A Conversation: Recording Realities with Seth Kelly and Karsten Krejcarek, Thursday, August 30!

Franklin Street Works is proud to present the talented, and sometimes mischievous, visual artists Seth Kelly and Karsten Krejcarek in a lecture/performance hybrid that is likely to be provocative, informative, and entertaining. Seth Kelly who curated Franklin Street Works’ most recent group exhibition, These Transitional Spaces, will revisit the space during a time that Franklin Street Works is in transition between shows. For the presentation Kelly will present sound works with long-time collaborator and friend Karsten Krejcarek.  The two artists are joining us in person (Kelly) and remotely (Krejcarek) to share sound recordings and performative repartee.  This free, public event takes place at Franklin Street Works on August 30, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Kelly and Krejcarek will present and introduce several audio recordings in this public talk. Both artists have independently incorporated audio and field recordings into their practices and research over the last several years. They will share assorted examples with one another while discussing their content and the medium of sound at large. Kelly’s work explores time/space displacement through a collection of recordings that diverge from deep space murmurs to antiquated baseball commentary. Krejcarek has recently returned from Bolivia where he chronicled two-and-a-half months of unusual occurrences in over fifty field recordings for a project titled “El Otro,” which the artist describes on the project’s website as “audio recordings habitually sent from the peculiar country of Bolivia”. It was played on a loop at the Franklin Street Works café during These Transitional Spaces, accompanying sandwich and salad enjoyment with the sounds of everything from an amateur band playing AC/DC covers to bird calls to melodic funeral music.

About the Artists:

Seth Kelly: Working in sculpture, drawing, and performance, Seth Kelly has exhibited widely since receiving his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1995.  Venues have included New York galleries PPOW and Marianne Boesky as well as the Greater New York exhibition at P.S.1 in Long Island City. His work has been covered in Art in America, the New York Times and the Brooklyn Rail. Recently, Kelly began curating as well, organizing “The Audio Show” at Friedrich Petzel Gallery in 2009.

Karsten Krejcarek: New York-based artist Karsten Krejcarek is a sculptor, photographer, and video maker.  Karsten’s work is concentrated on esoteric narrative, mystical symbolism and natural landscape. In the recent past, Karsten participated in ceremonial, unworldly and magic plant rituals with a shamanistic healer in the jungles of the Upper Amazon. It was during this time in the forest that he expanded upon ideas of multiplicity, telepathy, and symbiotic relationships between nature and the unconscious—concepts that have largely influenced his practice and informed the narrative structure of his recent work. Karsten received a MFA from Columbia University in 2000, is an adjunct faculty member of New York University, and has regularly exhibited his work over the last twelve years.

 

posted by Owner on August 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm

A Conversation: Recording Realities with Seth Kelly and Karsten Krejcarek, Thursday, August 30!

Franklin Street Works is proud to present the talented, and sometimes mischievous, visual artists Seth Kelly and Karsten Krejcarek in a lecture/performance hybrid that is likely to be provocative, informative, and entertaining. Seth Kelly who curated Franklin Street Works’ most recent group exhibition, These Transitional Spaces, will revisit the space during a time that Franklin Street Works is in transition between shows. For the presentation Kelly will present sound works with long-time collaborator and friend Karsten Krejcarek.  The two artists are joining us in person (Kelly) and remotely (Krejcarek) to share sound recordings and performative repartee.  This free, public event takes place at Franklin Street Works on August 30, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Kelly and Krejcarek will present and introduce several audio recordings in this public talk. Both artists have independently incorporated audio and field recordings into their practices and research over the last several years. They will share assorted examples with one another while discussing their content and the medium of sound at large. Kelly’s work explores time/space displacement through a collection of recordings that diverge from deep space murmurs to antiquated baseball commentary. Krejcarek has recently returned from Bolivia where he chronicled two-and-a-half months of unusual occurrences in over fifty field recordings for a project titled “El Otro,” which the artist describes on the project’s website as “audio recordings habitually sent from the peculiar country of Bolivia”. It was played on a loop at the Franklin Street Works café during These Transitional Spaces, accompanying sandwich and salad enjoyment with the sounds of everything from an amateur band playing AC/DC covers to bird calls to melodic funeral music.

About the Artists:

Seth Kelly: Working in sculpture, drawing, and performance, Seth Kelly has exhibited widely since receiving his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1995.  Venues have included New York galleries PPOW and Marianne Boesky as well as the Greater New York exhibition at P.S.1 in Long Island City. His work has been covered in Art in America, the New York Times and the Brooklyn Rail. Recently, Kelly began curating as well, organizing “The Audio Show” at Friedrich Petzel Gallery in 2009.

Karsten Krejcarek: New York-based artist Karsten Krejcarek is a sculptor, photographer, and video maker.  Karsten’s work is concentrated on esoteric narrative, mystical symbolism and natural landscape. In the recent past, Karsten participated in ceremonial, unworldly and magic plant rituals with a shamanistic healer in the jungles of the Upper Amazon. It was during this time in the forest that he expanded upon ideas of multiplicity, telepathy, and symbiotic relationships between nature and the unconscious—concepts that have largely influenced his practice and informed the narrative structure of his recent work. Karsten received a MFA from Columbia University in 2000, is an adjunct faculty member of New York University, and has regularly exhibited his work over the last twelve years.

 

PoemAlley Responds to “These Transitional Spaces” Exhibition

Franklin Street Works presents an evening with PoemAlley, a local poet organization based in Stamford, Connecticut, on Thursday, August 23, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Please join us for this free, public event that includes poetry readings inspired by Franklin Street Work’s current exhibition, These Transitional Spaces! A zine of exhibition-related poems will also be featured in the art space and café and will be free to visitors. Similar to Franklin Street Works, PoemAlley is a non-profit organization that encourages openness, innovation, and discussion, meeting every Tuesday at Curley’s Diner in Stamford for poetry readings, debates, and food.

To make this project possible, PoemAlley members were invited to see the exhibition, These Transitional Spaces, and to write poems inspired by the exhibition or a single work. Many of the poems were written in the Franklin Street Works café! These Transitional Spaces, curated by artist Seth Kelly, runs from June 30 – August 26, 2012, at Franklin Street Works. A thematic, group exhibition, These Transitional Spaces evokes the impossibility of time and space being captured, prompting audiences to imagine alternate realities and histories. The lyrical breadth of and the somewhat self-reflexive curatorial approach to the exhibition makes a group show with a cloak of tears, a rainbow painter, and a floating pear a perfect fit for a poetry project. This is Franklin Street Works’ first literary event, but is in keeping with the organization’s mission of providing innovative art, cross-disciplinary programming, and “takeaway” literature (such as zines and artists books) as a way to engage the community. This is also Franklin Street Works and PoemAlley’s first collaboration and creates a unique opportunity for the two groups to expand their roles as hubs for creative exchange and dialogue in Stamford. “Contributing PoemAlley members are particularly enthusiastic about taking part in this ekphrastic program,” said PA Advisory Committee member Rolf Maurer, “The intimacy of Franklin Street Works’ multi-media space inspires interpretive probing on the part of casual visitors and artists of all types.”

About PoemAlley:

Founded in 1998 by Ann Yarmal and Catherine Ednie as a non-profit creative venture of the Unitarian Universalist Society in Stamford, PoemAlley continues to provide a weekly opportunity for poets, confessional/anecdotal writers, spoken word, and hip hop artists to share and discuss one another’s work –all within the warm and enduring walls of Stamford’s own Curley’s Diner.

Over the years, PoemAlley’s growth has included prominent guest speakers, themed poetry events throughout the Stamford/Greenwich area, and a series of original anthologies (for more: http://poemalley.blogspot.com). The group is open to anyone living in Fairfield County and the surrounding area. PoemAlley meets Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm at Curley’s on 62 Park Place (behind Target).

posted by Owner on August 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

PoemAlley Responds to “These Transitional Spaces” Exhibition

Franklin Street Works presents an evening with PoemAlley, a local poet organization based in Stamford, Connecticut, on Thursday, August 23, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Please join us for this free, public event that includes poetry readings inspired by Franklin Street Work’s current exhibition, These Transitional Spaces! A zine of exhibition-related poems will also be featured in the art space and café and will be free to visitors. Similar to Franklin Street Works, PoemAlley is a non-profit organization that encourages openness, innovation, and discussion, meeting every Tuesday at Curley’s Diner in Stamford for poetry readings, debates, and food.

To make this project possible, PoemAlley members were invited to see the exhibition, These Transitional Spaces, and to write poems inspired by the exhibition or a single work. Many of the poems were written in the Franklin Street Works café! These Transitional Spaces, curated by artist Seth Kelly, runs from June 30 – August 26, 2012, at Franklin Street Works. A thematic, group exhibition, These Transitional Spaces evokes the impossibility of time and space being captured, prompting audiences to imagine alternate realities and histories. The lyrical breadth of and the somewhat self-reflexive curatorial approach to the exhibition makes a group show with a cloak of tears, a rainbow painter, and a floating pear a perfect fit for a poetry project. This is Franklin Street Works’ first literary event, but is in keeping with the organization’s mission of providing innovative art, cross-disciplinary programming, and “takeaway” literature (such as zines and artists books) as a way to engage the community. This is also Franklin Street Works and PoemAlley’s first collaboration and creates a unique opportunity for the two groups to expand their roles as hubs for creative exchange and dialogue in Stamford. “Contributing PoemAlley members are particularly enthusiastic about taking part in this ekphrastic program,” said PA Advisory Committee member Rolf Maurer, “The intimacy of Franklin Street Works’ multi-media space inspires interpretive probing on the part of casual visitors and artists of all types.”

About PoemAlley:

Founded in 1998 by Ann Yarmal and Catherine Ednie as a non-profit creative venture of the Unitarian Universalist Society in Stamford, PoemAlley continues to provide a weekly opportunity for poets, confessional/anecdotal writers, spoken word, and hip hop artists to share and discuss one another’s work –all within the warm and enduring walls of Stamford’s own Curley’s Diner.

Over the years, PoemAlley’s growth has included prominent guest speakers, themed poetry events throughout the Stamford/Greenwich area, and a series of original anthologies (for more: http://poemalley.blogspot.com). The group is open to anyone living in Fairfield County and the surrounding area. PoemAlley meets Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm at Curley’s on 62 Park Place (behind Target).

posted by Owner on August 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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