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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Opening:

Assemblages by Pamela Courtleigh @ Limner Gallery

Assemblages by Pamela Courtleigh @ Limner Gallery

Small Works @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. A large group exhibition and sale of small works by the gallery’s artists. Opening reception: Saturday, December 3, 4-6pm. (Through December 31)

Sculpture by Caroline Ramersdorfer @ Opalka Gallery

Sculpture by Caroline Ramersdorfer @ Opalka Gallery

Gravity & Light @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. Stone sculpture by Caroline Ramersdorfer. Opening reception: Friday, December 2, 6-8pm. (Through March 5)

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ArtBeat: “Future Perfect” @ UAlbany’s University Art Museum [Get Visual]

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
A group of drawings by Alexander Ross as seen in Future Perfect

A group of drawings by Alexander Ross as seen in Future Perfect

By David Brickman

The exhibition Future Perfect: Picturing the Anthropocene at the University at Albany Art Museum is a grand compendium of ideas that handily meets its purpose to “explore and inform,” but falls a bit short simply as an art exhibition.

Curated by Associate Professor Danny Goodwin, Director Janet Riker and Associate Director/Curator Corinna Ripps-Schaming, the show features significant individual pieces or bodies of work in a variety of media by 12 artists, augmented by 11 additional artists whose prints, drawn from the museum’s permanent collection by participants in a class project, create a sidebar exhibition within Future Perfect.

The anthropocene is the label now affixed to our current geological era, so named to reflect the changes to the earth’s climate and ecology that human activity has caused. Much of the work that has been selected to represent this concept here leans toward the futuristic, including animated science fiction film projects by Colin C. Boyd and Jacolby Satterwhite, and colorful, cartoonish critter paintings by Alexander Ross.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

A FEW MINUTES WITH: Robert Cooper

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper

Story & photograph of Robert Cooper by Andrzej Pilarczyk
All additional photographs by Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper’s recent photography exhibition at Boho Chic Boutique in Waterford ushered into Greater Nippertown a new photographic voice worth hearing. The 25 images on display in the back room of the fashion/accessories boutique drew viewers into a wonderful, wide-ranging world of the artist’s vision, documenting Black American culture and his Pan-African ideology.

His images run the gamut from intimate female portraits to dynamic dancehall reggae stars. With his camera Cooper is able to convey the sheer excitement of a live concert performer, as well as capture the delicacy of the black female form in a nude study. His images incorporate his subjects in the widest spectrum from urban America to natural landscapes.

Originally from Michigan, Cooper began taking photographs seriously a little over nine years ago while a student in the School of Journalism at Manchester Community College in Connecticut. After graduation he worked as a free-lance writer and photographer for several weekly papers in the Hartford area. The writing took a back seat as his passion for photography took over and he was photographing everything from Jamaican dancehall parties, traditional African weddings, fashion shows, hip-hop and reggae concerts and portraiture.

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Balance pon yuh headtop, Hellshire Beach, Jamaica

Cooper currently resides in Troy, where his portrait of President Obama was recently featured in a members’ exhibit at the Photo Center of the Capital District.

Robert Cooper was gracious enough to answer some questions about his artwork and experiences:

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ArtBeat: What To See

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Opening:

The Gift Show @ Lisa Vollmer Photography Studio

The Gift Show @ Lisa Vollmer Photography Studio

The Gift Show @ Lisa Vollmer Photography Studio + Gallery, Great Barrington. Photographs by Carolina Palermo Schulze, Thatcher Hullerman Cook, Tom Zetterstrom, Lisa Vollmer and Sabine Vollmer von Falken. Opening reception: Friday, November 25, 5-8pm. (Through January 30)

3rd Annual Winter Salon @ Clement Gallery

3rd Annual Winter Salon @ Clement Gallery

3rd Annual Winter Salon @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. An annual show of small works in a variety of media featuring art by Elizabeth Apgar-Smith, Robert Bootier, Tom Clement, John Connors , George Dirolf, Susan Lunlow, Jon Gernon, Mara Lehmann, Bob Moylan, Susan Story, Takeyce Walter, Marlene Wiedenbaum, Kristin Woodward and others. Opening reception: Friday November 25, 6-9pm. (Through January 23)

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ArtBeat: Breathing Lights [Get Visual]

Friday, November 18th, 2016
(photo: hyers+mebane)

(photo: hyers+mebane)

By David Brickman

On a recent Saturday night I took a truncated bus tour of a few of the Breathing Lights houses in Albany, offered as part of Historic Albany Foundation’s annual Built fundraiser. It was good to finally get out and see some of the illuminated vacant houses, and I plan to go again soon – on foot for the real experience – and hopefully in all three participating cities (adding Schenectady and Troy).

In case you have been living under a rock, Breathing Lights is the local winner of a $1 million grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies, part of its national “Public Art Challenge,” and comprises a collaboration among three city governments, several nonprofits and numerous neighborhood organizations. It is the brainchild of UAlbany art professor Adam Frelin in partnership with architect Barbara Nelson, and consists of a very elegant, broadly distributed installation of glowing panels in the windows of more than 200 vacant houses, which represent less than 10% of these three cities’ unoccupied housing stock.

The installation is (obviously) very ambitious, but it is also simple, which I can’t help but like. And it passes the “Is it art?” test quite easily, as the work transforms the subject matter and gives viewers a new experience of something old. All the better that this new experience comes directly out of one’s own presumably familiar local raw material. (Those who know my personal photography of some of these same neighborhoods will understand this approach is not unlike my own as an artist.)

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ArtBeat: What to See

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Opening:

Lyle Owerko: The Boombox Project @ Hudson Opera House

Lyle Owerko: The Boombox Project @ Hudson Opera House

The Boombox Project @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Photographer Lyle Owerko’s ode to the boombox that played a pivotal role in the rise of American hip hop culture, and in the rock & roll and punk movements of the 1970s and 80s. Opening reception and book signing: Saturday, November 19, 5-7pm. Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night, a community musical parade: December 3, 4pm. (Through December 23)

Work by Julie Evans @ Inky Editions

Work by Julie Evans @ Inky Editions

Printing Lab: The Members Show @ Inky Editions, Hudson. A group exhibition of fine art prints made by both novice and veteran artist-members: Rosa Acheson, Patrick Brown, Katie DeGroot, Julie Evans, Marie-Claude Giroux, Robert Gullie, Holly Hughes, Licha Jimenez, Eve Kaplan, Wendy Moss, Susan Myers, Suzanne Ouellete, Georgia Ranney, Valerie Richmond, Nancy Van Deren and Marlene Vidibor. Opening reception: Saturday, November 19, 5-7pm. (Through December 24)

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Opening:

Martine Syms: The Unreliable Narrator

Martine Syms: The Unreliable Narrator @ EMPAC

Martine Syms: The Unreliable Narrator @ EMPAC, Troy. Martine Syms will introduce a program of videos by herself and others, alongside a discussion of moving images that have been influential to her work exploring blackness as a topic, reference, marker and audience in visual culture.

Hanna-Barbera: The Architects Of Saturday Morning @ Norman Rockwell Museum

Hanna-Barbera: The Architects Of Saturday Morning @ Norman Rockwell Museum

Hanna-Barbera: The Architects Of Saturday Morning @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. The first museum exhibition on the world’s most successful animation partnership, providing a glimpse of the extraordinary story of how two astute businessmen reacted to a dying film animation industry and revolutionized a new format for their product, while hiring the best talent in the business, and exploring how their product transformed over the years. (Through May 29)

Works by Fabian Lopez @ Courthouse Gallery

Works by Fabian Lopez @ Courthouse Gallery

A Certain Romance @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. A solo exhibition of paintings by Fabian Lopez that overlap representation with abstraction, weaving together stories he has either heard or read with his own personal experience. Opening reception: Saturday, November 12, 4-6pm. (Through December 16)

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Opening:

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Rock and Roll Icons: Photographs by Patrick Harbron @ Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. An exhibition taken from Capital region resident Patrick Harbron’s body of concert and portrait photography of influential musicians and groups of the 1970’s and 1980’s, captured at pivotal moments, such as Blondie, Rush, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Elvis Costello. He followed these artists to prominence and others that were already well known including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Queen, The Who, Genesis, KISS, U2, Aerosmith, and Prince. The exhibition will include Harbron’s collection of posters and ephemera gathered throughout his career along with guitars borrowed from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Opens Saturday, November 5. (Through February 12)

Steve Suzuki: Gay @ The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

Steve Suzuki: Gay @ The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

Othering @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. Over thirty artists from throughout the Northeast examine the experience of being treated differently because of appearance or lifestyle, with works of photography, painting, video, drawing, mixed media and fiber art. Opening reception: Friday, November 4, 5-8pm. (Through November 26)

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