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Modris Svilans is an artist based in Riga, Latvia. He is in NYC as an apexart New York City Fellow from September 9 - October 9, 2014.
CURRENT NEW YORK CITY FELLOW
 


Damali Abrams is a NYC-based artist traveled to Seoul, South Korea, as an apexart International Fellow from July 1 - 30, 2014.
RECENT INTERNATIONAL FELLOW


Saturday evening trip to Bushwick in Brooklyn. Small lovely place called Secret Project Robot  where performances by artists also LA band Bloody Death Skull in overall is was the loveliest event I have visited. The event which was attended by about 40 people. Place where there is a creative and relaxed atmosphere. Happy and open people. Place where everyone knows each other and allowed me to feel the same. The guy who spoke to me had a very surprised that I came alone and I didn’t know anyone, he quickly introduced me to his friends as well as Secret Project Robot areas. Going back to my residence felt glad and happy. If you don’t have to be anywhere else on a Saturday night, Bushwick is the right place to enjoy the evening without thinking. 

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I hope that it is a start of something big.

www.bloodydeathskull.bandcamp.com

www.secretprojectrobot.org

Almost every day I explain to everyone that I am from Latvia. All eagerly nodding and saying that they know where Latvia is. Some even know the name of the capital Riga. Other known countries that Latvia has border with. I think that most of the people do not know where is Latvia, and only out of respect they say that they know. But if you I ask me to name at least one USA state location I certainly wouldn’t know.

So I added this picture.

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After meeting with Rodney Dickson I am a little overwhelmed. We spent a long evening walk through Manhattan. Talking about art and things that are happening worldwide. Therefore, Saturday noon visiting  at The Performance Arts Library opera had the best that could happen.

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Last week’s most bizarre event - a boat tour around Manhattan. During the whole tour all the tourists managed to take, I believe, more than 10000 photos, which will mean nothing to nobody, but they will be able to brag to their friends that they have been in NYC. The whole time on that exhaustive tour I wished to be small and unnoticeable and dream of being in some nice meadow or garden, or simply walking around somewhere else, and not be here. I hope, when taking this only photo, I did not look like one of them (those tourists).image

or them..

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If one have a chance to avoid going to Times Square and take a look at it in some photos that can be found on the internet, please, do so. It is simply too overwhelming and maybe even depressing to see all those people there (just too many people). It is better to go to the nearby Bryan Park Tai Chi class at 7.30am.

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It is something that will simply make the rest of the day bette.

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the man who sold me the book

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place for creative spirit

http://www.fluxfactory.org

http://utopiaschool.org

A Girl I Met in Brooklyn.
She told me what plants are grown in El Garden and what it’s all abut.  Later we went for a coffee, she helped me to get to Nurture Art Gallery. We also went for lunch in Brooklyn and she showed me around.  In the evening, we went for a drink.
When saying good-bye, the strange feeling didn’t leave me - a person with whom I have spent all day will soon be gone, and we will never meet again. Most likely, it will be so.

A Girl I Met in Brooklyn.

She told me what plants are grown in El Garden and what it’s all abut.  Later we went for a coffee, she helped me to get to Nurture Art Gallery. We also went for lunch in Brooklyn and she showed me around.  In the evening, we went for a drink.
When saying good-bye, the strange feeling didn’t leave me - a person with whom I have spent all day will soon be gone, and we will never meet again. Most likely, it will be so.
What will he think after 20 years? Maybe today this photo helps him.
http://enormousface.com

What will he think after 20 years? Maybe today this photo helps him.

http://enormousface.com

Vegetables on the roof

So far this is the calmest place in New York I have been. When standing on the street, it is hard to believe something like this can be found in Queens.

I dont know what happened there. I took this photo at the market and there were many people. Only at home I saw that someone lays there. 
In New York everything is just around the corner, you have to learn to see it.

I dont know what happened there. I took this photo at the market and there were many people. Only at home I saw that someone lays there. 

In New York everything is just around the corner, you have to learn to see it.

roofs between 14th st and 23rd st

Sep 9

modris-apexart
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the dance floorthe dance floor

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Sep 9

apexart-residency

Modris Svilāns

Modris Svilāns (b. 1979, Aizkraukle, Latvia) started his career at Rezeknes School of Art and Design in the Department of Metal Design. In 2000, he moved to Riga and studied at the Art Academy of Latvia working towards a Masters Degree from the Department of Metal Design. During his studies at the Art Academy of Latvia, he started to work on his own art projects and also custom orders. He has worked on props in some Latvian and Russian movies as well as the reconstruction of historical objects in medieval castles. Between custom orders, he participates in different art projects and exhibitions with photography and kinetic art works. He has taken part in different exhibitions in Latvia and Europe. Solo exhibitions mainly show his photography, but have included some kinetic art works in the combination with analog photography. He loves to use historical photographic methods along with digital processes. He is taking part in Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day’s and also sometimes makes use this technique as his artistic form of expression.

Visit his Fellowship Page for more information. 

While preparing for the water gun festival, putting all of my belongings into plastic bags to protect them from water damage, I was thinking about the special place in hell that must be reserved for whomever thought to add this to my itinerary. I may be too cynical or too New York, but I don’t want any strangers squirting me with anything anywhere ever. The description of the event also mentioned being sprayed with fire hoses. I don’t know one single Black person who would go somewhere to be voluntarily sprayed by fire hoses. Also, I don’t like guns and don’t want people pointing even a play gun at me. Plus, what does any grown-ass woman want with a water gun festival?
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These were the thoughts with which I began my Sunday morning, stringing expletives together in innovative ways that would impress even Richard Pryor. Still, I vowed to keep an open mind. It was the first sunny day all week and I had an excuse to dress like a hooch so at least there was that. Plus I was scheduled to go with Eunhee and she’d seemed psyched about it from the beginning. That and the fact that I had already made the reservations made me get out of the house. About $7 included admission and a small water gun.

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Thankfully we got a free upgrade to larger ones (they’d run out of the small ones by the time we got there) because it was REAL out here on these streets.image

As you can see from the photo above, there were folks who tricked out their guns with juice or water bottles so they could hold more water.

It actually wound up being really fun. There were performances and creative water guns and costumes. Even G.I. Joe & Santa were there….image

Once I got into it, I really enjoyed being able to spray random people with water.image

There were a few stations with inflatable pools for refills.

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It was hilarious because when dance groups came out to perform, everyone would start spraying them (including me). I give them their props for being able to continue dancing while getting soaked head to toe.

Even as I took the above photo, I was getting sprayed.

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Of course the kids were loving it, though many parents would retaliate if you sprayed their kids but hey, if you are old enough to give it, you can take it, right?

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I couldn’t believe they blocked off several city streets for this, and felt a little bad for folks just wanting to walk down the street.

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This dude was actually spraying people with a hose from his window.

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By the end of the day we were cold and soaked but it was well worth it. Whoever scheduled me to go to this, my apologies for damning you to hell. It was a blast! Pun intended.

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This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.

J.F.Kennedy said