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Contents for August 10, 2020

Weekly Spotlight: Pamela Sneed, FF Alumn, now online at https://franklinfurnace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17325coll1/id/69

Don't miss this Weekly Spotlight on Pamela Sneed's "Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery." In this 7-minute recording from 1998, Sneed shares a series of past performance clips that explore her experiences as a Black lesbian. Join Pamela as she uses narrative, spoken word, drama, and poetry to reflect on themes ranging from personal independence and resilience, to the complexities of navigating relationships. Enjoy! (Text by Mamou Samaké, FF Intern, July 2020)

Link: https://franklinfurnace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17325coll1/id/69

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1. Joe Lewis, FF Alumn, at James Fuentes Gallery, now online

Please visit this link:

https://jamesfuentes.online/underground-railroad-2019/works/signs-senales

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2. Candace Hill, Wendy Olsoff, Clifford Owens, Adam Pendleton, FF Alumns, at Southhampton Arts Center, thru Dec. 27 and online at https://nyaa.edu/2020-vision/

Please visit this link:

https://nyaa.edu/2020-vision/

Thank you.

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3. Greg Sholette, Alicia Grullón, FF Alumns, in Hyperallergic, now online

Please visit this link:

https://hyperallergic.com/579853/reimagining-higher-education-through-socially-engaged-art/

Thank you.

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4. Charles Yuen, FF Alumn, in Hyperallergic, now online

John Yau wrote a wonderful review of my art show in Hyperallergic. Itinerant Visualist at Pamela Salisbury Gallery:

https://hyperallergic.com/581059/charles-yuen-itinerant-visualist-at-pamela-salisbury-gallery/

Thank you. Charles Yuen

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5. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, at Galerie Richard, Paris, France, opening Sept. 5

Orlando et la tempête Galerie Richard 74, rue de Turenne 75003 Paris paris@galerierichard.com
September 5th – October 21st 2020 vernissage September 5th 5-8pm

Orlando et la tempête (Orlando and the Tempest) is a series of virus-modeled artificial life paintings by Joseph Nechvatal that indirectly addresses issues of gender plasticity within our tempestuous viral and social-political times by imagining nonexistent mythic scenes from the flippant 1928 novel Orlando by Virginia Woolf (the story of an aristocratic young male poet who transforms into a woman overnight and lives a tumultuous life for 300 years).

Orlando et la tempête treats the fantastical and voluble story of Woolf’s Orlando with corresponding puckish flippancy. But this playful flippancy is achieved by what Nechvatal thinks of as the responsibility of long looking—a shift into a non-binary visual noise field where viewers can re-appropriate their capacity to visualize on a personal basis.

Storms have no gender and mean full-blow fluidity. In Orlando et la tempête, the artist’s ambiguous Orlando avatar (a regenerated Lazarus) is embedded into just such noisy chaotic grounds to the extent that normal figure/ground relationships more-or-less merge, playing elusively with what is seen, what is suggested, what is repressed, and what is desired. That starring pansexual Orlando avatar plays a painful hide-and-seek with the tempestuous, viral whipped, environment, that, in the end, is meant to suggest carnal mystic queries.

Long term influences on Nechvatal’s pangender interests have been key works of Marcel Duchamp and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s term (from the mid-80s) panthropology: a transhumanist multi-spectrum poly-androgynous concept that transcends gender labels. In 2000 Nechvatal exhibited Computer Virus Project II artworks (with artist’s statements) investigating virtual hermaphrodite complexity in his ec-satyricOn 2000 exhibition, and again in his 2002 show vOluptuary: an algorithic hermaphornology. Nechvatal has continued to use viral, androgynous and trans forms in his work, since. In 2018, he penned a pansexual art theory paper entitled Before and Beyond the Bachelor Machine that was published in Arts.

As meticulously articulated in Nechvatal’s book Immersion Into Noise, Orlando et la tempête utilizes aesthetic visual noise that puts representation and abstraction into interactive play by flipping the common figure/ground emphasis (to some extent) so that the eye must navigate and unpack the phantasmagorical pandemonium presented. This entails an intimate act of seeing and imaging on the part of the viewer, which the paintings’ modest size encourages. As such, Orlando et la tempête dips under the surface of the turbulently shredding atmospherics of today to convey and encourage intimate fluid visualizations that resist social constraints.

Images here: https://www.eyewithwings.net/nechvatal/Orlando/Orlandoetlatempete.html

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6. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, at Suzanne Randolph Fine Arts, now online

Please visit this link:

https://www.suzannerandolphfinearts.com/srfa-in-the-studio/2020/7/28/in-the-studio-with-robin-tewes

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7. Aaron Osborne, FF Alumn, receives Paris Art and Movie award nomination, and more

After the highly successful gallery run in Los Angeles,The Artworks received a nomination for best art photography at the Paris Art and Movies awards..

During an eight month film project in Louisiana, Los Angeles artist and production designer Aaron Osborne created a newly defined Oracle tarot deck that is deeply of this particular moment in American history. The cards draw upon the energy of the dynamics as he worked between the two different LAs: the strange and wonderful people, the clash of mindsets between coastal and rural, and the surprising commonalities in the space between. Created using photography with locally Goodwill-thrifted cameras and the art of both physical and digital collage, This magical deck helps the reader explore todays universal truths and find meaning within them.

FELLOW FF family... please support the Deck online at :

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https://www.artsy.net/artwork/aaron-osborne-st-tammany-parish-major-arcana-tarot-deck

CHEERS
Aaron
@stpmajorarcana
@instantaaron

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8. La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela, FF Members, now online

La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela are among the most innovative pioneers of American Minimalism and post-war American art, and their work is essential to the experimental spirit of New York City. They have changed the way we think and experience art in time. Their work and influence have defined art and music over the second half of the 20th century and continues to resonate in and beyond these fields today.

La Monte dreamed of going “inside of the sound,” maintaining a space where musicians could perform day and night, on into time and into eternity. In 1962, La Monte and Marian had formulated the concept of a Dream House in which a work would be played continuously and ultimately exist in time as a “living organism with a life and tradition of its own.“
Opened in 1993, the MELA Foundation Sound and Light Environment Dream House premiered as an extended exhibition on the third floor at 275 Church Street, New York City, and has continued to be open to the public through the present. For over 27 years the Dream House has been one of the most influential long-term installations in the world of art. This Dream House is our longest installation to date and it has provided a place for La Monte and Marian to perform on a regular basis just as they had dreamed.

In 2015, MELA’s main benefactor of the Dream House for the past twenty-five years withdrew all financial support. This unexpected change was caused by a decline in our main benefactor’s financial status, and the loss of this support was an enormous setback for us. Although hundreds of people are visiting and enjoying the Dream House every week, the expenses for our endeavors are still beyond our capabilities alone. Our financial situation has become so serious that we must ask you to help us keep the Dream House alive.

The last couple of years brought severe difficulties, and now with the crisis caused by the pandemic, we are financially destitute. Despite the success of our Dream House, we unfortunately now find ourselves in a situation where we owe over $150,000 in back rent. Our financial needs have become overwhelmingly desperate. We have reached a critical point and we cannot continue without paying rent to the landlord; and yet, there is no way we can move out of this building. All of our work, history and future are here. We must cry out to the world to help us.

MELA is also the location for the life’s work of La Monte, Marian and some of the most radical artists of our time. In addition to comprehensive artistic archives, we have collected and archived extensive documentation of many events and artworks presented under our auspices, from program notes to high quality audio and video recordings. The MELA archive continues to stand as one of the largest and most unique resources for musicians, artists, researchers, curators and a wide range of other arts professionals and students.

2020 is MELA‘s 35th year of continuing creative flight through the cosmos of vibration and imagination. We are going forward with highly evolved and compelling plans to present concerts and installations of profound relevance, yet the very foundation of our artistic vision is under severe threat. Your contributions will help to preserve the extraordinary environment of the Dream House, the inspirational performances of The Just Alap Raga Ensemble, The Sundara All Star Band and all our other unique visionary projects in the Dream House.

Please support MELA in our efforts to save a remarkable space of music, light and harmony. We are counting on your tax-deductible donation to help replenish MELA’s base and to rise to the aspirations of our artistic endeavors.

Please help us to keep the Dream House alive on into the future.

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/save-the-dream-house-keep-our-dream-alive

Jung Hee Choi
Director / MELA Foundation Inc.
www.melafoundation.org

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9. Anna Banana, León Ferrari, John Held Jr., E. F. Higgins III, FF Alumns, in new publication

"ARTISTAMPS - ESTAMPILLAS DE ARTISTAS"

Artistamps from 43 artists
from the "Archive Vortice Argentina"

The "Archive Vortice Argentina" project by the Argentinian artist Fernando Garcia Delgado, has an approximate heritage of 25,000 works of 3,600 artists of 67 countries, acquired by the various international calls and projects made since 1996 to the present.
It includes graphic works, objects, publications (assemblings, books, fanzines,
magazines), artist books, stamps, envelopes, postcards, letters and texts,
works on multimedia in CDs and VHS videos, from Argentine and foreign artists,
in its two main disciplines: Mail Art and Visual Poetry.

Artists:
Laura Andreoni (Argentina) - Alejandra Bocquel (Argentina) - Andrea Cárdenas (Argentina) - Jorge Daffunchio (Argentina) - Jorge Garnica (Argentina) - León Ferrari (Argentina) - Fernando García Delgado (Argentina) - Joaquín Dylan García (Argentina) - Norberto José Martínez (Argentina) - Alberto Méndez (Argentina) - Hilda Paz (Argentina) - Juan Carlos Romero (Argentina) - Edgardo Antonio Vigo (Argentina) - Ivana Vollaro (Argentina) - David Dellafiora (Australia) - Luc Fierens (Belgium) - Baudhuin Simon (Belgium) - Anna Banana (Canada) - Jas W. Felter (Canada) - Ptrzia Tictac (Germany) - Geza Perneczky (Germany) - Ruud Janssen (Holland) - Francis Van Maele (Ireland) - Vittore Baroni (Italy) - Piermario Ciani (Italy) - Ruggero Maggi (Italy) - Giovanni & Renata Strada (Italy) - Keiichi Nakamura (Japan) - Alexander Kholopov (Russia) - Natalie Lamanova (Russia) - Pere Sousa / Merz Mail (Spain) - H. R. Fricker (Switzerland) - Michael Leigh (United Kingdom) - Embassy, Arky of Toast (U.S.A.) - Buz Blurr (U.S.A.) - Cascadia Artpost (U.S.A.) - Carl T. Chew (U.S.A.) - Dogfish (U.S.A.) - Picasso Gaglione (U.S.A.) - Harley / Terra Candela (U.S.A.) - John Held Jr. (U.S.A.) - E. F. Higgins III (U.S.A.) - Patricia Tavenner (U.S.A.)

Laser printing on Verona bulky 90 gr.
Hard cover - Thread binding
14 x 16 cm
44 pages
August 2020
150 numbered copies
38 US $

http://redfoxpress.com/AB-argentina.stamps.html

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10. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, now online

BARBARA ROSENTHAL annotated BIBLIOGRAPHY NOW ONLINE
553 entries, 1962-2020

Comprises many historic avant-garde, mail-art, literary, performance, photo, and video and art hardbound, softbound and zine print publications. It also includes lists of other notables within them, as well some of the those online, with links. The bibliography also notes that all of these over 500 print publications are housed at eMediaLoft.org, in the West Village / Highline neighborhood of NYC, as well as the catalog number of their display boxes. These are shelved separately from the rest of Rosenthal's 7,000-book library at eMediaLoft, but all are available as reference by appointment once the Covid-19 situation is over.

https://barbararosenthal.org/frameWritings.htm

BARBARA ROSENTHAL
WIKIPEDIA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Rosenthal
ARTSY / Saatchi Art: https://www.artsy.net/artist/barbara-rosenthal
ARTSY / Denise Bibro Gallery: https://www.artsy.net/denise-bibro-fine-art/artist/barbara-rosenthal
TWITTER: @BRartistNYC
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/barbara.rosenthal1
INSTAGRAM: BarbaraRosenthal_eMediaLoft
WEBSITE: http://www.barbararosenthal.org/
STUDIO: eMediaLoft.org, ​463 West St, enter at 744 Washington St., New York, NY 10014-2025
STUDIO EMAIL and PHONE: eMediaLoft@gMail.com +1-646-368-5623 (voice and voicemail, no texts)

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11. Debra Pearlman, FF Alumn, at Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin, TX, thru Jan. 31, 2021

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to be included in the exhibition, SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19th Amendment Centennial exhibition of women photographers, at the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin. Of course, due to Covid, it is now virtual through January 31, 2021. Please view @ www.theney.org or via the museum website @www.elisabetneymuseum.org.

Thanks and Warm regards,
Debra Pearlman

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12. Peter Cramer, FF Alumn, at Le Petit Versailles Garden, Manhattan, thru Sept. 13

In The Realm Of Anansi From Assisi
An installation by Peter Cramer at Le Petit Versailles Garden.
July 28 – September 13 with Open Public Access* Tuesday – Thursday 8 - 10pm
or by appointment. Email petercramer@alliedproductions.org to schedule.
Enter installation on 2nd St. Limited viewing daily from outside LPV fences on 2nd St & Houston St.
Le Petit Versailles 247 East 2nd Street / 346 East Houston St. (between Ave. B & C) www.alliedproductions.org 212.529.8815
*Due to ongoing Covid-19 protocols all visitors (limited to 3 people at a time) will be required to wear masks, maintain 6 ft distancing, and follow a one way direction thru the installation to provide as safe an environment as possible. WE ARE THE VIRUS! MASK UP.

Contact Allied Productions,Inc. for photos & general inquiries.
petercramer@alliedproductions.org. 212 529 8815

“… A light, a collision, an energetic shift: Heat. We are one in pulsation. Throbbing, we undulate in obedience to the extreme variations in temperature. Our expansion and contraction is not measured. We respond to an irregular motivation that causes us to move in space. Seeking warmth, avoiding the burning source of this light that has of late become a force. At times seeking the light, at other instances finding respite in the cool shadows. …”. – Jack Waters, Generator Pestilence Part 1

The inauguration of Le Petit Versailles’ (LPV) 2020 garden season follows the Covid-19 months of sheltering in place. In The Realm of Anansi From Assisi, an installation designed by Peter Cramer, is comprised of freestanding elements from the Spring 2020 production of “GENERATOR: Pestilence Part 1” [pestilenza.com] at La MaMa Downstairs Theater. Apropos of the climate we now find ourselves in Generator’s central premise is of epidemiological effects on culture scientifically, socially, and politically. Written and directed by Jack Waters with music score by John Michael Swartz and NYOBS with design collaborators Peter Cramer, Austin Windels, Mike Cacciatore, Chris Roberts, Ethan Shoshan, Bizzy Barefoot, and Rodrigo Chazaro.
Music, video excerpts and scent score will be included as well as a LIVE concert by NYOBS on August 20th @ 7:30pm. at LPV.

In The Realm of Anansi From Assisi (ITROAFA) is an immersive environment of the storyteller Anasi, a mythical African spider god, A fantastical garden landscape of light and line - a place of pilgrimage and healing where visitors may wander finding solace and respite during this time of disease. The sculpture, visual elements, moving images, and sounds created by the principal artists reconcile science with mythology; from the evocation of the creation of the universe to the emergence of hominid creatures and culminating with the emergence of language represented by Anansi.

"During quarantine I’ve had the great fortune and ability to work in the garden that Jack and I founded nearly 25 years ago. Having my own set elements and those of Austin and Mike to play with to create this installation has been a lifesaver even risking the attack of nesting robins to bring GENERATOR back to life in a new iteration albeit one without performers. Nature takes center stage as spiders are building webs within the web I’ve created. Dangling spider plant shoots complete the landscape nuturing new growth amidst the turmoil of death and uncertainty that pervades the madness of Covid. The only hint of that threat are skeletal remains...” - Peter Cramer 2020.

The experience is “…as if you’ve punctured another dimension. The space has been transformed into a mind-bending realm of sculpture, color and light, pulsing with sound and even scent! “- David Kennerley https://www.gaycitynews.com/a-jarring-genesis/

Le Petit Versailles events are made possible by Allied Productions, Inc., Gardeners & Friends of LPV, GreenThumb/NYC Dept. of Parks, Materials for the Arts, the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and the Office of City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera. LPV Exhibitions are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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13. Doug Skinner, Norman Conquest, FF Alumns, new publication
The 20th issue of "Black Scat Review" is now available from Black Scat Books! This one is devoted to black humor, 106 pages of it. I contributed a squalid fairy tale, “The Fisherman’s Wish,” a misanthropic song, “We Are Not a Pretty People,” and a translation of Alphonse Allais’s classically tasteless story “The Rajah Is Bored.” The international roster of contributors includes Mark Axelrod, Jocelyne Geneviève Barque, Tom Barrett, Léon Bloy, Ken Brown, Michael Casey, Wayne Coe, Norman Conquest, Thomas James Cooper, Farewell Debut, S. C. Delaney, Rhys Hughes, Harold Jaffe, David Kuhnlein, Mantis, Marcel Mariën, J. H. Matthews, M. G. Mclaughlin, Jim Meirose, Derek Pell, Agnès Potier, Mark Putzi, Richard Robinson, Marquis de Sade, John Galbraith Simmons, Nile Southern, Terry Southern, Yuriy Tarnawsky, Michel Vachey, Tom Whalen, Bill Wolak. You can find it on Amazon and read it from cover to cover!
I also contributed to Black Scat's collection "Bedside Nonsense," which came out in June. It's a rousing collection of the nonsensical, with another long list of contributors. I provided some verses, "Amerigo and Isabella," and a story, "Deucalion's Ark." Get that too! Read a lot of stories while you shelter in place!

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14. Anna Banana, Ryosuke Cohen, Johanna Drucker, Susan Gold, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada, now online

Apologies for last week’s incorrect link - please visit this link:

http://www.sfu.ca/galleries/audain-gallery/past1/ThePandemicisaPortal/Banana.html

and/or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/sfugalleries

Thank you.

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Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller