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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Opening:

Rachel Papo: Roan with the Outhouse Guestbook @ Center for Photography at Woodstock

Rachel Papo: Roan with the Outhouse Guestbook @ Center for Photography at Woodstock

Homeschooled @ Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. For over a decade, the American-born Israeli photographer Rachel Papo has been examining the experience of youth within the framework of various cultural institutions, from female conscripts in the Israeli Army to ballet students in St. Petersburg, Russia, to crazed fans of boy bands across the United States. Opening reception: Saturday April 18, 5-7pm.(Through June 14)

Molly Lamb: In Their Purse Pockets

Molly Lamb: In Their Purse Pockets @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock

PHOTOGRAPHY NOW 2015 @ Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. Juried by David Bram, editor, founder and curator of Fraction Magazine, this years’ installment of CPW’s annual Photography Now exhibition presents ten artists from across the US who approach the medium of photography from a wide range of directions. Opening reception: Saturday April 18, 5-7pm (Through June 14)

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Nicholas Krushenick @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum [Get Visual]

Friday, April 10th, 2015
Installation view featuring the painting titled Electric Soup at left.

Installation view featuring the painting titled “Electric Soup” at left

Review by David Brickman

It was 1979: Punk rock was at its peak, rents in SoHo were still cheap, and Nick Krushenick was nearly a forgotten man. My college painting class was on a field trip to New York City, where a visit to Krushenick’s studio had been arranged. The artist showed little enthusiasm, reluctantly pulling a few paintings from a leaning stack, far less interested in talking about his work than he was in bragging about his son’s band, which had just cut their first record.

Flash forward to 2015, and the late Krushenick is now the subject of a solo show at Skidmore College’s Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, such a rarity that the 20 major pieces it has brought together represent the biggest collection of his work ever seen publicly. Nicholas Krushenick: Electric Soup, on view through Sunday, August 16, is a brash, bold exhibition that spans over 30 years of output with pristine, large-scale acrylics that appear so fresh they just about jump right off the wall.

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Opening:

Works by Christopher Lange and Richard M. Mikkelson Jr. @ Lapham Gallery

Works by Christopher Lange and Richard M. Mikkelson Jr. @ Lapham Gallery

Nature of Images @ Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls. An exhibition highlighting the artistic genre of Realism by comparing candid images created by use of a camera (Christopher Lange) with true-to-life works created by hand (Richard M. Mikkelson, Jr.) Opening reception: Friday, April 10, 5-7pm. (Through May 8)

Sculpture by John Van Alstine @ The Laffer Gallery

Sculpture by John Van Alstine @ The Laffer Gallery

Stone | Steel | Paper @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. A solo exhibit of John Van Alstine’s sculptures that explores motion and balance through the natural forces of gravity and inertia. Opening reception: Saturday, April 11, 5-8pm. (Through May 10)

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LIVE: Ethan Russell’s “Best Seat in the House” @ Proctors, 3/28/15

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Review by Don Wilcock

In a world so self-absorbed that we turn the camera back on ourselves with selfies, it’s a treat to find a photographer whose images so totally are outwardly directed that they give the term “candid” more poignant definition.

Ethan Russell bills himself as the only photographer to shoot album cover photographs of all three of the most iconic rock bands of the ’60s: the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who. He presented a show he calls “Best Seat in the House” last Saturday (March 28) at Proctors in Schenectady, a splash of almost 400 images from the most explosive decade musically and culturally of the 20th century. His accompanying commentary, honed from nearly 50 years of reflection by a man who calls himself “the luckiest guy in the world,” are as important and interesting as the photos themselves.

These are not images cropped, edited, air brushed or Photo Shopped by record labels to create pictures that reinforce product that sells to the masses. Nor are they media-produced commentaries on the manufactured cartoon reality of sex, drugs and rock and roll of a larger-than-life era. Completely untrained, he “took pictures just like I hunted which is, you’re quiet. You stand on the edges, and you pay attention and you move quickly and quietly.”

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ArtBeat: What to See

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Opening:

Dylan Cline: Colorful Baskets and Personality @ Wikoff Student Gallery

Dylan Cline: Colorful Baskets and Personality @ Wikoff Student Gallery

Beyond What You See: UNION in Africa @ Wikoff Student Gallery, Schenectady. In conjunction with the 40th annual New York African Studies Association (NYASA) Conference to be held at Union College April 3-4, the Wikoff Student Gallery hosts an exhibition of photography by Union students and alumni who have participated in term abroad programs and Minerva Fellowships in Eqypt, Ethiopia, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda. (Thorugh June 1)

Dawn Black: Incitements of Folly @ Independent Art Projects

Dawn Black: Incitements of Folly @ Independent Art Projects

Dawn Black: Incitements of Folly @ Independent Art Projects, North Adams. Dawn Black examines the practice of masquerade and its role in relation to conceptions of identity and power, depicting people from various sources, societies and time periods in gouache, watercolor and ink on paper. Artist’s reception: Saturday, April 4, 3-5pm. (Through May 3)

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ON EXHIBIT: “It Came From Schenectady” @ the Mabee Farm, 3/22/15

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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Review and photographs by Stanley A. Johnson

The Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction, a place know for looking deep into the area’s past, was visited by interstellar travelers of the imagination.

“It Came From Schenectady: Science Fiction in the Capital Region”, an exhibit of science fiction memorabilia, including some with local ties, was launched with a lecture and reading by Barry Longyear, author of the short story collection “It Came From Schenectady.”

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The 37th Annual Photography Regional @ the Opalka Gallery [Get Visual]

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
Beau Comeaux: Rubble

Beau Comeaux: “Rubble”

By David Brickman

The 37th Annual Photography Regional is both a glimpse of the past and a window on the future. Hosted this year by the Sage Colleges’ Opalka Gallery in Albany, the Photo Regional’s present iteration is a truly fresh experience that also speaks clearly to the show’s long and influential history.

Featuring 80 works by 39 artists, the show was ably and amiably judged by the collaborating duo Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, who filled the capacious gallery with a broad sampling of styles, often choosing three or more pieces by individual makers, which gives the show a welcome depth often missing from such juried affairs. Prizes, chosen by the ParkeHarrisons, went to nine recipients, including two prizes given to student work, a first for the Regional in my memory.

Overall, I got some very strong impressions of where art photography is at in 2015, and I liked what I saw: A lot of black-and-white work (whether digital or traditional); a good amount of strong color abstraction; a great deal of personal documentary; and some experimental/technical stuff – but very little of what I would call “postmodern,” especially of the often annoying “created to be photographed” genre.

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Brick x Brick: Time + Space Limited’s Indiegogo Campaign

Monday, March 30th, 2015
Time + Space in Hudson

Time + Space Limited in Hudson

Hudson bills itself as “The Walkable City,” but city and state funding for its wide, fully-paved sidewalks is only available for the major streets in commercial areas that already see foot traffic.

The longtime grassroots arts organization Time + Space Limited is located on Columbia Street, a major truck route through the city, and its rubble and pothold-strewn sidewalks have been decimated by years of heavy commercial traffic. Linda Mussmann and Claudia Bruce, TSL’s co-founders and co-directors, lobbied New York State and City of Hudson organizations for months to replace the sidewalks, to no avail.

Last fall, in a quest to make their neighborhood more accessible for wheelchairs, strollers and pedestrians, they decided to take on the project themselves, leaving them with a $30,000 bill — a hefty price for a not-for-profit arts organization that runs on a shoestring budget.

Now TSL is hoping to raise $35,000 through its current Indiegogo campaign, which runs through Tuesday (March 31), to cover the cost of the sidewalk along with fees and rewards. All donations are tax deductible, and rewards will include TSL memberships and invitations to an exclusive event for “sidewalk sponsors.”

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