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Goings On: posted week of July 2, 2007

1. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Summer 2007
2. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, in Buenos Aires and N. Truro, MA, Summer 2007
3. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, at Brooklyn Public Library, Park Slope, July 10, 6 pm
4. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at ex-Ulster County Jail, NY, July 7
5. Ilona Granet, Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, in The New York Sun, June 21
6. Stefanie Trojan, FF Alumn, at Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria, July 20
7. Beth Lapides, FF Alumn, at Un-Cabaret, Los Angeles, July 7
8. Jennifer Hicks, FF Alumn, at BeGallery, High Falls, NY, opening July 7
9. Andrea Cote, FF Member, now online at www.gallerydiet.com
10. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Zebulon, July 8, 10 pm

1. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Summer 2007


Bethlehem Checkpoint (2006, photo/intervention)

The Artists House (6/5 -?) http://www.art.org.il
Kibbutz gallery (6/28 -?) http://kibbutzgallery.org.il

"Desert Generation - 40 Years of Occupation"
"....images in the exhibition represent a generation of Israeli and Palestinian artists doomed to waste their best years in the desert of the occupation. Freedom of creation is un-divisional, and as long as the rights for self-expression are denied, both Israelis and Palestinians will not be free."

Waxman's recent works examine transgendered embodiment as an experience of 'border conflict'. Recent projects use photo and video of site specific actions, which are then installed or distributed in a spatial manner. These works are questioning the nature of site, and the Jewish approach to making distinctions -- specifically referencing the religious architecture to reinscribe binaries, as points of departure for conceptual works. This body of work is also meant as a critique of the separation wall between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.


2. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, in Buenos Aires and N. Truro, MA, Summer 2007

Jay Critchley, FF Alum, was invited to participate in the recent 6th Annual Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in Buenos Aires, http://hemi.nyu.edu/eng/about/index.shtml, and created a street performance based on his ongoing project, Maskuearade Ball, which employs tie-string surgical masks.



Unsuspecting motorists traveling on Cape Cod’s Route 6 towards Provincetown will be greeted by Jay Critchley’s Beige Motel, “The World’s Largest Sand-encrusted Motel”, amidst the sandy beaches and sand dunes of North Truro, Massachusetts − its sand-covered surfaces reflecting the unique light of the Cape tip. The peculiar vernacular architecture of the Pilgrim Spring Motel, both kitschy and surreal, will become a monumental “embalmed” sculpture that reflects on time, loss and decay, the environment and our perception of the universe.

The Beige Motel opened to the public on June 23 and featured a “ribbon-cutting” ceremony by Critchley entitled “Twenty One Gun Dilute” utilizing 21 found vacuum cleaners and water from the Pilgrim Spring nearby. Also, a musical performance by Butter − with Maryalice Johnston, Eric Peters, Dawn Zimiles and Steve Reed − and Mark Milloff’s blues band Sit Down Baby. Summer hours are Friday and Saturday from noon to 2:00 pm and by appointment.

The site is being redeveloped into Truro Tradesmen’s Park for businesses and art and craft studios by Joel Searcy and others. Beige Motel is a joint project of Jay Critchley and artSTRAND, a Provincetown gallery. Travelers are invited to stop for a rest and explore the interior installations by artists Bob Bailey & Bert Yarborough, Jim Peters & Vicky Tomayko, Maryalice Johnston & Eric Peters, Frank Vasello & others. A limited edition, sand-painted print of twenty is available by Critchley for sale. For more project information contact www.jaycritchley.com or www.artstrand.com, 508 487-1153.

The post-World War II economy brought the dominance and affordability of the automobile to middle class Americans, who traveled in greater numbers to Cape Cod for vacations, including a stay at the Pilgrim Spring Motel. This iconic “roadside attraction” − named after the nearby fresh water spring used by the Pilgrims in 1620 − is a spare, one story motor court with its distinctive A-frame structure with “wings”, an imaginative relic to the American Dream. The entire complex of 44 bedrooms − previously attached to the main structure − has been demolished to make way for facilities for small businesses and art and craft studios. The main A-frame office building close to Route 6, however, remains and will be transformed into the Beige Motel, and dramatically illuminated at night.

The surprisingly boring, dreary color of beige might symbolize our disappointment with the loss of an iconic building − or with the unexpected dull color of the universe. Yet, our connection with the mysteries of time, space, light and color will radiate from this transformed, sand covered structure as the famous Cape tip light imbues it with reverent hues. Beige Motel will connect our earthly nature with other-earthly possibilities, frozen for a moment in time.

The recent discovery by scientists and astronomers that the universe is a lackluster beige color − the dominant color of dune sand − is ironic and surprising, symbolizing our inability to grasp the unyielding mysteries of nature. In 2002 astronomers Karl Glazebrook and Ivan Baldry of Johns Hopkins University set off a cosmic firestorm when their research determined the color of the Universe. By taking a census of all the light from 200,000 galaxies, the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey created the Cosmic Spectrum. To everyone’s astonishment it was determined that the color was “cosmic latte” or beige.

This research has rekindled Critchley’s interest in sand as an artistic medium, which began with the Sand Car series in MacMillan Wharf Parking Lot in Provincetown from 1981-1984.

The Beige Motel crew and support included Sherwin-Williams of Orleans, Fokke Watson, Roddy Artruc of Pleasant View Auto Body, Noons Excavation, Russell Motto Construction and Peter Frawley.


3. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, at Brooklyn Public Library, Park Slope, July 10, 6 pm

with Donna Henes, Urban Shaman

Mama Donna will discuss her book, The Queen of My Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife, and answer questions.
July 10, Tuesday
Brooklyn Public Library
Park Slope Branch
431 Sixth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Contact: Meredith Walters, Manager of Adult Programs (718) 369-9385, ext. 158


4. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at ex-Ulster County Jail, NY, July 7

Linda M. Montano's “Lighten Up,” a 7 hour art/life counselling performance at the ex-Ulster County Jail, accompanied by laughter hostess, Kathe Izzo.

On 7/7/07 Linda M. Montano will sit in cell 3 of the ex And empty Ulster County Jail and meet others willing to be locked into the jail cell with montano to laugh off, both of their current life-art issues.

Kathe Izzo will perform "laughter hostess", giving bread/water and initiate those outside the jail cell into the attitude of "laughing with" not at everything, as they prepare to enter cell 3 for their art/life counseling.

Montano's intention is to find creative/aesthetic ways to respond to a whole bunch of not so funny world and personal events that seem never to stop!

Gratitude to Beth Wilson for an invitation to the Kingston Sculpture Annual and for her idea that the jail would be a fine place to show/make art.

For performances, Art/Life Counseling, teaching, videos:
KINGSTON , N.Y. 12401
www.bobsart.org ; www.vdb.org

True Love is not for the Fainthearted. Meher Baba


5. Ilona Granet, Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, in The New York Sun, June 21

Gallery Going by Stephen Maine, New York Sun, June 21, 2007

Like good waiters, seasoned curators do their job without fanfare, then withdraw. They have the humility to realize that the real attractions are at the production end — the kitchen or studio — and that they merely bring the plates to the table. They allow no trace of the heavy lifting the process entails, and ideally nothing gets spilled. "Text Messages," on view at Adam Baumgold Gallery, is a smorgasbord of 51 works by 34 artists, both gallery regulars and others, known for the prominence of words in their work. The understated order of Mr. Baumgold's workmanlike installation provides a number of piquant moments worth savoring.
His gallery is attuned to comics, and this show has its share. In "Blabette Takes Yet Another Vacation" (1991) the Francophilic Aline Kominsky-Crumb depicts herself contorting her lips to pronounce grenouille. She's "trying to turn my New York sneer into a French pout." In Daniel Johnston's inkand-marker study of sexual anxiety (untitled, not dated), the weepy, muscle-bound protagonist, swarmed by tiny pink women, wonders, "If I had all the girls in the world, what would I do with them?" Volunteers one, "Pizza sounds fun." Chris Ware draws comics that foreground their narrative mechanics. "Rusty Brown —Alice Meets the Rich Girls" (2005) is an example of Mr. Ware's cinematic command of atmosphere, here in the service of class distinctions relative to art-schooling.

A few weightier works add ballast to this otherwise breezy exhibition. Adam Dant's brownish inkwash downer, "Departure Lounge" (2007), is the best of them. The London-based Dant depicts a train station bombing somewhere in the American hinterland that makes travelers twist like puppets and place names scatter like blown shingles from the big board: HARTFORD, LANSING, CARSON CITY, SACRAMENTO. Only the BVLGARI billboard is unscathed.

Abstraction has its moment as well. Lee Etheredge IV contributes three typewriter drawings, in which blocks of apparently random letters form complex, twisting polygons reminiscent of the sculpture of Tony Smith. Their handsome angles are determined by the "space" key of the typewriter carriage. A materials-centric cluster of works includes "Arsenic Complexion Wafers" (c. 1920–1950), a collage by a self-taught Cuban-American, Felipe Jesus Consalvos. A classical heroine of haughty demeanor is flanked by cigar labels, postage stamps, snipped photos of cathedral spires, and an oversized toothbrush. Tiny appropriated type ambiguously reads, "If you are a sufferer, we tell you."

Taped-together strips of type droop like yarn from old spools in Robbin Ami Silverberg's work (2007). She retools the vocabulary of domestic labor, finding misogyny in the fabric of everyday life the world over. "Educated Woman, Stupid Housewife," repeats one work apparently based on a Danish proverb. A strand culled from Indian folk custom reads, "Women are like shoes, they can always be replaced." Blabette need not apply.

Vivienne Koorland, a South African-born émigré to New York, mangles the Palmer method in her painting, layering line upon line of labored, illegible script. One such work, "Poem Fragment" (2007) is included here, but it is upstaged by the compact "Wer R U" (2007), ominous in a heavy black wood frame like some minimalist/outsider Victoriana.
Message maven Jenny Holzer is represented by a small, untitled cast-aluminum plaque from her "Survival" series (1983–84) that reads: "FAT ON YOUR HIPS COMES WHEN YOU SIT AND LIE," speaking to the anxieties of office workers everywhere. Other usual suspects include Ed Ruscha, who contributes two works on paper, the nicer of which, "‘OH' in the Picture" (2005), depicts that most poetic of interjections smoldering darkly against a luminous, rubiginous horizon. Lawrence Weiner's "Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky," a wan watercolor from 1989, is as forgettable as its title; the wall space would have been better spent on one of Mel Bochner's recent runaway-thesaurus pieces. Oh, well.

Among the show's standouts is "Are You Mice or Men?" (1989), a key work by the underknown Ilona Granet. In the 1980s, this feisty East Village fixture produced a series of "Emily Post Street Signs," castigating men for inappropriate behavior such as harassing women and urinating in public. Alongside a caricature of a couple of dapper gents rebuffing a ratty duo's limp-wristed taunts, the text of this piece proposes "TALK RUDE, ACT RUDE: $100 FINE." It is a quixotic call for civility among strangers.
An accomplished painter who also oversees Williamsburg's Pierogi gallery, Joe Amrhein is the smooth maître d' of the Brooklyn gallery scene. He contributes a smallish 2003 work, "Media (Artforum, April 2001, p. 142)." In jaunty display type on hazy, layered vellum, it reads, "A GRAB BAG OF TECHNIQUES AND MEDIA." Facile though it is to declare that Mr. Amrhein's piece describes "Text Messages" as a whole … well, whattaya know, it does.

Until August 15 (74 E. 79th St., between Park and Madison avenues, 212-861-7338).


6. Stefanie Trojan, FF Alumn, at Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria, July 20

20.07.07 / 7pm PART III

Performance: Stefanie Trojan, Marc Aschenbrenner, Bara, Andrew Gilbert, Thomas Kamm, Sparky, Thomas Winkler, Vanessa Wood, Ulrich Wulff

Live: planktonlabs / Dj´s aus Mitleid

Di-Fr 11 - 18 Uhr, Sa 11 - 16 Uhr, So/Mo geschlossen
Eintritt frei!
Maria Theresien Str. 34, Arkadenhof
A-6020 Innsbruck
Tel +43-512-584000
Fax +43-512-584000-15


7. Beth Lapides, FF Alumn, at Un-Cabaret, Los Angeles, July 7

Saturday, July 7 - Beth Lapides, Margaret Cho, Mike McDonald, Taylor Negron! Saturday, July 21 - Beth, Kevin Nealon, Paul F. Tompkins, Laura Kightlinger!!

Un-Cabaret shows start at 8pm. Doors open at 7 for drinks and dinner @ M-Bar, 1253 N. Vine st. Cover $15 + drinks. Seats guaranteed only with dinner reservation.

Call 323-993-3305 or click here for info & pre-paid tickets for Un-Cabaret

Next Un-Cab Lab Writing & Performance Workshop starts Sunday, July 29. Audit class this Sunday, July 1 or next Sunday, July 8, 1-4pm @ M-Bar, 1253 N. Vine St.

C.O.R.E. Creativity Seminar on Sunday, July 22, 1-3pm.
Registration and more info about the workshop: 323-993-3305 or click here
100% HAPPY!

There's a special sneak preview of Beth's new show, "HOW TO BE 100% HAPPY (88% of the Time)" , tonight, June 28, 7pm at the Downtown Public Library's ALOUD series.

The show is technically sold out, but the venue assures us you can still get standy tickets at the door if you show up by 6:45 at 650 W. Fifth St., Taper Auditorium.
Parking & directions for 100% Happy
See you there!


8. Jennifer Hicks, FF Alumn, at BeGallery, High Falls, NY, opening July 7

recent paintings by Jennifer Hicks

reception and gallery talk by the artist
BeGallery, High Falls, New York

(near Woodstock)

Jennifer Hicks received her MFA from Naropa University in Colorado for Contemporary Performance, her BFA from Tufts University, and Traveling Scholars Award from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, installation artist and painter.


9. Andrea Cote, FF Member, now online at www.gallerydiet.com

This month I conducted a conversation with NY artist Midori Harima for a fantastic new online newsletter based in Miami, The Gallery Diet. This conversation between 2 artists is an in-depth extension of our ongoing conversations before, during and after the run of Midori’s recent show at Kevin Bruk Gallery. It’s been getting a lot of thought-provoking responses. Please check it out! Thank you. Andrea Cote

www.gallerydiet.com (click on “conversations” and scroll to the right)


10. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Zebulon, July 8, 10 pm

Friends …. It has been quite a while …. hope to see you there!

Ken Butler's Voices of Anxious Objects

KB - hybrid instruments, vibraband
Seido Salifoski – percussion
Hybridized world rhythms on instruments made from tools and household objects. Possible guests sitting in.

Sunday July8th 10pm

at 9pm ….. Krystle Warren, experimental folk

no cover no minimum
258 Wythe Ave. Brooklyn
(Metropolitan & N.3rd) Williamsburg, Brooklyn


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