Alexandra Rutsch Brock
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- In Accordion Time, Unfolding : A Pandemic Archive at Ursa Gallery
In Dialogue with Alexandra Rutsch Brock
Patricia Fabricant, Jo Yarrington, Katherine Jackson, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Patricia Miranda (missing Josette Urso) – watching President-elect Joe Biden’s victory speech Nov. 7, 2020 – after our gallery reception. Photo courtesy Dustin Malstrom
The group exhibition In Accordion Time, Unfolding : A Pandemic Archive marks the opening of Ursa Gallery, an experimental gallery showcasing contemporary art and design located at the historic Arcade Mall in Bridgeport, Connecticut. This art venue was founded by Cris Dam and conceived in collaboration with Dustin Malstrom. Cris was also cofounder of Dam Stultrager in 1998 – one of the earliest galleries in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Co-curated by Alexandra Rutsch Brock and Patricia Miranda, the exhibition features mail art in the form of accordion-fold books and digital dialogues by the London Calling Collective over the challenging past year. It runs through February 12th, 2021.
How did Artists of the London Calling Collective form and what is your vision?
In the spring of 2019, during the #metoo movement, Patricia Fabricant and I planned a trip to London to see the Sixty Years exhibition at the Tate Britain. The exhibit was curated from their permanent collection of works from 1960-present, dedicated to women artists working in Britain over the past 60 years, as part of their ongoing commitment to increasing the representation of women across its galleries. The airfare was very inexpensive, and we asked friends to join us. The group grew to the seven of us, loosely connected to each other.
We went in October 2019, and visited 7 museums and multiple galleries in 5 days, from morning to night. We would gather back at the AirBnB after 10 pm and discuss and debate art until the early morning, then get up and do it all over again. We had the most exciting, educational and enjoyable time together. While we were away, we used WhatsApp for communication and jokingly titled our group chat London Gang.
When we returned, we continued using the App to communicate daily. As time went on, the Pandemic happened and we all became extremely close, chatting on Zoom twice a week. This impromptu art trip turned into a tightly knit, strong, intimate, resilient, innovative cohort of women. We renamed ourselves the London Calling Collective, recalling the long history of women artist collectives and of course The Clash.
Interior of the Arcade Mall, Bridgeport, CT – photo courtesy Dustin Malstrom
What is the genesis of this show at Ursa Gallery?
When lock-down happened, our bond grew over dozens of messages each day and two Zoom meetings a week. This resulted in 25,564 posts, which amounted to over 3783 WhatsApp pages dating from October 3, 2019 to October 13, 2020. Information, advice, anxieties, about the pandemic and the world were discussed, along with shared meals, recipes, books, films, artists, exhibitions, art opportunities, things seen out the window, nightly sunsets, flea market finds, politics, protests and actions, and personal stories. We printed out the yearlong dialog and wallpapered the gallery with 890 pages. The rest are on a pedestal, a physical tribute to our virtual communications.
Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Looking, 2020, gouache and thread on Indian paper, 15×8”, WhatsApp color prints on walls and pedestal- Photo courtesy Daniel Johnson
Installation View – Main Gallery – Photo courtesy Daniel Johnson
What is the premise behind this exhibition?
This exhibition highlights seven women sheltering in place while remaining connected through the digital space. The dialogue flowing between WhatsApp and Zoom, the book collaboration, and also our individual works, reflect the bonds between us as individuals and as a group, as we reimagine community for life during and after a pandemic.
The show includes artworks by seven artists. Tell me a bit about the featured work.
We wanted to create a physical collaboration of our solitary yet shared experience. We were inspired by Christina Massey’s wonderful USPS community project that we were all participating in. Jo Yarrington created seven small accordion-fold books that could fit easily into NYC mailboxes. We each started one in May 2020 and passed them along in the mail throughout the summer and early fall. Through improvisation and overlap, the diverse language of each artist responded to the others’ interventions using a wide variety of media. The last person created the cover, and we completed them in October, nearly one year to the day after we returned from London.
The installation-as-environment features our seven collaborative accordion-fold books, 890 pages of the yearlong WhatsApp conversations papering the walls of the main room and 50 individual works throughout the entire gallery space.
We chose the accordion form because it represents a complex conversation in time. It folds and unfolds, refracts and accumulates, parts in a single inextricable whole, which we saw as a perfect symbol of this newfound friendship, especially during these tumultuous times.
It is intriguing to look at the many different works by the seven artists on the walls, finding similarities and links throughout the conversations on the wallpaper, as well as the visual connections made within the books. Many of the other works were also created in the past year.
Book 5 – Outer View – Photo courtesy Daniel Johnson
Book 2 – Outer View- Photo courtesy Daniel Johnson
What would you like to share about your future plans?
This is our second exhibition as the London Calling Collective. The first was at the Harlem location of Odetta Gallery in August 2020. We hope to have many more opportunities to exhibit together. I love working with this tireless, talented and brilliant group of women. We have all supported each other so much this past year, through laughter, tears and art.
Patricia Miranda & Alexandra Rutsch Brock on the steps of the British Museum, London – Oct. 2019 , photo courtesy of – ARB
Installation Photos : Daniel Johnson
In Accordion Time, Unfolding : A Pandemic Archive On view thru February 12, 2021 Saturdays 12-6 & by appointment Ursa Gallery1042 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604 718.431.4567 On view thru February 12, 2021 Saturdays 12-6 & by appointment Ursa Gallery 1042 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Artists: London Calling Collective Alexandra Rutsch Brock Patricia Fabricant Ellen Hackl Fagan Katherine Jackson
Patricia Miranda Josette Urso Jo Yarrington
Curators: Alexandra Rutsch Brock Patricia Miranda
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890 What's App pages on the wall!
Accordion Time, Unfolding: A Pandemic Archive
The London Calling Collective
On view- February 12, 2021
Curated by Alexandra Rutsch Brock and Patricia Miranda
Artists of the London Calling Collective: Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Patricia Fabricant, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Katherine Jackson, Patricia Miranda, Josette Urso, Jo Yarrington
Recalling the long history of women artist collectives that endures today, the London Calling Collective was born from seven loosely associated artists who traveled to London in 2019. When pandemic lock-down came to NYC this inadvertent group of women solidified their connection through Whatsapp and Zoom. A bond of friendship grew over dozens of messages each day and two Zoom meetings a week, resulting in an extraordinary archive on WhatsApp totalling 25,564 posts over 3783 pages. Eight hundred of these pages paper the walls at Ursa Gallery, intimate conversations including info advice, anxieties, about the pandemic and the world; shared meals, recipes, books, films, artists, exhibitions, art opportunities, the view out the window, nightly sunsets, politics, protests and actions, first gatherings and personal stories. Original work from each artist dots the "wallpaper" throughout the space, reflecting the contrapuntal dialogue between artist, artwork and text.
To add to the pandemic dialogue, the Collective designed a lockdown art project in the form of small accordion-fold books, that could fit easily into NYC mailboxes and be sent through the postal service. Each book made a stop at each artist’s home, the final covers completed by the last hands to receive them. The accordion form reflects a complex conversation of time, as it compresses and unfurls, folds and unfolds, refracts and accumulates, parts in a single inextricable whole. The London Calling Collective responded to the challenges of the day by building deep friendships and a chosen family.
Patricia Miranda, co-curator
In Accordion Time, Unfolding: A Pandemic Archive
New Work by THE LONDON CALLING COLLECTIVE at URSA GALLERY
In Accordion Time, Unfolding: A Pandemic Archive
November 7, 2020–February 12, 2021
The Arcade Mall / 1001 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 7, 12–9PM
On View: Saturdays 12-6
Bridgeport, CT—On November 7, Ursa Gallery will debut In Accordion Time, Unfolding: A Pandemic Archive, a seminal exhibition to coincide with the opening of the 2020 Bridgeport Art Trail. Co-curated by Alexandra Rutsch Brock and Patricia Miranda, the installation-as-environment will feature mail art in the form of poetic accordion-fold books as well as diverse digital dialogues made by the London Calling Collective over the past year.
The pandemic made visible the domestic sphere, an oft hidden space of both labor and nurture, where women have historically lived, worked, built families and friendships, fought and loved. Recalling the long history of women artist collectives that endures today, the London Calling Collective was born from seven loosely associated artists—Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Patricia Fabricant, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Katherine Jackson, Patricia Miranda, Josette Urso, and Jo Yarrington—who traveled to London in October 2019 on a brief art trip. When lockdown came to NYC, this inadvertent group of women solidified their connection through WhatsApp and Zoom. In dozens of messages throughout each day and two Zoom meetings a week, throughout quarantine and into today, a bond of friendship grew. The result is 3,783 pages of WhatsApp dating from October 3, 2019, to October 13, 2020—1,000 of which currently paper the walls at Ursa Gallery for this exhibition. Information, advice, and anxieties about the pandemic and the world were discussed, along with shared meals, recipes, books, films, artists, exhibitions, art opportunities, things seen out the window, nightly sunsets, politics, protests and actions, first gatherings, and personal stories. An unplanned impromptu group led to a tightly knit, strong, intimate, resilient, innovative cohort of women. The London Calling Collective responded to the challenges of the day by building deep friendships and a chosen family.
To add to the pandemic dialogues on WhatsApp, the LC Collective desired a physical collaboration of their solitary yet shared experience. They designed a project especially for lockdown in the form of small accordion-fold books that could fit easily into NYC mailboxes and be sent through the postal service. Each book made a stop at each artist’s home, the final covers completed by the last hands to receive them. Through improvisation, overlap, discordance, and harmonics, the diverse language of each artist responded to each other’s interventions. The accordion form reflects a complex conversation of time, as it compresses and unfurls, folds and unfolds, refracts and accumulates, parts in a single inextricable whole.
In this exhibition of seven women sheltering in place while remaining connected through the digital space, radical is found in the ties that thread us together. The dialogue flowing between WhatsApp and Zoom, the book collaboration, and the individual works included in the exhibition reflects the bonds between these artists as individuals and as a group, as they reimagine community for life during and after a pandemic. The LC Collective reveals once again the power and legacy of women coming together—to forge chosen families, build resilient communities, and conspire for change in an uncertain world.
This exhibition marks the opening of Ursa Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located at the Arcade Mall in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Ursa is founded by Bridgeport-based artist Cris Dam and is conceived in collaboration with Dustin Malstrom. For more information on Ursa, visit their website at www.ursa.gallery.
Ely Center Gets Special Delivery
Happy to have my collaborative piece with Susan Luss mentioned in this article.
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ALEXANDRA BROCK AND SUSAN LUSS
Pull and Bound.
Some pieces have fun with the sheer improbability of collaborating on certain types of pieces by mail. Alexandra Brock’s and Susan Luss’s piece is engaging enough in and of itself, but also enjoyable to imagine the difficulty and inherent humor in mailing one another a piece of broken furniture.
Legacy Award for Curatorial Vision
8/29/2020I am so very honored to be receiving the
Pelham Art Center 2020 Visions Gala
Legacy Award for Curatorial Vision
The Pelham ARt Center has been an important part of the creative life of my entire family. They reminded me that my first curatorial project was with them when I was 19 - "Young Professionals". Currently I have curated 21 exhibitions at the PAC, as well as being part of the Alexander Rutsch Memorial Award.
THANK YOU Pelham Art Center!
Radical Women: Seeing Red
Very honored to have been part of Radical Women: Seeing Red, curated by Patricia Miranda and including my fellow travelers in the group we have named London Calling. We traveled to London last fall and forged very strong bonds over art, politics and life. Thrilled to be showing with these warrior women. The show will be in Odetta Gallery's Harlem space from August 30 to Sept. 26 and will accompany a solo of Patricia's lace work. From the press release: In this intimate exhibition of seven women sheltering in place while staying connected through the digital realm, radical is found in the ties that thread them together. The works reflect the relationships between these artists, individually and as a group, and reimagine community for life during and after a pandemic.
Painting Included in Museum in Greece
6/16/2020An Uncertain Destiny
acrylic on canvas
I have been invited to participate in the 35x35 art project by the Copelouzos Family Art Museum, a privately owned contemporary art Museum based in Athens, Greece. My piece will become part of the museum's permanent collection and will be published as part of a book on the project.
The museum is a private contemporary art museum based in Athens, Greece, owned by Dimitris Copelouzos’ family. Its collection contains a significant number of art works created by established, and also emerging contemporary artists, covering different art movements (pop art, figurative, abstract, etc.). The collection contains art works created by artists from Europe (e.g. Hirst, Leger), USA (e.g. Lichtenstein, Wesselmann, Rauschenberg), Latin America (e.g. Botero, Matta) and Asia (e.g. Yayoi Kusama, Zhang Xiaogang).
You'll Come Upon
oil on linen
10" x 8"
was chosen for Spring Flash!
Online April 10-30, 2020
The New York Artists Equity Spring Flash--In an effort to sustain our hopes and buoy our spirits, Equity Gallery is pleased to announce we will be hosting the Spring Flash, an online-only sale of affordable works to benefit the greater community of artists and patrons our organization serves.Equity Gallery // New York Artists Equity Association, Inc.245 Broome StreetNew York, New York 10002
Art Spiel - Interview
4/2/2020Thank you Etty Yaniv for this opportunityArtists on Coping: Alexandra (Alexi) Rutsch Brock
APRIL 2, 2020 BY ETTY YANIVDuring the coronavirus pandemic, Art Spiel is reaching out to artists to learn how they are coping.
photo credit - Patricia Fabricant
Deep Blue See: An Exhibition for Child Abuse Prevention Month 2020
4/1/2020Honored to have work accepted into this important exhibition, curated by Krista Scenna.
Deep Blue See: An Exhibition for Child Abuse Prevention Month 2020
Ground Floor Gallery has partnered with Prevent Child Abuse America on the exhibition, “Deep Blue See,” to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month: April 2020. The CAP Month 2020 color is blue so we've invited artists to show their original blue artworks in all media.
Apr 1st – Jun 1st Online Exclusive
ABCnoRio Clothesline Benefit 2020
Happy to participate in this again.
Clothesline Benefit Art Sale
Saturday March 7, 2020
On Saturday March 7, 2020, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, ABC No Rio will reprise its Clothesline Benefit Art Sale at Bullet Space/292 Gallery, one of our ABC No Rio in Exile locations at which we most recently mounted our The Body is a Horror and Regress exhibitions.
We are asking artists who support ABC No Rio to participate by donating work to this benefit event.
As in previous clothesline benefits, all artwork will be presented on clotheslines strung through the gallery, and should be unframed, two-dimensional work on paper, no larger than 11" X 17".
For our clothesline benefits prices are set at either $25 or $50, depending on the size and complexity of the work, and to be decided by you.
12 named as recipients of Pelham Art Center Legacy Awards
Twelve individuals have been announced as recipients of Pelham Art Center Legacy Awards. The awards are to be given during the Pelham Pelham Art Center 50th Anniversary Gala “VISIONS 2020” on Saturday, March 21stat the New York Athletic Club (31 Shore Road, Pelham Manor).
Pelham Art Center’s annual spring gala brings together over 200 supporters to support art, education, and community. The 2020 gala includes a special program celebrating visionary achievements and contributions throughout the organization’s 50 year history. Awardees in seven categories will be recognized for their impact on the founding and development of the Art Center.
Pelham Art Center Legacy Award Recipients:
- Art Happening Original Co-Chairs: Peggy Nicholson & Clue Noble
- Visionary Award: Barbara Bratone
- Curatorial Vision Award: Alexi Rutsch Brock
- Lifetime of Service Award: Nancy Warner, Candace Taubner, & Kathy Rutsch
- Lifetime of Service – Education: Susan Nathenson
- Lifetime of Service – Employee: Bridget Bettke
- Visionary Leadership Award: Diana Reische, Camille Romita, Annette Candido
Carol & Mort David
Lynn & Stuart Epstein
Elizabeth & John Rudolph
Join the Pelham Art Center festivities commemorating its 50 year legacy and the individuals who have made it possible!
Send a congratulatory note or place an ad in the gala event journal by March 1st. Purchase tickets to VISIONS 2020 before March 10th at Visions2020.givesmart.com.Tickets are $225 and tables are $2250. Participate in the VISIONS 2020 auction. Preview the online silent auction at Visions2020.givesmart.com and stay tuned for more surprises. Bidding goes live on March 17th and concludes March 21st at 10:30PM. Live Auction items include a 6-day African Safari, Race Car driving, and custom personal chef & event packages. All proceeds from the event support Pelham Art Center’s free exhibitions, programs, and affordable classes for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
Pelham Art Center thanks VISIONS 2020 sponsors:
McClellan Sotheby’s, Meridian Risk Management, Cincinnati Insurance Companies, Bischof & Bischof, Stiefvater Real Estate, D. Ragno Landscaping, Westchester Collision & Recovery
VISIONS 2020 Honorary Event Chairs: Andrea Archibald, Barbara Bratone, Sona Davidian, Nancy Davis, Nina Diefenbach, Missy Fink, Paisley Kelling, Terry Martell, Susan Nathenson, Peggy Nicholson, Clue Noble, Anna Riehl, Diana Reische, Carla Romita, Candace Taubner, Nancy Warner
VISIONS 2020 Event Committee: Nandini Anandu, Jennifer Bland, Annette Candido, Paula McKeever, Jill Orlando, Ann Marie Pitkin, KD Wilson.
Work in Fundraiser @ M. David
2/21/2020Feb 21 – Mar 1, 2020M. David & Co. is responding to the gross disregard for the processes of the US Constitution and the Legislative Branch of the US Government as displayed in the Trump impeachment trial. We feel it is part of our responsibility to do what we can to ensure the survival of liberal democracy in America.Please join us for a group exhibition, The Enabling Act - A Call to Arms, to raise money for the Democratic party. The exhibition will run February 21 - March 1, 2020.In response to the senate's refusal to call witnesses and the sham impeachment trial Michael wrote the following:“No matter your politics, whether you believe his crime rose to the level of impeachment -to not allow witnesses to testify, to rush this impeachment through without due process - has left me feeling powerless, hopeless - like some fake trial in Russia at best - or like the Enabling Act of 1933 at worst - yes this is what we are facing now.” - Michael David
Alexandra Rutsch Brock
Gouache and thread on Indian paper
15' x 8"
An icompendium Site