Events, Performance

Marie Claire Macadar | Artist in Residence Show

On June 28th, we had a beautiful artist in residence show by Marie Claire Macadar after a festive summer communal dinner. The show started with a video presentation of Marie Claire’s completed puppet shows, including “Hangers! The Musical”, which was nominated for the 2015 National Puppet Slam. Marie Claire Macadar then gave an in-progress presentation of her newest puppet show, “Escape from Grandma’s Purse”, created during her residency at Arts Letters & Numbers. The puppet show centers around a toothbrush that finds itself very, very lost inside of a grandmother’s purse, and the characters it meets along the way, including a sock, a lipstick, and.... a treacherous receipt monster. The sharing was such a playful and creative experience of contemporary puppetry, which naturally evoke dynamic exchange of thoughts and questions after her presentation.

Events, Artist in Residence, Exhibition, Performance

Liao Dean | Exhibition | Nihilo-Ex-Datum (Prelude)

On June 22nd, Nihilo-Ex-Datum (Prelude), the Artist in Residence Show by Liao Dean employed a combination of created site-specific installations, stop-motion film, sculpture works, and performance to reexamine the relationship between connection and significance, to explore contemporary attitudes regarding data and knowledge. Combining conceptual elements from eastern philosophy, mathematical logic, and post-modern literature with locally sourced materials and refuse, the exhibition will guide audience members through a landscape cluttered with pablum and significance in order to encourage reflection on the derivation of meaning through the lens of artistic creation and critical deconstruction.

Events, Community

Creative Economy Mixer | Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy

Each month the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE) holds a Creative Economy Mixer. We are honored to have been the chosen host this months event. This was an incredible opportunity to share ALN with a community who might otherwise not know our organization. The event was structured with a guided tour of our facilities, open studio by our artists in residency and fellows, food tastings by Laughing Earth Farm, beverage tastings by Albany Distilling Co. We also had an engaging discussion with Founding Director David Gersten, joined by Andrew Frishman of Big Picture Learning, an organization that has partnered with 65 schools across the U.S. with a mission to educate one student at a time.

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3RD-THURSDAY ed. 06 | Monthly Participatory Art Show

We express gratitude to the following artists who presented along with visitors and supporters; 

Frida Braide, Hyunbae ChangIsabella Chydenius, Liao Dean, Frida Foberg, Hana Falconer, Kyle Giacomo, Colleen Keough, Marie Claire Macadar, Robin McLauglin, Natalie Jauregui Ortiz, Joe Poon, Christina Rosati, Julia Rosen, Josephine Nørtoft Saabye, Rachel Van Wylen

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Ariana Martinez, Stacy Seiler, Rachel Trusty | Exhibition | Artists in Residence Show

On June 7th, Ariana, Rachel and Stacy collectively presented their own works at the Artists in Residency Show. The following is from the artists:

Ariana Martinez

Ariana Martinez is an artist of Puerto Rican descent based in Bronx, New York. In 2017, Ariana graduated from the Brown University | Rhode Island Dual-Degree program with a B.A. in Urban Studies and a B.F.A. in Sculpture. Ariana works as a radio producer and documentarian and has created work for BBC Radio 4's Short Cuts, KCRW's The Organist, and WFMU's The Blind Tourist. In 2018, Ariana received the Signal to Noise Award from Union Docs and Gilded Audio, which funded a reporting trip to Puerto Rico, where Ariana began work on the audio/visual series No Hay Palabras / There Are No Words. Ariana has continued to develop this series at Arts, Letters, & Numbers. In this exhibition, Ariana will present In-progress drawings, and storyboards, audio documentary samples, and short animated videos from this project.

Rachel Trusty

While at Arts, Numbers, & Letters, Rachel Trusty has continued her Friends and Lovers Series through experimentations with hand-embroidery on found photographs. Until now, the Friends and Lovers Series has consisted of mixed-media paintings which feature same-sex female relationships. Trusty wished to broaden the series by combining actual photographs of couples or friends with her love of embroidery.  The small stitches and detailed patterns, along with the colorization of the photographs with ink, act to give the photographs and relationships within them new life. 

Stacy Seiler

Stacy Seiler is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York City. Her work explores the psychological impact that architecture plays upon its inhabitants in states of both presence and absence. Inspired by the history of Faith Mills, she has created a series of sculptural objects and woven historic photographs, using materials and weaving methods that reference the late 19th and early 20th century textile industry.

Photo by Jennifer Park

Intro to Arts Letters & Numbers

Arts Letters & Numbers is a non profit arts, education, and publishing organization dedicated to creating creative exchanges across a wide range of disciplines including Architecture, Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, Film, Music, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. Arts, Letters & Numbers conducts workshops in educational and cultural institutions worldwide in collaboration with theatre companies, artists, writers, actors, musicians and filmmakers. It operates an ongoing series of educational workshops, performances and film productions at ‘The Mill’ located in Upstate, NY.

Session

Digital Living Hybrids Lab | Session by Keren Christina Mendjul & Nick Meehan

Arts Letters & Numbers started the new year of 2019 with an immersive session, Digital Living Hybrids Lab, conducted by our fellows Keren Mendjul and Nick Meehan. The session is an invitation to co-construct a laboratory for scientific and artistic collaboration using the nearby island in Burden Lake as its testing ground to explore the boundary between human intuition and computational systems.

Events, Exhibition, Community, Artist in Residence

3RD-THURSDAY ed. 04 | Monthly Participatory Art Show

We express gratitude to the following artists who presented along with visitors and supporters; 

Ximena BorgesHyunbae ChangDiane DeBloisFrida FobergRobert Dalton HarrisNatasha Holmes, Thomas R Pendergast, Anna Wilson.

Community, Performance

Albany High School Theater Ensemble | Sweet Charity

Since 2016 we have been fortunate to work with AHS’s theater ensemble, the amazing students and their highly dedicated directors and staff. This years musical Sweet Charity explored issues of sexism misogyny and especially how young people are impacted in the systems we live in. Ward Dales, Gregory Theodore Marsh, Noelle Gentile and NCBI, are true masters of creating safe space for the students to share their own stories and experiences around the topics. Creating a performance that is not only about the story itself - it’s about everyone who has every been in a situation of toxic societal norms and for everyone else learning how to be an ally. 

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Rúni Weihe | Artist in Residence Show | Moving on: on my ongoing writings; poetry, notes and travelogue

On Mar 16th, Rúni Weihe presented his artist residence show, Moving on: on my ongoing writings; poetry, notes and travelogue. The show was of a discussion of three different manuscripts that Rúni is currently working on. The manuscripts in their different form and shape can initiate a discussion about the text as sound, as noise, as an image. The manuscripts presented were; A collection of poetic tableaus written from a month-long hike between abandoned quarries on the Faroe Islands in the summer of 2017; An ongoing collection of notes, brochures, items and travelogue; Text “as found”: A year of post-its written by a mother who deals with depression and anxiety transformed into sound/noise and as physical cut-ups. 

Rúni Weihe was born in 1985 on the Faroe Islands. He graduated from the Aarhus School of Architecture in 2012. During his master's degree he had exchange studies at Hogeschool vor Wetenschap en Kunst - Sint Lucas in Brussels, interned for New York based work ac, and had an extended semestre at the Aarhus University studying epistemology and the history of ideas. Upon graduating he worked for a few years at smaller offices first in Aalesund, Norway and then later in Copenhagen, Denmark, before turning his attention towards teaching and writing. In 2016 he got accepted to the two-year programme at the school for creative writing Forfatterskolen in Copenhagen where he graduated in the summer of 2018. Rúni writes poetry, prose, and essayistic travelogue, and holds an interest in space, place, history, privacy, movement, monotony, rhythm and melancholy amongst other things.

Events, Exhibition, Artist in Residence

Emily Stroud | Exhibition | Reclaiming Pink

On Mar 15th, Emily Stroud presented her artist residence show, Reclaiming Pink. The following description is provided by the artist. 

When observing bodies our judgement of them is often clouded by societal norms ingrained within us as to how we believe certain people should appear. In my work, I portray figures that have a varying idea of their own gender and specifically their femininity. I depict my subjects fully submerged in their own domestic environment, unconcerned with the societal pressures surrounding them. With oil paint, I create softness with the figures and the space they occupy. This creates a duality between the fragility and certainty within my work.

During my childhood in the south, I was forced into confusing and conflicting ideas of femininity. These ideologies of how women should look never felt like they fit my personality and often caused me physical and emotional distress. I rebelled against these norms, which also felt isolating and uncomfortable. In young adulthood, I am starting the process of unlearning what I've been told and coming to terms with what mixture of feminine and masculine traits make me and others feel safe in their bodies. I have begun to use pink in an attempt to reclaim it, forming a loving relationship with the feminine parts of my personality and body.

Emily Stroud is currently working out of Birmingham, Alabama. She has received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a concentration in oil painting. Her work has been exhibited in southeast region galleries such as The Birmingham Museum of Art, Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts, and The Wiregrass Museum of Art. Her work focuses on the attitudes surrounding gender and sexuality that still exist in the south. By painting soft realistic figures that do not fit into societal norms, she makes the viewer think about the ways gender and sexuality inevitably vary. Her work challenges gender norms and stems from her own experiences growing up as a woman from Alabama. 

Events, Performance, Artist in Residence

Yurika Higashikawa | Artists in Residence Show | Snowed Under: A crash course in dealing with epistemological dread

From Mar 11th to 13th, Yurika Higashikawa presented her artist residence show, Snowed Under: A crash course in dealing with epistemological dread. In the three-day session, YU shared a wide range of works reflecting diverse aspect of own. A reading of A love letter to creative workers brought her intimate affection, interest and care into questions of what is being artists and what their obligations are. Storytime, a collaborative reading of two short stories dragged the audience to be present in the stories. In the last piece, YU performed a lecture calling for a more radical approach to self/community education in light of environmental destruction.

Yurika Higashikawa is a research driven, performance-based art-worker currently living in Dublin. They graduated from NCAD with a Joint BA degree in Sculpture and Visual Culture in 2017. Since exiting the academic institution as a student, YU has continued to evolve their practice through a series of lectures and guided tours in and Dublin City Centre.

YU’s practice evolved out of a provisional act of resistance against the imposed heterogeneous hierarchies implicit in a university and aimed to highlight how certain classist, gendered and racist structures can affect and direct creative workers within the wider field of the Irish State. Since graduating from university, the antagonism of the knowledge economy remains a core consideration within their practice however YU has become predominantly concerned about the contingent realms of historical turmoil in relation to contemporary site of social unrest under neliberalism. They interrogate the ever-evolving, ever-shifting physical and metaphysical terrain of Ireland through the use of socially engaged actions and performances as well as guerrilla style object interjections. By using ‘The testimony’ or ‘The Complaint’ as their modus operandi, YU unravels ideas of agency, precarity, hope, adaptability, institutional pain and opportunity.

Alongside these key considerations, YU has also become increasingly concerned about the relationship between ethics and art. Having developed a profound distrust of the state’s co-option and utilisation of art in regeneration projects, YU poses their performances alongside capitalist entities as a tactic to erode or undermine their ideological actions. Placing their final iterations of their work in the public sphere, methods of co-option, over-identification and consent have become central to how they execute their work.

Current research has lead YU to consider what roles can be assigned to art in relation to the housing crisis and what links can be made to grassroots organising. Should it be a soothing agent, to propose band-aid solutions? Should it be the voice of dissent, using its autonomy to propagate or disperse hidden narratives? Can it effectively support communities in times of crisis and if so, what are the ethical considerations that should be taken into account? YU’s work is an interrogation of arts radical possibilities, paradoxical conventions and responsibilities in a post-relational art and institutional art context.

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Efrat Arielle Peleg | Exhibition | Between Jerusalem and Tokyo

On Feb 24th, Efrat Arielle Peleg presented her artist residence show, Between Jerusalem and Tokyo. During her eight weeks at Arts Letters &Numbers, Efrat Arielle Peleg took the time to process her three years living and working in the city of Jerusalem. The Sharing presents a variety of experimental pieces, mainly paintings and prints that express her reflection upon the reality in Israel and Palestine and her love for the Holy Land as a nostalgic place. Another theme, which appears in some of the works, tells the story of a remote winter in Averill Park, New York.

Efrat Arielle Peleg is an Israeli artist who moved to the US as a young adult. She graduated from Bard College, NY, in 2015, with a dual degree in Fine Art and Asian Studies. Efrat studied abroad at Kyoto-Seika University, Japan, where she discovered how deeply connected she was to her own Israeli culture and the conflict embodied in it. This understanding urged her to return to Israel to work with human rights and peacebuilding organizations such as Solidarity of Nations and Seeds of Peace. Working in Jerusalem for the past three years, Efrat has combined art with education in a way that has allowed her to build meaningful relationships with both youth and adults, Palestinians and Israelis, in a variety of frameworks. Art helped her foster these relationships and go beyond spoken language. Therefore, Efrat sees art as a universal language, a powerful tool to communicate and share the stories that all people, anywhere, carry within. While in Jerusalem, Efrat pursued working on her personal artwork is local studios. She expresses her own stories and learnings through paintings, printmaking and imaginative illustrations. 

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Clare Lyons | Exhibition | Back Into Your Mind

On Mar 10th, Clare Lyons presented her artist residence show, Back Into Your Mind. Having completed a 6 week residency at Arts, Letters and Numbers, Dublin artist Clare Lyons presents a selection of works in progress exploring themes of memory and identity. Using a variety of experimental methods of working with photographs, Clare has created a body of work which visually represents the process of recovering and recalling repressed and suppressed memories.

Clare Lyons is a photographer and visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Her work is typically deeply private and explores themes of trauma, memory, and her personal struggle with mental illness. Clare's current practice examines the process of uncovering and recalling repressed and suppressed memories using paper-folding and other sculptural methods of working with photographs. Clare is currently Assistant Editor at Junior Magazine which is an annual journal showcasing young Irish photographic talent, and since 2018 has worked with the Photo Ireland Foundation as a volunteer at The Library Project in Dublin. 

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3RD-THURSDAY ed. 02 | Monthly Participatory Art Show

We express gratitude to the following artists who presented along with visitors and supporters; 

Hyunbae Chang, Reenie, Cara Farnan, Eunbi Kim, Daniel J. Kuperberg, Clare Lyons, Efrat Arielle Peleg, Julie Timm Vejleaa,