Albany Center Galleries will be having its second annual
members exhibition in our new home located at 39 Columbia Street in
the Arts and Theatre District in Downtown Albany! This will be our first
exhibition in our new space, and we hope you will join us as we celebrate
our 30th Pearl Anniversary in our new storefront facility across the
street from the Tricentennial Park between N. Pearl and Broadway.
Please pick up your work on February 5th or 6th. Through your participation in the Members Exhibition, you are affirming your commitment to the mission of Albany Center Galleries. Please become a member, and download the exhibition form for further instruction. Thank you!
Harold Lohner also translates and sorts photographs
but uses a very different approach. Lohner explores concepts dealing
with sensuality and spirituality using a technique of building textured
layers of images and removing saturated colored inks, forming slightly
larger than life masculine faces and male figures. Lohner’s monoprints
are exceptionally gestural and exquisite and he often works in sequence,
creating double-sided mono-prints. Combining classical art practices
and contemporary issues, his work re-examines mythology in a fresh innovative
Both Tara Fracalossi and Harold Lohner received their M.F.A. from The University at Albany, State University. Fracalossi is the Gallery Director/Curator at the Hudson Valley Community College Teaching Gallery where she also teaches photography and gallery management. Recently she was included in The Only Book Show, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY. She has also exhibited at The Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Roshambo Gallery, Healdsburg, California, and Goliath Visual Space, Brooklyn, NY to name just a few. Lohner is an Associate Professor of Art at The Sage Colleges and he most recently exhibited at ALL Gallery in New Haven, CT and the Dadian Gallery, Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion in Washington, D.C. He has exhibited in nearly 100 exhibitions throughout the past twenty years. He is also known for his extensive font design, which can be viewed and purchased at www.haroldsfonts.com.
Following the auction, a short presentation will be
held to honor Laurie Mazone from Sentron Associates for her Outstanding
Community Service. Elizabeth Merena, Visual Arts Director will also
accept an Outstanding Organization Award on behalf of the New York State
Council on the Arts.
Following the awards presentation, guests will proceed
to the stage and enjoy hand selected red and white table wine donated
by William Harris, Esq. and Dr. Joel Spiro. During dinner, guests will
be serenaded by The High Flyers and Gourmet Gallery Catering will serve
you a scrumptious menu including tossed mesclun salad with raspberry
balsamic vinaigrette with your choice of either chicken breast stuffed
with wild mushrooms or salmon filled with asparagus and smoked mozzarella.
Both dishes will be served with red roasted potatoes and sugar snap
peas. Save room for crème brulee for dessert with coffee or tea.
Your commitment will contribute to the success of the Gala and help support Albany Center Galleries’ exhibitions and outreach programs. To reserve your seat, please R.S.V.P. by November 13 to Sarah Martinez by calling (518) 462-4775 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seats are $125 per person.
1976-2006: A THIRTY YEAR INTROSPECTIVE by Jan Galligan as told to art-therapist, Dr. S.M. Freund, MS, PhD
"So, Mr. Galliman, tell us a little of yourself," Dr. Freund says, soothingly.
The fall of 1975, Jan Galligan faced the certainty of moving his Wisconsin Video Theatre from its home in the mid-west. "Where to, was not so certain," says Galligan, "but it was clear that I needed a better term for the various art enterprises that were absorbing my time and energy. I got my start in the sixties as part of Ray Johnson's New York Correspondence School after graduating from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Johnson had established a far-flung group of artists, and I found my self-exchanging notes and artworks with William Wegman, Bruce Nauman, Lowell Darling, Fred Escher and a host of others. My work took the form of photos, sound-collage, cutups, video, self-published books and pamphlets, and anything else you could stick in an envelope to send via the mail. We had some connections with Conceptual Art, but by the mid-70s, that was kind of passé. There was a very strong narrative component to my work and the subject and format were often social in nature. I decided to call it Post-Conceptual
Social Narrative art making."
"Yes, I see," says Dr. Freund, "continue puleze."
In 1976, Galligan packed the archives of the Wisconsin
Video Theatre and Wisconsin Video Theatre Annex along with the accumulated
contents of the Post- Conceptual Social Narrative School - filled his
Ford Econoline van to the rafters, drove east, and arrived in Albany,
NY on October 6th. By the following day, Galligan had encountered and
befriended an energetic group of young artists operating as a collective,
Over the next decade, WORKSPACE formed the nexus of much of Galligan's art activities. However, as his trajectory landed him in Albany, many WORKSPACE cohorts, most a bit younger, were just launching art careers and their arcs took them other places: Jacy Garrett and Richard Kelly to San Francisco, where they started the art and music nightclub Club Foot, featuring the Club Foot Orchestra; Spencer Livingston to New Orleans where he still paints, plays music and runs a gallery called Space; Richard Edson to LA and NYC, where he starred in Jim Jarmusch's breakthrough independent film "Stranger Than Paradise." Other members of the pioneering WORKSPACE collective have remained a part of the vibrant local art scene, including Cathy Frank and Ed Atkeson of the Firlefanz Gallery, Lori Lawrence - painter and educator, John Cirrin of the Albany Library, Jim Sande - musician, Greg Haymes - musician and art writer, Joachim Frank - physicist and poet, Scott Meyer - theater owner, and Roxanne Storms - performance artist.
"But, about zee moment? Vat about now, Mr. Gallimum?"
Starting Tuesday, September 26 and running through Saturday,
October 28, the Albany Center Galleries will be hosting "JAN GALLIGAN
PRESENTS: WORKSPACED-OUT - 1976-2006, A THIRTY-YEAR INTROSPECTIVE"
at the Albany Public Library. The Opening Reception will be held October
6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Galligan will also be present in the gallery, holding office hours, or open studio, one hour per day, two days per week. Viewers are encouraged to bring questions about art, artwork for review, or contributions to the exhibition. In addition, Galligan will be constructing a blog, a website, and one or more additional web-mediated enterprises during the exhibition. Schedules for the special evening presentations, Galligan's on-site office hours, links to the various web activities and additional information will be available throughout the exhibition at the Albany Center Galleries website: www.albanycentergalleries.org
"OK already, Mr. Gallimon, I see by my clock, our
time is UP."
Mr. Prvrt Presents: The Playful Maidens of Spray with special guests; Dwell & Unit August 8 to September 16
The Playful Maidens of Spray use a signature technique
combining stencils and spray paint bringing a level of elegance and
intricacy. Highly detailed stenciled small and large panels will be
included in the installation as well as one-of-a-kind T-shirts and a
limited edition artist book made up of a series of stickers.
Mr. Prvrt has exhibited his signature style stencil
work in galleries throughout the nation including Lothringer Dreizehn,
Munich Germany, The Dirty Show sponsored by Juxtapoz Magazine at the
Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI, The Metal Pig Show at the Gomi Gallery,
Austin TX, WHAT! Crew and Friends, Bristol, UK and Vinyl Killers, and
Hotel Des Arts in San Francisco CA just to name a few. He was also included
in the well renowned Interventionist exhibition at MASS MOCA in North
Adams, MA. Mr. Prvrt has invited Dwell and Unit to collaborate with
the installation. This is the second collaboration between Mr. Prvrt,
Dwell and Unit; their fist collaboration was exhibited at the Unification
Show organized by the Albany Underground Artists this past May where
they transformed a room with an elaborate mural.
Albany Center Galleries presents The Last Dance, works
by Seana Biondolillo: a collection of her artist books, large scale
digital prints, sculptures and paintings.
Biondolillo uses lush saturated colors and poignant
imagery to unveil issues society often chooses to negate through silence.
Her imagery is farmed from media sources and old archives of popular
culture, transforming the seemly benign into the haunting, using fresh
innovations of technology and computer graphics. Her approach is to
reveal dark poetics by reworking and juxtaposing found materials - whether
archival images or discarded objects. Biondolillo confronts fears and
battles them, reveling the wounds of struggle and exposing the chaos
and fear associated with the issues of our time. Biondolillo documents
the emotions of being a rider on a rollercoaster desperately in need
of repair, “on which most of the other riders seem to be obliviously
enjoying the ride but which you can’t seem to stop paying attention
to fact that the carts are out of control and the railings are about
to collapse, you shout, stop the ride, we’re falling apart, but
your voice can not be heard above the laughter and screams of the crowd
enjoying the thrill!”
A resident of Troy, NY, Biondolillo received a B.F.A. from Purchase College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. from SUNY New Palz. She most recently exhibited her artist books at Sterling Library, Yale University in New Haven Connecticut. She has also exhibited at The Contemporary Art Center in North Adams Mass., The Center For Book Arts in NYC, CBGB’s Gallery, NYC and The Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY. She received the Poets and Writers Grant in 2000 and was a resident artist of the NEXUS International Book Art Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, Georgia. She currently teaches Advanced and Intermediate Digital Imaging and is the Studio Engineer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Integrated Electronic Arts Department.
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