Shaker Blog

Blog post by Thaddeus Sipe When told to think of a chair, there are endless images that can come to mind.  Perhaps we do not even think of a specific chair, but a culmination of aspects of chairs we know to be true.  Perhaps we think of a comfy arm chair with cushions so plump…

Towanna Miller, Residential School

Blog post by Kate Wolford Represent: Contemporary Native American Art is an exhibition at the New York State Museum featuring artwork by Native American artists in a wide variety of media and styles, all of which represent Native American heritage and culture. Exhibitor, Towanna Miller, of the Mohawk Bear Clan, is quoted, “Sometimes I feel…

The Pure and Simple Design of the Shakers

Blog post by Katherine Petit The Pure and Simple Design of the Shakers Upon entering the Shaker exhibit at the New York State Museum, one quickly notices the multitude of hand-crafted furniture throughout the space.  One chair in particular exemplifies the simplicity and purity present in so much of the Shakers’ design. Crafted from a…

Dada Speaks

Blog post by Kelly Ann Raver I spread the word of a truth you are not ready for. I write this manifesto to say that art should no longer be replicated, like paper dolls, cut from the same monotonous piece of worn out paper. This practice has grown so tiresome.  Art should be frivolous, nonsensical…

Spectrum: Bio Interloper IV by Crystal Wagner

Blog post by Stacey Hawkins At the East Coast National Screenprint Biennial at The Arts Center Of The Capital Region in Troy, NY, was Spectrum: Bio Interloper IV by Crysta. Completed in 2014, made by screenprint, relief print, cut paper, wood, paint, and UV plexi. This piece was in a shadow box hung up on…

Brunvand Tube Screamer

Blog post by Shequile Perry The East Coast National Screen Print Biennial at The Arts Center of The Capital Region was very interesting. There were so many artworks to view, but one artwork that caught my attention is Brunvand Erik, Tube Screamer, 2014, screen print with conductive ink, electronics. His artwork is an interaction piece.…

Lunar (Theatre), 2014 by Teresita Fernandez

Blog post by Katherine Petit Lunar (Theatre), 2014 by Teresita Fernández, installation, gold-finished platform and glass beads While walking through Teresita Fernández’s exhibition at MASS MoCA titled “As Above So Below,” I was particularly drawn to Lunar (Theatre), 2014—at first curious, and then captivated by the way the expansive installation made me feel.  Taking up…

As Above So Below @ Mass MoCA, Teresita Fernandez

Blog post by Brian Williams Taking up residence in one of Mass MoCA’s largest galleries, Teresita Fernandez’s installation of works collectively called As Above So Below is a series which examines the balance of the natural world through the large and the small. The installation consists of a variety of media: Fernandez utilizes gold and…

Izhar Patkin’s Palagonia

Blog post by Briana George Last week I got the chance to go to MASS MoCA. I instantly fell in love with Izhar Patkin’s works. I was surprised and impressed by the differences in size, style, and mediums. I went ahead of the group so I had the chance to sit by myself in many…