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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.

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ArtBeat: What to See

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Opening:

Works by John Michael Byrd @ CONcourse Gallery

Works by John Michael Byrd @ CONcourse Gallery

Tonight (Thursday) is 2014′s final DownStreet Art, North Adams’ city-wide artswalk: Highlights include: Michael Chapman’s installation at 109 Main Street; oil paintings and gouaches by William Oberst and wall drawings by Jarvis Rockwell @ DIScourse Gallery; works by Sara Farrell Okamura and Hideyo Okamura @ MCLA Gallery 51; and Double Bubble @ PRESS Gallery, an exhibition of artwork of 18 artists, all from a 40 mile radius from Troy, NY or a 40 mile radius from Bennington, VT. Thursday, August 28, 5-9pm.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Imperialism @ Mandeville Gallery

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Imperialism @ Mandeville Gallery

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Works by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, who uses humor and satire to examine myths, stereotypes and the paradox of Native American life in contrast to the consumerism of American society. Opens Saturday, August 30. Artist talk and reception: Tuesday, September 16, 5-7pm. (Through November 30)

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Festival Fever: Ecstatic Age @ Collar Works, 8/29/14

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Swamp Baby

Swamp Baby @ Restoration Festival, 9/6/13 (photo: Timothy Reidy)

We Are Architects are bringing the Ecstatic Age to Troy on Friday evening (August 29). The event begins at 6pm at the Collar Works, and while we’re not exactly sure what to expect (which is always part of the fun, of course), here’s what the press release said:

“Ecstatic Age explores ideas, techniques and ephemera related to self-improvement, empowerment, transcendence, fulfillment and ecstasy in an evening of performances and workshops. This event takes the concept of a rave — the quintessential ’90s all-night-long bacchanalian dance party — as a framework for a DIY communal self-help session, dance party and music festival. Unraveling throughout the evening the event begins with gongs and singing bowls, progresses up to dance music, and concludes by decelerating through a series of increasingly emotional and introverted live music acts. Interspersed between music performances will be a variety of self-realization, self-help and affirmational workshops that include a yoga class, and group sessions with a motivational speaker and hypnotist, and closing the night with a period of guided meditation.”

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Q&Art: Carolyn Marks Blackwood

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Carolyn Marks Blackwood: Clouds

Carolyn Marks Blackwood: Cloud 1

Here’s a quick Q&A with photographer Carolyn Marks Blackwood, whose work is currently on exhibit at the Albany Institute of History & Art in the group show, “Summer Exposure: Photographic Works.”

Q. WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO OR FAVORITE CHARACTERISTIC OF THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY?

A: The Light.

Q: WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS?

A: Mostly from my own backyard – a 120-foot cliff facing west overlooking the Hudson River – the Catskills, Kingston and the Kingston light – the sunsets in the west, and it is where much of the weather comes from.

Q: WHAT PROJECT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW/PLAN TO WORK ON IN THE FUTURE?

A: Very excited to be working on a new series that is very different than my nature work. It is called The Story Series. It will include a photograph and the beginning of a story that the viewer must finish for himself. I will continue to shoot on the Hudson River and bathe in the beauty here.

Carolyn Marks Blackwood’s photographs are currently on exhibit at the Albany Institute of History & Art in the group show “Summer Exposure: Photographic Works” also featuring photographic artwork by Martin Benjamin, Dana Hoey, Tom Fels and William Jaeger. The exhibit remains on view through Sunday, September 7.

ArtBeat: What to See

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Opening:

Liz Parsons Gets Her Words Out @ LARAC

Liz Parsons Gets Her Words Out @ LARAC

Fragments @ LARAC, Glens Falls. Works by Patricia Sullivan, Anne Stagg, Liz Parsons and Nick Squadere. An exhibition of contemporary artworks that display different techniques and media including painting, jewelry-making, collage and installation, seeking to challenge our perception of our environment or question how social context may influence our daily lives. Opening reception: Friday, August 22, 5-7pm. (Through September 19)

BUMP @ Basilica Hudson

BUMP @ Basilica Hudson

BUMP @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. An interactive whale exhibit created by brothers Frank DenDanto and Dan DenDanto that includes bones from three different whales, suspended at eye level in Basilica’s Main Hall that are accessible for hands-on touching – not normally an activity allowed at fine art galleries or natural history displays. Once touched, they are set in motion, causing shadows dance around the space. Opening reception and Q&A with the artists: Saturday, August 23, 5-7pm. Closing party ($10): Friday, August 29, 9pm, featuring Black Sea Hotel, Charlie Looker and Patrick Higgins. (Through September 1)

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Real Good for FREE: Albany’s September in the City Art Fair

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The September in the City Art Fair series returns to Tricentennial Park in downtown Albany on Wednesdays in September from 11:30am-2pm. A free weekly lunchtime showcase for local art, music and culture, the fairs feature exhibits and artwork available for purchase from regional mixed media artists and crafters. And each week a different Local 518 musical guest will provide a live soundtrack for the fair.

Applications for September in the City artists and crafters are still being accepted. You can download an application or call 518.434.5416 for more information.

Here’s the schedule of live music for the September in the City Art Fair series:

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Q&Art: Dana Hoey

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Love Your  Enemy: a photograph by Dana Hoey

Love Your Enemy: a photograph by Dana Hoey

Here’s a quick Q&A with photographer Dana Hoey, whose work is currently on exhibit at the Albany Institute of History & Art in the group show, “Summer Exposure: Photographic Works.”

Q: WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO OR FAVORITE CHARACTERISTIC OF THE HUDSON VALLEY?

A: Incredible light! I am a natural light photographer and though I stage my photographs and am rather content driven (as opposed to straight or “discovery” orientated photographers), I just love the light!!

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Opening:

Works by Matthew Blackwell @ John Davis Gallery

Paintings by Matthew Blackwell @ John Davis Gallery

Matthew Blackwell @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Also on display: sculpture by Maud Bryt, paintings by Judith Simonian, Angela Dufresne and Kathy Osborn and photography by Ruth Lauer Manenti. Artists’ reception: Saturday, August 16, 6-8pm. (Through September 7)

Carleen Sheehan: Stag @ Thompson Giroux Gallery

Carleen Sheehan: Stag @ Thompson Giroux Gallery

Friend of a Friend@ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. For this exhibition, Thompson Giroux turned the selection process over to the artists themselves — seven who have previously shown at the gallery were each asked to invite someone new. Connections between inviter and invitee may or may not be apparent, but are fun to look for. Artists include: Simeon Amstutz, Adam Brent, Steven Careau, Sasha Chermayeff, Andrew duPont, Jean Feinberg, Marianne Gagnier, Jolynn Krystosek, Kim McLean, Susan Rabinowitz, Ed Rath, Asya Reznikov, Carleen Sheehan and Michael Tong. Opening reception: Saturday, August 16, 4-6pm. (Through September 28)

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