Mana Resident Update: Dominic Sansone

My wife’s eyes glazed over a little bit when I said, “I was accepted for a three month residency in New Jersey”. Three months. I felt like packing right then and there, let’s get this show on the road! That wasn’t an option, there were leaves to clean up, pinewood derby cars to build with the kids, and numerous projects around the house that I’d been putting off; it was time to get them all done. Well, almost all done. Continue reading

Wrapping up a Residency – Jessica Taylor Hale

Death needs time to grow the things that it will kill.

Think about it.  All of life is a constant cycle.  And when I say life I don’t just mean humanity, I mean life as a whole. Every living organism on this planet is caught in this same cycle of growing, deteriorating, dying, decomposing, and eventually making way for something else to live.  But death doesn’t happen without the growth and growth doesn’t happen without time.   Death needs time.  Death needs time to grow the things that it will kill. Continue reading

Wrapping up a residency – Carole Halle

The top of my sculpture mirrors the shape of the hills of Vermont

We have entered the last month of our residency. Trying to complete the work in progress is now the priority. We just participated in Mana’s open studio by putting together a group show of all ISC Mana residents and two residents from “Grounds for sculpture”. The event was an occasion to see the Brooklyn Rail’s installation “Occupy Mana” as well as a number of exhibitions such as the food installation by artist Song Dong. The open studios drew an enormous crowd, including many people visiting Mana for the first time. Shortly after, we had a studio visit with artist Sean Mellyn. The visit led us to an insightful conversation about our works and being an artist in the current art scene. I was impressed by Sean’s observations and want to keep his comments in mind as I keep moving forward with my work. Continue reading

Starting a residency: looking for a central line through unsettling shapes

I see my shapes as eliciting unsettling emotions

I visited Mana for the first time a little over a year ago during an open studio event.  A friend of mine had suggested that I meet a sculptor working there, Max Pelzman, who was sculpting with materials and techniques that I was about to experiment with. I was grateful for his generosity, but was also impressed by the complex of buildings, including a foundry, that forms Mana. The energy, sense of community and works that I saw there made me decide to visit regularly and maybe find a way to become a part of it. When I heard of the ISC’s residency program, I couldn’t help but apply. So, here I am, so thankful to the ISC and Mana Contemporary for their generosity and so honored to have been selected. Continue reading

Subterranean

It’s been about two weeks since moving into the studios here at Mana and I am loving it.  I’ve been enjoying getting to know Carole and seeing her practice.  I’m curious to see how our work develops during our time here as I’m already picking up on similarities in our ideas and use of materials.  It’s quite nice to be in a space where other artists are working alongside you.  Years have gone by since I’ve had that type of community and I’m feeling energized by it already.  The studios are located in the subterranean layer of Mana, aka the basement.  It is buzzing with young and emerging artists and is quite large, with high ceilings and an open layout.  It is motivating to glance up from my work bench across the basement and see half a dozen other studios with artists currently at work.  Being a part of this space challenges me to work well and push myself.  Continue reading