exhibitions 

Rebecca Pry: "Sweet Relief"

07/01/2017 - Present

"Sweet Relief" features Rebecca's playful figurative work of the last years,
executed through woodblock, screenprints, lithography, linoelum block,
cut paper, and paintings.  

Rebecca Pry is an artist living and working in Warwick, NY. She received a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in 2013. Her work has been published in books and magazines, on apparel, accessories, home goods, and stationery. She is heavily inspired by patterns and imagery created by nature and draws from her surroundings. Follow Rebecca on Instagram : @rebeccapry

IN(FLUX) is a suite of interactive, experiential, and performance-based installations exploring the fluid connections between gender, identity, materiality, movement, and ideology through the lens of water. Martin Dominguez BallVernon ByronIain McInnes, and Cody Rounds will present a series of shifting sensory environments that transform the perception of space, time, and place.

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Martin Dominguez Ball, Vernon Byron, Iain McInnes, Cody Rounds: IN(FLUX)

4/08/2017 - 4/30/2017

All experience registers in the body, brain, and mind and there are defining moments that change everything: choices, accidents and events that forever alter the landscape of our lives. Both artists have experienced such moments and wonder, how do those events remain in our bodies? How do we remember them, or not? How do they

etch themselves into our cells and our brains? How do they influence our identities?

Claire’s fascination with the human body originates from her experience living with her disabled body, a result of a head injury as a baby. Her black and white etchings, photograms and photographs of her body in microcosm explore the physiology of the body, its remarkable nature to adapt but also its eventual deterioration bringing with it changing perceptions to one’s sense of self. Drawings from brain scans, neurons and connective tissue

are contrasted with enlarged sections of negatives that echo the body that they came from but also reference the macrocosm of the universe and life that surrounds us.

Leslie is interested in feminist issues surrounding the female body and the connections and boundaries present in family relationships. Paintings are created on canvas and fabric, cut up and sewn back together. They are drawn on, burned and augmented with wire mesh and string. The processes and materials that she uses are meant to represent the way individuals in a family grow and change, separate and come back together,love and hurt each other. When Leslie was sixteen years old, she left home to move 800 miles away. Seeking autonomy and the cultural experience of a large metropolitan city she blazed her way into adulthood, devastating her family along the way. These objects are artifacts that tell a personal story of love and loss, of pain and hope, of healing. They remain as proof.

Leslie Fandrich & Claire Gilliam: EMBODIED

05/06/2017 - 06/04/2017

Olivia Baldwin:
Sugar and Grease

11/12/2016 - 12/04/2016

Olivia Baldwin’s paintings reveal a commitment to process, an inclination toward movement and a dogged love for color. The paintings are physical, built from gestures and layers, wood she’s found. Color is king and pink appears often, but it's seldom sweet.

 

The paintings themselves are resolute and rich, they search - yes - but not for beauty. A clumsy line implies a figure, or a series of chopped strokes call forth a landscape, like a mountain falling into a river. Sprawling geometric forms suggest a quilt, torn apart, sewn together, a raucous dance of creation, destruction, rebirth - and then there are the quieter ones, offering a breath, a gesture distilled.

 

Baldwin's paintings are not self-referential, nor do they seek to tell a single story. Instead they speak to a cycle: a budding, a birth, a dance, a release, a reflection, an end. And so on. 

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Cody Rounds:
SNAKE BITE

10/08/2016 - 11/06/2016

Nich Hance McElroy:
Float Copper

09/10/2016 - 10/02/2016

Snake Bite arises from Cody Rounds' studies on ritual and art. After a number of encounters with snakes, Rounds took interest in symbolic anthropology. The serpent proves to be one of the oldest and most prevalent images in mythological history. From ritual snake dances to symbols used in modern medicine, the snake holds a space in almost every culture. One of the most widely known appearances is the reverence for the snake in shamanic cultures. A bite from a snake is a sacred initiation to ancient wisdom and mystical practice. 

Beginning as a performative act, Rounds follows creative constraints provided by ritual processes from Celtic, Peruvian and other shamanic traditions. This work requires full execution while in deep meditation. Entering and maintaining this theta brainwave state, a mental state associated with dreams and waking trance, has produced a series unique to Rounds' existing work. 

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The photographs in Float Copper developed from an artist residency I had on a small island in Lake Superior in the summer of 2014. I’d proposed a project that would document the comings and goings of material to and from a 91 acre island - a sort of photographic audit that would catalogue the flotsam that washed ashore from the largest body of fresh water in the world, and track the deliberate arrivals and departures of people from a self-described remote wilderness environment. Yet over the course of a month’s stay, I began to consider movement over a longer, and less readily perceptible timeframe. The island’s shores are annually scoured and chaffed by winter ice-floes, and over centuries, freak pieces of non-native basalt have hitched rides from the northern end of the lake to its southern shores. These rare pieces of migratory black rock are travelers of a different kind, and even a lifetime of careful observation might not register their movement.

 

A similar transit has taken place over millennia on the adjacent Keweenaw Peninsula. Through subsequent periods of glacial advance and retreat veins of copper have been dug up, carried atop sheets of ice, and re-deposited in masses “floating” atop the landscape. This “float” or “drift” copper has defined the physical and economic landscape of the peninsula, and the first excavation performed by glaciers has been amplified by centuries of mining by Native peoples and settlers.


I should say that I’m not particularly interested in geology, or in copper, and these pictures undoubtedly reflect that ambivalence. I am, however, quite interested in time, especially as it can be collapsed and expanded by photographs. While many of these pictures were taken in and around Michigan's Copper Country, many were not. I like to think about the geology of this region not as the subject of documentary photographs, but as an emblem of how the visible and invisible brush against one another - how an image can register not only the process of its own creation, but the marks of change in the thing which it depicts.

 

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Sara J. Winston:
Worn Out Joy and A Lick & A Promise

08/06/2016 - 09/04/2016

In 2011 Sara began making anecdotal photographs of her daily life, focusing on interior spaces and inanimate objects. She created strict parameters for herself while deciphering what she was after with the project; the rules were one roll of film everyday, 36 frames, for nine months. The nine-month pursuit resulted in Worn Out Joy and her first book.

In the wake of an automobile accident in 2014, she was diagnosed with a relapsing-remitting form of autoimmune illness.

She now engages in a process of anecdotal visual journaling that showcases her immediate family in NY. Each member has embraced and/or overcome a chronic physical condition: Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Diabetes, and Ulcerative Colitis. She looks at their parallel struggles in wellness and mortality as they each manage an invisible illness. The photographs visualize some ailments but most importantly allow her to record things as they feel.


A Lick and a Promise will be published as a book in spring 2017.

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A Thousand Words

07/06/2016 - 08/04/2016

"A Thousand Words" features various written works presented as visual art. The majority of the pieces in this show were created at Milkweed during our weekly Wednesday evening poetry series, which includes time for attendees to workshop poems of their own.

For the duration of the show, typewriters and work surfaces will be available in the gallery for visitors to create their own pieces to add to the exhibit.

Nicholas Bach:
Permanent Feelings

05/14/2016 - 07/01/2016

"Permanent Feelings" presents mixed media works, visual essays and meditations on the subjective spiritual. Nicholas's work explores the dimensionality of personal transience and its apparent remains.

 

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Iain McInnes:
HUMANATOMY

04/09/2016 - 05/08/2016

Works by British American artist Iain McInnes.
Oil on canvas and experimental pieces using multi layered polymer resin.
 

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Milkweed is a community space dedicated to local artists, thinkers, collaborators, educators, movers & shakers. 

A space to connect, share, create and celebrate.

A locus of opportunity for the curious of all ages to explore ideas particular, peculiar and profound.

Milkweed is committed to cultivating an inclusive creative environment.


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we offer need-based workshop scholarships as well as work-trade opportunities.


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