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Window On Hudson Presents Art Exhibit & Reception: Zakariya Abdul-Qadir “A Tale of Two Cities”

Edwin Raymond (Living Legend series), oil on wood, 12”x12”, 2021

Window On Hudson presents Zakariya Abdul-Qadir and his series “A Tale of Two Cities” on view from September 8 – October 2, 2022.  Abdul-Qadir uses sketches and oil paintings to study the social divides and housing challenges that face residents all over this nation.

An Artist Reception will be held on Saturday, September 10th, 2022 from 3-5pm.  

With “A Tale of Two Cities” Abdul-Qadir not only compares the cities of Brooklyn and Hudson, NY but more specifically the two drastically different communities that often are only a block away from each other.  Growing up in Section 8 housing in Brooklyn, he was always aware that the daily life of his family and neighbors was dramatically different from the life of those in neighboring, more affluent, neighborhoods.  After the loss of his job at the start of the pandemic he came to the Hudson Valley so that he could use this forced time off to focus solely on his painting.  Wandering the streets of Hudson he quickly became aware of the similarities between Hudosn and Brooklyn, with the community in Bliss Tower living a very different life from people who live on or frequent Warren Street.  

Abdul-Qadir looks at both the people and the buildings that face these divides.  When presenting the people who either reside in or serve a neighborhood, he first sketches with watercolor crayons on brown paper bags.  Abdul-Qadir explains the thoughtful use of brown paper bags in this way, “The discriminatory history of the brown paper bag tests are not lost on me, however, I choose to use them as an opportunity to bring awareness to people of color rather than to divide. I find the tone of the paper allows a wider range of pigments to be expressed, providing a rich background for my color studies.”  These “Living Legends” are then transferred to 12” x 12” panels and completed with oils.  As a group these portraits create a collection of people engaged in civil discourse and the pursuit of change.

The buildings are rendered on large canvases in order to display the scale of the object, as well as its significance.  He may capture the eerie silence seen from a street corner or reveal the anxiety that comes with a new building’s construction.  This development is often followed by an increase in rent for the neighborhood’s original citizens.

Abdul-Qadir invites you to, “experience the series as a whole and reflect on the inequities and injustices in American cities.  Take a deeper look into our local government systems and our elected officials. What do these buildings represent to you? What symbols do they evoke? I want my work to give a lens to the viewer and create a dialogue between the viewer and the art.”

Zakariya Abdul-Qadir was born and raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn, in a four bedroom apartment with three siblings, where his parents still reside.  He currently lives in South Brooklyn, just far enough from the trendy ring of neighborhoods surrounding Prospect Park that the rent for his small apartment was affordable.  He graduated in 2011 from City University of New York, Brooklyn College.  He has exhibited with The Painting Center, White Bear Center for the Arts, I Like Your Work, and Open Studio Hudson. 

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 http://www.WindowOnHudson.org.

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DATES/TIMES: On view September 8 – October 2, 2022
Artist Reception: Saturday, September 10th / 3 – 5pm

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

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Window On Hudson Presents “The Silvery Water and the Starry Earth” by Lawre Stone.

Window On Hudson presents “The Silvery Water and the Starry Earth” by Lawre Stone. This group of 48 images were painted specifically for the storefront windows and will be on view from July 6th – August 1, 2022.

An Artist’s Reception will take place on Saturday, July 9th from 3-5pm. Window On Hudson will stay open until 8pm along with many other galleries participating in the 2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl.

“The Silvery Water and the Starry Earth” is also being presented by The Hudson Eye for this year’s Upstate Art Weekend, July 22-24, 2022. The main exhibition is on view 24/7 while additional indoor works can be seen from 11am – 5pm, Friday – Sunday, during UAW.

About “The Silvery Water and the Starry Earth” Stone says, “I’m always looking to integrate ideas from art history into my work, especially the history of abstraction. This piece takes its title from an illustrated alchemical treatise by the 10th century scholar and alchemist Muhammad Ibn Umayl. Alchemists believed that 3 natural elements: sulphur, mercury and salt, could be combined through transmutation, to produce the “elixir of eternal life” or for material context, transform lead into gold. For the 10th c. alchemist, the element Mercury was the ‘silvery water’, and Sulphur was the ‘starry earth’.

“I can appreciate Ibn Umayl’s reverence for the natural world and the belief that a single element may hold immense power and wisdom. Sulphur was considered an expansive force and stood for the human soul. Mercury embodied the fluid, omnipresent spirit of life and stood for the human body. I’m fascinated to consider these centuries old ideas as I contemplate our 21st century climate disaster.”

Stone continues, “The emergency of our time and an existential future compel me to empathize with aspects of the natural world through color, image, shape and gesture. I’m interested in finding what must be discarded and what must be carried forward. The un-seen contains both the beauty and the horror of what we have done. For me, painting is a portal to this unseen world.”

About Lawre Stone
Lawre Stone grew up in suburban New Jersey and remembers painting the iridescent colors of a polluted sky over the oil slicked Passaic River from her bedroom. Images of nature altered by human endeavor continue to inform her work. Stone received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. In the 1980’s she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn and established her painting studio among a vibrant community of emerging artists.

Her work is included in numerous collections and has been exhibited nationally in galleries and non-profit spaces including Tanja Grunert Gallery, Joyce Goldstein Gallery, The Ely Center for Contemporary Art, Thompson Giroux Gallery, LABspace, P.S. 1, The Institute for Contemporary Art, and White Columns. She is a recipient of a NYFA/NYSCA Fellowship. Upcoming exhibitions include: “Mountain High, Valley Low”, LABspace, Hillsdale, NY, Hudson, NY, “Baggage” at Icehouse Project Space, Sharon, CT, and “Summer Selections” at Furnace Art on Paper Archive, Falls Village, CT.

Lawre Stone is Associate Director of The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, Bard MFA. She serves on the Board of Directors of Millay Arts and is a member of ARTTABLE. She lives and paints in Columbia County, NY. Stone can be found on instagram @lawrestone

About Window On Hudson
Window On Hudson offers storefront window exhibition space for artists of 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.

Window On Hudson is two large storefront windows located at 43 South Third Street, Hudson NY 12534. The windows are prominently visible 24/7 to all citizens and visitors of the City of Hudson traveling south on NY-9G. To see more of the artist’s work which hangs inside, please make an appointment with the Artistic Director, jeremy@windowonhudson.org

Window On Hudson is interested in exhibiting all artistic mediums, with a special emphasis on puppetry, textiles, movement, and emerging technologies. Of course, sculptors, painters, illustrators and video artists are equally welcome and encouraged to submit their work. Window On Hudson will mentor, to the best of its abilities, select artists who may not yet be ready to exhibit, those who have an upcoming exhibit, and those who have exhibited in the past. Artists interested in submitting their work may do so by emailing submissions@windowonhudson.org or visiting the website windowonhudson.org.

Window On Hudson was founded by artists Jeremy Bullis and Jonah Bokaer. Jeremy is a sculptor with 25+ years experience in NYC who is currently creating in Hudson, NY. Jonah Bokaer is a choreographer and visual artist as well as the founder of The Hudson Eye. They both have a strong belief in expanding and strengthening The Artist Community, an eagerness to provide emerging artists with a platform for showcasing their talents, and a civic desire to engage and inspire the public.

Financial support for the exhibition materials and utilities of Window On Hudson come from the founders, grants, and private donations. For more information please contact Jeremy Bullis, Artistic Director, at jeremy@windowonhudson.org.

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DATES/TIMES: On view from July 6th – August 1, 2022

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

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@lawrestone

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Window On Hudson Presents Multidisciplinary Artist Dan Taulapapa McMullin

Window On Hudson is honored to inaugurate its newly renovated indoor exhibition space with multidisciplinary artist Dan Taulapapa McMullin. Images and writings from Taulapapa McMullin’s book “The Healer’s Wound: A Queer Thierstory of Polynesia” will be on view from June 2 – July 4, 2022.

An Artist’s Reception will be held on Sunday, June 5th from 1-4pm as part of RECESS Pride: A Queer Artists Salon presented by The Hudson Eye, in partnership with OutHudson Pride Festival. Dan Taulapapa McMullin will be signing books and reading from “The Healer’s Wound” at 1:30pm at Window On Hudson. The salon and celebrations continue throughout the afternoon at neighboring establishments.

“The Healer’s Wound” is an artist’s book collaged by poet Dan Taulapapa McMullin based on their historical research in the queer cultures of their homeland Samoa and other Pacific Island countries. The queer peoples of Polynesia formed societies of healers and traveling artists but these societies were suppressed during colonialism by America and Europe. The book, through recovered images and texts,
narrates the journeys of these indigenous queer cultures and how they came to continue to thrive today. The exhibition includes large scale prints on canvas and works on paper.

Visit https://www.thehudsoneye.com/recess for more details about THE and RECESS or RSVP at development@jonahbokaer.net

About Window On Hudson

Window On Hudson offers storefront window exhibition space for artists of 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.

Window On Hudson is two large storefront windows located at 43 South Third Street, Hudson NY 12534. The windows are prominently visible 24/7 to all citizens and visitors of the City of Hudson traveling south on NY-9G. To see more of the artist’s work which hangs inside, please make an appointment with the Artistic Director, jeremy@windowonhudson.org

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DATES/TIMES: On view from June 2 – July 4, 2022

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

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@dantaulapapamcmullin
www.taulapapa.com

Artists interested in submitting their work may do so by emailing submissions@windowonhudson.org or visiting the website.

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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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instagram.com/windowonhudsonwww.willmcleod.net

Window On Hudson takes Covid-19 and your health seriously.  It follows the most current federal, state and local guidelines for safety.  As the population of Hudson is diverse we ask that masks be worn indoors.  

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