Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill

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010_doyle_mine_pond-jpgBrian Doyle
Obsidian Collapse

March 5 – April 6, 2013

Gallery Opening March 5, 5:30 – 7 pm

Artist’s Gallery Talk at 6:30 pm

Brian Doyle’s artwork questions the idea of common experience. His films, installations and photos examine the collision of cultural and natural phenomena. Often developed through the lens of a developing storm, his quasi-fictional documentaries gracefully uncover realities just beneath the surface of our recognition. Themes include information overload, technology as progress substantiated, and the future and past colliding into a transfigured present. Doyle’s award winning films have been shown on television, in film festivals, museums, and in galleries around the world. Screenings include the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Reel New York (WNET New York, Channel Thirteen, PBS), Tribeca Film Festival, and Slamdance. He recently participated in the Peekskill Project V, organized by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.

Doyle graduated with a BFA from Florida State University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Beacon, NY. He is a 2009 fellow in Film from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Breanne Trammel:  Nails in the Key of Life
September 4-October 13
Westchester Gallery (CFDA)

Nails In The Key Of Life is a collection of paintings, prints, sculptures, and video by Dutchess County-based artist Breanne Trammell. This new body of work is inspired by and extracted from her experience attending nail school to become a NY state-licensed nail technician. Past work such as “Yves Klein Blue Jeans” and “Candy Cigarettes” provide insight into Breanne’s curated menu of services that will be offered on her 2013 road trip, “Nails Across America.”

Breanne is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Wassaic, NY. She is an active member of the Wassaic Project where she is Print Fellow. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including Mixed Greens Gallery, PPOW Gallery, Susan Inglett Gallery, and MASS MoCA. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, has been a Lecturer in Art+Design at SUNY Purchase, and a faculty member at Ramapo College of NJ since 2009.

Reception & gallery talk: 
Tuesday September 18, 5:30-7:30 pm

Marcy B. Freedman, FREE NOT FREE
An Installation & a Series of Interactive Performances
October 18-December 1
Westchester Gallery (CFDA)

Marcy B. Freedman will confront the issue of contemporary consumerism with an installation and a series of interactive performances at the Peekskill Center for the Digital Arts.  (See the Gallery website for a listing.  Her project involves the display of dozens and dozens of shopping bags, each with its logo in plain view.  These bags, filled with desirable items, will be given away to those individuals willing to converse with the artist during one of her performances.  The artist explains her intentions as follows:

“I am interested in exploring our complex relationship with the highly manipulative worlds of advertising and retail sales.  The title of this project is intended to suggest – among other things – that we are controlled by the materialism of our culture.”

Additionally, this work is representative of Freedman’s recent performance work, because it involves one-on-one, face-to-face encounters with members of the public.  She is committed to this direct engagement with her audience because she wants to provide an alternative to the “virtual” forms of communication — email, texting, social networking, etc – that are coming to dominate our interpersonal experiences.  “I want to create situations in which real people are together in real time and in real space.”

Performance Times 

October 18th   5:30 to 7:30  Opening Reception & Artists’ Talk at 6:30 & Performance

October 23rd   Performance  6 – 7 pm

October 29     Performance 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

November 6th   Performance  6 – 7 pm

November 15    Performance  6 – 7 pm

November 27    Performance  11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Reception & gallery talk: 
Tuesday October 18, 5:30-7:30 pm

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