Abigail DeVille’s Midsummer Update

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Quick note to all our friends up north. Project artist Abigail DeVille has been busy lately, creating the totally immersive, totally Mad Max-ian set design. Peep the above pic. It’s for a production of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” part of the very big deal Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario Canada. It premieres July 24 and runs thru September 20. Peter Sellars directs, collaborator Charlotte Brathwaite is also involved, and it’s gonna be staged in a local Masonic Hall. Need we say more? (Abigail’s definitely stepped it up since constructing the set for a Brooklyn-based production of Adrienne Kennedy’s “She Talks to Beethoven” back in early 2014; that work was featured on our first film with her.)

Quick note to all our friends closer to home. Abigail’s currently got some big and super-trashy and very beautiful sculptures at the Studio Museum in Harlem. It’s part of the “Material Histories” exhibit, this year’s edition of the annual Artist in Residence show. That runs thru October 26.

Photograph courtesy Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 2014.

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Jacolby Satterwhite Buffet

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You can get a serving of New York Close Up artist Jacolby Satterwhite lottsa different ways today-

#1 – Documentary-style.  Our latest film on Jacolby is now live:  Jacolby Satterwhite Is Going Public.

#2 – Step Up Revolution-style.  Besides showing his latest animation, Reifying Desire 6, at the Whitney Biennial, Jacolby is also doing a series of regular but impromptu performances at the museum.  In a new silver catsuit!  Unfortunately, there’s no set schedule.  But if you go to the Whitney often, hang out in the lobby, and check Jacolby’s facebook page enough, you should be able to catch a glimpse.  The Biennial and Jacolby’s performances run through May 25th.

#3 – Mother and Son-style.  Jacolby and his mother Patricia have created a new collaborative work for the “When the Stars Fall” group exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem.  It’s the first time Patricia’s amazing drawings have been shown in public.  That’s up through June 29.

#4 – Be More PBS-style.  Somewhat improbably Jacolby, artist Zoe Leonard, and co-curators Michelle Grabner and Stuart Comer all recently appeared on the Charlie Rose show to talk about the Whitney Biennial.  Yes, the Charlie Rose show.  Check it here and see Charlie actually crack a smile.

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Jacolby Satterwhite Is Having A Moment

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An important announcement – New York Close Up project artist Jacolby Satterwhite is part of this year’s Whitney Biennial!  This alert’s a little late coming I know, but don’t worry, you’ve got until May 25 to check out Jacolby’s continually amazing video work. He’s showing his latest irrepressible and bewitching animation, Reifying Desire 6. So to Jacolby, congrats. And to our faithful viewers, be on the lookout for a Biennial-centric next film on Jacolby in the coming months.

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Keltie Ferris & Josephine Halvorson

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Only the most observant viewer would probably catch that the above pic is actually a print by New York Close Up artist Keltie Ferris.  It’s part of a recent set of “body prints” on exhibit thru March 30th at Chapter NY in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  And only the most conscientious New York gallery goer would know that friend and fellow project artist Josephine Halvorson wrote a really sympathetic and astute essay for the show.  So in the interest of making a little more visible the connection between two of our favorite artists – and in the critical spirit of Josephine’s most recent film, Josephine Halvorson Gets the Conversation Going – we’re happy to present the essay in full:

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Laleh Khorramian’s Midnight Moment

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If you happen to be in Times Square at 11:57PM anytime in January, please look up. Because every night in January, for three very precious minutes, Times Square Arts & the Times Square Advertising Coalition will be presenting the work of New York Close Up project artist Laleh Khorramian in the mother of all multi-channel video screenings.  They’ll be excerpting Laleh’s decidedly non-advertising animation Water Panics in the Sea (2011) on an obscene number of screens.  (That film was also featured in her first New York Close Up espisode, Laleh Khorramian’s Epic Animations.)

Laleh’s film is kicking off the 2014 season of Midnight Moment, which in the words of their website is “the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square every night.”  Talk about exposure . . . .

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