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Unrestricted at ACG

ACG recently announced a cool show that will have it’s opening reception Friday at 5pm. Unrestricted is a showcase of personal work from artists that work at Vicarious Visions, a local video game company responsible for many games you’ve heard of. Many designers and artists have their side projects and other creative outlets, but they rarely get shown, let alone their own show.

The artists at VV have been recognized for their work on groundbreaking video games including Skylanders: SuperChargers and Guitar Hero – but are excited to come together for the first time to share their most personal work. Unrestricted is a glimpse into the inspirations and passions that fuel their creativity.

Artists include: Jeff Bellio, Bill Castagna, Steve Derrick, Kevin Dobler, Arzu Fallahi, Wyatt Glen, Matt Helsom, Eric Johnson, Brian Labore, Danielle Morales, Scott Moore, Dave Phillips, Christian Portwine, and Daniel Williams.

For more info, check the event page from ACG.

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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.

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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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