New work in and on paper
by Fafnir Adamites
with sound by Neil Young Cloaca
February 7 - March 4, 2017
Friday February 10th 5-8pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12-5, Friday, 12-8, Closed Monday
Turners Falls artists Fafnir Adamites and Neil Young Cloaca collaborate on this show of large-scale, interactive paper and sound sculptures. Inspired by the state of being in-between or at a transitional threshold, this series of inhabitable paper structures create spaces of isolation for the participant. Inside each discrete node, a speaker emits its own sound of reflection. The paper membrane is a temporary point of contact and separation that like a speaker, both receives and transmits.
Using feltmaking and other traditional craft processes, Fafnir Adamites creates sculptural works that act as monuments and reminders of trauma, intuition and the legacy of emotional turmoil inherited from past generations. Embedding meaning in both the materials and the repetitious processes plays a key role in building the conceptual backing of each piece. Fafnir holds an MFA degree from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Photography and Women’s Studies from UMass Amherst. www.fafniradamites.com
Neil Young Cloaca makes sounds, images, and events that celebrate intentionally unstable systems, clumsiness, and improvisation, in the uncomfortable space between humor and menace. Cloaca's primary outputs are sound recordings and videos, circulated through a variety of underground recording labels and microcinemas. In addition he maintains a brisk performance schedule, touring regionally and internationally, as well as thoughtfully programming events that showcase artists touring from afar. www.yeay.suchfun.net
The deformed orbs that make up Suspended Echoes are threshold spaces for un-locatable, un-knowable, un-defined reflection. A different acousmatic sound - a sound of unknown origin - loops inside each orb, creating a unique point of isolated meditation. Each paper membrane permits the interference of the internal and the external. Outside, an ever-shifting chorus fills the space with lulling and stunted sounds, ricocheting endlessly.
The Impediment and Breaking Continuity Series explore transitional phases by focusing on unavoidable interruption during periods of change. Impediment Series locks paper in a frozen state of implosion, like a specimen held for examination. Each impaled form has recorded the details of its transformation in each fold and wrinkle, inferring it’s original, larger form and hinting at the resting place it was headed towards. The Breaking Continuity Series is a series of prints concentrating on the interstitial spaces that can be found in materials. The felted burlap, which is featured in a number of the prints, is the combination of a woven cloth and the chaotic structure of the felted wool. The interrupted grid of the cloth holds a new potential, retaining the memory of its rigid past yet on the cusp of something new.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Set Free in the Penitentiary
Nolan Art Lounge -- Smith College Campus Center
JANUARY 26TH – FEBRUARY 10TH
Friday, February 3rd, 4 – 6 pm
Opening and Gallery Talk by Phyllis Kornfeld, collector and custodian of the work.
Cellblock Visions: Set Free in the Penitentiary features art from a collection of works by incarcerated individuals and explores the value of art and creative self-expression, regardless of setting or producer. Motivated by internal forces, the ten artists featured in this exhibition visually express themes from their own lives and sentences. Some find worth in their art as a tool of connection in life after prison while others simply compare their artistic identity to “someone that sings in the shower.” Appreciation of art-making is here made powerfully visible by the circumstances of the artists and their own interaction with the healing potential of a creative outlet.
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Times Up by Larry Mocks