Studio 26 Performance Session is a monthly interdisciplinary performance series curated by Rebecca Lloyd-Jones. This months session will be a night of experimental performances. Works by Darla Stanley, Marisa Clementi and Storm Lauren Thomas, Christine Bonansea-Saulut and SULT, Megan Mizanty, and Ben Korta.
ELANIE EQUI: Elaine Equi received a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Columbia College, where she taught a poetry workshop for several years after graduating. Along with her husband, Jerome Sala, she was active in Chicago’s performance poetry scene.
Equi’s first book, Federal Woman, was published in 1978 by Danaides press. She has written over ten books of poetry including, Voice-Over (Coffee House Press, 1999), chosen by Thom Gunn for the San Francisco State Poetry Award, The Cloud of Knowable Things (Coffee House Press, 2003), Ripple Effect: New and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2007), which was shortlisted for the 2008 International Griffin Poetry Prize, and Click and Clone (Coffee House Press, 2011).Equi lives in New York City and teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program at The New School.
JEROME SALA: Jerome Sala’s books of poetry include cult classics such as Spaz Attack, I Am Not a Juvenile Delinquent, The Trip, Raw Deal, Look Slimmer Instantly and Prom Night, a collaboration with artist Tamara Gonzales. His poetry and criticism have appeared in The Best American Poetryseries, The Nation, Evergreen Review, Pleiades, Conjunctions, Rolling Stone, The Brooklyn Railand many others. He has a Ph.D. in American Studies. Before moving to New York City in the 1980s, Sala and his spouse, poet Elaine Equi, did numerous readings together, helping to create Chicago’s lively performance poetry scene. Sala was the first “World Heavyweight Poetry Champion,” and was part of a series of competitions in boxing rings that were precursors to the Poetry Slam. His blog, on “poetry, pop culture and everyday life” is espresso bongo,http://www.espressobongo.typepad.com. He lives and works in New York City.
RAY DiPALMA : Ray DiPalma received his BA from Duquesne University and his MFA from the U. of Iowa. From 1968-1975 he taught at Bowling Green University and moved to New York in 1975. Author of more than thirty books of poetry, DiPalma has also published many editions of visual work, including one-of-a-kind artist's books. DiPalma's writings have been widely anthologized and published in numerous journals. Translations of his poems have appeared in French, Portuguese, Italian, German, Spanish, and Chinese. His visual works (including artist's books, collages, and prints) have been exhibited in numerous shows in the United States, Europe, Japan, and South America, and in a one-person show at the Stemplelplatt's Gallery in Amsterdam. Two videos based on his book January Zero were made in France.
He lives in New York City and teaches at the School of Visual Artsin Manhattan. His work has been seen at Art Institute of Chicago; Special Collections, University of California, San Diego; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; New York Public Library and theMuseum of Modern Art.
Most recently, Otis Books | Seismicity published OBEDIENT LAUGHTER (2014), and THE ANCIENT USE OF STONE in 2009. Ray teaches at the School of Visual Arts.
The Acidic Ghost Spectral Reading Series pairs poets and writers reading works that interact with projected images. Free Admission.
Flamenco Dance – Miriam Borne is a dancer and poet who likes to cross boundaries. She has extensive dance training in ballet, flamenco and modern forms. Currently, she performs with the NYC flamenco group, Flamenco Latino. Miriam is also a haiku poet, a member of Haiku Society of America and of Spring Street Poets. She has combined dance and haiku in her own choreography. She also does reike healing and leads monthly full moon meditations.
Short Form Literature Series – Curated by Jay Friedenberg features prose and verse of limited verbiage. This genre seeks to establish new intellectual and artistic standards in a short literary format. Small words pack punch. This series consists of explanations and readings of haiku, aphorisms and rhyme poems along with linked images and dance. Curator, photographer and poet Jay Freidenberg presents us the history and expression of these forms, appropriate to this age of terse communication.
Simon Cruz is a young Mexican artist born in Guadalajara. His fantastic imagery is deeply rooted in the culture and folklore of his country, yet he presents it to us in a unique and passionate language that is truly his own. Simon likes to experiment with materials and techniques, take risks and push the envelope.
His visual narrative is extremely layered. The images on his canvases are overlapping and weaving through each other, as if multiple realities are daring to take shape in the same space and time. Simon uses bold colors and outlines to create the visual tension and irony. Some of his shapes and figures are very detailed and meticulously rendered, while others are barely outlined presenting only a hint of a shape or an idea. In many of his works he uses text as an extra layer that exists on the same plane with the visuals. His figures are full of passion and many a time caught in some predicament. Memories of the past. Things to come in the future. The present reality. All of it merges together on Simon’s canvases.
Simon has participated in over 60 exhibitions in Mexico and the Unites States. He likes to work in various media and brilliantly demonstrates his craftsmanship in oil painting, bronze sculpture and ink drawing.
How do we know when something is truly “Fantastic”? What makes an object stand out from the crowd? Normally, when we see something that is both extremely good and attractive, or when we think something is conceived by unrestrained fantasy and imagination, we tend to call it fantastic. In this exhibit, curator Marina Reiter Matthews explores artists’ own interpretation of the word “Fantastic” as well as the viewers’ reaction to the artwork and its individual elements.
Pamela Bennett Ader, Simon Cruz and Guillaume den Dunnen speak in the language of surreal imagery and dream-like interpretation of reality, where everything that is subconscious and normally hidden comes to the foreground and into focus. Harriet Sobie Goldstein, Jay Friedenberg and Marina Reiter present a series of colorful abstracted otherworldly landscapes that are reminiscent of faraway lands glimpsed in our dreams, reminding us of stained glass compositions. Luz Fandino, Bernie Segal and Cherese Weaver work with recognizable imagery of human and animal figures, ancient saints and goddesses that offer multiple interpretations accumulated through thousands of years of history, philosophy, anthropology and religion. R. Wayne Reynolds and Jeannette Canale brilliantly showcase their unique paintings and gilding techniques applied to mandalas and moving 3D objects. Unique assemblages of white objects on wood panels in the works of James C. Matthews Jr. make us rethink how we view an “every day” object and discover the pure essence of its beauty and truth. Stephanie Holznecht presents a distinctive arrangement of patterns, free flowing and expressionist, through which we glimpse the world of the animal kingdom.
The artists in this group show represent multiple regions of the United States of America as well as the World having studied in many well-known art schools and universities: Russia, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Vermont. We all speak the universal language of art through form, line, color and texture by creating “Fantastic” compositions of art.