Let's Talk about Art in Odd Places - Interview with Founder, Ed Woodham and AIOP2018 Curator, Katya Grokhovsky
Each fall, the streets of New York City (more specifically 14th Street) are injected with a higher and more concentrated dose of public installation and performance art via Ed Woodham's grass-root initiative, Art In Odd Places. Curated by performance artist and curator, Katya Grokhovsky, this year's festival and corresponding exhibition exclusively features female identifying artists. After reviewing the largest number of applications ever received in the organization's 14-year history, Ed and Katya spoke with us about AiOP's exciting history, the necessity for reclaiming public space and the decision to focus on the (female) BODY. It is a great honor to share our discussion with you here and stay tuned for the incredible list of participating artists for AIOP 2018 BODY. - Quinn
Katya Grokhovsky is a powerhouse-bad-ass-feminist who employs video, collage, painting, sculpture and performance art within her artistic practice. She is brave, daring, unwavering and I am thrilled to present her as our 2018 inaugural FEATURED ARTIST. Grokhovsky was born in Ukraine, raised in Australia and completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute Chicago. She has an impressive artist residency, fellowship and international exhibition history that she has undoubtedly worked tirelessly to achieve. Katya is also an independent curator who curated, among others, projects such as “CALL OF THE WILD: Pioneers, Rebels and Heroines” at VOX Populi Gallery (Philadelphia, PA) in 2015 and most recently announced her appointment as lead curator for Art in Odd Places NYC edition premiering this fall (October 2018).
Last December, Katya performed "Bad Bad Woman" in conjunction with our programming presented at Satellite Art Show, Miami Art Week 2017. After witnessing the 2-hour durational piece, I felt empowered, exhausted and curious. I am delighted to continue the investigation of Bad Bad Woman with you here. Read, Enjoy and Share! - Quinn Dukes
NYC is bursting with performance this weekend! This is truly a rush for both performance artists and art connoisseurs alike. Art in Odd Places continues its programming thru Sunday, October 11th when performance artist, Alicia Grullon presents a socially charged work entitled, Revealing New York: The Disappearance of Other. I reached out to Alicia with a few questions regarding her performance tomorrow and am delighted to share our conversation with you. If you are in NYC this weekend, get out to 14th Street for AiOP! - QUINN DUKES
The roving 14th Street performance and visual art festival, Art in Odd Places (AiOP) launches its 11th year of programming today! Many of the visual artists (sculptors, video artists, mixed-media... etc.) have already installed their works along 14th street for you to discover. If you happen to find an umbrella tumbleweed sculpture (Tim Thyzel) or roadkill stuffed animals (L. Mylott Manning), success! You have found the festival. There are over 40 artists presenting work in this year's exhibition marking an "odd numbered milestone" for the organization.