Diana Naccarato and Thomas Sarrantonio
Paintings and works on paper by Diana Naccarato and Thomas Sarrantonio will be on display at Unison Arts Center in New Paltz, New York from October 2 until October 30, 2016.
Diana Naccarato is exhibiting works on paper from 2014-2016 created at the Gowanus Studio Space in Brooklyn and the artist’s home in the Rockaways. In these works, Diana Naccarato seeks to understand notions of emergence, growth and becoming, with subtle references to plant life and the movement found in natural forms or forces. In some of these works, repetitious mark-making forges areas of concentrated forms that disperse into vacancy. Other works are the result of a hurried, fluid gesture based on intuition and activity. These works on paper invite the viewer to consider a space where indecision may mingle with clarity, movement with inaction. They straddle the line between spirited celebration and solemn reflection.
Thomas Sarrantonio will be showing works created in the Foothills of the Shawangunks area near the Old Gatehouse Road in New Paltz, close to the Unison Art Center. The fields here were recently acquired by the Mohonk Preserve and, by special arrangement, the artist will donate a percentage of sales to the Mohonk Preserve to be used for education programs and to increase access to Preserve lands.
The paintings of Thomas Sarrantonio seek to mediate between realms of external perception and internal reflection. They present themselves as meditations on nature and self. Choosing humble, often overlooked subject matter, such as the overgrown grasses at the edge of a field, he attempts to translate the dynamic processes of Nature into the stasis of physical matter on a painted surface. Small works are produced directly from Nature while large paintings are studio productions that utilize memory, experience, imagination and conceptual ideas to negotiate the terrain of contemporary painting. The paintings are offered to the viewer as templates to provoke active participation in the process of seeing and quiet contemplation of the mysteries of consciousness. His work can be viewed at www.thomassarrantonio.com.
An Opening Reception with the artists will be held on Sunday, October 2 from 4pm to 6pm.
Photographing the Nude in the Studio and Sculpture Garden with Dan McCormack
Dan McCormack, Ulster county photographer and head of the photography program at Marist College, will lead a workshop for beginning to advanced photographers. We will work with a nude figure model in the studio and outside in the sculpture garden if the weather permits. In the studio we will work with “hot lights”. The photographers will take turns directing the model. When you are not directing you may also photograph as long as you don’t interfere with the photographer who is directing. We will be shooting with or without props depending on your vision. Bring your camera, many rolls of film, extra batteries, extra memory card, tripod and props that you find might be interesting for the model to work with, i.e., fabric, hats and boots.
Please pre-pay at the office, online, or over the phone at 845-255-1559. Preregistration is important — we will cancel a program if there are not enough pre-registrations.
The members of Unison’s Board and Gala Committee have decided to postponethe 40th Anniversary Celebration until this coming spring.
This decision was reached for many reasons including a large number of competing events in the community and the reconstituting of Unison’s Board,
By spring the new Board of Directors will have had time to plan new directions for Unison’s future. We are optimistic that with this new energy that future can be bright and successful. We will plan an event for early spring to celebrate the new Unison and also its 40 years of service to the Mid-Hudson Valley community.
Your continuing support will insure Unison’s success for many years to come.
Actors & Writers Unison’s theatre-troupe-in-residence, is a 22-member company of film, TV, and theater professionals, all of whom reside, at least part-time, in Ulster County.
This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Claire Lofrese and Shanti Grumbine
Paintings and works on paper by Claire Lofrese and Shanti Grumbine will be on display at Unison Arts Center in New Paltz, New York from November 13 until December 12, 2016.
Claire Lofrese’s displayed work uses divisions or grid in various forms (a recurrent device in much of her artwork) – but adds landscape into the mix. Landscape has always been a presence in her work even when the work is more abstract in appearance.
A formal device such as the grid, in combination with an image, provides a dichotomy: geometry and randomness, structure and gesture. Some of her work has been divided into vertical panels, resembling Asian screens other pieces are divided into horizontal bands. These combinations enable her to explore tension and movement in a balanced whole.
She was brought up in the Hudson Valley and after many years in New York City and a few in southern California, made her home in Beacon NY. The Hudson Valley landscape is a large influence on this work. These works are not of specific places in her surroundings, but are “a remembered image or the retained feeling of landscape. With this as a starting point, I then make decisions related to texture, color and style. These pieces could be of many other locales and in that way I hope that they resonate with the idea of landscape rather than a depiction of it.”
Shanti Grumbine transforms appropriated print media through paper cutting, collage, sculpture and printmaking.
She explains that “in the 70’s, Felix Gonzalez Torres advocated, “As cultural producers we should be very aware of what the culture is doing. We must read the newspaper…” and that the New York Times was his “greatest source of inspiration”. While the New York Times served as a daily touchstone for me, a struggle with neurological Lyme Disease left me grappling with focus, word recall and short-term memory making it very difficult to stay engaged and informed. Since I strive to make work that is authentic and honest, I decided that if I could no longer take information in, I would remove it. That initial intimate performance of redaction with an X-ACTO knife on a newspaper page intrinsically moves beyond the personal and gestures toward themes of censorship, marginalization, bias and subjectivity and has galvanized my projects for the past 5 years. This act serves as a source for my collages, prints, textiles and wall relief.
Kenosis is an ancient Greek noun for emptiness or an emptying. In my project Kenosis, I utilize the erasure and excision of the New York Times newspaper to elicit a sacred experience of the everyday. By physically removing content, I make space for what has been censored in media as well as what is lost in the translation of experience into words. I reference ancient narrative formats such as commemorative paper cutting, illuminated manuscripts, medieval musical scores and stained glass. In this particular series, I wanted to create a pixelated effect by hand. In cutting away content from images of conflict in the Middle East in a gridded manner, I inadvertently created patterns that also look like the geometric designs and Kufic calligraphy present in Islamic architecture.
I created Redacted during a month-long residency at Women’s Studio Workshop last summer. For this series, I use cut newspaper pages as stencils for screen prints. The pages act as sliding doors that reveal and obscure appropriated images from international and environmental crises. Small redacted and inverted advertisements hover like ghosts in their respective slots; I am reclaiming these luxury items, imbuing them with significations of legacy and value.”
An Opening Reception with the artists will be held on Sunday, November 13 from 4pm to 6pm.
Due to injury, we are unable to present this show at this time. We intend to reschedule it, but for the moment we will refund the price of tickets already purchased. Thank you for your understanding.
A completely new show!
Performance poetry from two great talents, new, original, and wildly entertaining. An engaging reminder of what a pleasure words can be.
Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine, who are “biologically incorrect, fiscally challenged, and barely fundable,’’ stop off in New Paltz for their annual night of words and wisdom.
Not to be missed!
This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the new York State Legislature.
Actors & Writers(A&W), Unison’s theatre-troupe-in-residence, is a 22-member company of film, TV, and theater professionals, all of whom reside, at least part-time, in Ulster County.
This evening A&W will present a new work written and presented by David Smilow and other members of A&W.
Imagine an Antiques Roadshow episode originating as much from the Twilight Zone as a local town, and you’ve got some idea of what’s in store with ” What You’ve Brought”, a new work by David Smilow. Join Actors & Writers as they rummage through a trove of eclectic objects, oddball owners, and the bizarre tales linking them. This will be an evening that proves yet again, people show up with the strangest stuff. And we’re not just talking about antiques.
Sponsored by: This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Please join Joseph Jastrab, Ned Leavitt, Robert Bard and guest percussionist (Spirit Brothers Band) for an uplifting morning of chanting.
Come and share a morning of beauty and spirit. We will find devotional grooves that are at times ecstatic and at times deep and meditative. Come, come “whoever you are” — raise your voices with us in calling out the Holy Names and invoking the presence of spirit. Chants may come from many traditions including Sanskrit Kirtan, Native American, Sufi and Ancient Christian.
Sponsored by Sandra Smiley