artwork by Kurt Mangum
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Dark Star, a group exhibition of experimental and site-specific works at Basilica Hudson, opens Wednesday, November 6, 2013, and runs through Tuesday, November 12. Curated by Becca Mann and featuring work by Anna Betbeze, Crystal Z Campbell, Sayre Gomez, Kurt Mangum, Becca Mann, Jessie Rosa Mann, Robbie McDonald, Simone Montemurno, Marlo Pascual, Ben Pruskin, Max Hooper Schneider, Kianja Strobert, and JPW3 / J Patrick Walsh III, the exhibition will be celebrated with an opening reception on Saturday, November 9, from 6 to 10pm. The works in the exhibition vary in form, texture and material, manifesting their presence as glowing aberrations – points of colored light in a decaying industrial field.
The artists have been invited to create large-scale and experimental works, engaging both the surrounding landscape and Basilica Hudson itself – a cavernous Victorian factory seated on a parcel of industrial riverfront wasteland. This site-specific intervention suggests a dialogue with the material presence and historical context of the place, as well as a communication with the ghosts of the Hudson River School painters who involved that eponymous landscape in a phenomenological investigation of nature and the sublime.
Kianja Strobert’s terracotta shards lined with electroluminescent wire will be arranged site-specifically as a sculpture-littered field with shifting temporal contexts – archeological references to broken artifacts set against technologically current neon outlines. The luminous line operates as a kind of contour drawing, delineating the broken edges of the fragment in a way that is suggestive of the energetic force which shattered the whole.
Max Hooper Schneider’s life-size photoluminescent Beluga whale skeleton will dominate Basilica’s North Hall. Referencing museological display and luminous phenomena in mineral and biological strata, this elegiac installation builds on the artist’s ongoing investigation of scientific and ontological subjects. The sculpture will be presented as a disarticulated glowing bone field accompanied by an original soundscape by musician Jorge Elbrecht.
Two poured and stratigraphically pigmented wax portals by JPW3 (J Patrick Walsh III) will be installed in the main hall. The pair represent a conflation of two previous works by the artist – Season 4, an earlier iteration of the wax portal form, intertwined with Hot Pot Charmer, a tangle of industrial detritus suspended tendril-like and dipped in melted wax by a performance-activated mechanical winch.
Sayre Gomez will present several of his airbrush paintings which interrogate the processes implicit in the proliferation of images in order to reveal mechanics of understanding and the location of meaning. In spite of his interest in the disenfranchisement of the original image’s physical presence, the artist’s masterful use of airbrush draws attention to painting’s illusionistic appropriation of real light in glowing, saturated picture planes.
Additional works include a singed, torn and pigment-saturated flokati carpet painting by Anna Betbeze, a series of colored resin portrait busts by Ben Pruskin, Becca Mann’s large-scale monochromatic oil painting Tiger, and a selection of paintings from mineral sample slides by Simone Montemurno. The show will present unique polaroids by Jessie Mann, a kaleidoscopic video projection by Crystal Z Campbell, large format landscape photography by Kurt Mangum, who manipulates technical malfunction to capture light and colors not actually observable, a site-specific acrylic sculpture by Robbie McDonald, which discourses on illusion and the recurrent theme of floating light in monotheistic spiritual traditions, as well one example of Marlo Pascual’s elegant rematerialization of found photographs.
Artist owned and operated since 2010, Basilica Hudson is a reclaimed 19th century factory converted into an art, performance, production and event space. Only 2 hours from New York City, and located just steps from the Hudson Amtrak station on the waterfront of the historic city of Hudson, the 17,000 square feet of a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces constructed of industrial materials with a diverse floor plan makes Basilica Hudson an ideal location for music, film and art festivals and events. Creative directors musician Melissa Auf der Maur and filmmaker Tony Stone draw on their experience within their respective fields to bring thoughtfully curated events to the local community, while inviting people from outside the area to discover Hudson.
On view November 6th-12th, noon to 6pm or by appointment.
Above Image by Kurt Mangum