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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Appease the God of Me at The Marketplace Gallery

Saturday April 16th, Art Geek Studio & Marketplace Gallery present a night of rock with Appease the God of Me, featuring David Traver of The Blue Man Group and Pearson Constantino and other special guests.

David has been on tour with The Blue Man Group since late last year. Pearson performs his own music as well as sit ins with other artists. Since The Blue Man Group has multiple show dates at Proctor’s Theatre, Pearson will make the trip to Albany for a one night reunion of their band, Appease the God of Me.

Music starts at 8:30 with Pearson Constantino playing music from his new album Doors open at 8:00pm. Donations to support Marketplace Gallery welcomed. Marketplace Gallery is located at 40 Broadway, Suite 23, Albany, NY.

Bonus: Pearson filmed The Long Bike Back, a documentary on Pearson’s recovery and cross country trip by bike after being critically injured by a hit and run driver.

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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The Living Walls Conference: Coming to Albany

Holy shit. I can’t believe this at ALL. The Living Walls Conference, or “street artist summer camp” (as it’s informally called) is actually happening here in Albany. I’m going to put up this video for now to give you an idea of the amazing amount of things that are going to happen around us. I will be covering this heavily as things progress and happen. Wow.