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Window On Hudson Presents Art Exhibition & Receptions: Becca Van K – “Some Soft Thoughts”

Window On Hudson proudly ends the year with “Some Soft Thoughts” by mixed-media fiber artist Becca Van K.  Van K has filled the windows and indoor exhibition space with a large grouping of woven objects including wooden chairs, folding chairs, wall hangings, and much more.  These functioning furniture pieces are created with bright neon colored yarns, beads, and fake fur, creating the atmosphere of a late 90’s techno club VIP room heavily which is referencing the Memphis interior design style.

“Some Soft Thoughts” will have two artist receptions, both taking place during citywide Hudson, NY events.  

Reception Number One: Saturday, December 4th, 2021, from 5-8pm – during Winter Walk

Reception Number Two: Saturday, December 11th, 2021, from 5-8pm – during the 

2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl

“Some Soft Thoughts” provided Van K the opportunity to expand her ongoing body of work where she experiments with new techniques, recycled materials and objects and asks us to reconsider what is defined as “furniture” and what is labeled as “art.”  Van K says, “My artistic spirit is committed to tenderness, reverence, generosity, and humor. I draw inspiration from the natural world, 80s/90s graphics and nostalgia, house/techno music, and the concept of comfort. I weave a collective blanket of meditation in the repetitive acts of handcraft, walking, and listening to techno. I enter a nurturing and otherwise inaccessible headspace when I engage in these repetitive acts, which translates to works that are infused with care and personality. 

“I think of myself as an interdisciplinary collage artist. I take material elements from unconventional sources and create something entirely new. Consistently vacillating between the realm of craft and fine art, my practice utilizes needlepoint, latch hook rug making, and macrame. These largely overlooked techniques are a map of my self-taught and mother-taught experiences. I take pride in the time-consuming nature of this work, and aim to create pieces that subvert conventional notions about the functions of handcraft. 

“The joy of my viewers is at the center of my practice.”

Becca Van K is a mixed-media fiber artist based in New York’s Catskill Mountains. She has exhibited widely in the Hudson Valley & Capital Regions, and firmly believes in art as a conduit for community support/engagement. She has recently participated in exhibitions at: The Yard: City Hall Park (New York, NY), Columbia College (Columbia, MO), and ArtPort Kingston (Kingston, NY). She is a recipient of a 2021 NYSCA Community Arts Grant through CREATE Council on the Arts and a 2020 New York Foundation for the Arts “Keep NYS Creating” Grant.  Torn between city nightlife and the woods of the Catskills, she’d only leave New York if there were techno clubs in the desert.  She has climbed all 35 of the tallest peaks in the Catskills and doesn’t know what to do next. 

“Some Soft Thoughts” will be on view from 12.1.21 – 1.3.21.  If you can not attend a reception but would like to see the indoor works please contact jeremy@windowonhudson.org.

Window On Hudson takes your health seriously.  All visitors are asked to wear a mask indoors, regardless of their vaccination status, and enjoy their refreshments outside.  During our receptions, the front door will remain open at all times.  Please bundle up!

About Window On Hudson

Window On Hudson offers storefront window exhibition space for artists of all mediums who are in Hudson and the Hudson Valley.  Window On Hudson is committed to providing a platform for established and developing artists to display their work, of all mediums, while also offering professional development opportunities for emerging artists.  Window On Hudson exhibits a new artist on a monthly basis.  Artists interested in submitting their work may do so by emailing submissions@windowonhudson.org or visiting the website.

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DATES/TIMES: December 1, 2021 – January 3, 2022

LOCATION: Window On Hudson
43 South Third St., 
Hudson NY 12534

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Window On Hudson Presents “Cleaning out the Attic” by George Spencer

Window On Hudson is thrilled to present the incredibly ambitious exhibition, “Cleaning out the Attic” by George Spencer.  Spencer reached deep into his archives and came out with a multitude of paintings which he reworked into a series of totems and wall hangings.  The work fills the storefront windows and spills into the gallery space, covering the walls, floor and ceiling in a chaotic cacophony of bright colors and abstract forms.  

An Artist’s Reception will take place on Saturday, November 13th from 6-8pm during the 2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl. 

“Cleaning out the Attic” gave Spencer the opportunity to create bold, new work and at the same time offer retrospection on his years of painting and sculpting.  By cutting his canvases into pieces and then collaging the fragments onto cardboard tubes, sheets of lumber, or rolls of tar paper Spencer is mirroring what he sees as the recent dismantling and decay of society.

Spencer says, “I want to get away from the fixed object.  I work with what we are living through which is entropy, instability and indeterminacy.  I lessen the authoritarian space between artist and viewer.  I work with images, colors and designs that come from the infinite surprises of randomness rather than rote cognition. 

“This is a sensible response to the current state of the world.  We are tempting the fates and the fates always win.  We are surrounded by a bizarre combination of aggressive late stage capitalization and entropy, starvation amid excess, children in cages alongside heavily armed militia who should be in cages.  Under these circumstances I don’t think any of the old rules and related hierarchies that are the repressive collective judgements of self appointed keepers of the cultural gates have anything to do with the needs of present day creativity. 

“I am working my way through the destruction of color harmonies, of the stabilities of compositional delicacies, the convention of frames and proper presentation, all the accouterments of the Euro/phallocentric desire for verisimilitude.  My wish is to get back to spontaneity.  The fullest examples of spontaneous art are the art of children and outsiders.  I want to be on the edge of unacceptable or over it as a minimum.”

George Spencer is an artist, curator, poet and interviewer who lives in Kinderhook, NY.  His interviews can be heard on WGXC Radio.  He created an eight hour reading/musical event dedicated to James Joyce’s Ulysses on WGXC in 2019 and 2021.  His most recent book of poetry, “Unpious Pilgrim,” (2011, Fly By Night Press) is available on Amazon.  His most recent curation is “WinterOver?” on view 24/7 in the yard of Time & Space Limited through spring of 2022.  Spencer has shown at Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Collars Works, LabSpace and more.

About Window On Hudson
Window On Hudson offers storefront window exhibition space for artists of all mediums who are in Hudson and the Hudson Valley.  Window On Hudson is committed to providing a platform for established and developing artists to display their work, of all mediums, while also offering professional development opportunities for emerging artists.  Window On Hudson exhibits a new artist on a monthly basis.  Artists interested in submitting their work may do so by emailing submissions@windowonhudson.org or visiting the website.

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DATES/TIMES: November 3 to 29, 2021

LOCATION: Window On Hudson
43 South Third St., 
Hudson NY 12534

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Window On Hudson Presents Bibiana Huang Matheis

Window On Hudson is honored to present Bibiana Huang Matheis and her newest installation “Do Not Enter Waterways.”  This piece, shining a bright light on an ongoing environmental crisis, will be on view in the storefront windows and indoors from October 6 – November 1, 2021.

“Do Not Enter Waterways” offers commentary on the excessive amount of discarded plastic that is choking the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers.  Plastic breaks into smaller and smaller particles as it decomposes, a process that can take up to 500 years.  These tiny specks of plastic make their way into fish, shellfish, table salt, drinking water and more – resulting in the average human consuming over 40 pounds of plastic in their lifetime.  (That’s like eating one credit card a week.)

Huang Matheis gives voice to the planet and its inhabitants, the plants, animals, earth, air, and water, which if suddenly granted the power of speech would certainly plead with us to stop choking them.  To save them and as a result save ourselves.  This cry for change comes in the form of beauty.  Bibiana transforms thrown away plastic objects like take-out containers, egg cartons, liquid hand-soap bottles, etc. (all items that humanity lived without until the mid-1960’s) into delicate, elegant works of art.  As a form of meditation she paints freeform shapes while her mind focuses on the planet’s water.  In some designs she imposes a heart, symbolic of love, the love of nature, love of what we have, love of what we have lost, and the love of preserving what remains.  Huang Matheis knows her art can not reverse this catastrophic environmental damage.  This installation is simply her “meek protest against the insanity of this unnecessary pollutant.”  

An Artist Reception will be held for Bibiana Huang Matheis and “Do Not Enter Waterways” on Saturday, October 9th from 6-8pm, in conjunction with the 2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl.  In response to the message of Huang Mathesis’s installation Window On Hudson is announcing it will no longer be using single use plastic cups during its receptions.  

Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the indoor works by Huang Matheis on Saturday and Sunday, October 9 and 10, from 9am to 5pm as part of Open Studios Hudson.  

Window On Hudson takes your health seriously.  All visitors are asked to wear a mask indoors, regardless of their vaccination status, and enjoy their refreshments outside.  The front door will remain open at all times.  

Bibiana Huang Mathe is an artist, fine arts photographer and curator. She studied at the  Maryland School of Art and Design and at the Corcoran School of Art.  She has been active in the arts since the late 1970s. Her work has appeared in major exhibits and publications in the US and Europe, including New York City, Chicago, Beijing and Berlin. Her  work is hanging on permanent display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C.    

Huang Mathe frequently combines installation art, collage and photography. She is the  recipient of the 2015 ArtsWestchester ‘50 for 50’ Arts Award honoring 50  Outstanding artists on the 50-year Anniversary of the organization. She was also honored with the 2014 Dutchess County, New York, Executive Arts Award – Individual Artist. She is a frequent panelist in art forums, including the Hudson Valley Museum of Modern Art: Curating for the Public 2017. In 2019 she was an  artist in residence at the Fresh Winds Art Biennale in Iceland.  

She has curated a number of exhibitions in the Hudson Valley.  This includes the successful series of art exhibitions titled “Meeting Past” at the Akin Library & Museum in Pawling, New York.  She also exhibits and curates at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon and the Hammond Museum in North Salem, New York.  For the Hammond Museum she has curated a dozen virtual art exhibitions with artists from around the world and she is widely recognized as a strong advocate for the arts in the region.  In 2020/21 her work was selected for  the prestigious exhibition Symbiosis and Coexistence: 11th “From Lausanne to Beijing”. Beijing, China, International Fiber Art Biennale.  

About Window On Hudson
Window On Hudson offers storefront window exhibition space for artists of all mediums who are in Hudson and the Hudson Valley.  Window On Hudson is committed to providing a platform for established and developing artists to display their work, of all mediums, while also offering professional development opportunities for emerging artists.  Window On Hudson exhibits a new artist on a monthly basis.  Artists interested in submitting their work may do so by emailing submissions@windowonhudson.org or visiting the website.

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DATES/TIMES: October 6 – November 1, 2021

LOCATION: Window On Hudson
43 South Third St., 
Hudson NY 12534

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Window On Hudson Presents Will McLeod

Window On Hudson is proud to present Will McLeod and his vibrant fabric paintings in “Perimeter Cameos” from September 8th – October 4th, 2021.  McLeod’s large textile works fill the storefront windows, with additional sewn compositions and works on paper exhibited indoors.

The series “Perimeter Cameos” presents pieces that have two distinct focal areas in one composition. The Cameo (the elliptical centerpiece of the composition) was created as the initial target, the lure, of the whole piece. The “Perimeter” (the visual periphery around the Cameo) was created to support, inform, and define the “Cameo”.

“The ‘Cameo’ would be a graphic reprieve to the ‘Perimeter’s’ busy and reactionary story,” says McLeod.  “I like to give myself mash-ups and contradictions to sort through as I work.  I am an artist with a deadpan, spacey mentality combined with a more-is-more ethos.  Finding a visual balance with this outlook is challenging and fun.  This series is about those different outlooks and how their tensions and reliefs work together and separately.”

McLeod begins each piece by painting with watercolors on paper.   He uses the watercolor as a blueprint for the final piece, an extraordinarily large representation of the original work.  Each color in the painting is assigned a fabric (found and recycled textiles.)  The forms in the painting are recreated on a large pattern, cut and meticulously pieced together, like one might piece together a soft and fluid stained glass window. 

Will McLeod was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. He received his AAS in fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. While in New York, Will worked in the fashion industry specializing in women’s wear with a focus on design and development.  In 2016 he and his husband moved to Hudson, NY where Will can pursue more personal artistic endeavors.

DATES/TIMES: September 8th – October 4th, 2021

LOCATION: Window On Hudson
43 South Third St., 
Hudson NY 12534

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Window On Hudson Presents Jacob Graham Art Exhibition & Performance, August 2021

In partnership with The Hudson Eye, Window On Hudson presents its first performance based artist in “Jacob Graham’s Creatures of Yes in Suspended Animation.”  Graham will be presenting videos as well as live performance from August 5th through Labor Day, September 6, 2021.  

Viewers will find a variety of Graham’s short films being simultaneously projected in the storefront windows 24/7.  The exhibition continues indoors with additional videos amid a fully realized environment, transporting the visitor into the land occupied by the Creatures of Yes.    

When asked about his films, Graham says “‘The Creatures of Yes’ are short puppet films sort of like an educational television show from another dimension – somewhat magical and with subtle bits of humor throughout.  The main idea is that they’d be a time travel experiment, only using cameras and other equipment from the 1970s and earlier.  Most of the films I enjoy are old, so I wanted to make something old too.

In some ways the experiment worked. Many people have told me they’ve stumbled upon the films and actually thought they were from the ‘70s.  But my goal was never to trick people; it was just to point out that time, as we know it, is a human construct that could be played with.

This exhibit, ‘Suspended Animation,’ is the first time I’ve shown the components of these films: sets, props, and of course the puppets – in a lifeless state. I hope when people experience the exhibit that time will stand still, or… at least feel a little muddled.”

In explaining the live performances, he says “‘Lucifer Brings Electric Light to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair’ is a live, object puppetry performance piece.  It presents the fallen angel as ‘the light bearer’, electrifying the global celebration of man’s achievements and hinting at ominous consequences for that progress.  This piece plays with layers of time and considers it as subject matter, stylistic veneer, and audience perspective – the setting of the piece is 1893 Chicago, the performance style is mid-century New York City, and the audience perspective is the present (for now).”  

The short film “An Educational Program on Gender” was made a couple years ago with my frequent collaborator Stoph Scheer. It discusses gender identity and sexuality in a way that’s somewhat meandering and mischievous. It aims to demystify the topics but perhaps leaves the viewer with more questions than answers. I like to think of this film as a sort of reverse-time capsule: inserting a positive educational program about alternative gender expression into the 1970s.”

An Artist Reception will take place on Saturday, August 14th from 6-9pm in conjunction with the 2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl.  

DATES/TIMES: August 5th through Labor Day, September 6, 2021

Three different live performances will take place throughout the month:

Saturday, August 14th, 6-9pm on the hour and half hour – “An Educational Program On Gender”

Saturday, August 21st, 6 and 7:30pm – “Lucifer Brings Electric Light to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair” 

Monday, September 6th, 1pm – The Hudson Eye Artist Talk and Closing Salon with “Mary Broomfellow reading visitors predictions of the future.”

LOCATION: 43 South Third Street, Hudson NY 12534

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