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Artist in residency: Mothership NYC

Artist in residency: Mothership NYC

Through September, when the bustling art season kicks in, I am excited to be back in NYC and at the Mothership, this time around as an artist in residency at the rooftop live work space in Greenpoint. Here I plan to dedicate some of my residency time to revisit and rework the glass installation I created for my first solo exhibition in NYC in 2016, the Sound of Silence. Shimmering new work will travel from NYC to UK, for a group exhibition entitled I Am My Own Primal Parent (Sept 28th - 2nd Nov) at KARST, Plymouth’s largest independent contemporary art venue. A show curated by NYC-based radical siren Katie Cercone. Other female artists included are Melanie Bonajo, NARCISSISTER and Go Push Pops.

On September 11, 2018, together with Alexandra Arts which I founded, I will be bringing the spirit of my most recent venture, the Pankhurst in the Park (PitP) festival 2014-18, from Manchester to New York with a “PitP infused art salon”, hosted in and by Mothership NYC.

It will feature a performance by New York-based collective ULTRACULTURAL OTHERS, and work by PitP commissioned UK artist Anna FC Smith. Travelling from the EMINENT DOMAIN flash exhibition staged at the former blue-chip Robert Miller gallery space in West Chelsea in July, it has organically stemmed from Alexandra Arts recent collaboration with online based NYC’s ART 511 Magazine. This Spring, we teamed up and produced a limited-edition print commission - a publication marking International Women’s Day (March 8th) and the centenary of women over thirty earning the right to vote in England. Read it online here. At this event, catch me in conversation with ART 511 Magazine publisher Scotto Mycklebust.

This year’s will be the final Pankhurst in the Park Festival. There will be a closing ceremony at Last Frontier NYC in Greenpoint, on September 21, 2018. Everyone is invited to join me in celebrating this four-year initiative committed to providing a platform for women in the arts by commissioning a stunningly broad array of artists, performers, makers, and critics and reaching out to all members of the community regardless of gender, class, or cultural background through workshops, open exhibitions, performances, and other events. This is the last chance to catch UK based Anna FC Smith’s work tour of NYC.

Pankhurst in the Park 2018 program of events is funded by Arts Council England, Manchester City Council Department of Culture, St Mary's Primary School, Friends of Alexandra Park and the Neighborhood Investment Fund from the Whalley Range ward.

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ART 511 MAG

ART 511 MAG

'Sound of Silence' exhibition review 

Artist and writer Katie Cercone did a shimmering review of my solo exhibition 'Sound of Silence' in New York last September. It's now available to view at the newly launched online magazine Art 511 Mag.  A big thank you goes out to Katie, but also artist and publisher Scotto Mycklebust who invited me to be the first, in a Visiting Artist series, at studio 511, in collaboration with West Chelsea Artists Open Studios. Read the review here

In a highly competitive and commercialized industry like art, where working together or calling yourself “feminist” isn’t always a safe or lucrative career move, Karlsen’s insistence on following through with her total vision for integration of self and community feels all encompassing in her radically interdisciplinary work. Her dexterity with the medium of glass and subtle meditation on the nature of life and death promises to shine through in this kinetic, effervescent installation for many moons
— Katie Cercone, via Art 511 Mag
Art 511 Mag

Alexandra Arts has also been named by Art 511 Mag as one of '10 Organisations helping Artists build community' with Ultracultural Others, Minnesota street projects, Beat Global, Culture Push + others. I am thrilled, to be connected to so many forward thinking creatives who are smashing up the conventional mould of 'community arts'. We are also the only organisation on the list based outside the US! Read the full article here

In addition to their dynamic offerings in the park, Alexandra Arts is perhaps best know for its (international) artist residency program Pankhurst in the Park. Inspired largely by the legacy of the suffragette activism that took place in Alexandra Park and named for iconic movement leader Emmeline Pankhurst, Pankhurst in the Park is a comprehensive program empowering the community to engage deeply with their local environment and social history. A program which provides a platform for the work of primarily female artists, Pankhurst in the Park also partners with neighboring schools and community groups on integrated creative initiatives bringing together artists and local residents.
— Art 511 Mag