTION September 23 | 6-8 PM ONLINE ARTIST TALK

September 26 | 4-5 PM



FUTUREWORKS MAKERSPACE 140 58TH Street, Building B Brooklyn, NY NEW YORK TEXTILE MONTH 2021




how DID YOU GET STARTED?


"I always had interest for art in general and experimented with lots of media, but mostly drawing and painting kept me in at peace. Metal came to me very unexpected almost as though I tripped and landed on a metal shop. It was mind blowing my brain could not compute how it was possible to bend metal in such amazing way; I just fell in love on the spot and enrolled in a metal classes for ten years. The rest is history."




What inspires you?


"Inspiration is such a classy old lady, it shows up in the weirdest crazy places like in the middle of the night when you get up to pee or when riding the train to Queens and a homeless sits next to you wearing a red wig and the smell slap you on the brain. There is no telling where an image or idea will pop up."





DO YOU HAVE ANY UPCOMING PROJECTS YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT?


"There is so much I want to do but do not like to keep a list or make plans or a blueprint. At the moment working on a voodoo doll handicap family (dog included) next a chunky flying rat, a few more hearts with wings and somewhere in between a Hydraulic forging press and few more machines."




DO YOU HAVE ANY UPCOMING PROJECTS YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT?


"Yes, right now I am participating in a show at Wasserman Projects in Detroit and at the textile Biennale in Ukraine. I will participate in Jerusalem Design week at the beginning of July. In addition I am collaborating with my partner Naama Levit. She will have a show at Brooklyn Metal works in the second week of July and we will do a performance there at the same time. It will include installation and wearable objects."




HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT MAKERSPACE?


"A friend told me about this place and the very next day took a tour and it is Heaven in the middle of the world."



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