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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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”