I Am Madagascar Children's Empowerment Art Project

The very first paintings by hundreds of children from northern Madagascar's rainforest, one of the poorest and most environmentally threatened regions of the world,  were exhibited in a fundraising exhibition and champagne reception December at Rogue Space | Chelsea.

Many of the paintings were created from naturally occurring pigments extracted from native fruits and plants such as rangazaha (sword leaf wax lily), vanilla, cloves and trotrobato (bush currents). The exhibition was a unique opportunity to experience the biodiversity, colors and fragrances of the Madagascar rainforest through the children’s creative renderings.

100% of proceeds were returned to support the children’s further education and assist sustainable community eco projects.  All proceeds will be administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Madagascar to fund art programs in the communities where the children live.

 

The children live in communities whose very existence is being threatened by destructive deforestation and farming practices engaged in due to extreme poverty. 

 

 

The I Am Madagascar Children’s Empowerment Art Project was the eight in a series of exhibitions by Rogue Foundation showcasing the work of children in need from around the world, following on from I Am Haiti, I Am Afghanistan, I Am Syria, I Am New York, I Am Congo and I Am Palestine and I Am Nepal.  

With each project Rogue Foundation brings art supplies to children living in conflict zones or economically challenged areas around the world, inviting them to create, to express, to share and to heal.  Their works are exhibited at Rogue Space Gallery and 100% of funds are returned to the children to support their ongoing education and development.

The I Am Madagascar Children’s Empowerment Art Project is a collaboration between Rogue Foundation, Conservation through Poverty Alleviation International (CPALI.org) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS.org). 

The project team visited village children in the Makira/Masoala/Maroantsetra área of Northern Madagascar, the largest remaining track to rainforest in the world.  The concept of the art projects is to give children, who usually are painting for the very first time, the opportunity to create and express themselves in color and to imagine and manifest what they want to occur in their lives and in their communities.

For information on how to purchase the paintings in this exhibition please contact us at at info@RogueFoundation.org or at 212-751-2210.  Your purchase will be helping a child in need reach their goals in life and support communities at the edge of the world’s largest remaining rainforest in Madagascar.

Rogue Foundation projects are 100% funded by events at Rogue Space | Chelsea event and exhibition space.

 

With kindness,

Kevin O'Hanlon

Founder, Rogue Foundation

Karen Barth at Rogue Space | Chelsea October 6-22.

Karen Barth
Exhibition Dates: October 6 - October 22, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 6, 6-9 PM

"For me, a painting is complete when it suggests a kind of mystery that exists in a realm between sensation and thought."
— Karen Barth

The Karen Barth Archive is pleased to present Karen Barth, an exhibition of the late, abstract painter’s final body of work considered to be the culmination of her decades-long exploration of the nuances of color, nature, technology, and the materiality of paint. Karen Barth will be on view Thursday, October 6, 2016 through October 22, 2016, at 508-526 West 26th Street, 9E-9F. The opening reception is Thursday, October 6th between 6-9pm.

Curated by Kelly Worman, this exhibition assembles a final suite of 16 of Karen Barth’s large scale works. Though, materially speaking, these works are archival digital prints, they are also simultaneously paintings, arrived at in their final state through a technique that is unique in terms of contemporary art practice. Throughout her artistic career, Barth (d. 2015) explored multiple dialectics: micro and macro, process and product, abstraction and representation, and, most consistently, nature and technology.

Barth described her own practice as “inspired by the possibility of making a painting that is abstract and self-contained, while simultaneously suggesting a relationship to nature—a painting that is unfixed, evoking changing conditions of form, light, color and atmosphere.” This possibility is derived from one of two starting points: the direct experience of nature, or one mediated by a color photograph. Only the colors are mapped out; the form of the painting is dictated wholly by its materiality. Barth began by painting on small panels then, through a technical process that calls to mind the gesture of spreading one’s fingers on a touch screen to see an image in greater detail, expanded the painting, allowing the viewer to be both inside and outside the image, to experience intimacy on a grand scale.

Barth eradicated the classic painting gesture through her formal experimentation with the physical properties of materials; her vocabulary of pouring, dripping, puddling, and pulling evolved over many years through trial and experimentation. The paintings harness the energies of organic processes, evoking elements of landscape made fluid, suggesting water and its metaphorical associations to mutability, alternating between chaos and control, gesture and mechanics. Barth said: “my objective is to reinvigorate the language of abstraction and the experience of landscape made remote by photography. What I seek is a connection to the larger world via a painting that suggests a confluence between nature, paint and technology as process, and the sense of immediacy and aliveness that this fused experience provides for me”.

Ultimately, these are vital, deeply personal meditations on experience, and the experience of living in an increasingly technologically-dependent environment.

About Karen Barth

Karen’s work has been shown internationally, including: Edward Thorp Gallery, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, The Tate Chelsea, with solo exhibitions in both San Francisco and New York, as well as at the Galerie Hauser in Germany. Her work has been reviewed and published in the New York Times, Art News, and other publications. Her work is a part of many private and public collections. In the early 2000’s her work was represented Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NY. 

About Kelly Worman

Kelly Worman (b.1983) is an artist, curator, and archivist based out of New York and London. She holds an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute (2011) in New York, and an M.A. in Culture, Criticism, and Curation with distinction from Central Saint Martins (2015) in London. Currently Kelly is the director at the Karen Barth Archive, and an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in an array of private collections. Recent curatorial projects include “Land After Time” at E.Tay Gallery in New York, NY and the Pratt Alumni Exhibition at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, as well as an upcoming exhibition at The Schneider Museum of Art in Oregon.

About Karen Barth Archive

The mission of the Karen Barth Archive is to facilitate further education and exposure of Karen’s work, as well as to preserve and protect original work and ephemera. The Archive promotes a wider accessibility and understanding of Karen’s practice via this exhibition and accompanying catalogue, as well as a forthcoming book for 2017. The Archive, located in Tribeca, was founded in 2015 and is maintained and directed by Kelly Worman.

For further information regarding Karen Barth’s work, please visit karenbarth.com or contact the archive at karenbarth.archive@gmail.com.

Accompanying this exhibition, is the release of a full catalogue of the works exhibited, including essays by writers Tom Huhn, chair of the Art History and BFA Visual & Critical Studies Departments at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and Michael Steger, artist, writer and teacher of color theory at Hunter College, NYC.

I am Nepal

Benefit Exhibition

I Am Nepal Children’s Empowerment Art Project
Benefit Exhibition and Auction
Thursday, April 21
6-9pm

What we set out to do:

I am Nepal is the seventh in a series of exhibitions by Rogue Foundation featuring the work of children in conflict zones around the world, expanding on I Am Haiti, I Am Afghanistan, I Am New York, I Am Syria, I Am Congo and I Am Palestine.

In February we brought the project to support the children of the Mother and Children Art Foundation at the Jyoti Public School, Kathmandu, the Hillside School in Lapsephedi and to the children of Artudio in the Dolackha region of Nepal, which was very severely damaged by the earthquake.

The concept of the art projects is to give children, who usually are painting for the very first time, the opportunity to create and express themselves in color and to imagine and manifest what they want to occur in their lives.

From this process the children experience the definite positive outcome in the form of an exhibition and sale of their work in Chelsea which is a dream of established artists around the world. The hope is this experience will encourage them to try more creative ventures in their lives and within their communities.

What we accomplished:

Financial contribution to further support art and education programs for  Mother and Children Art Foundation at the Jyoti Public School, Kathmandu, the Hillside School in Lapsephedi and to the children of Artudio in the Dolackha region of Nepal.

 

 

I am Palestine

 

What we set out to do:

I Am Palestine was the sixth in a series of exhibitions by Rogue Foundation featuring the work of children in conflict zones around the world, expanding on I Am Haiti, I Am Afghanistan, I Am Syria, I am New York and I Am Congo.  I Am Palestine was a collaboration with the wonderful organization Beyond The Armor whose combined energy made the exhibition a great success. 

In February, 2015 we completed the I Am Palestine art project with the children of the Dheisheh refugee camp at Laylac Center,  a progressive community-based organization supporting children though creativity projects.

The children of Deheisheh in Palestine’s West Bank have never seen the Sea, even though it is only an hour drive away.

The children were invited invited to express themselves for the first time with colors and paint what they imagined the sea looks like.

Their artwork was exhibited at Rogue Space | Chelsea and was a major success realizing more than $10,000 in sales,  100% of which was returned to Laylac Center in purchased art and computer supplies.  

We asked the children to express and create and in return they had an exhibition of their work in the center of the art world in Chelsea, and they realized the acquisition of art supplies which they are still using today.   It was a success that they experienced and an event we hope will inspire them to reach for further successes in life through imagination and creativity.

Given the impossibility of shipping such a large quality of materials to Palestine, we literally carried everything in huge cargo bags by hand and delivered them in person to the children.   We became art mules!  In the video below you can experience their joy at the success of their project.

I am Palestine was a collaboration between Rogue Foundation and Beyond the Armor, a non-profit organization created by a group of artists and activists who are passionate about spreading the message of world peace through art, creating communication and acceptance by removing cultural biases one at the time. 

What we accomplished:

 

Delivering art supplies to the children of palestine

 

 

Promotional video for the children's exhibition at Rogue space

 

 

I am Congo

What we set out to do:

Continuing its mission working with children in conflict zones, Rogue Foundation competed an art in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo in October to support CAMME, a local organization specifically helping children who have not found help in more traditional rehabilitation centers.

The project brought art supplies for the children to paint and express, and was a week of creativity away from their daily struggles and concerns.

All proceeds from the sale of the children’s artwork are returned to them to fund their further education and development.

Children coming to CAMME have often been the victims of traumatic events that are too horrible for most of us to imagine – forced conscription as child soldiers, sexual assault, starvation, begging on the street, and more.

The project follows the same format as Rogue Foundation’s previous in Cambodia, Haiti, Afghanistan, Syria and in New York’s homeless shelters with an exhibition of the children’s work planned at Rogue Space | Chelsea in December.   All proceeds being returned to the children to further support their educational and lifeskill programs.

Not only is Goma located in the midst of a Congo’s red zone, where civilians are routinely slaughtered or raped by soldiers and rebels, but it is also the most volcano-threatened city on earth and commonly regarded as the most dangerous city in the world. The conflict in Congo has claimed in excess of  5 million casualties, more than any war since WWII.

At CAMME, the children are offered a variety of vocational training opportunities, psychosocial assistance, and nutritional support.

Upcoming RF projects are planned for Palestine, Burma, Bangladesh and Cambodia.

Art supplies for the project were sponsored by the Christopher Art Foundation.

What we accomplished:

 

I am home, New York

What we set out to do:

Rogue Foundation collaborated with Art Start in working with children living in homeless shelters in New York.  Artists from around the world were invited to donate works created around the theme of Home.  We supplied art supplies for the Art Start family of children to paint their vision of home.  The ensuing exhibition at Rogue Space | Chelsea benefited a series of workshops for the children with established Chelsea artists.

What we accomplished:

 

 

I am Syria

what we set out to do:

Rogue Foundation completed an art project with boys and girls at refugee camps on the Syrian-Lebanese border at the end of November, collaborating with NGO Relief and Reconciliation for Syria.

The I Am Syria project specifically assisted R&R Syria’s program of trauma support for children who have been affected by the conflict.  A benefit exhibition took place at Rogue Space | Chelsea in March.

Each Rogue Foundation project’s intent is to provide children with the materials, venue and encouragement to paint, and an outlet to express at a critical time in their lives and to support their further education.

what we accomplished:

 

 

I am Afghanistan

 

what we set out to do:

Rogue Foundation traveled to Afghanistan to Le Pelican School in Kabul, a bastion to Hazarra children.  The Hazarra are the  the most persecuted ethnic group in that region and simply attending school can be a threatening experience, especially for girls.

The paintings the children created for the show depict the lands and homes they were forced to leave behind. Other paintings conjure new homes they wish they could inhabit someday.

For Hazara children, an education, especially for women, is considered an impossible dream.  The proceeds from the I Am Afghanistan exhibition helped fund Le Pelican’s mission of helping Afghan children in need.

what we accomplished:

 

 

I am Haiti

What we set out to do:

Our initial project focused on Haiti, following the devastating earthquake in 2010. There, children of the Maranatha School and Orphanage were invited to paint their hopes for the future. The 200+ images inspired the “I Am Haiti” exhibition.

Sales from the exhibition funded the rebuilding of their school, destroyed in the disaster.  The children’s artwork was then commissioned to be made into luxury cashmere scarves as the annual corporate gift presented by Conde Nast to their executives and top clients.

Today Maranatha has 295 full time students and is the best school in north Port-Au-Prince with students routinely scoring at the top of national averages.  We have since made five trips back to visit the children at Marantha and are delighted they are now doing so well.  Some have even gone on to work as professional artists!

WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED: