What I Did on My Vacation
A Multi-Venue Program Organized by Soft Network
Taking its title from both the extraordinary Carolee Schneemann performance that was first staged at Ashawagh Hall in East Hampton on August 29, 1975 as part of Joyce Kozloff and Joan Semmel’s radical feminist exhibition entitled Women Artists Here and Now and a series of happenings organized by Allan Kaprow in 1967 throughout the Hamptons for CBS’s historic news program Eye on New York, Soft Network’s summer project gathers artwork, ephemera and moving-image from a group of intergenerational artists in a sprawling, visual poem on mediation and re-mediation.
Exhibitions and screenings span S&S Corner Shop, Springs; Broadway, Tribeca; Halsey McKay, East Hampton; Metrograph Cinema online; and the Arts Center at Duck Creek, Springs. Artworks specifically chosen for the new project space at S&S represent an expansive view of performance for the camera and look at the complicated, yet integral role archival actions take in preserving the artistic interchange of fleeting, corporeal based work as well as artist networks.
Organized as a searching scroll of performance and correspondence, the installation at S&S will be presented in a re-combinatory style in which the selection of works on view will continually change over the duration of the exhibition. Overall the Springs presentation features photography and editions by Lucas Blalock, Moyra Davey, Mónica Félix, Louise Lawler, Steve Locke, Lilah Friedland, Kamau Amu Patton, Joan Semmel, and Gwen Smith The Black Woman Project; sculpture by Travis Boyer, Matt Keegan and Sara Greenberger Rafferty; painting, drawing and collage by Sari Dienes, Martha Edelheit, Joyce Kozloff, Ray Johnson, Juanita McNeely, Anita Steckel, Johanna Vanderbeek and Ryan Wallace.
This project considers the fractured boundary between private and public as an endless conveyance of self, sometimes to no one and sometimes to many. Artists depicting other artists or their own personages, correspondence reflective of one’s community and performance residuals convey the crucial role of communication and the record left after.
Representing Soft Network’s ongoing engagements with artist estates and archives is a selection of correspondence written between Betty Woodman, Francesca Woodman and George Woodman in 1978 from the Woodman Family Foundation; disposable camera projects by Klaus Kertess and Dorothea Rockburne from a 1996 White Columns fundraiser; and ephemera related to the careers of Ray Johnson; Allan Kaprow; Shigeko Kubota; and Sarah Charlesworth. The film & video program at S&S includes a small selection of works by female artists who used video and the mediation of their own bodies as the main tools and subjects of their performance - Li Harris & Alisha B. Wormsley, Joan Jonas, Carolee Schneemann, Cindy Sherman, Elaine Summers and Francesca Woodman.
A six-part film and video program co-programmed by Soft Network and Jason Evans for Metrograph online runs through August 23rd and concludes with a live screening at the Arts Center of Duck Creek in Springs on August 22nd. Programmed by Rosalind Schneider and Martha Edelheit of Women/Artist/Filmmakers, Inc. a female experimental film collective founded in the 1970s, the final series includes several titles from the 1975 art and performance week Women Artists Here and Now.
Overall, the series for Metrograph, titled Artists on Camera 1967-2021 looks at the long tradition of artists depicting other artists as an intimate perspective on a typically guarded world. Unique encounters with friends, peers, and their wider community bring an admiration shared by those on both sides of the camera. From quiet portraits filmed in studio environments that explore the nuances of an artist’s everyday life, to layered films that trace the influence of one artist’s work on another, the program of shorts, mid-length and feature films reveals how both the portrayers and the portrayed intersect.
About Soft Network
Soft Network is a cooperative platform established by Chelsea Spengemann and Sara VanDerBeek for connective arts programming. We work between past and present to explore ways in which the archive and archival interactions can become integral modes of exchange, collaboration, creativity and commerce. Soft Network’s mission is to provide opportunities for living artists and the representatives of non-living artists to support each other through sharing resources, labor and profits by generating new projects in collaboration with existing platforms. Projects will be available to view during regular business hours of the exhibition space or by appointment. All artworks are available for immediate purchase at the exhibition space and in certain instances online via our partners.
In Soft Network's online store with Rachel Comey, items are organized into various sections that are periodically updated. A dream archive of sorts, this collection of artwork, publications, special editions and ephemera grows out of Soft Network's interest in process and dialogue between practitioners and their inspirations. Soft Network's presentations will be ongoing, accumulative and intergenerational.
In addition to Rachel Comey, Soft Network's collaborators include Pochron Studios, Brooklyn; S&S Corner Shop, Springs; Wolfy Part II, Tivoli, NY; Metrograph, NY; Halsey McKay, East Hampton; Broadway, NY; ArtFizz Projects; Parrish Art Museum Store; Registrars Group LLC, NY; and many individuals.
S&S Corner Shop, The Art Building, 11 Fort Pond Boulevard, Springs, Long Island, July 24- September 26, 2021
Li Harris & Alisha B. Wormsley
Kamau Amu Patton
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Gwen Smith The Black Woman Project
Stan VanDerBeek with Elaine Summers
Broadway, 373 Broadway, Tribeca, NYC, August 5 - August 27, 2021
Andrea Fraser & Jeff Preiss
Kite & Alisha B. Wormsley
Ryan Muller & B Wurtz
Halsey McKay, East Hampton, Long Island, May 28 - July 26, 2021