A group exhibition exploring representation of the human form.
Archived on April 23rd 2011.
For this exhibition we bring together artists who represent human form and gesture through diverse means including paint, paper quilling, sculpting with ceramics and plastics, digital image processing, quilting, choreography and physical augmentation.
Artists include: Karylee Doubiago, Jo-Anne Green, Caryn Heilman, Adi Marom, Lisa Nilsson, Daniel Rozin, Gordon Sasaki, John Schimmel, Diane Sullivan, and Thor Wickstrom
Exhibit Dates & Times:
March 11th – April 23rd 2011
Admission is free and open to the public.
Open Saturdays 1 – 4 p.m. and by appointment.
Appointments can be made by phone or email.
Friday March 11th 2011, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The opening reception features a 10-minute performance by Caryn Heilman and Nana Simopoulos at 6:30 p.m.
93 Summer Street, Adams, MA 01220
In The Storefront:
X-Ray Quilts by Karylee Doubiago
Quilting has always appealed to me. There is a sense of comfort, warmth and texture in traditional quilts that drew me in to working with fiber. My current work focuses on exploring the internal views of the human mind and the internal and external physical body landscape. To focus on the introspective change, the struggles and joys that we as humans share. To convey what I see takes more than one medium or technique. I love the idea of taking a traditional process and create something new and unexpected. My quilts are a mix of photography paints, and dyes, threadwork and fabric manipulation. I utilize whatever technique it requires to tell the complete story. I have recently become fascinated with x-rays, using the physical attributes of a human to invoke a response from the viewer.
I have always been an artist, I started with crayons and worked my way through almost every artistic medium. Some worked well for me and others I’m still learning to work with. I graduated from University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth with a BFA in Photography. After years of working at photo labs, newspapers and shooting freelance work, I decided to try my hand at fiber arts. I currently quilt, bead, embroider, knit and have been playing with making my own glass beads. There is always something new and exciting to make around the corner. I currently live in the Berkshires in the house built by my great grandfather with my three children, husband and two dogs.
In The Gallery:
CONtext by Jo-Anne Green
CONtext is a series of digital prints about state violence and physical pain, political agendas and surgical procedures. It explores the use of words and images in war, science, and art, and considers the role of memory/remembering in the perpetuation (pattern making) of human suffering.
Jo-Anne Green is Co-Director of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., a small, not-for-profit experimental arts organization whose current projects include Turbulence.org, Networked_Performance, Networked_Music_Review, Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art) and Upgrade! Boston. She also teaches part-time at Emerson College. Green grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BFA Honors in Printmaking and Art History, she emigrated to the United States in 1983. While studying for her MFA at UMASS Dartmouth, she volunteered for a Fund for a Free South Africa (1985-1992). Green founded the artist-in-residence program at the University of New Mexico’s High Performance Computing Center (1999); she subsequently managed the Art Technology Center (ATC) until June 2001. Upon returning to Boston, Green completed her MS in Art Administration at Lesley University (2003). She has exhibited her paintings, one-of-a-kind artist’s books, and installations in South Africa, Boston and New York.
Beacon 365 by Caryn Heilman
In Beacon 365, I am working with the idea of slowing down the delivery of the dance. Short movement sequences/gestures are delivered via Facebook, my website and my YouTube channel serially with pauses in between in which to digest/ruminate on the meaning – a whole day in which to recognize the relevance of that bit of dance to the adventures of the day. I wondered what would happen if instead of giving my audience a whole well-crafted hour and a half of dance in one continuous stream, they were treated with short gestural sequences of movement (as sculpted light) once a day or in timed cascades that included pauses and unexpected flows so that the flow of movement communication could be sculpted and the pauses in between could be pregnant with assimilated meaning gleaned by the cross-referencing possible in a periodic recurring attention. A non-demanding companion. More of a conversation.
Caryn Heilman is Artistic Director of LiquidBody media, movement and dance and the green arts and education center in development, Topia Arts Center, LiquidBody’s second home. She founded LiquidBody in 2000 after dancing for ten years with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. LiquidBody has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dixon Place and BRIC in NYC, SOMA Fest in L.A., at the Electronic Festival in Warsaw, at spas in Mexico and Italy and at a 2000 seat amphitheater in Greece. Caryn has an MFA from the University of California, Irvine in Dance and Technology. Her multimedia work Touching Gravity 2/Tilt is currently on exhibit at the networked art site turbulence.org. She has taught graduate classes in multimedia and multidisciplinary performance at the University of California, Irvine in the Studio Art, Drama and Dance departments and has been an artist in residence and has taught master classes at Princeton, Hollins, Texas Christian and Dennison Universities, Smith College, Beijing Dance Academy, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Orange County and LaGuardia High Schools of the Arts, SOMA Fest L.A. and more. She has taught with and been mentored by Continuum Movement founder Emilie Conrad, award-winning filmmaker and postmodern dance icon Yvonne Rainer, intermedia artist Annie Loui, John Crawford, founder of the Embodied Media + Technology Performance Lab and Emmy- nominated choreographer Paul Taylor. In the Berkshires she teaches ongoing classes at the ultra green Topia Inn and in the summer at Becket Arts Center.
Music for a live performance of Beacon 365 performed by musical director, composer and instrumentalist, Nana Simopoulos, who will be playing an original piece of music she wrote for this performance on laptop, kora and vocals.
RAMPS by Wlodek Koss and John Schimmel
RAMPS is a wheelchair to computer interface that uses existing chair mobility skills with interactive software that encourages creativity and play. The physical product of Ramps is a pair of rollers on top of slight ramps, the direction and speed of each wheel on a manual wheelchair can be detected and transmitted to the computer. The first application made for RAMPS was a Wheelchair DJ system that let the user be the MC and listen, sample and share music. The left wheel fades between tracks while the right wheel scratches the current track. Another applications include simple video games were that created to promote wheelchair skills and give the experience to those who do not use them. The design was not inspired by rehabilitation but for promoting the lifestyle of wheelchairs users, while rehabilitation is still a valid application, self expression and creativity is the driving force of RAMPS.
RAMPS was developed by graduate students at the Interactive Telecommunications Program – Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. The ITP Assistive Technology Group is graciously funded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation.
Wlodek Koss was born in Poland and immigrated to the United States in 1971, becoming a U.S citizen shortly thereafter. Although he grew up in New York City, he traveled the world with his family, the “Koss Family Artists”. He received a BFA from Cooper Union School of Art and his Master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He currently works as the operations manager at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brooklyn, New York while at the same time focusing his artist energy on designing and creating tools and devices to help people with disabilities.
John Schimmel is an adjunct professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, teaching Developing Assistive Technology. This class brings together designers and occupational therapists to imagine and create solutions for people with disabilities. His personal work includes self expression tools, playful physical objects connected to the Internet and innovative web applications. He has a master’s degree from ITP at NYU.
Short++ by Adi Marom
Adi Marom creates artifacts and installations that engage users in playful interactions that integrate physical and virtual interfaces. Her works encompass lively, reactive mechanisms that transform by means of embedded sensing and reactive technologies.
Currently, Adi is an Interaction Designer at the Rockwell Group LAB, where she collaborates in the design and implementation of interactive exhibits and environments. In addition, Adi is a Research Resident at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunication Program (ITP).
Adi’s works have been exhibited in shows internationally and have been featured in different media outlets; including The National Public Radio, The Discovery Chanel, PBS Frontline, Gizmodo, Core 77, Casa Brutus (Japan), DAMn° Magazine (Europe), and Joong Ang Daily (Korea).
While Adi’s work evolved with the development of new technologies, she remained short (She is 5’1 and has always been “the shortest kid in the class”). This inspired Adi to create Short++, a pair of interactive robotic shoes that are activated by an iPhone application and allows her to change her height on demand. Through Short++ Adi explores the possibility of making height an interactive variable that can be modified in real-time while reshaping interactions between people and envisioning our future as cyborgs…
Tissue Series: Anatomical Cross Sections in Paper by Lisa Nilsson
These pieces are made of Japanese mulberry paper and the gilded edges of old books. They are constructed by a technique of rolling and shaping1/4 inch strips of paper called quilling or paper filigree. Quilling was first practiced by Renaissance nuns and monks who made artistic use of the gilded edges of worn out bibles, and later by 18th Century ladies who made artistic use of lots of free time. I find quilling exquisitely satisfying for rendering the densely squished and lovely internal landscape of the human body in cross section.
I make illustrations and small-scale sculptures. I am a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and recently of the McCann Technical School’s medical assisting program. I live in North Adams.
Mirror No 10 – Sketch Mirror by Daniel Rozin
Rozin’s software mirrors are comprised of kiosks or rear projected screens connected to video cameras and computers. When a viewer stands in front of one of these pieces, their image is reflected on the screen after it has been interpreted by the computer. The displays change rapidly yielding a smooth transition tightly linked to the movements of the viewer.
In Mirror no. 10 , I tried to teach the computer how to sketch like a sketch artist; the computer is connected to a video camera that captures the visitor’s likeness, the computer then looks for the most “interesting” details in the visitor’s image and sketches those first in great detail, the computer does not sketch the “boring” parts of the image, things like walls and uneventful areas of clothing or even plain body parts. The sketching is done by laying short curved strokes in the same direction as the feature being sketched or contour, the result is sometimes an exaggeration of features such as smiles, eyes, wrinkles, this can resembles a caricature. As the visitor moves in front of the screen, the computer erases areas of the sketch and creates new details to keep up, this creates a feeling of a living sketch artist who is constantly erasing and redrawing on a canvas.
Daniel Rozin is an artist, educator and developer, working in the area of interactive digital art. As an interactive artist Rozin creates installations and sculptures that have the unique ability to change and respond to the presence and point of view of the viewer. In many cases the viewer becomes the contents of the piece and in others the viewer is invited to take an active role in the creation of the piece. Even though computers are often used in Rozin’s work, they are seldom visible. As an educator, Rozin is Associate Art Professor at ITP, Tisch School Of The Arts, NYU where he teaches such classes as: “The World- Pixel by Pixel”, “Project Development Studio” and “Toy Design Workshop”. Born in Jerusalem and trained as an industrial designer Rozin lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited widely with solo exhibitions in the US and internationally and featured in publications such as The New York Times, Wired, ID, Spectrum and Leonardo. His work has earned him numerous awards including Prix Ars Electronica, ID Design Review and the Chrysler Design Award.
Skinsuit by Gordon Sasaki
My work explores the human body as an aesthetic form and container of meaning. A simultaneously universal and very individual from. These pieces specifically explore the idea of ‘invisibility’. Investigating the body’s surface and meaning as a reconstruction, not unlike the novelist Mary Shelly’s promethean tale of “Frankenstein”.
NYC artist Gordon Sasaki brings a unique combination of personal experience, academic training, and studio experience in his work. A wheelchair user since a 1982 automobile accident, Gordon explores the arts as a life tool, invaluable to everyone and relevant towards all aspects of daily life. With an emphasis on the creative process, he uses the inherent universal qualities of the arts to design curricula and workshops for all learners with an emphasis on underserved and disabled populations. Sharing his ideas through various national and international institutions, including; the New York City Department of Education, Community Access to the Arts (CATA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design, VSA Institute, and the International Center for Tolerance in Education. He is currently a Community and Access educator at the Museum of Modern Art.
Sculptures by Diane Sullivan
I have always played with dolls. Dancers, circus acrobats, woman who use their bodies to express themselves fascinated me. In college, I learned about historical clay female figures and studied ceramics. This figural work is centered on the idea of persona and the stories revealed by the public faces and postures we assume. By creating sculpture in an intimate small scale, I want the viewer to take the time to examine the details. In this work, I have combined elements of both extremes—the figure as icon and the figure as a form of play—in order to communicate this duality between the ways we see ourselves and who we are. But really, I am still that little girl playing with her dolls, telling their stories.
Diane Sullivan lives in North Adams, MA in the Eclipse Mill with her wife Jill and their cats, Bruno and Suki. After graduating with a MFA in ceramics from U Mass, Dartmouth in 1990, Diane taught in Portugal and then moved to Colorado for 10 years. While teaching at Colorado College she realized she missed the east coast where she grew up. After moving to Boston, she heard about the Eclipse Mill project and she & Jill moved to the Berkshires. The enormousness of their live/work loft space influenced the scale of her figurative work, which has become smaller and more intimate.. The vibrant artist community, the natural beauty of the area and the intrigue of small town politics continue to inspire her.
“Emmanuel and other works” by Thor Wickstrom
I love to draw and paint from the model. Emmanuel is a Williams student, an athlete, an artist, and a scholar. He is also an hard working figure model who can hold a standing pose for a half hour stretch., not an easy task! Working on this painting allows me to explore the musculature, structure and colors of Emmanuel’s amazing body. It also allows me to pull out my P. Richer and Vesalius anatomy books, and to refresh my understanding of the various bones and muscles presented. This painting is not a statement. But maybe it will contain a trace of the joy i get from the act of painting the figure from life, and of Emmanuel.
Thor Wickstrom works from his studio at the Beaver Mill in North Adams, Massachusetts. He works primarily in traditional media, painting from life, memory and imagination. Following the dictum “always a student”, Thor follows an ongoing practice of drawing and painting from the live model.
Thor studied figure painting at the Art Students League of New York with American masters Robert Philipp, Julian Levy, and Joseph Hirsch. He also studied anatomy/morphology at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris with J.F. Debord, and copied from the masters at the Met and Louvre museums.