Friday, April 29, 2011

Folkert de Jong: an artist of spirit and Styrofoam

Folkert de Jong is interviewed by Charles A. Westfall. De Jong was recently visited the University of Georgia as part of the Lamar Dodd School of Art’s visiting artist lecture series, and he was kind enough to sit down with Burnaway to talk about his work, his signature material (Styrofoam), and his thoughts on spirituality in the arts.

Click here to read the interview in full!
One of my favorite things... in 'After The Fall'

One of the paintings in After The Fall that always intrigues me is Josef Bolf's Gymnasium, made in 2009.

The colors Bolf use in this painting set a beautifully somber and melancholy tone. However, its detailed forms evoke feelings of chaos and death. Every time I look at this painting I experience something new and thought provoking.


It is clear Bolf is trying to convey a powerful message. What message do you think he is trying to communicate?What caused this horrific scene? Who are these children?

Come and see this painting and others by Josef Bolf in After The Fall
, which will be open through July 2011.

"The most common themes in my work include vulnerability, infantilism, destruction and the limitations of communication..." Josef Bolf
Alon Levin's book 'Things Contemporary' available for purchase

Published on the occasion of his 2009 exhibition at Art Forum Berlin, Things Contemporary provides a survey of Alon Levin's sculptural work in two chapters.

The first chapter, entitled "Imitations, Falsifications and some Truths," begins with a transcribed lecture providing an analysis of his 2007 installation the Fake, the Future and the Finite (a commemoration of the absolute in the 21st century). The second chapter, entitled "Postponed Modernism," consists of a conversation with Mihnea Mircan followed by 15 pages of color illustrations.

Purchase Alon Levin's new book online or at a bookstore near you!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pipe Dreams, with Ben Green

Pipe Dreams wins best short film at Soho International Film Festival.

HVCCA board member Ben Green wrote and directed “Pipe Dreams”.

Congratulations, Ben!

For more about the film, click onto the link below for an interview with Ben from the Vail Film Fest.

http://nickelcitycollective.com/archives/339


The 14th Annual Peekskill Open Studios

May 14 & 15 from noon to 5pm
All sites are free and open to the pubic.

Work by more than 100 artists, 40 in their studios, numerous new public art sites, and special exhibitions in galleries, museums and other venues throughout Peekskill.

Come meet the artists & celebrate art through the day & music at the cafes at night.

HVCCA participates in Open Studios by opening its doors to the public free of charge.‘ Our current exhibition is ‘After the Fall.’

The Peekskill art scene is an evolving, changing vibrant community.

Information and maps at the Gazebo corner of N. Division & Park Streets 914-734-1292

Free guided tours leave from the Gazebo at 1pm & 3pm each day.

Free shuttle bus from the Railroad Station, to the Gazebo, HVCCA, and the Hat Factory.

www.peekskillartscouncil.org


Faranu Appears in Art Beijing 2011 Contemporary Art Fair

FaranĂș mostly uses traditional materials such as charcoal and ceramics, but uses them in a contemporary way. Her intense drawings and sculptures are often based on neo-mythical topics. Expressive figures that are part-human, part-animal and abstract figures are spontaneously drawn in a very recognizable way, but are the images that you see really what you think they are? The strong dark charcoal strokes and vague imagery create a unique play of lines. FaranĂș’s drawings and sculptures appear powerful in their size and positioning, but at the same time her figurative works leave plenty of room for the observers imagination.

The Art Beijing 2011 Contemporary Art Fair will be held from April 29-May 2, 2011, in the China National Agriculture Exhibition Center in Beijing. Now in its sixth year, Art Beijing is perfectly in step with the development of contemporary art and has established itself as the most competitive art fair in Asia.


Thursday, April 21, 2011


Peekskill Clay Studios is fast becoming one of the region's premier clay art facilities. With studio space available for experienced artists and a growing educational program, the PCS is designed to accommodate all levels of ceramic artists from beginner to expert. Accomplished artists Ada Cruz and Jo-Ann Brody will inaugurate a teaching program with courses for both adults and children as PCS continues to expand and better serve the art community. Experience the magic of clay.

PEEKSKILL CLAY STUDIOS @ The Hat Factory

(914) 739 CLAY (2529) www.peekskillclaystudios.com


4 HVCCA ARTISTS INVITED TO PRAGUE BIENNALE 5


MAY 19 - SEPTEMBER 11

EXPANDED PAINTING INTERNATIONAL, curated by Giancarlo Politi, Francesca DiMattio, United States. DiMattio exhibed her work in “Size Matter, September 07-July 08.

EXPANDED PAINTING. PORTRAITS OF POWER: Curated by Jane Neal.

Zsolt Bodoni, Romania/Hungary; Attila Szucs, Hungary; and Alexander Tinei, Moldova; all of these painters are part of our current exhibition, “After the Fall”.

Prague Biennale

Monday, April 4, 2011

Folkert de Jong currently showing at James Cohan Gallery

Folkert de Jong's exhibition Operation Harmony in currently showing through May 7th at the James Cohan Gallery in New York.

In Operation Harmony, De Jong incorporates several industrial materials into his works, such as Styrofoam and polyurethane foam, materials that are well understood for their inherent contradictory properties of cheapness and indestructibility. This will be the Dutch artist's third solo exhibition.

Marc and Livia Straus, the founders of HVCCA, first saw De Jong's work in March of 2005. Over the years his work has been included in several of HVCCA's exhibitions. De Jong's work Mount Maslow, a long-term installation, is currently on display at HVCCA. Marc and Livia Straus are extremely excited about De Jong's newest solo exhibition and look forward to seeing much more of his work in the future.