Archive for February, 2011

First Friday February reactions

Posted in alternative spaces, first friday with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2011 by Rebecca

Last night’s FF travels included some very luscious pop paintings in “The Two Headed Love Show” by Lucinda Storms at the Record Archive, and a trio of artists presenting paintings and installations at Four Walls Gallery’s debut show, “Form & Substance,” at the spanking new location [ 179 Atlantic ].

Today I’ll check out more of the newly opened shows, including the Mentors & Mentors exhibit at Rochester Contemporary [ which will hold the artists’ talk on Sunday at 1 p.m. ]. I’m also excited about a near-future lunch date with Sabra Wood of Crocus Clay Works. What manner of artsy-goings-on and local charity matters will I report? Stay tuned, dear readers.

Lucinda Storms

A view of Lucinda Storms' new work, painted under her creative alias "Belvedere." Those empties indicate works sold off the wall.

The colorful, creamily stroked, and whimsical paintings by Lucinda Storms [ aka artistic alias “Belvedere” ] make it exceedingly hard to maintain a grumpy mood. Her new show at the Record Archive presents a selection of cheeky-messaged candy hearts [ the familiar shape modified with endearing to not-so- phrases like “my nerd,” “scum bag,” and “booger” ]. Other works include human-plant hybrid girls, trippy, smokable butterflies, and some of her silhouette paintings of birds inspired by Audubon.

Storms' sweet sylvan sprites: "Nature Girl" and "Amanita M."

"Monarch Doobiefly"

At Four Walls, gallery director Shawn Dunwoody enthusiastically pointed out a favorite feature: the large windows. The former gallery space in the basement of 34 Elton Street was roomy to be sure, but entirely without natural light or a way to show the art off to passers by.

Victor Pacheco's "Fighter Cock #5" seen through the window front of 179 Atlantic Avenue

Local sculptor Victor Pacheco’s “Fighter Cocks #5” is a work of cast, welded, and riveted battling bird-jets gliding over a bed of undulating, sweeping wood strips. Also in the “Form & Substance” show is his “Extraction Site,” a wall-installation of  a moving oil drilling rig pumping through a bank of ice.

Detail of Pacheco's "Fighter Cocks #5"

Francesca Lalanne’s work reflects her fascination with refining and renewing the surfaces of wood and metal, and draws parallels between the imperfections in and perpetual refinement of those materials and of the body and self. She finds stories in scars, and states that her work is often less about the object being created than the materials and language she is using.

A figurative mixed media work by Francesca Lalanne

Artist and professor Kitty Hubbard’s “Housing Projects” are inspired by her youth helping her mother fix up broken-down homes. “She has always been able to see the potential in buildings, and people,” Hubbard says. Other works in the exhibit address financial strains we feel “as individuals and as a country,” she says. The works incorporate shredded credit card bills and wax, “just barely holding the house together.” Lit from within, the former group emanates a sense of life and hope, but the darkened “discover MC visa” do not lend the same sentiment.

Detail of Kitty Hubbards' wax and milk container "broken homes"


February First Friday Preview

Posted in alternative spaces, first friday, upcoming shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2011 by Rebecca

As seen in this morning’s Rochester City Newspaper

The bitter cold may be tempting you to stay in and skip February’s First Friday, so I’m here to tell you what you won’t want to miss. The monthly city-wide gallery night is held by non-profit, university, and commercial and indie art venues, where we all trot about from station to station, filling our eyes and ears with what’s new and exciting in our community. On Friday, February 4, 6-9 p.m. (and sometimes later) you can check out art openings, poetry readings, and musical performances in various locations. Visit for a list of this month’s participating venues, and check out all the flyers in cafes and such for more events happening the same night. Here are just a few:

Start your night off with a preview of art’s future with the Fourth Annual Invitational Showcase for Student Artwork at the Bevier Gallery (RIT, Booth Building, 132 Lomb Memorial Drive, 475-2646), 5-7 p.m., which includes work from more than 300 area middle- and high-school art students.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (137 East Ave., 461-2222) will present its annual Mentors & Makers exhibition, this year featuring new sculpture by artists and educators Wendell Castle and Nancy Jurs, and their former students Tom Lacagnina and Bethany Krull. The reception takes place 8-10 p.m.; while there, check out the LAB Space exhibition, “Charlie Arnold: Pioneer of Electrostatic Art,” which is part of the “Thaw” area-wide collaboration of simultaneous shows.


A new work by Wendell Castle, part of the "Mentors & Makers" exhibit opening at Rochester Contemporary.

Another “Thaw” exhibition opens Friday at the Hungerford Building (1115 E. Main St.), with “Thaw: Melting Hearts” at Crocus Clay Works (Suite 225, 414-5643), which will include a variety of ceramic works by Christine & Brian Krieger, Sabra Wood, and Jennifer Buckley. The Main Street Artists’ Gallery & Studio (Suite 458, 223-2006) will feature art by Christine Norris as well as original small works.

Also part of “Thaw” is “No Boundaries: New Expressions in Black Art,” which opens 6-9 p.m. at the Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., 563-2145) and will include works by Hiram Cray, Edreys Wajed, Michelle Harris, and Shawn Dunwoody.

“Shedding Light” by Pamela Vander Zwan will open at Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St., 442-8676), with a companion show, “A Reading Room for Shedding Light,” at the Link Gallery at Central Library (115 South Ave.). The reception takes place 6-9 p.m. and will feature work that “asks fundamental questions about participation in democratic society” (per the press release) through the pairing of “photographs of blindfolded people in situations that demand the use of sight or adaptation to a lack of sight,” with Braille reading stations “that put the viewer into a situation in which sight does not automatically equal awareness.”

Since the bar stays open until 2 a.m., the “Lux Be a Lady” show at Lux Lounge (666 South Ave., might be your last stop of the evening, though the opening’s official hours are 6-9 p.m. It’s ladies night for the next month or so, featuring work by Rheytchul Chickenbone, Sarah Rutherford, Stacey Mrva, Juni Moon, Lea Rizzo, and Sara Purr.


I'll drink to this.