Hi-Fructose has an interview with salt sculptor Motoi Yamamoto who painstakingly creates, among other things, temporary room-sized labyrinths of salt in memory of his dead sister.
What Motoi Yamamoto brings to each unique exhibiting occasion is his absolute dedication and passion for creating these seemingly futile creations in salt, massive room sized labyrinths that he refers to as “paths with a purpose”. The purpose? To heal himself from the loss of his beloved sister to brain cancer many years back while speaking through a meditative process about the interconnected nature of humanity to the earth.
Take the day off from work tomorrow and celebrate the the relationship between art and nature.
The Storm King Art Center in Mountainville is an amazing outdoor sculpture garden that stretches on and on for 500 acres. It’s pretty much impossible to see everything in just one day of walking around the grounds – although there are regularly scheduled tram tours if you want to give your legs a bit of a rest.
New this summer is Maya Lin’s massive, rolling “Storm King Wavefield,” a mesmerizing earthwork.
If you haven’t been to Storm King yet this summer, tomorrow (Thursday, August 27) is a great day to go for a visit – admission is free all day long. One day only. Bring a picnic and make a day of it.
What took us so long? We finally made it to the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville (near Newburgh) and feel a little chagrined at not having visited sooner. Storm King has an eyepopping collection of sculptures situated on 500 acres of lawns, fields and woodlands, including works by Richard Serra, George Rickey, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi and David Smith.
Everybody’s been hit hard by the current economic climate, none more so than the arts community. So it takes a special kind of courage to open a new art venue in the midst of this ongoing financial downturn.
But that’s exactly what Troy photographer Debra Lockrow is doing today, as she celebrates the grand opening of her new exhibit space/store Artcentric Gift Gallery, located at 95 4th St. in downtown Troy.
The opening reception takes place 5-9pm today (Friday, June 26) in conjunction with the monthly Troy Night Out arts walk. Acoustic roots-music band the Hopeless Mountain Playboys entertain beginning at 6pm.
NIPPERTOWN: How exactly would you describe a “gift gallery”? ARTCENTRIC: The store is a mix of fine arts and unique crafts made by local artists. The prices are reasonable and allow people the opportunity to shop local and support the community. I added “gift” to gallery in the name in the hope that people would venture in and not be afraid that a “gallery” was out of the realm of their financial reality. As far as prices go, I’m selling magnets for $1 and paintings for $300.
NIPPERTOWN: You’re just getting started, but what are your plans for the future? ARTCENTRIC: I am planning on having individual artists exhibit in the future. I would also like to make space available if an instructor wanted to teach a class at Artcentric. I think that I’ll be hosting some special events, too – mural painting for small children and a dog-friendly event. Things like that.
NIPPERTOWN: You also have another business? ARTCENTRIC: Yes, the store also serves as the business office for ART Photography, which is my wedding photography business. One of the storefront windows is all weddings all the time, while the other window represents the store and the gallery.
NIPPERTOWN: Do you have regular days/hours that the shop is open? ARTCENTRIC: I am still working that out, because weddings make some Saturdays and Friday evenings out of the question for me. But in general, it looks like Wednesday (11-5), Thursday (11-4), Friday (11-6 or as late as people come in), Saturday (11-6) and Sunday (11-3 or later). I’m leaving the weekly hours on the answering machine (272-4ART), so people can call to check.
NIPPERTOWN: Well, thanks for chatting with us and good luck to you in your new venue. It’s great to have a new art space in Nippertown. ARTCENTRIC: Thanks. I want this to be a living artist space, with new work and active artists always keeping things interesting.
ARTCENTRIC GIFT GALLERY
95 4th St., Troy, NY
Wednesday we took a Nippertown field trip to The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi to check out the new works. If you’re not familiar with The Fields, it’s 150 acres of fields, ponds and woods dotted with close to 80 contemporary works of art.
You can wander around, bring a picnic or drop by the visitor center (open Thursday-Monday, 11pm – 5pm) to borrow a bicycle, use the WiFi or have a snack at the cafe.
The Fields Sculpture Park is open every day from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.
Let me apologize for not noting all the artists’ names or the artwork titles; the dogs were very, very excited by the new sculptures and didn’t want to stand still.
The entrance has been moved around the corner. You come in from Route 22, not Letter S Road.
This year’s juror was Matthew Higgs – director and chief curator of NYC’s White Columns. From a total of 1242 submissions by 285 artists, Higgs’ final selection includes 81 works by 35 artists.
The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, August 8.
The 2009 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region:
Bob Augstell, Loudonville
Justin Baker, Albany
Sharon Bates, Troy
David Bodhi Boylan, Woodstock
Laura Cannamela, Valatie
Monica d. Church, Poughkeepsie
Brian Cirmo, Albany
Marje Derrick, Troy
Amanda Facchiano, Troy
Raymond Felix, Troy
Abraham Ferraro, Rensselaer
Jim Flosdorf, Troy
Richard Garrison, Delmar
Taylor Gillis, Clifton Park
Kyle D. Greene, Albany
Jared Handelsman, Catskill
Stephen Honicki, Menands
Jennifer Hunold, Albany
Peter Iannarelli, Beacon
J.C. Jogerst, Colonie
Kelly Jones, Castleton
John Knecht, Hubbardsville
Gail Kort, Niskayuna
Matt LaFleur, Sand Lake
Harold Lohner, Albany
Melinda McDaniel, Troy
Joan C. McKeon, Hannacroix
Wayne Montecalvo, Kingston
Tom Nicol, Mellenville
Mark Olshansky, Great Barrington, MA
Lori Lupe Pelish, Niskayuna
Dorene Quinn, Utica
Barbara Todd, Troy
Georgia Wohnsen, Dolgeville
Gregor Wynnyczuk, Albany
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