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The Year in Pictures 2004 - Art

We Know It When We See It


John Whipple
(clockwise from top left) Phil Frost exhibited his richly-textured, not-quite finished works at the UAlbany gallery; author Joe Cardillo drew on his martial-arts training for Be Like Water, a “functional memoir”; musician-filmmaker Joe Glickman went forward into the past with a video for his version of Del Shannon’s “So Long Baby”; graffiti artists Stain and Scout gained wider recognition for their work; Underground Artists’ Chip Fasciana and Tommy Watkins (l-r) organized a series of exhibits for local artists in vacant storefronts; in A Radical Line, author Thai Jones (l) chronicled the lefty political traditions of his family—including his dad, Jeff Jones (r).

Leif Zurmuhlen

Joe Putrock

Joe Putrock

Leif Zurmuhlen

John Whipple




Joe Putrock
(clockwise from top left) Author-editor-artist David Greenberger celebrated the 25th anniversary of his cult-hit ’zine, The Duplex Planet, which records the insights and idiosyncracies of senior citizens in elder-care facilities around America; the Albany International Airport Gallery continued to attract discerning connisseurs, frequent flyers and—who knows—shifty-eyed travelers avoiding the pat-down with shows like Artists in the Studio: 30 Years at the Millay Colony, which opened Jan. 1; at the Corning Tower on March 22, author Jennifer Gonnerman and Elaine Bartlett held a book signing for Gonnerman’s Life on the Outside, which chronicles Bartlett’s 20-year journey through the criminal-justice system, courtesy of the Rockefeller Drug Laws; in April, the Saratoga Amtrak station spruced itself up a bit, adding a coffee shop, a gallery space to feature the work of local artists, and a permanent decorative frieze by Anne Diggory, Alice Manzi and Beverly Mastrianni; the scientific illustrator for the New York State Museum, Patricia Kernan, highlighted the beauty of the natural world—even slugs; photography teacher Zoeanne Murphy instructed SEIU members, allowing them to capture and preserve elements of an unseen America.

Joe Putrock

John Whipple

Leif Zurmuhlen

Joe Putrock

John Whipple



PERIPHERAL VISION

One Shot

Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, through Dec. 17

Photographer Shaina Marron, a mainstay of the Albany Underground Artists group, has conceived and organized this collection of photographs by 25 area shooters who each picked just one shot to submit to the show. While the exhibit space is a bit disjointed, the groupings work well together. As with any show of this nature, the work runs a broad gamut, from the commercial (Carrie Jeeves’ glitzy, straightforward Candy Corn) to the recycled (Ingrid Staats’ untitled black-and-white print of plastic soldiers) to the humorous (Mark Gregory’s quasi-monumental Baghead) to the bizarre (PRVRT’s Happy as a Pig in Sherbert).

There are a number of strong individual pieces, including a glowing, almost otherworldy pair of morning glories by Marianne Kendrick; Samantha O’Keefe’s sexy, almost abstract Fishnets; an appealingly honest portrait by Rick Poston; and Mary Spinelli’s quietly sinister Machine by Airport. Local favorites Michael Farrell, Robert Gullie and Leif Zurmuhlen have each also provided a top-quality image.

My hat’s off to Marron for putting in the effort and creativity to mount this fun showcase—and for having the restraint not to put one of her own pictures into it.

—David Brickman


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