“In Protest We Trust” is a mail art piece created by artist Margaret Roleke. The election of Donald Trump with his rhetoric of hatred and prejudice, and dishonesty, has inspired people to take to the streets and express their opposition. Roleke has participated and also documented these protests. Daily starting on June 4th and going through mid-summer Roleke will mail postcards to ODETTA which come together as a puzzle revealing a photo montage on one side and collages based on the news of the day on the other. The cards will be taped to the side window of ODETTA and the complete image will slowly be revealed over time as the postcards arrive.
Roleke's blog will be on-going: http://margaretroleke.com/Mail-Blog-In-Protest-We-Trust
Margaret Roleke is a sculptor who also creates prints and “mail art”. She has lived and worked in New York and Connecticut for most of her life. Her work has been exhibited often.In 2017 her art has been included in exhibits at the Hewitt Gallery at Marymount Manhattan College, Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York City, Art Space New Haven, the Art and Cultural Center of Hollywood, Florida as well as other venues.She has been reviewed in The New York Times, Hyperallergic,and other publications. Roleke is committed to gun control and donates a portion of all sales to organizations that work for this cause.
River Woman and Riverkeeper ODETTA Gallery - Special Event
Join us for a special event featuring the artists of ODETTA gallery’s River Woman exhibition, and Paul Gallay, President of Riverkeeper, on Sunday, April 23rd beginning at 3:00 pm. Learn about Riverkeeper’s work to protect and preserve the Hudson River, its tributaries and the drinking water for millions of New Yorkers. Attendees will also hear about the work Riverkeeper is doing on Newtown Creek and the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and throughout the City to engage and activate communities along the diverse waterfronts of New York. NYC Water Quality Project Coordinator, Chrissy Remein will also speak about their efforts to protect our drinking water.
This event is open to the public and will include a reception and silent auction.
ODETTA gallery director Ellen Hackl Fagan as well as the artists of River Woman will be on hand to discuss and explore the intersection of art and the environment. Guests will be able to see water and local waterways through the eyes of these exceptional artists including: Nancy Cohen, Fritz Horstman, Ellen Kozak, Kathleen Vance, Caetlynn Booth, and Deborah Freedman.
Elemental, universal, sustaining, beautiful, dangerous, the river and the woman merge and become one entity. Sharing a deep passion for the River Woman, our artists express their awe while raising awareness of the fragility and the amazing resilience of the rivers in our lives. River Woman will be on exhibit at ODETTA gallery from March 17, 2017 – April 30, 2017. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the artists’ work will directly benefit Riverkeeper.
Riverkeeper is a member-supported, watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries, and protecting the drinking water supply of millions of New Yorkers. Riverkeeper began as the Hudson River Fisherman's Association and, over 50 years later, is New York’s clean water advocate, having helped set worldwide standards for waterway and watershed protection and serving as the model for more than 300 Keeper programs around the globe. For more information, please visit www.riverkeeper.org
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Boat Captain John Lipscomb, President Paul Gallay and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. discuss Riverkeeper's mission and history.
What Does Blue Sound Like?
Art in the Windows Exhibition Series
Curated by Arezoo Moseni
Dates: April 4- June 28, 2017 (On view day and night)
Mid-Manhattan Library Lobby Vitrines
455 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Special event: Joseph Celli composer, radio producer and virtuoso on double reed; and Hap Tivey artist and an early pioneer in the California Light and Space movement; join Ellen Hackl Fagan for the Artist Dialogue Series event in the Corner Room of Mid-Manhattan Library on Saturday, April 29 at 2:30 PM.
Initiated and organized by Arezoo Moseni in 2004, Artist Dialogue Series provide an open forum for understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. Artists are paired with critics, curators, gallerists, writers or other artists to converse about art and the potential of exploring new ideas.
The event is free and advanced registration is recommended.
The Art Collection at Mid-Manhattan Library presents the site-specific exhibition What Does Blue Sound Like by artist Ellen Hacki Fagan.
This exhibition features the Reverse Color Organ (RCO) with an interactive web app that viewers can download to their iPhones or Droids. Their phones become a synaesthetic tool, enabling them to explore their own unique opinions about the sounds of colors. The artist hopes to have over 150,000 submissions from visitors to the website. To play load this address into your browser http://www.rcoblue.com.
Ellen Hackl Fagan, What Does Blue Sound Like?, site-specific installation and details, 2017.
Mid-Manhattan Library Windows. Plexiglas, flourescent lights, foam board.
Each vitrine approximately 39 h x 27w x 25 d inches
ODETTA is pleased to announce that the gallery is now representing Kurt Steger. In his newest series Scribing the Void and Urban Structures, Kurt continues to preserve the disappearing landscape while offering protection for the sacred within each of us.
Kurt's newest sculptures, Urban Structures, The Bed Stuy Series are on exhibit at ODETTA in the studio space through February 26, 2017.
Kurt Steger: Scribing the Void, Coach House
ODETTA places Kurt Steger's Scribing the Void in Coach House, Coach, Inc's new flagship store on 5th Avenue and 54th St. Just 1/2 block from MOMA! http://www.racked.com/2016/11/18/13669750/coach-house-fifth-ave
- Kurt Steger’s monumental sculpture, Scribing the Void, has been acquired by Coach,Inc., a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands.On Friday, November 18, 2016, Coach will celebrate the opening of its newest flagship store, Coach House, in one of the world’s most prestigious shopping districts at 685 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Coach was established in New York City in 1941, and has a rich heritage of pairing exceptional leathers and materials with innovative design. The acquisition of Kurt Steger’s Scribing the Void, creates a link to Coach’s New York City roots as the sculpture features a line traced from the surface of an iconic rock formation in Central Park.
- Scribing the Void, originally premiered at ODETTA this past summer. The sculpture was also selected to travel to Real Art Ways, a renowned alternative art space in Hartford, CT. This powerful work of art was recreated for Coach House from the original templates that Kurt used to trace Umpire Rock in Central Park. Paying homage to the handmade is a perfect fit for Coach, Inc.’s philosophy. Kurt uses carpenter’s tools and sculpts and finishes each panel of this twenty-foot sculpture entirely by hand.
- This flagship store will open to the public on Friday November 18. Scribing the Void can be viewed on the third floor, gently suspended within this new space.
ODETTA is now representing Kurt Steger. As we move into our third year, we are pleased to announce that we are selecting key emerging and mid-career artists for representation.
Kurt Steger: Scribing the Void, Real Art Ways
OCT 20 - FEB 19, 2017 | 2 - 9 PM
- Scribing the Void is a monumental sculpture transcribed from a Central Park boulder and initially installed at ODETTA gallery in Brooklyn, New York. This monumental sculpture was originally oriented in the exact north-south level line and elevation as it would sit on this iconic boulder. The sculpture moves almost imperceptibly with the air currents in the gallery.
- The scribe line was achieved after multiple trips to the Central Park site, methodically tracing and cutting the shape of the boulder’s surface onto chipboard templates, resulting in 82 linear feet of a single contour line. This line was then copied onto the wooden superstructure that was transported and reassembled at the gallery.
- The composer RSM was invited to create a score that was composed by placing the scribe line of the boulder onto a musical staff, effectively writing the song of the rock. RSM then took these notes and recorded the composition. The Byzantine-inspired sounds of piano, violin, drum, and voice permeate the empty space.
- A recent pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash in western Tibet inspired much of Steger’s conceptual thoughts behind the sculpture: materiality versus immateriality, questions of time and space, and perceptions of memory beyond the familiar senses are addressed in Scribing the Void. The scribe line represents the divide between spirit and matter, the line between birth and death. Void speaks of loss, our severed connection to nature, community and ancestry, separation from our inner lives, and the mystery of existence.
- Scribing the Void has also been purchased and re-created for Coach Inc.'s new flagship store Coach House at 54th St. and 5th Avenue in NYC. This sculpture and concept is now enriching a broader audience while being exhibited in two locations concurrently.
- Real Art Ways, in Hartford, CT is a mainstay institution in New England, at the forefront of alternative multidisciplinary arts and innovative exhibitions, now celebrating its 40th anniversary year. Real Art Ways is open daily 2-9 pm, and by appointment.
Ellen Hackl Fagan, Real Art Ways
OCT 20 - FEB 19, 2017 | 2 - 9 PM
- Thursday December 15, 6-10 pm
- Thursday January 19, 6-10 pm
- Thursday January 26, Special performance with the Hartford Symphony
- Thursday February 16, 6-10 pm
Into the Blue Again, is a solo exhibition of Hackl Fagan's large-scale watercolor/pigments on paper. This series explores the nature of printmaking processes, texture and surface manipulation inspired by the sound of cobalt blue. Her process walks the balance between randomness and intention, like jazz music, revealing limitless possibilities for improvisation.
Creative Cocktail Hours are a time to enjoy the galleries and all that the Hartford creative community has to offer. $10 admission enables you to try new custom drinks, live music, and great food all under one roof while meeting the artists exhibiting in all the galleries.
Real Art Ways, in Hartford, CT is a mainstay institution in New England, at the forefront of alternative multidisciplinary arts and innovative exhibitions, now celebrating its 40th anniversary year. There are four galleries exhibiting artists' works, three solo exhibitions, and one group exhibition, curated by David Borawski. Kurt Steger's Scribing the Void, presented initially at ODETTA this past summer, is also a solo exhibition.
Real Art Ways is open daily 2-9 pm, and by appointment.
Creative Cocktail Hours: Gather and meet the artists, live music, full bar, food trucks, $10 entry