2014: Seeing the Sky

Location: Maxon Mills

June 15 – September 1, 2014

Gallery hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm – 5pm and by appointment

Shane Morrissey, Cactus Field

Shane Morrissey, Cactus Field

Curated by:

Jeff Barnett-Winsby, Eve Biddle and Bowie Zunino: Artists and Wassaic Project Co-Directors

Seeing the Sky, the Wassaic Project’s seventh annual summer exhibition, investigates how artists explore, examine, and work within their environments. The Wassaic Project invites viewers to climb the seven stories of the Maxon Mills grain elevator, and experience the work of over 70 emerging artists, half of whom are Wassaic Artist Residency alumni. Seeing the Sky features the collision of natural and man-made worlds, and the theme of habitation seen through the eyes of the Artist. Mandy Lamb’s dramatic photographs of Deadhorse, Alaska reveal the devastating beauty and power of man-made interventions in nature. In contrast, Guillaume Legare’s Ghost photographs taken in Banff, Canada, capture the artist’s fleeting performance as a temporary and humorous intervention. Both Shane Morrissey’s Cactus Field, a series of wiry cacti growing out of the mill floor, and Zebadiah Keneally’s Flying Tiger Magic Carpet, a flying tiger magic carpet, depict fantastical interpretations of the natural world.  Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier’s Mystography (Three Kits), and New Academy Press’s Expedition approach nature with mysticism and nostalgia. At the top of the Mill, Tara Cooper and Terry O’Neill’s immersive installation, Based on a True Story, tells a tale of storm chasing, weather tracking, and chasing clouds. The piece looks at the supercell: the severe weather cloud that produces anomalies such as baseball-sized hail, wedge-shaped tornadoes and flash floods. Seeing the Sky invites viewers to climb to new vantage points and see the familiar in new ways.

Artists:

Dogan Arslanoglu, Monique Atherton, Austin Ballard, Anna Beeke, Megan Berk, Amelia Biewald, Cynthia Bittenfield, Tim Campbell, Stephanie Cardon, Andrea Carlson, Yan Gi Cheng, Ryan Jennings Clark, Lauren Collings, Jess Riva Cooper, Tara Cooper & Terry O’Neill, Angeles Cossio, Vanessa Diaz, Rachel Dwan, Ryan Frank, Brette Gabel, Matthew Gamber, Jonathan Gitelson, Davey Hawkins, Lauren Hermele, Raúl Hott, Michael Iauch, Scott Wayne Indiana, Rachel James, Jet Black Press, Robin Juan, Fitzhugh Karol, Zebadiah Keneally, Marka Kiley, Jeff Kurosaki & Tara Pelletier, Mandy Lamb, Guillaume Légaré, Eric LoPresti, Robin Mandel, Sharon Mashihi, Amy Masters, Kelly McCafferty, Laura McMillian, Sarah Alice Moran, Shane Morrissey, New Academy Press, Steve Mac Daddy Nicholson, Jacqueline Norheim, Lauren Pakradooni, Kari Reardon, Kaitlynn Redell & Sara Jimenez, Marcie Revens, Jenna Rosenberg, Sarah Sandman, Ryann Slauson, Anna Dabney Smith, Elizabeth Stehling & Steve Snell, Kenneth Thomas, Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin, Ventiko, videokaffe, Kristin Walsh, Nancy S. Woods, and Wenxin Zhang

Festival and Exhibition Director: Shannon Finnegan

Dogan Arslanoglu, Untitled (Getting to You)

Dogan Arslanoglu, Untitled (Getting to You)

 

Robin Mandel, Everywhere Nowhere

Robin Mandel, Everywhere & Nowhere

Stephanie Cardon, Untitled

Stephanie Cardon, Untitled

Tara Cooper, Tornado

Tara Cooper, Tornado

Matthew Gamber, Demolition 3d

Matthew Gamber, Demolition 3d

Jet Black Press, Pantyhose Merit Badge

Jet Black Press, Pantyhose Merit Badge

Zebadiah Keneally, Flying Tiger Magic Carpet

Zebadiah Keneally, Flying Tiger Magic Carpet

Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier, Kit

Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier, Kit

Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier, Kit

Mandy Lamb, Deadhorse 29

Mandy Lamb, Deadhorse 29

Stephanie Cardon, UntitledTara Cooper, TornadoMatthew Gamber, Demolition 3dJet Black Press, Pantyhose Merit BadgeZebadiah Keneally, Flying Tiger Magic CarpetJeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier, KitMandy Lamb, Deadhorse 29