ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Photo of Scotto Mycklebust by Stella Lillig
Was born in Minneapolis, MN. He studied art and humanities at the University of Minnesota, and obtained degrees in Studio Arts, Visual Communications and Theater Set Design from Augsburg College. Mycklebust has long been a versatile and pioneering force in multimedia art; his practice encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture, sound, video, and performance. His work scrutinizes contemporary attitudes towards imperialism, commerce, globalization, and the body, challenging dominant ideologies and conventional aesthetics. He has described his body of work as an “expanding vision,” which allows him to “speak in many voices” while exploring persistent themes. “Over time it has become very clear to me that the medium is just a vehicle,” he says. “I find that limiting yourself as an artist or staying within one particular field of art just does not cut it these days. As economic systems globalize and the media landscape becomes more complex, it’s important to expand your practice.”
His earliest works were mostly paintings, which synthesized elements of pop art and analytical cubism. In the early 1980s he accepted a position at the Walker Center for the Arts in Minneapolis, where he worked with Robert Wilson, John Cage, Laurie Anderson, and Philip Glass. Inspired in part by these adventurous artists, he began to undertake his own experimental projects, which were innovative in their blending of genres and styles. These early multimedia pieces included Frankenstein & Gaea: A High-Tech Tribal Opera (1982) and Metallic Dog Ballet (1982). In 1984 he collaborated with a choreographer and a computer programmer to create Borderlands: Augmented Transformations of Real and Recorded Time, a landmark work of synaesthesia that integrated music, video, and dance.
For over twenty-five years, Mycklebust has continued to explore a wide range of media. While many conceptual artists are more interested in ideas than execution, Mycklebust’s art exhibits not only theoretical rigor but also technical skill. His work draws on a range of contemporary and historical images, demonstrating a deep engagement with both traditional European portraiture and the 20th century avant-garde. He was an earlier adopter of technology in art. Since 1983 his work has used computer-generated imagery by incorporating digital technologies into his work. Several of his compositions combine computer-generated imagery with oil paint. Mycklebust has also continued to compose music, using sophisticated computer programs and his primary instrument, the piano.
In 2009, Mycklebust moved his art studio to the West Chelsea Arts Building, located in the center of the West Chelsea gallery district. The move inspired new direction in his work, to explore a new mix of traditional art making techniques with digital techniques and technology. A new series of large-scale Super Size paintings were born. The move to West Chelsea also brought on the involvement with the West Chelsea artists’ community. Since 2010 Mycklebust has organized, programmed and produced public art events, including over twenty-five annual artists open studios event: including the High Line Artists Open Studios, http://www.highlineopenstudios.org and the West Chelsea Artists Open Studios, www.westchelseaartists.com.
In 2011 Mycklebust created and published Revolt Magazine, a print tabloid and online art commentary publication with international distribution. 2012 included a trip to Berlin for Revolt Magazine and participation the 7th Berlin Biennale Occupy Museum Movement. Mycklebust has become an artist’s advocate and activist for New York City’s West Chelsea artists’ community and the Arts, helping artists develop and grow as an independent artist.
In August 2015, Jefferson Market Public Library, a historical New York City landmark, presented Everything in the Garden is Rosy, an art installation transforming the underground into a magical digital garden of oversize flowers, tweeting birds and Astroturf. It was a reflection of the Library’s public garden on above.
Mycklebust recent projects include a new online publication: ART511 Magazine, www.art511mag.com and a boutique West Chelsea gallery district POP UP gallery space for visiting artists to present their work in the New York City.
Mycklebust lives and works in New York City.
ANN SOPHIE STÆRK
Was born in Copenhagen, Denmark where she graduated from the Royal College of Art from the Painting and Graphic department in 1999. Since then she has participated in various shows both in galleries and museums in Denmark and abroad. When she first exhibited in the Unites States in 2003 she was part of the group “Quirky Girls” that showed at the DCA Gallery on 22nd street in Chelsea, NYC. The same show was invited to Horsens Museum of Art in Denmark, where it was nominated for a prize. In 2004 Staerk was in The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP). In 2004, Staerk got accepted to be at the prestigious program ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program) in New York and decided to stay in the city.
The artist’s pictorial universe is inspired by her adopted city, New York and her hometown, Copenhagen. The frenzy of NY, its myriad of people and its irresistible vivacity is a contrast to the tranquil Danish city where nature and design play a part in both urban and home life. She continues to keep up with exhibiting in both her hometown and New York.
In New York, Staerk has participated in Art Fairs such as: Scope, Art Basel, Miami 2005, and the Armory Show and has showed at The Salvatorre Ferregamo Gallery, NYC in 2006. In 2008, she did a big wall art mural at the Dune design store in Tribeca. In Denmark, 2013 she did a commission for Danfoss, a Danish company, and later the same year she got a huge assignment to do several wall murals in a new courthouse in Denmark. www.sophiestaerk.com
PASP Public Art Squad Project
The PUBLIC ART SQUAD PROJECT’S mission and goal is to foster cultural, social and political awareness and change through artistic expression, development and creativity by presenting art related programs and events. Public Art Squad Project also serves as an artist’s advocate for New York City’s West Chelsea artists’ community and the Arts, helping artists develop and grow as an independent artists.
The Public Art Squad Project was founded by West Chelsea artist Scotto Mycklebust, and develops, organizes, manages and produces several annual West Chelsea public art events. They include the High Line Open Studios artists open studios event, which is presented twice a year in March and October. The October open studios is a 3-day weekend event which is free and open to the public as a self –guide tour of West Chelsea Artist’s opens studios.
The March open studios is a 2-day event held on a Saturday and Sunday during the Armory Show, as part of the Armory Show Arts Week Chelsea day program, The Armory Show is the largest contemporary art show in the world, held every March in NYC. For more information about visit the web site www.highlineopenstudios.org
In addition to the High Line Open Studios, the PASP also produces the West Chelsea Artists Open Studios, which was founded in 2011 by Scotto Mycklebust, and is presented annually to kickoff New York City’s summer art season in West Chelsea. The event is held the second weekend in June, and is the 2-day weekend event. For more information about visit the web site www.westchelseaartists.com
The High Line Open Studios and West Chelsea Artists Open Studios events provides an opportunity for local emerging and established artists to open their studios to the public to help build awareness of their works, and to show and sell work to art enthusiast, the public and collectors. The free self-guided tours provides the rare opportunity for the public to access a multitude of artists, styles, and mediums, see first hand the creative spaces generally only open by appointment and purchase artwork.
In 2011 PASP supported the development and launch of Revolt Magazine, a print tabloid and online art commentary publication with international distribution. 2012 included a trip to Berlin for Revolt Magazine and participation the 7th Berlin Biennale Occupy Museum Movement. Revolt Magazine was published from 2011 to 2016. 2016 brought the development of a new startup publication, ART511 Magazine. An new art commentary publication published online at www.ART511MAG.com. In 2017, ART511 Magazine invited artists, art lovers, enthusiasts, dealers, collectors, press and the general public to join the community-wide launch party of ART511Mag.com during the West Chelsea Gallery District Fall Art Season on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. The launch party was a huge success with over 450 guests attended to celebrate to public launch of the magazine.
In 2018, ART511 Magazine and Alexandra Arts teamed up to produce a limited edition 74-page, full-color print commission celebrating International Women’s Day and the centenary for UK women’s suffrage (funded by ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND) for the 2018 Pankhurst in the Park season.
This coming July, ART511 Magazine is presenting EMINENT DOMAIN: a 3-day Flash Art Exhibition in the former Robert Miller space in West Chelsea. The exhibition is a curated selection of radical feminist art by female artists, eco-femmes, ghetto brujas, elders, queer/trans artists and other magical gender nomads reclaiming their rightful space in the Art World. The flash exhibition will occur July 12-14, 2018.
In September, Public Art Squad Project will present an extraordinary exhibition and art show at the Highline Loft Gallery space in the West Chelsea Gallery district.
The art show is the brainchild by two New York based Scandinavian Scotto Mycklebust and Sophie Staerk. The exhibition is the New York premier presentation of the artist’s works, which will travel to Scandinavian counties, including Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland as part of a cultural exchange-touring exhibition from 2019 to 2020.