The Pop-Up Gallery Reopens

The Pop-Up Gallery is by design a moving target. It materializes in transitional spaces to exhibit emerging and established artists that are interested in making work that is not commonly shown in Orange County. The artists bring positive attention to the community while expanding opportunities for local businesses. Landlords get traffic in their buildings, restaurants and shops get new business and the artists get an opportunity to share their work.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Photos of the Installation and Opening--Orange Alert 3D

Even with drizzle and many competing events,
we had quite a large group for the opening.
Thanks to those who came out to support these artists.
Special thanks to people who missed the opening but were able to stop by during the week. Part of cementing the community in Orange County is simply meeting each other and offering support to the work being done here.

  The following are some photos of the installation and event.

Stefana McClure's Protest Stones (foreground) and Earbud Ball (background)

Gerardo Castro discussing his Collares de Mazo with Ann Street Gallery curator, Virginia Walsh.




Detail of One is Older by Judy Sigunick
Detail of Infinite Passage (opened) from Bruce Chapin's Reliquary series

Gerardo Castro's Collares de Mazo (foreground) Judy Sigunick's Roaming (background)

Daniel Mack's Animas

Several ceramic and mixed media works of Judy Sigunick.

Stefana McClure's work (right to left)  Earbud Ball, Moby, and Map of the World: Caribbean.

 Detail of Bruce Chapin's Device 


  If you missed this, please note several of the PUG Projects 3D artists are having exhibitions in the near future. Judy Sigunick's 155 Project opens June 1st in New York City. Gerardo Castro is having a solo exhibition at Theo Ganz this July. Stefana McClure is participating in Art=Text=Art exhibition currently in Iceland. Jackie Skrzynski will be showing work at Boricua College, Manhattan in June.

This project was made possible in part with funds from Orange County Tourism and the County of Orange. Thanks again to everyone who made it a success.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Today is the Opening!

In order to really appreciate this exhibition space, you would have had to see it two weeks ago. The aisles were crowded and the tables were covered with literally hundreds objects. Ellen and Alice worked very hard to clear out the center of the warehouse to accommodate the exhibition.  Note, this is a functioning work space, not a white cube. A little rough around the edges is okay with us, but keep an eye on your kids.

Here are some samples of the exhibition to whet your appetite. Stop by today between 1 and 4 pm. We are located at the corner of Johnes and South Williams. Off street parking available.








Monday, May 13, 2013

Curator's Statement for Orange Alert 3D

 
 
The Hudson Valley has a thriving creative community. We benefit from our proximity to New York City through the number of talented artists who are attracted to the area. They live quietly among us, a blend of long time residents, new arrivals, emerging and established. Engaged with conceptual and formal considerations, the five artists participating in Orange Alert 3D have received significant recognition outside of Orange County. PUG Projects is excited to exhibit their work close to home. This is the good kind of Orange Alert.

PUG Projects had its first exhibition eight years ago across from the Yellow Bird Gallery on Newburgh’s newly opened Front Street. Now many more artists have relocated here from high rent areas south and east of us. Orange County, particularly Newburgh, has almost reached the “critical mass” of artists that our neighbors enjoy. Certainly Newburgh has the cheap studios and easy ferry access to attract them. PUG Projects intends to encourage the trend. By staging exhibits in unrented or transitional spaces, it draws artists and art lovers to potential galleries and studios. By exhibiting artwork not commonly seen in the area, PUG Projects brings attention to the diversity of art being made here in Orange County.


Gerardo Castro, co-owner of Newburgh Art Supply, came to Orange County about eight years ago from Jersey City. He still teaches art at New Jersey City University. He is known internationally for his colorfully detailed paintings that combine embroidered elements with beautifully rendered figures. He often pulls imagery from his Afro-Cuban heritage, using symbols from Santeria and hybrids forms of Catholicism. Densely layered, his paintings revel in visual complexity. For Pug Projects, however, less is more. Castro is exhibiting several collares de mazos, ceremonial sashes, which he painstaking threads using glass beads. Differing from elekes, a related beaded necklace, these beautifully ornate objects have long layers of beaded fringe that suggest the soundsuits of Nick Cave. The sashes are displayed in radial bursts of color, becoming circular sculptures. During the opening, Castro wears one of the mazos so viewers can hear the soft percussion of this work.

collares de mazos


Bruce Chapin made a career shift in 2004 that allowed him to dedicate himself full time to his creative pursuits. He is a consummate woodworker, and exhibits his sculptures throughout the United States. Chapin exhibits several pieces here, including a selection from his series Reliquary and Seven Deadly Sins. Perhaps the most striking quality of his work is its engagement with the darker, more absurd aspects of the examined life. Chapin finds inspiration in the fertile ground between the sacred and profane. Many of Chapin’s pieces open to reveal figures or spaces inside the bellies of the sculptures. (Viewers are welcome to carefully touch these.) For example, in Infinite Passage, the vaginal opening reveals a figure positioned for passage, yet one senses this is the end of the journey, not the beginning. When opened, the gold inner doors suggest wings and thus link death to (re)birth.  

Moonboy Dreaming

 
Daniel Mack also made a career shift toward a more creative endeavor that brought him to Warwick 30 years ago. When he isn't teaching at the Omega Institute, he is the artist behind Rustic Furnishings, making architectural installations and furniture using natural materials. From these, PUG Projects selected three stools for the gestural quality of their legs. They evoke the lightness of step of walking deer. A selection of Mack’s Anima figures welcomes viewers to the exhibition. Reminiscent of Antony Gormley’s Field or Ana Mendieta’s silhouettes, these small objects are fashioned from bark collected along the Hudson River. Mack finds the figure held within the bark. He sees them as having their own agency in terms of form, placement and even display. He listens, observes and then creates. In addition, Mack contributes several twig sculptures. Like the stools and the anima, these works capture sentient movement found within wood. 
Triple Anima

Stefana McClure recently moved to the area from Brooklyn although she is originally from Lisburn, Northern Ireland. She investigates verbal meaning, or the obfuscation of it, by transforming words into visual forms that are quietly beautiful yet almost entirely illegible. McClure draws inspiration from sources as seemingly disparate as Melville’s Moby Dick, Japanese anime and the poetry of Seamus Heaney. Language, an abstraction itself, can take many forms. McClure seems intent on making this clear. While the textual meaning of her source is lost, McClure does communicate an overwhelming sense of time. Her works are the result of a performance, a labor-intensive translation from linear time to a circuitous moment. For example, McClure cut out each written line from a book of Moby Dick and attached these strips of paper end to end to create a long “thread” of words. She then carefully wound the words like yarn to create a spherical ball held in place by a pin. The time it took her to make this work and its visual elegance instantly arrest the viewer’s attention. She creates a distilled experience of information.

Map of the World
 
Judy Sigunick uses her daughter’s warehouse, this exhibition space, as a part time studio where she creates her ceramic sculptures. Concurrently with this exhibit, she is showing at Broadfoot and Broadfoot in the Lower East Side. Like all the artists here, Sigunick is completely engaged with the unique qualities of her medium. Even when glazed, her work has a raw, almost painterly surface that retains the presence of the artist’s hand. Her clay figures seem to have emerged from the primordial goo, glistening and unclean. Exotic animals and people inhabit a space evoked as much by their color and texture as by whom they might be. While some of her pieces are reminiscent of Daisy Youngblood, her more recent work is distinctly her own. Not quite marauding Carthage warriors or fairytale maidens, Sigunick’s figures transport viewers into a world entirely of her creation.

Roaming


I offer my sincere gratitude to all the artists for participating in Orange Alert 3D. It has been my pleasure to spend time looking, thinking and writing about your work. I also thank Orange Arts of Orange County Tourism for financial support for PUG Projects. Many thanks as well go to Ellen Sigunick and Alice Vaughan for opening their space to all of us.    Jackie Skrzynski, curator

Beyond her studio practice, Jackie Skrzynski is interested in projects that bring art to the community in creative ways. She started the Pop-Up Gallery in 2005 as a curatorial vehicle. In 2009, Skrzynski began the year-long collaborative performance Silent Walks on the Half-Moon. She exhibits her drawings and paintings extensively, most recently at Theo Ganz Studio in Beacon, NY. Her work was part of the exhibit, Art about Motherhood: The Last Taboo, curated by Diana Quinby, in Avallon, France. Skrzynski was nominated for the Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, received a NYFA SOS grant and three Orange Arts Individual Artist grants. Her work has been published in 2River View, Reconciling Art and Mothering, Ten Words and One Shot, and The Gathering of the Tribes Magazine. She teaches drawing and painting at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

More installation shots from 2010 Orange Alert on Chambers Street

White on Brown by Barbara Smith Gioia

Foreground: Golden IUD by Robert Brush
Midground: Selections from David Freund's Orange Wrappers Series
Background: Barbara Smith Gioia's 1x

Foreground: Freund's Orange Wrapper Series
Background: John Delk's Pleading


Installation of John Delk's Universal Remote, a reproduction of a television remote cast in lead,
and Stream, an unending series of headlines from the Wall Street Journal typed on fax paper
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This exhibition is open by appointment until December 4th.
Please call 845-304-3142

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Photos from the opening


Foreground shows work from Stephanie Bursese's series
Something Like Human Emotion


Robert Brush's piece Patron Wanted with each word flashing in turn.

Party Favors from our friends at Newburgh Art Supply


Two visitors look at John Delk's Pleading in the foreground.
The work is comprised of a pile of plush teddy bears from whom recordings from prayer hotlines can be heard.

In the background are two of Barbara Smith Gioia's silkscreen monoprints.

The doorway.

Curator's Statement for Orange Alert 2010


The Pop-Up Gallery
(aka PUG Projects)
ORANGE ALERT


The Hudson Valley has a thriving creative community. We benefit from our proximity to New York City through the number of talented artists who are attracted to the area. They live quietly among us, some well established, and some well on their way. Although Orange County is better known for its highly skilled landscape painting and photography, it does have pockets of artists who are making other types of work. Engaging with conceptual and formal considerations, these artists often find venues to exhibit outside of the area. The Pop-Up Gallery (PUG) offers them a space close to home.
PUG Projects had its first exhibition almost six years ago across from the Yellow Bird Gallery on Front Street. Now many more artists have relocated here from high rent areas south and east of us. Still, Orange County, particularly Newburgh, struggles to meet “critical mass,” not yet attracting the broad support for artists that our neighbors enjoy. It is coming, and Newburgh certainly has the empty buildings and easy ferry access to attract it. PUG Projects intends to encourage the trend. By staging exhibits in unrented or transitional spaces, it draws artists and art lovers to potential galleries and studios. By exhibiting artwork that is concerned less with commercial viability than in making us think, PUG Projects brings attention to the diversity of art being made right here in Orange County. The five artists in this exhibition are a mix of long time residents, new arrivals, emerging and established. I am so pleased to be able to “out” them as artists to their neighbors. ORANGE ALERT!

Stephanie Bursese was chosen to participate in a residency in Philadelphia called The Welcome House. At the entrance to the JFK Plaza (also known as the “Love Park” for its famous Gary Indiana sculpture), she filled a small glass house with fog and invited park users to have their portraits taken. The resulting images are mysterious and somewhat ghostly. The defining characteristic of each portrait relies not in the face but more in the posture of the subject. The wafting haze suggests an unknowable, ephemeral state of being. Bursese recognizes how photography attempts to mitigate obscurity even while documenting it.

Robert Brush makes work with a wink and a nudge, creating serious art about art world absurdity. The well-crafted objects from his Whole Lotta Love series are definitely humorous, but Brush offers far more than a wry smile. What does it mean to have a golden diaphragm displayed as a pristine museum piece? Or an IUD represented as a 9-foot tall phallus circa 1960 minimalist sculpture? They seem hermaphroditic. “Conception” is a term used to describe the creative process, yet these devices play with words and meaning. They are conceptually conceived contraceptives. Art and sex have always made good bedfellows, and Brush’s work finds purchase in that fertile groove.

John Delk reconfigures mass media into visual and audio blurs of endless streams of information. Among other things, they play with ideas of comprehension and “value-added” communication. Consider Universal Remote, a replica cast in lead. What if every time you picked up the remote, you were actually poisoned in such a way that made you gradually morph into an idiot? The works often depend on our physical proximity, which subverts digital reproduction. Like most art, they need our presence to simply communicate, and Delk’s works fascinate in straightforward sensory ways. They become strangely meditative, like streams of consciousness. Information, like any perception-altering drug, can enlighten in small doses, but too much can lead to addiction.

David Freund has an eye for unusual printed artifacts from bygone eras. He is a consummate collector, yet as an artist, he experiences his collection as metaphor and iconography. In this series, he photographs early 20th century illustrations that decorated the tissues used to wrap oranges for shipping. Although directed to the consumer, Freund uses the wrapper images as a window into an invisible community of workers who picked the fruit. Rather than making work about labor or landscape, Freund chose to simply depict the orchard’s beauty at night as a background to the enlarged images. The juxtaposition transports us in strongly empathetic ways, enhanced by Freund’s poetic description of the series.

Barbara Smith Gioia is the aesthete in the group. Her creative process is as brave as running to the edge and jumping. In other words, she has no preconception of what her work will look like when she starts, but develops an intensely mindful dialogue with each piece that guides her toward completion. Stomping, like monoprinting, involves building layers of images onto paper, using an unhinged silkscreen that the artist can move around the surface of her image to print. Expressive marks create the foundation image. Smith Gioia preserves the presence of the artist’s hand through an elegant balance of repetition and singularity.

I sincerely thank each of these artists and the many people who helped to make this project happen. I am particularly grateful to Orange Arts of Orange County Tourism for their financial support.
Jackie Skrzynski
Curator

Curator’s Bio:
Beyond her studio practice, Jackie Skrzynski is interested in projects that bring art to the community in creative ways. She organized the Silent Walks on the Half Moon, a year-long group performance at Storm King Mountain. It was later part of the Hudson Valley 2010: Contemporary Art and Praxis exhibit at the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz. Skrzynski exhibits her drawings and paintings nationally and in 2009, she was nominated for the Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. In 2011, her work will be part of the exhibit, Art about Motherhood: The Last Taboo, curated by Diana Quinby, in Avallon, France. Orange Alert marks her fourth curatorial project.