Images from “On Photography” at the Art Center Gallery

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On Photography, After Susan

Susan Sontag’s book, On Photography, published in 1977, angered many photographers for its description of an image-soaked world, decades before the internet would channel that stream into the phone in our pocket. Haunted by mortality, photographs, cut into the passing of time; every selfie is a memento mori. As if to refute this unwelcome knowledge, digital images, with their vivaciousness and disposability, repress the sense of nostalgia-before-the-fact which defines the photographic message. The weight of photographs, as Sontag describes them, in meditations often linked with tragedy, is lightened. The vulnerability of the latent image, captured but unprocessed, hardens into certainty.

The exhibition, On Photography collects attempts to resist predictability, unearthing the instability that underlies even the most banal of photographic activities. The exhibition is composed of works that may not read as photographs at all; large photograms made by moonlight, a tabletop covered in dirt removed from a flood site, a cyanotype covered in the history of rituals, faded prints of a woodland religious camp crumbling into a shooting range, a video of indeterminate images. Yet as attempts to trace realities that cannot be fully resolved or known, they speak to to the genuinely elusive function of photography more clearly than more readily decipherable pictures.

Peter Perrone, a close friend of Ms. Sontag was invited to mediate her voice for this project. He has chosen quotations from On Photography and paired them with contemporary stories. In the course of our work, he mentioned that he still dreams about Susan. And perhaps he is not alone. Nearly 40 years after they were written, her observations have become so omnipresent as to seem commonplace; we rely on Freud’s dream language of condensation and displacement keep their implications below the surface.

– Nancy Barton

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Jared Handlesman, photograms exposed with moonlight, automobile headlights,  altered with handheld light sources, and photographic chemistry during development

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(installation view)

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Katherine Bauer, aka Kitty Monteray

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The Veil, cyanotype on fabric exposed during sequential performances

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Projected Materialization, 16mm projector and mixed media

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Elizabeth Hall-Dukin

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DIY Art Festival: Aug 13, 14, & 15

ON SATURDAY

2:00  Companion Planting and Drawing in the Prattsville Community Garden

4:00  Opening for On Photography exhibition curated by Nancy Barton with selections from Susan Sontag’s texts by Peter Perrone

plus live performances, portrait painting, and waffles

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6:30  Dinner in the Gallery by Ari Ferdman with Puppetry & Costume Lectures

8:00  Interactive Drone and Punk Music Jam with Dan Evanko, Patrick McGuinn, & friends

SUNDAY

1 – 2   Restorative Yoga in the Gallery

2:00  DIY Workshops – Make projects using Puppetry, Costumes, Zines, and Computer Art

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5:00  Field Trip to Mossy Stone Farm to view Forest Inatallation

7:30  PotLuck Dinner followed by Puppetry Performances, Sound & Video Installations created by workshop participants & NYU Students.

MONDAY

2 – 5 Internal Organs:  video documenting, staging, and puppeteering as a group with Ari Ferdman & Friends

Thanks to the Artists, the Prattsville Community Garden, Greene County Council on the Arts, and NYU Steinhardt Art Department

These projects are made possible in part by public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, Administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund.

Headin’ for the Hills Music Festival

“Headin’ For The Hills,” a celebration of live rock and roots music, takes place Sunday July 24th, with musicians from the Catskill Mountains and NYC on the Prattsville Town Green from 1pm-6pm.

From 6:30pm to 9 (or 10) pm widen your musical horizons with experimental and electronic music at the Prattsville Art Center – down the block at 14562 Main Street. ***Homers BBQ  and potluck dishes free at both locations!***

Bring a dish to the potluck and join us on the Main Street of a beautiful Catskill Mountain town this Sunday for free music, food, and art.

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Free Digital Art Class Schedule – July 2016

Digital  Dialogues                                                                                                       

Workshops in Video, Photography, and Design at the Art Center July & August

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Saturday July 2 – Multimedia Workshop: 2-5

Come to the Prattsville Art Center and share your photos, videos, or any other kind of work you produce and learn about our Digital Media Workshops. See our studio space, tools and equipment, class materials, and the things you can learn to do.

Tuesday July 5 – Using Digital Cameras: 2-5     

Learn how to use Digital Cameras to make different styles of photographs. We will look at pictures, take them, and work on edit and export. Exercises in editing colors, and also taking apart images for collages.

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Thursday July 7 – Video Editing Workshop:  2-5  

Bring in your own footage, or borrow some of ours and learn to sequence video and audio clips.

Saturday July 9 – Digital Collage: 1-5

Use cameras, scanners, and drawings to sculpt digital images. Bring in our own images, drawings, and things to scan, and we will collage and print in our Workshop Studio.

 Saturday July 9 – Video Art Screenings: 8PM 

 An evening of works in progress in digital video, sound, and photography

 Sunday July 24 – Mini-Music Festival: 4 – 9PM

Music by Evvergreen,  Fruity,  Techne, and Friends on the Prattsville Town Green

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Digital Dialogues is funded by  a Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Award to Otto Ohle by

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A Letter from Artist in Residence, and Digital Art Teacher Otto Ohle

Hello everyone!

This is Otto, I am a young artist who grew up in Greene County and became interested in media arts. For the last few years, I have been making my own documentaries, working at design and web companies in New York, and attending SUNY Purchase in a Digital Media program. I am excited to meet and work with young artists from this region this summer in a series of free classes at the Prattsville Art Center.

During July and August, I am going to host a series of free Digital Media classes titled “Digital Dialogue.” Focusing on Photography, Video, Collage, and Website Creation, each class will offer new skills and ideas in the tools and software used to both create and integrate these digital media. We are planning an exhibition and a local video festival at the end of the summer to show the work we create together.

In our culture we cannot help but read and interpret visual language on a daily basis – we are constantly looking at advertisements, posters, screens, photographs, video, and other design elements. The Art Center classes will examine contemporary internet trends and how they influence pre-existing media forms through studio classes, while also sharing conversations about our own outlook and opinions on what it means to “live” on the Internet.

In my own work I make photographs, videos, websites, documentaries, music, and animations to create conversations on our culture and our relationship to technology. I have experience working in both professional creative settings. Through these classes, I will introduce tools, both physical and digital and we will create projects that allow you to use your own your own voice and experience.

Please stay tuned for a complete schedule and list of classes, and a webpage dedicated to this series of insightful lessons within the next week.

Very Best

Otto Ohle

Coming in August –Advanced Workshops, Performances & Film Festivals

Free Summer Class Schedule – June 2016

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Sunday, June 19 -Find out about all the Art Center’s Summer Classes and events at our Open House from 2:30 – 5

Computer Arts Open House
Sunday June 19 – 2:30 – 5pm
Meet Digital Photo and Video teacher Otto Ohle at the Art Center & check out our summer classes

Community Garden & Scarecrow Workshop
June 20, 23, & 27
Mondays & Thursdays from 2 – 4pm – ages 5 & up
Participate in growing a community Garden on the Prattsville Town Green

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Kids Art in the Community Garden
Thursdays during July – 2 – 5pm

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Join Visiting Artists to create sculptures, costumes and drawings based on the garden and join in a costume parade.

Projects in Painting & Drawing
Tuesdays all Summer, starts June 28
2 – 5pm – ages 13 and up
Experiment with drawing, painting, printmaking, & collage.  Focus is on expressing your ideas, and working with guest artists & visitors

Digital Art & Music Workshops –

Saturdays in July and August   2-5pm ages 13 and up

Create your own digital photographs, design, music, and videos

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Video screenings and Music Nights on Saturday evenings

Music Festival July 24         

DIY Countywide Film Festival in August & September

 

Art Center Schedule – Spring 2016

The Art Center is open this Spring on Fridays and Saturdays we will have expanded hours starting in mid-June

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Fridays from 10 – 5
Free Social services from Community Action of Greene County will be available at the Prattsville Art Center from 10 – 3

Restorative Yoga and Meditation class from 2 – 3

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Saturdays from 1 – 5 

Visit our current exhibition in the Gallery, and join us for free internet and computer use, and hang out at the coffee bar with a  cappuccino

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