Liza Cassidy, Aug 5-Oct 28, 2012

Sunshine, Ladders, Shelter
Artist: Liza Cassidy

August 5 – October 28, 2012

Liza Cassidy’s ability to work with color, tones and value, and her natural sense of space, gives her work a stylish vivacity and a joyful presence. Three recent series of paintings incorporate collage, wax and oil. Each piece is a subtle and dignified composition in light that form a total experience that is sun-like and urban, musical and rhythmic, free, but not casual.

Liza’s studio is in the Gowanus in Brooklyn. She participated in the Annual Gowanus Artist Studio Tour (AGAST Brooklyn), and won the 3rd ward Open Call audience choice award this year.
Liza exhibited this year at BAG (Brooklyn Atist’s Gym), Spoke The Hub, with works on the wall (solo landscape en plein air show), AIR Gallery and went to The Vermont Studio Center, after receiving a grant from them to attend.

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Bret Bourman / Inside Out

 

InsideOut
Bret Bourman
06.08-30.2012

InsideOut – narrative  InsideOut – description of elements

   Bret Bourman’s InsideOut video   


Opening was Friday June 8, 2012 @ 8pm

The exhibition explored questions about the internal and external dialogues between man and the environment of which he is a part. Both the interior and exterior spaces of the gallery were incorporated with elements that diametrically oppose these respective environments.

In this exhibit, Bourman utilized installation in combination with performance art to facilitate an event at which people collectively created something from their surroundings to benefit others. Viewers of the exhibit informed the work by volunteering to participate in the rearrangement of the installationʼs elements. The elements were assembled to create a new whole, and a viewer was then invited to climb inside of the composition so that he or she might emerge benefited by the groupʼs collaborative offering.

Video of the event, using footage gathered by staged cameras, as well as footage that opening night viewers contributed from their own handheld devices, became an integral part of the exhibition.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these works will be donated by the artist for the preservation of the cultural traditions of Tibet.

other works by the artist include:

aveda tree — multi media. permanent installation: Aveda Inc., VanDavis Aveda.

building bridges – video art. toured exhibition: Fowler Museum, University of Tehran, and projected on edifices in Tehran.

giselle – pencil on paper. permanent collection: LʼOpéra National de Paris.

vision at daybreak — oil on canvas. private collection: Laura San Giacomo.

oats — multi media. permanent installation: City of West Hollywood.

 


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The Opening of InsideOut took place on Friday June 8

The people who came to the opening event of the InsideOut show by Bret Bourman were slightly nervous because they know he was a ballet dancer and they were afraid that an interactive performance piece would involve something embarrassing in a tutu.  But they need not have worried. At first no one ventured into the gallery, but were whooshed on in by invitation. And they came inside and said nothing for the longest time. That is, about fifteen people in one room saying nothing. Bret’s piece involved the possibility of perception without comment, since he did not have labels on anything and there was no explanation whatsoever as to what one was looking at.

 

Outside was a kitchen sink with empty photo albums in it, drying in the dish rack. Above it, where one might have a window to look out, was a board with a mirror right in the middle.

 

Inside, there was clothesline strung from a triple ring in the middle, and on it were clothes clips with blank white pieces of photographic paper hanging.

 

There was a “tree of life” made of a piece of rolled corrugated roofing material, bound by hosepipe, displaying at the core some green tubing.

 

There were two waterfalls and waves made from white plastic lattice work, and white tubes.

 

There was a smokestack shaped set of ducts with a welcome mat in front of it, with a baseball and two gloves next to it. When one looked inside, if one did, there was a mirror at the bottom.

 

And on one wall was a hopscotch board made of duct tape, contained in a chicken wire cage, with a bale  of hay next to it.

 

 

This show, comprising these objects,  has to do with memory and with presence, with purification and with movement and life and anticipation, and coming back to the Self. It has to do with grasping, with connection, with the components of existence and the way they fit together.

 

After forty minutes or so of milling around, Bret began to take the individual pieces apart. He asked people to help move things, and put them somewhere else- so a large pile of things grew into a strange mound in the middle of the room, and people made noises and sang- one man sang The Three Penny Opera in German, lying under the table, draped in the liberated hopscotch board, and blowing into the hose.

 

 

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InsideOut 06.08.2012 Installation/Performance

InsideOut is the first east coast solo exhibition of the work of artist Bret Bourman.  The exhibition explores questions about the internal and external dialogues between man and the environment of which he is a part. Both the interior and exterior spaces of the gallery are incorporated with elements that diametrically oppose these respective environments.

In this exhibit Bourman utilizes installation in combination with performance art to facilitate an event at which people collectively create something from their surroundings to benefit others. Viewers of the exhibit inform the work by volunteering to participate in the rearrangement of the installationʼs elements. The elements are assembled to create a new whole, and a viewer is then invited to climb inside of the composition so that he or she may emerge benefited by the groupʼs collaborative offering.

Video of the event, using footage gathered by staged cameras, as well as footage that opening night viewers may wish to contribute from their own handheld devices, will become an integral part of the exhibition.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these works will be donated by the artist for the preservation of the cultural traditions of Tibet.

some works include:
   • aveda tree — multi media. permanent installation: Aveda Inc., VanDavis Aveda.
   • building bridges — video art. toured exhibition: Fowler Museum, University of Tehran,
        and projected on edifices in Tehran.
   • giselle — pencil on paper. permanent collection: LʼOpéra National de Paris.
   • vision at daybreak — oil on canvas. private collection: Laura San Giacomo.
   • oats — multi media. permanent installation: City of West Hollywood.

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Louise Landes Levi Poetry Reading, with Barbara Paparazzo

About the event:
Poet, World Dweller, and Musician Louise Landes Levi will read and perform on Sunday May 27th at 8 pm at the Ursa Major Gallery in Shelburne Falls MA. Come
enjoy Louise and friends reading from their published works. Drop by if you are in the area! A rare occasion and one I personally have been really looking forward to.about Louise’s work:
Louise’s works include “Sweet on My Lips” – a translation of poems by Mirabai- as well as “Rasa” and other interpretive translations of Rene Daumal, many chapbooks and books, such as “Poems,” Ambrosial Press, Bombay,1972; “Water Mirror,” The Amsterdam School, 1983; “Amiata” Amsterdam 1983; “Concerto,” City Lights San Francisco, 1986; “Guru Punk” Cool Grove Press, NY,1999; “Ma Kar A Kar/MA” U Rhode Island Press, Providence, 2005,”The Book L,”Cool Grove, 2010 plus many other works of note. She has also performed with many theater groups and musicians. Accomplished on saranghi and flute she has studied with Annapurna Devi, Ali Akhbar Khan and La Monte Young, and performed solo and with orchestral groups.

and the gallery:
Ursa Major Gallery is located at 1 Deerfield Ave in Shelburne Falls MA, near the glacial potholes. 413-824-0502. and on web at
ursamajorgallery.com

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