Prurient at The PostContemporary

A unique art show and music performance is taking place this Saturday at The PostContemporary (formerly CAC Woodside) in Troy. The show, called “Rural Violence” looks at the work of artists “who explore the limits of astonishment, awe, and dread”.

“Rural Violence”, curated by Brandon Stosuy, features the work of the artists Matthew Barney, Cindy Daignault, Lionel Maunz, and Prurient (with John Sharian). It is a meditation on the bucolic as sinister and the quiet violence of the pastoral, along with the various rituals attached to both natural and personal cycles.

Also of interest from the event page:

There will be a Rural Violence after party next weekend, August 8, at Rare Form Brewing Company in Troy with DJ sets by Brandon Stosuy, Becka Diamond, and Caleb Braaten.

Read more on the official event page.



EDGE at Albany Center Gallery

This Friday, the Albany Center Gallery is opening a new exhibit and will be hosting the artist’s reception from 5-8pm for their new show, EDGE. The exhibition runs from May 1 to July 24 and features artist that aren’t typically featured in galleries.

EDGE is the presentation of artists who transcend traditional media, rendering, and representation to create thought-provoking, raw, and unconventional works of art. Through the implementation of popular iconography, typography, found objects, and public spaces, these artists move beyond expectation and into the realm of outsider art.

The term “outsider art” simultaneously unites these artists and by definition highlights the fact that each is exceptional in their purpose and execution. EDGE is a unique spectrum of formally-trained and self-taught artists who are employing recognizable and unexpected media, which results in movable and immovable; permanent and ephemeral; and abstract and representational works of art. Featuring local and regional artists Scott Michael Ackerman, Michael Conlin, Han Dogan, Gregory Maxwell Dunn, Michael Eck, James Paulsen, Rico Pendejo, Patrick Porter, Erik Savage, Frank Smith, Thierry Taule, and Alex Waters.

Read more about the event on facebook and head down to the gallery on Friday.

Photo courtesy of Greg Maxwell Dunn and Albany Center Gallery

Artist Spotlight: Rachel Baxter

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On occasion, people will ask me for advice on how to book an art show. I have no idea why, besides the fact that I have a vested interest in local art and often attend shows in the area. I have never booked an art show, but if you ask artist Rachel Baxter, she’d most likely advise to take matters into your own hands. Tonight, Rachel’s work will be displayed at 385 Madison Ave for a pop-up show. The opening reception is from 7-10pm this evening and will feature light food and refreshments. Her work will also be on display on Saturday June 21st, from 11-4pm.

Next month, Rachel will be heading to Sitka, Alaska for a two-month long artists residency and is planning on showing the work she completes during her stay upon her return back home.

In advance of tonight’s show, Rachel took the time to share more about her artwork, her creative process and the importance of taking risks, both in art and in life. Hit the jump to check out a preview of her work and for the Q+A. Thanks Rachel!

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Swissted at the Arts Center

The Arts Center has an amazing gallery opening tonight which includes a reception and book signing by the artist, Mike Joyce.

From the copy:

Swissted is an ongoing project by graphic designer Mike Joyce, owner of Stereotype Design in New York City. Drawing from his love of punk rock and Swiss modernism, two movements that have almost nothing to do with one another, Mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, new wave, goth, grunge, and indie rock show flyers into International Typographic Style posters. Each design is set in lowercase Berthold Akzidenz-Grotesk medium. Every single one of the shows represented actually happened. Joyce was born in Troy, New York.

Books and prints are available for purchase and Swissted will be on display until April 21st. Tonight’s book signing starts at 6:30pm. More info on The Arts Center website.


Heartstrings: An Art Show Featuring Local Women, Tonight

If I wanted to argue a case for a theory of mine that most things DIY begin in basements, I’d have a strong amount of evidence. Helping support that notion in a basement over at 395 Washington Ave. is a group of local women who decided to curate an art show featuring the art work of other local women.

Casey Canfield and Rachel Norah began discussions of hosting such an affair months back and called on for the help and support of their friends. Throughout the past couple of months, the ladies have collected work from over ten local females to be displayed on their clean, white basement walls, as well as have created work themselves in the same space.

As I dropped by yesterday, they were still collecting and hanging pieces and I was pleasantly surprised by both the quality and creativity in the works to be displayed. The ladies also created a sign of the name of the show, “Heartstrings,” by using string that they found, creating a title piece just as charming as the hosts themselves.

Among the local artists participating are Marissa Miglin, Sue Ellen, Elena Cruz-Allen, Lindsey Meyers, Laura Carrozza, Raechelle Gonzales, Christina Marie Kincaid, the hosts, Rachel Norah and Casey Canfield and more.

The Heartstrings art show will be held in the basement of 395 Washington Ave., beginning at 7pm and is free to attend. There also will be snacks, music and booze.

Hit the jump to see a sneak preview!

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16th Annual Art On Lark Line-Up Announced

The Lark Street Bid announced the line-up for this year’s Art On Lark, which will take place Saturday, June 9th. It will feature Babe City, The College Farm, Matthew Carefully, Mike Grutka, The Ashton Williams Band and Betsi Krisniski among other exhibits and vendors.

Last year had a lot of tents along Lark with awesome art from great area artists. There will be plenty to see in addition to the great music line-up the bid has crafted for this event.

And check out our quick photo recap from last year.