YOU ARE HERE | October 2 - November 13, 2010



Press Release

For Immediate Release
Roos Arts
449 Main Street
Rosendale NY, 12472
t. 718-755-4726
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YOU ARE HERE: Habitat For Artists
02 October - 13 November 2010
Opening: Saturday, October 2, 6 - 8 pm

Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 1 - 5 pm

For six weeks, beginning October 2nd at Roos Arts in Rosendale, twenty one artists will be exploring new ways of working and engaging in dialogue with one another, with exhibition visitors, and with the town beyond, in the latest incarnation of the Habitats for Artists (HFA) project.  In the Rosendale installation, a 6 x 6 foot shed will be erected inside the gallery space, and work generated in it will progressively populate the walls as the exhibition continues. The connecting thread of this installation, YOU ARE HERE, alludes to the ephemeral, but distinctive feeling of place mediated by individuals coming together to work toward a common goal, or in a common location, or to decide what their goals might in fact be.  

HFA was started three years ago by artist Simon Draper, and focuses on using small shed-like structures as studio spaces as the locus for artists to do work in a context that reconnects them with the community, providing opportunity for interaction and directly establishing them in a public forum. The scenario created in YOU ARE HERE is slightly different.  Just as artwork changes depending on its context, or the ideas inspired by its environment, so must the artwork and the viewing process change as a result of the shared studio now situated within an exhibition space.  The reliance of art on the input of the environment and community both inside and outside of the studio and gallery doors means a necessary interaction beyond the comfort of the confines of the studio space itself.  This inspires new questions of privacy and of will, what these concepts actually mean to an artist, to an individual, and to an audience.  There is no promise that anything might get made, in particular, but a number of the artists will be employing various methods to ignite others to respond, moving outside their normal practice, in collaboration with local businesses and organizations as well as the other artists.  The entire venture is designed to create an opportunity for new possibilities, new identities, and new ways of engaging both artists and the public—a catalyst for fun, experimentation, and creativity for everyone involved, with the physical locus of Rosendale as both a starting and an ending point.

Participating artists include:  

Kit Burke Smith, Robert Capozzi, NIck Curtis, Simon Draper, ezerd, Carol Flaitz, Carla Goldberg, Sebastian Garcia Huidobro, Ayesha Ibrahim, Micheal Montella, Michael Natiello, Jessica Poser, Molly Rausch, Todd Sargood, Tom Sarrantonio, Matthew Slaats, Carly Still, Ustya Tarnawsky, Angela Voulgarelis, Susan Walsh, and Beth E Wilson. 

Special thanks to Todd Sargood, Beth E. Wilson, Amanda Austin and April Warren for their help with the exhibition.

For more information, please contact Heige at hk@roosarts.com or 718-755-4726.