The BSMT Residencies are six-month stints curated by guest artists as part of an experimental initiative to foster collaboration. Participants are encouraged to curate their own programming, shaping the culture of the BSMT.
There are currently three BSMT residencies in progress. One—which began in July and runs through December—was chosen by Amy Khoshbin, a Brooklyn-based artist who works and combines many disciplines: performance, video, collage, costume and sound. Her work has been presented at BAM, Abrons Arts Center, The Invisible Dog Arts Center, The Stone, and festivals such as River to River, South by Southwest and MakerFaire. She has completed residencies at The Watermill Center, LMCC's Workspace Residency 2014–15, Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, Team Effort! in Glasgow, Scotland, and at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Karen Finley, Tina Barney, and poets Anne Carson and Bob Currie, among others.
A specialized group, focused on animated GIFs, which began in August and runs through January, is led by animation artist Matthias Brown, also known as Traceloops. Brown has selected four peers who, like him, have amassed thousands of followers across social media platforms for their internet-based art, and collaborated with major brands and institutions. Brown has worked with, among others: Converse, NBC, Hyundai, The Tate Modern, and MTV.
The third group, led by Sei and Ki Smith of Apostrophe NYC, a pop-up concept that throws events and shows aiming to bring artists and their works outside of the gallery space, began in October and runs through March 2017.
BSMT Residency artists, curated by Amy Khoshbin:
BSMT Residency artists, curated by Matthias Brown:
BSMT Residency artists, curated by Apostrophe NYC:
Established by curatorial director Ysabel Pinyol and curator Karline Moeller, Mana Residencies give local and international visual artists the opportunity to work at the organization’s prestigious New Jersey headquarters. The annual program provides a complimentary studio for one year, providing five mid-career artists the opportunity to freely develop and expand their practice with the benefits of additional space, a strong community, and ongoing support. Participants are immersed in the art complex, which includes resources such as the Keating Foundry and the Gary Lichtenstein Editions print shop, as well as Mana’s art storage, handling, and framing services. Artists-in-residence also receive a strategic introduction to the curators, collectors, and other art world professionals who regularly visit the organization. Our residents are selected from a strong network of like-minded individuals, many of whom choose to continue their stay at Mana.
Please note: BSMT and Mana residencies are invitation-only.
Sei Smith, video still of Sasha Feldman/Elvis Guest House, 2016
$10 suggested admission fee at door
Join us for an evening of extravaganza! Including performance, dance, music, installation, and other wonders, presented by Base 12, a group of BSMT Residents curated by Apostrophe NYC. The performances will center around Base 12’s studios—each artist will either perform themselves or find a co-conspirator to interact with their work. Wandering performers will also buzz around the studios to activate the whole space, inviting you to be truly engrossed in the environment rather than simply observing as you pass through. The performances will be followed by live music to let loose the energy generated from the various experiences.
Surface is a group exhibition in Mana BSMT’s new 3,000 square foot gallery. It will feature work by five Mana BSMT Residents who work primarily as GIF artists: Matthias Brown (Traceloops), Sam Cannon, Julian Glander, Thoka Maer, and Hayden Zezula (Zolloc). Until now, their artwork has been created for and seen on screens, and shared across social platforms. This exhibition is their first exploration into creating work that can only be experienced in a physical space: sculpture, installation, performance, and gaming. By eliminating screens and creating site-specific experiences, this exhibition will illustrate a collective surfacing from the digital to the physical realm.
Join the conversation online using #SurfaceBSMT
IMAGES (LEFT TO RIGHT)
(1) Thoka Maer
(2) Hayden Zezula, digital rendering of emit, 2016
(3) Matthias Brown, Quadline, 2016
(4) Sam Cannon, Untitled, 2016
(5) Julian Glander, kwurdy2.jpeg, 2016
This exhibition is sponsored by GIPHY Arts
Matthias Brown’s Falling Faces explores physicality and process, as well as positive and negative space, using projection, shadow, and live painting on a free-standing screen. The piece seeks to highlight what is often seen as the shortcomings of production, showcasing these aspects of the process and using them as integral parts of the final work.
We offer semi-private and private studios for rent to non-residency artists in our BSMT on a monthly basis. There is a waiting list, so we encourage you to apply in advance. Applications will be thoroughly reviewed before being accepted.