meets large-scale installation art at the Massry Center
this week when New York City-based printmaster Rob Swainston
presents PLEXUS, a five-part woodblock installation
special to the Albany gallery.
Swainston has come a long way since creating his seminal
relief print Hippopotamus at age 5. The co-founder
of collaborative Brooklyn printshop S-11 Press—Prints of
Darkness, Swainston has created installations at top galleries
from New York to Austria, garnering a litany of praise and
prizes along the way.
He prints, cuts, reprints, and reassembles his bold woodblocks
with digital photography, even video, creating sweeping
pieces that, according to the artist, examine history, society
and the act of creation itself.
The printed image, says Swainston, “has the power to subsume
all forms of knowledge and discourse.”
Swainston: PLEXUS opens at the Esther Massry Gallery
(Massry Center for the Arts, College of Saint Rose, 1002
Western Ave., Albany) tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 4) with a reception
from 5 to 7 PM in conjunction with 1st Friday. Following
the reception, the artist will speak about his work at 7
PM in Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium, (985 Madison Ave., Albany).
Both the reception and lecture are free and open to the
public. For more info, call 485-3902.
FX Film Screening
say the darndest things—and make the darndest movies.
Now entering it’s fourth year, the Grand Street Community
Arts Youth FX intensive summer filmmaking program trains
teens in the artistic and technical craft of digital filmmaking,
guiding the students from script to screen.
The mission of Youth FX is to “empower and inspire youth
through the acquisition of technical skills in the emerging
field of digital media as well as to foster their creativity
through the art of visual storytelling,” and the results
will surprise you.
Youth FX participants engage their communities in creating
documentary and short fiction films, and their final products
are being screened tonight at the Madison Theater.
So brave the snow, head to the Madison and hear what the
voices of tomorrow have to say about their world today.
The Youth FX Film Screening will be held at the Madison
Theater (1036 Madison Ave., Albany) tonight (Thursday, Feb.
3) at 7 PM and will be followed by a question-and-answer
panel discussion with the youth filmmakers. Tickets are
$7, $5 for children 12 and under. For more info, visit grandarts.org
or call the Madison at 438-0040.
the ’80s, pop-jazz singer Suede has garnered comparisons
to Bette Midler, Natalie Cole and Diana Krall, but none
of those divas ever stepped back from the mic, nodded to
her band, and then blew a blazing trumpet solo.
It’s been a while since Suede played the area, so to make
it up to us she’s leaving the band at home and playing a
rare solo set. Which means there’ll be even less between
the audience and the voice WOMO-FM described as “guaranteed
to give you goosebumps the size of cherries.” And more space
to cuddle up around her horn.
Suede plays the 8th Step at the GE Theatre at Proctors (432
State St., Schenectady) on Saturday (Feb. 5) at 7:30 PM.
Tickets are $26 with $50 VIP seats available. Call 346-6204
for more info.