Moriarty: Compressionistic Paintings
Moriarty’s art has a decidedly geological bent. Working
with encaustic paints (made from beeswax and resin), Moriarty
creates paintings that, as she explains it, “resemble weird
agates, geodes, bones and shards.”
The point? She says, in her artist’s statement: “Geologists
know that rocks can tell stories if you know how to read
them. I follow a similar curiosity-driven path, drawing
far-fetched parallels between my work and the way scientists
collect, classify and display fragments lifted out of time.”
The result are works with a strange, unnatural beauty, like
Piled Aggregate (pictured). It’s an unusual experience,
contemplating the portrait (as it were) of a rock.
An exhibit of Moriarty’s works, titled Compressionistic
Paintings, will be featured at the Albany Center Galleries
(Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave., Albany) from
Tuesday (Aug. 31) through Oct. 16. A reception and artist
interview will be held on Sept. 9 at 5:30 PM. For more information,
a Grip—The Concert
a Grip, a new, almost-completed independent film by
Albany native Kevin Craig West, tells the story of a New
York City quad skater struggling to get his life on track.
If this synopsis at all appeals to you, then consider Get
a Grip—The Concert, a showcase of the soundtrack artists,
with proceeds benefiting postproduction of the film. The
eclectic show features performers from all over the map,
musically, from the neo-soul groove of Maya Azucena, to
the genre-defying storytelling of Jason Downs, to hometown
players Mass Chaos and Thrust. Also featuring Liza Jessie
Peterson, Fatima, and Ed Holley (who likes to refer to himself
as “naturally extra-sexy”—can’t go wrong there), the evening
promises a plethora of upcoming talent. The number to call
for tickets is (518) 276-BEER; we know you can remember
a Grip-The Concert will take place at Revolution Hall
(425 River St., Troy) on Saturday (Aug. 28) at 7 PM. Tickets
are $25. For tickets, info and directions, call (518) 273-BEER,
or visit www.GetaGrip-theMovie.com.
Lark Quartet will conclude their summer tour this Saturday
at the Windham Chamber Music Festival. The quartet are renowned
for being “young, American (and) all-female.” All right,
they’re not renowned for that; it just makes them easily
identifiable. (And—check out the photo—marketable.)
What they are well-known for is musical excellence and diverse
programming. Example: Their recording of Alfred Schnittke’s
2nd and 3rd quartets were reviewed more favorably than contemporary
recordings by Kronos Quartet and the Moscow String Quartet.
If you can beat the avant-gardists and the Russians
on their home turf, you’ve accomplished something.
The Lark will perform with pianist Jon Klibonoff. The program
will include works by Beethoven, Ravel (String Quartet
in F) and Franck (Piano Quintet in F minor).
The Lark Quartet will perform Saturday (Aug. 28) at 8 PM
at the Windham Chamber Music Festival (740 County Route
32C, Windham). General admission is $18. For seniors, tickets
are $15; for members of the Windham Chamber Music Festival
or WMHT-FM, $12; and for students, $5. For more information,
call 734-3868 or visit www.windhammusic.com.