Events @ Dassara

Art Events @ Dassara - Technology by RAMENWERK

 
Charged with the task of spiritually preparing the human race for the coming of the singularity, The Night Bears (John J.A. Jannone, Daniel Munkus, and Sophia Remolde) masquerade as a Brooklyn-based media and performance collective. The group investigates narrow sense-apertures to locate the spaces where the divide between biology and technology will eventually dissolve. The Bears tell stories with subtle light in darkness, small indications of depth in flatness, tiny sounds in silence, near-stillness in stillness. They tell timeless tales of sex and death, human-machine collaboration and conflict, and universal journeys of self-discovery and transcendence. They knit their work from Butoh, Suzuki, Eastern philosophy, martial arts, and contact improvisation; and weave in shiny threads of media, robotics, coding, music, and puppetry.
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‪CHiKA is an interactive visual artist and an educator. She creates a minimalist geometric visual narrative in sync with the sounds of live music performance in addition to interactive projection mapping installations that explore the relationship between visual, light, sound and public audience (www.imagima.com).
 
Her work has been shown at the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art and Design, the Hammer Museum, San Francisco Art Institute, Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, Museo Regional de Guadalajara, Matadero Madrid, Theatre Maisonneuve, Biennial in Venezuela, eBay, New York University, Cooper Union, The School of Visual Arts, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Eyebeam, Harvestworks, Millennium, Mapping Festival, Dumbo Arts Festival, MOD Festival, Blip Festival New York, Blip Festival Tokyo, Mutek, Nuit Blanche, Metropolitan Pavilion, Music Hall of Williamsburg, The Gramercy Theatre, S.O.B.’s, and among other places.
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HALLOWEEN
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‪Bento Box is a collaborative animation project. The show combines the work of ten animators, all RISD graduates, to create an abstract and graphic series of installation pieces for Dassara. Many thanks for the great art to Ana J Kim (anajkim.com), David Binn (davidbinn.com), Eric Ko (itsericko.com), Kane Hall (vimeo.com/thekanehall), Shuhan Teoh (shuhanteoh.com), Sonnye Lim (sonnyelim.com), Robin Rhee (www.robinyrhee.com), Stephanie Swart (stephanieswart.com) and Xiangjun Shi (www.xiangjunshi.com). Special thanks for organizing the event and for her contribution to Yasmina Shirazi (yasminashirazi.com).
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Julia Sverchuk (juliasverchuk.com) and Eddie Peña (Eddie Peña)
present “Water Colors” together with
Styles Upon Styles Record Label and Fine Vinyl Wares
(stylesuponstyles.bandcamp.com)
 
Styles Upon Styles returned to Dassara for an aquatic-themed evening of records, ramen and exquisite watercolor animation from Eddie Pena and Julia Sverchuk. Cambo and Clay Wilson will be on the decks, soundtracking the evening.
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Styles Upon Styles Record Label and Fine Vinyl Wares
(stylesuponstyles.bandcamp.com)
 
Music by Styles Upon Styles Record Label and Fine Vinyl Wares (stylesuponstyles.bandcamp.com) with visuals by Jazmina Shirazi and Nathaniel Young.
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Ellen Wetmore
(www.ellenwetmore.iwarp.com)
 
Ellen Wetmore was raised in Saginaw, Michigan. Since her emergence in 2004 with her first Boston Sculptors show, she has blended the influences of Surrealist and Feminist art with her own unique iconography. Her work explores the corporality of the female body and its surreal transformations through sculpture, video, photography, and large digital wall drawings. For her, art functions in an aesthetic and revelatory capacity: “Art is a way of mitigating the atrociousness of everyday life.” Ms. Wetmore is an assistant professor of art at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell; her work can be found online at www.ellenwetmore.iwarp.com and at www.bostonsculptors.com. She lives and works in Groton, Massachusetts.
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Michael Lisnet
(www.michaellisnet.com)
 
Michael Lisnet is a professional photographer and Director of Photography with 20 years of experience ranging from still photography for fashion editorial purposes and advertising to full video production services from production to shooting and editing. His clients include for example Vogue Magazine, Prada, Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Def Jam Records and Sony Pictures Classics. Michael is also a video artist combining still images, video and original music to create multimedia pieces that include past and present histories to create new narratives that explore the issues we are faced with today. Timescapes has been a 5 year obsession that has finally culminated into the videos that will be shown for the first time in public at Dassara using RAMENWERK technology.
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Ashley Ciccotelli
(www.facebook.com/ashleyciccotellifineartist)
 
Ashley is an artist and New York State certified art educator, living and working in Queens, NY. In her recent large scale paintings, Ashley considers the beauty of our everyday rituals. Through a camera mounted on her dashboard, videos are made of the roadway - its lights, traffic and its movement. These videos provide source material for her paintings. 
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Laura Ramirez
(optikalink.weebly.com and www.facebook.com/OptikalinkLab)
 
Optikal Ink Lab is the virtual AV label that hosts the works created by Laura Ramirez a.k.a. Optika VJ, an independent audiovisual director and visual artist specialized in integrate the digital art with audiovisual narratives to create installations, video mapping interventions, VJ sets, live performances and videos that play with the viewer's perception. Laura is based in Bogota - Colombia.
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Styles Upon Styles Record Label and Fine Vinyl Wares
(stylesuponstyles.bandcamp.com)
 
Styles Upon Styles Record Label and Fine Vinyl Wares presented DJ sets from PT, Cambo, and Kroba. Each curated an hour of music, choosing heady, experimental, downtempo records (jazz/hip hop/electronic). Jomo Fray, Devon Hansen, and Fatblood provided visuals created for this event.
Styles Upon Styles Records presents a look at "Bangers and Ash," a series of handcrafted vinyl and digital releases that showcase an artist's style in two settings: the chill out, and the dancefloor. The documentary short is narrated by label founders Phil Tortoroli and Cam Curran, as well as Zach Cooper who is highlighted in BASH003 as two artists, King Garbage and kuxxan SUUM. Featuring tracks released by the label, the film shows the mixed identity of the label's founders, the artists, and the wide range of music they love. A film produced and directed by Champ Ensminger. This video was premiered during the event.
 
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Preview of the "Form and Substance: Projection Mapping in Contemporary Art" event at the Gowanus Ballroom by Integrated Visions (www.integratedvisions.net)
 
In 1950, Jackson Pollock proclaimed: "New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements. Each age finds its own technique." Projection Mapping is the technique of our age. Projection Mapping utilizes specialized software to create a projected image that perfectly fits any desired surface, including irregularly shaped screens, 3D objects, architecture, etc. changing its very nature; allowing for the surface in question to convey any message that the artist desires. When done right, the result is magical."Form and Substance" brings together work by several prominent artists in this field to create and activate paintings, sculptures and installations.
The following video is from the actual event at the Gowanus Ballroom in Brooklyn
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Sean D'Anconia
(www.danconiacreative.com)
 
Sean D’Anconia has built a seductive visual universe by marrying cult-cinema & animation to a wild pop-art aesthetic. Born in Montreal, Canada, D’Anconia was named after another “Sean”-Connery—by his mother, an intrepid James Bond fan. This early “Bondian” bullet would fire itself throughout D’Anconia’s life and creative pursuits. After living and working in Italy, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Vancouver—this iconoclast Canadian designer/artist/cine-visualist is firing from all creative pistons. D’Anconia’s composite world is a “bio pic” of his own imagination: irreverent, prolific, explosive – based on an encyclopedic knowledge of popular culture past, and a knowing eye for future trend undercurrents years before they hit, D’Anconia’s Pop-Fusion Art, design, creative branding, collages, melanges all serve to integrate his punk-mod sensibility, which pops-out of a razor sharp eye, colored by an eastern tinted lens.
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LAYERS by Alina Landry-Rancier
(AlinaLandry.com, vimeo.com/alinalandry)
 
LAYERS is a video portrait series of 10 videos as an initial exploration into a thought I had some years ago. One day while waiting for the subway, my eyes rested on one of those rusted and peeling NYC subway columns, it's layers of paint visible, every color it had ever been, peeling away making it the initial pure iron it started as. I wished to myself "Wouldn't that be great? To be able to just peel back all these emotional layers that I've allowed to pile on me through all these years... diffusing, morphing, opaquing the real me... and just return to that pure iron Alina?"
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John Mazlish Photography
(johnmazlishphoto.com)
 
My goal is to capture the essence of people, places and things in the most simple and creative way possible, paying attention to the quality of light, motion, emotion, composition, texture, color, form, beauty, meaning, and the inevitable, unpredictable magic of the moment... All while having a hell of a good time!
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PROJECTIONS by Patrick Smith
(www.smithpix.net and Vectorpark.com)
 
Patrick Smith was born in Boulder, Colorado in 1975. He studied painting at Washington University in St. Louis, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His games can be played online at Vectorpark.com, and his paintings and drawings can be seen at Smithpix.net.
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Isack Kousnsky
(www.isack-art.com)
Cityscapes - Oceanscapes - Nature
 
Isack Kousnsky was born in Haifa, Israel in 1950s. Early experiences in Israel are at the core of Kousnsky's artistic outlook. Isack fashions transcendent images of nature and fantastic views meant to jolt us out of our frenzied, urban routines. He employs an array of abstract compositional strategies that play with the viewer's perception of pictorial space.
From Haiti To New York - The Golden Bread
(http://www.haiti-hope.com)
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