SYNAESTHESIA PLAYGROUND: a collaboration of piano music, art, and mobile technologies

SYNAESTHESIA PLAYGROUND by pianist Jocelyn Ho
SBU Collaborators (all commissioned for the concert)
Dan Waymouth, Composition
Nobi Nagasawa, Optical fiber attire Bio-Lux.
Takafumi Ide, Visuals

The concert on Thursday 3/2 at UCLA will be livestreamed.
Please tune in. 7:30PM Pacific time / 10:30PM East coast time
https://www.schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/school-of-music-live-streams

Location:
Schoenberg Hall445 Charles E Young Drive East, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095
https://schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/chambermusic-ucla-presents-synaesthesia-playground

Bio Lux: The original function of clothing is to shield human from weather conditions. The garment designed for a pianist Jocelyn Ho flips this function inside out: it does not protect from the external environment but exposes and interacts with the internal physiology of her body. Sensors on the pianist’s body detect her heartbeat, movement, and energy to act as triggers between the music and the illuminated attire Nagasawa designed. By creating an interactive sartorial (wearable) art activated by bodily rhythms, the performing body becomes an augmented artwork which transforms the performance. This clothing, made from “woven” pulsating optical fiber creates a soulful journey between mind, body, and music. (from Synaesthesia Playground dossier)

* Sponsored by the Faculty in the Arts, Humanities and lettered Social Sciences (FAHSS) Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University.

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Exhibition: Athena LaTocha (MFA 2007) @ CUE Foundation

Exhibition: Athena LaTocha: Curated by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Duration: November 7th — December 19th, 2015
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 7th, 6-8pm

Place: CUE Art Foundation
Location: 137 West 25th Street, Ground Floor (CUE is ADA accessible)
Phone: (212) 206-3583

For more information, visit CUE Art Foundation

 

(Image Credit: Athena LaTocha, material: Sumi ink on photo paper mounted on birch plywood)

 

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Faculty Exhibition 2015

Exhibition: Faculty Exhibition 2015
Duration: September 15 – October 24, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, October 7, 6-8 pm
Free and open to the public
Place: Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery
Location: Main Floor Staller Building, Stony Brook University
Contact: Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery
Staller Center for the Arts, first floor
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5425
More information: 631.632.7240 or ZuccaireGallery@stonybrook.edu

Artist:

  • Isak Berbic
  • Krista Biedenbach
  • Toby Buonagurio
  • Melissa F. Clarke
  • Stephanie Dinkins
  • Takafumi Ide
  • Martin Levine
  • LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus)
  • Nobuho Nagasawa
  • Jason Paradis
  • Mel Pekarsky
  • Howardena Pindell
  • Andreas Rentsch
  • Dan Richholt
  • Kimberly Ruth
  • Lorena Salcedo-Watson
  • Margaret Schedel and Patrice Scanlon
  • Maya Schindler
  • Chris Semergieff
  • Chanika Svetvilas
  • Lorraine Walsh

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IAM Pocket-Sized : Islip Art Museum

IAM Pocket Sized

Location: Islip Art Museum http://islipartmuseum.org/
Curated by Rhonda Cooper
Duration: June 28 – September 13, 2015
Reception: Sunday, June 28, from 1 – 4 PM

IAM Pocket Sized invited artists from around the world to create art that fits in the palm of your hand! I AM Pocket Sized exhibits a large survey of paintings, drawings, collages, sculpture, and more.

In today’s art world, where the notion that bigger is better seems to be too-often taken for granted, it’s refreshing to see that contemporary artists are continuing to produce work on a small scale as well. While small-scale paintings and sculptures, or maquettes, have often been produced as preliminary studies for larger-scale works, the artists represented in the IAM’s current exhibition demonstrate that small works hold a valid and unique place of their own in an art world often dominated by more sizable creations.

IAM Pocket Sized features Detlef E. Aderhold, Max Victor Alper, Lisa Argentieri, Susan Barrasi, Linda Beckerman, Ennid Berger, Phyllis Bilick, Katey Carey, Darlene Charneco, Ye-seul Choi, John Cino, Denise Collado, John Crimmins, Rosetta DeBerardinis, JoAnne Dumas, Shana Einhorn, Cara Enteles, Ann Fox, Reu’ven Gayle, Tony Geiger, Gabriella Grama, Michael Griske, Barbara Grossman-Karyo, Sylvia Harnick, Jeanne Heifetz, Neddi Heller, Katherine Hiscox, Paul Hitchen, Kyle Horne, Takafumi Ide, Debbie Johnston, Heidi Jukes, Drew Kane, Deborah Katz, Heejung Kim, Bernard Klevickas, Kathy Klompas, Jeni Kobylarz, Elizabeth Kolligs, Rachelle Krieger, Deanna Lee, Cynthia Loewen, Jennifer Maggio, Bobbi Mastrangelo, Claudia Mirzaali, Lauren Monte, Pat Moran, Alexandra Muzek, Stephanie Navon-Jacobson, Fred Neudoerffer, Vanessa Nguyen, Keith Perkins, Ramona Perrin, Mario Politi, Richard Quinn, Evelyn Ramos, Andreas Rentsch, Alan M. Richards, Deena des Rioux, Helen Rousakis, Sue Runkowski, Lorena Salcedo-Watson, Laurie Samara-Schlageter, Jane Schiowitz, Sungsook Setton, Alisa Shea, Sally Shore, Ruby Silvious, Megan Sirianni-Brand, Elena Soterakis, Ted Stamatelos, Stelios Stylianou, Chanika Svetvilas, Dianne Talan, Christine Verga-Maday, Gina Vigliarolo, Mary Waka, Caroline Waloski, Sharon Way-Howard, Patricia Yantz, Nancy Yoshii, Courtney Young, Helen Zajkowski, JoAnne Zambito, and Anthony Zummo

This year’s Annual Open Call exhibition has been curated by Rhonda Cooper, who was the Gallery Director of Stony Brook University’s Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery (formerly University Art Gallery) from 1983 to 2013. In addition to her curatorial work, Cooper has taught art management and Asian art history courses at Stony Brook University, the Art Institute of Boston, and the University of Bridgeport. She is also a co-author of the book, Masterpieces of Chinese Art.

Letter from Alumni: Lawrence Mesich, MFA 2006

Hi everyone. It’s been awhile since I’ve had news to announce, but now I’ve got several things to tell you about:

I’ll have a piece in the Making History Exhibition organized by Arts in Bushwick, which opens Sunday 4/19 from 4-7pm. My piece is a model of a larger work that I’ll have up in my studio for BOS this year. This is a benefit for AiB and all of the work in the show will be raffled off on May 10th, so come and find some work you’d like to own on Sunday and come back on 5/10 to try to acquire it. You can take a look at all of the work in the show here: http://artsinbushwick.org/making-history-exhibition-benefit-gallery/

I’ve been hard at work on another new piece called Distributed Risk, which I received a Queens Art Fund grant to build and will be on display in my studio for Bushwick Open Studios this year (6/5 – 6/7). It’s a large sculpture/multi-channel video piece, and continues the body of work I started last year with Inherent and Residual Risk. This is the largest and most complicated piece I’ve worked on in a long time, and I’m very excited about it. I’ve refining and working out design issues for the part few months, and progress has slow but steady. I’ve moved on to production and am nearly finished with the video components, and I’ve engaged sculptor Cody Hughes to work on fabricating the structure. I hope you’ll come visit me in June and take a look. In the meantime, I have images of the digital and physical modes up on my site.

But that’s not all! I’ve also been working with Sam Hillmer and Laura Paris on two new Maze projects. For the uninitiated, it’s a life-size, traversable maze that includes light, video, sculpture, and a myriad of musical performances and time-based events.  If you don’t remember this project or weren’t able to check it out in 2012, you can get a refresher here.
The first maze will happen in Chicago at the Thalia Hall garage from 5/7 – 5/24. It’ll be a new iteration of the design we used in 2012. The space is cool, the line-up will be fantastic. Check it out if you’re in Chicago during that period, I’ll be there for the opening night. More details soon!
The second maze will happen in NYC at the SELECT Fair on the roof of the former DIA building during Frieze week (5/13  – 5/17). This will be a new design, using long sheets of translucent fabric stretched across poles held up by 43 performers to create a temporary structure each night. You can see a rough rendering of it here. If you’re asking yourself “where are they going to find 43 performers?”, consider yourself recruited! In addition to helping us realize this crazy thing, you’ll see great performance by the likes of Lee Renaldo, Arto Lindsay, and others. If you’re interested get in touch with me or with Sam at <theregattasgroup@gmail.com>.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you at some of these events!

-Lawrence

Letter from Alumni in Art History – TechKidsUnlimited.org

I’m a Stony Brook alumni and I wanted to tell everyone about the not-for-profit program I founded which is a combo of my background in art history—thanks Stony Brook—and tech.
It’s called TechKidsUnlimited.org and we teach technology—programming, video editing, podcasting, 3D printing, game design and more—to youth with special needs.
Please see the attached info for more about our program and please LIKE us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TechKidsUnlimited and we are on Twitter @TechKidsU.
If you know anyone interested in our program—which is really about art and technology—please reach out to me!

Beth Rosenberg
Stony Brook, Art History Masters, 1991
techkidsunlimited.org
edubeth.net

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“Social Spiritual Transfer Protocol” by Mindy Mosher

Come experience internet hauntings, or better known as the “Social Spiritual Transfer Protocol” by Mindy Mosher who is at the peak of her graduate studies at Pratt Institute. Her thesis work is an interactive installation that uses the theme of Victorian era séances to explore modern concepts of virtual communication, surveillance, privacy, security, and reality. The exhibition will be held on April 20-30 , 2015 at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Also, if you can’t make the physical event there will be a live streaming of the occasion on April 20th from 5-8pm, so make sure you sign up for this will be a sensational experience.

For more information: www.sstpportal.com

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How to Catch Eel and Grow Corn / Athena LaTocha, MFA 2007

Athena LaTocha, M.F.A. 2007, has been invited to show her work in a group exhibition of five Native American women artists representing two generations living and working in New York City, organized by Stephen Hepworth, Independent Curator.

For more information, visit American Indian Artists Inc

related outside website: Wall Street International: Art

Exhibition: How to Catch Eel and Grow Corn
Duration: April 8th – May 16th, 2015
Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday from 11am to 6pm, Tuesday by appointment
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 12nd, 3:00PM – 6:00PM

Artists in the exhibition are: Nadema Agard, Pena Bonita, Maria Hupfield, Athena LaTocha, and Melissa Staiger.

Place: Wilmer Jennings Gallery
Location: 219 East 2nd Street, NY 10009
Phone: (212) 674-3939

 

(Image Credit: Athena LaTocha, “Untitled”, 2013, Sumi ink on photo paper mounted on birch plywood, 16 x 22 1/4 inches (AL2013.0024))

 

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Outstanding Faculty Award / Kristine Granger, MFA 2010

Congratulation to Kristine Granger, M.F.A. 2010, who was recently nominated for the Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award at Bay College. She was amongst two other instructors that received this award for their professional and primary focus on education.

Kristine Granger is an artist who investigates memories and was featured in the 2nd edition of “Elements of Photography” by Angela Ferris Belt. She also held many exhibitions in San Fransisco, and Ohio. She moved onto teaching Arts at Bay College in Escabana, Michigan.

Chashama 441 Open Studios curated by Jin-Kang Park, MFA 2009

Jin-Kang Park, M.F.A. 2009, recently curated a group exhibition the “Midtown Blues”, in tandem with the Chashama 441 Open Studios in NYC. The exhibition was held from March 18, 2015 – March 21, 2015. She also exhibited her own piece. Her work mainly focuses on installation and performance which allows interaction with the audience.

Modern Alchemy: Experiments in Photography / Andreas Rentsch, MFA 2013

Andreas Rentsch, MFA 2013, video work, The Wanderer, and a Polaroid work from the Entangled with Justice series are being exhibited in the Modern Alchemy: Experiments in Photography at the Heckscher Museum of Art.

Exhibition: Modern Alchemy: Experiments in Photography

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 5.30 – 7.30 PM

Duration: December 6th, 2014 – March 15th, 2015

Place:
The Heckscher Museum of Art
http://www.heckscher.org/
2 Prime AvenueHuntington, NY 11743-7702
T: 631.351.3250
F: 631.423.2145
info@heckscher.org

Arts Writers Book Prize | Andrew Wasserman

Andrew Wasserman, ARH PhD 2013, wins prestigious Arts Writers book prize for 2014.

Bang! We’re All Dead! The Places of Nuclear Fear in 1980s America will investigate public art in American cities born of a culture of nuclear fear between 1979 and 1991, when artists such as Michael Mazur, Tom Herzberg, Alan Gussow, George Nakashima, and Ed Eisenberg responded to the compromised personal security brought about by nuclear weaponry and nuclear energy. Across five case studies, this manuscript will move between the gallery and the street, the bomb and the reactor, and the home front and the global military theater. Contextualized by Cold War anxieties, atomic end-of-the-world fantasies, Reagan-era defense spending increases, and public health concerns, this archival study will recuperate the works of overlooked artists as central to an understudied facet of contemporary American experience.

Andrew Wasserman is an assistant professor of art and architectural history at Louisiana Tech University. His research considers an expanded class of contemporary public art in American cities, examining place-making practices by artists and institutions. He is currently completing a manuscript examining cartographic public art projects in Manhattan from 1960 to the present. His writing has appeared in Public Art Dialogue, PUBLIC, the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Theorizing Visual Culture: Writing Through the Discipline (Routledge, 2012).

http://artswriters.org/grantee/andrew-wasserman/