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Rachel Rosenthal, FF Alumn, In Memoriam

Below is the text only from the illustrated piece available here:

May 13, 2015
Performance Artist Rachel Rosenthal Dies at 88
Tanja M. Laden

Performance-art visionary, animal rights activist, and avant-garde icon Rachel Rosenthalpassed away from complications from congestive heart failure at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, 2015, according to Kate Noonan, Rosenthal's collaborator for the past 20 years. Rosenthal was surrounded by friends of the Rachel Rosenthal Company, a non-profit organization she founded in 1989 as an outlet for her revolutionary creative vision. She was 88 years old.

Rosenthal was a colleague of the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, John Baldessari, Llyn Foulkes, and George Herms, but her own art was practically indescribable. It merged the seemingly disparate disciplines of dance, theater, music, and visuals into one live art form that rarely repeated itself, yet always left a lasting impression. She performed in over a hundred international venues and delivered dozens of original works that both embodied and transcended the genre of "performance art," earning her an Obie award as well as recognition from institutions such as the NEA and Getty, among others. She received an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999 and one year later, the City of Los Angeles proclaimed her a "Living Cultural Treasure of Los Angeles." But she was not just about the highbrow: Rosenthal also appeared in an episode of the NBC show 'Frasier.'

Rosenthal was born November 9, 1926 in Paris, France to a wealthy Russian-Jewish family who emigrated across Europe in order to escape Nazi persecution during World War II, eventually settling in Rio de Janeiro. In 1941, the Rosenthals came to New York, and Rosenthal herself became a naturalized citizen and graduated from the High School of Music and Art. Even as an adult, her spoken English still bore a distinct unrecognizable accent that was the result of living in many different places as a child.
The artist moved to Los Angeles in the mid 1950s and together with her husband of 20 years, actor King Moody, she performed in the Instant Theatre, where she was also artistic director. They produced improvised performances, sowing the seeds for Rosenthal's ensuing career as an artist who worked live using movement, music, and words, effectively redefining the meaning of interdisciplinary art.

"Rachel was one of the first performance artists to introduce elements of 'theater' into her performance art pieces," says Dark Bob, a multimedia performance artist and musician, and a friend and colleague of Rosenthal's. "She was aware of her audience and 'entertaining' was important to her. Though she never compromised her topics, she was able to present herself with crowd-pleasing oratory, costume, and staging. And she developed a huge audience in spite of her politically-charged and personally revealing context. Because of artists like Rachel, performance art has vast options. It is no longer the 'only-child' of the visual arts. It has become adopted by choreographers, comedians, writers, and musicians."

In 1980, Rosenthal opened her own studio Espace DbD on Robertson Boulevard and featured works by both established and emerging performance artists. Through her educational non-profit arts organization the Rachel Rosenthal Company, she began offering extended performance-art workshops to teach her methods to younger artists who yearned to acquire a more artistic approach to improvisational theater that served as both a creative outlet and curious kind of personal art therapy for its practitioners.

In 2010, Routeledge published Rosenthal's book The DbD Experience: Chance Knows What It's Doing. Equal parts manifesto, memoir, and manual, it unveiled the meaning of DbD, which is an acronym for Rosenthal's creative formula: "doing by doing."
That same year, Rosenthal debuted the TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theater Ensemble, its name taken from a French word meaning "commotion," which evolved from a Hebrew term meaning "without form and void," the time before God said "Let there be light." Under Rosenthal's direction, the improvisational group presented unique performances in which the use of choreography, sound, improvisation, costumes, lighting and props were at the mercy of chance and the players' own impulses. At these one-of-a-kind shows, Rosenthal would sit in the front row of her intimate theater and conduct the actors as though they were playing musical instruments, but instead of making music, they'd create a type of off-the-cuff tableau vivant in which Rosenthal's own dogs would sometimes wander in from backstage and become part of the work, too. Text and narrative were substituted by the members' own unexpected and often subconsciously-driven actions, creating a type of composition that unfolded according to the players' own actions and reactions to themselves and others.

"Chance is the core of improvisation," Rosenthal once described TOHUBOHU!, "It's about breaking down borders, opening up to the givens, activating the moment, and paying attention to what is."

According to Noonan, Managing Director of the Rachel Rosenthal Company, Rosenthal taught her last workshop the Tuesday night before her death, and is survived by her nephew Eric Landau and her dog Fanny. The interdisciplinary artist left a profound and lasting impression on all those who knew her, worked with her, had the pleasure of seeing her perform, and/or saw her direct one of her shows.

"Her non-profit organization, the Rachel Rosenthal Company, will continue her legacy by teaching her methods and performing once a month in the studio," Noonan writes. "Immensely proud of the work of her current ensemble, Rosenthal recently said that this version of her company has made her dream of theater fully realized, keeping her going for the last years of her remarkable 88 years on the planet."

Meanwhile, art critic Shana Nys Dambrot says, "What's truly remarkable exists not only in terms of what she did accomplish in her own career and throughout her own movie-worthy life story. All the boundaries she broke, from genre to gender, this is the story -- but perhaps even more remarkable still is how fresh and salient and vibrant her work and her techniques remained for subsequent and current generations of interdisciplinary artists. There are people who were born after she was on 'Frasier' who owe their maturing voices to her right now -- and who know this and sought her out. That's rare and wonderful, and that is how we know her legacy must live on."

A public memorial service for Rachel Rosenthal is currently being planned.

More information can be found at these links






1.Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Susan Newmark, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at Brooklyn Public Library, May 27

Join us for the second season of conversations moderated by arts professionals with contemporary Brooklyn visual artists.
Susan Newmark Fleminger, Program Curator
Day In Day Out: The Art of Social Commitment
Wednesday, May 27, 6:30 pm

A conversation on commitment related to artistic actions, performances, choreographies and projects informed by the burgeoning fields of socially engaged art and practice. With moderator Nicolás Dumit Estévez and artists Gonzalo Casals, Ernesto Pujol and Martha Wilson.

All events are held in the Information Commons Lab.

For more information about this series please visit

Copyright (c) 2015 Susan Newmark, All rights reserved.



2. Adrian Piper, FF Alumn, receives Golden Lion award for best artist in the 56th Venice Biennale

The New York Times
Venice Biennale Awards Announced
MAY 10, 2015
VENICE - The envelopes have been opened and the lions held happily aloft. An international jury for the 56th Venice Biennale awarded the Golden Lion for best artist in the fair to Adrian Piper, an American artist living and working in Berlin, whose work has turned a shrewd conceptual eye for more than four decades on questions of race, gender and belonging.
Ms. Piper, 66, was most prominently featured in the Biennale by "The Probable Trust Registry," a recent work consisting of corporate-looking kiosks at which people could choose to sign contracts agreeing to live by one or more of three rules: "I will mean everything I say"; "I will do everything I say I will do"; and "I will always be too expensive to buy." The jury praised her work as an invitation to "engage in a life-long performance of personal responsibility."
The award for best national pavilion went to Armenia, whose exhibition, "Armenity," featured a group of artists from the Armenian diaspora who, as organizers of the show wrote, are "grandchildren of survivors of the Armenian Genocide - the first genocide of the 20th century" and builders of "a 'transnational assembly' from the remnants of a shattered identity."
"Whether they were born in Beirut, Lyon, Los Angeles, or Cairo and wherever they may reside," the organizers added, recognizing the 100th anniversary of the genocide by Ottoman Turks, "these global citizens constantly question and reinvent their Armenity."
The American artist Joan Jonas received a special mention for her evocative video and sound installation for the United States pavilion and special mentions were also awarded to the Abounaddara collective from Syria; the German filmmaker Harun Farocki, who died last year; and Massinissa Selmani, who was born in Algiers and lives in France.



3. Guerrilla Girls BroadBand, FF Alumns, at FUG, Manhattan, opening May 16

Guerrilla Girls BroadBand
1 May - 14 June 2015

FUG | 431 E. 6th St. NY, NY 10009
Open Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6pm.

Opening reception: Saturday, 16 May from 6 to 9pm

Press Contacts:
Gerda Taro: Gerda@guerrillagirlsbroadband.com | ggbb.org
Andrea Arrubla: info@bhqfu.org | bhqfu.org

Exhibition showcases current digital activist projects of "The Broads" as well as selections from over 30 years of iconic posters.

The Guerrilla Girls formed in 1985 to combat injustice in the art world. Their first poster named names: WHAT DO THESE ARTISTS HAVE IN COMMON? They allow their work to be shown in galleries that show no more than 10% women artists or none at all.

The Guerrilla Girls remained anonymous to focus on the issues, rather than on the personalities of members of the collective, wearing gorilla masks in public. They reclaimed the term, "girl," and recognized the power of humor, differentiating their work from the feminist strategies of the 1970s. ("How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb? That's not funny.") The Guerrilla Girls also took the names of dead women artists to bring those who had fallen into obscurity into public awareness again. Between 1985 and 2000, nearly 100 women developed posters and other projects that changed art and feminist discourse worldwide.

At the turn of the millennium, responding to internal debates over how wide a net the group should cast, the Guerrilla Girls formed three wings: Guerrilla Girls would continue to focus on the art world with occasional forays into Hollywood. Guerrilla Girls On Tour would focus on injustice in the theater community. And Guerrilla Girls BroadBand would rove beyond the art world, tackling social justice issues like discrimination in the wired workplace; recruitment of youths for war; abortion access; and rape. Their poster, THE ADVANTAGES OF ANOTHER BUSH PRESIDENCY, was postered in advance of President Bush's 2004 re-election.

Now, 30 years after the founding of the group, both the Guerrilla Girls and Guerrilla Girls BroadBand are having shows in New York. Both will trace their current work from the early posters to the work they are doing now: At Abrons Art Center, during the month of May, the Guerrilla Girls are analyzing the Frieze Art Fair and its place in the frenzied commercial art world. A party for this exhibition will be held on Friday, May 15th.

At BHQFUG, from May through mid-June, the Guerrilla Girls BroadBand will exhibit their current digital activist projects. Additionally, "The Broads" are conducting three workshops for BHQFU:

May 27: Campus rape "knit-in" led by Alla Horska - 7 PM
Join us for our inaugural DIY knit-in feminist circle, in support of feminist practice to raise awareness about campus rape issues. We will be joined by BHQFU in a call to take action to end gender-based violence and rape culture at our schools. Pattern is available for download: gorilla balaclavas activated to inform, share and engage community networks of support! We encourage you to go forth, organize your own event - Speak Up! All knitting experience levels welcome. // Alla Horska was a Ukrainian Monumentalist painter and a Shistdesyatnyky, a group of literati, artists and scholars of the 1960s in Ukraine.

May 30: Abortion access edit-a-thon, led by Josephine Baker Minnette De Silva - 7 PM
"Map Abortion" is a dynamic new media project by the Guerrilla Girls BroadBand, providing a forum to share your story, submit facts and access critical information about abortion laws, service providers and support agencies in your State. This workshop is a "Map Abortion" edit-a-thon to band together and contribute data, inform by engaging technology in the fight for reproductive rights! We will be joined by noted workers in the field of reproductive freedom. // Minnette De Silva was the first Sri Lankan woman to be trained as an Architect and the first Asian woman to be elected a Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Josephine Baker was a Black entertainer from St Louis who became a huge star in Paris in the 1920s and 30s, worked for the Resistance in WWll and, when she did return to do shows in the US, insisted on only playing mixed clubs.

June 14: Songwriting homage to Pussy Riot, led by Gerda Taro 3 - 6 PM
The culmination of #ProvokeProtestPrevail's community outreach, we invite you to participate in our group action and live "guerrilla" performance: an homage to Russian feminist punk protest group, Pussy Riot! In support of reproductive rights and through the power of music, we will collaborate to perform a Pussy Riot song, edit into a music video and share. Instruments, performers and voices welcome. // Gerda Taro was a journalist and photographer who was killed during the Spanish Civil War.

A closing party will be held on June 14th at FUG from 6 to 9 PM.

About FUG

FUG (Bruce High Quality Foundation University Gallery), at 431 E 6th St., is the new project space of New York's freest art school, BHQFU. FUG will host BHQFU's Visiting Artist Residency Program supporting artists and collaborative projects from around the globe through three to six week residencies merging exhibitions, public programs, classes, and workshops. Visiting Artist Residency Program proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis via www.bhqfu.org. The inaugural exhibition featured the LA based painter Noah Davis and selections from The Underground Museum. The summer will turn the space over to the BHQFU Emerging Artist Residency. And this fall will see an exhibition of the painter Betty Tompkins.


BHQFU, New York's freest art school, offers courses, residency programs, and events every day of the week at our headquarters at 34 Avenue A. BHQFU is a registered 501-c3 nonprofit institution. Find out more at www.bhqfu.org.



4. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, at Joe's Pub, May 18, 25, June 1, 8

Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer
May 18 and 25, June 1 and 8
Joe's Pub
Ticket Price: $20.00
Doors at 6PM
Show at 7PM
Buy Tickets
Penny Arcade and her long-time collaborator Steve Zehentner, continue their development of Longing Lasts Longer, a passionate rumination on love, longing and the loss of New York's cultural identity.

In the post-gentrified landscape of "The Big Cupcake," where ideas too have been gentrified, Longing Lasts Longer is set in a New York disappearing under the weight of suburbanization, cultural amnesia and the politically correct straightjacket of consensus.

An ode to the eternal seeker, Longing Lasts Longer is equal parts memoir, manifesto, cultural critique and Cri de Coeur, where Arcade's snake-bite observations create a nourishing euphoric rush of truth telling as visionary as it is inclusive and hilarious.

Embedded into this rollicking landscape, a live-mixed soundscape of music grooves ranging from Al Green to John Lennon, jump, counterpunch and exalt, charting an emotional pathway for the audience and a new anthem to personal happiness.

Driven by her magnetic rock n' roll energy, Penny Arcade creates a crack in the post-gentrified landscape where you can think, laugh and dance at the same time!



5. James Godwin, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan,May 15-30

Fridays & Saturdays, May 15-30 at 7:30pm
$16 in advance/$20 door/$12 students & seniors
Dixon Place: 161A Chrystie St. (Rivington & Delancey), NYC

Inspired by speculative fiction & neo-noir, The Flatiron Hex is a peek inside a parallel world infected with intelligent viruses, a contract shaman, a secret in the Flatiron building & paranoia. Elements of the fantastic collide with the everyday to become evocative of a magical reality. It's also a blood soaked puppet comedy about the quest for redemption & occult power.

Co-Writer, Performer James Godwin
Co-Writer, Director & Sound Designer Tom Burnett
Stage Manager Celli Clemens
Lighting Designer Jay Ryan
Producer Jean Marie Keevins



6. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, at Select Fair, Manhattan, thru May 17

Dear Friends,

If you are at the various art fairs during Frieze Week, please come to the Select Fair at CENTER 548 in Chelsea (formerly the Dia Building, between 10th and 11th Avenues on 22nd Street).

I will have some collaged paintings 5"x7" each, from my "Men In Trouble" Series at the Sara Nightingale Gallery,

Thank you,
Sara Nightingale Gallery is pleased to prevent Reinventing the Helm, iteration 1 at SELECT Art Fair, 548 West 22nd St., NY, NY.



Wednesday May 13th | 6:00-10:00pm
Thursday May 14th | 2:00-10:00pm
Friday May 15th | 2:00-10:00pm
Saturday May 16th | 12:00-10:00pm
Sunday May 17th | 12:00-6:00pm

All works inspired by nautical/ maritime themes

Sara Nightingale Gallery
visit/ ship: 688 Montauk Highway
mail: PO Box 1061
Water Mill, NY 11976



7. Mira Schor, FF Alumn, at Creon, Manhattan, opening May 20

Mira Schor + Bradley Rubenstein

Opening Reception Wednesday May 20, 7 to 9

238 East 24 St, 1B at 2nd Ave
(646-265-5508, creongallery.com)
Subways: 6 or R to 23 St
hours: Tue & Wed evenings

May 20 to June 10, 2015

Press Release: http://www.artforum.com/uploads/guide.003/id07309/press_release.pdf




8. Sarah Mattes, FF Intern Alumn, at 356 Mission, Los Angeles, CA, May 14

Hi All - if you're in LA this Thursday May 14th please stop by 356 Mission at 7 pm for an evening of five short performances - one of which will be mine - organized by the lovely Carmen Winant. Please find flyer attached -- happy summer!





9. Bertie Ferdman, FF Alumn, in PAJ, now online

Bertie Ferdman's article "Off the Grid: New York City Landmark Performance," has just been published in PAJ: A Journal of Performance & Art , in the section she guest curated titled "Urban Dramaturgies," which includes contributions by Jacob Gallagher-Ross Gavin Kroeber Kate Bredeson and Jeff Stark, as well as an interview with Gülgün Kayim. Many thanks to the editorial team Joseph Cermatori, Bonnie Marranca, and George Hunka.

Here is the link to the issue:



10. Agnes Denes, FF Alumn, at Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, Queens, opening May 17

The Living Pyramid

MAY 17, 2015 - AUGUST 30, 2015
OPENING: MAY 17, 2015 (3:00 PM - 6:00 PM)

This spring a major project by New York City-based artist Agnes Denes is adding life to the city's skyline with a curving pyramid on Socrates Sculpture Park's East River waterfront in Long Island City, Queens. Titled The Living Pyramid, Denes's new large-scale, site-specific earthwork will span 30 feet at its four-sided base and ascend 30 feet high, created from several tons of soil and planted grasses.

Commissioned by Socrates Sculpture Park, The Living Pyramid is the artist's first major public artwork in New York City in three decades since her iconic urban intervention, Wheatfield - A Confrontation in 1982. Very few artists can fulfill the moniker of "visionary" and fewer still can match Agnes Denes in breadth, scope, outrageousness, and perseverance. Her work is the product of a fiercely intellectual and distinctive study of semiotics, epistemology, mathematics, history, and ecology, which are grounded in philosophical inquiry and social observation.


The Living Pyramid at Socrates Sculpture Park will unite Agnes Denes's powerful environmental interventions with her ongoing exploration and invention of pyramid structures - a form that has been central to the artist's practice throughout her long and distinguished career. For nearly five decades Denes has used the pyramid both structurally and conceptually to examine environmental priorities and social hierarchies. In the Realm of the Pyramids: The Visual Philosophy of Agnes Denes, the first solo exhibition exclusively devoted to her imaginative investigations of this iconic form, leading to the publication of the THE PYRAMID BOOK, took place at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects in New York City from March 14 - May 9, 2015.

For the first time this spring, Agnes Denes's visual pyramid concepts will be manifested as site-specific, participatory public art at Socrates Sculpture Park.

On May 17th from 3 - 6PM, the artist and Socrates invite the public to become part of the installation during a participatory volunteer planting, coinciding with the park's spring opening and New York's Frieze Art Fair. As tens of thousands of seeds sprout into grasses and wildflowers, The Living Pyramid will continue to grow and evolve, with full assembly and completion this June. It will remain on view through August 30th.
We are incredibly grateful to everyone who brought this pyramid to life, especially the artist, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, Plant Specialists, John Michael Ameroso of Cornell University, and Silman structural engineers, with special thanks to our crew.

Agnes Denes (b. 1931 in Budapest, based in New York) is a leading figure in American conceptual art and a pioneer of environmental/ecological art who rose to international attention in the Sixties and Seventies. Over the course of a pioneering, far-ranging career, she has employed a broad spectrum of languages and media to explore science, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, poetry, history, and music, in an artistic practice that weds aesthetics to social engagement. Her works, which are often on a monumental scale, bring together ecological, cultural and social concerns, forging an incredibly powerful dialogue between art, nature, and science. Denes has had over 500 exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world; she is also the author of numerous publications and the recipient of prestigious awards such as four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, among others. She was a Fellow at MIT and Carnegie Mellon University and received honorary doctorates from Bucknell University and Ripon College.

The Living Pyramid was made possible, in part, with major support from the David Rockefeller Fund to honor founder David Rockefeller on the occasion of his 100th birthday.

The park's 2015 Exhibition Program is supported, in part, with generous funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Foundation, Mark di Suvero, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, Jerome Foundation, Agnes Gund, Lambent Foundation, Ronay and Richard Menschel, Ivana Mestrovic, The New York Community Trust, Plant Specialists, the David Rockefeller Fund, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Smith, Spacetime C. C.; and contributions from our Board of Directors.

These programs are funded, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.



11. Joyce Cutler-Shaw, FF Alumn, at Oceanside Museum of Art, CA, thru July 26, and more

100 Artists, 100 Years:
The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, 1915-2015

This exhibition will feature works by one hundred distinguished artist who lived and worked in San diego during the last century and who were, or are currently, Guild members. They range from historically significant Plein Air painters such as Maurices Braun, Charles Fries, Alfred Mitchell, and Charles Reiffel, to contemporary masters such as John Bladessari and Richard Allen Morris. Established in 1915, the Guild was instrumental in founding The San Diego Museum of Art in 1926 and to this day remains an integral part of San diego's visual arts scene.

Curated by Mark-Elliot Lugo, 100 Artists, 100 Years will occupy both of the OMA"s largest firs-floor galleries. Major disciplines, induing painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, furniture making and architecture, will be represented. Borrowed from local museums, institutions, galleries, private collections, and artist, many of thee works have never been publicly exhibited. Oceanside Museum of Art April 18 - July 26, 2015

Martha Alf Charles Cristandoro
Eleanor Antin Joyce Cutler-Shaw
Anni Baldaugh Dan Dickey
John Baldessari Phil Dike
Russell Baldwin John Dirks
Belle Baranceanu Manny Farber
Richard Becker Arline Fisch
Harry Bertoia Jane Fletcher
Carroll Parrott Blue Lorenzo Foncerrada
Leon Durand Bonnet Russell Forester
Rex Brandt Faiya Fredman
Maurice Braun Charles Fries
Cpt. James Brwon William Gambini
Manuela Brown Henry Lord Gay
Ken Goldman Sheldon Kirby
Ethel Greene Alice Klauber
Harold Gregor Doug Knutsen
Erik Gronborg Emil Kosa, Jr.
Thomas Grondona Arthur Lavine
Ruth Hayward Leslie Lee
Fred Holle Beatrice Levy
Donal Hord Monty Lewis
James Hubbell Paul Lingren
Marjorie Hyde Martha Longnecker
Everett Gee Jackson Rhonda Lopez
Frank Jones Mark-Elliott Lugo
Kwan Yee Jung Kathleen Marshall
Bill Kelly Cliff McReynolds
Dong Kingman Ivan Messenger
Alfred Mitchell John Rogers
Hiroshi Miyazaki Isle Ruocco
Richard Allen Morris Lloyd Ruocco
Joe Nyiri Lyne T. "Bud" Shackelford
Christine Oatman Lenore Simon
Robert Perine Rober W. Synder
James Tank Porter Renata Spiazzi
Wilhelmina Pulsifer Harry Sternberg
Rob Wellington Quigley Jean Swiggett
Svetozar Radakovich Mario Torero
Barney Reid Elliot Torrey
Charles Reiffel Raul Trejo
Sherman Trease G. Pasha Turley
Richard Requa Gail Roberts
Herber B. Turner
Margaret Rocle
Alber R. Valentien
Anna Valentien
Holly Weston
Michael Wheelden
Eileen Whitaker
Frederic Whitaker
Kay Whitcomb
Olaf Wieghorst
Guy Williams
Walter Haase Wojtyla
Ellamarie Wolley
Jackson Wolley


The Language of Gesture
Durango Arts Center | 802 East Second Ave, Durango, CO 81301
May 8 - June 27, 2015 | http://durangoarts.org

The Language of Gesture showcases as cross-section of drawings, artists books, sketchbooks, and exhibition catalogs by Southern California Artist, Joyce Cutler-Shaw. An artist of intermedia, Cutler-Shaw is known for her drawings, installations, public commissions and artist's books. She has exhibited internationally since 1972. Drawing is her primary language from two-dimensional pen and ink works on paper toå their sculptural translations and original calligraphies, such as her award winning and widely published Alphabet of Bones. Its 26 characters, which form a new alphabet, have been digitized and can be translated into the English alphabet as well as a symbolic code. It is her own copyrighted typeface that has been widely published and honored. Included in her honors was the award of a publication prize from the Center for Book Arts in New York City, which published a limited edition of Three Cages, which was a small triangular book of unusual folds with images and an original poetic text in English and The Alphabet of Bones.
A recent series, titled Body Archaeology, is part of her project, The Anatomy Lesson (1990 - Present), in process since 1990. Joyce Cutler-Shaw's Aikido Conversations are also represented in this show. AIKIDO CONVERSATIONS, in drawings and words is a collaboration of artist Joyce Cuter-Shaw and artist/aikidoist Cory Crane. Joyce Cutler-Shaw's works are represented in both Museum and Library Special Collections, internationally.



12. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, May 31







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13. Tomislav Gotovac, FF Alumn, at Galerie Michael Stock, Vienna, Austria, opening May 15

16.5. - 31.5.2015

CSEEAH, Sofia Cruz (MEX), Vlasta Delimar (HR), Sandro Dukić (HR), María José Alós Esperón (MEX), Sebastian Gärtner (A), Tomislav Gotovac (HR), Fritzia Irízar (MEX), Verena Melgarejo Weinandt (D) & Marissa Lôbo (BR), Marko Marković (HR), Veronika Merklein (D), Siniša Labrović (HR), Amanda Piña (CL/MEX), Goran Škofić (HR), Elisabeth Tambwe (DR Kongo), Slaven Tolj (HR), Anna Vasof (GR), Alexander Viscio (USA), Beate Susanne Wehr (D)

OPENING PARTY: Friday, 15th May, 5 pm
Drinks, Dance & Music | Cooking Performance with Luca Tamussino
WHERE: Galerie Michaela Stock, Schleifmühlgasse 18, 1040 Vienna

The gallery opens with an empty room.

Without a doubt, living and working conditions have significantly changed over the past years due to social, political and technological developments and visual references to existing pictures have become part of the artistic discourse. A work of art, thus, constantly reaches beyond itself as it refers, either consciously or unconsciously, to something that already exists. The history of art is always a history of mediation and appropriation, of models and patterns. But it is not solely about detecting models, but also about finding a certain cultural implication or institutionalization of art, the system, after all, that the model is part of.

The performance artists from different countries and cultural backgrounds who have been invited shall at the opening or in the course of the following week, spontaneously present action-focused or ephemeral artistic performances dealing with the art of appropriation, either at the gallery or somewhere in the city.

It is up to the individual artists how they will later choose to document their performance at the gallery. The exhibition APPRORIATION consists of two parts, the first one presenting a two-week performance festival, which is followed by the second part, entitled APPROPRIATION |INTERPICTORIALITY | PART 2, which will be opened at the famous Vienna Gallery Weekend (29.5.-31.5.). Both exhibitions are complemented by lectures and discussions on the topic of appropriation by artists and renowned scientists in cooperation with Bildrecht | Bildraum07.

The results of the performance-program will be shown in NEXT DOOR and UNTERER STOCK during the Vienna Gallery Weekend.

Saturday, 16th May, from 2-4 pm
Mag. Ursula Probst/curator | Urban Performance
Dr. Renate Buschmann/Imai Düsseldorf| "Zweiter Aufguss? Die Reinszenierung von Performances"
Sandro Dukić | Still movement - Homage Nan Hoover
WHERE: Galerie Michaela Stock, Schleifmühlgasse 18, 1040 Vienna

Friday, 29th May, from 5 - 6:30 pm
Lectures and discussions on the various methods of appropriation in the visual arts with
Dr. Christoph Zuschlag/ art history and art education
Dr. Judith Elisabeth Weiss/ art history, ethnology
Dr. Philip M. Jakober/ intellectual property lawyer, musician
moderator: Manisha Jodathy/journalist
WHERE: Bildraum 07, Burggasse 7-9, 1070 Vienna

Saturday, 30th May, from 2 - 3:30 pm
Round Table: Performance - perception and documentation with
Dr. Eva Badura-Triska/ mumok curator
Dr. Guido Isekenmeier/ english philology, computational linguistics, computer science
Mag. Günter Schönberger/ managing director of Bildrecht Österreich
Mag. Bernhard Cella/artist, curator
WHERE: Galerie Michaela Stock, Schleifmühlgasse 18, 1040 Vienna

CSEEAH: Discontinuing Dialogues
Sofia Cruz | you
Vlasta Delimar | Cycle: Erzsebet Bathory | Unterer Stock Galerie michaela stock | 16.5.
Sandro Dukić | King`s Gambit
María José Alós Esperón | Vox Populi | Sound Collaboration: Fabián Avila | 15.5.
Sebastian Gärtner | kil khor kora| Schleifmühlgasse, Mühlgasse - Faulmanngasse - Wienzeile - Schleifmühlgasse | 15.5.
Tomislav Gotovac | Talking Rio (Rio Bravo), 1982 & Joe Williams Rocks in my Bed, 2001| 15.5.
Fritzia Irízar | Untitled (disappeared symbol)
Verena Melgarejo Weinandt & Marissa Lôbo | Vestidos para Decolonizar
Marko Marković | Representation of the Power
Veronika Merklein | Performing Documentation IV
Siniša Labrović | Marching | Schwarzenbergplatz | 22.5.
Amanda Piña | natural ressourses | Nadalokal| 19.5.
Goran Škofić | BlackOut
Elisabeth Tambwe | Discours du 27 juillet 2007 | Galerie Michaela Stock| 28.5.
Slaven Tolj | TBA
Anna Vasof | Fingerprints and Signature for the Today's Eternity
Alexander Viscio | StandBy, Sebastian | Galerie Michaela Stock | 15.5.
Beate Susanne Wehr | I am here - Hommage an On Kawara. | Wien | 16.5. & 30.5.

We would appreciate a report/mentioning in your medium for further information please contact info@galerie-stock.net or call +43 1 920 7778 / +43 6991 920 7778


TOMISLAV GOTOVAC | MEIN KÖRPER IST DAS EREIGNIS | Wiener Aktionismus und internationale Performance | 6.3. - 23.8.2015 | mumok - museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien, Wien | mehr > hier | more > here

HANS KOTTER | Lichtkunst | 12.4. - 10.5.2015 | Fürstliches Residenzschloss, Detmold | mehr > hier | more > here

LUKAS TROBERG | ALLES RICHTIG GEMACHT | SOTHEBY´S ARTIST QUARTERLY | 17.4. - 26.6.2015 | Sotheby´s Wien | mehr > hier | more > here

ALEXANDER VISCIO | THE SELFIE SHOW | ab 8. Mai 2015 | Museum of New Art | Photography, Troy, Michigan | mehr > hier | more > here

MARKO ZINK | AUSTRIAN CONTEMPORARY | artZELL, Zell am See | 8.12.2014 - 10.6.2015 | mehr > hier | more > here

MARKO ZINK | GREATEST HITS by Christine Lederer | ab 5. Mai 2015 | Voralberg Museum, Bregenz | mehr > hier | more > here

MARKO ZINK | SCHÖNER SCHEIN | 22.4. - 24.6.2015 | Galerie Feuerbachl, Neunkirchen | mehr > hier | more > here


APPROPRIATION | PERFORMANCE | PART 1 | 15. - 31.5.2015 | Galerie Michaela Stock, Wien | mehr > hier | more > here

APPROPRIATION | INTERPIKTORIALITÄT | PART 2 | 29.5. - 27.6.2015 | Galerie Michaela Stock, Wien | mehr > hier | more > here

ALEXANDER VISCIO | O2V15 OUTSOURCING TO VIENNA 2015 | 1.8. - 24.8.2015 | Museums Quartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien | mehr > hier | more > here

Galerie Michaela Stock, Schleifmühlgasse 18, 1040 Vienna-Austria www.galerie-stock.net info@galerie-stock.net
P: 0043-1-9207778 / M: 0043-699-19207778 Opening hours: Tue-Wed 4 -7 pm, Thu-Fri 11 am - 7 pm & Sat 11 am-3 pm



14. Joseph Keckler, Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alums, on BRIC Brooklyn Public Network cablecast, May 15

Special: Nuggets
Airdate: Thursday, 5/15/2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Channel: Time Warner 34 / Cablevision 67 / RCN 82 / Verizon FiOS 42

Online at BPN Channel 1: http://bricartsmedia.org/community-media/watch-brooklyn-public-network

BRIC Brooklyn Public Network cablecasts in all five boroughs exclusively on Verizon FiOS cable.

"Nuggets' is an "art video smorgasbord" produced and presented by the artist and Producer for Brooklyn Free Speech TV Helene Mukhtar

Artists and works featured:

Joseph Keckler ("The Ride")
Adrianne Wortzel (The Battle of the Pyramids")
Claire Fouquet (Cheri, viens voir"- "Darling, come and see")
Scott Gelber (Doom II: The Circular ruins")
Helene Mukhtar ("Exodus")

Brooklyn Free Speech on the BRIC website



15. Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn, at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Manhattan, thru May 15, and more

CAMOUFLAGE TOWN, by Adrianne Wortzel
KIRU, a retired but still compelling, telerobot, will be on view in the Lobby of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering Building at 41 Cooper Square -entrance at 7th Street and Third Avenue, Manhattan, from April 29-May 15, 2015.

Kiru was featured n the exhibition DATA DYNAMICS, curated by Christiane Paul at THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, March 22 - June 10, 2001. Kiru was the Librarian of Juxtapositions in CAMOUFLAGE TOWN.

CAMOUFLAGE TOWN is a decoy town constructed for the practice of military maneuvers, war, and other scenarios of high drama. During periods when the tribe feels invincible, Camouflage Town serves as the official battlefield to which it lures its enemies with rumors of new treasures and tools, keeping the real town intact. Kiru is the Librarian of Juxtapositions in Camouflage Town.

As a telerobotic robot, KIRU allowed remote visitors to communicate with physical visitors in the museum. Remote visitors controlled the robot's locomotion, pan, tilt and zoom of its camera over the web and spoke to museum visitors via text to speech and heard their responses. In autonomous mode, the robot elaborates on his research as Librarian of Juxtapositions.

This work was commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Developed at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art with a grant from the National Science Foundation (Grant No.DUE 9980873) and support from the NSF Gateway Engineering Education Coalition at Cooper Union.


Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn, digital MOMENTUM EXHIBITION catalogue released and available.

Momentum: Women/Art/Technology has been presenting innovative uses of technology utilized and advanced by women and transgender artists through exhibitions, symposia, film screenings and public discussions since 2011.

Momentum concluded with this two part exhibition and catalog with an essay by art historian Anne Swartz; an online festival of video works entitled MTV:Momentum Technology Videos; and the launch of the Momentum Directory, a network gateway linking the public to women and transgender artists who embrace varied technologies in their artistic production, and other arts professionals who engage in critical explorations in the field of gender, feminism, art, and technology.

Featuring Emily Forstreuter, Jennifer Hall, Claudia Hart, Yael Kanarek, Jeannette Louie, Ranu Mukherjee, Mary Bates Neubauer, Marie Sivak, Camille Utterback, Adrianne Wortzel, and Janet Zweig.

A digital format catalog has been released that accompanied the exhibition, it can be found at http://iwa.rutgers.edu/media/uploads/Momentum_Catalog_compressed.pdf



16. Larry Walczak, FF Alumn, at Eyewash, Brooklyn, opening May 16

This May 16th eyewash, Brooklyn's migratory gallery, celebrates it's 18th birthday with an exhibition of two dozen past eyewash artists at Firework Gallery at 146 Berry St. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Opening is 6 to 9 and for complete details go to eyewashart.com. There will be an after-opening party and celebration!



17. Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, in brooklynrail.org now online, and more

Dear friends,

I'm grateful and delighted to be sharing this lovely news with you:

Brooklyn Rail:
this is amazing!!!!!! Just was published last night


ArtCritical: This is now loaded and on the front page of ArtCritical for now.

The Basement Rocks is up till May 15th at the Brooklyn campus of LIU. (subway info below)
I'll be there on Friday May 8 from 11:30 to 1 pm and Tuesday May 12 from 5-6:30

If you have time to see this, I'd be delighted to meet you at the gallery. Please let me know. It's up till May 15. The Humanities Gallery is surrounded by a wall of glass so you can see inside it from the outside.

The gallery doors to the inside are locked, yet I have keys and can open it. Another component of this installation is sounds of the underground that are made from seismic and drilling sound by musician, Andy Chase. I have to be there to play the sounds. I also have a letter for visitors that is a conversation with scientists about the underground.

Best wishes,




18. Rachel Frank, FF Alumn, current events

Dear Friends,

I'm pleased to share with you some upcoming events. I will be performing twice in the next month and have a couple other screenings and exhibitions coming up.

Rewilding Manhattan
Friday, May 15th at 2:00 pm
The Select Art Fair on the Rooftop
548 West 22nd Street (former Dia Center), NYC

I will be presenting a performance based on Rewilding, an environmental practice that seeks to reestablish the landscape's former ecosystems and increase sustainability by reintroducing species to areas in which they had formerly thrived but have since gone extinct. Actors wearing American bison head masks will symbolically rewild select sites within the fair by converging beside a sculptural marshland that serves as a synecdoche for the city's original topography. This performance is part of a larger project, which uses the concept of rewilding to explore how we think about the landscape around us-its past, present and sustainability into the future.

Performed by Rachel Frank and Dan Theisen
Co-presented by TSA and Franklin Furnace Archive.

The Impossible
Along with other members of the Skowhegan Alliance, I co-curated this video program screening at Skowhegan featuring alumni video works.
Thursday, May 14th, 7:30 pm
Skowhegan New York Office
136 W. 22nd Street, NYC


AIR Exhibition
I will have one of my photographs from my Rewilding Platte Clove performance in this exhibition.
May 11 - June 26, 2015
Opening reception on Saturday, May 16 from 2-4 pm
The Catskill Erpf Center
43355 State Highway 28
Arkville, NY


On the first weekend in June, I will be performing another Rewilding performance:
Rewilding Stuyvesant Cove Park
Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Stuyvesant Cove Park
20th Street and FDR Drive on the East River
This event is free and open to all ages
Presented by Solar One
Performed by: Rachel Frank and others, TBA.
Closing performance music by: Baby Copperhead

Thanks for your continued support and happy spring (almost New York summer).

Best wishes,

Rachel Frank



19. Purgatory Pie Press, FF Alumns, at Select Fair, Manhattan, thru May 17, and more

Come See PURGATORY PIE PRESS--one of the longest running artist/publishers making collaborative limited editions, relief printing from movable wood and metal type and typograhic elements--
new prints ++ artist books ++ limited editions
Select Fair May 13-17
in the old Dia Building
(FLR 3--with a 21 foot wall!)
Center 548 W. 22nd St
(btwn 10/11 Aves)
Chelsea, NYC, NY 10011

Save The Date Thursday, May 21-- 6-8pm,
Independent Publishers Book Party
@ Zieher Smith & Horton Gallery 516 W 20th St., NYC / 212-229-1088



20. Jane Dickson, FF Alumn, at Steven Harvey Fine Arts Project,Manhattan, thru June 14

Please join me for my upcoming show
Jane Dickson: Seen
at Steven Harvey Fine Arts Project
208 Forsyth Street, NYC

May 12 thru June 14, 2015
Artist Reception: Tuesday May 12 6-8pm

This exhibition presents significant examples of the artist's paintings from across her career, including images of Times Square from the early 80s along with later works, which place Dickson in contemporary counterpoint to earlier artist/observers of New York City such as Edward Hopper and John Sloan. The exhibition is accompanied by a color catalog with an essay by Walter Robinson.

Gallery hours: Wed thru Sun 12:00 - 6:00 pm and by appointment.

Copyright (c) 2015 Jane Dickson, Artist, All rights reserved.



21. Alice Eve Cohen, FF Alumn, at The Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, NY, June 10-28

Alice Eve Cohen will be performing her solo show THIN WALLS at The Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, NY, directed by Kitchen artistic director Rachel Lampert. Performance dates, Wed - Sun, June 10 - 28. http://www.kitchentheatre.org/season.html
"Gripping" New York Times
"A little show, but with such a big, embracing heart."-The Guardian, London
THIN WALLS: One building. A city in upheaval. A solo play about twelve lives colliding. Set in a century-old New York City residential hotel, once elegant and now run-down, the darkly humorous and deeply moving play interweaves the stories of the building's long-term residents, its recent arrivals, and its ghosts, as the end of the 20th Century approaches.

In a tour-de-force performance, writer and performer Alice Eve Cohen portrays a dozen disparate characters, including a fifty-year-old drug dealer and his haunted wife, a beautician from Trinidad, a Polish handy-man, a one-time hippy turned banker and his teenaged son, and a young Israeli cellist.

As seen through the eyes of a young woman who has just moved in, the play zeroes in on twelve eclectic neighbors over a ten-year period, as their lives collide in comic, tragic and violent ways. The intimate play draws the audience inside the thin walls of the building to reveal the explosive relationships that are forced when people of such different stripes live together under one roof.



22. Heather Woodbury, FF Alumn, now online at itunes.apple.com

I'm very excited that this great tweet from Ira Glass could draw new listeners to my eco-comic serial As the Globe Warms.

Ira Glass tweets "I am a superfan of writer/performer Heather Woodbury. Her new podcast is a serial drama and all Earth Dayish"-- Every Day is Earth Day! Listen and get hooked Lhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/heather-woodburys-as-globe/id986176517

Heather Woodbury's AS THE GLOBE WARMS
Preview and download the podcast Heather Woodbury's AS THE GLOBE WARMS on iTunes.

Thank you.

Heather Woodbury



23. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, now online at jukepop.com

We are now serializing Frank Moore's "Art of a Shaman" on Jukepop.com
about Art of a Shaman:
Originally a lecture Frank Moore presented at N.Y.U. in 1990, Art of a Shaman explores performance and art in general terms as being a magical way to effect change in the world. Using concepts from modern physics, mythology and psychology, Moore looks at performance as an art of melting action, of ritualistic shamanistic doings/playings. By using his career and life as a "baseline", he explores this dynamic playing within the context of reality shaping.

Chapter 1 - A Lucky Guy

You can buy the printed book or e-book here!



24. Ethelyn Honig, FF Alumn, at National Academy Museum & School, Manhattan, opening May 15

Creative Mischief 2015.
MAY 16 - 24, 2015
Opening Reception on Friday, May 15, 6 - 9 PM

The National Academy Museum & School's fourth annual Creative Mischief exhibition will embrace more artists, a wider range of media, and more space on the calendar than ever before. On view May 16-24 (including May 18-19, when the Museum is normally closed), the constant in Creative Mischief will be the energy that epitomizes this showcase for the latest work by National Academy School students and faculty. Works from more than 170 artists will take over every gallery in the storied institution's Fifth Ave. mansion home, as well as the Academy School galleries. Admission is pay-what-you-wish. However, forCreative Mischief, a sense of waywardness is required.
Creative Mischief will represent the broad spectrum of artistic disciplines taught and studied at the National Academy School: abstract paintings and figurative works, site-specific installations, sculptures, prints, photographs and cyanotypes, as well as video and animation. Creative Mischief is a juried show, emblematic of the quality of the work and the artistic vision that went into its creation.

"In just four years, Creative Mischief has become the heart of our School," said National Academy Director Carmine Branagan. "The year-round vibrancy that characterizes the National Academy School reaches its zenith with Creative Mischief, as does the camaraderie and overall collaborative spirit of our student artists. The enthusiasm is infectious, for all of us on the staff and all who visit the exhibition."

Created by Academy School Director Maurizio Pellegrin, Creative Mischief began in 2012 as a one-day exhibition, in one small gallery in the school. A one-day exhibit in 2013, it moved to one gallery in the National Academy Museum. Last year, Creative Mischief became a three-day event, with more Museum gallery space devoted to it. This year the nine-day run of Creative Mischief virtually consumes the architectural gem that is the National Academy, top to bottom.

"Our students and faculty all look forward to Creative Mischief," said Pellegrin. "Those chosen to exhibit in this exhibition are all doing serious work, and take a thoroughly professional approach to the art. But for this show, there is more than a little mischief involved as well."
View the Creative Mischief exhibit catalog

Exhibition Hours
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Daily

Pay What You Wish
Creative Mischief is sponsored by The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank. " All of us at The private Client Reserve are honored to support the bright, inquisitive minds of the students and faculty of the National Academy Museum & School and we are thrilled to see their collective creative genius highlighted through this exhibition," said Anne Donahue, market leader for The Private Client Reserve in New York.



25. Eidia House, FF Alumns, at Plato's Cave, Brooklyn, thru May 30

Eidia House Invites you to the DECONSUMPTION Art Fair. Free of the rigor, anxiety, attitude, phony baloney pomp and circumstance of the art fairs. Fulfill your "Art's" desire at the Deconsumption Sale. Come to the underground space at 14 Dunham Place Brklyn 11249, Wednesday through Sunday 1-6 pm. Or by appointment. And also see Matt Delbridge exhibit in the EIDIA House Plato's Cave vault--through May 30th.
Best, Paul and Melissa aka eidia



26. Ray Johnson, FF Alumn, at Richard L. Feigen & Co., Manhattan, opening May 16


RECEPTION: JUNE 3, 2015 FROM 5:30-7:30PM

Richard L. Feigen & Co. presents Please Return To: Mail Art from the Ray Johnson Archive, an exhibition including a rich selection of never-before-exhibited mail art from Johnson's personal archive shown in conjunction with "Please Add to and Return to," a mail art activation presented by Performa in collaboration with the Ray Johnson Estate.

Click here for more information on the Performa activation. Become a participant by 'adding' to a Ray Johnson template and 'returning' it to Performa. Download this month's template "Andy Warhol Head" here or find a copy in this month's Interview Magazine.

In collaboration with the Ray Johnson Estate, Performa is placing several of Johnson's mail art "templates" back into circulation. Please Return To will display original examples that were worked on, circulated and returned to Ray Johnson and are now in the Estate archive, among them responses to Johnson's "Please Add Hair to Cher," "The Starn Twins" and "Phillip Guston's Bath Tub" templates, as well as a selection of collages that incorporate references to mail art practice.

Also included is mail art from Johnson's 1971 Rimbaud project, in which the artist printed a photocopied image of Arthur Rimbaud in the November 1971 issue of Arts Magazine with instructions to "detach the page," add to it, and return it. Within the Estate's archive are nearly 100 widely varying "artistic responses" to that invitation - in some cases with their original envelopes.

The exhibition opens May 14 with a reception on June 3 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The exhibition will also be open Saturday, May 16 from 11am-5pm.

NEW YORK, NY 10065
TEL 212-628-0700
FAX 212-249-4574



27. Sydney Blum, FF Alumn, at Kim Foster Gallery, Manhattan, opening May 21

529 West 20th Street New York, NY 10011 212.229.0044
color value
Moon Beom, Sydney Blum, Jeff Doran, Christian Faur, Will Kurtz, Joanne Leah
May 21 - July 31, 2015 Hours: Tuesday to Sat 11 - 6 pm
Reception: Thursday, May 21, 6-8 pm

Kim Foster Gallery is pleased to present color value an exhibition that delves into the usage, meaning, intensity and value of color in the making of art. Without light, there is no color. Without contrast, there is no difference. Without either light or contrast, there is no value. These six artists were selected for this exhibition because they address a wide range of points along the spectrum of color and value. The title "color value" was chosen because it is open enough to tackle many artistic concerns from literal interpretations to multi-layered deductions of what color and value mean.

Moon Beom is arguably one of the most renowned artists to emerge out of the Korean Monochrome Movement of the 70s and 80s. He is technically adept at fusing traditional Korean aesthetics with Western abstraction. Moon's approach has been to start with a flat base color, overlaid with another color that is manipulated and coerced through density and feathering into an infinite world of fantastic abstractions.

Sydney Blum's wall sculptures are multi-colored and layered cubes constructed from wire and synthetic hair. The series is informed by the mathematics of "fuzzy geometry" where spatial coordinates become a variable with a range of value, rather than being defined by a discrete singular location in space. The results are objects with non-crisp, fuzzy boundaries, a nesting of geometric forms contracting and expanding offering a sense of interrelatedness and tolerance for an indefiniteness in the space.

Jeff Doran's series "whole" is an inquiry into the illusion of light, suggesting volumetric form within a circular structure. Utilizing technology as a tool to interpret and manage seemingly unlimited quantity and complexity, each piece is a unique c-print of a digitally constructed work with slight color variations. He devised this system as a means of participation in the emergent process of underlying visual perception.

In his Color Word paintings, Christian Faur developed a coding system with 26 distinct colors, each representing a letter in the English alphabet. The highest frequency letters (vowels) were mapped with the most saturated colors using the RGB color system. The next highest were based on cyan, purple, pink and gray. Lesser degrees of shade, hue and saturation were used for the remaining letters. These paintings are rendered in vertical strips of encaustic color that relate to his color alphabet system. The widths of the color strips conform to the length of the sound of a spoken word. Paradoxically, Faur's coding system relies on visual poetry in that some sentences will be more visually appealing. Also on view will be Faur's Melodie series that uses a single constant image to explore in several iterations the weaving of colors, tones, and patterns with the intent to push the limits of his crayon technique.

Will Kurtz creates life-size caricatures of individuals and animals out of newspaper with an internal structure made of wood and wire. His use of newsprint acts as a collage of readymade color and value that is applied in a spontaneous painterly fashion to reflect the mood, posture and facial expressions of everyday people. His chosen medium of newspaper affects a raw, imperfect quality that captures the vulnerability and resilience of those living on the margins of society.

Joanne Leah's photographs portray parts of the body arranged as design elements that are juxtaposed with ordinary yet highly stylized props. Using color values within a particular spectrum, such as blue, green, red or violet, she constructs a narrative that takes us on a mysterious trip through her surreal, fairy tale crime scenes. Her imagery draws from her own childhood memories, exploring themes of isolation, detachment and identity.



28. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, in new Oxford University Press book

Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, has contributed the entries on Chewing Gum and Bubblegum Machines to the newly released Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, ed. Darra Goldstein. Full information on the 888 page book is available here:


Thank you.




Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller