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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Opening:

Works by George Hofmann @ Martinez Gallery

Works by George Hofmann @ Martinez Gallery

Questing @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. An exhibit celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Martinez Gallery with artists George Hofmann and Roxanna Melendez. Reception: Friday, April 29, 5-8pm.

Thomas Ruff: Cassini 17 @ the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Thomas Ruff: Cassini 17 @ the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Touch The Sky @ Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. A multi-media exhibition that explores art related to astronomy featuring 50+ works by 18 artists: Laura Battle, Michael Benson, Matthew Brandt, Vija Celmins, Caleb Charland, Chris McCaw, Linda Connor, Teresita Fernández, Nancy Graves, Sharon Harper, Mishka Henner, David Malin, Lisa Oppenheim, Thomas Ruff, Lewis M. Rutherfurd, Kiki Smith, Michelle Stuart, Mungo Thomson and Penelope Umbrico. Opening lecture and reception: Friday, April 29, 5:30pm. (Through August 21)

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MASS MoCA Hosts Teen Art Exhibit This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
Far from a sedate art opening but a lot more fun.

Far from a sedate art opening, but a lot more fun…

Organized in collaboration with Northern Berkshire high school art teachers and young artists, the 2016 Teen Invitational showcases artwork created by high school students from seven regional high schools in a fun and friendly “sporting” environment. The sixth annual exhibition features art created by local students on view in MASS MoCA’s main galleries and opens with a reception and awards ceremony at 7pm on Friday (April 29). The weekend-long exhibition is on view through Sunday (May 1).

The Teen Invitational strives to reach all students who are engaged in the visual arts in northern Berkshire County, and who have made excellent work, inside or outside the classroom. “The Invitational is a celebration of the next generation of Berkshire creatives, showcasing the wide variety of art-making that local high schoolers are engaged with,” says MASS MoCA’s Director of Education Laura Thompson. A panel of MASS MoCA staff, area artists and art teachers jury the work.

Many participating students take art classes in school, but those just testing the waters in the arts are also encouraged to submit work. Formal art training is not required. Student artists create works in competition for cash awards that directly support their schools’ art departments and for tuition credits at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Opening:

Works by Ken Polinskie @ the Hudson Opera House

Paintings by Ken Polinskie @ the Hudson Opera House

Happy Medium @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Recent works in ink and gouache on handmade abaca and cotton paper by master papermaker Ken Polinskie, whose work uses nature as a metaphor to represent complex predicaments of the human condition, and animals, plants, and figurative subjects to create a personal visual folklore that examines myth, passion, puns and self-reflection. Opening reception with the artist: Saturday, April 23, 5-7pm. (Through May 29)

Ed Smith @ Saratoga Clay Arts Center

Works by Ed Smith @ Saratoga Clay Arts Center

Clay to Bronze @ Saratoga Clay Arts Center, Schuylerville. Works by noted sculptor Ed Smith. Opening reception: Saturday, April 23, 5-7pm. (Through June 5)

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ArtBeat: Abraham Ferraro, Hudson Valley Seed Packs @ ACCR [Get Visual]

Monday, April 18th, 2016
Abraham Ferraro has redefined "mail art" with his sculptural installations

Abraham Ferraro has redefined “mail art” with his sculptural installations

Review by David Brickman

For a fun and very colorful experience, check out the solo retrospective of sculptor Abraham Ferraro and the annual show of Hudson Valley Seed packs at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy through Sunday (April 24).

Ferraro began making mailable sculptures out of corrugated cardboard in 2008, when he sent a roughly cubical piece about the size of a lunchbox to himself. This act may or may not have been unique or groundbreaking – but it was not in the well-known tradition of “mail art,” wherein the art goes inside an envelope or on a postcard, and it started something big and creative for Ferraro.

Since that start, Ferraro has built up an ever-growing body of work constructed out of geometrically shaped and increasingly colorful modules, all of which were shipped intact from the post office to galleries, where they are assembled like a whacked-out erector set. The exhibition Every Which Way, which fills the Arts Center’s main gallery, adds new units and re-creates years’ worth of past projects that retain their original shipping labels (including that very first one).

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Opening:

Oliver Benson: Light of the Narrow Door @ Limner Gallery

Oliver Benson: Light of the Narrow Door @ Limner Gallery

Neoteric Abstract IV @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. A large group show of abstract works in a variety of media. Reception: Saturday, April 16, 5-7pm. (Through May 7)

Kian Kowrouzi: Untitled @ Mandeville Gallery

Kian Kowrouzi: Untitled @ Mandeville Gallery

Society After Revolution: Kian Kowrouzi @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Working in the medium of black and white digital photography, Union College senior Kian Nowrouzi captures human emotion and a diversity of culture within contemporary, post-revolutionary China and Cuba. Opening reception: Wednesday, April 20, 5-6pm. (Through August 7)

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ArtBeat: Susan Meyer’s “Formation Proposal” @ Courthouse Gallery [Get Visual]

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
Detail view of Shaft, laser cut acrylic, H-O scale figures, and aluminum

Detail view of “Shaft,” laser cut acrylic, H-O scale figures and aluminum

Review by David Brickman

Several times now I’ve seen one or two of Susan Meyer’s tiny, fantastical utopias and, every time, they fascinate. So I couldn’t bear to miss her solo show Formation Proposal at the Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery in Lake George, which is on view only until Friday (April 15).

Meyer uses brightly colored acrylic sheets to build complex little spaces that are populated in this show by miniature nude figures. Her sense of color and form is outstanding, and she fully exploits the way light penetrates these stacks of stripes.

Though dates were not provided for the pieces on view, they seem fresh – especially the central piece – titled “Together” – which is more airy than dense, with a limited palette of white, yellow and blue, and is suspended from the ceiling, so it floats as if in zero-gravity. As one gallery-goer commented during my visit, it looks like The Jetsons. There’s a playfulness here not completely opposed to that favorite 1960s cartoon – but there is also a slightly ominous dystopian feeling to the worlds Meyer creates, adding to their mystique.

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Taylor Mac’s Magical, Musical Throwback to the 1800’s [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac

“Fabulousness can come in many forms, and Taylor Mac seems intent on assuming each and every one of them,” The New York Times recently noted. From 4-10pm on Saturday (April 9) at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, the inimitable artist presents a six-hour work-in-progress performance of six decades of A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. His performance will cover the period from 1836-1896, each decade receiving about an hour of exposition from Mac’s wildly ambitious, multi-year effort to chart the history of popular music in America from the nation’s founding in 1776 to the present day. The performance caps off a two-week residency in North Adams by Mac and collaborators. MASS MoCA gallery hours will be extended until 7pm on Saturday, as viewers are encouraged to come and go during the six-hour performance.

Taylor Mac (who prefers the gender pronoun “judy”) is a New York-based theater artist, playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, cabaret performer, performance artist, director and producer whose many talents combine in the spectacular A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. The project is a unique mash-up of music, history, performance and art. In it, judy performs songs spanning the history of America, with approximately one hour of performance (and a riotous corresponding costume by longtime Mac collaborator Machine Dazzle) dedicated to each decade.

Since the undertaking began in 2012, Mac – who was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in Theater/Performance Art on Wednesday (April 6) – has been creating shows covering single decades or a few decades at a time; judy will stitch these together in the 24-hour extravaganza planned for New York City this fall, in which judy will be joined by a 24-piece orchestra, dancing beauties and an array of special guests.

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is a vibrant whirlwind of musical theater, drag performance and historical storytelling that delights audiences with razor-sharp wit and musical brilliance. Artforum has called the project a “face-wrenchingly funny…chronicle of sex, repression, expression and community” and said, “Mac is a master performer, riveting storyteller and charismatic, otherworldly creature, dressed to the tens in artist/designer Machine Dazzle’s magnificent metamorphic glitz.” The Los Angeles Times has described it as simply “glorious.”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Opening:

Christopher Engel:One Things Leads To Another @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Christopher Engel:One Things Leads To Another @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Point of Intersection @ Carrie Haddad Galllery, Hudson. A group exhibit featuring selections of abstract paintings by Christopher Engel, new minimalist wall sculptures by Dai Ban, photo-realist watercolors by Scott Nelson Foster and mixed media constructions by Paul Chojnowski. Opening reception: Sunday, April 10, 2-4pm. (Through May 22)

Works by August Ventimiglia @ Matteawan Gallery

Works by August Ventimiglia @ Matteawan Gallery

August Ventimiglia: Drawings @ Matteawan Gallery, Beacon. A solo exhibition of recent drawings by August Ventimiglia. The exhibition features work from Islands and Breath Rivers, two new bodies of work that continue to explore the artist’s interest in process, chance and drawing. Opening reception: Saturday, April 9, 6-9pm. (Through May 8)

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