In Process @ The Watermill Center
In the Studio with
Brian Block, Maria Louizou, and Ola Maciejewska
WATER MILL, NY (March 21, 2022) – The Watermill Center, an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities located in Water Mill, NY, will host the second of it’s 2022 In Process series with an intimate look into the work of American sculptor Brian Block, Greek interdisciplinary artist Maria Louizou, and Polish choreographer Ola Maciejewska, on Friday, April 22.
“One of the joys of our Artist Residency Program is that it allows us to support both new and returning artists.” shares Elka Rifkin, Director of The Watermill Center. “Both Brian and Maria participated in our International Summer Program, which is centered on collaboration under Robert Wilson’s guidance. Now they return to The Center to focus on their personal creative practice. In Process is not only a chance for the public to see our Artists-in-Residence creative talents but also an opportunity to see their growth over the years.”
In Process @ The Watermill Center is an ongoing series of studio visits and open rehearsals that invites audiences of all ages and backgrounds to gain insight into how artists from across the globe develop new work. Attendees are invited to visit the studio of each artist for a presentation of the work they are developing during their residency at The Center, followed by a brief Q&A.
Brian Block, an American sculptor, will spend his residency at The Center writing and researching The Notes of F.C. Wott, File 12: Theories, a large-scale multi-panel work comprising 100+ image and text panels.
“I was a summer intern in 2000,” shares Block, “and I have retained a love for The Watermill Center and its community ever since. It was a transformative summer in so many ways; not the least was creatively. The Center offered so many possibilities for creative extension – collaboration, collecting, curating, contemplation, creation, architecture, gastronomy – all ways of expanding one’s ways of living.”
During her residency, Greek sculptor and interdisciplinary artist Maria Louizou will explore The Watermill Center’s collection for Phonetic Costume, a research-based project which will develop into an audio-visual installation. Louizou aims to create a new soft sculpture using thick threads, a self-made weaving loom, and wooden support construction. This sculpture will be a large-scale “costume” in which she will enter and perform one of her vocal compositions.
“After my experience as a summer resident at The Watermill Center in 2019, I felt the need to participate again,” shares Louizou. “I believe that there are still uncountable opportunities to explore, which only this particular community and environment can offer, one of which is to examine the permanent collection of The Watermill Center. I also think that The Center is the only place in which intensive work in nature generates new perceptions of making art.”
Polish choreographer Ola Maciejewska is a recipient of the 2022 Baroness Nina von Maltzahn Fellowship for the Performing Arts at The Watermill Center. During her fellowship, she will continue the development of “CYKLE,” a work for two dancers based on the work of Loïe Fuller. Fabric constructions, activated by bodies, act as a medium between the body and the world and as machines that produce a constant flow of movement. The images created by these highly evocative constructions are confronted with the image of a specific body engaging in vocal practice.
“Our newest program, the Baroness Nina von Maltzahn Fellowship for the Performing Arts, allows us to invite artists like Ola, who might not have otherwise engaged with The Watermill Center,” shares Rifkin. “The Fellowship brings in emerging and established talents from across the globe, allowing the East End community to connect with artists at exciting moments in their career.”
The Watermill Center’s Artist Residency Program is process-based, providing artists with the time, space, and freedom to develop their work in a communal environment that encourages experimentation. Artists-in-Residence receives exclusive access to The Center’s expansive art collection, research library, theatrical archives, carefully curated facilities, and manicured grounds as tools in the creation of new and exciting work.
For more information about The Watermill Center, its Artists-in-Residence, and its upcoming public programs, visit www.watermillcenter.org
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Brian Block is a sculptor whose work stems from original research into the language and ideology of selected “perceptual authorities.” Block considers his foundational research – studying an institution, collecting artifacts, archiving as the beginnings of a form of “counter knowledge” – at the base of his practice. His works arise from the reshaping of the tropes of the legitimacy of his sources, offering a fictive trick-mirror imitation of institutional reality production. His practice is positioned in the interplay of the somewhat fictive reality of ideology with the fictive realm of art. Block lives and works in New York City and Grafton, NY.
Maria Louizou is a Greek sculptor born and based in Athens. She creates large-scale sculptures which provide the audience with space for interaction and expression. Her vocal compositions are inspired by traditional female vocal laments. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in sculpture from the Athens School of Fine Arts (A.S.F.A.). She studied music theory (classical and electronic) at the Athens Conservatoire. She was recently awarded the “ARTWORKS 2020” prize. Her research “The Body in Contemporary Sculpture, Greek Tradition, and Polyphonic Composition” won a grant by the Greek Ministry of Culture in 2020. Her work has been shown in New York at The Watermill Center’s 2019 Annual Summer Benefit, as well as in Beijing, where she was awarded the prize “China Taiyuan International Youth Metal Sculpture” in 2018. Louizou displayed her work at the “Theorimata 2018” exhibition at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens (E.M.S.T.). Her last solo show, “Six Breaths per Minute,” took place at Contemporary Art Center Ileana Tounta in Athens in 2021. She is currently presenting a collective work collaborating with Columbia University and Victoria Square Project team.
Born in Poland and based in France, Ola Maciejewska is a dancer and choreographer. In 2012 she obtained her MA in Contemporary Theatre and Dance Studies at the University of Utrecht. She made her choreographic debut with “Loie Fuller: Research” (2011) at TENT Rotterdam. In 2015, Maciejewska premiered “BOMBYX MORI” in Paris at la Ménagerie de verre as part of the Festival Les Inaccoutumés. From 2016-2018 Maciejewska was associate artist of Centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie. Her latest work, “DANCE CONCERT,” had its world premiere at National Taichung Theatre in Taiwan and was presented at Centre Pompidou as part of the 2018 Festival d’Automne in France. “BOMBYX MORI” and “DANCE CONCERT” are supported by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of New Settings. In 2019, she received a grant from “International Tanzmesse NRW” to conduct research on the scenography of Rolf Borzik at the Archives of the Pina Bausch Foundation in the fall of 2020. Ola Maciejewska is a recipient of the 2022 Baroness Nina von Maltzahn Fellowship for the Performing Arts at The Watermill Center.
WMC, Ola Macijewska
THE WATERMILL CENTER
Founded in 1992 by avant-garde visionary Robert Wilson, The Watermill Center is an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities situated on ten acres of Shinnecock ancestral territory on Long Island’s East End. With an emphasis on creativity and collaboration, The Center offers year-round artist residencies and education programs, providing a global community with the time, space, and freedom to create and inspire.
The Watermill Center’s rural campus combines multifunctional studios with ten acres of manicured grounds and gardens, housing a carefully curated art collection, expansive research library, and archives illustrating the life and work of Artistic Director, Robert Wilson. The Center’s facilities enable Artists-in-Residence to integrate resources from the humanities and research from the sciences into contemporary artistic practice. Through year-round public programs, The Watermill Center demystifies the artistic process by facilitating unique insight into the creative process of a rotating roster of national and international artists.
The Watermill Center’s programs are made possible by awards from Cowles Charitable Trust, Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act, JAF Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, The LLWW Foundation, mediaThe foundation inc., The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, The Nightingale Code Foundation, The Red Butterfly Foundation, May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, The Suffolk County Office of Economic Development, The Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs, Leila & Mickey Straus Family Charitable Fund, Town of Southampton, and Trust for Mutual Understanding.
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