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May 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Show and Tell: Fandom

Franklin Street Works is excited to present a collaborative storytelling event called “Show and Tell: Fandom” that is being organized with local storytelling organization, Ignite Stamford. The event is free and open to the public and takes place at Franklin Street Works Sunday, May 17th from 4-6pm. You do not have to participate to attend. Everyone is welcome! To sign up, email info@franklinstreetworks.org or drop by Franklin Street Works.

The theme of this event will be fandom, inspired by the video “Our Hobby is Depeche Mode,” a Jeremy Deller (with Nick Abrahams) film currently on view in the group exhibition “It’s gonna take a lotta love.” The feature-length video documents fans of Depeche Mode from all over the world.

To sign up, email info@franklinstreetworks.org or drop by Franklin Street Works. Deadline for signing up is 5:00pm on May 15th. Anyone can sign up for the event to tell a 2-3 minute story about a moment in their life when they were a big fan and showed it. Participants are also encouraged to “show” their fandom by bringing an item representative of their obsession, whether it’s a binder full of baseball cards or an autographed concert ticket stub.

“It’s gonna take a lotta love” is a group exhibition that explores ideas about inclusivity, authenticity, and commonality in an age of anxiety, isolated individualism, and virtually lived experience. It is on view through May 24 and includes Australian artist Jon Campbell’s outdoor public art project “Four Letter Words For Stamford,” which features affirmative words on flags and banners around town. The artists in this group show are: Jon Campbell (Melbourne, Australia), Andy Coolquitt (Austin/NYC), Jeremy Deller (London), Jessica Mein (NYC), A.L. Steiner + Robbinschilds (NYC), Whiting Tennis (Seattle), Stephen Vitiello (Richmond, VA), and Wayne White (LA).

Jeremy Deller is a Tate Prize winning conceptual artist based in London. Frequently working in collaboration with other artists, individuals, and collectives, Deller employs documentary video, installation, and staged situations to explore British culture—its contradictory nature in a post-industrial, capitalist society—and the role art plays in forming collective interactions and activist positions. “Our Hobby is Depeche Mode” maps the obsession that fans from all over the world have with the band, and the underlying political (and at times religious) symbolism that the band evokes in the lives of its followers.

May 20, 2015 at 12:30 pm

“Only the Lonely” A Performance by Ryann Slauson

Ryann Slauson will perform “Only the Lonely” Wednesday, May 20th from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. The performance is programming for the current exhibition “It’s gonna take a lotta love,” curated by Terri C. Smith and Liza Statton. The performance will take place downstairs at Franklin Street Works during regular business hours, creating a unique lunchtime experience for cafe and gallery goers. This performance is free and open to the public.

“Only the Lonely,” a karaoke endurance piece, imagines Slauson as Neil Young singing a classic song by one of his most admired musicians, Roy Orbison. The piece engages with the effects of repetition and its transformative power over objects and experiences, as well as performed identities, attempts at perfection, and appropriations of collective culture. Each iteration of the karaoke performance will be recorded through the use of a VCR, lending an archaic and fuzzy aesthetic to the byproducts of the performance.

The use of music in and the lo fi quality of “Only the Lonely” aligned so closely with the exhibition “It’s gonna take a lotta love” curator Terri C Smith invited Slauson to perform it after the show was already on view. “It’s gonna take a lotta love” is a group exhibition where the artists avoid the detachment and slick seduction of the screen-based technologies that characterize our attention economy. These artists also share a type of tragic-comic vision of contemporary culture. Humor, joy, and melancholy, among others, mix easily in their work. Such emotional credibility creates a slippage between empathy and alienation. Exhibiting Artists: Jon Campbell (Melbourne, Australia), Andy Coolquitt (Austin/NYC), Jeremy Deller (London), Jessica Mein (NYC), A.L. Steiner + Robbinschilds (NYC), Whiting Tennis (Seattle), Stephen Vitiello (Richmond, VA), and Wayne White (LA).

Ryann Slauson received her BFA in Sculpture and Extended Media from the University of South Florida in 2010, and is currently completing her MFA in Studio Art and MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Theory, and Criticism at Purchase College. She received the PUNCH Choice Award at the “2014 International Juried Exhibition” at PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA; and was included in ”Marking Time” at Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC; “Seeing the Sky,” the 2014 Wassaic Summer Exhibition, Wassaic, NY; and “The Wanderers” at Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, NY.

May 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Listening Room: Music in Contemporary Space

Franklin Street Works is partnering with Stamford’s Treetops Chamber Music Society on the new concert series “Listening Room: Music in Contemporary Space.” The concert will capitalize on the contemporary art and music expertise of these two accomplished not-for-profit organizations in order to bring fresh, world-class chamber music to Franklin Street Works.

The concert takes place Saturday, May 30th from 7:30-9:00pm at Franklin Street Works and will feature the critically acclaimed Lark Quartet with Yousif Sheronick on percussion. Seats in the intimate upstairs gallery are $25 each, and $10 tickets are available for the downstairs live-feed lounge. Purchase tickets HERE

All ticket holders are welcome at the post-performance discussion with TCMS artistic director Oskar Espina Ruiz and are invited to attend the reception in Franklin Street Works’ café.

The Lark Quartet is an accomplished string quartet that has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Brooklyn Museum’s Sackler Center for Feminist Art. They have recorded more than one-dozen CDs and the Washington Post described their performance as one “of grace, proportion, and burnished brilliance.” The string quartet will be performing new works tailored to art and music audiences who enjoy innovation and experimentation.  The program will include John Adams’ “John’s Book of Alleged Dances,” William Bolcom’s “Three Rags; Nico Muhly’s Big Time,” “Viaggio in Italia.”

About Lark Quartet: The Lark Quartet is known for its energy, passionate commitment and artistry since its inception in 1985. The Lark has performed in many of the world’s great cultural centers including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Library of Congress, London’s Wigmore Hall, L’Opéra de la Bastille in Paris, and appeared at international festivals including Lockenhaus, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Mostly Mozart, Istanbul Festival, Wolftrap and the Beethoven Festival in Moscow. The Lark has a distinguished tradition of working closely with the country’s most celebrated composers and commissioning new works, many of which have become mainstays of the chamber music repertoire. With a discography comprising more than a dozen CDs, the Lark has recorded for the Decca/Argo, Arabesque, Bridge, ERI, Endeavor, Koch, Point and New World labels. Lark Quartet: Composing America, comprising works by Adams, Bolcom, Moravec and Copland, was released on Bridge Records in 2014 to international acclaim.

About Treetops Chamber Music Society: Treetops Chamber Music Society (TCMS) is the premier chamber music organization in South Eastern Connecticut. Its main concert series takes place at the former art studio of American abstract artist Louis Schanker. Since its founding in 2006, TCMS has presented a stellar roster of international artists, among them the American, Cassatt, Daedalus, Escher and Shanghai Quartets, the New York Woodwind Quintet, and artists from the MET Orchestra. Since 2008, TCMS has also helped nurture some of the most talented young chamber musicians in the country through its J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition and has commissioned new chamber music works by celebrated and up-and-coming composers. TCMS showcases contemporary art, with rotating exhibitions held at each concert.