John Ros

Get to know SqW:Lab 2018 fellows – today we speak to artist / curator, John Ros.

Where can you be found?

new york, new york, us

harrisonburg, virginia, us

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Citizen, John Ros, 2018

Tell us about a creative action you have taken this week.

(curated) and installing “the 613” by archie rand at duke hall gallery of fine art (james madison university). also installed a solo project at driveby gallery in new market, va.

What does ‘home’ mean to you? 

coffee in bed with my husband

What was the last thing you drew?

layouts and ideas for upcoming 2-person exhibit in oct.

Tell us about 2 of your most subtle influences.

air density. found buzzing or humming sounds from things near me.

Please share your thoughts / a few words about your expectations of the SqW:Lab fellowship, of being in Mumbai and the project in total.

time to share. time to be exposed. time to make a mess. time to figure shit out. together. alone. then together again.

space to share. space to be exposed. space to make a mess. space to figure shit out. together. alone. then together again.

to make alot. to make nothing. to draw. to erase. to remember. to forget. to be.

 

 

Charlie Levine

Get to know SqW:Lab 2018 fellows – today we speak to curator, Charlie Levine.

Where can you be found?

Behind a laptop screen with a cup of tea, in south east London.  Or online @charliellevine | charlielevine.org

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Sluice__screens, Sluice__expo 2016, Brooklyn

Tell us about a creative action you have taken this week.

I was inspired by, and began developing arts and engagement projects with, Victoria Patrick, from QDT.

What does ‘home’ mean to you? 

Home is anywhere there is a comfy seat where I can watch my boyfriend cooking.

What was the last thing you drew?

A project timeline.

Tell us about 2 of your most subtle influences.

Andre Malraux’s Museum without Walls book. I’ve never read the book, rather snippets and quotes, and I think I have imagined a great deal of its content and taken that as inspiration. My Dad’s furniture warehouse, it was a place I grew up visiting a lot, playing in and exploring. It developed my sense of exploration, scale, how spaces are used, domestic furniture and play.

Please share your thoughts / a few words about your expectations of the SqW:Lab fellowship, of being in Mumbai and the project in total.

As this is not my first trip to Mumbai I am hoping to see it through the new perspectives of my fellow Fellows and the play projects. I am looking forward to exploring tourist hotspots and sharing these experiences with the group. I am hoping to be challenged and for my play project to take on a new life, led by the Fellows and by being somewhere different to my usual lone working environment. I want to explore avenues through the play projects that would not be my normal routes of inspiration. I want my processes to be disturbed by the conversations and the ripples to seep into new projects.

 

 

Sameer Kulavoor

Get to know SqW:Lab 2018 fellows – today we speak to artist, Sameer Kulavoor.

Where can you be found?

Mostly in the heart of a bustling metropolis. Specifically, taking a sabbatical in NYC for the next 40 days.

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Palm tree and charging point inside an airport, Sameer Kulavoor, 2018

Tell us about a creative action you have taken this week.

Made mockups of my upcoming book of drawings that began when I took a break in Coorg in May 2018 right after (an intense 2 year engagement with the metropolis and related themes that culminated in) my show of paintings and sculptures, A Man Of The Crowd.

What does ‘home’ mean to you? 

Home is a feeling, not a place. It means comfort to me – where i retreat/relax. It can be my physical home or even a cafe that i frequent.

What was the last thing you drew?

A pile of quilts and bedsheets lying on a carpet in my living room.

Tell us about 2 of your most subtle influences.

1) the sound of a bass guitar (but I dont play)

2) randomly found accidental colour schemes and textures

Please share your thoughts / a few words about your expectations of the SqW:Lab fellowship, of being in Mumbai and the project in total.

This is my first such ‘residency’. When Vishwa told me about the theme, I found it particularly interesting. I enjoy drawing. The domestic is something that I would like to engage with more in my work, moving forward. The other fellows seem like a very diverse set of people with diverse backgrounds. Bombay is not new to me so I am looking forward to the interactions with everyone and what comes out of them. Also will be great to see Bombay through everyones eyes. I am looking at the fellowship as an experiment with myself.

 

 

Vishwa Shroff

Get to know SqW:Lab 2018 fellows – today we speak to artist, Vishwa Shroff.

Where can you be found?

In the studio and in the kitchen.

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Work in progress, Vishwa Shroff

Tell us about a creative action you have taken this week.

Started working on a 60 day sketchbook project.

What does ‘home’ mean to you? 

Home is where I am, its spatiality akin to a jigsaw which changes over time, adopting me as much as I adopt it.

What was the last thing you drew?

oh so many things! Drawing plays a central role within my practice. I see them as durational dialogs between the building and those that have passed through them. The marking left behind within this process is what I have been drawing.

Tell us about 2 of your most subtle influences.

Paper Toys and Manga Backdrops… and theatre sets.

Please share your thoughts / a few words about your expectations of the SqW:Lab fellowship, of being in Mumbai and the project in total.

Durational dialogues permit narrative and mnemonic evolvement, allowing technical and theoretical exchanges that remain otherwise illusive in one’s own practice. Initiating an exchange platform therefore made sense. To come together for short periods with professionals from different fields that share a common interest in spatial observations and alterations, but come to it from a distinct point of view.

 

 

Press Release – New International Research Fellowship Launching in Mumbai

PRESS RELEASE

NEW INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP LAUNCHING IN MUMBAI ON 10 NOVEMBER 2018

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Image courtesy of Fabien Charuau

In November, 10 artists from all over the world will launch SquareWorks Laboratory (SqW:Lab). SqW:Lab is a brand new international creative fellowship that will begin in Mumbai and expand globally throughout 2019. The inaugural 10 fellows are a mix of artists, architects, curators, art writers and creative industry professionals from India, Japan, Hong Kong, UK, USA and Brazil.

An 80-year-old art deco apartment in Colaba will play host to the three-month fellowship. Domestic space will be converted into creative space; the creative environment re-thought. SqW:Lab will be an “‘active space’, a hybrid structure that [is] part art school, part community centre and part artistic laboratory”, (Jens Hoffman, Theatre of Exhibitions). Following initial workshops and the inaugural exhibition in Mumbai on 10 November 2018, the SqW:Lab fellows will be co-producing a series of collaborative projects during the next three months which will focus on the themes of Drawing, the Domestic, Place and Process.

This year’s participants will be Sutapa Biswas (artist, UK), Gustavo S Ferro (artist, BR / UK), Katsushi Goto (architect, JPN, IN), Tash Kahn (artist, UK), Sameer Kulavoor (artist, IN), Charlie Levine (curator, UK), John Ros (artist / curator, US), Vishwa Shroff (artist, IN), Thomas Tsang (architect, HK) and Rosanna Van Mierlo (art writer, UK / US).

Durational dialogues permit narrative and mnemonic evolvement, allowing technical and theoretical exchanges that remain otherwise illusive in one’s own practice. Initiating an exchange platform therefore made sense. To come together for short periods with professionals from different fields that share a common interest in spatial observations and alterations, but come to it from a distinct point of view.

Vishwa Shroff, Squareworks founder, September 2018

For further information please contact: sqwlab@gmail.com  

The exhibition will open on Saturday 10 November 6 – 8pm

at 7 Southlands, Colaba, Mumbai

#sqwlab

 

I must create a Master Piece to pay the Rent

In the SqW:Lab founders whatsapp group we share images, articles, exhibitions etc with one another that we believe links into the SqW:Lab wider conversations and inspire each other’s interests.

Recently Vishwa shared a link to an exhibition by Julie Becker at ICA, London that Rosie and I then went to see.

 

8 June – 12 August 2018

All of the works in this exhibition play with our pre-conceptions of LA interior worlds as dictated initially by Hollywood and also by childlike imagination – especially through the models and their handmade to scale interiors.   The spaces Becker draws, makes, photographs or creates through film are all spaces we have known in reality or via fictions presented to us in various mediums. In particular her drawings of entire buildings and the created worlds within them and the miniature scaled spaces of offices, hotel spaces and other in between places.  They’re where people rotate and exist within them for short periods of time, with each space feeling like one we ourselves have passed through at some point, in reality or in our imaginations.

Charlie Levine

SqW:Lab Discussion focus

The King was in his counting house, counting out his money;

The Queen was in the parlour, eating bread and honey.

SqW:Lab came out of conversations about process, domesticity and drawing between curator Charlie Levine, architect Katsushi Goto, artists Vishwa Shroff and Tash Kahn, and art writer Rosanna Van Mierlo.

Charlie explains: “One evening the ideas all came together into a new programme of work we’d like to realise, entitled Square Works Lab (SqW:Lab) – it is a place where 10 creatives from all over the world can come together to work site responsively, question the ideas of domesticity, showcase their process in the form of drawings, doodles and notes, and be inspired by each other, and encourage collaboration. during the three months fellowship.

During the three –month fellowship, SqW:Lab will be an “‘active space,’ a hybrid structure that [is] part art school, part community centre and part artistic laboratory.”

SqW:Lab’s initial focus are the themes Drawing and the Domestic, and Place and Process.

Drawing and the Domestic

Ideas of domesticity have shifted time and again. Domestic environments are strongly defined by the traditional, intimate and private ideas of family, which are relied upon for the development of space, subject or individual. This Modernist construct, invented to organise health, education and to regulate, emphasises the intimate family, which structurally defines gender roles, private (and largely exclusive of) sections of society that do / do not conform to this ideal. As a result, it determines how domestic spatiality is organised, what material is used and how it overall influences the development of modern housing.

Drawing practices heavily support this ideological shift, with drawn plans, elevations and illustrations (incl. photographs) representing projected aspirations and desires for the occupants. Whilst drawing has always played a significant role within professional dialogues, the prominence of drawn plans for inhabitants came about in the early 20th century, emphasising material and dioramic representations that were overlayed on plans and models, taking attention away from spatial organisation, and rather animating the pre-determined pursuits of its occupants – furniture catalogues, with their dismantled unfolded interiors, particularly helped realise such ambitions. As a result, drawing has become imperative to our understanding of domesticity. Drawing needs to be reconsidered, it is not only a tool that illustrates private aspirations, rather it is an explorative method (or tool) to question our understanding of spatial organisation, explore alternative domesticities, spatial paradigm shifts and to examine physical constituents of existing dwellings.

 

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Postulating Premises work in progress photograph, Vishwa Shroff and Katsushi Goto, 2016

 

Place and Process

We want to question how we explore new places. How do we re-discover these familiar places? How can we manipulate the way people navigate space? And how can we create neighbourhoods and communities with pre-existing models? How can such an exploration positively impact pre-existing communities and change perceptions of everyday creativity? How does one’s creative process change within a collaborative context? How can we explore the interconnectivity between space and action? What makes people tick?

Inspired in part by these predetermined uses of space and how having a gallery in a domestic space alters the ‘household’ and its neighbourhood, along with the act of drawing, Place and Process uses Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ‘do it’ series as its foundation.

do it is a series of instructions for artists to ‘do’ using a set of ‘rules’. This series has travelled the world, ever-expanding as new contributors get involved: “do it tried to develop exhibitions that built a relation to their place, that constantly changed with different local conditions, and created a dynamic, complex system with feedback loops. It changed places and places changed it.”

With all this in mind, the SqW:Lab  Fellows are invited to examine and work in similar ways utilising all of these components – drawing, the domestic, place and routine, and exploring how instructions can help develop each other’s practice and collaborative opportunities.

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Citizen exhibition at Swiss Cottage Gallery, Tash Kahn and John Ros, 2018