Residencies & Exhibition at the former convent of St. Cecilia's Parish

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 15, 7-11PM
Performances: 8PM

21 Monitor Street, Brooklyn, NY
L train to Graham Ave
G train to Nassau Ave

Open Hours: Friday, April 16-Sunday, April 18, 12-7PM


Low Culture Symphony
A movement and sound-based performance exploring taboo, violence and spirituality in pop culture.
Directed by Allie Avital Tsypin with music by Elias Ravin.
Performers: Karesia Batan, Anna Brown Massey, Gabrielle Herbst, Annette Herwander, Emmagrace Skove-Epes.

Lighting by Ellis Isenberg

Clean Penny Service (CPS) is a performance duo of Lizzie Wright and Mike Smith. Established in 2009 in response to the overwhelming amount of dirty pennies in the world, their mission is to clean a dirty penny for each passerby, using “natural” methods whenever possible, free of charge.

La Llorona / Fair Margaret and Sweet William
A ritualistic song / story duet by Johannah Herr and Margaret Mary Downey that weaves together the folklore of the Mexican tale of La Llorona (the weeping woman) with the ominous Appalachian ballad “Fair Margaret and Sweet William" through a typewriter duet, a circle of salt, intricate cut-paper masks and folk songs not easily forgotten.

Georges Bataille's 'My Mother'
A reading of the text by Maxwell Cramer, Nick Friedman, Claire Moodey, Zoe Morris, Andrea Schiavelli, and Samuel Stonefield

PLUS music from The Dreebs, a hymn from Gabrielle Herbst, & a live DJ set.

Alison Owen

Alison Owen received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2005. She participated in the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of Art in 2007, and recently completed a residency at foundation id11 in Delft, the Netherlands. The Rhode Island State Council for the Arts awarded Owen the New Genres fellowship in 2010. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, including the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, Bank Gallery and Kinkead Contemporary in Los Angeles, and Artspace in New Haven.

Caleb Engstrom

Caleb recently moved from Iowa and is now living in Brooklyn. More info on his work can be found here:

Chad Stayrook

Chad Stayrook is a living and breathing artist who has been working in New York City since 2004. Chad was born February 1st 1980 in Columbus OH. He received his B.F.A. in Sculpture from Ohio University and his M.F.A. in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. Chad has exhibited extensively throughout the US in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. and internationally in the UK, Netherlands, and South Korea. Chad has participated as an artist in residence at the Tin Shop Studio in Breckenridge CO, Jamiaca Center for Arts and Learning’s Studio LLC program in Queens, NY, and will soon embark on an expedition to the arctic circle with 17 other artists and scientists.

Clara Jo

Clara Jo received a B.A. from Bard College in 2008. She has exhibited her work at White Columns, The Swiss Institute, and Chez Bushwick, and has been involved in other curatorial projects at Art21 and Harvestworks.

Clean Penny Service

Lizzie Wright is an artist from south Louisiana who currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Yale University in 2008. She curates shows at "Storefront" in Williamsburg and is the cofounder of Clean Penny Service. Images of her work are online at

Mike Peter Smith
is a visual artist who grew up in Utah. In 2000 He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After Moving to New York in 2001, he has participated in several group exhibits locally and nationally, including solo shows at Jeff Bailey Gallery in Chelsea. Mr. Smith is the other cofounder of the Clean Penny Service. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Daniel Fishkin

Daniel Fishkin is a musician/soundmaker who is influenced by Goethe's Faust, and wood which is attached or unattached to the ground.

Dan Scott Goldstein

Dan Scott Goldstein began his photography career eight years ago after finding a camera in a neighbor's trash can. He now works in a variety of mediums including photography, film, and street art. When not working on photography or personal video work he collaborates with co-director Priya Sanghvi in the collective M.A.Y.O. The two direct short films, music videos, and documentaries.

David Grainger

David Grainger is a conceptual artist with a recent MFA in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University. In the past few years he has exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, San Juan, Richmond, Miami, Fargo, and Maryland. Before returning to New York, David taught classes in new media at VCU. You can find his art blog at

Deric Carner + Roddy Schrock

Deric Carner is a ceaseless nomad and an obsessive pirate of all signs and symbols. Carner has exhibited at Artists Space (2009), Ping Pong Gallery (2010, 2008), Geisai Miami (2008), Witte de With Rotterdam (2006), CAC Vilnius (2005), and Kunstverein Malkasten Duesseldorf (2005). His work has been featured in publications by Revolver Books (Frankfurt, 2005-2006); ZYZZYVA (SF, Fall 2008); SUM Magazine (Copenhagen, Spring 2008); and is included in the KIOSK archive at the Kunstbibliothek Berlin (2009). Carner recieved a MacDowell Fellowship in 2009.

Roddy Schrock is a New York City based composer. His live performances, music and installations have been presented in Japan, Europe and North America. His music juxtaposes playful sonic surfaces and formalism, rooted in frivolity.


DREAM SHOW was begun in BERLIN and VERMONT simultaneously in 2008. Now based in New York, the home recording production duo specializes in pop music representations, reflecting a fragmented global youth culture at the intersection of technology, poetics and partying. Our installation at the St. Cecilia exhibition is a residue, a listening party, a drawing on drawing.

Elias Ravin

Elias Ravin moved to New York in 2001 to study music and writing at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. A jack of all under-earning trades, Elias has been a nationally ranked whitewater kayaker, a construction worker, a rock climbing instructor, and a RollingStone intern. His scatterbrained enthusiasm is equally manifest in his musical endeavors. Elias has in recent times scored short documentary "Feet", musical director-ed "2Pac: The Musical!", and whipped up a batch yet-to-be-released electronic tracks that aim to reduce the yawning chasm between Daft Punk and Iron Maiden to a mere gully.

Elizabeth Cooper + Caleb Nussear + Brian Zegeer

Elizabeth Cooper was born in New York and attended the Cooper Union and Columbia University. Her works have been seen internationally and her solo shows have been reviewed in The New York Times, Art In America, The Brooklyn Rail, The New Yorker and The New York Sun. She is represented by Thrust Projects on the Lower East Side in New York and Galerie Schmidt Maczollek of Cologne , Germany. She recently had a solo show at Galerie Gisele Linder of Basel, Switzerland. She is to be featured in an upcoming group show at Sloan Fine Art on the Lower East Side . 

Caleb Nussear is a New York based painter and installation artist. He has completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and at I-Park , CT. His work interweaves gesture and crystalline structures to present spare contemplative environs in which newborn information systems are engaged in a highly problematized search for self-knowledge. These systems continuously fold and unfold, evolving as vivid physical objects in the world, as objects that possess reflexive intelligence and function as animal life forms. Mr. Nussear pushes the limits of the 2-dimensional painted surface by either accentuating the work’s attachment to the wall or pulling the work from the wall, and out into space, utilizing the horizontal space of the floor in conjunction with the vertical.

Brian Zegeer is an artist and writer. He has exhibited in New York at venues including Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, Jack the Pelican Presents, Elga Wimmer Gallery, and Vaudeville Park. Other locations include the Delaware Museum of Art (Wilmington), Maryland Art Place (Baltimore), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), and Icebox Project Space (Philadelphia). Brian has built a maquette of a luxury condo building on a rubble pile in the East River , and toured the East Coast with a heavy-metal-inspired shadow theatre performance. He writes for Timeout NY and lives in Brooklyn.

Eliza Swann + Kendra Urdang

Eliza Swann is an interdisciplinary artist concerned with investigations that utilize scientific and mystical methods of inquiry, as being complementary rather than contradictory, with an emphasis on the correlation between the human form and theories of space and time. Please visit for more information.

Kendra Urdang is a doula, farmer, and poet interested in the deconstruction of self-understanding of the body, time, language, and their limits. Sometimes she writes to angels to help discern and confront where these themes fail and where they succeed. She lives in Brooklyn. She says hi.

THE ORACULUM is a mixed media installation created at the navel of the world featuring Kendra Urdang's ecstatic speech and Eliza Swann's video projections. The room has been refashioned to invite divine utterances in the style of the Oracle at Delphi. This modern Oracle hopes to re-establish a sense of intimacy between people and the Gods that has been forgotten in our digital age. As a person who has also lost her way, her prophecy is as much a personal confession as it is a message from above. The Oraculum penetrates the mysteries of miscommunication and proposes that noise and nonsense can be the catalyst for flashes of great insight. The Oracle speaks at 9pm.

Ellis Isenberg

Emily Collins + Andrea Foti

'Chicken Untitled' is made up of paper mache chicken parts. The project was drawn from ideas of traditional feasts, the impact of masses and raw hunger. All parts were manufactured in a factory-like manner.

Ethan Greenbaum

Ethan Greenbaum is a New York based artist. Selected exhibition venues include Anna Kustera, NY, Circus Gallery, LA, Shenghua Arts Center, Nanjing and Gallery SATORI, NY. He recently completed a solo exhibition at The Suburban in Chicago. Ethan is a co-founder and editor of The Highlights, an online arts journal.

Genevieve White

Genevieve White was born in Montreal in May of 1983. She currently lives and works in New York City and is working on collaborative as well as independent performance projects. She recently graduated with her MFA from Parsons the New School and has been performing daily at the Neuberger Museum the solo performances pieces of Tania Bruguera.

Jessie Pellegrino