Abecedarius | 26 + 1 Recent Works by Colin Boyd + Michael Oatman
October 31 – December 23, 2014
Reception: Friday, October 31, 5-9PM
Recipients of the First Annual Arts Center Emerging and Established Artist Awards, Colin Boyd and Michael Oatman have teamed up to present an exhibition and book that looks at the natural world and the roles humans have in misshaping it.
Using the literary format of the Abecedarius (e.g., “A is for Apple”, “B is for Bear”, “C is for Crops Patented by Monsanto”, etc.), the two artists will turn the gallery into a walk-able cautionary tale – with a few nervous laughs for good measure.
Opening on Halloween – a holiday that honors monsters – Abecedarius will usher viewers into historical realms of extinction, scientific mishap and mythology; Abecedarius will feature encounters with ideas unknown, undercooked and just plain stupid; and finally Abecedarius will import/export the violence and majesty of worlds labeled “out there”, “in here” and “the future”.
Big size, bold color, and commanding presence characterize many works of contemporary art. Their imposing physical forms offer allurement and authority, and in some cases audacity. The Institute owns several works by regional contemporary artists that captivate with visual bravado. Paintings by Leigh Wen and Susan Stuart, collage by Michael Oatman, and sculpture by Sharon Bates are a few of the works selected for the inaugural exhibition of the Institute's newly renovated Lansing Gallery. The exhibition is the second to feature highlights from the Institute's contemporary arts collections. The first exhibition, Multiple Focus: Contemporary Photography from the Albany Institute's Collection, opened earlier this year. Big and Bold will surprise you and reveal the Institute's more modern side.
September 6 - December 15, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 5 - 9pm
Artist tour: Friday, October 4, 5:00 – 9:00pm
A talk and installation walkthrough with Ken Ragsdale and Michael Oatman will begin at 6:30pm, accompanied by an installation process video by Kelly Jones and Jacqueline Lynch and the exhibition catalogue release.
FILM: Sunday, October 20, 1:00pm
Showing of the new documentary film “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” and introduction and discussion with its director and producer Michael Maglaras.
PERFORMANCE Friday, November 1, 6pm and 7pm
Puppeteer Ed Atkeson will give two live performances of his production “Man at the Controls”. Performances will start at 6pm and 7pm and run approximately 15 minutes.
PERFORMANCE Sunday, November 24, 4pm, Friday, December 6, 6pm
Choreographed performance by the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company.
The Gallery is closed September 2, October 12-14 and by appointment only on
October 15th. The Gallery is closed November 27- December 1.
A group exhibition that encapsulates all facets of the term whimsical. Each artist has created alternate realities or personas through their fantastical subject matter. Whether they are real or fictitious, the works allow the viewer to lose themselves in these unpredictable, facetious realms. Each piece holds their own sense of spontaneity and playfulness while others lean more towards the beautifully grotesque. There are many ranges of media are expressed in this 20 person exhibition including drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture and installation.
Artists include Yayoi Asoma, Suzanne Boatenreiter, Colin Boyd, Stacy Caldwell, Michael Chernoff, Davis Connelly, Jon Gernon, Benj Gleeksman, Quinn Guarino, Susan Hoffer, Sylvie Kantorovitz, Gary Maggio, Jason Blue Lake Hawk Martinez, Marie-Louise McHugh, Ed O'Connell, Dorothea Osborn, Sara Pruiksma, Molly Purcell, Rose Silberman Gorn, & Sarah Wawrzynowski
Work will be on display from July 16 to Aug 17.
Opening reception Aug 2.