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Keith Johnson   August 18-September 19
Keith Johnson in the Project Space
Project Space


In his photographic work, Keith Johnson has dealt with water and bodies of water for over 30 years. He has spent a lot of time in Rochester, NY (growing up and vacationing and studying), but has never photographed the Genesee River or Lake Ontario. He will be using his time in VSW’s Project Space to focus on water in the area.

Johnson has been involved in photography since the early 70’s graduating from RISD with an MFA studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind in 1975 following a year at VSW with Nathan Lyons. He has exhibited throughout the United States including solo shows at FotoFest in Houston, TX, George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, and The Print Center, in Philadelphia, PA. His work is included in collections at RISD, George Eastman House, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tuscson, AZ.

Free and open to the public.
 

Nathan Lyons on white horse


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Rick McKee Hock   FIRST FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER Friday, September 4, 6p-9p

Join us for the openings of The Curious Reality of Images: Rick McKee Hock in the Gallery and MFA Gallery; Aesthetic Technologies: Works by Philip Mallory Jones in the Hallway; and Keith Johnson’s What’s a Photograph Supposed to Look Like Anyway? in Project Space. Free and open to the public.
Rick McKee Hock   September 4-December 19
The Curious Reality of Images: Rick McKee Hock
Gallery and MFA Gallery


Four Rochester, NY cultural institutions will be exhibiting the work of Rick McKee Hock (1947-2015) in the fall and winter of 2015 and 2016. These exhibits are a tribute to Hock’s commitment to art and culture in the area as well as his lasting art. Hock, who passed away earlier this year, made extraordinarily complex images filled with references to the history of art, folklore, philosophy, psychology, and poetry in his uniquely dark yet playful manner of association.

VSW will exhibit Hock’s early photographs made within the region as well as selections from several major bodies of work, the Codices, Lost Horizons, and recent drawings and paintings including an incomplete bestiary with poems by photography historian and curator Alison Nordström. Rochester Contemporary Art Center will exhibit a series of recent humorous drawings we are calling Artist vs. Artist, depicting Hock’s contemporary art historical heroes pummeling other artists with perhaps more fame and dominance in the art marketplace. The rotation in the History of Photography Gallery at George Eastman House will include an early work of Hock’s and The University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery will be exhibiting two of his renowned Codices works in their galleries this fall and winter.

Free and open to the public.
Philip Mallory Jones   September 4-December 19
Aesthetic Technologies: Works by Philip Mallory Jones
Hallway


A selection of moving image works by Philip Mallory Jones, an artist based in Atlanta, GA. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and has a long history of working in cutting edge moving media technology to produce artworks going back to 1969. He was an early adopter of video art and was the co-founder and director of the important Ithaca Video Project from 1971-85. More recently, Jones has produced collections of electronic poetry with visual art and media design for the dance/theater/music performance Ringshout, which premiered at the National Black Arts Festival last fall. He is currently developing a moving media graphic novel, Time Machine: Bronzeville & The Chicago Renaissance, as told through the same type of 3-D animation and virtual environments as used by contemporary video game designers.

Free and open to the public.
Keith Johnson   Wednesday, September 9, 6pm
Keith Johnson in Conversation with Photographer Dan Larkin


In his photographic work, Keith Johnson has dealt with water and bodies of water for over 30 years. He has spent a lot of time in Rochester, NY (growing up and vacationing and studying), but has never photographed the Genesee River or Lake Ontario. He will be using his time in VSW’s Project Space to focus on water in the area.

Keith Johnson has been involved in photography since the early ’70s graduating from RISD with an MFA studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind in 1975 following a year at VSW with Nathan Lyons. He has exhibited throughout the United States including solo shows at FotoFest in Houston, TX, George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, and The Print Center, in Philadelphia, PA. His work is included in collections at RISD, George Eastman House, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tuscson, AZ.

Dan Larkin was born in Rochester, NY in 1955. He received a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1993 and his MFA from Bard College in 1994. He recently completed a series of landscape photographs made along the banks of the Genesee River. These photographs explore physical, historical, spiritual and cultural references to the past in a time of post-industrial regression. Dan is an Associate Professor in Fine Art Photography at the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at RIT.

Free and open to the public.
Sue Latta   September 20-October 24
Sue Latta in the Project Space
Project Space


Sue Latta tells stories using the serendipitous relationships that occur between image and object, text and texture. Each of her pieces is built into a story using the content that is inherent in the materials. They are constructed in layers—physical layers as well as layers of meaning—allowing or encouraging, the viewer to unpack the layers.

Sue Latta has been a working artist for over 15 years. She received her MFA in sculpture in 2007 from Boise State University and has done a number of public projects and received grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Boise City Arts Commission. Her work has been collected throughout the United States and Canada, and is included in the Permanent Collection at the University of Nevada Reno, Boise State University, the Boise Visual Chronicle and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and in numerous private collections. Latta owns The Sculpture Studio, a private teaching studio where she teaches a variety of 3-dimensional disciplines. She is a resident in VSW’s Project Space in partnership with ImageArt and ImageOut, The Rochester LGBT Film and Video Festival.

Free and open to the public.
Pub Fair   Saturday, September 26, 12pm-6pm
Pub Fair & Litsplosion
VSW Auditorium


The third annual Pub Fair will bring together book artists, photographers, independent publishers, and DIYers to exhibit their work in a unique market showcasing the gamut of what publishing can be. Artist’s books, photobookworks, magazines, zines, digital publishing as well as resources for all of these will be on hand to peruse and purchase.

Writers and Books presents Litsplosion. Litsplosion brings together a collection of award-winning writers, emerging voices, and regional talents to join the Pub Fair in its celebration of book arts. Join us as the writers entertain audiences with stories and poems that range from the socially conscious to the wildly surreal.

Free and open to the public. For more details, click here.
  Wednesday, September 30, 6pm
Artist Talk with Sue Latta


Sue Latta tells stories using the serendipitous relationships that occur between image and object, text and texture. Each of her pieces is built into a story using the content that is inherent in the materials. They are constructed in layers—physical layers as well as layers of meaning—allowing or encouraging, the viewer to unpack the layers.

Sue Latta has been a working artist for over 15 years. She received her MFA in sculpture in 2007 from Boise State University and has done a number of public projects and received grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Boise City Arts Commission. Her work has been collected throughout the United States and Canada, and is included in the Permanent Collection at the University of Nevada Reno, Boise State University, the Boise Visual Chronicle and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and in numerous private collections. Latta owns The Sculpture Studio, a private teaching studio where she teaches a variety of 3-dimensional disciplines. She is a resident in VSW’s Project Space in partnership with ImageArt and ImageOut, The Rochester LGBT Film and Video Festival.

Free and open to the public.
Sue Latta   FIRST FRIDAY – OCTOBER
Friday, October 2, 6p-9p


Join us for a reception with Project Space Artist Sue Latta and ImageArt.

Free and open to the public.
  October 3-November 21
VSW Film Series – Fall 2015
Programmed by Tara Merenda Nelson,
Curator of Moving Image Collections


Join us for our Fall 2015 VSW Film Series. See event details on this calendar.
Sue Latta   Saturday, October 3, 10am-5pm
Urethane Resin Image Transfer Workshop
with Sue Latta


Urethane resin is an amazing, versatile, and durable material that is available in a multitude of different types. It can be pigmented to look like anything from wood to metal to candy. Sue Latta has developed an image transfer process, which allows the transfer of an inkjet print onto urethane resin, thus transforming the image into a three-dimensional object. In this workshop you will be introduced to the material, mixing, pigmenting, etc., and you will receive an overview of Sue's image transfer process.

Ten spots are available in the workshop. Reserve your place through VSW’s online bookstore.
  Saturday, October 3, 8pm
Dividing Road Maps by Time Zones: Ten Years of Moving Pictures, 1999-2009
Amanda Dawn Christie
VSW Auditorium


Toronto-based filmmaker Amanda Dawn Christie presents a program of films reflecting a decade of her restless growth as an artist. Working in both 16mm and super 8 film, she moves between techniques such as hand processing and optical printing to layer images and explore experiences and memories of her past.

Filmmaker in attendance. Projected in 16mm, Super 8 and Video. $5 Suggested donation. This event is part of the Fall 2015 VSW Film Series.

Free and open to the public.
Home Movie Day   Saturday, October 17, 2pm-6pm
13th Annual International Home Movie Day
VSW Auditorium
Films can be dropped off for inspection beginning at noon


Home Movie Day is a worldwide celebration of home movies and amateur films, and provides an opportunity for communities to see and share home movies while learning how best to care for them. Bring your own home movies into VSW, and trained film-handlers will inspect all films and project them before a live audience. We can screen most film or video formats, including Super-8mm, Standard or Regular 8mm, 16mm, VHS tape, DVD, and Quicktime compatible digital files. Films can be dropped off from noon to 2 p.m., with screenings continuously happening from 2 pm to 6 pm in the VSW Auditorium.

Free and open to the public. This event is part of the Fall 2015 VSW Film Series.
Mike Morris   Saturday, October 24, 8pm
Mike Morris presents Hybrid Cinema
VSW Auditorium


Dallas-based artist Mike Morris combines film and video projection with single channel works to create a unique, contemporary cinematic language. Using 16mm film, analog video, digital audio, and interactive software, Morris blends imaging technologies to create hybrid systems that address the tension between archival and ephemeral forms of moving images.

Artist in attendance. Projected in Video and 16mm. $5 Suggested donation. This event is part of the Fall 2015 VSW Film Series.
Bill Daniel   FIRST FRIDAY - NOVEMBER
Friday, November 6, 6pm-11pm
Multi Media Event
Bill Daniel: Tri X Noise Photo Exhibit and Book Release
VSW Auditorium


Launching his latest book, Tri X Noise, artist, photographer and filmmaker Bill Daniel presents a one night “pop-up” show of black and white photographs documenting his participation in American underground subculture over the past 30 years. Included in the exhibit are images from the Texas skate punk scene in the 1980’s, graffiti art in San Francisco in the early 90’s, adventures on freight trains, and documentation of countless art shows and film screenings from the basements and backyards of the American counterculture movement.

This event will also feature live performances from local bands The Drippers, Pengo, The Temptators and Martin Freeman.

Artist in attendance. $5 Suggested donation. This event is part of the Fall 2015 VSW Film Series.
Bill Daniel   Saturday, November 7, 8pm
Who is Bozo Texino?
by Bill Daniel
VSW Auditorium


Visiting artist Bill Daniel presents his 2005 independent documentary, Who is Bozo Texino?, a chronicle of his search for a mythic rail graffiti artist. The project is the result of a 20-year study of “monikers “, and is fabricated from hours of 16mm and super 8 film, most of it shot on freight trips across the western US. Who is Bozo Texino? is a film on the 100-year-old tradition of hobo and rail worker graffiti, and includes interviews with some of the railroad’s greatest graffiti legends.

Filmmaker in attendance. $5 Suggested donation. This event is part of the Fall 2015 VSW Film Series.
  November 9-December 20
Meredith Davenport in the Project Space
Project Space


In connection with The Curious Reality of Images: Rick McKee Hock, Meredith Davenport will develop a project based on medical images made at Beth Israel hospital in NYC. The images were placed on a small thumb drive that Davenport, Hock’s partner at the time, kept in her pocket until the day Rick died. The image on the drive was simply titled RICK’S HEART.

Meredith Davenport is an artist and professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her book Theater of War was published last year by Intellect Press.

Free and open to the public.
  Wednesday, November 11, 6pm
Guilty Pleasures
Artist Talk by Jay Muhlin


Visiting artist Jay Muhlin with present his new photobook Guilty Pleasures with a slide show and present Guilty Pleasures the tarot deck for readings and a gathering. Let's look into your future together...

Jay Muhlin has a BFA in Photography from Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA in Transmedia/Photography from Syracuse University. Muhlin teaches photography at The College of New Jersey, Rowan, La Salle Universities and is a Photographer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He is an Artist Member of the Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia.

Free and open to the public.
  Saturday, November 14, 10am-5pm
The Curious Reality of Images: a Symposium


Details coming soon.
  Saturday November 21, 8pm
12th Annual Animation Fest from Squeaky Wheel
VSW Auditorium


Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center presents their 12th Annual Animation Fest, Transforming Vision, a family friendly program curated by the staff at Squeaky Wheel in Buffalo, NY. Featuring many traditional and non-traditional animation styles, this program of short films highlights emerging and internationally known animators, such as The Brothers McLeod, Daisy Jacobs and animation legend, Vince Collins.

$5 Suggested donation. This event is part of the Fall 2015 VSW Film Series.
  Wednesday, December 2, 6pm
Artist Talk with Meredith Davenport


In connection with The Curious Reality of Images: Rick McKee Hock, Meredith Davenport will develop a project based on medical images made at Beth Israel hospital in NYC. The images were placed on a small thumb drive that Davenport, Hock’s partner at the time, kept in her pocket until the day Rick died. The image on the drive was simply titled RICK’S HEART.

Meredith Davenport is an artist and professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her book Theater of War was published last year by Intellect Press.

Free and open to the public.
  FIRST FRIDAY – DECEMBER
Friday, December 4, 6p-9p


Join us for a reception with our Project Space Artist, Meredith Davenport.

Free and open to the public.
 
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