Events, Exhibition, Performance, Artist in Residence

Tyler Mills & Luxin Zhang | Exhibition & Performance | Artist in Residency Show

Described as “cosmic jazz” (Boston Music Intelligencer) and “like Mozart mashed up with Club Beats and Electronica” (Original Gravity), pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek and electronic artist David Ibbett present an electro-symphonic journey of growth and discovery - bridging the worlds of classical chamber music with electronic beats and sampled sounds of the universe.  Consisting of works by David for piano and live electronics, they will perform a preview of this brand-new program at Arts Letters & Numbers, musically exploring such terrain as the fractal patterns of nature, the growth of an embryo, bleached coral reefs, and rising seas and a changing global climate.

Events, Concert, Concerts, Artist in Residence

Sophia Subbayya Vastek & David Ibbett | Concert | Artist in Residency

Described as “cosmic jazz” (Boston Music Intelligencer) and “like Mozart mashed up with Club Beats and Electronica” (Original Gravity), pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek and electronic artist David Ibbett present an electro-symphonic journey of growth and discovery - bridging the worlds of classical chamber music with electronic beats and sampled sounds of the universe.  Consisting of works by David for piano and live electronics, they will perform a preview of this brand-new program at Arts Letters & Numbers, musically exploring such terrain as the fractal patterns of nature, the growth of an embryo, bleached coral reefs, and rising seas and a changing global climate.

Events, Exhibition, Artist in Residence

YuGao & Carley Zarzeka | Exhibition | Artist in Residency

Travel without Traces - Sharing Meeting

People always want to leave some traces for the world, afraid that they have only been there, and have no impact on the world. And my experience tells me that traveling uninterruptedly without leaving any trace is a higher realm. If you leave no trace of yourself, it does not mean that others will surely forget you.

Events, Concerts, Concert, Artist in Residence

The KOI Collective | Concert | Artist in Residency

KOI Collective was formed in August 2018 by three liked-minded composers from Oberlin Conservatory – Soomin Kim, Kari Watson and Natsumi Osborn – and works to promote and celebrate women, trans and non-binary composers through collaborative projects and community outreach.

Events, Exhibition, Performance, Community

3RD-THURSDAY ed. 01 | Monthly Participatory Art Show

We are so happy to have held our first 'Third-Thursday' of 2019, our new monthly night of sharing works. With pieces and performances from artists, guests, local community members and Fellows, the evening revolved around the theme of 'ordinary days', attempting to rediscover and explore the things happening around us that are often given little intention or attention. Involving everyone, artists, guests, local community and fellows, Third-Thursday is a time and place for participation, inspiration, and creative exchange. 

Events, Performance, Artist in Residence

Rashaun J. Allen | Public Reading | Artist in Residency

To mark the end of his eight weeks in Residence at Arts Letters & Numbers, Rashaun J. Allen delivered a public reading of his work, sharing two chapters from his memoir.  The reading and lively discussion offered a vivid insight into his life and work, and his approach to the craft of writing. The evening was capped off by a beautiful musical collaboration by current artists in residency, Ellie MacPhee, Elizabeth Kate Hall-Keough and Michelle Wan Lok Chan. Click below and check out the wonderful moments! 

Collaborations, Workshops

Beijing Barn Bibliotheca | CAFA

This Fall we had the great honor of contributing to the ‘Future Unknown’ Chancellor’s Summit held at The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, China. The project grew from careful consideration of the mission and vision of CAFA and the principles driving the “Future Unknown” initiative to move art and innovation forward by building linkages to many educational and cultural locations around the globe.

Events, Performance

DeChae, Tedesco & Wolff | Reading

It was lightly snowing with a small bonfire outside. Through the window an ambient light was coming out, and the visitors slowly took their seats towards a little chest by the window. Three people holding papers perched on the chest in turn, and started to recite their writings calmly. On October 26th, 2018, we had a full house for an evening of readings by Laurin DeChae, Adam Tedesco, and Rebecca Wolff. Within each voice, poetry, prose and essay were shared, and the visitors traveled in the stories of sounds.

Laurin DeChae is a PhD candidate in Composition & Rhetoric at SUNY Albany, acting as the editor-in-chief for Barzakh Magazine. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of New Orleans. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Harpur PalateAnimal Literary, Pretty Owl Poetry and elsewhere

Adam Tedesco is an editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Laurel Review, Gramma Weekly, Prelude, Pouch, Powderkeg, Fanzine, Fence, and elsewhere. His video work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1 among other venues. He is the author of several chapbooks, most recently ABLAZA (Lithic Press, 2017), as well as the forthcoming titles Misrule (Usrus Americanus Press, 2019), and Mary Oliver (Lithic Press, 2019). 

Rebecca Wolff is the author of four books of poems, one novel, and numerous pieces of nonfiction prose. She is the editor of Fence and the publisher of the Constant Critic. She lives in Hudson, NY, and is currently seeking meaningful employment . . .

Performance, Artist in Residence

On a Bed of Spiderweb | Artist in Residence Performance

What does make your body move? An willful body movement comes from the complex of sensory; feeling of security, mindful guidance, relaxation, freedom, scent, music, space, etc. One leads to another added up and stacked in sequence, the body gradually absorbs the environment and starts to communicate with the surrounding. Jillian invited us to a journey to her tiny world, On a Bed of Spiderweb, on the 20th October, 2018. Her world was full of sensory without any regulations or constraints. The space was transformed into any possibility of experience with ongoing sound and scent which let people release their tension of time, space and themselves; and people started to move.

Jillian Goodwin is a trained creative arts therapist, installation artist, and classically trained ballet dancer. She co-created the first mental health program at The League’s Education and Treatment Center’s LAND Gallery, a studio and gallery space for adults with developmental delays; and she has worked in the inpatient acute psychiatric unit at NYU’s Langone Medical Center.

Photos by Natasha Holmes

Events, Exhibition, Artist in Residence

Show and Tell | Artist in Residence

Artists visit Arts Letters & Numbers for various reasons and one of them would be its own placeness. Distant from repetitive and regulated city life, Averill Park is a place of discovery, founding and observation. Surrounded by nature of woods, lake and hill, artists often encounter the unexpected, recognize fresh and get inspired from them. As leaves changed in colors covering the grounds, Wolfgang and Steven shared their site-specific artworks on October the 6th 2018. Extended from their professional fields, Wolfgang and Steven introduced and improvised what they have discovered around the site fused with their own views and interpretations.

Wolfgang Kahler apprenticed in Architecture, with a BA in design and sustainability from The Evergreen State College, Wolfgang Kahler is a designer and craftsperson with a love of experimentation. He is excited by unconventional materials and practices, by the combination of old and new, by acts of service, by collaboration, and by all opportunities for learning and play.  

Steven Bellosguardo fuses contemporary techniques with a traditional approach to sculpture’s original subject, the human figure. Utilizing mediums associated with modernist sculpture, figures are rendered from flat sketches on steel, cut out and assembled, creating an interplay between two- and three-dimensional elements. 

Events, Exhibition, Artist in Residence

ALN Group Show | Artist in Residence Exhibition

Various encounters between national and international artists who are currently on residency at Arts Letters and Numbers have been mixing mediums and creating works which question the environment and population of Averill Park and its surrounding region. 

On September 2nd Arts Letters and Numbers invited the community for some light refreshments whist we celebrating the works which had been produced over the past 2 and a half weeks by the current artist in residence. 

Alice Shockey, Brooklyn, NY.

“My creative process integrates my experience here at Arts Letters & Numbers with my sensory experience as I become fully present within this space and in my body. I find visual representation both using a process of body mapping and collecting natural found objects and working directly with the immediate environment of Arts Letters & Numbers”

 

Matthew Bacher, San Diego, CA.

What can our relationships with nature tell us about ourselves? Artist Matthew Bacher asks these questions as he examines the connections and disconnections that we share with the natural world. "Sometimes its good to remember that we're still animals."

 

Tilly Davey, Canberra, Australia. 

Tilly Davey's work questions the vulnerability of humanity and the daily struggles which the world at large faces and has done so since time memorable.Directing and tutoring a number of different community art programs throughout Canberra,Australia has a large impact on the works that Tilly produces.

 

Christopher Raia, NJ.

Christopher Raia is a multidisciplinary artist and illustrator based in New Jersey. In 2018, he received his BA in Interactive Multimedia at the College of New Jersey. His practice mixes both physical and digital means of making in order to create installations that transform spaces and provoke conversation.

Performance, Community

Hinges Mirrors & Eclipses | Festival

This year brought with it our 3rd annual Festival, where we once again celebrated and shared the works created over the course of our 2018 Summer Workshop, Hinges, Mirrors & Eclipses. With 45 participants, representing an incredible range of fields and nationalities, it was the largest workshop in the history of Arts Letters & Numbers, resulting in a truly memorable festival. 

Workshops, Works, Past

Hinges Mirrors & Eclipses | Summer Workshop 2018

Hinges, Mirrors & Eclipses is grounded in the idea that the spatial, poetic and material imaginations provide a unique means of registering and creating transformation, of engaging the world and making a contribution. Working from the principle that our capacity to act in the world is rooted in our capacity to recognize and comprehend transformation, the workshop covers a large arc of content, asking questions of our world, our disciplines and our humanity. 

Performance, Artist in Residence

Us and Around | Artist in Residence Performances

Our Artists in Residence invited the public for an evening of performances on June 28th, 2018. In a very short time, works with great depth had been growing out of collaborative and solo interventions. The journey and the live the residency program has taken on is mind-blowing, and the evening with Lu HeintzErika Morillo, Gordon H. Williams, Ursula Bustillos DazaMarshall Jones was a truly unique experience.

‘With Holdings’ was a two person performance by Lu Heintz and Erika Morillo. Gordon H. Williams guided the audience to create a soundscape by exploring the second law of thermodynamics (the total entropy of an isolated system can never decrease over time).  Marshall Jones accompanied tunes to Ursula Bustillos Daza’s photography constellation of Bolivian culture.

Events, Exhibition, Artist in Residence

Show and Talk | Alex the Grave

Alex was or first month long day residence. Everyday she commuted from Troy, to fully embrace herself in the creation of her series of paintings. The last day of her residency she gave a talk on her work. She shared her insights of working with the balance between trauma and humor, how her art involves a high level of personal exposure while she at the same time maintains a filter of ambiguity. Her portraits, large scale, detailed, full of life and hardship, of herself and her family members. The talk continued into a great audience discussion around color, personalities, poetry, exposure and life.

Alex the Grave is an American painter and poet living and working in Troy, New York. They’ve received a BA in English and a MA in Fine Arts, both at University at Albany, SUNY. 

Their work mainly explores themes of mental illness, invisible disability, personal relationships, trauma, dark and dry humor, and the idea of a melodramatic truth. It is a therapeutic self exposure. Heavily inspired by comic books, zines and items such as handmade signs or diaries, Alex seeks to combine these aesthetics and simultaneously enlarge and expose specific moments and feelings in a physical form.

Collaborations

The Fence Select | The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Though Arts Letters & Numbers is still a young organization, our partnering organizations, such as the Art Center of the Capital Region have had a crucial role in the regional art scene for a long time. Their Fence Show, now in its 53rd year, is a member show, which originally was exhibited on the iron fence surrounding Washington Park in Troy, the original location of the Arts Center. These days the artwork is displayed salon style (floor-to-ceiling) in their galleries, and all levels of skill and ability are represented, from novice to professional.

Each year, a juror is invited to choose artwork for the Fence Select, an exhibition curated from the works in the fence salon. This year, the Fence Select exhibition was be juried by David Gersten.  Together with Frida Foberg and Chris Rose they identified approximately 50 pieces that became the Fence Select, which were on display July - August, 2018.