Saturday, August 30, 2008
The list of participating artists and pertinent information like directions can be found at the Collaborative Concepts 2008 blog.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Nuremberg, or Nurnberg, the city that brought us Albrecht Durer, military tribunals, and Germany's most popular sausage is Ms. Rinnhofer's hometown.
As a tribute to this bustling Bavarian burg, I wanted to share some visuals from the city's annual Blaue Nacht. The Blaue Nacht, in its ninth year, is a night time festival of light and and wonder with installations and performances that light up the city's center. Here's a slide show of images from this year's event.
I tried to find a single video that would demonstrate the scope of the event, but I couldn't find any that did that, and the ones I have found suck.
As a form of remedy, I'm posting this video from Cool Hunting on the Glow Fest held in Santa Monica in July.
Just imagine, if you will, that what you're watching is Bavaria and that the Lderhosen being sported by Arthur Nakane, the one man band are out of frame.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
A good sized crowd made is down to Beacon Point for the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea performance on Sunday Night.
I heard mixed, but generally good reviews of the hour long piece made up mostly of spoken narration with musical accompaniment. The highest praise I heard was lavished on the band Dark Dark Dark. The downside for me was that most narrators' monologues were difficult to hear over the waves, geese and the generator hidden in the bushes.
I really dig the idea of the itinerant troubadours drifting from town to town, drawing an entertainment starved community down to the waterfront for some diversion. (A more piratic version of this tale would incorporate such a diversion to give a second stealthy crew freedom to liberate the townfolk of the valuables in their homes whilst they linger on the river.)
In my mind, the performance node of this endeavor is just one part of the larger project that raises fundamental issues of community, ecology, and the pace of life at a point when mainstream and fringe rub against one another. Poetically, Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea is a floating (more intensive)analogue to the Habitat for Artists, and I enjoyed seeing the pitched tents nestled among the habitats, providing a sheltering space for a new set of artists on their journey. Both projects invoke the custom of artmaking to create temporary community, facilitating an exchange of ideas on a neutral ground.
The crew afloat on the Swimming Cities vessels is a loose conglomeration of groups, some tenously linked, not everyone knows everyone else it seems, acting as one that then leaves traces on the river folk with whom they share a moment along the way.
More Swimming Cities content:
Here's a review from Kingston with excerpts of the spoken text at thepiratebay.org
Brief Epigrams has some photos.
Flood is a film project that is being created along the way.
Reclaimed Home , a blog here in Beacon has some images.
The KSW blog has a running diary of the cruise.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Reservations are suggested, call 845 440 0100 x 44
Jennifer Mackiewicz worked for Michael Heizer for eleven years as the artist's
assistant and Operations Manager for the Heizer Studio. She continues to serve
as the artist's liaison and is Vice-President of the Triple Aught Foundation,
founded to preserve the artist's archives and to see the completion of the City
project. Ms. Mackiewicz received her Bachelor's in Studio Arts from the Center
for Creative Studies in Detroit. She is currently working as an arts consultant
and pursuing her personal art practice.
Michael Heizer was born in Berkeley, California, in 1944, the son of the anthropologist Robert Heizer. After briefly attending the San Francisco Art Institute in 1963-64, he moved to New York in 1966. In 1967 Heizer began creating large Earthworks, primarily in California and Nevada. For his first one-person show, at the Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich, in 1969, he removed 1,000 tons of earth in a conical shape to create Munich Depression. He followed this with Double Negative, a displacement of over 240,000 tons of earth to make two vast incisions opposite one another on the
edge of Virgin River mesa, Nevada. Heizer's next one-person show was at the Dwan
Gallery, New York, in 1970, and that same year he exhibited in the International
Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Major exhibitions of his work have been staged
at institutions such as the Museum Folkwang, Essen (1979), and the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1984). Heizer lives in Nevada, where he continues
to work on City, a sculptural complex begun in 1970 currently supported by Dia
and Lannan Foundation. Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon is a series of presentations
that take place the last Saturday of every month at 1 pm and are free with
admission to the museum. Focused on the work of the artists in Dia's collection,
the one-hour presentations are given by curators, art historians, and writers,
and take place in museum's galleries. Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon are made
possible through the generosity of the New York State Council on the Arts, a
State agency; The Karan-Weiss Foundation; and the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
They're also hoping to borrow some of those solar garden lights to illuminate the path to the performance site.
If you're interested in helping out, contact openspacebeacon(at)thundercut.com
In an email from BACA, those who are planning on attending, are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
On this project SWOON collaborates with playwright Lisa D'Amour whose
performance draws up the many possible narratives and myths that might
surround the vessels, the crew and the journey. SWOON also teams up with
circus composer Sxip Shirey, Kinetic Steam Works from San Francisco, the band
Dark Dark Dark (accordian, cello, upright bass, banjo) and Hudson river
advocacy groups as the boats float down the river.
Friday, August 15, 2008
The multi-staged, multi media piece incorporated adhering individual sheets of paper to the window, each carrying a portion of a window sized photo taken of the window by WOMS co-curator Matthew Slaats. The photo essentially depicts what the window saw via its reflection as Matthew was taking its picture: Matthew, standing in the street, camera to eye, some parked cars, and the Raindance boutique across the street. This treatment was repeated for the space's side window, and the window in the door.
The piece, from the start, was a temporary time based "performance" created by the window and the environment. (Karen refers to these works she creates as time-based drawings) (Please note that this is all my interpretation, as I hadn't discussed the piece at length with Karen.) A camera positioned in a parked car across the street on Saturday was automatically taking pictures of Karen installing the sheets of paper, and eventually, the wind taking them down, at which point a similarly scaled line drawn depiction of the original photograph went up in its place. The time elapsed video of this process will soon be available for viewing at Go North.
I found this to be a particularly poetic piece, and I'm fortunate to have seen as much of is as I had on Saturday morning, as the piece was conceived to be fleeting. I was struck by the rhythmic waves moving through the mosaic of papers as the wind caught it, animating a frozen moment, depicted in photograph.
To stand in front of this piece in this window, was to stand in front of some trans-dimensional mirror, you see all the reflections you'd expect to see, except your own, which obviously would not be visible as you've been rendered a vampire. You do, however, see Matthew's ghostly voyeur aiming to snap your non-reflecting image for some nefarious purpose, like posting in a blog.
OK, I'm going too far, but this piece definitely spoke of the intermingling of past and present, the extension of a moment held indefinitely, then carried forth. The work also demonstrates the fullest extension of responding to place. Here, Karen frames her response through the eyes of another (Matthew), and through the experience of the place itself. It's a "If these walls could talk" sort of thing. Karen's is an oblique reference to history, and the brief retelling of a fading memory by an old girl on Main St.
Unfortunately, the life span of the piece was curtailed due to objection by the property's owner. I'm not certain on what grounds he objected, but we certainly comply with the wishes of our hosts on matters such as this, and the piece was removed late in the evening of Aug 9. In any case, the piece was not destined to sit statically in the window through the run of the exhibit, this just expedited the dismantling and prevented viewers from experiencing the full arc of the piece, and that's a real loss.
As I said, a video depicting the rise and fall is expected to be at Go North Gallery for viewing, hopefully soon.
Much of Karen's work incorporates similar, and more ambitiously scaled architectural renderings place on the actual structures depicted. Here's a recent project described at usagnet.com and an interview with Karen on the Popcorn Youth blog
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Stage 2 of Karen Brummund's temporal Windows on Main St. installation next door to Go North.
At Van Brunt Gallery
Clinton Wilkins discusses his collaborative piece with Maura Araj at Artisan Wine Shop.
Below: HOT HOUSE.
Below: Megan's in-progress diagram of the relationships that revolve around Main St. Salon.
More interconnectedness at Paper Presence; that of inspiration and ideas within a community by BHS students Cheyenne Cole, Brian Pena and Rebecca Ambrosini.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
This one line review of Peter Iannarelli's June 08 exhibit at Van Brunt Gallery comes by way of this blog.
By contrast to that brooding enigmatic form, James' monoliths provide a less threatening, more psychotropic effect given the user friendly rounded corners and cheerily pure hues.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Openings are happening as per usual are happening everywhere, quite nearly.
Given my televiewing tonight, we can start with Fovea Exhibitions Gallery which is opening an exhibit called Planet China with photos by Julien Chatelan, Alan Chin and Justin Guariglia. Aditionally, the gallery will be featuring coverage of the Olympics and holding special hours concurrent with the run of the Games. At dusk, Fovea Exhibitions, which has a new and fully functioning website with plenty of program information, will be continuing its monthy screening series in the lot on the corner of Cross and Main St. Bite sized treats by St. Clair will be on hand. Opening reception from 4-8pm.
RiverWinds is opening an exhibition of paintings by Ellen A. Lewis, reception from 5-8pm
Bannerman Gallery has an exhibit of photography of James Douglas, reception from 4-6pm
Openings from 6-9pm:
Go North is sporting an exhibit of Pete Crotty's photographs.
Van Brunt is hosting "Women in New Orleans", and exhibit organized by Lyn Fishbach.
Open Space is hosting an exhibit of work by Gaetane Michaux & Signn
Over at bau, bau 44:Lisa Zukowski: Littoral Translations and Multiplicities
Back Room Gallery is hosting its 3rd Annual Figure Show
Mount Beacon Fine Art is opening an exhibit with Judy Sigunick..... and another artist...I saw a card for it today, but can't remember..and I've found no info online, but I'll find out.
Flying Swine, is presenting Private Lives by Sir Noel Coward at 7:30 at the Howland Center. This performance is free to the public.
Exhibits at Hermitage (Greg Slick), Pearldaddy (Edie Nadelhaft) and Zahra's (Chris Pappan) are continuing.
Zahra's Studio will have a satellite presence at Rust Riot on Sunday in Putnum Valley.
They just lit the big candle and I'm goin to bed.
In light of her time away subjecting her mind to the grad school sausage ginder, I want to mention an interesting interview with Robert Storr on The Yale Arts and Architecture Podcast. (I've linked to the website that will direct you to the family of Yale podcasts on iTunes. You will need to download the iTunes software if you don't have it on your computer. Once you've done that, simply find the Arts & Arch. podcast.) In the segment titled "My life as and Artist", Storr, in his position as Dean of the Yale School of Art, speaks on the responsibility of the MFA program in preparing its students for the future, the role of artists in society, and the challenges that face those artists dedicating to making their way in this vocation.
She's back now, adjusting to life in kamp maykr.
Here's a taste of what she was up to while in Austria:
For the mind always venturing, coming home is simply another leg of the roaming.
David Horvitz is one of the renegade Pinocchios who "extended..... to the outside world", Paul McCarthy's piece "Pinocchio Pipenose Household Dilemma (Party Pack)." The McCarthy piece, which is currently on view in the "I've Got Something In My Eye" exhibit curated by Bik Van der Pol, at Bard's Hessel Museum. The video installation consists of an isolated video viewing gallery and a separate changing area outfitted with full Pinocchio costumes which must be worn in order to view the video.
Taking a cue on what to do when you get caught from one of the "fringe" volumes published by Loompanics in the Bik Van der Pol installation "Loompanics", the students momentarily created and freed the shortlived lovechild of two subversive artworks. Here's a bit of documentation from Horvitz's website.
The sound of giant plastic shoes scuffing along the concrete. That's Summer!
Saturday, beginning at 3pm at Muddy Cup (129 Main St), we'll be walking and discussing the western half of the projects which include:
Ryan Burghard at Mountain Tops
Jill Reynolds at Hudson Beach Glass
Tom Hughes at Iron Fish Trading Co.
Clinton Wilkins & Maura Arraj at Artisan Wine Shop
Erin Parsch at Hudson Fisheries Trust
Erica Hauser at Zora Dora Paletarias
Megan Metcalf at Main St. Salon
Cheyenne Cole, Brian Pena and Rebecca Ambrosini at Paper Presence
On Sunday, the 10th starting at 3pm at Zuzu's (453 Main St.) we'll visit:
Theresa Gooby at Beacon Natural Market
Simon Draper at Exit Drake Realty
Jessica Lauretti at Dickinson's Antiques
Jake Selvidio at Zuzu's
Karen Brummund at 469 Main St.
Matthew Slaats at 469 Main St.
Steve Walls at Watkins Press
Jenny Price at Jacqueline
The tour will take the form of an informal strolling conversation. After grabbing a refreshing drink at Muddy Cup and Zuzu's we'll all share in a pleasant and stimulating interaction with the project's curators, artists and host businesses.
A major component of work like this sited in these locations is conversations; between artist and space - between artwork's and viewer's - between the various people who come in contact with the piece, and these walking tours are a perfect complement to the spirit of the project.
If you have any questions regarding the exhibitions, or any of the events related to WOMS, please email me.
FYI, there is a panel discussion in the works and I'll be posting that info here when it comes available. Also, I'll be posting statements from the other project curators in the coming days. Here's Matthew Slaats' statement on the project.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
His focus on active interaction with various audiences in his artistic practice is well suited for a project such as WOMS. (Honestly, I'm not trying to make this sound like a press release. It's just coming out that way.)
Here's Matthew's statement about his approach to the Windows exhibit:
The engagement of community and context is at the center of my artistic and
curatorial practice. My interest lies in understanding places and people
on a multitude of levels many of which are imperceivable. The goal is to
engage on a much deeper level by asking questions and expecting answers.
The artists that I have invited work on these levels. They go beyond just the
creation of an object or an image, but to a place were participation is vital to
the completion of the work.
The objective of these efforts is to make meaning. Meaning that is developed through action. The action being the artist and the community partaking in a conversation where mutual understanding is achieved.
The artists that comprise Matthew's selection for this years Windows are Ryan Burghard, at Mountain Tops (144 Main St.), Tom Hughes, at Iron Fish Trading Co. (167 Main St.), Megan Metcalf, at Main St. Salon (211 Main St.), Karen Brummand (469 Main St. -next to Go North), and Jenny Price, at Jacqueline (469 Main St.) Details of all of the artists' works, will be posted in due time at the WOMS blog.
Matthew is also contributing an interactive piece of his own to WOMS this year. Call and Respond:
Call & Respond is an interactive telephone project. Cards displaying a telephone number will be distributed throughout Beacon. Participants can call the phone number to hear a message that will change every few days. After hearing the message they
will be able to respond as they see fit.
During the run of Windows On Main, messages will be collected and then be available to be heard at Go North Gallery.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
I am one of four curators, along with Karlos Carcamo, Matthew Slaats and Christian Toscano, coordinating nearly twenty storefront artist projects along Main St. Here's a near complete list of the artists and the host locations:
Ryan Burghard - Mountain Tops, 144 Main, Jill Reynolds - Hudson Beach Glass, 162 Main, Tom Hughes - Iron Fish Trading Co., 167 Main, Erin Parsch - Hudson Fisheries Trust, 197 Main, Erica Hauser - Zora Dora's Paletarias, 203 Main, Megan Metcalf - Main St. Salon, 211 Main, Cheyenne Cole & Brian Pena & Rebecca Ambrosini - Paper Presence, 296 Main, Theresa Gooby - Beacon Natural Market, 348 Main, Simon Draper - Exit Drake Realty, 412 Main, Jake Selvidio - Zuzu's 453 Main, Karen Brummund 462 Main, Matthew Slaats - 462 Main, Jenny Price - Jacqueline, 478 Main.
We will be holding two guided walking tours of the exhibit this coming weekend. To make the tours manageable and comfortable, the exhibit will be divided in two with a tour of the western half on Saturday, and the eastern half on Sunday. Here are the details:
Saturday, Aug 9 @ 3pm, starting at Muddy Cup (129 Main St.)
Sunday, Aug 10 @ 3pm, starting at Zuzu's (453 Main St.)
I can't think of a better way to kick off one's Second Satuday than enjoying a gentle stroll with splendid conversation. The curators and many of the artists will be on hand to discuss their pieces.
Exhibition maps will be available at many locations up and down Main St. Tune in here or at the WOMS blog for more information on the exhibit and accompanying events. WOMS is sponsored by BACA, Rhinebeck Savings Bank, the Ann and Abe Effron Fund of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County, and is, in part, made possible through a grant from the Dutchess County Arts Council, administor of public funds through NYSCA's Decentralization Program"