A battery is a portable container in which chemical energy is converted into electricity and used as a source of power. Battery Journal is “where the meaning is held,” and a generator for new forms and ideas. Battery Journal is an art and cultural journal with an innovative approach to presenting cutting-edge contemporary art and cultural theory. Dedicated to covering a comprehensive spectrum of the arts, we feature writing by and about some of today’s most incisive thinkers. Each issue presents articles and reviews from a range of progressive perspectives.
Founder and Editor in Chief
Anna Ehrsam is an interdisciplinary artist and Art Historian who works across a variety of mediums. Her work embodies infinitely permutable forms, performances, sounds, text, images, and video. She has lived and worked in New York City for over twenty years. The objective of her work is to develop and expand textual languages including form, color, light, sound, text and context. Using their intrinsic physical metaphysical and relational properties to make concrete and ephemeral phenomenon. She creates intimate artifacts, installations, images, drawings, and documents. Ehrsam is guided by the concepts of beauty, truth and knowledge as liberating forces. The interdisciplinary nature of her work allows an expansive vision of exploration, experimentation, and flow.
Sarah Falkner is an interdisciplinary artist working frequently in collaboration across and through multimedia, occurrent, and healing arts, and text-based manifestations. She is both a NY-state licensed and traditional lineage-apprenticed and -initiated healthcare practitioner. Her first novel Animal Sanctuary won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction in 2011, and that same year she was a MacDowell fellow in residence; since 2010, she has co-produced and hosted a monthly community radio program, Roots, Runners, Rhizomes: Radical Health and Healing from the Underground. Her most recent publication is The Carnival at the End of the World Tarot: Madame Lulu's Book of Fate (2018), in collaboration with Kahn+Selesnick. She has recently joined the editors of Fence Magazine, where she will co-edit Other.
She will be contributing reportage and prose for BATTERY journal, and for BATTERY platform's projects, including standalone book, zine, online print + audio-video content and events, will function as editor + contributor for RETORT (art, metaphysics, dissidence) and PORTABLE DEVICES (art + artists crossing borders: people +practices untethered to fixed abodes of location, discipline or genre, nomadically and collaboratively crosspollinating and recombinating)
Bradley Rubenstein is a painter and writer who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His works are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Tang Teaching Museum, and The Krannert Art Museum Teaching Collection at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and The Museum of the Moving Image, New York, among others. He has been the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting, the Pollock-Krasner Award, and a grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. Rubenstein has written extensively on art and art education. Rubenstein has been a contributing editor for ArtKrush magazine, New Observations, and Art Journal; he has contributed interviews, essays, and reviews to CultureCatch, ArtSlant, M/E/A/N/I/N/G, The Brooklyn Rail, Sharkforum and Artforum. He has collaborated with many artists, including Sue De Beer, Lucio Pozzi, Bjarne Melgaard, Claude Wampler and Sarah Michelson, producing books, films, installations, and theatrical decors.
Rubenstein has also been a production artist and set painter for films, television, theater, and video. He has been the lead scenic artist for productions by Jonathan Demme, Tom McCarthy, Jean-Marc Vallée, Spike Lee, and Alfonso Cuarón. His film credits include Rosewater, Demolition, The Bourne Legacy, and Indignation; his work in television includes Girls, The Sopranos and Blindspot.
Taney Roniger is a visual artist, writer, and educator based in New York. Her work has been shown in a number of venues both here and abroad, including: Robert Henry Contemporary, Lesley Heller Workspace, Sperone Westwater, The Islip Art Museum, and StandPipe Gallery in New York; the Contemporary Arts Center and The Front in New Orleans; and the Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Her awards and honors in the visual arts include three Yaddo fellowships, a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and a traveling fellowship from the Stacey Sussman Cavrell Memorial Foundation. Since 2012 she has been a contributing writer at The Brooklyn Rail, for which she served as Guest Editor in December 2017. Her writing has also appeared in Hyperallergic, Whitehot Magazine, Big Red & Shiny, Transverse, and On-Verge. In 2016 she was a finalist for the Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant in short-form non-fiction. She holds an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, where she teaches in the Fine Arts Department and Honors Program.
Philip Hardy is a NYC and NJ based artist, musician, curator, and reporter for Battery Journal. He studied painting, drawing and sculpture at the New York Academy of Art and the Art Students League. For the past eleven years Philip has focused primarily on oil painting, drawings, and ceramics. His iconology ranges from realism to minimalist abstraction. He refers to himself as a seeker of knowledge and an “art nerd”.
Patrick Meagher's art explores how the digital age affects us spiritually and emotionally. Working in computer-generated collage, sculpture, and other media, his work asks how humans will evolve in an era of transgressive technology and increasingly virtual interactions. Exploring notions of space and dimensionality, his process focuses on digital production, timeliness of subject matter, and information and resource sharing. His collaborative projects such as Collective Show and the Silvershed are lateral structures to create organizational formats, spaces, and social environments: event-based happenings and groups that explore ethics and personal agency as part of studio practice. Meagher has written for Art Observed, Art Info, and is currently finishing a monograph, some poetry chapbooks, and a book of essays. A small book about Warhol's impact on the world is forthcoming. He lives and works in his native Manhattan.
Katherine Jackson is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work has been exhibited extensively in galleries, universities, and public spaces in NYC, and multiple other venues in the US, Rome and Berlin. She has had solo shows at Bennington College, and Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Her large scale installation/exhibitions and commissions have been placed in various public spaces in Manhattan and include: a 6 month, multi-piece exhibition (in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the New York Public Library); a 6 month multi-piece exhibition in the windows of the NY Tenement Museum; and a multi-windows exhibit in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Manhattan Bridge.
A onetime professor of literature and creative writing, and a published poet, she has retained a connection to poetry throughout her career as an artist. Much of her work contains text, usually imported from poetry, and she has a particular interest in the intersection between these two media.. Her artwork has been featured in numerous literary journals, including Agni and Seneca Review, and her images can be found on the covers and within the pages of a number of books of poetry.