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Contents for July 31, 2009

1. Alice Hutchins, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, July 24
2. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, at Jack Hanley Gallery, Manhattan, opening Aug. 6, and more
3. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, in Venice, Italy, August 28
4. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at Bowery Poetry Club, Manhattan, Aug. 11
5. Beverly Naidus, FF Alumn, at Valise Gallery, Vashon Island, WA, opening Aug 7, and more
6. Reno, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, August 6
7. Eliza Ladd, FF Alumn, at Berkshire Fringe Festival, MA, Aug. 6-10
8. Alicia Grullon, FF Alumn, now online, and more
9. Danielle Abrams, FF Alumn, at FiveMyles, Brooklyn, Aug. 8, and more
10. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, FF Alumn, now on youtube.com
11. Gulsen Calik, FF Alumn, at Chashama, Manhattan, opening Aug. 1
12. Ilona Granet, Carolee Schneemann, Diane Torr, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns in 2009 International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, Korea, Aug. 1-31
13. Lynn Book, FF Alumn, at Bowery Poetry Club, Manhattan, Aug. 11
14. elin o'Hara slavick, FF Alumn, now online
15. Los Grumildos at Here Arts Center, Manhattan, thru Aug. 2
16. Miriam Schaer, FF Alumn, at Mobia, Manhattan, opening July 30
17. David Medalla, FF Alumn, in Sussex, England, Aug. 9

1. Alice Hutchins, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, July 24  

The New York Times, July 24

ALICE HUTCHINS at D’Amelio Terras 525 West 22nd Street, Chelsea Through Aug. 7

This small selection of sculptures by Alice Hutchins is technically an appendage to the gallery’s summer group show, an above-average mix of new art from Los Angeles. Fortunately, the organizers — Jedediah Caesar and Shana Lutker, both artists — have given Ms. Hutchins her own space in the front room. It’s a rare New York appearance for Ms. Hutchins, a Fluxus-influenced artist born in 1916 who worked in Europe for decades and now lives in the Bay Area.

Ms. Hutchins trained as a painter, but for the past 40 years she has been making abstract metal-and-wood constructions with magnetic components. They change shape from show to show, and can even be reassembled by viewers (by request and with assistance from gallery staff ).

In “Group I Model K” (1968), tiny washers are clustered like barnacles around three tubular magnets. “Hex” (1976) is a sort of honeycomb, in which hexagonal forms stand on edge atop a round ferrite base.

In newer works, most wall-mounted, Ms. Hutchins arranges wires and chains on flat geometric supports. In “Nice and Easy” she uses a rod and frayed wire as a kind of needle and thread; in “Silence,” a few inches of chain cling to a dark metal base like a trapped insect.

The interactive element makes the sculptures friendly, even toylike; at the same time, the knowledge that you’re in the presence of a magnetic field keeps you at arm’s length.




2. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, at Jack Hanley Gallery, Manhattan, opening Aug. 6, and more

On Exhibit
The Jack Hanley Gallery
OPENING Thursday, August 6, 2009, 6-9PM
136 Watts, N.Y., N.Y. 10013

The Herb Alpert Upper Body Hydro-Pneumatic Pulsation Vacuo Engine
An exercise machine that powers 8 different apparatuses, machines, robots and a turntable that plays ONLY Herb Alpert.
Art Machines Purport to Cure The Health Care Crisis!

The opening night will also include a reading from Pete a superb writer and vocalist for the band Enablers to heal your soul!

ART CUPCAKES! by actress friend Tara, from Spain, for sale at a bargain basement price for your epicurean delight!

Screenings of Mock Up On MU
Dir. Craig Baldwin US 2008
A radical hybrid of sci-fi, spy, Western, and even horror genres, Craig Baldwin's Mock Up On Mu cobbles together a feature-length "collage-narrative" based on (mostly) true stories of California's post-War sub-cultures of rocket pioneers, alternative religions, and Beat lifestyles. Pulp-serial snippets, industrial-film imagery, and B- (and Z-) fiction clips are intercut with newly shot live-action material, powering a playful, allegorical trajectory through the now-mythic occult matrix of Jack Parsons (Crowleyite founder of the Jet Propulsion Lab), L.Ron Hubbard (sci-fi author turned cult-leader), and Marjorie Cameron (bohemian artist and "mother of the New Age movement"). Their intertwined tales spin out into a speculative farce on the militarization of space, and the corporate take-over of spiritual fulfillment and leisure-time. (110m:16mm-to-video)

a Giant version of one of the robots powered by the Herb Alpert Upper Body Hydro-Pneumatic Pulsation Vacuo Engine, it walks, crawls, hops and Bar-B-Qs , we will feed the masses opening night.

Also available at the same venue will be: 
The Herb Alpert sexual Healing Linament and Pharmaceutical will be available for your healing pleasures. Dispensed by a
Accept No Substitutes!

From San Francisco, California, the healing capitol of the world:
Speaking from experience, exercising to Herb Alpert is a visceral transcendence. The body becomes all rhythm and all sound, rapt in a unified sonic event with percussive pressures felt by others from deep within. Having become wholly expressive from the inside out, from the limb to limb, the body “disappears” into the play; and thus it becomes more completely itself. How very Eucharistic. . . .

Herb Alpert describes the database of consciousness as an electrostatic condenser. My understanding is that the higher the power of the field of consciousness one is connected to, the greater the capacity of the nervous system and body needs to be in order to handle and integrate higher frequencies.

What happened was, that some of the lower calibrating fields, coming from unreleased traumata and the connected emotions especially from the radical childhood I had experienced, had not been fully transmuted. Therefore the higher state of consciousness was induced by entrainment with the teacher Herb Alpert and was not integrated. I decided to pursue healing techniques with this machine, which helps people to transmute and release the traumata and emotions as well as their effects on the body, psyche and consciousness.

Often those feelings are held in the subconscious and we attract and repeat the same feelings over and over because it is played out by the electromagnetic charge held in the body like a recording.


This piece was exhibited at The dark fair in Cologne Germany in March of this year receiving lauditory reviews and non-stop use.

The Herb Alpert sexual Healing Linament and Pharmaceutical Elixer
Helps, Cures and Improves all of the below and More!
Acne, Allergy, Amenorrhea, Aphrodisiacs, Aphtous ulcers, Asthma & Bronchitis, Hypercholesterolaemia, Blocked Arteries (in most cases patients can avoid by-pass surgery), Circulation of Brain & Legs, Constipation, Dandruff, Depression, Diabetes, Eczema, Epilepsy, Gastritis, falling Hair, premature graying of Hair (especially for those over and under 35 years old), child’s Hyperactivity, Influenza, Insomnia, Kidney failure, Kidney stone, bad Memory, Venereal Diseases of all types, Menopause, Migraine, Nervousness, Piles, Prostatitis (patients can avoid surgery in most cases), Renal failure, Psoriasis, Rheumatism (osteo & rheumatoid), Sinusitis, Stress, Tiredness, Ulcerative colitis, Ureamia, Varicose veins, Blood, Liver and Stomach rejuvinatop,Weight loss.

Used as a remedy for inflammation and pain in rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, and other similar conditions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV5h6h83Yf4

a map to the venue:




3. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, in Venice, Italy, August 28


To LOVERS OF THE SEA, ECO-SEXUALS, & FRIENDS,Very soon we will be going to marry the Sea at the Venice Biennale where the water meets Fear Society Pavilion.

You are invited to join us on August 28th. Come as an honored guest, or come as a guest/collaborator.
We ask for no material gifts but welcome collaboration on the creation of the wedding. You can be IN the wedding! Be the flower girl/boy,decorate, document, object to the union, do a poem about global warming, assist with production, or ...whatever floats your boat.

At our Love Art Laboratory web site (http://loveartlab.org) is the formal invitation for Blue Wedding to the Sea,plus what you need to know if you are coming, a detailed call for collaboration, and our artist statement about why we are marrying the Sea in Venice.
Click on "now appearing" on our home page, or this link:  http://www.loveartlab.org/cal.php?cal_id=75

Please do let us know if you know of people in Venice and the surrounding areas that might like to be a part of this event please forward them this information.

With gentle waves and blue bubbles,
Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens

Elizabeth M. Stephens an Annie M. Sprinkle

We are the Love Art Laboratory, an artist couple dedicated to doing art projects that explore, generate, and celebrate love.  We orchestrate performance art weddings in collaboration with various international communities. Each wedding is site-specific, interactive, and utilizes a different theme and color based on the seven chakra system (inspired by artist Linda Montano’s 14 Years of Living Art.) The Love Art Laboratory grew out of our response to the violence of war, the anti-gay marriage movement, and the corporate greed causing the destruction of our planet. Our projects are symbolic gestures, which aim to instill hope, to be an antidote to fear, and act as a call to action.

This past year, we married the Earth in a magnificent redwood tree grove in California, we married the Sky in Oxford, England, and we had what may have been the first queer wedding in the Balkans, in Zagreb, Croatia. Hundreds of people attended these weddings and helped to create them through their generous collaborations.

For our seventh wedding, and our blue year, we will marry the Sea. We are passionately in love with her and desire to take care of her in order to help save her. We are eco-sexuals, meaning that we find nature incredibly romantic, extraordinarily sensual, and an exquisite lover.  Additionally, we are “sexecologists,” who combine sexology and ecology, and we intend to make the environmental movement a little sexier.

Why marry the Sea in Venice?  During the Renaissance, the Doge (chief magistrate) decreed that, “Venice must marry the sea as a man marries a women and thus become her Lord.” So each year the Doge would go out on a boat and drop a ring into the water. But can people really Lord over the Sea? What is perfectly clear is that people do have the power to destroy her, and are rapidly doing so. We will follow the tradition of marrying the Sea in Venice—as two women who have moved beyond the dominant-male and submissive-female dynamic, as seductive eco-sexual artists, and as global citizens who care deeply about the welfare of our planet.

The Fear Society Pavilion is the perfect place for this wedding as we are afraid of the total destruction of our beautiful environment.  The Sea has a fast growing cancer made of islands of plastic the size of Texas.  She is suffocating from gasses caused by our pollution. Globally, 90% of her large fish have been wiped out.  She’s overheating.  Her reefs have been brutally destroyed.  She’s being raped and … Need we go on?  And we simply can’t live without her.

Loving the Sea erotically takes us all deliciously deep, deep, deep inside our primordial selves.  Our bodies are made largely of water so in fact we are the Sea. We hope that our guests will take vows to love and protect Sea along with us.  Now let’s get wet!


4. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at Bowery Poetry Club, Manhattan, Aug. 11

Judith Sloan in a work-in-progress performance of Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide
Double bill with Chen Lo and the Liberation Family 

Tuesday August 11th, 8 PM
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (Between Houston and Bleecker) F train to 2nd Ave, 6 to Bleecker
$10 admission

Yo Miss! by Judith Sloan is a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always truth-seeking performance based on the actor’s twenty years of teaching in inner city schools and prisons. Using music, poetry, and vivid character portrayals, Sloan breaks down assumptions that often divide seemingly conflicting worlds.

written and performed by Judith Sloan
directed by Michael Dinwiddie
music composed by Taylor Rivelli and Ken White
performed live with Ken White
additional music & sound composed by David Krakauer, Dave Guy, Frank London, Samir Zariff, Lars Deitrich, Judith Sloan
dramaturg and associate director Yoni Oppenheim
editor at large Warren Lehrer

Chen Lo and the Liberation Family, perform soulful, relatable Hip Hop that fuses mastery in performance with the ability to empower and uplift through music.
“Chen Lo, has a lot more on his mind than the average performer...Lo is all about using his music to impact communities in a positive way.” - mtvU, mtvU Hot Seat

Advance Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=2197634

A Project of EarSay, Inc


5. Beverly Naidus, FF Alumn, at Valise Gallery, Vashon Island, WA, opening Aug 7, and more

Opening at VALISE Gallery, on August 7th, from 6- 9 pm

On August 7, 2009, VALISE Gallery will introduce the community to recent work by the artists, Carol Schwennesen and Beverly Naidus in a two-person exhibition they have entitled “underGROUND.”

Carol Schwennesen says that her new paintings “are documents of integrating Self and spirit with matter. They are inspired by non-determinist modern physics: uncertainty, relativity, probability, and influence of the observer (subjectivity) determine the outcome of decisions whether they be in paint, biology, cooking or martial arts.”  The unseen is what intrigues this artist, and her creative process is guided by the excitement of conjuring up imagery that she has not encountered before. Carol's artwork lives throughout the United States, and from Europe to Japan.  Her website is http://carolschwennesen.com/

Beverly Naidus approached her new body of work like a contact improvisation dancer, moving from her tiny studio space into the adjoining woods, trails and garden, scavenging weight, form and texture within her local environment, combining with them with fragments of stories.  “The tactility of found materials and a constant shifting of weight were necessary to deal with what were often challenging sources of inspiration:  the things that are underground, under the radar, most easily avoided, but need attention.”  The results of this improvisation are a series of wall hangings and sculptural works addressing the history of nuclear weapons on the island, local toxins underground, and a reconstructive vision of the world, where gardens heal and transform the muck swept under the rug for so many years.*  

Beverly Naidus teaches interdisciplinary arts at University of Washington, Tacoma and exhibits her work internationally. She is the author of the recently released, Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame (New Village Press, 2009). Her website is www.artsforchange.org
“underGROUND” will be on display from August 7-29, every Sat from noon til 5 pm, or  by appointment.
VALISE Gallery
17633 Vashon Highway SW
Vashon Island, Washington 98070
Contact: Jiji Saunders 463-4165

*Earlier this summer (June 2009) I had the privilege to work with dancers, composers, writers, performance and visual artists at Earthdance in western Massachusetts.  While being introduced to the ways that these artists exposed ecological issues in their work, I was offered a deeper connection with the dance form, “contact improvisation.” One dancer described the form to me as a process of sharing weight. I participated in a Dance Jam that included a man in a wheel chair, people of different ages and sizes.  Once I moved from sketching in my journal onto the dance floor, I was hooked.  Excited by the liberating aspects of creating meaning through movement, something I had understood in an earlier chapter in my life, I was compelled to bring this energy back to my studio on Vashon.

Instead of approaching this new body of work with strategies that are well known to me, I decided instead to move through my tiny studio space, and the adjoining woods, trails and garden, like a dancer, scavenging weight, form and texture within my local environment. At times I was reaching in many directions, seemingly at once, drawing, sewing, gluing, sculpting, tearing, rummaging through drawers, picking things up and moving with them, tying things together, in very unfamiliar rhythms.  At other times, I found habitual gestures provided a comfortable launching pad for deeper work.  The tactility of found materials and a constant shifting of weight were necessary to deal with what were often challenging sources of inspiration:  the things that are underground, under the radar, most easily avoided, but need attention. My process allowed me to be more fluid in my emotions and less self-censoring as I unearthed imagery and metaphors that would not have been discovered through a more intellectual approach.

The results of this improvisation are a series of wall hangings and sculptures often inhabited by small, sculpted heads, animating the spaces.  Mulberry bark and translucent paper became skin-like forms to be pierced and sewn with stories about nuclear weapons and toxic dumps.  When the difficult material became too weighty, I shifted poses and perspectives, opening up to a reconstructive vision of the world, where gardens transform the muck swept under the rug for so many years.  Text floated through these pieces, sometimes providing essential punctuation. At other times the words proved too distracting, so it was edited out.

Some of my early work (from the late 1970’s and through the 1980’s) dealt with nuclear nightmares, and were audience-participatory, inviting the community to share their stories about nuclear war.  During the Reagan presidency, when a “hot war” seemed very close to the surface, many audience members were eager to share their fears, anxieties and hopes.  My site-specific installations, exhibited in New York City, Los Angeles, London, and Minneapolis offered visitors the possibility of moving beyond our despair into communities empowered to dismantle the nuclear arsenal.  Now, post-Bush, with a worsening plethora of social problems, from economic to environmental, I continue to use my art to confront what is sick in our society and to remind myself of what is whole and possible, just around the corner from our fears.  Ultimately my art is a meditation on the paradox of living in this time with an open heart and a sense that the future has not yet been decided.

AUGUST 8 – SEPTEMBER 5, 2009 , Social Climbing “Part I: On the Move”,
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8, from 6-8 PM
Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects 2040 India StSan Diego, CA 92101  Tel 619 696 9699
Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects is very pleased to announce SOCIAL CLIMBING, to be presented from August 8 through October 24, 2009.
SOCIAL CLIMBING will feature the work of nearly 40 artists, among them some of the best and brightest emerging artists in San Diego, as well as a small, select group representing Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston, and Charleston.


6. Reno, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, August 6

Friends! Optimists! Obamistas!EveryWoman, EveryMan, EveryDog for shitesake, gets abducted by Big Banking, and I don't like it. I don't think I'm alone in this feeling?The divide between we who are the recipients of Capitalism's flops, and them, who are the recipients of our involuntary Socialist largess, must be adjusted.On this one night, the closing night of Dixon Place's Hot Festival, Dina Dublon, an amazing woman who retired as the Chief Financial Officer of the world's FOURTH largest bank JP Morgan Chase has graciously agreed to come onstage with me (after my ranting) and chat on this topic.I figure this night will be substantially different than my past efforts with the genteel Nobel economists! We'll take questions, too.Edith!  Did you see my Kevlar?

Peace & Luv - Reno



7. Eliza Ladd, FF Alumn, at Berkshire Fringe Festival, MA, Aug. 6-10

Eliza Ladd invites you to:Elephants and Gold, Ensemble Performance created and directed by Eliza Ladd

Berkshire Fringe Festival at The Daniel Arts Center at Simon's Rock Great Barrington, MA

Aug 6 - Aug 10, for tickets and directions: www.berkshirefringe.org or call 413-320-417and see www.elizaladd.com



8. Alicia Grullon, FF Alumn, now online, and more

My residency is mid-way through and I have just completed all my interventions. I am now in the process of creating a small book for exhibition for the Open Studio/Art Festival Weekends in August. There are a total of 7 interventions. I've just uploaded 2 new ones. The rest will follow soon. Below are the links to take you directly to these new pieces: 

Rice Cake: Structure

Dog Soup: Taboo

If you are in Korea, come to the Open Studio/ Art Festival in August.
SAP Seoksu Art Project
Open Studios
Manan Art Festival
August 7,8,9,14,15,&16
430-807 Seoksu 2-dong
Manan-gu, Anyang,
,South Korea

My artist residency has been sponsored and funded by, Stone and WaterSupplemental Space, Arts Council Korea, and the Gyeonggi CulturalFoundation. 

Alicia Grullon

Alicia Grullón is an American artist from The Bronx. A recipient of aFranklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and the Future of the Present 2007-08 and Chashama visual arts awards. She’s exhibited at Mount Holyoke College’s Five College Women’s Studies Research Center,Raritan Community College, Masur Museum of Art, the Peekskill ArtsFestival, Samuel Dorsky Museum at the State University at New Paltz,Hunter College Gallery, The Point Community Center, and The Universityof Rhode Island. Her work has appeared in Dirty Pop Magazine, ICP at the Point, and The World Journal of Post-Factory Photography. She participated in Art in Odd Places, Pedestrian 2008. Her projects consist of performances and photography where she creates publicinterventions in store fronts, offices, and public spaces.


9. Danielle Abrams, FF Alumn, at FiveMyles, Brooklyn, Aug. 8, and more

Danielle Abrams as UNCLE BOB hosts THE UNCLE BOB SHOW featuring Raissa Hinman and others in Dog Shoot as part of LOW LIVES curated by Jorge Rojas.  LOW LIVES is an exhibition of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at three venues throughout the U.S.- FiveMyles, Brooklyn; Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami; and labotanica, Houston in partnership with Project Row Houses

Saturday, August 8, 2009 from 6 to 9 p.m. (EST)

FiveMyles: 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn
Diaspora Vibe Gallery: 3938 North Miami Ave, Miami
Labotanica at Project Row Houses: 2521 Holman, Houston (5 – 8 pm)
Or you can tune in August 8 at 6:15 pm at


Danielle Abrams performs Routine as part of RUSTBELT REVIVAL:
A New Economic Stimulus Plan FEATURING 100% Farm Fresh Corn
Curated by Holly Hughes & Kestutis Nakas

Thursday, August 13 at 8 pm

Rustbelt Revival Performance Festival runs August 13-17, 8pm
Links Hall
3435 N Sheffield Ave, Suite 207
Chicago, IL 60657
Tickets $15


10. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, FF Alumn, now on youtube.com

We would like to invite you to visit the link to the "Orange Cowboy." This a collaboration between filmaker Meredith Holch and Nicolas Dumit Estevez. Filmed in 2008 at the Jentel Colony in Banner, Wyoming:

The Orange Cowboy,
Nicolas Dumit Estevez and Meredith Holch

In the mythology of the USA, the West conjures up images of cowboys and Indians, the gold rush, saloons, bandits and outlaws. Even today, endless expanses of land give visitors the impression of a free-for-all geography where one can pursue the outdated American Dream side by side with massive buffaloes and cute prairie dogs, and let’s not forget herds of docile cows.

In this playful and sometimes goofy look at the wild, wild, west, the outsider protagonist attempts to get in touch with his inner cowboy. But the landscape reveals itself as a place out of reach. POSTED: NO TRESPASSING.

Thus, the Twenty-first century cowboy is forced to come face-to-face with a countryside owned by multi-national energy corporations, the ultimate product of the American capitalist ideal of private property. “Welcome to Wyoming, Inc.”

Meredith and Nicolas’ stay in Banner, Wyoming in the spring of 2008 yielded the plot for a five-minute video, shot on location in a town of forty inhabitants and a thousand private acres.


11. Gulsen Calik, FF Alumn, at Chashama, Manhattan, opening Aug. 1

Hello dear friends and colleagues who are in New York City,
Here's an exciting show that I'm in, and I hope you can come to the opening to have fun and to view, among others, my work, "Lingerie for IRON MAIDEN", made of steel wire, see attachment.  (I realize it renders a literal interpretation of the show's title, which I had nothing to do with, believe me.)  Lars Westvind, my husband, and my daughter, Lale Westvind, (she graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago this June) are also in the show, and I'm the proud artist mother of an artist.  I'm not going to bring this up again, but I just thought you should all know... Gülsen Calik

"metalupyoass"  Hard Core Art Show

Chashama Gallery - 461 West 126th Street, NYC

Opening party:  August 1, 2009, 6 - 10 p.m.

August 1 - August 11, 2009
Gallery hours 3 - 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday

Chashama Gallery in Harlem, under the auspices of Anita Durst, serves as a staging ground for an altercation of the senses in a show titled, "metalupyoass", co-curated by Linus Coraggio (sculptor, furniture designer) and Johnny Vee (creator of Metropolis Apocalypse - L.E.S. Riot Era: Artists 1988-2008).

The medium is Metal, a physically edgy material, as heavy as it is twisted, represented in an astonishing array of styles by Linus Coraggio, Dr. Zian Saxon(ian), Dinah Toxic, Brett Kahler, Veronica Bvanega, Steel Neal, J J Veronis, Issac Witkin, Ken Hiratsuka, Lars Westvind, Gülsen Calik, Nik Kuskin, Lale Westvind, Phillip La Loche and Paolo Pelosini. The show should satisfy every culture vulture  willing to go to Harlem to check the vibrant pulse of art that challenges and attacks the status quo of the same old commercial, hyper-analytical, and uber-conceptual mindset that is in fashion now.

An  "open house" night for those who miss the opening will be held on Thursday, August 6, from 6 - 9 p.m.

Chashama Gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays, but please call ahead to verify access to the exhibition: 212 866-9556 or 646 234-1757.

Take #1 train to 125th Street,  and walk a couple of blocks east to 461 West 126th Street.  The gallery is between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Avenue.


12. Ilona Granet, Carolee Schneemann, Diane Torr, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns in 2009 International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, Korea, Aug. 1-31

DISBAND, Martha Wilson, Ilona Granet and Diane Torr, Franklin Furnace alums, performing in Incheon, Korea

Members of DISBAND, Martha Wilson, Ilona Granet and Diane Torr, are performing August 1st at 1pm for 2009 International Incheon Women Artists' Biennale - August 1-31, 2009, Incheon, S. Korea. The 21st Century, The Feminine Century, and the Century of Diversity and Hope.  The 21st Century exhibition, including work by male and female artists, curated by Heng-Gil Han, curator of Jamaica Center of the Arts, Queens, NY, envisions the 21st century as feminine, diverse, and free of any political, racial or sexual oppression.

Their work as individuals is also part of the main exhibition, as is the work of Carolee Schneeman, FF Alumn, among others.


13. Lynn Book, FF Alumn, at Bowery Poetry Club, Manhattan, Aug. 11

AUGUST 11, 2009
6 – 7:30 PM, TICKETS - $10.00
308 Bowery (between Houston and Bleecker)
New York, NY

Lynn Book' s work has been called 'dangerous' (Chicago Tribune), 'outrageous' (Chicago Reader), 'erotic' (Village Voice) and 'captivating' (Paper).  This restless performance artist full of wild ideas and an irrepressible voice, returns to the Bowery Poetry Club and New York for a CD release concert for "voicing bodies", a compilation of Book works for voice, text, electronics, and the occasional strange object.

Her 25 year oeuvre sunders the boundaries between performance art, dance, theater, writing and new music forms.  Her numerous transmedia performances and concerts have been presented in New York City including Bowery Poetry Club, Roulette, HERE, the Knitting Factory, Dixon Place, the Kitchen, in the U.S. and in Europe including the 'dice project',  “Gorgeous Fever”, “Mercuria” and “notes on desire”.   

Book's performance art approach grounds her creative practice, which is insatiably curious and relentlessly exploratory, delving into contemporary issues of embodiment, self/other relationships, desire and radical imagination.     Her writing encompasses epic rant formats, short sound poems, long form through-composed and through-improvised songs, and extended vocal technique tinged with her fluid mix of vocal singing styles ranging from the Bulgarian sedanka to Hindustani raga, free jazz and sound experiments, especially via sampling, looping and other electronic interventions. 

Book has worked with vocal artist Theo Bleckmann, percussionist, drummer and composer Kevin Norton, language poet, writer and architect Madeline Gins, director Valeria Vasilevski, and musicians Ted Reichman, Dafna Naftali, Martha Colby, William Parker, Christine Bard and Tatsu Aoki.  She has also collaborated with Austrian extended pianist and electronics composer Katharina Klement, performed with theater artist Ping Chong and collaborated on a film by Sharon Couzin that premiered at the Museum of Modern Art.  Awards and support includes New York Foundation for the Arts, Franklin Furnace Fund, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lynn Book moved to North Carolina in 2005.  She was last seen in New York at Roulette in 2007, performing "RE:Next", one of the several "utopia" works from a large scale collaborative culture project.

Chicago Tribune Metromix had this to say of her 2003 notes on desire: "She blended stream-of-consciousness word jazz, novel utterances created by lips, lungs and diaphragm, and snatches of exquisite jazz and operatic singing into a unique aural confection... a beguiling thrill ride of a concept piece."  Come and get your molecules rearranged and your natal tone reset with Lynn Book - the next best thing to a year long Voicelab retreat or a slow bath on Mars.

Lynn Book, Director, Program for Creativity and Innovation
Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts
Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance
Wake Forest University, PO Box 7264
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7264
tel: 336-758-3383 fax: 336-758-5668
e-mail: bookl@wfu.edu or creativity@wfu.edu

Faculty, Transart Institute
Linz, Austria



14. elin o'Hara slavick, FF Alumn, now online

Hello Friends,

Here is the link to my new essay on Hiroshima - Hiroshima: A Visual Record


I hope you like it. It's out in time for the August 6th anniversary of the bombing.

elin o'Hara slavick
Professor of Art
Hanes Art Center CB# 3405
UNC, Chapel Hill, NC 27599


15. Los Grumildos at Here Arts Center, Manhattan, thru Aug. 2

Dear friends and colleagues,

I forward you an invitation to an event organized by an artist-friend of mine to be shown in NY this week.

The artist is Ety Fefer from Peru, and her ongoing project is called Los Grumildos. I have posted a short clip on Youtube, so you get an idea of the project: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ux7uywhWZIA . 

The Grumildos have be shown by many institutions and Festivals in Europe and Latin America, and will be be presented at Here Arts Center ( 145 Sixth Ave. between Spring and Broome) from Tue-Sun.

In case you want to go, please contact my friend Ernesto Soto (the producer) who will put you on the guest list. Ernesto Soto <ernesto.sotocanny@gmail.com>
If you have a faible for the bizarre and funny, you will not regret it!

All the best, Moritz


16. Miriam Schaer, FF Alumn, at Mobia, Manhattan, opening July 30

Dear Friends-

There will be a special recieption for the exhibition, Altered Religious Texts at MOBIA, next Thursday, July 30, from 6-8, and I will be there! If you are away, the show will be up thru the end of September. I hope you can stop by.

Two books from the series, Hands of Josephus, as well as Words of God Slip Through my Hands (shown in the upper left hand image on the card)

Altered Religious Texts
Museum of Biblical Art
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New York, NY 10023-7505
Telephone: 212-408-1500

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Email: info@mobia.org

June 6- September 27



17. David Medalla, FF Alumn, in Sussex, England, Aug. 9

David Medalla, FF alum, will give an impromptu performance on Sunday, August 9, 2009, at noon, on the shore and in the sea at Shoreham, Sussex, England, during the "Long Shore Drift at Shoreham" which is being organised by artist Sollohub, a founder-member of the London Biennale.

David Medalla's impromptu will form part of an on-going series of art works and live events collectively entitled "The Log Book of Tatlin's Real and Imaginary Voyages Around the Earth and Across the Universe". Each of the art works in this vast epic is integral and unique. The first work in the series entitled "Tatlin At the Funeral of Malevich" was first presented by David Medalla in 1975  during the "Food Art" exhibition at the Kettle's Yard Art Gallery in Cambridge, England, and subsequently, in the same year, at the Slade School of Art, the Little Theatre at Newport Street, and the Fitzrovia Cultural Centre of Arts for Democracy in London.

The most recent work in this on-going series was enacted in July this year (2009) as a Telekinesthetic Event entitled "Tatlin Sails From the Port of Odessa to Egypt: The Prelude" at the Bereznitsky Gallery in Kiev, Ukraine, during the 'finissage' of the exhibition "Should the World Break In", curated by Adam Nankervis, the founder and director of thr nomadic MUSEUM MAN. David Medalla plans to publish the texts of his epic work.

"The Long Shore Drift" orginally took place on Brighton Beach at Sussex, England, since the start of the present millenium: the year 2000. It will move next month, on Sunday, August 9, 2009, a few miles along the Sussex shore, to Shoreham. "The Long Shore Drift" is an annual gathering of artists, conceived and organised by Katie Sollohub. The art-loving public are invited to come and picnic by the sea and enjoy the various events and on-shore and on-sea ephemeral sculptures and installations created by London Biennale artists. David Medalla and Marko Stepanov and Katie Sollohub herself are among the artists will create new works for "The Long Shore Drift at Shoreham". The website www.londonbiennale.org contains images of previous "Long Shore Drifts".


Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller

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