Creative Capital

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Learn more at creative-capital.org.
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“In 2009 during the height of the recession, I wanted to make an image that reflected the effects of the housing crisis,” Kerry Skarbakka told us. As we gear up for Creative Capital’s presentation at the 2014 #IdeaFestival #IF14 in Louisville, we asked Kerry, one of the presenting artists, to contribute to our blog. He responded with a rare, behind-the-scenes look at how he created Window, a photograph of himself jumping through - you guessed it! - a window. As you can tell from the above photograph, the first time he jumped through, his camera missed the shot by a nanosecond.

"Because of the sheer difficulty of making this particular shot," Kerry told us, Window has always been one of my favorite images.”

Find out how he made it →

As we prepare for our IdeaFestival session on October 2, we connected with 21c’s Museum Director, Alice Gray Stites, to look back on the long partnership between Creative Capital and 21c and learn more about the Creative Capital exhibition.

Jenny Gill: You have been such an amazing champion of Creative Capital’s work and the artists we support. How do you see Creative Capital’s mission aligning with that of 21c?

Alice Gray Stites: A commitment to supporting adventurous and innovative art shapes the missions of both Creative Capital and 21c. The collection built by 21c founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson includes works by over two dozen Creative Capital grantees—a testament to their interest in acquiring art that reflects and engages the human experience. 21c’s stated mission is to integrate art into everyday life—to expand opportunities for more people to experience how contemporary art can shape perspective and perception. Many, if not most, of the projects supported by Creative Capital address compelling current issues in ways that inspire new perceptions, and potentially activate change. Creative Capital’s awards are given to projects at their inception, when artists are closer to the idea stage than to the finish line, and the staff and others offer a lot of counsel along the way, challenging artists to expand or refine their work. Similarly, when 21c commissions either site- or exhibition-specific installations, artists are often challenged to try something new in terms of scale, material, site. Like Creative Capital, 21c invests in the vision of the artist, and we look to support, present and share with the public ambitious, dynamic projects.

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It’s Friday 🙌 and we just found out we have a lobby kitty 😺 in our office building!

Creative Capital is proud to announce we will be holding our 15th Anniversary Benefit on October 21st. The evening will feature performances and music by #CCartists Sanford Biggers and Moon Medicin, DJ/Rupture, Daniel Roumain and Kristina Wong. We also have a stunning photo edition by awardee Connie Samaras, which is available to all Premium ticket holders, as well as all committee members and their guests.
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Creative Capital is proud to announce we will be holding our 15th Anniversary Benefit on October 21st. The evening will feature performances and music by #CCartists Sanford Biggers and Moon Medicin, DJ/Rupture, Daniel Roumain and Kristina Wong. We also have a stunning photo edition by awardee Connie Samaras, which is available to all Premium ticket holders, as well as all committee members and their guests.

Have you bought your tickets yet?

The Museum of Modern Art is organizing an exciting mid-career retrospective of #CCartist Bill Morrison's film work beginning October 14. As a teaser for the exhibition Bill Morrison: CompositionsMorrison and DJ Olive will be collaborating on a live performance at MoMA on October 4.

"Morrison will project a selection of clips from his archive—including excerpts from his films as well as previously unscreened sequences, while DJ Olive simultaneously creates a live soundtrack."

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Jenny: You mentioned that this project is inspired in part by the Black Panthers’ Free Breakfast for Children program. Are you specifically targeting school kids with any of the programs you have planned?

Robert: Ideally we will work not just with kids but with families and other community members as well. We will identify participants through a few after-school and community-center programs we are familiar with. Working with this issue of food choice/justice, we wanted to create an object that could distill meaning from this project, but also be functional for a non art public. To that end, we are creating a line of lunch kits that we will make available to participants in our workshops. Like the Lawndale mural project, the lunch kits also uses imagery by Emory Douglas, a graphic artist who created a lot of iconic artwork and graphics for the Black Panthers. We hope these lunch kits can function in real world ways while also extending the ideas of this project.

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Earlier this year we spoke with Robert Pruitt about his collaborative project with Obatenga Jones & Associates The People’s Plate. Obatenga Jones has worked with Creative Time to produce at the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 12.

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Conrad Bakker
Untitled Project: The Crystal Land 
[SUPERB Pyrite Crystal Cluster, Racracancha Mine! PERU]
Oil on carved wood panel, 2014
11 ½ x 14 ½ x ¾ inches

http://untitledprojectthecrystalland.tumblr.com

"Bakker’s paintings are based on online auction photographs, specifically images of rocks and minerals in the hands of their owners. These highly constructed pictures of tangible commodities engage an open model of Smithson’s site/nonsite dialectic to reveal shifting matters of concern between rock collecting and the global mining industry, geologic time and material properties, and internet economies and hand labor."

Read about Conrad Bakker’s #CCproject Untitled, Mail Order Catalog here →

#CCartist Cory Arcangel has an exhibit at Team Gallery!

"While seemingly inscrutable, many of the Lakes can be read for their specific relationships to time. An image of P. Diddy de-boarding a plane immediately activates the temporal baggage of the rapper’s manifold career-, image-, and name-changes.”

Marissa Perel has a show at the Chocolate Factory Theater, but she won’t get out of bed. It isn’t a case of indolence, exactly, or even fatigue. The bed is onstage, and her lying in it is the central conceit of “More Than Just a Piece of Sky.” The work, which I saw on Thursday, is supposed to be like a dream.

Brian Seibert, New York Times

Creative Capital team member Marissa Perel had a performance that took place at Chocolate Factory Theater and she is asking for support on Kickstarter.

Help her fund this performance that is two years in the making!

Having our first kid called into question a lot of our unsustainable habits: working all the time, doing 20 projects at once, never having a fixed schedule. It was painful, but those habits are bad for anyone, kids or no kids, and in a way it was good that the intensity of parenthood made me change. Choosing to be an artist doesn’t make a lot of logistical sense—it makes spiritual sense. Same for parenting. It’s not a shrewd or efficient choice, but what important choices are? 

Choreographer & Dad Andrew Simonet leads our first “Artists Raising Kids" #webinar on Monday, September 29th at 7pm EST. To hear some more thoughts on the artist-parent dynamic (including Andrew’s) check out our blog. And be sure to register! #CreativePDP