EMPAC: back-to-back performances Friday

EMPAC is opening its doors on Friday, free of charge, for two performances developed in residency, in the forms of a work-in-progress performance piece and sharing the results of a hands-on sound workshop that took place over the course of six days.

If you haven’t been to EMPAC yet this season, these two events are the perfect opportunity for you to expose yourself to something original and creative without putting any strain on your budget.

Image artwork by Adam Shecter

TOOL IS LOOT is a “duet made via a curious process of disorientation.” Essentially, during the course of one year, choreographers/dancers Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey worked separately on the same conceptual project, asking various “outsiders” their take and opinions on creative dance. They then took their research to create a collaboration developed in residence, posing the question “what comes after you don’t know anymore?” I don’t know but I’m curious to find out what they came up with; I think their project is based around a really cool idea for an experimental philosophy turned into performance piece. 7pm.

Second, beginning at 8:30pm, there will be the showcase of Compositions for a Sound Dome, where eight composers, led by Hans Tutschku, participated in a workshop called Composing for Large Scale Multi-Channel Loudspeaker Environments. The musicians were immersed in an experimental study of composition, sound, music and space in response to the challenge of working with the insanely awesome and advanced sound setup and technologies of EMPAC.

Both performances are free to the general public.

EMPAC: Celeste Boursier-Mougenot: untitled (Series #3) + index (v.4)

That’s a mouthful, yeah?

EMPAC has another really awesome exhibit coming up. Opening May 11th, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot has set up two continuously playing sound installation in EMPAC’s lobbies.

Copypasta from EMPAC:

Two continuously playing sound installations by French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot create a special sonic atmosphere in EMPAC’s lobby spaces. The first installation untitled (Series #3) unfolds on the mezzanine. A current moves floating bowls, dishes, and glasses in several pools of water, and as these objects touch, the space is filled with their fleeting, floating music.

Image: Celeste Boursier-Mougenot

Full details at the exhibition’s website.

Quality events for your consideration vol 5

wednesday 4/27
7pm, Kevin Devine at SUNY Albany [fbook] (suny kids only)

thursday 4/28
9pm, 80s Night w/DJ Trumastr at Putnam Den in Saratoga [fbook]

7pm, The Room at Proctors [fbook]

friday 4/29
5pm, April Troy Night Out [fbook]

10pm, Jungala with LDFD at Cabaloosas, New Paltz [fbook]

8pm, Undefined Arguments, If Madrid, My Favorite Fence at the HRCH [fbook]

5:30pm Knock it Off Art Event at the Albany Center Gallery [fbook]

thurs, friday, and sat (apr 28/29/30)
8pm: Francisco López: Hyper-Rainforest at EMPAC. [link]

photo francisco lópez

History of the World: Owen Sherwood + Andrew DeGraff

This is a guest post from Caroline Corrigan. Thanks Caroline!

While some argue that Troy is trying desperately to cling on to the shred of hipness it held in the Capital Region for a few years, there are some things that are still making it a beautiful, cool, historic city. Things like the year-round farmer’s market, its tight walkability, a handful of antique shops and small boutiques, The Troy Bike Rescue, Brown’s Brewery, and The Arts Center.

But wait, you’ve never heard of The Arts Center? After working there for nearly two years, I’m not surprised. There’s a combination of issues—people not crossing the Hudson for fear of the unknown “Troilet,” perhaps a lack of funding for advertising, and having only maintained an audience base of people between the ages of 40-60. As one of the only twenty-somethings on staff at The Arts Center, I’ve struggled to get friends through the door for our art openings, performances, classes, and have even bugged some of my really talented friends to teach photography and cooking workshops (ahem, Andrew is teaching a photography class in May). Slowly but surely, I’m working hard to make sure people are aware of this place, and some of the great things that we do.

I’ve got one.

Come to the opening reception for History of The World: Owen Sherwood + Andrew DeGraff in the Main Gallery next Friday, April 29th. Yes, there will be free food. Yes, there will be wine. Yes, the artists will be there.

History of the World features illustrators and artists Owen Sherwood and Andrew DeGraff in a vibrant collection of drawings, paintings, and site-specific wall-based works. The combination of draftsmanship, fantasy, surrealism, humor and an oddball-pop sensibility offers up a special glimpse into the world of these two artists, transforming the gallery into a walk-in sketchbook. For fans of the more graphic shows from Marketplace Gallery, like the Just Seeds poster exhibition, or fans of local artists like Radical!, this show will impress you, make you laugh, and make you think, “shit, these guys are so good!”

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Tang Gallery at Skidmore

Illuminated creature-like structures pulled me into the Alumni Invitational 3 room upon entering the Tang Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. These perfectly constructed and stunningly beautiful creations are a collaboration of art and design, which showcase Johnny Swing’s thoughtful and environment-friendly use of satellite dishes and various types of glass jars. The figures are large without being ominous. They are oddly inviting, asking you to walk through the black, metal arches and plant yourself underneath the span of radiant and peaceful light.

After swinging through the metallic archways, I was faced with Bradley Castellanos’ large color photos that he cropped, cut, and layered with oil, acrylic paint, and resin. His works explore the conflict between beauty and destruction. He takes devastated scenes (typically demolished man-made structures embedded in nature) and makes them beautiful and vibrant by overlapping different techniques onto the photo, such as adding unnatural colors, like turquoise, to natural scenes. Bones and rib cages entwined in vines and tree trunks made his piece “Choke” stand out the most.  It gave me the vibe that nature is evil, which is quite contradictory to the typical view of nature being a place of innocence and tranquility.

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