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Luna Galassini  

January 5 through February 19
Monitored or Recorded by Luna Galassini
Project Space

Galassini works as a transcriptionist for the LA County district attorney's office and has browsed prison message boards and studied Google Maps to pinpoint the location of a drive-by shooting more times than she can count. In the Project Space she will be working with the found material of these interrogations, witness interviews, and jail phone calls to further her attempts at bridging the gap between personal experience, the visual vernacular of the digital world, and the stories on which she eavesdrops on a daily basis.

Luna Galassini is an artist based in Rochester, New York. Her photographs have been exhibited at the University of Rochester ("Four Men with Backs to Camera," 2014) and the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education. She holds a BA from Bennington College.



Wednesday, February 10, 6p
Artist Talk with Luna Galassini

Join us for an artist talk with Luna Galassini about her body of work Monitored or Recorded. Free and open to the public.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS
VSW Film Series  

January 29 through May 28
VSW Film Series – Spring 2016
Programmed by Tara Merenda Nelson
Curator of Moving Image Collections

Join us for our Spring 2016 VSW Film Series. See film details below.



Saturday, February 20th, 8p
Early Avant Garde Films
VSW Auditorium

Seminal films by artists in the 1920s and '30s.

Projected in 16mm. $5 suggested donation. This event is part of the Spring 2016 VSW Film Series.


Roberley Bell  

February 22 through April 1
Still Visible: after Gezi by Roberley Bell
Project Space

In 2010 Bell went looking for nature in the ever-expanding urban environment of Istanbul, Turkey where she was living on a Fulbright. Bell photographed trees and paired them with vintage portraits, found in bookshops, of individuals or families photographed in the company of a tree. She returned to Istanbul in 2014 after the Gezi Park demonstrations of the previous year, which began as a protest of the government's desire to remove the park and replace it with a mall. She attempted to relocate and re-photograph the trees from her original project going on searches requiring maps, memory, and strangers' directions. In the Project Space, Bell will work with her photo documentation to recreate the daily maps on which she transcribed the narrative of each encounter as she searched out the trees.

Roberley Bell's work centers on the production of sculpture and site specific public projects. She explores the natural world both in abstracting from, and in borrowing, to reveal hyper-realized fantastical forms and landscapes. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred and is a professor in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at RIT.



First Friday, March 4, 6–9p

Join us for a reception with Project Space artist Roberley Bell. Free and open to the public.



Wednesday, March 30, 6p
Roberley Bell in Conversation with Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams is an Associate Curator at the University at Buffalo Art Galleries.



First Friday, April 1, 6–9p

Join us for a reception with Project Space artist Roberley Bell. Free and open to the public.


VSW Film Series  

Saturday, March 5th, 8p
Electronic Performance by Michael Johnsen
VSW Auditorium

Composer Michael Johnsen performs live electronic sound generated in collaboration with a dense thicket of homemade instruments whose complex behaviors reveal charming failures and ungarnished teeming.

$5 suggested donation. This event is part of the Spring 2016 VSW Film Series.



Saturday, April 2nd, 8p
Which Side Are You On?: Films from the Orgone Archive
Presented by Greg Pierce
VSW Auditorium

Greg Pierce is a Curator and Archivist in Pittsburgh.

Projected in 16mm. $5 suggested donation. This event is part of the Spring 2016 VSW Film Series.


Mary Ellen Bartley  

April 4 through May 6
Standing Open by Mary Ellen Bartley
Project Space

Bartley explores the formal architecture of the printed photography book as well as its evocative and abstract qualities. Using the Project Space and the VSW Research Center library, Bartley will continue her work on Standing Open, a study of splayed-open photography books. She will be working on a “book of books” eventually taking its place (somewhat like a Russian nesting doll) on a shelf in the same library.

Mary Ellen Bartley is known for her photographs that explore the tactile and formal qualities of the printed book and its potential for abstraction. Represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, Bartley was chosen as a 2015 Watermill Center Artist in Residence. She lives and works in Wainscott, NY.



First Friday, May 6, 6–9p

Join us for a reception with Project Space artist Mary Ellen Bartley and the opening of Keith Smith’s exhibition Ladies First. Free and open to the public.


VSW Film Series  

Saturday, April 16th, 8p
Experimental Films from the 1950s and '60s
VSW Auditorium

Projected in 16mm. $5 suggested donation. This event is part of the Spring 2016 VSW Film Series.


Keith A. Smith  

May 6 through July 1
Ladies First by Keith A. Smith
VSW Gallery

Keith A. Smith is widely recognized as one of the few great living masters of the book as artwork with nearly 300 bookworks created to date. This selection focuses on his representation of women in classical painting such as his large fold book, Ladies First, and a classic women painter, Frida Kahlo.


VSW Film Series  

Saturday, May 7th, 8p
Short films by Western NY Artists
VSW Auditorium

Projected in 16mm. Suggested donation $5. Part of the Spring 2016 VSW Film Series.


Liss LaFleur  

May 9 through June 3
The Kiss by Liss LaFleur
Project Space

Inspired by the figures in Rodin's The Kiss, LaFleur plans to develop an experimental moving image sculpture in the Project Space. She and her wife will re-enact positions found in photographs in VSW's image archive. Their performance will be projected onto a slowly moving inflated parachute. Her project will explore notions of public and private art making practices, mediated performance, and question ways of queering archival materials.

Liss LaFleur is a New Media artist best known for creating works that are feminist and feminine, exploring political identities around themes of domesticity, loss, and historic parallelism. She is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media at the University of North Texas.



First Friday, June 3, 6–9p

Join us for our First Friday reception. Free and open to the public.


VSW Film Series  

Saturday, May 28th, 8p
Mare's Tail by David Larcher
Presented by Gordon Nelson
VSW Auditorium

"Mare's Tail is an epic film flight into an inner space. It is a 2-1/2 hour visual accumulation; it is the filmmaker's personal odyssey, the odyssey of each of us. The lines move into shapes which move into orbits and your eyes water into colors. The film becomes one of the most vital penetrations into the experience of seeing." - Stephen Dwoskin

Projected in 16mm. Suggested donation $5. Part of the Spring 2016 VSW Film Series.


Dylan Nelson  

June 6 through June 25
The Nature of Pencils by Dylan Nelson
Project Space

Nelson's work involves a combination of image and book making with an underlying interest in how these images and objects are engaged, phenomenologically. In the Project Space he will explore displaying works old and new through methods of projection, sculpture, and installation with an aim of seeing image making, installation, and book making coalesce into one working practice.

Dylan Nelson cofounded Houseboat Press, a small publisher that has produced close to 30 artists' books since 2012. He currently splits his time between New York and Minnesota. Most recently his work has been exhibited at Aperture Foundation, NY and Boston University Art Gallery.


Photo-Bookworks Symposium  

June 23 through June 25
VSW's Photo-Bookworks Symposium
Auditorium

Every two years, VSW invites a dozen people to present serious ideas about photo books as artworks at an informal assembly we call the Photo-Bookworks Symposium. Besides the remarkable speakers, the audience at this gathering is likely to include many people as experienced in the field as those presenting, which makes for many dynamic and informal dialogues over the two and a half day event. Speakers in 2016 will include Cristina de Middel, Alejandro Cartagena, Philip Zimmermann, Adrian Octavius Walker, and Houseboat Press, amongst others to be announced.


 

First Friday, July 1, 6–9p

Join us for our First Friday reception. Free and open to the public.