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Las Hermanas Iglesias and The Subterranean Plant Society at Fort Tilden

July 7, 2011

Buzzer Thirty presents:

Two’s a Crowd

Rockaway Center for the Arts
Gallery 6
Ft. Tilden
Rockaway, NY

September 4, 2011
Opening Reception 4 pm – 6 pm
Gallery open:  Noon – 8 pm



TWO’S A CROWD is part of a larger exchange project that began in 2008, when Lisa Iglesias and Janelle Iglesias (Queens, New York) met Tricky Walsh and Mish Meijers (Hobart, Tasmania) while in residence at The Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. Both duos maintain individual as well as distinct collaborative practices.

Lisa and Janelle work together as Las Hermanas Iglesias while Tricky and Mish have collaborated as Henry Papin—the Collector and most recently as The Subterranean Plant Society, (TSPS). The seeds of a future exchange were sown during late night drawing marathons, studio visits and cups of coffee.

Two years after meeting in Paris, Tricky and Mish, founding members of Hobart’s former Six_A Artist Run Initiative, facilitated the first stage of a New York-Tasmania exchange in the form of a one-month residency for Las Hermanas at their ARI.  This residency culminated in the space’s closing exhibition, Rival Rousing in January 2011.

This summer, TSPS is traveling to NY to complete the exchange. During August they will create a new project at the Wassaic Project Artist Residency in Wassaic, NY. In September they will be joining forces with Las Hermanas in their home borough of Queens, NYC to present TWO’s A CROWD with Buzzer Thirty, a Queens based artist run alternative space. The exhibition will feature TSPS’ latest work alongside Las Hermanas’ Rival Rousing project.

TWO’S A CROWD explores different approaches to the collaborative process- moreover, the ins and  outs, trials and tribulations of partnerships and exchanges

In TWO’S A CROWD, each duo takes a different approach to the collaborative process. Much is revealed about the possibilities, limitations, trials and tribulations of partnerships and exchanges in the dialogue created by the 2 artist teams as well as within each collaboration’s work.

Las Hermanas Iglesias (Lisa and Janelle Iglesias from NYC) and The Subterranean Plant Society (Tricky Walsh and Mish Meijers from Tasmania, AU) exhibition at the Rockaway Artists Alliance gallery space at Fort Tilden (at the beach) on September 4.

Fort Tilden
Gallery 6
Rockaway, NY

September 4
Opening Reception 4 pm – 6 pm
Gallery open:  Noon – 8 pm



Buzzer Thirty has given up its gallery space in Long Island City and will be opening a new space in late spring, 2011 at Rockaway Beach in Queens, with a great series of shows.


Buzzer Beach

CURATORS [raising humans]

September 24 – October 10, 2010
Opening: Friday, September 24, 2010 at 7.00 PM
37-06 36th Street, #420
Long Island City, NY 11101
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ARTISTS:  Amy Bay, Elizabeth Cohen, Erika deVries,  Lalie Douglas, E. Ashley Fox, Masha Godovannaya, John Lamacchia, Shelly Low, Maja Malbon, Caitlin Masley, Alison Mercer, Joomee Paik, Kristen Palazzo, Zhenya Plechkina and Misha Sklar / VYDAVY SINDIKAT  Maja Rakočević – Cvijanov, Maja Radešić, Elena Skoko / BLUEBIRD AND SKOKO, Ivan Stojaković, and Dina Weiss.

CURATED BY: Olja Stipanović

Curator – Main Entry: cu·ra·tor Function: noun Etymology: (from Latin cura, care), cura -ae f. [care]; (1) [care taken, carefulness, pains, attention, minding of things or persons]; of business, [management, administration]; [an object of care, or a guardian, caretaker]. (2) [care felt, anxiety, worry, disquiet]. : one who has the care and superintendence of something; especially : one in charge of a museum, zoo, or other place of exhibit: Law. a guardian of a minor, disabled, or similar, esp. with regard to his or her property. CURATORS [raising humans] is a group show featuring artists connected by a particular understanding of time and space. They are all curators. In the original Latin sense of the word – they are the curators of aches and pains, meals and playtimes, first steps and first words. They cure disappointment, scrapped knees, and all kinds of hunger. They are the caretakers of educational and developmental objects. They choose the right shoes and what is good for spine development, the amount of color, light, and music.

To put it bluntly – these artists are parents.

2 years ago, my son was born. He took over my body, my thoughts, and my life. As we gradually and difficulty started to unravel and take on our new [separate?] lives as Mother and Child, I began to realize that I too, am now a curator ….or I need to be it more diligently. Take care of a non-working thyroid, find niches and time slots for what I want to do and what I dream about doing, rearrange living space to have a room [a hallway with a desk] of my own. CURATORS came about at the most complicated time for me. It happened out of need to find new references and out of great happiness upon discovering a whole new world of artist who enjoy and cherish what they do in the most zealous way. The installations, drawings, paintings, embroideries, photographs, performances, texts, screenings and objects I included in this exhibition are all “nap time productions”, works that came into being as these artists were becoming parents. Most of these works were realized [or are yet to be] in a time crunch, on a kitchen desk, while not alone, in between laundry drop off and a daycare pick up. They speak of frustrations, self-doubt, confrontations with prejudices, and questions about the necessity and feasibility of making art.  Through the works in this show, you can detect a peculiar sardonic thread, an obvious fascination with all sorts of refuse, and a time anxiety similar to the one found with a certain White Rabbit. Because these artists consciously set  the highest of parentally expectations without even blinking, [that of raising socially responsible and at the same time happy human beings], you will also uncover a passionate and wild love we have for both family and work – the kind that is rooted in a profound and altruistic sense of humanity.

m’aider mayday
September 10 – 22, 2010
Opening: Friday, September 10, 2010 at 7.00 PM
37-06 36th Street, #420, Long Island City, NY 11101 

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My work examines and speaks of interrelationships – professional and personal, public and private. Everything in this biographical story can be interpreted through degrees of seeing, through the following text:

……my ship was sailing merrily on its way. On it, I was without any doubt sailing towards my highest goals.
What happened?
A misfortune?
My ship run aground, collided with a rock…the rock was Katja. I was shipwrecked on the opposite view of the world. What did Katja bring to my art? Optimism. I was embarrassed. It was moreover optimism for which Katja had an ugly designation – “optimism without smell”. I was embarrassed again. I thought about it for a long time. My situation was hopeless…
In the end, the rock I run aground on?!!
If I interpret it as the destination, as the meaning of this voyage?
To stumble on it….that is THE destination.

I underline this observation:
My art is ailing. The problems I perform, hysterical problems – the compulsion of my effect, my irritated sensibility, my taste always in search of spicier and spicier spices, my instability masked into principles…And because nothing  is more contemporary than this,  – my generalized disease, overly irritated nervous machinery – I am a contemporary artist (contemporary cagliostro).
[Marko Vojnic Gin, September 2010]

Buzzer Thirty Art Space promotes experimentation, revision, demystification, growth, enthusiasm and concern. It organizes, and hosts art exhibitions, readings, teacher-education seminars, lectures, film talks, and writing, art and media classes with the support and guidance of local educators, artists, and theorists.
MARKO VOJNIC GIN.Born in Pula. Attending post-graduate doctoral studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, where he is working as an artistic associate and assistant professor. He has exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. For his work he was awarded several times. He is currently completing a residency at Flux Factory, New York. Lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.


Someday/Everyday an exhibition by Melissa Calderon

Someday/Everyday incorporates sculpture, video and photography to examine the internal dynamic of relationships while questioning prescribed notions of sacrifice and dominance.  Using pop culture imagery, this new body of work takes a whimsical and critical look at myth within a fantasy/reality lexicon.

Opening Reception:  June 12 at 6:00 pm
Show dates:  June 12 – July 5

Melissa A. Calderon incorporates installation, photography, sculpture and video in her work. Calderon has exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, The Portland Museum of Art, Affirmation Arts, Bronx Blue Bedroom Project, Jersey City Museum, Longwood Arts Project & The Bronx Museum of the Arts. She lives & works in the Bronx.



…no right to assume otherwise

An exhibition and reading

May 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Resisting fear, discrimination and hate.Extremist activity promoting hate and fear has plagued American history and haunted many Americans throughout our 500 year history.  Now, fifteen years after the Oklahoma bombing, extremist groups across the country–Tea Party rallies and extremist militias–have come out of hiding.  Health care reform seems to have escalated these movements, but they have been growing since the election of Obama.  While the issues on which these groups focus are not uniform, immigration and race seem somewhere very near the core of it all.  In the past year “patriot” militia groups have surged in numbers, centering on issues of conspiracy theories and racism.  One of their mottos is “take back our country.”   In an NYT Op-Ed piece, Frank Rich ( makes the case that the Tea Party and militia movements are primarily concerned about losing America to people of color, gays and immigrants. Are thousands (more?) of Americans arming themselves out of fear of a non-white America while many millions passively watch on.  Will immigration be the topic that further divides the nation and pushes these groups to more serious action?”Everything now, we must assume, is in our hands; we have no right to assume otherwise. If we do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.”    James



37-06 36th Street
LIC, NY 11101


Estela Lamat and Michael Leong Book Release Party and Celebration:

April 3, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Estela Lamat is a Chilean poet associated with the so-called ‘Novisima’ Generation, a group of various writers that re-deploys and extends the difficulty of dictatorship era writing in response to the more diffuse and unofficial ‘dictatorships’ that continue to police and control the social body. She is the author of Sangre Seca (Contrabando del bando en contra, 2005), Yo, la peor de todas (Contrabando del bando en contra, 2006), and the forthcoming Colmillo molido.

Michael Leong’s poetry career began in the sixth grade when he won his first and only poetry prize in Mr. Harrison’s class for a haiku about a snake. He is the author of I, the Worst of All (blazeVOX [books], 2009), a translation of Estela Lamat, e.s.p. (Silenced Press, 2009), a collection of poetry, and The Great Archivist’s Cloudy Quotient (Beard of Bees Press, forthcoming), an electronic chapbook of N+7 poems.  You can find him online at

Buzzer Thirty is honored to present a show of the photographs of James Conlon.

James Conlon was a co-founder of Buzzer Thirty, a historic preservationist and a scholar. James tragically passed away on July 19, 2009.  In his life and work, James extensively explored the Middle East, Africa and New York City, documenting the cultures and architecture of the communities and places he encountered. This show demonstrates his ability to find beauty in the everyday lives of all people.  It also marks the return of a Buzzer Thirty gallery space. Buzzer Thirty will go on in his memory and spirit.

Show Dates: March 19 – April 3

Opening Reception March 20, 2010
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Take the R Train (sometimes the V or the G too) to the 36th Street Station in Queens.  Buzzer Thirty is a one-minute walk from the station.



Buzzer Thirty

December 10, 2009

Buzzer Thirty strives above of all else to expand contemporary ideas and practices of pedagogy, in particular as they are employed to enliven the arts. The physical space Buzzer Thirty provides to artists, writers, critics, theorists, teachers and students is an educational one—intended to promote experimentation, revision, demystification, eros , growth, enthusiasm and concern. Buzzer Thirty is a community-based center that strives to address everyone it encounters as a teacher and a student—every experience and event is one that we attempt to charge with pedagogical significance. Buzzer Thirty not only wants to provide the spatial and temporal opportunities for the expression of ideas and thoughts, but also the means and language to do so—it is a literacy project, whether that literacy be of a visual, emotional, political, aesthetic, or linguistic nature. In working towards fulfilling such aspirations, the center plans, organizes, and hosts art exhibitions, readings, teacher-education seminars, lectures, film talks, and writing, art and media classes with the support and guidance of local educators, artists, and theorists. It is through these projects that Buzzer Thirty hopes to challenge familiar existing conventions of what is known as, or thought to be, public and adult education.

Buzzer Thirty

December 10, 2009

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