Back Gallery Series |June – August 2016
JUNE – AUGUST
//FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC//
Join us for our Summer 2016 Back Gallery Series kicking off in June alongside our annual (FREAK) FLAG DAY celebration. Each year we are committed to expanding our visual art programming. As part of our back gallery series we are committed to experimenting with multidisciplinary, alternative and collaborative formats in Basilica Hudson’s newly renovated 2,000-square foot white cube—located in the back of the Kite’s Nest building, accessed from the North end of the Main Building. This year we are proud to announce projects by James Concannon and Jack Walls, Dylan Kraus and Rose Salane, Marc Swanson and Jeff Bailey Gallery, documentary photographers Atish Saha and Bryan MacCormack plus more to come! Stay tuned for more information about upcoming exhibitions.
Basilica embraces visual art in many ways. During our annual Basilica SoundScape, a weekend of Music + Art, we collaborate with a visual artist to play an integral conceptual role in our main hall, interacting with our extensive music program. Past artists include Matthew Barney, Sterling Ruby and Dan Colen. We are honored to have worked with such notable artists who have made it possible for us to bridge our commitment to music and our love for contemporary art!
In the months leading up to Basilica SoundScape, our Back Gallery programming is an integral part of our season. In 2014 we launched the space with a collaboration with James Fuentes Gallery, which presented two satellite exhibitions originating from their space on the Lower East Side in NYC. Since 2014 we have partnered with visiting galleries, curators and art fairs such as Zach Feuer of Retrospective Gallery, Curator Erin Falls, NADA Art Fair, and launched a long-dreamed-of exhibition of whale bones by Maine-based brothers, Frank and Dan DenDanto speaking to the history of the City of Hudson.
BACK GALLERY SCHEDULE
// WHY MUST MY HEART GO ON BEATING | JUNE 11 – 19 | Opening, June 11, 7PM
A solo exhibition of new works by James Concannon, curated by Jack Walls
// LIVES NOT NUMBERS | JUNE 24 – 25| Opening, June 24, 7PM
An exhibition by documentary photographers Atish Saha and Bryan MacCormack
// TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING | JULY 9 -24 | Opening July 9, 6PM
A group show of New York-based artists curated by Dylan Kraus and Rose Salane
// MARC SWANSON, Sorrow in Sunlight | AUGUST 6 – 21 | Opening August 6, 4PM
A solo show of new works by Marc Swanson co-presented by Basilica Hudson and Jeff Bailey Gallery
JAMES CONCANNON CURATED BY JACK WALLS
WHY MUST MY HEART GO ON BEATING | JUNE 11 – 19
Exhibition Hours | 12 – 6 daily, June 11 – 19
Opening Reception | Saturday, June 11, 7 – 9PM, as part of Basilica Hudson’s (FREAK) FLAG DAY event.
“James is one of the most interesting people we have ever met. His life from the outside seems like one weird & wonderful adventure after the next.” – Ainsley Hutchence, Sticks and Stones Agency.
Why Must My Heart Go On Beating is a solo show of new works by James Concannon, curated by Jack Walls, opening on Saturday, June 11, 7–9PM. The exhibition will be up through June 19. James Concannon combines a series of textual anecdotes and self portraits that dissect notions of life, lineage and collective societal consciousness. The works included in this exhibition attempt to begin a discussion on the importance of micro-cultural continuation—in both the immediate family unit and various identity-forming theologies. In producing this body of work Concannon struggled with concepts related to the all-encompassing nature of globalization, and its role in our technologically driven world.
Closing Reception | Sunday, June 19, 6PM
The Serpent has existed as a polarizing symbol throughout our world’s religious history. Spanning the mythologies of ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Egypt, it has been seen as an emblem of both evil power as well as healing and fertility; this contradictory figure slithered onwards into both Judaism and Christianity. Now what if there was a way to harness this religious magnetic energy?
Artist James Concannon offers to the Hudson community a snake oil ceremony like none other. From it’s iconic, demonic importance to it’s anthropomorphized sexual construct, Concannon dissects the serpent and seed in relation to past, present, and future religious texts.
About James Concannon
James Concannon is a California-born/Connecticut-raised—internationally recognized—artist, designer, and musician. Concannon has exhibited in Thailand, Russia, and throughout the United States. His work can be found in the personal collections of pop icons Lady Gaga and Damon Dash; actresses Chloë Sevigny and Jemima Kirke; and famed downtown artists Ryan McGinley, Donald Baechler, Ricky Powell, and Matthew Damhave. This event is curated by renowned artist / poet Jack Walls.
About Jack Walls
Jack Walls is a Chicago-born artist and has been a vital part of the New York art world for over 30 years. He is a writer, poet, painter, and performer. In his early years in New York, he met and lived as a couple with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. This relationship lasted until Mapplethorpe’s untimely death in 1989. Since then, Walls has become a source of inspiration for a new generation of young artists. Ryan McGinley, Dan Colen, and the late Dash Snow, to mention a few, have acknowledged Walls’ influence. Jack Walls lives and works in Hudson, New York.
Image courtesy of James Concannon
ATISH SAHA AND BRYAN MACCORMACK
LIVES NOT NUMBERS | PRESENTED BY LEFT IN FOCUS | JUNE 24 – 25
Exhibition Hours | Sat 11 – 8; Mon & Tues by appointment (please call Bryan at 518.821.6780)
Opening Reception | Friday June 24, 7 – 9PM
Basilica Hudson and Left in Focus are pleased to co-present Lives Not Numbers, an exhibition by documentary photographers Atish Saha and Bryan MacCormack presenting a series of photographs that counter measuring lives in numbers, statistics and data points dominate mainstream discourse about public tragedies. Those who die in mass, especially the subaltern, are reduced to numerical archives. By reporting deaths as numbers, we devalue the lives lost and the lives they leave behind. In the aftermath, families search for the physical remains of missing loved ones. For them, closure may come in the form of a casket or may never be found, where physical remains are lost in rubble or a desert landscape.
In 2013, thousands perished during the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. Every year, thousands more are lost while migrating across the Sonoran Desert of Mexico and Arizona. In their first collaboration, documentary photographers Atish Saha and Bryan MacCormack present a series of photographs to reveal the lives behind the numbers reported in these two separate events.
About Left in Focus
Founded in 2012 by photographer and organizer Bryan MacCormack, Left In Focus (LIF) uses photography, multi-media and organizing to document social movements, generate cultural resistance, and collaboratively increase the capacity of communities to tell their own stories in creative ways.
Image courtesy of Bryan MaCormack
GROUP SHOW CURATED BY DYLAN KRAUS AND ROSE SALANE
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING | CURATED BY ROSE SALANE AND DYLAN KRAUS | JULY 9 – 24
Exhibition Hours | Saturday – Sunday, 12 – 6 and by appointment
Opening Reception | Saturday, July 9, 6-8PM
Basilica Hudson is pleased to present Too Much of a Good Thing, collaboratively curated by Dylan Kraus and Rose Salane, is a collection of sculptures, paintings and performances by artist friends based in NYC and Hudson. The exhibition gathers work that has affected both of the curators’ artistic practices. Salane and Kraus enjoy taking long walks together and talking about people, nature, and riddles. Kraus returns to Basilica, previously our Artist In Residence during February earlier year. Take a deeper look into Kraus’s residency here. They have been showing and working together for the past few years now.
Lance De Los Reyes
Vanessa Leiva Santos
About Dylan Kraus
Dylan Kraus (born 1987 in Ohio) is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in New York. Recent exhibitions include: The Written Trace (group, curated by Ariella Wolens, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York); Over The Honey Moon (with Rose Salane, Magic Gallery, New York); Old School of Art: Tales from the Crypt (solo, Cooper Union, New York); In Bloom (curated by Dylan Kraus, Chinatown Soup Gallery, New York); 12 Clox (solo, Vision Inc., New York); Enter the Void (group, The Porch Museum).
About Rose Salane
Rose Salane (born 1992 in Queens, New York) is a sculptor currently living and working in New York. Salane’s recent exhibitions include: High from the Other Side (solo, Jeffery Stark, New York); Over the Honey Moon (with Dylan Kraus, Magic Gallery, New York); No Hope, No Fear (group, Swiss Institute, Rome); Spring Awakening (group, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich); The Written Trace (group, curated by Ariella Wolens, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York).
Image Courtesy of Rose Salane and Dylan Kraus
MARC SWANSON PRESENTED WITH JEFF BAILEY GALLERY
NEW WORKS BY MARC SWANSON | CO-PRESENTED BY BASILICA HUDSON & JEFF BAILEY GALLERY | AUGUST 6 – 21
Exhibition Hours | Saturday – Sunday, 12 – 6 and by appointment
Opening Reception | Saturday, August 6, 4 – 7PM
Basilica Hudson and Jeff Bailey Gallery are pleased to co-present, Sorrow in Sunlight, a solo exhibition of new work by Marc Swanson. In this new body of work, artist Marc Swanson examines the experience and emotions of moving from New York City to the Upper Hudson Valley through installation, sculpture, abstraction and metaphor. This new work explores a series of dualities including the Eternal and the Immediate; Nature and Culture; the Urban and the Rural; Strength and Fragility; the Past and the Present. Swanson has created a poetic response to this personal journey with a large sculptural installation that gratefully acknowledges the Hudson River School and Rural Cemeteries.
About Marc Swanson
Marc Swanson is a contemporary American artist whose work brings together formal preoccupations and references to personal history and identity conflict. He works in a variety of media, including sculpture, drawing, video, photography,and complex installations. As art critic David Velasco notes, “Swanson is an auto mythologist, one who excels in crafting sparkling, enigmatic totems from the messiness of his own history; there kitsch and confession dovetail to reveal, not obscure, visceral thirsts.” Marc Swanson’s work has shown nationally and internationally at institutions such as The Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), PS 1/MoMA (NYC), The New Museum of Contemporary Art (NYC), The Museum of Art and Design (NYC), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Kemper Museum of Contemporary (Kansas City) St. Louis Museum of Art (St. Louis), Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston (Houston), Saatchi Gallery (London), and Tensta Konstall (Stockholm).
About Jeff Bailey Gallery
Jeff Bailey Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Hudson, New York. The gallery is a member of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA).
Image courtesy of Marc Swanson
// 2015 COLLABORATORS
Jack Walls, Dan Colen, Javier Magri, Michael St. John, Carol McCranie, Tyler Moore, HQTBD, CATCH, Daniel Peterson and Alan Danielson. For more information about last year’s Back Gallery program click here.
// 2014 COLLABORATORS
Erin Falls and Zach Feuer, Retrospective Gallery, James Michael Shaeffer, Jr. and James Fuentes Gallery, Frank and Dan DenDanto, Allied Whale, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Kelie Bowman and Cinders Gallery, Columbia County Council on the Arts, Jim Krewson. Our 2014 year in art review can be found here.
// 2013 COLLABORATORS
Becca Mann, Anna Betbeze, Crystal Z Campbell, Sayre Gomez, Kurt Mangum, Jessie Rosa Mann, Robbie McDonald, Simone Montemurno, Marlo Pascual, Ben Pruskin, Max Hopper, Schneider, Kianja Strobert, JPW3.