ArtBuilt Mobile Studio Awards Residency Program For Artist Matthew Jensen
With significant increases to living costs in some of today's most popular metropolitan areas, many individuals are struggling to stay afloat.
It is especially difficult for the younger generation to not only afford rent, but to also establish a lifestyle that is manageable as they pursue creative fields. Thankfully with organizations like ArtBuilding and ArtHome, they are actively trying to develop a solution for artists to flourish.
The two non-profit businesses have collaborated to bring creative workers ArtBuilt Mobile Studios; small mobile workspaces to allow artists, social-service providers and micro-businesses to work in new ways and places.
The newly established partnership is launching its second residency program, Studio in the Park. The program will be taking residency at the Queens Museum and Flushing Meadows Corona Park from now until August 16.
The opportunity offers an artist to gain exposure and promote his/her work in an alternative way, specifically for an individual who may not have the financial backing or means to present work in a regular gallery.
Matthew Jensen, a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, invites curious individuals to experience "A Collection of Walks," which will be on display inside the ArtBuilt studio. During his four weeks of residency, Jensen will walk to the Unisphere from 14 different landmarks throughout New York City.
While he walks each premeditated route, Jensen will be gathering found objects, accumulating information and capturing photographs along his journey, ultimately evolving the mobile studio into a cabinet of discovered curiosities.
After his 14 Unisphere travels are complete, Jensen plans to develop a walker's guide and photographic series to demonstrate his unique process. His practice aims to pay special attention to the experience of landscape, particularly public space.
Jensen is currently a teacher at Parsons/The New School and SUNY Purchase, he received his MFA from the University of Connecticut and BA from Rice University. His work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art and his series "The 49 States" will be exhibited at the National Gallery of Art come November of this year.
"A Collection of Walks" will be featured in the ArtBuilt mobile studio through August 16 at The Queens Museum.