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Thursday November 6, 2014, from 6-9 pm
In conjunction with DUMBO First Thursday Art Walk
20 Jay Street, Suite 350, Brooklyn NY
Artists: Leopold van de Ven and Eozen Agopian

Come see painting, sculpture, collage, drawing and more on view in the studios of Leopold van de Ven (Netherlands) and Eozen Agopian (Greece), two current artists-in-residence at Triangle Arts Association. 

Leopold van de Ven’s practice makes visible the architectural and structural surroundings of our everyday environment. Applying a building-from-parts methodology, he creates mixed-media work using materials such as wood, cardboard, and papier-maché that result in sculptures, collages and spatial settings. Van de Ven brings together found materials, independent of their previous use, to layer them and lend them new meanings. His work has recently been shown in “Spring Exhibition” at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen in 2013, and he is an alum of the 2012 Triangle Artists’ Workshop in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Van de Ven is based in Boxtel, Netherlands.

Eozen Agopian creates visual parallels between rational and cosmological worlds through constructing and deconstructing, layering and erasing, scraping and marking, unraveling and reconnecting. She incorporates techniques of drawing, painting, sewing and weaving in her work. Using thread as a primary medium, Agopian relates her practice to modern scientific theories such as string theory—exploring the possibility that different particles in nature are made from tiny loops of string. Her most recent solo exhibition “Double Space” took place at Kaplanon Gallery in Athens, Greece in 2011, and she is an alum of the 2012 Triangle Artists’ Workshop in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Agopian is based in Athens, Greece.

image: Leopold van de Ven & Eozen Agopian, studio view, 2014



Natasha Marie Llorens is a writer and an independent curator based in New York. Recent curatorial projects include “Prove It To Me” at Reverse Gallery in Brooklyn and “Failing to Levitate,” co-curated with Kerry Downey, at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City. She holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and is a PhD candidate in the department of Art History and Institute for the Study of Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her research is focused on violence and representation in art in the 20th century.

Read more about Natasha’s most recent project, “Prove it To Me,” here.

image: Al Capp, Prove to Me You Love me, silkscreen, 1974.



Triangle Arts Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to support international and U.S. visual artists. Triangle’s core initiatives—Residencies, Workshops, and Educational Programs—focus on dialogue, experimentation, and the creation of community around art.

Triangle’s Trainee program is geared towards students with an art-related background and those interested in learning about the inner-workings of an international artist residency program. Trainees will gain first hand experience assisting artists, and will work closely with our staff on a variety of projects.

There will be opportunities to be in dialogue with all our artists-in-residence, visiting curators and critics, and to participate in group outtings to exhibitions and other cultural institutions. Triangle’s office and studios are located in the heart of Dumbo, one of Brooklyn’s most vibrant cultural districts and a hub of arts organizations and activities. Trainees are asked to commit to 15 hours a week, for a minimum of a 3 months. A modest stipend will be provided.

Triangle is currently seeking Trainees for two different roles inside the organization: 


Triangle’s Art Education Trainee will serve as a teacher and mentor working one-on-one with High School students participating in a unique learning program focused on contemporary art. Working closely with Triangle’s staff, the trainee will help create meaningful experiences for students, providing insight and background into what goes on inside an international artist residency program and more broadly contextualize what contemporary art is and how it functions inside the specific context of NYC. This is a great opportunity for someone with an educational background or strong interest in Art Education who wants to gain hands-on experience working closely with High School students inside a small, dynamic contemporary art institution.

  • Help create and implement contemporary art focused curriculum and activties appropriate for high school students
  • Work closely with students to facilitate meaningful learning experiences at Triangle and other cultural institutions throughout New York City
  • Work with Triangle’s artists-in-residence to engage students in art making activities and learn directly from artists in their studios
  • Help document learning activities for Triangle’s website and archive



Triangle’s Curatorial Trainee position is geared towards those with an educational background in art, curating, or art history. Working closely with Triangle’s staff, you will be involved in planning and carrying out two of our main initiatives: our year-round Residency Program in Brooklyn as well as our upcoming two-week intensive Triangle Artists’ Workshop. With our artists’ studios directly adjacent to our office, the intimate scale of our program allows the trainee to work closely with our staff, and engage directly with all our current artists-in-residence. You will work across a variety of programming, outreach, educational initiatives, and administrative tasks.

  • Help staff with communication, research and the day-to-day inner workings of an arts organization
  • Assist with curator visits, events and exhibitions
  • Help develop collaborative programs with other arts institutions
  • Support and assist resident artists with their projects
  • Document residency and workshop activities for Triangle’s website and archive



Please send a letter of interest and resume to Be sure to distinguish which trainee position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

image: Triangle installing for exhibition Performing Studio, 2014.


Jan Broz - SSSSSS (Saga & Sensuality) 2014, drawing and screenprint on archival paper (220 x 120cm each)

Triangle at DUMBO Arts Festival
September 26–28, 2014
20 Jay Street, Suites 318 & 350, Brooklyn NY
163 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn NY

Visit Triangle during DUMBO Arts Festival when more than 200,000 visitors gather in our neighborhood to experience the many artworks, studios, galleries and public art installations on view.

At 20 Jay Street you’ll have the chance to see what Triangle’s artists-in-residence have been working on inside their studios. Meet artists Eozen Agopian (Greece), Jan Brož (Czech Republic), Trokon Nagbe (Liberia/USA), Meredith Nickie (Canada/USA), Jakub Szczęsny (Poland), Leopold van de Ven (Netherlands) and the collective Global Crit Clinic to see works-in-process that span architecture, design, drawing, painting, pedagogy, photography, publications, sculpture and more.

At 163 Plymouth Street the exhibition Tamar Ettun: Performing Studio offers a unique glance at an artist’s work-in-progress as it unfolds. Throughout the month of September, 2012 Triangle Workshop alum Tamar Ettun will develop her Performing Stillness series—a formal investigation of the body and the visceral world. As the artist herself explains it: “this show is my studio as it is with NO MAKE UP, NO PHOTOSHOP, NO DRESSING UP, but sweaty, smelly, messy and colorful as it is on an everyday basis.”

Full schedule for Triangle’s Open Studios & Events:

Friday September 26 
6–9pm Open Studios (20 Jay St, Suites 318 & 350)
6–9pm Tamar Ettun: Performing Studio exhibition (163 Plymouth St)

Saturday September 27
12–6pm Open Studios (20 Jay St, Suites 318 & 350)
12–6pm Tamar Ettun: Performing Studio exhibition (163 Plymouth St)
2pm Artist Talk: Jakub Szczęsny (20 Jay St, Suite 318)
4pm Tour by curator Robin Reisenfeld (meet at 163 Plymouth St)
5pm Performance: Tamar Ettun (163 Plymouth St)

Sunday September 28
12–6pm Open Studios (20 Jay St, Suites 318 & 350)
12–6pm Tamar Ettun: Performing Studio exhibition (163 Plymouth St)
2pm Artist Talk: Meredith Nickie (20 Jay St, Suite 318)
4pm Screening: Trokon Nagbe (20 Jay St, Suite 318)
5pm Performance: Tamar Ettun (163 Plymouth St)

Image: Jan Brož, SSSSSS (Saga & Sensuality), 2014, drawings on archival paper, 220 x 120 cm each.


September Alumni Roundup

September 15, 2014

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Willard Boepple (Workshop ’87) John Clement (Workshop ’00) Jon Isherwood (Workshop ’95, ’98) John Monti (Workshop ’91) Marsha Pels (Workshop ’86) Karlis Rekevics (Residency ’04) Lee Tribe (Workshop ’89) and James Wolfe (Workshop ’93) have work at the Greenwood Gardens & Studio Monclair exhibition titled Art In Nature in Short Hills, NJ curated by Karen Wilkin (Triangle Board Vice-Chair) on view through November 2, 2014. Full details here.

Kate Elliot (Workshop ’12) has a solo exhibition in the project space of Storefront Ten Eyck in Brooklyn, NY on view through October 5, 2014. Full details here.

David Fratkin (Workshop ’97, Triangle Board Member) has a solo exhibition titled Apparitions on a Greyhound Bus in the project room of The Painting Center in New York, NY on view from September 30 through October 25, 2014. Full details here.

Ashley Hanson (Workshop ’93) has work in Falmouth Art Gallery‘s exhibition titled Brilliant Colour in Cornwall, United Kingdom on view from September 20 through November 22, 2014. Full details here.

Christopher Mahonski (Residency ’14) has work at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, NY for the Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition on view through March 22, 2015. Full details here.

Catherine Perehudoff (Workshop ’86) has a solo exhibition titled Atmospheric Perspective at The Gallery / art placement, inc. in Saskatoon, Canada on view through September 18, 2014. Full details here.

Jaume Plensa (Workshop ’87) has a solo exhibition titled 1004 Portraits celebrating the 10th anniversary of Millenium Park in Chicago, IL on view through December 2015. Full details here.

Jennifer Riley (Triangle Board Member) and Emily Kennerk have a permanent sculpture installation titled Big Bright Steel for Mercedes House in New York, NY on view at 550 West 54th Street.

Gamaliel Rodriguez (Workshop ’10) has a solo exhibition titled Landview at Walter Otero Contemporary Art in San Juan, Puerto Rico on view through October 15, 2014. Full details here.

Alun Williams (Workshop ’93, Triangle Board Chair) and Matt Blackwell (Residency ’02) have work in Pierogi’s Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition in Brooklyn, NY on view through October 5, 2014. Full details here.

Image: Jennifer Riley and Emily Kennerk, Big Bright Steel (detail), 2014, laser cut steel, paint, 60 x 8 x 8 feet.


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Triangle at 163 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn
September 4–September 28, 2014
Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 12–5pm


OPENING RECEPTION on Thursday, September 4 from 6–9pm in conjunction with DUMBO First Thursday Art Walk

PERFORMANCES on Saturday & Sunday, September 27 & 28 from 5–6pm in conjunction with DUMBO Arts Festival

Triangle Arts Association invites artist Tamar Ettun to open up her studio space to the public as a hybrid workspace and exhibition. Throughout the month of September Ettun will continue to develop her Performing Stillness series—a formal investigation of the body and the visceral world. As the artist herself explains it: “this show is my studio as it is with NO MAKE UP, NO PHOTOSHOP, NO DRESSING UP, but sweaty, smelly, messy and colorful as it is on an everyday basis.”

“Performing Studio” uniquely allows an audience to examine up-close Ettun’s artistic process which entails breaking and assembling objects that wouldn’t normally be combined together, creating unique and transformed works that evoke abstracted narratives through their stillness. She sources discarded and familiar objects that have a specific functional use and reconstructs a new assemblage, stripping the original object of its meaning.

Ettun is an 2012 alumni of Triangle Art Association’s signature program—the Artists’ Workshop—founded in 1982 by artist Anthony Caro. The Workshop was conceived to bring artists out of solitary studio practice and into meaningful dialogue and exchange around art. “Performing Studio” continues Triangle’s more than 30-year commitment to generously supporting, rigorously rethinking and ultimately creating community around artistic production.

TAMAR ETTUN is a Brooklyn based multimedia artist from Jerusalem, Israel. Ettun received her MFA from Yale University in 2010, she studied at Cooper Union in 2007, while earning her BFA from Bezalel Academy. She is an alum of the 2012 Triangle Artists’ Workshop.

Ettun’s solo exhibitions and performances include: NADA NYC (2014) Braverman Gallery (2014) Indianapolis Museum of Art (2013) Performa 11 (2011) Andrea Meislin Gallery (2011) Performa 09 presented by the X-Initiative (2009).

Ettun has been honored by several organizations including MacDowell Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Foundation, Abrons Art Center, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Art Production Fund, Socrates Sculpture Park, The World Performance Project, Artis, and RECESS. Ettun is currently working towards mastering the skill of opening a sardine can using only her teeth. For more information on Tamar Ettun, please visit

TRIANGLE ARTS ASSOCIATION is a non-profit arts organization that supports international and U.S. visual artists, encouraging dialogue and experimentation through residencies, workshops and public programs.

Special thanks to Abrons Art Center and Two Trees for their support. Thanks to Triangle’s Curatorial Trainees Madeleine Dahl and Elena Levi for their work on “Performing Studio.”

For all further information contact Laurel Ptak, Director & Curator, Triangle Arts Association:

Image: Tamar Ettun, Objects On Yellow, 2014, photograph, 30 x 30 inches, courtesy of the artist and Artis.


Triangle Arts Association is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Finnish Cultural Institute that begins this fall. Throughout 2014–15 we will host five artists-in-residence from Finland whose work interrogates aspects of architecture, fashion, installation, painting, participation, photography, public space, sculpture, technology and more. Working with the Finnish Cultural Institute allows Triangle to continue its vibrant 32-year history of supporting international artists to come to New York and inhabit our studios while they focus on process, dialogue, and experimentation. Congratulations to Elina AhoPia MännikköSandra NybergMinna Pöllänen Heidi Tikkawe look incredibly forward to welcoming you to Triangle.

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Minna Pöllänen, “Observatory 1,” 2012, Temporary site-specific structure, Montreal, Canada

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Elina Aho, “Plein-air Paintings,” 2013, Japanese watercolour on paper

Heidi Tikka, Untitled Prototype, 2014, Knitted dress on mannequin displays, electronic parts, custom software, digital files

Heidi Tikka, “Untitled Prototype,” 2014, Knitted dress on mannequin display, electronic parts, custom software, digital files

ps_Pia Mannikko, Some People Knit, 2010, Masking tape, wood, concrete and metal

 Pia Männikkö, “Some People Knit,” 2010, Masking tape, wood, concrete and metal

ps_Sandra Nyberg, Heritage, 2013, Site-specific installation, Hill End, Australia

Sandra Nyberg, “Heritage,” 2013, Site-specific installation, Hill End, Australia


Rethinking Residencies

August 5, 2014

Triangle staff, Rethinking Residencies

In March 2014 Triangle and ISCP initiated Rethinking Residencies—calling together a working group made up of New York-based artist residency programs including: Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, Fire Island Artist Residency, International Studio and Curatorial Program, the Laundromat Project, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Queens Museum, Recess, the Shandaken Project, Shift Residencythe Studio Museum in Harlem and Triangle Arts Association.

The idea was to get to know our peers and possibly find ways to share knowledge and resources as well as produce discourse around artist residency programs themselves, as surprisingly little has been written about them.

This summer, Nicholas Weist hosted our most recent meeting at the Shandaken Project in the Catskills mountains of upstate NY. Weist toured us through their unique, outdoor, artist-designed studios, and spoke with the group about the vision, successes, and challenges of founding and running his organization.

Some questions we are collectively asking: How can residency programs best support artists today? In what ways are residencies evolving to keep pace with changing needs of contemporary practicioners? Are there unique issues and challenges that residency programs face as arts organizations? How can our institutions meaningfully work together and support one another?

Image: Triangle, Queens Museum and Shandaken Project staff in artist Joey Teeling’s studio at the Shandaken Project in the Catskills Mountains of upstate NY. Photo by Nung-Hsin Hu.


Triangle Arts Association’s international scope was initiated by the Triangle Workshop. Triangle’s founding program brings together 25-30 visual artists from around the world for a two-week intensive studio session. Since the first Workshop in 1982, artists from over 50 countries and 6 continents have participated. Triangle is committed to maintaining longstanding relationships with this global network of alumni, which now extends over three decades. What follows is a roundup of recent activities by Workshop alum who are showing work across Canada, England, Ireland, Italy and the United States in the upcoming months—exemplifying Triangle’s international reach.

Judy Singer (’83 Workshop) has an upcoming solo exhibition titled Edea at Walnut Contemporary in Toronto, Canada from June 5–June 28, 2014. An artist talk will take place on Wednesday, June 18 at 7pm. Full details here.


Judy Singer, Gleam, Acrylic on canvas, 2014

Ben Sarao (’83 Workshop) will be a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome this summer. Sarao will be documenting the Alberi antichi that are in the Villa Borghese Gardens. These ancient trees were planted before Christopher Columbus discovered the New World.

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Ben Sarao, Platanus orientalis L., Alberi Monumentali Di Villa Borghese, Glicee print, 2012

Mali Morris (’83, ’92 Workshop) and Stephen Lewis (’87 Workshop) are featured in the two-person exhibition Odelay and Wishpool: Painting and Sculpture from 30 Years at Kapil Jariwala in London, England on view through June 28, 2014. Full details here.


Mali Morris, Crossings, Acrylic on canvas, 2014

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Stephen Lewis, Final Descent, Painted steel, 2005

Scott Bennett (’86 Workshop) is displaying a series of tree portraits for the exhibition Intimate Forest at Tabla Rasa Gallery in Brooklyn, New York on view through June 7, 2014. Full details here.

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Scott Bennett, Lightness of Being, Acrylic on canvas, 2012

Andrea Belag (’91 Workshop) has an upcoming solo exhibition titled S, M, L: Recent Paintings at DCKT Contemporary in New York City on view from June 6–July 18, 2014. Full details here.


Andrea Belag, Lightening, Oil on linen, 2014

Gregory Hardy (’08 Workshop) has a solo exhibition titled Shattering Sky at Han Art Gallery in Westmount, Canada on view through June 29, 2014. Full details here.

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Gregory Hardy, Heading Around the Corner of the Island, Acrylic on linen, 2014

Maggie Madden (’08 Workshop) has work on display for the exhibition Re-framing the Domestic in Irish Art at the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda, Ireland on view through August 2014. Full details here.

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Maggie Madden, Detail: Rolling Out (Kompong Khleang), Telephone wire and willow rods, 2013


On May 19th Triangle’s supporters, artists-in-residence, alumni and staff filled Lori Bookstein Fine Art in Chelsea to hear Christina Kee, Hrag Vartanian and Karen Wilkin discuss works by artists Andrea Belag, Chuck Bowdish, Shamus Clisset, Rachel Farmer, Jill Nathanson and Kyle Staver. The evening was an exciting opportunity for Triangle’s extended community to come together around the practice of creative experimentation and dialogue—both central to our founding mission.

Triangle Arts Association would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who attended, donated and otherwise helped to make We Know What We Like 2014 such a resounding success. We are deeply appreciative of your support of our upcoming residencies, workshops and public programming—Triangle simply could not exist without your generosity.  Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you at our next fundraising event.



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Triangle Arts Association, We Know What We Like Spring Fundraiser 2014