ArtBeat: Breathing Lights [Get Visual]

November 18th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara
(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

November 17th, 2016, 1:30 pm by Sara

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

November 10th, 2016, 11:00 am by Sara

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

November 3rd, 2016, 11:00 am by Sara

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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ArtBeat: What To See

October 27th, 2016, 11:00 am by Sara

Opening:

trickortreat_photo-by-siobhan-connelly

Trick or Treat in The Fields @ Art Omi, Ghent. A free afternoon of Halloween fun includes art-making, hayrides, and a candy hunt amongst the sculptures. Come in your favorite costume, craft your own treat bag, and enjoy cider, popcorn and fresh apples from Love Apple Farm in the park. Saturday, October 29, 1-3pm.

Photographs by Amy Kaslow @ Palmer Gallery

Photographs by Amy Kaslow @ Palmer Gallery

Victims, Perpetrators, Eyewitnesses and Survivors: Life After War @ Palmer Gallery, Poughkeepsie. An exhibition of photographs by Amy Kaslow. Opening reception: Thursday, October 27, 5pm. (Through November 18)

Danny Goodwin: 3D Cardboard Box Prototype @ The Hyde Collection

Danny Goodwin: 3D Cardboard Box Prototype @ The Hyde Collection

Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. The 80th annual Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibition, curated by Michael Oatman, includes 126 works from 106 artists and stretches the boundaries of the regional art show. Opens Sunday, October 30. (Through December 31)

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Films & Talk Explore the Art of Robert Hite [Berkshire on Stage]

October 25th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg

A special film screening and artist talk will be presented at 7pm on Thursday (October 27) at Pittsfield’s Berkshire Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite. The solo show of sculpture, paintings and photography by artist Robert Hite is a dual exhibition at the Berkshire Museum and Hancock Shaker Village. Living on Earth will be on view at both venues through Sunday (October 30). Living on Earth is funded in part by Balance Rock Investment Group, the Dobbins Foundation, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace and Take Magazine.

The special film screening will be the Berkshire premier of two films about Robert Hite’s work, both directed by award-winning filmmaker Okin Khan. Little Corn follows Hite during a trip to Central America in the winter of 2015 to photograph and film rural houses along the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. Living on Earth is a documentary portraying Hite and his preparations for his exhibitions at Hancock Shaker Village and Berkshire Museum.

A Q&A session with the artist will follow the films. Tickets are $7.50; $5 for members of the Berkshire Museum and Hancock Shaker Village.

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ArtBeat: What to See

October 20th, 2016, 11:00 am by Sara

Opening:

Russell Serrianne: Tendril 0508 and Janice Medina: Concrete Sculpture @ The Laffer Gallery

Russell Serrianne: Tendril 0508 and Janice Medina: Concrete Sculpture @ The Laffer Gallery

4th Annual Upstate Invitational @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. Works Anne Diggory, Janice Medina and Russell Serrianne, the winners of the Best in Show awards at last year’s Upstate Artists show at the gallery. Artists’ reception: Saturday, October 22 5-8pm. (Through November 27)

Jane Bloodgood-Abrams: Revelation and Steven Poser: Untitled #18 @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Jane Bloodgood-Abrams: Revelation and Steven Poser: Untitled #18 @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Inside Outside: Landscapes, Cityscapes and Interiors @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Works by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Sue Bryan, Judith Adrienne Miller, Bill Sullivan, Patty Neal, Robert Goldstrom, Richard Brittell, Darshan Russell, David Austin and Steven Poser. Artist’s reception: Saturday, October 22, 4-7pm. (Through December 4)

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ArtBeat: Paul Mauren @ Albany Center Gallery [Get Visual]

October 17th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara
Paul Mauren - Speak to Me 2016, assembled mixed materials

Paul Mauren – Speak to Me 2016, assembled mixed materials

By David Brickman

The local art mafia came out in force last Friday night for Paul Mauren’s exhibition Where Things Go at Albany Center Gallery, and with good reason. Yes, many of the seeming hundreds of guests were this longtime College of Saint Rose professor’s colleagues, counterparts, current and former students, friends and fans, but the show alone is an event worthy of major excitement.

Mauren, a stalwart of the regional arts scene (and beyond) for several decades, has operated under the radar for the most part. Still, he has built up a presence through steady inclusion in important shows – going back to the 1979 Mohawk Hudson Regional, a 1981 solo at Emma Willard’s Dietel Gallery, and the seminal Water Works exhibition, held in 1982 in an Albany public bath house that eventually met the wrecker’s ball.

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