Christopher Albert and Matthew Slaats bring you into the world of visual art and culture in New York's Hudson Valley and beyond. An intermittently produced podcast featuring interviews with artists and curators and featuring sound works.


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May 2011
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This week's show is all Wassaic Project all show long.

First up, Matthew treks out to Wassaic, NY for the first of the project's monthly last Saturday open studios events.  Matthew speaks with  project co-directors Eve BiddleBowie Zunino and Jeff Barnett-Winsby.

Gallery goers at the Wassaic Project opening @ Hudson Beach Glass

On May 14th,  Chris attended the opening of an exhibit of work by a selection of the 2011 Wassaic Project residents at Hudson Beach Glass in Beacon, NY.  The exhibit, co-curated by Jennifer Mackiewicz and John Gilvey will be on view through June 19th.

works on paper by Amanda Lechner at Hudson Beach Glass

Chris speaks with current resident Ben Bigelow and Jing Yu and Amanda Lechner who will both be in residence later in the fall.  He also chats with exhibit co-curator, Jennifer Mackiewicz.

above and below: collages by Ghost of a Dream at Hudson Beach Glass.

Giant bookmarks by Breanne Trammell at Hudson Beach Glass
Direct download: Show_11_podcast.mp3
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On this week's show, we check in on the closing reception of the Conversations exhibit at R&F Paints in Kingston, NY.  The exhibit, curated by gallery director Laura Moriarty and Joanne Mattera grew out of an exchange on Facebook.  THe notion of the conversation; between artists and between the separate threads within an artist's work, is at work through out the exhibit.  The artists in this exhibit are:  Steven AlexanderNancy AzaraGrace DeGennaro, Pam Farrell, Lorrie FredetteGeorge MasonJoanne Mattera and Laura Moriarty.

All photos of artwork and installation views come to us courtesy Joanne Mattera's blog,  See more images on her post about the exhibit here.

In this episode, Chris has conversations with:

Laura Moriarty

Laura Moriarty Uplift, 2011, encaustic on panel, 16 x 16 x 9 inches

Pam Farrell

Soft Parade 0012, 2010, monoprint/oil on mulberry paper, 15 x 19 inches unframed

Lorrie Fredette

Proper Limits (Truth), 2010; mixed media with discharged paper, wax, resin, soil and muslin.

Joanne Mattera

Silk Road 136, 2010, encaustic on panel 17 x 17 inches
Joanne Mattera Soie 5, 2010, gouache on Fabriano, framed 26 x 34 inches

R&F Paints is located at 84 Ten Broeck Ave in Kingston, NY.

Direct download: show_10_podcast.mp3
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On today's show, we speak with Beacon, NY based artists Kirsten Mosher and Erica Hauser.

Matthew and Chris visit Kirsten Mosher's home in Beacon and learn about her various projects that examine the edge between public and private spaces.

Ball Park Traffic, 1998

Kirsten's Ball Park Traffic of 1998 was a project, created for NY's Public Art Fund, joined together a NYC street intersection with a baseball diamond.

Kirsten's most recent work focuses on the adventures of Gumhead, a gum-headed character - and his friends who end up on all sorts of adventures.

Kirsten's recent Gumhead related installation at the bulletin board exhibition space at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Kirsten has exhibits coming up in LA and....... collaborative book project with Jose Luis Blondet.

Erica Hauser in front of her work Poptimism in Beacon, NY. via:

Also this week, Chris spoke with Erica Hauser on the eve of her early May departure to New Mexico for a month long residency at the Starry Night Retreat near the town of Truth or Consequences.  On the heels of returning from NM at the end of May, Erica will be immediately venture to upstate for another month long residency with the Better Arts in Redwood, NY.

One of the works Erica created in her initial days of her residency in NM.

Erica is blogging her experience at the residencies on her new blog:

References made in our talk with Erica:

Ed Ruscha's book Twenty Six Gasoline Stations from 1963

Other Notes of interest 

Open Engagement

Julie Ault

Pablo Helguera

Fritz Haeg

Julie Perini

Musical interludes for today's show include:

DeadHare Insp<o>red by V<o>brainsee

Direct download: Show_9_podcast.mp3
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Angelika Rinnhofer with Billy Name
This episode is all Billy Name, all the time. The Poughkeepsie, NY native sits down to speak with Angelika Rinnhofer and Christopher Albert on the occasion the exhibit of his Factory era photographs at Albert Shahinian Fine Art in Rhinebeck, NY.

Billy Name's self portrait with Sidney Janis as Janus

The exhibit entitled "The Arles Photographs" features prints that were included in a 2010 exhibit curated by Emma Levigne called "I am a cliché", echoes of the punk aesthetic which was part of the Pompidou Center's 41st Annual Rencontre d'Arles, a massive photo festival happening in Arles, France every year.

Albert Shahinian Fine Art is located at 22 E Market St, Rhinebeck, NY; tel: 845.876.7578

Installation view @ Albert Shahinian Fine Art

We also speak briefly with Albert Shahinian about the significance of working with Billy Name.

Installation view @ Albert Shahinian Fine Art.

The last third of the show features excerpts from the gallery talk Billy gave at Albert Shahinian Fine Art on April 30, 2011.

Andy on Phone and Mirror at The Factory, c.1964. photo courtesy of the artist and Albert Shahinian Fine Art

Andy on the telephone is the first image Billy discusses in his gallery talk.

Edie Sedgwick teasing Gerard Malanga's Hair, c.1965. photo courtesy of the artist and Albert Shahinian Fine Art

The Arles Photographs will remain on view at Albert Shahinian Fine Art (22 East Market St #301, Rhinebeck, NY, through the end of May (and possibly a little longer). Full audio versions of the conversation with Billy and his gallery talk will be available for listening in the gallery.

Billy's been interviewed about Warhol and the Factory countless times. Here are links to some of those interviews and other Billy Name related info:

Interview Magazine

Items mentioned in today's show:

Andy Warhol with Brillo Boxes at The Factory, 1966. photo courtesy of the artist and Albert Shahinian Fine Art
Visions of the Silver Factory on Billy's back porch. via
Direct download: show_8_podcast.mp3
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This week's show wraps up our presentation of the audio from the Media and the Community panel discussion held on April 20th in Poughkeepsie.

Today we hear from:

Nicole Fenichel Hewitt and Maria Marewski of the Children's Media Project in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Nicole has used her degree in Professional and Technical Communication from Rochester Institute of Technology for a diverse range of work from community organizing to publishing. Now as Executive Director of Children’s Media Project, she is responsible for organization-wide leadership and direction, leading the curriculum development and teaching team, fundraising and community outreach.
Maria Marewski has been focused on youth and media, critical thinking and creativity since 1994 when she founded the Children's Media Project.  She has taught at Vassar College, Hunter College and the University of Maryland .and presented at national conferences, served on state and local grants panels, and her work has been recognized by the New York State Association of Teaching Artists, the National Society of Experiential Education, the Telly Awards, Insight Awards, the Chicago International Film Festival, the International Television and Video Association, and the American Film and Video Festival.

Decora, of the Readnex Poetry Project

In the midst of social disparity and issues that continue to permeate the culture, the ReadNex Poetry Squad have issued open invitations to all to step outside the prescribed lifestyle matrix and embark on a journey toward progress and greater consciousness with a focus on youth. Embracing the eternal tradition of conveying knowledge orally, audiences nationally and around the globe have been captivated and moved by the anti–apathetic stance of the group comprised of four spoken word poets/emcees and one D.J. Through the art of writing and the power of music, esteemed lyrical scholars Decora, FreeFlowin, Jarabe Del Sol, Latin Translator and DJ H20 continue to uplift urban communities with their universal message and sound influenced by Hip-Hop, Soul, Latin and Caribbean music.

Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. He has written essays and stories for numerous publications including Longman’s Hip Hop Reader and the journal, “Politics and Culture”. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing and Africana Studies at Vassar College.

Exciting things coming UP!!!

The Next Show will be an interview with artist and photographer Billy Name.   Well know in these parts as the studio manager for Andy Warhol's Factory. Christopher and Angelika Rinnhofer will be speaking to him.

Matthew will be heading out to the Open Engagement conference in Portland, OR. next weekend. Here are links to Bad at Sports coverage of the event last year.

Nils Norman
Jen Delos Reyes and Harrell Fletcher
Ted Purves
Nato Thompson

Some other things we mentioned - 

Robert Whitman at Dia:Beacon

Blinky Palermo @  Dia and Bard Hessel Museum

Anthony Huberman on Franz Erhard Walther

Home Delivery at KMOCA

Francis Alys at MOMA/PS1

David Shields - Reality Hungry

Direct download: s07_podcast.mp3
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