Joe Putrock, the Mayor of Warren Street

September 3rd, 2009, 11:35 am by Greg

You’ve seen his photographs in Metroland.
You’ve seen his photographs in the Times Union.
You’ve seen his photographs on gallery walls.
Yes, Joe Putrock‘s photographs sometimes seem to be everywhere.

Joe Putrock

Joe Putrock

And now you can also see them at Carrie Haddad Photographs in Hudson. The exhibit – which also features the work of Melinda McDaniel and Arnold Kastenbaum – opens today and will remain on view through Sunday, October 11.

The opening reception for the show takes place from 6-8pm Saturday, September 5, and Putrock has decided to make a whole night of it.

Following the reception at the gallery, Putrock will dash across Warren Street to Jason’s Upstairs Bar, where he’ll slip behind the drums to play with his band, the Charlie Watts Riots.

That’s right, a little bit of intimate, small-scale photography and a little bit of crank-it-up, blast-it-out rock & roll. Joe Putrock, you’re the Mayor of Warren Street – at least for a night.


ArtBeat: Melinda McDaniel’s “New Work” @ Carrie Haddad Photographs

September 2nd, 2009, 10:35 am by Greg

Melinda McDaniel: Spurt

Melinda McDaniel: Spurt

One of the stand-out artists represented in the 31st annual Photography Regional currated by Elizabeth Dubben at the Opalka Gallery earlier this year, Melinda McDaniel translates photography into the realm of sculpture in an intriguing fashion, often deconstructing and then reconstructing images as collages or unexpected three-dimensional objects.

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Odds & Ends @ the End of the Week

August 28th, 2009, 2:50 pm by Sara

If you’re hooked on any of those dance competition TV shows like “Dancing with the Stars” or “So You Think You Can Dance” or “Stop the Dancefloor, I Wanna Get Off,” you might want to drop by the Arts Center of the Capital Region tonight to see what some serious ballroom dancing looks like in person.

In conjunction with the monthly Troy Night Out arts walk, the ACCR is hosting members of the Capital Region chapter of USA Dance as they demonstrate the rumba, cha-cha, waltz, foxtrot and more at 7pm tonight. Or join in on the dance floor yourself from 6:30-10pm. It’s all free.

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Well-known Battenville painter Robert Nunnelly has a one week exhibition at Gallery 668, Robert Nunnelly: A selection of Paintings and Drawings 1953-2009. The show runs from 8/29 – 9/6 with an artist reception on Saturday, 8/29 from 4-6pm.

Sunday is your last chance to catch the current exhibition, “Afterglow: Four Photographers and the Hand-Held Light,” at Carrie Haddad Photographs in Hudson.

If you drop by at 5pm Saturday, you can catch three of the exhibit’s photographers – Robert Flynt, David Lebe and Gary Schneider – discussing their work and process in the latest installment of the gallery’s ongoing series of Artist Talks.

Can’t make it on Saturday? The Artist Talk will also be streamed online and available as a podcast through WGXC-FM.

Carrie Haddad: Let there be light

July 15th, 2009, 3:16 pm by Sara

Down in Hudson, Carrie Haddad Photographs presents a stunning new exhibition, “Afterglow: Four Photographers & the Hand-Held Light.” Curated by Melissa Stafford, the exhibit features the arresting work of David Lebe, Robert Flynt, Gary Schneider and Warren Neidich.

David Lebe: Angelo On The Roof, 1979

David Lebe: Angelo On The Roof, 1979

Stafford describes “Afterglow” as “an exhibit of photographers creating and documenting light performances seen only by the eye of their camera. Using long exposures and small hand held lights – often just a cheap flashlight – these images have been noting ideas, emotions and sensations that traditional photographs cannot.”

Think of it like photography as performance art.

Robert Flynt: Untitled, 2009

Robert Flynt: Untitled, 2009

“Afterglow” opens on Thursday, July 16 and remains on exhibit through Sunday, August 30. The gallery will host an opening reception from 6-8pm Saturday, July 18.

Remix this!

June 10th, 2009, 4:07 pm by Greg

Activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor tackles a thorny subject – the issues of copyright in the digital information age – with his new film, “RiP! A remix manifesto.”

The feature-length documentary has been making the film festival rounds to considerable acclaim, having been hailed as “about as edgy and fascinating a glimpse as you’ll get into one of the more pressing issues of our Internet Age,” as well as “the sexiest film about copyright infringement I’ve ever seen.”

The film is both smart and funny, focusing much of the debate on sonic-collagist and mass-mash-up master Girl Talk, who was a feature performer at the Mountain Jam fest at Hunter Mountain just two weeks ago.

Whether you’re talking about the one-step-beyond-sampling music of Girl Talk or the Obama image appropriation of artist Shepard Fairey, this is a thought-provoking movie that you’re going to want to see.

How you see it, of course, is up to you.

You can go directly to the movie’s website and download the entire film at a pay-what-you-will rate.

Or you could wait and buy it on DVD (with a whole bunch of extras) when the Disinformation Company releases it on Tuesday, June 30.

Or you can head down to Carrie Haddad Photographs in Hudson, where the gallery will be screening the film at 7pm Friday, June 12. Copyright lawyer, arts advocate, Metroland columnist and all-around bon vivant Paul Rapp will lead what is certain to be a lively discussion following the screening.

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