Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"Keegan and Nick"

For duo "Keegan and Nick", art is a family affair. Self-described "absurdists" with "active imaginations", this father son team pushes boundaries. 
Keegan's kinetic sculpture "VIP room" and video "Kissing Remixed" are currently installed as part of our "Love" exhibit here at HVCCA, and have been a topic of conversation for many of our patrons. 
Alongside his own work, Keegan also does collaborative projects with his father, Nick. The dynamic duo created kinetic and non-moving sculptures, instillations, video pieces and more; all abstract in their own right. 

On Friday, May 15th, Keegan and Nick begin a new show, Bounce, at "Spaces Gallery". The show runs until July 10th, so be sure to check it out! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It Runs in the Family

For Andrew Barthelmes, following in his father's footsteps wasn't a question a familial loyalty, but a question of inspiration. As a child watching his father Bob Barthelmes work, Andy was encouraged to pursue his creative genes - aided by support and inspiration from his father.
 Both men have distinct styles, with Andy leaning towards oil paints and large scale pieces, and Bob sticking mainly to watercolor, but tend to carry similar themes in their work. Both men paint what around them, city-scapes and scenes from everyday life, whether present or past.
Andrew Barthelmes
In June, Andrew and Bob will be taking part in "Peekskill Open Studios", in which the public gets the chance to walk through studios and see artists at work. The two will be painting together in Bob's new workspace, formerly the children's room of the Field Library. Tours are both guided and self guided, and the opening reception is June 5th at the Paramount.
In addition, Andy was also featured in our "live arts day" this past September, where he painted a large-scale canvas from start to finish.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Artist Update: Ken Vallario

Ken Vallario's work is like flipping through a history book while on acid - in the best way possible. 
Surrealist, detail-oriented, and with an emphasis on color- Vallarios work is stunning to look at.
Many of his paintings emphasize the human form, but there is still something inherently politically about them. He typically works on larger canvases, combining the geometric and organic into one dream-like painting. His art has a deeply spiritual about them - but maybe thats just my interpretation. To each their own; and Vallario's work leaves room for thought and rumination. 
An accomplished author as well, Vallario often combines his two passions in a mash-up of words, small-scale sculpture, and painting. 
On March 14th, Vallario will be holding a show at Central Booking on 21 Lualow St, NY, NY. This show acts as an annual a reveal of his new work - the first time it will be seen by the public. The show, called "Frontier" features some of his "largest work ever" and is sure to be exciting. Who knows what this show, and his future holds? But one thing is for sure: stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


A HUGE congratulations to Steven Crisostomo! Steven, a past intern and volunteer of HVCCA, was just chosen as a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow at Hunter College! This award, in parts including a tuition fee waiver and stipend, is awarded to only five students each year. We are so proud of Steven and his commitment to his work, his schooling, and previously, to the museum! Congrats, and we wish you the best of luck!

Also: A huge congrats to Arts Westchester Award winners Lise Prown, Carla Rae Johnson, and Marcie Friedman! This award was given to fifty "outstanding artists living in Westchester", as a celebration of ArtsWestchester's 50th anniversary. Whether participating in Peekskill Project, helping to curate a video exhibit, or as active members of our Artist Club, each of these women is integral to our museum. 

Congrats Ladies! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lust: Opening This Sunday

This sunday, the "Lust" exhibit at HVCCA opens to the public. Exploring the sin of lust, the artists featured explore sex, sexuality, and eroticism in both their purest and most contrived forms. Featuring photography, sculpture, metal work, drawings and much more - this new exhibition allows us to view lust from varying angles and perspectives. 
Interestingly, the exhibit coincides with the "Love" show up currently. The juxtaposition of these two never-endingly intertwined concepts to each other creates a really interesting atmosphere, and raises a lot of question. The exhibits force the audience to question love and lust, in their own lives and in the larger scheme of things. Are the two ideas related? Can one exist without the other? Are both purely romantic or sexual concepts? Where do we draw the line between pure pornography and pornographic art? 
The "Lust" exhibit is rated 18+, and features very graphic content.  

Join us on Sunday April 19th to discuss and view the new pieces, and enjoy wine, beer, and things to snack on. However, maybe keep the drinking to a minimum if nudity makes you queasy. 

Artist Update: Michael Zelehoski

Michael Zelehoski's work challenges the viewer. It tricks the eyes, deceives the mind, and tests the barrier between 2-D and 3-D. Using found objects (including wood from decrepit houses and police barricades, and rusting metal bars), Zelehoski turns these 3-D materials into flat assemblages. With a meticulous hand, and a mastery of perspective, Zelehoski engineers his pieces to lay on the line between sculpture and painting- with a style thats almost collage-like. 
A member of our "Artists Club", Zelehoski exhibited with us in the Power of Place exhibit in 2013, and in the main gallery (New Hudson River School) for Peekskill Project V of 2012. 
On May 7th, Zelehoski opens "New Order" at the Mike Weiss Gallery. 

Most recently, Zelehoski's piece "Open House" was chosen as a permanent instillation in Musée National d'Art Moderne - Centre Pompidou.  

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Artist Update: Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat could be called a "political artist", to say the least.
Raised in pre-revolution Iran, Neshat grew up with a father who's desire to westernize and modernize coexisted with her grandparent's traditional upbringing. Much of her work reflects these deep roots, especially her struggle with her return to Iran later in her life, and its difference to the place of her memories. With common themes of femininity, martyrdom and equality, and how these have a place in Islam, Neshat uses her films,photographs, and other works to send a political message.
Leaving Iran for college in America, Neshat did not return until 1990; and her return coincided with the beginning of her creative expression. Exploring political movements such as the Islamic Revolution and the Green Movement (or Arab Spring), her work affects both those in the islamic community and its outsiders. 
Recently, Neshat was commissioned for an exhibit at the new YARAT contemporary art space in Baku, Azerbaijan. With a black and white portrait series, Neshat explores the many faces of Azerbaijan, proving it's immense ethnic and cultural diversity. She began shooting the series in November of last year, interviewing each participant about their own definition of home, as well as photographing them in studio. The work is a beautifully simplistic portrait of the country and it's people. The commissioned work is called "Home of My Eyes" and runs until June. 
In May, Shirin Neshat opens an exhibit at the Hirschhorn Museum called "Facing History". The exhibit explores Neshat's work in the context of history. Each hand-selected piece is accompanied by an outline of its historical significance, such as its intended political message or the current events at the time of its creation. The exhibit is also centered around Neshat herself, so it features the notes, sketches, and plans surrounding her work. 
Neshat is also currently exhibited here at HVCCA, in our "Love" exhibit. 
For more information on this artist and her work, especially "Home of My Eyes", check out this recent interview.