2016

Events, Community

Jam in the Salon

Friday 25th November

Going back in time at the House on the Hill, we opened the doors to a the speakeasy salon from the 1920’s. It was a classy event with no end-time. Musicians and friends who were either in town for the Thanksgiving weekend or who live in the area year-round came in and out creating a constant flow of sound. Lot's of songs and laughs with everyone decked out in their best pre-war era garb. A wonderful new thanksgiving tradition hosted by Arts Letters and Numbers

Photography © Zelé Angelides. 2016. All rights reserved.

 

Exhibition, Events, Artist in Residence

Untitled: Fleshy Objects | by Bat-Ami Rivlin

On October 29th, 2016 Bat-Ami Rivlin showed her work produced during her residency, in her solo-exhibition Untitled: Fleshy Objects.

Bat-Ami's work explores different performative aspects of the body as meat, sex object, and remnant. Her interest in bodily characteristics transforming objects into flesh, makes an in-between ‘abject’ that is not inanimate, nor alive. The abjection of flesh, its transformation from the proper to the formless, exhausted, and rotten, is a key concept to her work.

The understanding of our bodies as vessels, outer-layer, and as separate from our conscious selves is questioned. Exhausted materials, fleshy forms allude to the meat-like properties of the human body and the social implications of the consideration of our own process of disintegration. The bodily functions that signify our biology and remind us of the ephemeral and embodied nature of existence are rejected in an attempt to create a space separate from deterioration of the body. Thus, the flesh emerges in different roles that are performed for an audience, such as an image, a tool, or an illusion. Our bodies are no longer the makeup of ourselves, but rather a visual representation that is both separate and irrelevant to what we assume as the inner being. The body becomes upgradable, malleable, and theatrical. In its theatricality, it performs the role of 'object' dictated by the social space or context. In domestic spaces and in official social settings, the body becomes a hinderance, as the sight of flesh and its corporal attributes clash with the understanding of the authority of the so-called pure intellect.

Moreover, intimate spaces in which flesh is supposedly allowed to exist, have also become contested, mediated by the beauty ideals of popular mass culture. Particularly with female flesh, the body’s naked appearance becomes an immediate ‘nude’, a showcasing of previously constructed desirable female attributes that are meant to please and entice a potential audience. That is why the re-inserting of flesh in its corporal form into the domestic, the intellectual, and the intimate spaces of culture is an act of disturbance.

Photography © Zelé Angelides. 2016. All rights reserved.

Events, Community

Work Weekends

The spaces we inhabit have been around for much longer that we have and that requires a certain precision of care and awareness; to repair and maintain and furthermore to imagine their full potential at every step of the way. Luckily we have the privilege of being in a heart-warming community, who sees the value in our project, and support us with their endless dedication. We are constantly learning from everyone around us, whether it’s to fix leaks or washing machines, build walls, and restore barns or how to deal with parasites. There is always someone who has an answer, or knows where to find one. Our work weekends are a great way for this kind of knowledge to be shared, where we bring people together and in a joined force focus on specific facility based tasks. So far, these gathering have made it possible to create spaces for our artists, expanded our accommodations, winterizing the facilities and much, much, more. There are not enough words to show our gratitude to everyone involved in building this project!

Collaborations

Albany High School | Which Way is Home?

Arts, Letters and Numbers was invited to collaborate with Albany High School’s after school Social Justice Theatre program to witness the students in the telling of their stories and to design a single stage set that would be used for this production along with seven other student-written and performed plays as part of an annual festival.  After the festival, ALN hosted the Albany students at the Mill and with Youth FX, a local non-profit film arts program, they filmed and produced a dramatization of students’ stories. 

Events, Performance, Exhibition

Zoëtrope Sun Festival

This immersive festival presented works created during Zoëtrope Sun, a four-week summer workshop, bringing together architects, artists, filmmakers, musicians, composers, physicists, poets, photographers, actors, mimes, chefs, and scientists.

Workshops, Summer, Past

Zoëtrope Sun | Summer Workshop 2016

During the four-week intensive workshop, we brought together Architects, Artists, Filmmakers, Musicians, Composers, Physicists, Poets, Craftspeople, Photographers, Actors, Mimes, Chefs, Magicians, Historians, Scientists, and Scholars to co-construct a disciplinary Zoëtrope: a living system of knowledge-transformation turning within light and time, water and clouds, life and still life, cameras and projectors, nights and days, words and voices, an emergent microclimate that evokes the origins of life itself—animation, anima, zoë, life—a “Zoëtrope Sun”. 

Exhibition, Collaborations

Sun Ship | Benefit Exhibition and Auction

Sun Ship: An Exhibition in support of Arts Letters & Numbers was held at Wilmer Jennings Gallery, in New York City, co-hosted by Dorian Grey Gallery and curated by Director, David Gersten. On view from June 17 till June 30, 2016, the Exhibition contained over 100 works by over 70 artists from more than a dozen countries, all donating their works to support Arts Letters & Numbers. These were emerging and internationally renowned artists, including Dennis Adams, John Ahearn, Michael Benson, Mike Bidlo, Lorenzo Clayton, Martha Cooper, Marylyn Dintenfass, Adeline Kueh, Bill Morrison, Margaret Morton, Laurie Olinder, Walid Raad, James Romberger, David Shapiro, Homa Shojaie, Suha Traboulsi, Ian Woo and Lebbeus Woods, among others. 

Bringing together works of the broader Arts Letter & Numbers community, the exhibition opened with a beautiful celebration of these many vibrant and diverse works and voices. The highlight of the evening was a grand piano performance by Michael Harrison followed by a live auction in support of our project. Photos from the exhibition and event are below, and a publication of the exhibition is available here on our website. Sun Ship was new territory for Arts Letters & Numbers and the entire organization sprang into action determined to have the exhibition, publication, events, online and live auctions created and crafted with all of the thoughtfulness, and precision, poured into all of our ALN works.

Events, Concert, Community

Patrick McKearn in Concert

Patrick McKearn, jazz pianist, composer and writer has lived in NYC for over 30 years.  

Before moving to New York, he studied piano and composition at the University of Illinois with Salvatore Martirano and Thomas Frederickson, performed in big bands and accompanied such jazz greats as Illinois Jacquet, Betty Carter, Oscar Brown Jr. and Abbey Lincoln. 

Since moving to New York he has performed with numerous artists including Teri Roiger, John Menegon, Tani Tabbal and Paul Shapiro in various clubs around Manhattan including the 92st Y, 55 Bar, Knitting Factory and Fez. Recent collaborations include a three hour improvised soundtrack for Jan Baracz’s film installation Live Video at Art in General in New York City. 

His CD, Throw Out the Lifeline, features his arrangements and compositions, and is available through CD Baby. In addition to teaching privately, Mr. McKearn also works as a Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Center for Arts Education and Community Word Project. He also serves as chorus director for the NYC based Project Find Senior Center.   

I am constantly rediscovering my art by sharing in the process of making it with new people and communities, young and old.”  

Photography by Joey Pfeifer and Lyndsay Bloom

Exhibition, Artist in Residence

Align and Construct | Exhibition

Align & Construct was an exhibition of works from a range of diverse media and assorted conceptual notions brought together to examine constructs of culture, gender, liminality, memory and time.

Events, Collaborations, Community

Promising Playwright's Festival and Which Way is Home?

Albany Highschool Theater Ensemble's Promising Playwrights Festival 2016 was held in the Abrookin Theater in Albany. Seven student written plays was performed over the course of four days. We are very honored that Arts Letters and Numbers have been part of this journey, and we excited about what this collaborative work can bring. 

Events, Exhibition

Ping Pong Festival | WWTTL at the Mill

An evening of dinner, dancing and pong! A twice annual event this year proudly hosted by Arts Letters and Numbers and the Wynanskill Watershed Table Tennis League (WWTTL) at the Mill in the grand upstairs space.