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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Opening:

Frank Rapant: Flight #2 @ Burns Art Atrium Gallery

Frank Rapant: Flight #2 @ Burns Art Atrium Gallery

On Longing @ Burns Art Atrium Gallery, Schenectady. Works by photographer Frank Rapant that examine the grieving process and how a person might approach this from a faithless standpoint. Opens Tuesday, September 23. Artist presentation and reception: Thursday, September 25, 4:30-7pm. (Through December 24)

Works by Martin McMurray @ Jeff Bailey Gallery

Works by Martin McMurray @ Jeff Bailey Gallery

Martin McMurray: The Case for Dream Insurance @ Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson. An exhibition of new faux books that have the appearance, weight and feel of real books (although they do not open). Their uncanny titles seem vaguely familiar or laughably plausible. Also on view are paintings and drawing on found paper, old book covers and other materials by Erik Schoonebeek. Opening reception: Saturday, September 20, 6-8pm. (Through October 18)

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Real Good for FREE: Albany’s Upper Madison Street Fair on Sunday

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Landfill Mountain Boys

Landfill Mountain Boys

LarkFest isn’t the only street fair taking place in Albany this weekend. On Sunday afternoon (September 21), the western end of Madison Avenue from South Allen to West Lawrence will be blocked off to traffic as the annual the Upper Madison Street Fair takes over the asphalt with music, dancing, art, food and plenty of fun for all ages. And, of course, admission is FREE.

The fest runs from 12noon-5pm and will feature a variety of Local 518 vendors featuring arts & crafts, non-profit organization info tables, fabulous food, dancing & drumming, a silent auction and Kids Zone activities, including storytelling, art making, face painting, games, drumming and more.

And as with LarkFest, one of the main attractions of the UMSF is the live music. Here’s a schedule of who’s playing when on Sunday:

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Festival Fever: Groundswell @ Olana on Saturday

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Groundswell

Over a dozen installations and performances will be featured in Groundswell, the second annual award-winning exhibition event at the 250-acre Olana State Historic Site in Hudson from 2-6pm Saturday (September 13).

The one-day-only fest includes site-specific performances and works in sound, installation, broadcast, and movement. Over a dozen artists will reflect on and react to Olana and its integral viewshed as an ambitious and early environmental work.

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Catching Up with the Albany Institute [Get Visual]

Friday, September 12th, 2014
A view of the Small + Seductive installation

A view of the Small + Seductive installation

By David Brickman

We’ve all been there – you’re aware of a show you know you want to see, and it has a long run, so you leave it till later because you know you have plenty of time to catch it before it closes … and then, inevitably, time goes by and, in the best of circumstances, you catch the show on its last day – or, more likely, miss it forever.

That’s how, on Sunday, I caught the last day of a fine show of five photographers at the Albany Institute of History & Art, and then took the opportunity to peruse an ongoing exhibition called Small + Seductive, which continues through September 28. Featuring about 50 works of art (a few of which are multiple-piece series) by 37 artists, Small + Seductive is the third in a recent series of shows from AIHA’s collection of contemporary art. The first of that trio included only photographs (full disclosure: two of those were mine) while the second was made up of large-scale work in more traditional fine art media.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Opening:

Sculpture by Caroline Ramersdorfer and John Van Alstine @ Courthouse Gallery

Sculpture by Caroline Ramersdorfer and John Van Alstine @ Courthouse Gallery

Confluence of Opposites III @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Caroline Ramersdorfer’s carved and polished marble sculptures integrate light as a sculptural medium, while John Van Alstine’s sculptures examine the tension and interaction of of stone and steel. Opening reception: Saturday, September 13, 6-8pm (inbetween evening performances of the Lake George Jazz Weekend in adjacent Shepard Park) (Through October 17)

Zach Gross: El-P @ Hudson Opera House

Zach Gross: El-P @ Hudson Opera House

Zach Gross @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Photographs, cameraless photography, paintings and video by Zach Gross, an internationally published photographer with a focus on portraits, fashion, and landscapes. Opening reception: Saturday, September 13, 5-7pm. (Through October 19)

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Real Good for FREE: Art in the Park @ Congress Park, 9/13/14

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Michael Jerling (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Michael Jerling


Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

WHAT: Art in the Park: an outdoor fine art show with music, art activities, food and more
WHEN: Saturday (September 13), 10am-4pm
WHERE: Congress Park, Saratoga Springs
HOW MUCH: FREE

Sponsored by Saratoga Arts, the second Art in the Park fest of the year takes over Congress Park in Saratoga Springs on Saturday (September 13) with an exhibition of original fine art from Local 518 artists, including drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography, print-making, and work in other media. Also featured will be art activities for kids (including an Art in the Park scavenger hunt), tasty food and, of course, plenty of live music.

Here’s the schedule of musical performances slated for Saturday’s Art in the Park:

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Opening:

Shanna Saldãna: Mistress @ The Wikoff Gallery

Shanna Saldãna: Mistress @ The Wikoff Gallery

LGBTQ at Union, 2014 @ Wikoff Gallery, Schenectady. The annual LGBTQ at Union exhibition, coinciding with October’s LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day on October 11, includes works in photography, documentary film, musical composition and creative writing by Martin Benjamin, Stephanie Burlton, Pakk Hui, Trevor Martin, Michael Allen Potter, Sarah Rand, Shanna Saldãn and Amilcar Tirado. Opens Friday, September 5. Reception: Thursday, October 9, 5-6pm. (Through November 3)

Works by Brian Cirmo @ Massry Center for the Arts

Works by Brian Cirmo @ Massry Center for the Arts

Black @ Standish Atrium Gallery, Albany. This new series by Brian Cirmo studies the darker, depraved side of American life, as the bespectacled, bearded and slightly balding protagonist travels around the country to discover what it means to be American. Also on view through September 21: The Art + Design Faculty Show featuring recent works of drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic design, photography and printmaking by current members of the art faculty, as well as the launch of Pine Hills Review, a new literary journal featuring writing and visual art, launched by the MFA in Creative Writing program at Saint Rose. Two noted authors and contributors, Elisa Albert and Gregory Pardlo will present the launch readings at 7pm. Reception: Friday, September 5, 5–7pm (Albany First Friday). (Through February 25)

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“Body Language” and “Homespun” Inhabit Public Spaces [Get Visual]

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Sang Wook Lee: Fork and Knife, 2014, silk, silkscreen  and hand embroidered cotton thread

Sang Wook Lee: Fork and Knife, 2014, silk, silkscreen
and hand embroidered cotton thread

Reviews by David Brickman

When Howard Schultz bought Starbucks in 1983, his goal for the business was to provide “a third place between work and home,” where people would meet, work and relax, thereby forming a sense of community in a coffee-shop setting. A similar process goes on in art spaces, which can range from elegant museums to commercial galleries to – you got it – coffee shops, and which also provide the opportunity to form a sense of community. The greater Capital Region offers many options in that range, and they all contribute significantly to a vibrant scene that I think is underappreciated both within and beyond this geography.

Get Visual aims to explore and expound upon that scene (with occasional digressions beyond), and I am pleased to be returning to it after a long hiatus. This post will be the first of many to come under a new plan to write as often as possible around my full-time job – probably just once or twice a month but, at least, regularly. Please spread the word to your interested friends.

Two shows that recently caught my attention happen to share important characteristics, though they are distinct. Presented neither in museum nor commercial settings, these shows each occupy a type of “third place” in the exhibition realm: spaces that are devoted to significant public purposes apart from art, but which also host high-quality, curated exhibitions.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

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