Monthly Archives: March 2011

busy art week

This week is shaping up to be quite an exciting week for contemporary art in Ithaca.  Not only is this Friday Gallery Night, but it is an extra special one because as soon as Gallery Night ends, Karen Brummund will show her new video installation on the facade of 126  Sears Street at 8:15pm. Read more about it in Luke Fenchel’s article in this week’s Ithaca Times.

There’s also a flurry of art activity happening up on campus too. In addition to Lindsey Glover‘s new installation ‘Island of Trees’ which opens tonight at the Olive Tjaden Gallery at Cornell, Nicholas Knouf also has a show, titled ‘Afflator,’ opening in the experimental gallery in Tjaden.  Knouf is a PhD candidate in information science at Cornell and the installation is literally a robot that communicates with you in your own primordial language that you make up. How cool is that?

About Afflator:

Afflator breathes upon the conditions of today’s robotic creatures that are pulled into the muck of mimesis. To have a robot that is spoken to in natural language, that walks in a bipedal fashion, is the research that is valorised. Afflator deforms these conditions to suggest that the robotic form does not need to resemble anything we have seen before, that the means of engagement with a robot can be something other than traditional language and movement. Draping from the gallery ceiling and extending along the floor in a wave of fabric, afflator unfolds onto contemporary robotics research to suggest other ethico-political options for engagement with the robotic other. Extending from afflator is a tube with an attached mask, worn by the gallery visitor to create a machinic assemblage of human and creature. Sounds from the visitor’s mouth stimulate afflator’s activity; afflator’s activity stimulate sounds from the visitor’s mouth. Engaged in the ecstasy of communication, human and afflator in an assemblage work to deflate the present bubble of functional robotic design.

island of trees

If you’re looking for some art to see in Ithaca, make sure to stop by Lindsey Glover’s new show, ‘New work by Lindsey Glover,’ at Cornell’s Olive Tjaden Gallery in the art school on campus. Lindsey will be showing new work here at Station923’s exhibition space later on this summer, with an opening in late June. More on this to come. We love Lindsey’s whimsical installations, playful spaces and eco-environments and we can’t wait to see what she dreams up for our space.

Exhibition hours at Tjaden Gallery are M-F 9AM- 4:30PM. There’s a reception this Thursday from 5-7PM. 

The show runs Monday, March 28 at 9:00am – April 1 at 4:30pm.

Activist Retooling, Fourfold








Spring is in the air, and it is almost time for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.

View a complete listing of screenings and events here.

For all of you techies and media theorists, this one looks super juicy:

FLEFF Panel: Activist Retooling, Fourfold

Tuesday, April 12 from 7-9pm, Ithaca College Business Room 104


Elvira Dyangani Ose
Monica Haller
Sarah Wylie

Panelists will discuss ongoing projects touching on a range of issues and strategies relevant to current forms of media activism. Topics include the development of opensource and specialized tools as a means to channel scientific and private knowledge to the cultural and social domain; the move toward creating provisional and limited range broadcast technologies and the choice to focus on the immediate as ways to drive transnational outlooks; the prescience of formative personal experiences for the furthering of generative political processes; and the challenges in using digital tools to hold authoritarian structures accountable. These questions among others will be raised in the presentations and the follow-up moderated discussion.

Moderated by Maria Fernandez and Nicholas Knouf, featuring Dreamaddictive (Mexico), Elvira Dyangani Ose, Monica Haller and Sarah Wylie

art of the revolution

It is important that something be said regarding the remarkable role that art played in the Egyptian Revolution. Your author saw reference to setting up an ‘artist committee'(2/5); and on the final Tuesday (2/8) ‘a day for artists’ was declared.  When thugs threw pieces of sidewalk at the demonstrators, the demonstrators responded in part by collecting the pieces and making what looked like Richard Long, drawing as well as sculpture (2/3).  Banksy-like stencils, or the Rymanesque-mark free white flag, ever-present symbol of the “White” revolution, not offering surrender, but rather demanding it of the regime. Visual evidence of a revolution that was, at the core, about people attending to their self-expression, something they hadn’t been able to do for 30 years.

graffiti alert

As you can see, it certainly looks like spring here at station923, on this downright balmy St. Patrick’s Day. We are so excited about the forthcoming season of exhibits that we have already begun to clean the cobwebs from the gallery space  in anticipation of what’s to come.  More on this later of course, but in the meantime, I thought I would share a message that arrived via a local community listserve today on behalf of the IPD.

Graffiti Alert!

Attention: Help the Ithaca Police Department apprehend those who are defacing our buildings.

In the last 30 days you may have noticed an uptick in graffiti vandalism. This is not only costly to the community but also sends the wrong message about safety and security downtown.

The DIA will be working with the City on a program to make sure this graffiti is cleaned up.

You can Help!

The majority of the graffiti present today has been reported and recorded by the IPD.

Report new graffiti to the IPD before you paint over it or clean it up. Become diligent in checking your property.

If you notice people with spray paint on their clothing, their fingers and hands, let the police know.

Call 272-3245 to report new instances of graffiti or let the police know if you see someone doing graffiti.

Now, while it is no secret my passion for all things street art, I have to say that it is no surprise that there is such a local commotion being caused by the kind of ugly scribbling that has cropped up all over town (mostly to do with anti-hydrofracking.) I sincerely believe that were the messages to be better-crafted, and the art prettier, this would not be such an issue. Where oh where is Ithaca’s Banksy? Someone please put the art back in this graffiti art. And to make matters worse, it now appears that it is literally unsafe for artists (and kindergartners?) to walk out of the studio with paint on their clothing without fear of a citizen’s arrest.

Instead of posting an image of the graffiti in question – because looking at bad art is bad for your health – I’m posting this image of my beloved winter aconite instead.

3 more days until spring!

the principle of limiting factors

This week I had the chance to see Danielle Mericle’s new show which closed at the Olive Tjaden Gallery in Cornell’s Tjaden Hall.  In this new body of work, Mericle explores the complex relationship between history, knowledge, and power, through a series of photographs and video of seemingly disparate subjects.  I particularly liked the video of a dilapidated collection of Greco-Roman casts undergoing restoration by a local art-restorer. Who knew Ithaca could sustain a full time professional art restorer?

Danielle Mericle is perhaps best known locally for her mesmerizing and enigmatic collections of photographs which she makes into books and publishes under the name A-Jump Press.  Seneca Ghosts, for example, deals with an elusive herd of albino deer that roams a deactivated cold war-era army depot in Upstate, New York.  A-Jump books can be found in the New Museum bookstore, among other places.  You will have the chance to see them in person at the Arcades Project event on May 6th, as A-Jump is one of the vendors.

signs on the road

I am extremely excited about this forthcoming show at the Winkelman Gallery in Chelsea.  Not only does it look like it will contain a phenomenal lineup of artists, but it is co-curated by local artists Leslie Brack and Michael Ashkin, and also by David Dixon who was the artist-in-residence here at Station923 last year.  The show runs  March 25 through April 30 at the gallery’s Curatorial Research Lab. Make sure to check it out if you are in the neighborhood.

Organized by:  Workroom G, and curated by Gogue Projects (week 1), Camel Collective (week 2), and Cathouse FUNeral (week 3) the show centers around the way that artists often fixate on particular found material (imagery, objects, quotes, fragments of text, etc.) that reveals no direct connection to their practice but that possesses for them an enigmatic, resonant meaning.  This material may serve as a beacon for their practice, suggesting an unrealized and indeterminate potential for future work.  Perhaps this material is the uncanny of artistic practice.

Excerpt from the Curator’s Statement:

For this exhibition, we will create an archive of such material from over one hundred artists, each invited to submit a single-page digital file to be printed on an 8×10-inch sheet.  The archive will be handed over to three curatorial collectives, each of whom will mount a treatment and exhibition in the diminutive (10-foot by 10-foot) Curatorial Research Lab at Winkleman Gallery.  Despite the archive’s necessarily small scale, we hope for a different order of insight than can be derived from primary artistic production.  What if, for a moment, we treat such secondary material as primary?  We are curious to see what tentative and comparative understandings can be drawn regarding a collective sensibility of the moment. Could organizations of this archive serve as signs on the road toward something beyond its constituent parts?

Workroom G is Michael Ashkin, Leslie Brack, and Joshua Geldzahler

Gogue Projects is Matt Freedman & Jude Tallichet

Camel Collective is

Cathouse FUNeral is David Dixon, Karen Miller, Pete Moran


David Adamo, Alyson Aliano, Greg Allen, Meredith Allen, Robert Andrade, Mirene Arsanios, Michael Ashkin, David Atkin, Nancy Baker, Conrad Bakker, Michael Ballou, Sarah Bedford, David Beneforado, Annie Berman, Eric Ross Bernstein, Roberto Bertoia, Mary Walling Blackburn, Lee Boroson, Leslie Brack, David Brody, Monica Burczyk, Pam Butler, Sharon Butler, Holly Cahill, Zachary Cahill, Tiffany Calvert, Francis Cape, Zhiwan Cheung, Piotr Chizinski, Jennifer Coates, Elizabeth Condon, Anne Connell, Diana Cooper, Daniel Cosentino, Amie Cunat, Elizabeth Dadi, Iftikhar Dadi, Jennifer Dalton, Donna Dennis, Ben Draper, eteam, Julie Evans, Anna Faroqhi, Anoka Faruqee, Renate Ferro, Matt Freedman, Carolyn Funk, Lee Gainer, Joshua Geldzahler, Benj Gerdes, Lindsey Glover, DeWitt Godfrey, Maximilian Goldfarb, Edward M. Gomez, Anthony Graves, Lisa Hamilton, Shadi Harouni, David Hartt, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Jennifer Hayashida, Eric Heist, Amy Helfand, Alika Herreshoff, Bob Hewitt, Susan Homer, Bettina Hubby, David Humphrey, Gabriela Jimenez, Christopher Lowry Johnson, Ron Jude, Martine Kaczynski, Efrat Kedem, Christine Kelly, Daren Kendall, Baseera Khan, Elke Krasny, Larry Krone, Lasse Lau, Jill Lear, Ronna Lebo, Diana Seo Hyung Lee, Karen Leo, Jason Livingston, David Lukowski, Pauline M’barek, Rose Marcus, Justin Martin, Mark Masyga, Graham McDougal, Todd McGrain, Doug McLean, Vincent Meessen, Danielle Mericle, Elisabeth Meyer, Andrea Minicozzi, John Monti, Pete Moran, Ray Mortenson, Erik Moskowitz, Carrie Moyer, Nicholas Muellner, Chris Nau, Yamini Nayar, Gregor Neuerer, Jennifer Nichols, Meredith Nickie, Marty Ohlin, Chris Oliver, Craig Olson, Ruth Oppenheim, Maria Park, Ahndraya Parlato, Ditte Lyngkaer Pedersen, Liza Phillips, Anna Pinkus, Maggie Prendergast, Johannes Paul Raether, Paul Rajakovics, Cuba Ray, Dylan Reid, Thomas Rentmeister, Noah Robbins, Christopher Robinson, Kay Rosen, Douglas Ross, Benjamin Rubloff, Kathleen Rugh, Rachel Salamone, David Scher, Mira Schor, Peter Scott, Dennis Sears, Daniel Seiple, Rachel Selekman, James Sheehan, Buzz Spector, Suzy Spence, Liz Sweibel, Stan Taft, Jude Tallichet, Nick Tobier, Nathan Townes-Anderson, Amanda Trager, Jeanne Tremel, Lauren Valchuis, Chris Werner, Leslie Wilkes, Sammy Jean Wilson, Karen Yasinsky, Bernard Yenelouis

participate in 126 sears street

I am collecting drawings of this Greek Revival house in Ithaca for my next public installation. I hope you (and your friends) will participate! I will digitally project YOUR drawings of this house onto the same house (like this).  Combined with my own drawings and photographs, this public installation is a collaborative sculpture about our landscape.

Karen Brummund

the details:

1) You can download this picture of 126 Sears Street to draw from.

2) Make a sketch, doodle, oil painting, collage, sculpture, etc. of  the house. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect. Children, artists, and people of any other profession are welcome to participate.

3) Mail it to 410 Winston Ct #5, Ithaca, NY 14850 or email a high-resolution file to attn: Sears

4) There is limited space in the video installation. Final submissions must be received by March 10th.

You can see similar projects here, here, and here. For those of you who heard about Waterburg Plaza in September, this project is a continuation of that project. 126 Sears Street is generously supported by the Experimental Television Center. Check this blog for more information about the installation and images of the submissions. Email me with any questions about the project.

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