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Anton Osver is an artist based in Baku, Azerbaijan. He will be in NYC as an apexart New York City Fellow from October 21 – November 20, 2014.
NEXT NEW YORK CITY FELLOW
 


David B. Smith is a NYC-based artist who is in Dunedin, New Zealand, as an apexart International Fellow from October 1 - 31, 2014.
CURRENT INTERNATIONAL FELLOW
Oct 1

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At D.C. I was greeted by Casey Smith, a poet and professor at Corcoran College of Art & Design. We went for lunch and he showed em around. In the evening, we went to Poetry Salon, and he introduced me to his friends. D.C. surprised me with its enormous memorial park - it is impossible to see it all in one day, and with the many galleries and museums - it is impossible to see them all in such a short time

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On Sunday, Casey invited me to a rather sad event. Concoran gallery of art is closing. There were many people who are either interested in art, create art, or connected to art in some other way. Casey tried to introduce me to those people, even though the atmosphere was sad and people were rather quiet.

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This photo of Casey Smith I took approximately 20 minutes before Concoran gallery was closing its door forever.

http://www.localkicks.com/local_style/entertainment/the-end-of-the-corcoran-gallery-of-art

David B. Smith

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In addition to his collective and social practices, David Smith makes images and sculptural installations to explore fantasy, memory, loss, and commodity in American culture. To gain access to the back-end of cultural memory, he playfully re-arranges cultural iconography using a pseudo programming-code — comprised of digital and analog methods of fragmentation, accretion, and re-orientation — such as digital weaving, cut and bent photographs of cultural memes. He isolates patterns, crosses wires, and entertains new poetic interpretations, making the once familiar strange and un-settling. The resulting immersive environments and images reveal, reprogram, and regenerate narratives that occupy the space between remembering, forgetting, and imagining and that vacillate between the real and the virtual. His music project Doom Trumpet has performed in places like Invisible Dog, The Knitting Factory, and the International Center of Photography.

David will be traveling to Dunedin, New Zealand from October 1 to October 31, 2014. Visit his Fellow Page for more information.

On Thursday evening, I went to BAM (Harvey Theater) for the second time, this time to Laurie Anderson’s concert. This concert was not included in my schedule, but only now I have realized what a wonderful place Harvey Theater is. It helped me to appreciate Alarm Will Sound performance which I attended during the first week of my stay here. It is a place where even great artists’ performances become personal, even intimate. It is a place where one feels like he is a part of the performance and responsible for the artists that perform. I hope that I will have a chance to visit BAM again some time.

http://www.bam.org

Now I am on the way to Washington DC, which is somewhat exciting!

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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

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yellow

centuries

gladness


welcomes

anything helps

colors
loneliness

the dance floor


peace

wall

yellow

centuries

gladness

welcomes

anything helps

colorscolors

lonelinessloneliness

the dance floorthe dance floor

peace

peace