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Artist Show | Exhibit, Talk & Performance

  • Arts Letters & Numbers 1543 Burden Lake Road Averill Park, NY, 12018 United States (map)

This Friday our Artists in Residence are inviting you to get a glimpse of their past, current and possibly future. Since the kitchen is usually the place of interaction, we will start the evening with pizza making at 6:30pm (as a tribute to our past artist in residence and baking queen Heather Martinez), so join and bring some toppings! Works will be on view and performance and talks will start around 7:30pm. 



Works on View:

Madison Manning is currently completing her MFA in Sculpture at New Mexico State University after receiving a BFA in Jewelry Design + Metalsmithing (2015) from Texas Tech University. During her residency Madison has created a new collection of work dealing with the presence and absence of the body in the spaces it occupies. Paintings and sculptures have been created out of materials such as eyelashes, ostrich feathers, wallpapers, vinyls, quilting pins, paint and more; all familiar yet removed, evoking longing, romance, comfort and confusion.

Kristen Gudsnuk is a Queens, NY-based comic book artist and writer. Her comics frequently focus on friendship, the crushing burden of reality, feminism, promoting multifaceted female characters, and poking holes into narrative and genre tropes. In residence, she is working on a middle grade graphic novel, which will be released in July 2018 from Graphix. Kristen will have her book Henchgirl, which was released in trade paperback in March 2017, on view. 


Performance/Talks:

Ruby Jayaseelan did not know what to do so she decided to dance it away. She spent 8 years acquiring formal training in Bharathanatyam, a classical Indian dance form, in Singapore and India, only to realize that she wanted to use this age-old art form in every way possible except the traditionally. Over the years, she also exposed herself intensively to physical theatre, neo-classical, contemporary, somatic and experimental movement, making inter-disciplinary art with amazing human beings. 

Ruby will be presenting a traditional Bharathanatyam piece," Ragamalika Shabdam". Her favourite choreography of Maami, who was also her dance teacher, passed on last month. Ruby's will perform this piece in honor of her.

Jordan Wayne Long and Tara Perry hail from Arkansas but both live/work in Los Angeles, CA. Tara was on the Emmy award winning kids T.V. show "The Fresh Beat Band" for 5 years. Jordan is a performance artist whose performances have garnered him international attention and a Guinness world record. 

"What's something you think your mind would enjoy but you won't let yourself think about?" As kids we're unhindered, but as we grow older we stack layer on layer hiding who we really are, who we really want to be. Tara and Jordan's work help people uncover their true selves, and they will share fragments of their grand span of work. 

Kaitlyn Schwalje is a Brooklyn based artist and researcher. Her work focuses on the mechanisms that govern how everything works, from physical architectures to people and their behaviors. Drawing upon the use of narrative and image her work examines themes of science, risk and disaster.

Kaitlyn will lead a brief talk about the stories behind everyday objects and the act of collecting. With the engagement of the audience she hopes to approach the answers to questions including…Can objects contain narratives? What of ourselves is embedded in the objects we keep? What do the everyday objects we keep say about us—about what we fear, what we desire and how we construct our identities?

You’re invited to participate in a show and tell. Please bring an object of your own—anything from a teacup to a shoe—and share its story.


Suggested donation $5


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Earlier Event: May 19
Film Screening | Moonlight
Later Event: June 2
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