Concrete at the Local Artist Project Curated by Alum, Dana Stirling

The exhibition Concrete showcases the overlap between the works of two contemporary Israeli artists, Yoav Friedlander and Michelle Claire Gevint. For both, Concrete is a pivotal aspect in their work. Michelle and Yoav both use the medium of photography to examine a fascinating persistency of concrete in the Israeli cultural landscape, the influence of concrete architecture, monumental structures, their exterior and interior presence in-between a physical place or space and its representation.

Both artists, base their work and rely on indexicality, that derives from photography, to remake or replicate known monuments, architecture, existing images and visions from a collective memory. Their recreations accentuate the influence of photographic representation on a collective perception.

Curated by: Dana Stirling

Opening reception: Thursday, May 25th 6-9PM.

The exhibition runs through June 11th. Local Project is open to the public Wednesday - Saturday between 12pm and 6PM.

Local Art Project LIC 11-27th 44th Rd Long Island City, NY 11101 Take 7, M, E, G to Court Square.

Panel Discussion: "The Role of Imagination in Contemporary Art" Feat. Alum, Reet Das

Westbeth Gallery - In This House of Sky Exhibition

Opening Reception: May 25th between the hours of 6pm to 8pm 55 Bethune Street, NYC / Directions

**Panel Discussion: "The Role of Imagination in Contemporary Art", Saturday June 3rd, 6pm-8pm

Curated by: Karen Fitzgerald Artists Include: Reet Das, Yan Cynthia Chen, Susan Spencer Crowe, Karen Fitzgerald, Julie Gross, Ellen Grossman, Susan Knight, Paula Overbay, Jim Pignetti, Florina Sbircea, Mary Vengrofski, Alice Zinnes

From May 25 to June 18, the Westbeth Gallery will host a show titled "In This House of Sky" which features twelve contemporary artists and explores the concept of space, time and the sky. The exhibition is free to the public, and the gallery is open from 1 pm-6 pm Wednesday through Sunday.

New York City Premiere of film ONE OCTOBER by Alum, Rachel Shuman

Rachel Shuman's new film ONE OCTOBER (56 min.) will premiere in NYC on May 17 @7PM as part of Stranger Than Fiction at the IFC Theater.

Filmed on the eve of a historic election and a global economic crisis, this lyrical portrait of New York City in October 2008 follows WFMU radio reporter Clay Pigeon as he takes to the streets to talk to fellow New Yorkers about their lives, their dreams, and their relationship with the city. (Check out the teaser here.)

Tickets available here.

Alum Qihui Gong's short at the Cannes Film Festival

Qihui Gong's short film "The Fall" will be part of the film corner at the Cannes Film Festival that will run from May17th to May 28th.

Synopsis

Wigs have been around for thousands of years although the desire for wigs comes and goes, from time to time. Hair is the only thing we can easily remove from our body and turn into an ordinary product. The value of wigs and hair have become high because of people's desire to become beautiful.

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Alum Brandy Watts's Book of Alain Liogier’s Field Photographs featured in UCLA

By Joanie Harmon

By Joanie Harmon

Although many students in UCLA’s Department of Information Studies have had internship and job experience that often leads to prestigious positions in a variety of fields, it is uncommon for students like Brandy Watts to end up with a published book before graduation. However, the MLIS candidate, who graduates this spring, has done just that. Her volume on “The Field Photographs of Alain H. Liogier: Plants of Hispaniola, Dominican Republic, 1968-1969” (New York: New York Botanical Garden Press. 2017, Print) examines the renowned botanist’s practice of capturing plant specimens through Kodachrome prints that depict each of them in their natural environment.

While earning her first master’s degree in lens-based media at the School of Visual Arts, Watts worked as an intern at the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium at the New York Botanical Garden, which involved curating and digitizing plant specimens for a project on the Caribbean region, she came across a specimen of Liogier’s, which attracted her attention.

“[Liogier had] collected some 20,000 specimens, and roughly 217 of them had field photographs attached to the specimen sheets, which is an unusual method for botanists,” says Watts. “The field photograph shows the plant specimen growing in its natural habitat before having been collected. By attaching it to the specimen sheet, Liogier may have seen a certain research value in having all the collection material together, which consists of the plant specimen, collection label, locality map, and field photograph.”

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Q&A with Jeremy August Haik in Aint–BAD

JEREMY AUGUST HAIK

Interview with Dana Stirling

Jeremy August Haik is an artist and writer. His work has been exhibited most recently at Aperture Gallery, NY; Foley Gallery, NY, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland; Cindy Rucker Gallery, NY; PCNW, Seattle; Michael Matthews Gallery, NY; The Camera Club of NY, and Guest Spot, Baltimore. His writing and photography has been published in print and online most recently by Conveyor Editions, Mt. Figure, Der Greif, and Baxter St. CCNY. He recently published his first book Permanent Constructions with Brooklyn-based Silent Face Projects. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

In this series, each image is the product of experimentation with washes of colored light, arrangements of printed photographs and diagrams, and the materials of analog photography (polaroids and 4×5 negatives). The camera is mounted overhead and the process of photographing the composition is controlled through the computer; I usually don’t touch the camera at all. The blending of chance and intention in the way these images are constructed reflects my interest in the pliant nature of knowledge and historical narrative. By looking at small details and the physical characteristics of the collage elements, the subtle influence these material qualities have on the message they hold becomes more visible. In my work, I am examining the influence of this material container — text, diagram, paper, or photograph — on the meaning it holds, and suggesting the possibility of alternative narratives through photography.

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