A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
WinterSpace, 2009
photo by Sandra Mack-Valencia

A Lot got its start in 2009, when I turned my apartment into an artist space ("WinterSpace,") invited seven artists to make work about the view of a community garden, and organized a series of conversations. Since then, I've continued to orchestrate events with community gardeners and artists, place work by fellow artists in the gardens, and make my own work on this work.
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
my article, 1998

Berlingske Tidende

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
The community garden was my introduction to New Yorkers, when moving to the city in 1996. Here: fire-escape waves from neighbor, Fred, watering garden below.
1997
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013 Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn, NY.
Winter Garden
2013
Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn, NY.
Curated by Yulia Tikhonova

16 black & white images of garden projects I've organized, one large print, one hosted picnic

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Winter Garden, detail
2013
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Winter Garden, detail
archival inkjet print

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Winter Garden Picnic
2013
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Petra Valentova
2012

For the 2010 exhibition at WinterSpace, Petra Valentova's Duck proposal hung on the walls but was too ambitious for A Lot's budget to realize. However, in 2012, she was able to use the proposal as a platform to get a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts and this, in combination with a successful Kickstarter campaign, enabled her to produce her duck for the LIC Community Garden.

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Serving Toddy & Cookies for Petra's opening
LIC Community Garden, 2012
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
La Perla Garden
2012

Alumbrados wall piece by Laura Fayer and Sandra Mack Valencia for A Lot.

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
My Sangria Station by the Alumbrados wall
La Perla Garden, 2012
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
My Garden Salad for Alumbrados Fiesta
La Perla Garden, 2012

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Alumbrados Fiesta
2012
La Perla Garden
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013 La Perla Community Garden, 2012
With Sandra Mack-Valencia and Laura Fayer
Alumbrados Fiesta
La Perla Community Garden, 2012

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
interview

Interview in La Perla Garden, with Laura Fayer, Sandra Mack Valencia, Bertha Rady and myself - as part on program on Sandra for Antioquenos de Mundo on the Teleantioquia channel. The section on A Lot starts at 18:17.
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Robert Salanda

Robert Salanda, ISCP resident, created Morse Garden for A Lot - installed in the W. 104th St. Garden.

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Robert Salanda
Morse Garden
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013 2011
Robert Salanda, Morse Garden
W. 104th St. Community Garden
2011

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
my interview with Nicole Jones
2011

Salon Salon, a collaboration with Nicole Jones of Three Pennies and a Quarter salon: displaying images of garden art from the garden around the corner from the salon: W. 104th St. Community Garden.
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
my photo of Robert Salander's "Morse Garden" on 104th St.

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
DIY paper demonstration by Alyssa Casey

Alyssa Casey's display of paper made from community gardens for Salon Salon.
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Martha Hooper served her cupcakes for event

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Tina B, Prague - ART-ECO-BIO
2011

My Wall Archive of images from A Lot projects and garden flowers, at the ART-ECO-BIO exhibition. The exhibition took place in a former fallout shelter that now is below hotel on avenue of the Velvet Revolution
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
ART-ECO-BIO, Prague
2011

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
my interview with Katerina Liskova

Katerina Liskova and Lenka Klodova in Brno, Czech Republic, after installing Robert Salanda's Morse Garden sentence ("Green With Envy" in Czech) in the spot I found that best replicated a New York City community garden. The work is next to a cafe and community place called Zahrada ("garden" in Czech.)
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
FEMA magazine

At Zahrada, I spoke to FEMA, a feminist collective, about A Lot and tART Collective. I also presented on A Lot at Brno University of Technology, in a class collaboration between Katerina Liskova and Lenka Klodova: The Body in the Field of Art and Sociology.

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Lisbeth Langkjaer
2011

Post rainy opening, local diner

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Gallery 51
2011

For this exhibition, my archive was shown with work by some of the artists I'd placed in community gardens: Norbert Francis Attard, Suzanne Broughel, Alyssa Casey, Lisbeth Langkjaer, Laura Fayer, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Caroline Parks, John Tursi, Petra Valentova, Jonathan Velardi and Virginia Vergara.
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Houghton Community Garden

Curator Valeria Federici initiated a collaboration with the local Houghton Community Garden and Maria Mazzocco as part of the exhibition. Mazzocco made planters of newspaper that were displayed as part of exhibition, sprouted during it, and seeds were replanted after closing.

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
curator Valeria Federici's essay


Wall Archive, right - my photographs of practically everything to do with A Lot, including flowers in the gardens and the invitations I make.
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013


As part of the exhibition, I did a work-shop and talk about A Lot at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
WinterSpace, 2010
Jonathan Velardi's Flamingo Parade, left, along with artist proposals for the community gardens.

In 2010, my desire to turn the communal gardens into partial sculpture gardens was driven by aesthetic sensibility and municipal strategy: garden leases were up for re-negotiation with the city. Increasing the cultural value of the gardens (that already possess green and social capital,) decreases the chance of future demolition. I shared my MCAF grant with other artists, to realize art and events.

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
2010

I collected over 300 signatures on behalf of the gardens, in a sketch book.

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Mobilization for Change Community Garden

Installing Rainbow by John Tursi at the Mobilization for Change Garden

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
David Barr, aka Archer Midland
Installation: A Project (Untitled) for the W. 104th. Street Garden
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013


Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Jenny Carolin
Disaster Cookbook by Jenny Carolin and Petra Valentova

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Alyssa Casey

Alyssa Casey made paper from community garden plants and gave a talk on paper-making.

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Norbert Francis Attard's @workinthegarden.community


Attard installing in W. 104th Garden, with gardeners helping out
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Vamp Magazine, vol.3, 2011

Interview with Norbert Attard on his project for the W. 104th St. Garden.

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Caroline Parks
2010

Caroline Parks wrapping trees and conducting interviews with people stopping by the W. 111th St. People's Garden.
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
I made ris a la mande and hot glogg for the winter garden events.

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
113th St Play Garden
Winter, 2010
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Virginia Vergara
Summer, 2011

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
2009 invitation
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Jo Q. Nelson

In addition to starting WinterSpace, I also formed a temporary Seasonal Coalition with Jo Q. Nelson and Nikki Schiro - as we all share an interest in mixing up private, public and functional aspects of exhibition spaces.

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Nanna Debois Buhl
preparing for Traveling Plants
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013


Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Jonathan Velardi

Jonathan Velardi's fuses his research of urban gardens and garden design with his interest in patterns and public art for a proposal of an obelisk kit - to be assembled by community gardeners themselves.

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Sandra Eula Lee

For her mixed media installation, Request a Street Tree, Sandra Eula Lee photographed trees and pavements of New York City, reflecting both on city-dwellers' innate need for nature, as well as their preconceived notions of 'nature' - and the occasionally tragicomic results.
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Kenneth Rasmussen

Kenneth Rasmussen's large linoleum prints depict interactive diversity - actual species coexisting with those of his imagination and communication taking place via his native Danish language, an invented language and interspersions of English profanity. His irreverent utopia includes an enormous chrocheted bra and briefs connected via a long spine, made from recycled plastic bags, that he intends for a NYC garden.

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Mark Inglis Taylor

From San Francisco, Mark Inglis Taylor mailed drawings he made (and culled from personal archive) in response to my description of the 104th St. Garden. The drawings are open to interpretation and served as props during my telling the story of the garden to the show's visitors.
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013


Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Sandra Mack-Valencia
2009 opening and Alumbrados #1

Laura Fayer and Sandra Mack-Valencia made 'Alumbrados,' a wall collaboration, in response to W. 104th St. community gardeners being reminded of where they grew up, when they are in the garden - however different these locales. Their collaboration has continued and is a celebration of Medellin, Colombia, where Sandra grew up surrounded by her father's murals.
Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013
Laura Fayer

Julia Nevarez talk on progressive city-planning in Medellin

Anna Lise Jensen A Lot, community gardens, 2009-2013

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