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Explore Upcycling with me!

Explore Upcycling with me!
Poochie is one of my bottle dogs made with single-use plastic beverage bottles and caps.

Sculptors Alliance is offering online classes and I am excited to be one of the teaching artists! My course is designed for beginner to advanced sculptors and free for New York City residents.
 
Upcycle Art – Castoffs: Plastic, Cardboard & Found Objects
Join me to exercise your imagination and creativity by re-envisioning castoffs.   
   6 Mondays
   November 2 - December 7
   2:00 - 4:00 pm EDT
 
Free for NYC residents. At checkout use discount code: LMCC&NYC.  
 
Please pass this on to people who may be interested in my course and/or the other courses offered by Sculptors Alliance. 

Questions? email me. 
Lubbies@gmail.com

Hotel Dada and other Performance Art during the Pandemic

Hotel Dada and other Performance Art during the Pandemic
Since the Coronavirus shutdown I have participated in a number of online performances, inluding Hotel Dada Fluxfest 2020, which was intiated in Argentina and was the first Fluxfest to take place in a totally virtual environment.

Here are links to my performances:

HOTEL DADA Fluxfest Online 2020 
August 1-2, 2020
Learn Baby Sign Language

Day de Dada "HOW TO"
July 3, 2020
How to Send Mail Art through the Postal Service

Day de Dada does Zoom - part 2
June 16, 2020
Masked Facial Expression Reading Challenge

Day de Dada does Zoom
April 26, 2020
Introduction to Face Yoga

Prayers for the Pandemic - summer 2020

Prayers for the Pandemic - summer 2020
Good Will Wishers by Barbara Lubliner

This past summer I was pleased to participate in Drawing Room's ongoing global public art project, "Prayers for the Pandemic; Prayers for Progress; Prayers for the Planet." First, in response to the Coronavirus shutdown and then to other issues facing the entire world, from racial inequity to climate crisis, Drawing Rooms asked artists to create flags inspired by Tibetan prayer flags used to bless the surrounding area in which they are placed. 



My prayer flags are titled Good Will Wishers.

For the project, I hung two sets of Good Will Wishers on the Upper West Side of New York City, on either side of the intersection of 95th Street and West End Avenue, which is closed to car traffic now to give more space for pedestrians to spread out. 

My flags embody the idea of transformation as they are made of re-purposed castoffs. Making them and hanging them feels like a way to advance optimism that the current strife and crisis is an opportunity for creativity and new thought for our world.    

Good Will Wshers are made of upcycled plastic slide sleeve pages, various paper scraps, and paint chips. There is a permanent installation of large ones (32 x 17 inches each flag) at The Fortune Society, an organization that helps those formerly incarcerated adjust to life outside the prison system.

Exhibitions Director Ann Trauben is curating submissions into online and print books. She plans to have an exhibit of selected works when the Drawing Rooms gallery reopens. Sumissions are still being accepted. 

 

USPS Art Project at Pelham Art Center

USPS Art Project at Pelham Art Center
USPS collaboration between Barbara Lubliner and Priscilla Stadler.

The Pelham Art Center with over 300 artworks, is hosting the first live exhibit of the USPS Art Project from August 1 through August 31, 2020. 

The USPS Art Project is an artist collaboration project created by Brooklyn artist Christina Massey. The project promotes connection between artists while socially distancing and helps the financially struggling USPS. To collaborate on artworks, each artist partner starts an artwork and then mails it to the other to finish. The inventive collaborations can be seen on online on Instagram and Facebook.

Two articles about the project feature the image of an artwork created by Priscilla Stadler and me.

ArtNet News
A Quarantine Mail-Art Initiative Challenged Artists to Collaborate Through the USPS. Hundreds Answered the Call

Vasari21
Going Postal

Information about future live venues can be found on Christina Massey's USPS Art Project news page.

Artists on Coping: Barbara Lubliner

Artists on Coping: Barbara Lubliner
Two Zips, 2019, paper relief with staples, zipper, 12 x 16 inches. Photograph by Paul Takeuchi

Artist, curator, and writer Etty Yaniv created Art Spiel blog as a platform for highlighting the work of contemporary artists. During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Art Spiel team is reaching out to artists to learn how they are coping. I am pleased to be included in this wonderful interview series.

Read my interview on Art Spiel.

The Corona Sidestep: A Virtual Exhibition

The Corona Sidestep: A Virtual Exhibition
Summer Breeze 2019, mixed media, 10 x 10 inches
by Barbara Lubliner

"The Corona Sidestep: A Virtual Exhibition," is Joanne Mattera's round up of some of the art that got closed out of scheduled exhibitions, either by shuttering, postponement, or cancellation due to the coronavirus shutdown.

"Women Celebrate Women," a group show that includes two of my mixed media paintings is one of the postponed shows.

The blog post features around 100 images with captions detailing where the artwork is not being seen in person. You can see a lot of beautiful work in this grand virtual exhibit.

 

California Fluxfest 2020

California Fluxfest 2020
Art Nurses at The Getty 3/7/2020
Jane Hsiaoching Wang, C. Mehrl Bennett, Mary Campbell
Barbara Lubliner, Bibiana Padilla Maltos, Viv Vassar

I was thrilled to attend Fluxfest, the annual celebration of all things Fluxus in early March. The event organizer Bibiana Padilla Maltos lined up perfect, fitting venues in the Los Angeles area.

On the first day, Otis College of Art and Design hosted performances and invited the group to view the college's collection of rare and historic Fluxus artists' books.

Evening performances were held at the Beyond Baroque theater, which has presented literary and arts events for over 50 years. Performances included a dance tribute to Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire by Italian artists, the "StradaDadas," a classic performance of an Alison Knowles arrangement piece by Andrew Oleksiuk, and the opening of very large box mailed in by Jennifer Weigel. 

The next day the Getty Center provided the setting for a variety of guerrilla performances including ones by the Art Nurses in their retro outfits and colorful wigs. Another round of performances was held in the evening at the Building Bridges Art Exchange, a gallery that sponsors international art exchanges and residencies. In conjunction with Fluxfest, the gallery presented an international mail art exhibit with over 500 pieces. 

The final event, the Correspondence Dinner featured an extensive display of multiples, ephemera, and swaps. Darlene Altschul distributed stamp sheets she had made portraying California Fluxfest participants. The New York Day de Dada group set up a table to make dragon mail art for its St. George Day festival. Naturally, several artists were equipped with their own stamps and stickers!
 
Within five days every one of the venues closed its doors and the coronavirus shutdown began. It seems like a dream that California Fluxfest 2020 came off without a hitch. 

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My Upcyle work is included in Vasari21

My Upcyle work is included in Vasari21
"File Cycle" by Barbara Lubliner, welded metal, file cabinets, 90 x 90 x 30 inches

Vasari21 is an online publication for working artists, written by veteran art-world journalist Ann Landi. She gives an insider's perspective on the professional art world today.

The publication's mission is to create: "A community for working artists, a place to connect, find information, read about the new and the unknown, listen to podcasts, and learn about how the art world really works."

I am featured in part one of Landi's roundup of artists who engage in "The Fine Art of Recycling."