Triangle received a grant from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation this year, the funds supported their Residency Program, specifically the under-recognized artistic practices of the following artists and collectives in 2016. Triangle supports a wide range of international and US-based artists and collectives with particular emphasis on under-recognized artists and practices. The residents are selected annually through a free and open call.
Talk Is Cheap is a transdisciplinary collective that was in residence at Triangle in January and February, 2016. To advance community narratives, TIC uses the rich yet affordable medium of dialogue, and pairs it with action in public spaces.TIC investigates modes of communication that remain still unincorporated in mainstream contexts by prioritizing embodied knowledges and vernacular practices. The collective is based out of Queens, NY and is currently comprised of Cata Maria Elena Elisabeth, Christian Guinanzaca, Bill Jannen, and Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz.During their residency, TIC ran a bi-lingual English/Spanish reading group. Half of the sessions took place in Triangle’s studios, and half at the Immigrant Movement International in Queens. They hosted a weekend workshop for teenagers in their studio together with Mobile Print Power; it focused on empowering young people by exposing them to print-making methods and practices. Throughout these projects, they considered and questioned their methodologies for working as a collective. They also produced a video about one of their members’ immigration story from Ecuador to the United States.
Marisa Williamson is a New York-based artist who was in residence from September to November, 2016. She explores and interprets through performance, video, objects, and images, the ways that soft technologies—‘problem solving tools’ like narrative, mythology, and community, along with hard technologies such as the Triangle Trade, cotton gin, moving image, and the web—facilitate the rendering and surrendering of the physical and psychological body over time. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and M.F.A. from CalArts. She was a participant in the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, the Whitney Independent Study Program, and the Shandaken Project. Marisa has just begun work on several projects, including a recent performance: Sally Hemings at the Met as part of the museum’s Art’s Choice Fridays. She is also designing a monument for a recently discovered African Burial Ground in her hometown of Philadelphia.