From February 4 – March 6, 2020, Albany Center Gallery (ACG) will present Translations, featuring the works of regional artists Beth Humphrey, Stephen Niccolls, Victoria Palermo, Stacy Petty, and Anthony Ruscitto. An artists’ reception will be held at ACG from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020, and the public is invited to attend.
Translations attempts to explore how artists, approaching their mediums and subjects with similar methods and processes, create such vastly varying and sometimes abstracted works from what they observe and experience in the natural world. As humans and not machines, repetitive actions and regular processes result in pieces that may be similar but never quite the same. Perceptions of reality and nature are translated into fragmented shapes, linear geometry and repeated forms, warping our sense of mundane routine.
Beth Humphrey is a nationally exhibited artist and educator who currently lives and works in Saugerties, NY. In her organically formed wall pieces, she draws inspiration from the micro, macro, and biological, as well as the mountains of her home and principles of physics. Like energy, which can neither be created nor destroyed and is constantly being transformed, Humphrey’s process sees her works transformed through various incidents, additions, and subtractions.
The large, abstracted paintings of Stephen Niccolls reflect his experience of the physical world as one of varying patched-together forms. Qualities such as color, pattern, and texture are translations of real-world building materials drawn from the artist’s rural upbringing in Texas: masonry, stone, rusted or scuffed metal, painted stucco, and weathered wood. In a largely improvisational and non-linear fashion, Niccolls attempts to bring reality to the canvas without straightforwardly duplicating its forms, giving new meaning and context to fictive spaces.
For her large and vivid works, Victoria Palermo begins by pouring pigmented resin over wood planks in an effort to recreate effects of light and color reflecting on bodies of water. She views this “reimagining” as “more [of] a recognition… of nature rather than an actual recording” and sees her planks as metaphorical, magnified brushstrokes of historical landscape paintings. Palermo has exhibited her two-dimensional and three-dimensional works across the country in both solo and group exhibitions.
Visual artist Stacy Petty has exhibited his works throughout the country and Europe. His current body of work focuses heavily on themes of death, decay, and rebirth. Petty is fuelled by the notion of saving art from “the dustbin of lost history.” Inspired by studies of culture and history, he recovers and revitalizes broken and fragmented works through skillful display and subtle repairs. Petty currently works out of Brooklyn and Hudson, NY.
Self-taught painter and printmaker Anthony Ruscitto has exhibited widely throughout the region and nationally. Inspired by modern and postmodern figures and movements such as Claes Oldenberg, Bauhaus, and abstract expressionism, as well as street art, graffiti, and contemporary artists, Ruscitto blends big, bold areas of color with small, sometimes hidden, expressive marks. His process, mostly intuitive and spontaneous, has allowed him to create bold works that mix pattern, line and geometry across multiple mediums.
Translations is on display at Albany Center Gallery from Tuesday, February 4, to Friday, March 6. It will feature the work of five regional artists: Beth Humphrey, Stephen Niccolls, Victoria Palermo, Stacy Petty, and Anthony Ruscitto. The exhibition will begin with an artists’ reception at ACG on Friday, February 7, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.
Translations, is sponsored by ACG Premier Sponsors Howard Hanna & David Phaff, as well as Kevin and Cindi Dubner, ParkAlbany, the New York State Council on the Arts, Honest Weight Food Co-op, and the Albany Wine & Dine for the Arts Festival.
I was honored to jury the 2019 exhibition, Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region, held this year at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. The AMHR, as it is known, is one of the longest running regional shows in the country. Over 400 people attended the opening on October 12, at which Bill Mckibben, author and creator of 350.org, spoke about art and climate change.
Many thanks to David Brickman for his art blog, Get Visual, and his wonderful review posted November 16, 2019.
Click here to read the Albany Times Union review for this show.
A shout-out and thanks to the Glens Falls Post Star for their coverage of the opening event!
Photo credits/Jim McLaughlin
I am excited to contribute work to this summer-long show which opened on Friday in Bolton Landing, NY —
Landscapes Lost and Found: Two Centuries of Art from Bolton Landing opens at the Bolton Historical Museum on May 25 and will remain on view through Columbus Day.
Artists represented include painters of some of the earliest American landscapes, members of the Hudson River School and the American Pre-Raphaelite movement and twentieth century modernists such as David Smith, Dorothy Dehner and John Graham. Prominent 21st century artists will complete the show.
Works by David Smith include six landscapes of Bolton Landing painted in the 1930s, which have never been exhibited before.
An auxiliary show, Sculptors’ Studies from the Prospect Mountain Show, which includes drawings and other materials related to the 1979 outdoor Prospect Mountain Sculpture Show: An Homage to David Smith, is installed in an adjacent gallery.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 24 from 5 to 7 pm.
The Bolton Historical Museum is located at 4924 Lakeshore Drive, Bolton Landing.
COURTHOUSE GALLERY, LAKE GEORGE, NY
Adaptations to Extremes
January 19 – February 22, 2019.
*Please note: Due to Winter Storm “Harper”, These events have been rescheduled:
Reception at Courthouse Gallery: Rescheduled for February 2nd, 4 – 6 PM.
Panel Talk at Bolton Historical Museum, Rescheduled for February 3rd, 3 PM.
Both events are FREE and open to the public.
The Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery presents “Adaptations to Extremes,” an Art/Science collaboration. The exhibition is co-curated by Laura Von Rosk and scientists Dr. Joan Bernhard and Dr. Sam Bowser; artists include Elizabeth Albert, JoAnn Axford, Terry Conrad, Josh Dorman, Susan Heideman, Eva Henderson, Charlene Leary, Deanna Lee, Corwin Levi, Marilyn McCabe, Joy Muller-McCoola, Jeanne Noordsy, Shaun O’Boyle,Victoria Palermo, Rebecca Smith, and Kathleen Thum.
The artists reception takes place on Saturday, February 2nd, from 4 – 6 PM. In addition to the exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery there will be a panel discussion on February 3rd, 3 PM, at the Bolton Historical Museum in Bolton Landing, NY, with writer Michael Coffey serving as moderator. A number of participating artists will join curator Laura Von Rosk and scientists Joan Bernhard and Sam Bowser to discuss the importance of Joan’s research, as well as the challenges and insights resulting from this year-long art/science dialogue, and their endeavors in artistic creations and interdisciplinary connections. Both events are FREE and open to the public.
A major theme in the biological sciences is the way in which organisms adapt to environmental extremes. The Santa Barbara Basin is a bowl-shaped geological formation off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. Limited movement of water in this depression has created an environment severely depleted of oxygen. In such a place it would be surprising to find organisms that need oxygen to live, yet scientists have documented the existence of foraminifera, a type of single-celled organism, living there in abundance. How have foraminifera adapted to an oxygen-deprived environment? For that matter, how do any organisms respond to living in such extreme environments? These questions fuel the research of Dr. Joan Bernhard, from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and her colleagues in their study of this natural “dead zone” in the ocean. The exhibition “Adaptations to Extremes” presents work by a group of artists engaged with the scientists involved in this research, as well as samples of their communications over the course of this ongoing project.
One group of artists explored the theme specifically using the “optics” of Dr. Bernhard’s research. These artists made new work based on correspondence with Dr. Bernhard and her colleague Sam Bowser, scientific advisor to the exhibition. They were offered access to technical reports, photographs, and the researchers’ hypotheses. One artist, Terry Conrad, was invited to accompany and assist Dr. Bernhard’s crew last spring aboard the Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Robert Gordon Sproul research vessel as they sampled the sea floor in the Santa Barbara Basin.
A second group of artists — selected for the exhibition because of their interest in the biological or marine sciences – had already produced original works germane to the broad theme of adaptation.
Dr. Bowser engaged with all the artists by questioning them on their artworks using the scientific method of hypothesis testing. The resulting dialogues in both groups – artists responding to scientific research, and scientists responding to artworks – were often surprising, sometimes amusing, and always thoughtful and fascinating.
What informs both the work of science and art is a spirit of inquiry and imagination. Equally, both disciplines must embrace their sometimes perplexing results — and then dive in and ponder further.
This exhibition is funded in part by the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust; Adirondack Studios; the Community Exchange Foundation; Mannix Marketing; the New York State Council on The Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; and the National Science Foundation. The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets, Lake George, NY. The Courthouse Gallery hours duringexhibitions are Tuesday through Friday 12 – 5 PM, Saturday 12 – 4 PM, and all other times by appointment.
This year’s Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibit was curated by Jack Shear. My two works in the show (in the background on the wall in the photo below) received the Albany Institute’s Purchase Prize. Click here for show details.
Exhibition dates: July 22 – October 21, 2017
Curator: Rachel Moore.
Assistant Curator Stephanie Walker
Click here for Helen Day Art Center webpage.
Thank you to Sharon Butler for her summer post about Camp Iris in Glens Falls. Click Upstate: Victoria Palermo at the Hyde Collection to read.
New show opening on February 26: reception from 5 to 8 pm. I will be showing with painter Adam Daily at the new permanent home of Collar Works, in Troy, NY. For more details, click Collar Works Presents Procrustes.
Collar Works, 621 River Street, Ground Floor, Troy, NY 12180
David Brickman has reviewed LIT in his art blog, GET VISUAL. Click LIT to read.