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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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Window On Hudson Presents Will Squibb “Chekhov’s Gun”, July 2021

Window On Hudson presents Will Squibb “Chekhov’s Gun”, on display now through August 2, 2021. Chekhov’s Gun marks Will Squibb’s first solo exhibition of his multidisciplinary study of the common but highly charged object: the gun.  His flat works transform the individual parts of a firearm into a fluid, somewhat surreal composition. The three-dimensional, realistic, ceramic guns have been dropped, bent, and twisted into less menacing, organic objects.

Squibb describes the project in the following way, “The flat works came first.  I was searching for imagery that could support repeated use, provide a variety of subtypes, as well as imply architectural rigidity.  I landed on a gun, the vast range of guns, and all of their components. After establishing formal parameters I considered the inherently contentious and political implications of firearms.  I asked myself, ‘How much would I need to manipulate this object to create a new meaning and reaction?’  The first flat works were formed with a unified idea of gravity – an implied sense of sculptural viability, albeit precarious and haphazard. Over time they evolved into organic forms and increasingly dynamic ecosystems.  I wanted to approach the same object in three dimensions, using ceramic splicasting as a reiterative process rather than dismantling and redistributing a limited palette.  By becoming tactile will they be perceived as more politically charged?  With the flat works it takes a moment to realize what is happening within the composition.  The “guns”, less deconstructed and more animated, provoke a faster reaction it seems.” 

Squibb considers Chekhov’s Gun to be critical in scope, however he wants it to be clear that it is not intended to be a critique of gun ownership itself.  “I hope no one seeing the work feels alienated,” he says as he opens up the conversation to feedback from the viewer.  “I am looking forward to hearing all reactions.  All points of view.”

Squibb wants to know how people perceive these images and objects.  Viewers are invited to record their thoughts (anonymously) via “comment card” at Window On Hudson or with an online form found here.

Will Squibb was born in 1986 in Cape Cod, Ma. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and has maintained a dedicated studio practice since then in New York City.  He has participated in group shows in NYC and Austin, TX.  He currently lives and works in the Hudson Valley.  His projects oscillate between a range of mediums and modes including video, collage, sculpture, drawing and photography.

DATES/TIMES: Now – August 2, 2021 / visible 24/7

LOCATION: 43 South Third Street, Hudson NY 12534

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Window On Hudson Presents Chimba “Reproducing Life: Conception”, June 2021

Window On Hudson presents Chimba “Reproducing Life: Conception” on display now through June 28, 2021. “Reproducing Life: Conception” is the beginning stage for a series of paintings by Chimba (Chiarra Jonelle Hughes Mba).  These works, created on several large canvases as well as a variety of long wooden boards, mark Chimba’s first solo exhibition.

In the windows, the canvases present Women of the Earth, pregnant with child, hope, and history.  A transformative journey distilled into one radiant image.  Indoors, the boards are used to tell an entire story.  These wordless images can be read like a graphic novel or cave painting, with the subject’s story unfolding as you follow their journey through beginning, middle and end.  Chimba’s painting style is a blend of natural African tribalism and the fluid movements learned from modern fashion design. 

Chimba describes  “Reproducing Life” in the following way, “This body of work – I don’t think it is an accident that it is called a ‘body’ of work – is about reproduction and what it means for the Woman.   We can birth so many things other than a child.  Birth can have a healing effect on the mother and extended family.  Throughout time a birth has been a cause for celebration – more so in the past.  The language I use on my canvases reflects that time.

“I am curious about the journey of all Women.  Pregnant Women.  Mothers.  Mother Earth.  Queens.  Our roots.  I paint myself.  I am curious about my own journey.  My journey, my artistic journey and my life’s journey, changed as I worked on these paintings.  If you try to make everything as it should be, it won’t become what it can be.” 

Chimba was born and raised in Hudson, NY.  She studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.   

An Artist’s Reception will be held Saturday, June 12 from 6-8pm as part of the 2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl.  Window On Hudson will be open to the public from 5-9pm.  Window On Hudson takes Covid-19 seriously and will take all current safety precautions.

Window On Hudson is two large storefront windows located at 43 South Third Street, in Hudson, NY. The windows are prominently visible 24/7 to all citizens and visitors of the City of Hudson traveling south on NY-9G. 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 WindowOnHudson.org

DATES/TIMES: May 5 – May 31, 2021 / visible 24/7
Artist’s Reception will be held Saturday, June 12 / 6 – 8pm

LOCATION: 43 South Third Street, Hudson NY 12534

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Window On Hudson Presents Mary McFerran “Suburban Wildlife”, May 2021

Window On Hudson presents Mary McFerran “Suburban Wildlife” on display now through May 31, 2021. Mary McFerran spent the solitude of 2020 earnestly working in her studio, creating numerous multimedia collages on a variety of subjects. In the storefront windows viewers can see “Suburban Wildlife,” a collection of tapestries that reflect on the wildlife she found venturing into her own backyard. The exhibition continues indoors with sketches and additional works on fabric.

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Rabbit
Felt, assorted textile scraps, plastic, printed fabric, stitching
42″ W x 39″ H
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MeFerran explains that the creation of these artworks comes from, “…spending more time in my backyard and local environment after the world was closed by the pandemic. The slowing of our world emboldened local wildlife. Foxes, rabbits, squirrels, snakes, raccoons, and chipmunks visited and were willing to be seen. During this time when we noticed the natural world. I hope this awareness increased our knowledge, respect and appreciation of the animals with which we coexist.”

When describing her artist practice McFerran says, “Liberation survives in my studio. I seek refuge in my work. Especially during the pandemic. I create and break my own rules, connecting and disconnecting fabric remnants and paper scraps. Opposing colors, textures, and themes encourage tension – push and pull. However, some sections coexist instead of merging.

I encourage elements to retain their own identity. My quilts are not traditional, no 3-layer regimen. Inspired by the work of Southern crafters who worked under economic restrictions, I select found scraps and tell stories. Like theirs, my piecing and constructing is grid-like. They were unschooled. I resist my art school lessons, encouraging some pieces to “fall off” the picture plane. I invite real life into my work and exaggerate the artifice of art.”

An Artist’s Reception will be held Saturday, May 8th from 3-5pm. Window On Hudson takes Covid-19 seriously. Front door will remain open at all times. Beverages will be served, and everyone is encouraged to enjoy the drinks and each other’s company outside in small, distanced clusters.

Window On Hudson is two large storefront windows located at 43 South Third Street, in Hudson, NY. The windows are prominently visible 24/7 to all citizens and visitors of the City of Hudson traveling south on NY-9G. 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 WindowOnHudson.org

DATES/TIMES: May 5 – May 31, 2021 / visible 24/7
Artist’s Reception will be held Saturday, May 8th from 3-5pm

LOCATION: 43 South Third Street, Hudson NY 12534

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For more info, contact Jeremy Bullis, Artistic Director of Window On Hudson
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marymcferran.com
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