RPI alumni receive Creative Capital grants

RPI alumni receive Creative Capital grants

Date posted: 2008-01-24 11:05:08

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ruby Lerner, (212) 598-9900, ext. 238

CREATIVE CAPITAL ANNOUNCES 2008 ARTISTS
More than $2.5 million in grants and services is committed to artist projects

Please visit this link for the entire press release:
http://www.creative-capital.org/about/media/2008-0109-awards.html

 
NEW YORK, NY (January 9, 2008) – Creative Capital, the national organization that supports individual artists, announces the recipients of its 2008 grants. Fifty-two artists representing forty-one projects in film/video and the visual arts received initial awards of $10,000. As the projects develop, the organization offers additional funds; projects may receive as much as $50,000 each through the tenure of the multi-year grant.

Creative Capital artists also participate in the organization's distinctive Artist Services Program valued at $25,000 per artist. This program offers artists skills-building assistance in areas such as fundraising, networking, marketing, and strategic planning with the goal of advancing both their projects and their careers. So far Creative Capital has devoted more than $6 million to the Artists Services Program and has served 349 artists in its nine-year history.

 

Name: Tara Mateik Discipline: Film/Video
City/State: Brooklyn, NY Medium: Installation
Compulsory Routine

The video and performance project Compulsory Routine consists of sixteen wallmounted flat screen monitors arranged in a grid, displaying looped exercise routines by female competitive gymnasts. On each monitor a single gymnast completes a prearranged routine, with each routine shot from the same angle and location. Judges off-screen evaluate the routines based on flexibility, strength, jumps, holding of poses and balance. The grid reinforces patterns that are rigidly imposed upon the gymnasts in the compulsory routine and, as a whole, Compulsory Routine investigates the ways athletes can by turns destabilize and reinforce conceptions of gender and behavior.

Tara Mateik is an artist and educator, who most recently created Show & Tell, a video and performance reenactment of the 1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Guggenheim Museum. A former competitive gymnast, Mateik's film/video and performance installations have been exhibited at many festivals and at Artists Space and Roebling Hall in New York, the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and LACE in Los Angeles. His awards include a two-year fellowship at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an Electronic and Film Art Grant from the Experimental Television Center.

 

Name: Cat Mazza Discipline: Film/Video
City/State: Troy, NY Medium: Animation
Knit for Defense

Knit for Defense uses computer animation, documentary footage and knitting to narrate the history of American wartime crafts. Mazza has developed proprietary software called Knitoscope, which translates digital video into animated, knitted stitches; the filmmaker will use this software to integrate interviews with participants in wartime knitting with archival footage from World War II, and images of vintage patterns. As a whole, Knit For Defense will explore the ways that craft has been an expression of both radicalism and patriotism, from the American Revolution through the Vietnam war resistance movement.

Cat Mazza is a new media artist and educator and a founding member of Eyebeam in New York. Her recent exhibits include Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Thread at Woodstreet Galleries in Pittsburgh and Knitoscope Testimonies at ThreeWalls Gallery in Chicago. She has participated in international contemporary fiber art exhibitions that include Italy's Miniartextil, and electronic arts festivals such as Brazil's FILE and Futuresonic in the UK. She has received a Digital Communities award at Ars Electronica in Austria. She currently teaches Net Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she received her MFA in 2005.

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