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Triangle Arts Association is a not-for-profit arts organisation located in Brooklyn, New York, which seeks to support emerging and mid-career international and national visual artists, encouraging dialogue and experimentation through workshops, residencies and exhibition opportunities.

The annual Triangle Artists' Workshop offers a unique occasion for artists to meet and exchange ideas, not simply through talking, but by making art side by side for a concentrated period in a self-contained location. Confronted by new ideas and new points of view, detached from familiar surroundings and entrenched habits, artists often find the courage to deepen established lines of inquiry or to explore fresh possibilities.  Studio spaces are designed to be open and in a communal setting therefore discussion with peers and visitors is considered an important part of the experience.

Triangle Arts Association will be contributing to the Networked blog with a series of posts, building up to and during this year's workshop, scheduled for 15-30 September. To read a diary of the workshop read on.

Day one started with a bang. Artists were greeted by Triangle staff, board members, current residents and friends in the Triangle Paradise Lounge and were then given a tour of the studio space where they all chose their workspace for the next two weeks. After dinner Chairman of the Board, Alun Williams, gave a brief but motivational talk to the artists about the philosophy and history of the workshop.

Hunting and gathering was the theme for day two.  Load after load of materials stored up in the residency studio closets were brought over to the workshop space and placed in the “up for grabs room.”

On day three we gave the artists a little help with their materials acquisitions by inviting Carly Hill from FAR (For Art Repurposing) to set up a resale hub in the workshop space. Reconvening for a delicious dinner provided by Rice we shared our day’s adventures and made plans for our trip to Materials for the Arts.

On day four we held a private panel discussion before dinner on the topic:

The making of an artwork – the creation of something new and therefore previously unknown – tends to involve an unquantifiable combination of instinct, idea, execution  and accident. What is the role of that last unruly element, and where for the artist is “wildcard” best put to use?

Thanks to Alun Williams for keeping the discussion going

Many of our alumni have expressed the fact that one of the most disarming aspects of the workshop is the lack of privacy…some artists just can’t work like that. Several artists resorted to hanging curtains which provided the thin but necessary barrier behind which they felt comfortable working.

Observing each artists’ unique processes  is one of the greatest pleasures of being here. The artists’ studios are just as captivating as the works they produce.

By the beginning of week two everyone had settled into a steady routine and their workspaces continued to evolve representing the fluidity of their process and various experiments.

On day 10 critic, curator, writer, board member and long time supporter Karen Wilkin paid us an extended visit. Karen has been vital both sustaining Triangle and in aiding its growth over the past 30 years. This year’s workshop she proved more than ever how invaluable her support continues to be. Also, her support of all the careers and work of all artists that come through our programming deserves A loud THANK YOU to her!

That evening we held a public panel discussion, led by Jesse Prinz and including panelists from the Artists’ Workshop, Ophir Agassi, Ike Francis and Leopold van de ven, was held in the workshop space and provided guests a preview of the artists’ works in progress.

We discussed the subject: As the pace of life accelerates and our connectivity increases how has the physical presence of art changed or taken on new significance?

By day 11 our first studio visitors started to show up and the artists started floating around to check out and discuss each others’ work.

The next day was very eventful starting off with a press luncheon and ending with a dinner for our donors. Alessio Antoniolli, director of  Triangle Network, joined the Triangle New York Workshop for the first time and spoke at our press luncheon. Our donor dinner was well attended with our family, friends and supporters. Before and after the meal everyone walked around the studios and had a look at the work before the open day Saturday.

Day 13 was the last full production day. After working so feverishly forward the artists took a step back and cleared some of the debris from their workspaces in hopes of having a clearer picture of the shape their experiments had taken. Dramatic changes occurred overnight…

At 12pm we opened our doors and welcomed the hoards of DUMBO Arts Festival attendees, friends and family to take a look. Then at 8pm we closed up shop to share one last meal. Thanks to all for an unforgettable experience…hope to see you soon.