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Holiday group show at Recession Art

 An Eight Night Event/Exhibition Series

 November 29 – December 6th

 Curated by Anthony Tino and Laura Blüer


I created the “Tchotcke Menorah” for this event.


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25 Artists Will Build A Bridge To The Future


An article in NYU News and Documentary

Ian, a scientist-turned-artist, will have a 12-foot-high sculpture entitled Holon. It is made from used cardboard that Ian found on the sidewalks of New York City. By transforming waste into refined aesthetic sculpture, Ian poses the question to his audience: What is waste? Ian’s work makes people think about the reinvention of materials already in circulation as an alternative to manufacturing new products. It also alerts audiences to the huge amount of waste they could potentially avoid in the future.

“It’s so amazing,” Almeida said of Ian’s work. “That’s just cardboard, what about water bottles, what about everything else that all of us created on the daily bases. We like the art that make people think.”

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Curate NYC 2013

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A Citywide Festival of Art Exhibitions and an Online Showcase of NYC Visual Artists

This year, the piece I submitted was selected for three exhibitions, as well as two online showcases:


NYC25 , Top 25 @ the Westwood Gallery – details here

Curate NYC Top 150 @ Rush Arts Gallery – details here

Gallery @ 139 Bay St. Staten Island – details here

Online Showcase curators:

Jan Seidler Ramirez, National September 11 Memorial Museum – link to exhibition

Valerie Cassel Oliver, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston – link to exhibition

Sublime Landscape


Public Garden Show in association the Harvest Arts Festival

Curated by Collective Craft


Fireman’s Memorial Garden

8th St – Between Ave. C & D

September 28-29

Featured works of sculpture by:  Drew Hamilton, Caitlin McCauley, Jillian Siegel, Ian Trask, Kathleen Vance, Derek Weisberg

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Debris Field












group exhibition at the Castle Gallery at the College of New Rochelle

curated by Lisa Dahl

“Trash, whether saved from our own wastebaskets or salvaged from the street, comes laden with guilty associations and questionable provenance,” said exhibit curator Lisa Dahl. “Yet, the very familiarity of these materials can provide us with a deeper understanding into their creative repurposing.” The transformation of the practical into the sublime, she said, is “laced with a desire to change the status quo of how we perceive the products deemed disposable in our lives.”

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Artsy Sukkah


A post in Bloomberg News

“Assembly Required: A Sukkah Salon” is a temporary, kosher structure, built with 10 artworks on Durchslag’s balcony. Compact and open to the elements (and with an unobstructed view of the Empire State Building), its canopy of branches and leaves was crafted by Ian Trask. The walls are made with 8-foot-tall panels, each an artwork.

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An Artful Business

Harvard Magazine  an article in Harvard Magazine about Recession Art


One of Recession Art’s earliest artists, Ian Trask, reveals the inherent aesthetics of waste materials: cardboard boxes, wood chips, and old forks and spoons, which he once twisted into elegant chess pieces. The center offered Trask an artist-in-residence post, Katz reports, “which meant he had a room in the basement filled with many hundreds of rounds of belting materials, buckles, and adornments, all piled up all over the place.” His resulting sculptures, set in rectangular boxes or on recycled wood, transformed simple webbed belting into gracefully interconnected spools and lines of colors and swirling shapes suggestive of the gears and conveyer belts of early industrial-age machines. “Kids love his art because they recognize the urge to bend their silverware and play with colorful balls of yarn,” Katz says. “Collectors love it because it engages a trend toward DIY and recycling, but is also polished and perfectly framed for their homes”

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Big Future

group show at Recession Art

Curated by Risa Shoup and Maximilian Bode

May 3-24 | 47 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY
Opening Reception May 3, 6-10 pm


BIG FUTURE will include new works by Ian Trask, which contain overlaid, anonymous photographic slides from the mid-20th century. Displayed as stand-alone slide viewers, these image combinations are created entirely by physically manipulating these slides.

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Berries and Bulls

berries  dance performance at BAM Fisher

Known for a bold choreographic style and lithe partnering, Tiffany Mills Company explores themes of intimacy and touch in Berries and Bulls (presented in its world premiere) and The Feast (Part 1). This engagement features the company’s ferocious and deeply dedicated dancers Jeffrey Duval, Kevin Ho, Petra van Noort, and Emily Pope-Blackman.


Featuring choreographer Tiffany Mills, dramaturg Peter Petralia, advisor Kay Cummings, composer Jonathan Pratt, visual artist Ian Trask, lighting designer Chris Hudacs, costume designer Mary Kokie McNaugher , plus dancers Einy Am, Lucie Baker, Ching-I Chang, John Hoobyar, Elise Knudson, Nikolas Owens, Hannah Seidel, Kensaku Shinohara, Simon Thomas-Train, and Mei Yamanaka.

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Holiday Balls of Fun

New York Times article by Dick Scanlan

This homage to Surrealism inspired me to check out the works by another artist, Ian Trask, at Recession Art, several blocks away on Clinton Street. Using recycled materials like turquoise yarn and matchsticks, or mustard yarn and dismantled St. Patrick’s Day jewelry, green beads and shamrocks, Mr. Trask turns Christmas balls into conversation pieces ($50). Very downtown.

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