Consider yourselves forewarned. Kandid Carcamera is armed with a flip digi cam, and he's makin movies. He posted a short video of Greg's exhibit on youtube.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Consider yourselves forewarned. Kandid Carcamera is armed with a flip digi cam, and he's makin movies. He posted a short video of Greg's exhibit on youtube.
The NY locations include:
Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain, NYStorm King Mountain State Park, Cornwall, NYWashington's Headquarters State Historic Site, Newburgh, NYScenic Hudson's Mount Beacon, Beacon, NYScenic Hudson's Spy Rock (Snake Hill), New Windsor, NY.
Scenic Hudson, the Palisades Parks Conservancy, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission have partnered together to produce this project.
Further information on the lighting project can be found at: HVPress.net, DailyRecord.com,
Friday, November 21, 2008
Discussion around the break room at work this morning rotated around the topic odd tv programs starting with broadcast industrial trade films and ending up at public access programs. Concrete Tv is a program on public access down in manhattan that mixes footage from films, commercial, vintage porn and workout videos into dense bricks of imagery and sound and it seemed like a good place to settle for a hard earned Friday evening.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
SnapperBy Christopher Laro
SNAPPER is a cutting-edge drama which aims to bring attention to the atrocities of pedophilia. Featuring Todd Spire on guitar as the play's underscore and Christopher Laro's intense portrayal as a suspect being interrogated by two detectives, this two-man show with live music is the most 'controversial fiction on the issue of pedophilia ever done in theater, film or TV!' More than a One Act play about child abuse, Laro's writing is also a tribute to victims who fall into the hands of these monsters who prey on our children. And with the acoustic guitar playing of Spire and his anthem 'Alma's
Song,' 'SNAPPER' will make you get involved during the Q&A discussion following the piece.
A controversial drama stemming from our outrage at the lack of diligent public concern for the safety of children in order to encourage social discourse on the issue of child predators.
With: Christopher Laro
& musical accompaniment by Todd Spire
* * * NOTE: ADULT CONTENT * * *
Admission: $5 - Seating is limited. Come early.
25% of proceeds to
benefit Warriors for Innocencewww.warriorsforinnocence.org
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
High Street Gallery is a new art space conceived by artist Robert Brush. LocatedAn exhibit of photographs by Greg Slick will christen the gallery's program. A split opening reception will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 1-3pm and again from 6-8pm. The gallery is located at 22 High St., and will be open by appointment only.
in an elegant Queen Anne Victorian on historic High Street in Beacon, NY, the
gallery will endeavor to present an eclectic program of conceptually-based work
by emerging and established artists.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Dismantling of the Habitat for Artists enclave at Spire Studios commenced at the end of October. With this first phase of HFA now over, the real fun can begin. One of the habs will stay on location as a sort of homebase while other structures are located elsewhere, bringing more artists into the project.
Bookending the Summer, going up and coming down.
A reconstituted version of the hab used by Sharon L. Butler this Summer is currently sitting up in the Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi. Come next Spring and proceeding for the next two years, the habitat will give shelter to artists working in and on the space.
As she ended her time working in her habitat, Sharon added additional layers of wallpaper over top of the existing photos and text. The structure took on the look of an interior architectural excavation in reverse - on the exterior. Those yellow and white elements still stand, augmented with new accents.
Panels by Grey Zeien, Matt Sargood, and Marnie Hillsley adorn one side of the Habitat. Another structure has a home at Poets' Walk, a Scenic Hudson park, and will also be available as a truly mini retreat for artists.
On a related, ecologically artful mindedness note, Tricia Watts and Amy Lipton of Eco Artspace, a sponsor of the HFA project, recently started an ecoartspaceblog.
Finally, the Habitat project will be the subject of an exhibit at Van Brunt Gallery's Project Space in January.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
The talk takes place at 8pm. The Poughkeepsie Muddy Cup is located at 305 Main St.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I'm volunteering with a team of people to revamp the official City of Beacon
website. This is another no-budget project. I have been dubbed "photo editor"
and have been charged with the responsibility of finding local photographers who
may want to donate interesting iconic images of Beacon to be included on a slide
show on the home page.
There will also be themed galleries, ongoing changing
feature stories that will need to be illustrated and events calendars.
also be links to contributor' s websites and/or contact info. Let me know if you'd
be interested either now or in the future. "Now" means before Thanksgiving. If you
know someone else who might be helpful you could let me know.
Examples of images we are looking for:
Firstly: While beautifully decaying buildings make nice subjects for photography, we have determined that decay is inappropriate for this municipal website.
Looking for Non-Snapshot / Heightened / Artsy versions of:
Beacon Historic heritage,
Beacon's diversity,Seniors, Youth, children (especially in beacon places)happy people in the park, on the street,
Beacon parades and events, Beacon's farmer's market, Small town atmosphere, Businesses, especially with people in the photo,
Beacon sports activities (football, baseball, soccer, basketball),
Beacon through the seasons,
Beacon's scenic splendor (waterfalls, Fishkill Creek, the estuary path, etc.).
Beacon Holiday Decorating Contests for businesses and residents.
It would be particularly valuable (because no one is interested in doing it) to take interesting pictures of mundane themes, like
City Hall, the DMV, community centers, parks, etc. also businesses, especially
with people in the picture.
The River Beacons mural celebrates Beacon’s river town heritage and lifestyle, the Beacon Sloop Club’s replica sloop Woody Guthrie’s 30th anniversary, and the statewide Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial.
The painting, 15 feet high and 10 feet wide, will hang on the copious brick western wall of Riverwinds Gallery; on the corner of Cross Street and Main Street, facing Hudson Beach Glass. The location will make this mural highly visible to Beaconites and visitors, inviting both to enjoy, preserve and celebrate the Hudson River and Beacon’s river town heritage.
Support for the mural has been received from the Dutchess County Arts Council (DCAC), The Puffin Foundation, The Woody Guthrie Foundation, Michael Benzer - Hudson Beach Glass, and private supporters. Rick Price received the DCAC’s 2007 County Executive Award for Art in Public Places for his mural for Beacon’s Howland Memorial Library. The new mural is an official project of the Greater Beacon 2009 Quadricentenial Committee.
The mural is epic and colorful. Rick has chosen to frame this painting with the body of a female Esopus Indian figure, representing the bounteous energy that flows through the river community. The scenes and activities depicted on the Hudson’s waters and surrounding land record the river’s history – native American habitation, the passage of the Half Moon, the steamboat era – and reflect the diverse peoples, traditions, recreation and education that take place on our river front.
Recognizable elements in the mural of everyday river-related activity include the waterfront farmers’ market, environmental education at Beacon Sloop Club festivals, alternative energy use at DIA, kayaking, folk singing, the kids from the Beacon Community Center painting river life, theWoody Guthrie and theClearwater coasting along, the rainbow hued River Pool.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
400 Square: outside and inside. The opening reception and book signing for
Ronnie Farley's exhibit Diary of a Pedestrian.
An abnormally warm November evening drew a sizeable crowd Saturday night. The west end of Main St was particularly active. Coming upon the scene gave the impression of real density of activity. That perception will be enhanced next month when Van Brunt Gallery gets lean mean and green, with a new location and a new program, relocating to a smaller spot, I believe, next to Main St's permanent installation project, Kringle's.
Like untethered barrels of rum in the hull of a listing ship, the migration of storefronts to the west end continues. Given the inherent challenges facing the east end in terms of foot traffic coming from the river (as illustrated by the recent travel item in the NY Times), that side of town might want to define itself as the out of the way, decadent, bohemian, quarter of town - make visitors hungry to traverse that middle section of Main St. Perhaps businesses east of the diner could go topless, give it a little Moulin Rouge mytique.
The system is the work of art; the visual work of art is the proof of the
System. The visual aspect can't be understood without understanding the system.
It isn't what it looks like but what it is that is of basic importance.
At the end of his talk, Steven quoted a talk given by LeWitt at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the late 60's. The passage related LeWitt's view that the performance of a music composer's work should be accompanied by copies of the score for the benefit of the audience, since many of the nuances with which the composer is engaged while crafting the system at the heart of the work is visible in the notations, but become indistinguishable in the aural mix. Such a graphic accompaniement, LeWitt believed, would allow the audience to know better the mind of the composer. Such a desire for that type of understanding relates back to Keating invoking silence as a mechanism to know better the system of the soul.
One year after his death, LeWitt is very much in the air.
Storm King's exhibit this year featured a selection of LeWitt's sculptures, and an informative documentary on the artist. You have through Saturday, Nov 15 to catch this show before the joint closes down for the winter. (A storm King tangent: The NYTimes website has a story and video on Maya Lin's Wave Field work that will open to the public in the Spring.)
On Sunday Nov 16, MASS MoCA will be opening a Heeeuge retrospective of one hundred wall drawings. Check out their website for all sorts of goodies relating to the exhibit.
Oddly enough, later in the evening, after Steven's gallery talk, as I was listening to the most recent podcast from the Hirschorn Museum, I caught an interview featuring Lacey Fekishazy who was recently in DC on the crew executing some wall drawings at the museum. Questions asked of Lacey and fellow artist/crew member Roland Lusk on the logistics of executing the work echoed those poised to Steven, and their answers offered a fine accompaniment to the earlier gallery talk. Lacey worked on the original LeWitt Galleries when Dia:Beacon opened, she came in 2006 to work on the Drawing Series..., and she partook in preparations for the MASS MoCA show. For giggles, and because I happened to come across it the other day, below is a photo of Lacey's studio from 2003 or 04 when she occupied a space at Spire Studios.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Right on the heels of this recognition comes news that the budget submitted by the County Executive proposes cutting the Arts Council's budget of the previous year by 68%. Below, I've attached part of a message from Benjamin Krevolin on how interested folks can reach out to the county government to voice their opinions.
The current county budget submitted by the County Executive last week cuts
$200,000 from the Arts Council's allocation. This is a 68% cut from previous
year! This cut threatens funding for artist fellowships, arts in education grants, technical assistance services, promotion, advocacy and a slew of other programs. It could also drastically cut our ability to provide support for programs like Art Along the Hudson or to administer grants which would endanger our ability to bring in programs like the JP Morgan Chase Cultural Regrants. On top of all that these cuts send a terrible message to the public and to our elected officials that the arts are an expendable extra as opposed to the essential human activity and economic driver that it is.
This cut in arts & cultural funding seems capricious (surprise) and is way out of
proportion with other agencies that received cuts. Most of the other agencies are larger organizations and received a smaller cut.
Right now the budget is in the hands of the Legislature. I had a positive meeting
with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee. The meeting was positive and I think we have an opportunity to reduce the size of the cut. I will also be attending various budget hearings and I may need you all to attend a big public hearing on December 4.
In the meantime, we need you to contact the legislature and inform them how important the arts are to your lives. If the arts are as meaningful as we know them to be, now is the time to let our leaders know.
(Please keep comments positive and non confrontational.) You should send comments to your district legislator (John Foreman covers most of Beacon, but you should confirm that you are in his district.). CC County Executive Steinhaus and the Legislature' s leadership on your comments. Contact information for all those folks is below.
Our petitions will not be the only ones received as there are a number of other organizations who will be asking the legislature to restore funding. We need to show a broad base of passionate support. Please send an email/ fax/ letter to the
legislature as soon as possible.
Please forward this information on to other artists, arts orgs, schools, Art Moms etc.
Your voice will be critical this year.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I will keep you posted about the progress of the budget and other issues. We should all remain optimistic until
we can’t be.
CONTACT INFO FOR COUNTY EXEC AND LEGISLATURE:
Legislature Contact info and District maps at: http://www.co. dutchess. ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/ Legislature/ CLlegislators. htm
William R. Steinhaus 22 Market. St.,Poughkeepsie, NY 12601Voice (845)
486-2000 Fax (845) 486-2021e-Mail countyexec@co. dutchess. ny.us
Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Roger Higgins
Dutchess County Legislature Minority Leader Gary Cooper
Dutchess County Legislature Clerk Barbara Hugo
St.,Poughkeepsie, NY 12601Voice (845) 486-2000 Fax (845) 486-2021
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Monk, as it was installed in the gym of Beacon Studios
for the opens studios held on June 10, 2007.
photo by Angelika Rinnhofer.
Ideas about ecology, history, and commerce come to life in the work of New
York painter Alison Moritsugu as she examines our relationship with the
environment and explores the meaning of “paradise." During her residency, Moritsugu will research regional, native, and invasive plants whose forms will become design motifs for the wallpaper she creates in the Lux studio.
Alison will be in residence at Lux through December 6. The exhibit of her work will remain on view through January 3, 2009.
Friday, November 07, 2008
The Screening will be taking place tomorrow at 5pm at The Lodge at Tilly Foster Farm, located at 100 Rte 312 in Brewster.
After the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring Jaanika Peerna who shot and directed the film with Susan English, and Michael Enright who edited the film.
Admission is free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call (845) 278-0230 to reserve.
This film is part of an independent film series presented by the Putnam Arts Council and sponsored by SLS Health of Brewster, NY.
notice of this event came by way of the folks at Collaborative Concepts.....thanks.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
But in light of the fact that the interminable circus has packed up and left town for a couple of years, here are a few links vis a vis the constituency of art.
Andrew Taylor, the artful manager, has posted the text of the Obama/Biden campaign's policy relating to arts. Something to look forward to if he can get to it.
Prior to this week's election, Dutchess County Arts Council, Benjamin Krevolin, in his weekly Taconic Weekend column, made the case for a heretofore unheralded segment of motherhood - the Arts Mom. Benjamin's column made its way onto the Huffington Post.