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May 2, 2010

Studio Visit

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From Benjamin Genocchio's March 14, 2010 New York Times story: "Studio Visit, officially opened by P.S. 1 on Feb. 1, combines [MoMA's] tradition of presenting work by emerging artists with a reference tool that puts information on hundreds of artists at your fingertips.

"The site’s studio tour includes — along with images and video of the artists’ works — an image of each artist’s studio building, a brief statement by the artist, images of the studio’s interior and a satellite map showing the location. For now, the site is limited to artists living and working in the New York metropolitan area. In its first month, more than 750 people have signed up, mostly young and emerging artists living and working in Dumbo and other Brooklyn neighborhoods.

"The site is averaging 6,500 hits a day, but on some days the traffic has climbed as high as 13,700....

"It is no surprise given the volume of submissions, but the quality varies tremendously. In a way, that is the point, says Rafael Vargas-Suarez, 37, of Brooklyn, who under the name Vargas-Suarez Universal makes zany wall murals and paints on aluminum thermal blankets.

“It is about giving everyone a shot,” he said. “It is not about personality or networking. It is about the art.”

"The strength of the site is the number of little-known artists, many starting their careers. Among them are Mike Estabrook and Ernest Concepcion of the Shining Mantis, a collective of artists who create sprawling, graffitilike battle drawings they call Kangarok."

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