Haralez: Elizabeth Monoian and Susie Silver

“Untitled No. 1: A Haralez Project Media”: video

Untitled No. 1 is an experimental project that fuses electronic noise, video, and performance using a method that calls into question our relationships to time, history, and memory. Haralez’s repetitive, seemingly futile and potentially unending actions merge with an electronic soundscape, which contextualizes the images narratively to expand the historical and cultural framework. The noise consists of sound effects and music that establish a subconscious narration. It echoes the cacophony of electronics in contemporary culture that brings whales to the ocean1s surface to sing and comforts newborns in the neonatal ward. At times this soundscape reinforces the performed actions and at other times it metaphorically recontextualizes them.

Open Studio Project, “Art & Witness”

Various artists, various media

The Open Studio Project will be exhibiting art and writing by OSP participants from classes and outreach programs in the Special Events Gallery of ARC. The Open Studio Project (OSP) is a non-profit arts and social service organization. We provide stimulating and powerful programming combining visual arts and writing, with a special emphasis on using the creative arts to inspire personal growth, interpersonal understanding, and social change. www.openstudioproject.org.

Carolyne King

“An Increase of Light”: paintings

King goes back to the basics. The exploration of shape, color, line and language make up the basis for her new series of paintings and drawings. By limiting herself to simple art-making principles, the artist was able to explore the complex abstract relationships which occur during the creative process.

John Kuchle

“Natural Abstractions”: photographs

Using form, line and color, Kuchle manipulates simple objects into straightforward abstractions that reveal their wonderment. Particularly with the ice forms, Kuchle changes the way we see by altering reality into celestial swirls of lightness and dark, stillness and motion.

Mary Jo Anderson

Sculptural objects

Anderson states, “The body worshipped in our society is sensationalized, idealized, a media/consumer image. In our actual lives, its function and byproducts are often regarded as repulsive and are not spoken of, except in hushed tones. Why should this attitude be so?” Anderson sees her work as a subversive reclamation wherein she camouflages an object that has about the same status as toilet paper (you miss it when its not there but would rather not think about it otherwise), and makes it beautiful and desirable. When the viewer recognizes what is being presented, laughter and embarrassment are often the result. But that initial attraction, desire and admiration cannot be forgotten or denied. The artist seeks the uneasy waffling between repulsion and attraction–function lost in service to beauty. The successful realization of the artist’s intent occurs when the tension directed towards the physical realities of the female reproductive cycle are diffused with a mixture of aesthetics and humor.

Eden Stern

“On The House”: mixed media