(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Game On/Game Over, a nine-minute looping video described as “a playful but thought-provoking mashup of animation and live action,” will be the centerpiece of a solo exhibition of works by award-winning filmmaker and artist Daniel Brody in the BerkshireNow gallery space at Berkshire Museum, opening with a reception on Friday, June 3, from 5 to 8pm, in conjunction with Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk, when admission to the museum’s BerkshireNow gallery is free. The exhibit, also featuring a collection of recent abstract drawings and paintings by Brody, remains on view through Sunday, August 21.
In Game On/Game Over, a hooded figure walks in the winter woods, a cartoon character pops out of a hole and dances to the sounds of opera and creaking trees, and a room floats over snowy fields and sinks into black waters. The video is both comical and foreboding. The meaning is left up to the viewer.
Game On/Game Over won the juror’s award at the 2015 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region held at the University of Albany Museum. Brody’s films have won awards at the Ann Arbor 8mm Film Festival, the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Super 8, the Belgium Film Festival, the Spacebound Film Festival, the National Young Filmmakers Festival, and the WNET NYC Young Filmmakers festival.
Brody’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited at the University at Albany Museum; the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, N.Y.; the Saratoga Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, N.Y.; and the New York Historical Society in New York, N.Y., among other venues.
Brody, a Brooklyn native, graduated from Cooper Union School of Art. He worked in New York City as an architectural renderer and, in 2003, opted to move to upstate New York and continue his career as a freelancer. Since relocating to the Berkshires, he has devoted more of his time and energy to painting, drawing, and most recently, returned to a childhood passion, making animated videos. Brody currently resides in Columbia County, N.Y., with his wife Alexandra, and has his studio in Pittsfield.
BerkshireNow features four exhibits each year ranging from solo artists to group shows. Outfitting the nine-hundred-square-foot gallery space for the new exhibition series was made possible in part by a grant from the Pittsfield Cultural Council.
About the Berkshire Museum
Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at 39 South St., the Berkshire Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 adult, $6 child; Museum members and children age 3 and under enjoy free admission. For more information, visit Berkshire Museum or call 413.443.7171.