2016: Fair and Honest Dealing


Fair and Honest Dealing

John Dolan

Opening November 12, 2016

in conjunction with

RELAY by Leon Johnson & Audra Wolowiec


About the Artist


John Dolan is a photographer who divides his time between Spencertown, NY and New York City. He has woven a career of editorial, advertising and fine art wedding photography. For over 10 years he has collaborated with The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation on documenting the local life of our region.

His work has appeared in numerous national magazines including Martha Stewart Living, The New Yorker and Real Simple. Advertising clients include Tiffany & Co, American Express, TD Bank and New York Life. His wedding clients include Will Smith, Matt Lauer, Ben Stiller, Kate Bosworth and Bridget Moynahan.


“RELAY: page, voice, place”

Through a series of workshops in the community, book arts, sound recordings and interviews, The Wassaic Project Fall 2016 Artists in Residence, Leon Johnson and Audra Wolowiec, in collaboration with Education Director Tara Foley, seek to foster dialog between young residents and long-time residents of the Wassaic community. Each youth will be paired with a member of the community to act as a carrier of information to continue the rich narrative surrounding place. The project will culminate with a limited edition artist book, sound archive and exhibition, both in the school and at The Wassaic Project in conjunction with the John Dolan exhibition on November 12th.

About the Artists:

Leon Johnson

Leon Johnson was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and left for the United States in 1979, three years after the murder of Steve Biko. Johnson conceives, researches, designs and produces intermedia communications and events. These events include performances and interactive spectacles in multiple mediums, including installations, performance, video and photography. Johnson is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for Painting and a Yaddo Fellowship, and he won both the Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Williams Fellowship for Distinguished Interdisciplinary Teaching at the University of Oregon. He lives in Detroit, and was the 2014 Martha Daniel Newell Distinguished Scholar at Georgia College, and a Bemis Center Fellow. He is currently a resident at the Wassaic Project in upstate NY, and will publish a book project there in November 2016.

Audra Wolowiec

Audra Wolowiec is an interdisciplinary artist whose work oscillates between sculpture, installation, text and performance with an emphasis on sound and the material qualities of language. Her poetic sound installations and experimental language scores often use the gap, space, or breath in between speech—not as forms of negation, but as complex generators of meaning.

Wolowiec’s work has been shown internationally and in the United States at MASS MoCA, Socrates Sculpture Park, Art in General, Norte Maar, Studio 10, REVERSE, The Poetry Project, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Center for Performance Research. Featured in Modern Painters, Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, Time Out NY, Sound American, and reductive journal. Residencies include Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Complex Systems Art and Physics Residency at the University of Oregon. She currently teaches at SUNY Purchase and was the inaugural Artist Educator in Residence at Dia:Beacon. She is based between New York City and Detroit.

On view at Maxon Mills, 37 Furnace Bank Rd, Wassaic, NY 12592