Category Archives: Art

9.4.15 A pirate’s guide to survival

Dara Engler 
A pirate’s guide to survival 

Spearfishing for Sea Lamprey
How to Skin a Squirrel

Engler’s paintings are portraits of an alter ego, often rooted in exaggerations of her own experiences. Their loose narratives are allegorical, embracing human foible and the humor that comes with it. Her interest in the figure lies in these awkward obstacles to which we can all relate. Inspired by her time in Louisiana and Ithaca and by Karen Russell’s book “St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised By Wolves,” this pirate has adopted the curiosity of Russell’s characters. She is skinning squirrels, spear fishing for sea lamprey, and learning to build wattle and daub shelter. She is an explorer, running into new creatures in new lands.

As an artist, Engler has always enjoyed constructing environments for her character before painting. They function as stage sets that are translated into two-dimensions again before they reach the audience. The things she previously considered to be props are now as much a part of the artwork as the paintings themselves and they should be shown together. In her paintings it is often unclear whether the figure is outside or whether the background is a backdrop in an imagined space. Her work plays with flatness, pattern and line juxtaposed with the rendered form. The paintings teeter between real and imagined worlds. The inclusion of the three-dimensional objects further clouds the line between fact and fiction.

images from top:

Spearfishing for Sea Lamprey, 2014, oil on canvas, 36in. x 60in

How to Skin a Squirrel, 2014, oil on canvas, 33in. x 40in


Outdoor screening at dark: 

presented by the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival

(weather permitting)

Love Eternal– Brendan Muldowney; 2013/ Ireland

LoveEternFeat-2For Ian Harding, death is natural- he’s been confronted to it his whole life, and as anyone would do, he’s trying to make sense of it. The isolated young man is beginning a quest: chasing the meaning of his life – And the only way to get there is to get as close to death as possible.

Based on Kei Oishi’s acclaimed novel In Love With The Dead, Brendan Muldowney’s film is an emotional tour de force. Despite the dark areas of the human mind explored form the first second of the first reel- the fascination of death transcends the film, and Muldowney’s achieves a level of pure and simple beauty that any filmmakers and cinematographers would only dream of. A one of a kind film, for a one of a kind story, it’s the art of cinema at it’s finest.

Watch the Trailer here


July show at station923

station923 presents:


Clara Chapin

Opening reception Friday, July 25th

6 to 9pm

On view by appt from July 25 – September 3, 2014


Sets of objects, images, and phrases, placed beside one another elaborate miniature dramas. They function as parataxis a literary tool which juxtaposes simple sentences or statements (without any hierarchy  or conjunction) to create meaning in a physical context.  [Greek, a placing side by side, from paratassein, to arrange side by side : para-, beside; see para-1 + tassein, tag-, to arrange.]The vocabulary of elements presented in these sets are culled from the last two years and touch upon the weather, inter-subjectivity, desire, tragedy, feminism and chromology.  Through the ordering of these fragments, and gestures, narratives can be derived. The stories are further informed by the fact of them being displayed in a domestic environment.  Station 923, in addition to being a space for art exhibition since 2011, is a home and frequently hosts friends, as well as airbnb guests.  These are just things to live with.

 Whatever may be either retained or omitted, without making any sensible difference, is not properly a part.



Screening at dusk by the

Ithaca Fantastic Film Festival:

JSA, Park Chan-Wook; 2000

JSA-vertSummer mini series at Station923: Revisiting political thrillers

Station 923 and The Ithaca Int’l Fantastic Film Festival are putting together a three film mini-series to re-explore the political thriller genre with selections spanning the 30 years before the new millennium from across three territories. From Park Chan-Wook’s, South-Korean, film industry game-changer, JSA (Joint Security Area, 2000); to the vanguard experimental film, Michel Deville’s Le Dossier 51 (1976); to Alan Pakula’s second instalment in the paranoia trilogy, The Parallax View (1974), each of these films changed the way we see cinema.

JSA, Park Chan-Wook; 2000

When two North Korean soldiers are murdered in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, a Swiss-born officer is brought in to investigate. While looking into the murders, she interviews both North and South Korean officers and learns that the histories, and intrigue, run deeper than originally thought.

another year, and the state of ruined state(s)

Hard to believe it is June already, and with this spell of lovely warm weather we’ve been having, it feels like we are full on into summer, even though it is still technically spring.

The new season also marks the passing of the 4th winter endured by Robert Andrade’s Ruined State(s), the site-specific sculpture created in the front yard of station923. Andrade created the work in August 2010, just as he was completing the MFA program at Cornell. The piece consists of five square concrete panels, each imprinted with a section of a map of ancient Rome.


The intention, in part, was for the piece to crack and become ruins. We were hedging our bets last year that this would be the year the sculpture would be riven from foliage pushing up from beneath. Nope. Each panel is still intact, and while more weeds have sprung up from in between the panels, the overall structure is solid as ever, with no sign of any new cracking. The piece is certainly settling into the surrounding landscape in a more noticeable manner than previous years.


Rumor has it the artist will be passing through Ithaca this weekend. We hope he’ll be able to drop by to see for himself how his work has weathered the years.



We Three on SIP

Many thanks to photo blogger Rotem Rozental for writing about this Friday’s show on the SIP reader.

Click here to read it.



final show of 2013 season: We Three


WE THREE: Flemming Ove Bech, Fryd Frydendahl, Bernard Yenelouis is a collaborative project done long-distance between Ithaca, New York City and Copenhagen in which each participant has circulated photographic images among themselves. The auto-curatorial structure of on-line sharing is shaped by the simultaneous intimacy and distance of three old friends in a sustained virtual conversation done over a passage of several months. The epistolary selection of images creates its own associations when installed in situ at Station923.

Bech_1Flemming Ove Bech lives in Copenhagen, Denmark where he works with photography, print making, sculpture and independent publishing. In 2010 Bech co-founded the publishing company Lodret Vandret. Bech is the author of Olympiasieger (Vandret, 2013), sonic booms to consider (Vandret, 2012), and Formes Anterieures (Je Suis une Bande des Jeunes, 2011).

Fryd Frydendahl is a photographer, video maker and book artist in in New York City. Frydendahl is part of the performance group Birds Frydendahl
production, Bird Mitsudahl
. In 2007 Frydendahl published Familiealbum (Nyt Nordisk Forlag Arnold Busck); the book features a collection of portraits from The Youth House, a legendary Danish punk venue that was evicted and demolished in 2007. In 2011 Frydendahl published her zine Personal Spam, followed by Romeoville. Frydendahl is the author of The Summer of Yes (Nyt Nordisk Forlag Arnold Busck, 2012) and in collaboration with the Danish artist Halfdan Pisket the forthcoming winter (Gladiator, 2013).

Bernard Yenelouis is an artist and writer, based in Ithaca, NY. His most recent project is How to Live in the City, Milstein Gallery, Cornell University (2012). He has shown at Yenelouis_2Momenta Art, Kravets-Wehby, Sue Scott, Monya Rowe and Rare galleries in New York City, the Kristi Engle Gallery in Los Angeles, and at the Detroit International Video Festival. Yenelouis has published in ConveyorPastelegramsaint-lucyBomb, and 10×10 American Photobooks (Book Dummy Press, 2013).  Forthcoming projects will be included in Memories Can’t Wait (Secretary Press, 2013) and the journal Diacritics (2014).


Opening Reception:

Friday October 11th, 2013

6 to 8pm


923 E. Shore Drive

Ithaca, NY  14850

September Show

More Perfect More Better More Plenty

work by Mara Baldwin


Artist’s Reception:

Friday, September 13th

7 to 9pm

Using Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland as a primary text, Baldwin explores themes of artifact, documentation, restoration, utopia, communal living, exclusivity, feminism, and science fiction.

Mara Baldwin
 received her BA from Wesleyan University and her MFA from California College of Arts. Her work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, SOMArts, Triple Base Gallery, Root Division, and the Performance Art Institute, all in San Francisco, CA; the University of California, Berkeley; Pulliam Gallery, Portland, OR; and Capricious Space, Brooklyn, NY.  She is the recipient of the Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship from the San Francisco Arts Commission (2009), an SFMoMA SECA nomination (2010), and has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center (2010), the Saltonstall Foundation (2011), and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program (2013).  She currently resides in Ithaca where she maintains her studio practice and directs the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College.



At Dark:

Fireside Screening of

Dario Argento’s Inferno

presented by the Ithaca Fantastic Film Festival

Please feel free to BYOB and to bring picnic blankets or lawn chairs for the screening. 

There is limited parking at station923. Please park in parking lot across the street and walk over. 

Tonight’s events postponed to Thursday

Due to the severe flooding in the area and the backyard of station923 being wet and unsuitable for outdoor movies, the reception and screening will be postponed to this Thursday evening, August 15th.

Same time, same place.

Fingers crossed for a dry evening on Thursday.