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May Art Highlights

5/14 through 6/5- “AQUAMARINE”, new works by CARLA GOLDBERG, at Bau Gallery, Beacon—One of the more prominent stops on Beacon’s Second Saturdays (for Arts Along the Hudson), Beacon Artist Union’s Bau Gallery features the work of eight regional artists—Tom Holmes, Gary Jacketti, Carol Flaitz, Michael Gaydos, Carla Goldberg, Kirsten Olsen, Grey Zeien, and Lisa Zukowski—on a semi-regular basis, with occasional guest and exchange artists. This month the featured artist is Goldberg, who takes the subject of “Aquamarine” to its full potential, using paint, ink, and resin on plexiglass to achieve liquid and reflective possibilities. From her press release: “When I was a little kid…I was endlessly fascinated by the cool aqua colors and weird patterns of light dancing on the surface and just below, bouncing off the bottom of the pool walls. I've always been drawn to bodies of water and shimmering, moving light. That was the essence of water for me growing up in the deserts of Palm Springs, California. I had no idea I would end up living near the Hudson River. I remember the day I first saw the Hudson and was thunderstruck by how beautiful it was and realized I wanted to live by this real body of water. I found myself obsessed. ‘Aquamarine’ plays with the idea of light and shadow, frozen water and thawing, raining and dripping and hinting of summer's cool aqua ease. They are a play of water surface, of deep shadow, of light dancing, of memories of reflection and time spent happily spacing out over water.” Bau Gallery, 161 Main St., Beacon,, 845.440.7548. Opening wine & cheese reception Sa 5/14 6-9 PM

5/26 through 6/19- Works by DAVID HORNUNG, PAMELA J. WALLACE, STEPHEN REYNOLDS, DALE EMMART, and ROBERT C. MORGAN, at John Davis Gallery, Hudson—Hudson’s John Davis Gallery celebrates the full change of season with wide-ranging medley of exhibitions: four solo shows, covering sculpture, painting, and installation. In the Main Galleries, David Hornung’s small paintings—gouache on handmade paper—depict innocent scenes, images taken from his surroundings at his home in the Catskills. Yet a closer look reveals odd incongruities: why is a rowboat in a field? Why is the sky so orange? Why does the fence stop there? Artist quote: “I’m preoccupied by the distinction between fact and fiction in what is largely an artificial enterprise. You could say that I am compelled by a pictorial truth, not realism.” Pamela J. Wallace contributes several sculptural works in the Carriage House, including the pair of nine foot-high metal works in the Sculpture Garden titled “Water Capture”—a collaboration with Stephen Reynolds—as well as more contained efforts. The artist: “I combine hard durable industrial materials such as iron and concrete with organic ephemeral materials like paper, thread, fabric and wax. Both my installations and sculptures are made up of a continuum of objects, where patterns are often mapped out like constellations. Upon first looking, one sees a distribution of objects mimicking non-linear geometries where order comes and goes. Approaching the work, it becomes clear that the smallest detail is essential, as with the tiny insect pin as it can pierce and display, exposing awkwardness and vulnerability as when a bug is pinned up and studied. Closer inspection reveals unexpected details.” The Carriage House also features Dale Emmert’s organic abstracts in oils, stretched paper pulp, and watercolors; and Robert C. Morgan’s juxtaposition of representational works from 1984 with recent geometric forms painted in 2011. John Davis Gallery, 362½ Warren St., Hudson,, 518.828.5907. Gallery hours Th-Mo 11 AM-5 PM. Artist Reception Sa 5/28 6-8 PM

5/7 through June- DEREK ERDMAN solo exhibition, at One Mile Gallery, Kingston—It’s really quite the modern cyber-cottage industry going on here. For a mere $17 you can have Rap Master Maurice hit your victim with a “vigilante rap phone call.” For $15—per head, mind you—you can have a photograph hand-drawn into a cartoon portrait by the artist. Also for $15: a Burger Bomb, a hamburger sent through the mail: kersplat. Derek Erdman clearly has a twisted sense of humor and a distinctively skewed style. From his website: “Over the last decade Erdman has developed an increasingly efficient method for producing batches of art that he can make quickly, duplicate easily, and sell cheaply. According to this method his energy is concentrated in the plan (selecting source materials from which he will ‘borrow’ imagery), and the execution of each piece becomes semi-automatic, a series of choreographed tasks that he can carry out much like an assembly liner or a tap dancer might perform his job. The subjects of his paintings—second-tier celebrities, flash-in-the-pan current events, obsolete advertisements—are almost always borrowed from the moving spotlight of popular attention, and so the pieces themselves take on the form of commercial debris, relics of the recent surface-past.” Erdman has deftly appropriated the Factory ethos of Warhol, and applied it to the internet, where he provides a wide variety of (sometimes just barely) artistic services, such as those above, and much more. The Bumbys perform for the opening reception (Sa 5/7). One Mile Gallery, 475 Abeel St., Kingston,, 845.338.2035. Sa 12-5 PM, Su 12-4 PM or by appt.

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