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Lawrence Getubig

I WANT TO BE ACTION FIGURE

on view: October 30 – December 29, 2013

reception: Saturday November 16, 4-6pm

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Many of the components that drive me as an artist today are the same childhood forces that kept me riveted as a kid.

Western, and more specifically American science fiction and fantasy movies, television shows, cartoons and superhero comic book escapades became regular imports growing up in the Philippines in the 1970s and 80s. I absorbed these almost as fast as they arrived. The narratives became more personal as I integrated my own projected character playing with the action figure toys associated with these western mythologies.

My cardboard cutout series explores a photographic and sculptural approach, referencing the action figure toys I used to play with. From those childhood play sessions, I have become aware that I seldom identified as the hero, but instead projected myself as either an enamored ingénue like in romance comics, as a loyal adoring sidekick, or as the cohort that would get into trouble but eventually rescued by the hero.

Now conscious of my own boyhood wanderlust and yearning for placement in these fictionalized spaces of America and American characters, and the way I identified in those escapist realms, I question how those make-believe roles live on with me in the real world as an adult Filipino American gay man.

Revisiting those narratives, I draft, sculpt and then photograph black cardboard cutout landscapes, including myself, the superheroes and fantasy male lead characters of my youth. These photographs are about examining attitudes, especially mine, regarding desire and American masculinities in these genres of fiction. They are about how I wanted to be amongst those action figures, and much more.

Lawrence Getubig is an artist and photographer based in Alexandria, VA. He received his MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in conjunction with Tufts University in 2008, under the mentorship of Jeannie Simms and Bonnie Donohue. He has taught at various higher education institutions, including Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore and Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids. He is interested in American pop culture, masculinity, cartoon superheroes, science fiction and fantasy and how these function as currencies in global transactions of escapist consumption and identity construction. Getubig was an artist-in-residence at CPW in 2009.

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Hillerbrand+Magsamen, "Family Portrait", October 30- December 29, 2013

HILLERBRAND+MAGSAMEN

FAMILY PORTRAIT

on view: October 30 – December 29, 2013

reception: November 16, 2013 from 4-6pm

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As a collaborative team, we draw upon the rich Fluxus practice of incorporating humor, performance, video and everyday objects.

We expand our personal family life into a contemporary art conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and American consumer excess.This new kind of “suburban fluxus” generates work that documents and re-contextualizes our objects and possessions of self, family and culture, the role of the camera in contemporary art and challenging presumptions of the everyday.

We draw no line between the roles we assume in our lives and our art: we are the photographers and the photographed, and our examination of the idea of Family is dependent on the existence of our own. In the age of YouTube and American Idol, we have all become actors and performers. Reality becomes blurred: are we creating a documentary? A fiction?

PHOTOGRAPHS
The House/hold photograph series are portraits of our family that playfully capture slices of our daily life with surreal viewpoints and dark humor inspired by actual events from bath time to laundry. Born out of our ordinary life and evolved into the extraordinary, the photographs were taken in our home with controlled lighting and composition. We are interested in the identity of family and how that is communicated as middle-class Americans living in a suburban home with two children, a dog and too much stuff. Those things that we have worked so hard to obtain become both the burdens and joys in our lives. Titled after literary and mythological characters, we are referencing historical family stories of the heroism and tragedy such as Ophelia, Hercules, Pandora and Sisyphus. Throughout the House/hold photographs the charged personal narratives of our family speak to the structures of identity politics and consumerism.

VIDEOS
Embarking on an “epic adventure” in the video Whole, we creates new levels of interaction, communication and exploration by breaking and cutting holes into our actual home to make a habitrail-like environment where we go nowhere fast. With conscious forethought, we critically examine the media grammar in our popular culture today by applying a “Hollywood” aesthetic to their work with layered dramatic music, visually rich cinematography, and faced paced editing. This “style” is juxtaposed against the performance-based video that expands the idea of the home video to a completely new level.

DIY Love Seat, is a playful an experimental short video that reinterprets our family and its identity. In this dark comedy a woman takes the family couch and cuts out a section with a chainsaw. The husband, in a very deadpan manner, takes duct tape and repairs the couch. This physical act brings them literally closer together but perhaps not emotionally.

ETA is short for “estimated time of arrival.” In this video a couple’s tension is illustrated through the enclosed space of a car as rain and thunder dramatically pour down with an impending doom. The end reveals a constructed reality in a suburban environment that plays on ideas of film, theater and reality within a relationship.

Family Portrait is a 4-channel video installation creating “living portraits” of ourselves and our two children. Each member of our family: Father, Mother, Daughter and Son have a video where they are engaging individually in an action. These actions are given an unexpected twist of surrealism such as the daughter getting sucked up by stuffed animals, the son smashing a stack of plates, the mother walling herself into her closet with bricks and feathers and the father standing idle with a garden hose while the barbeque grill ignites. Amid the 4 suspended screens is a mass of used consumer products filling the space. Big Wheels, lawn furniture, old books, weed wacker, toys, clothes, and the list continues about what we hoard and hold onto in our mountain of stuff in our closets, storage containers and garages.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen have presented their videos in prestigious international film and media festivals including SCOPE Basel, WAND V Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, LA Freewaves New Media Art Festival, Carnegie Museum of Art, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Dallas Video Festival and New York Underground Film Festival. Well known titles of their work include Lick, Air Hunger, Coffee & Milk, Let’s Get Married, Blender Love and Accumulation.

Their cinematic based installations have been seen in Hong Gah Museum in Taiwan, the Hudson River Museum, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, and Houston Center for Photography. They have been awarded grants from Austin Film Society’s Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund, Ohio Arts Council, Houston Arts Alliance and a Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography.

They live and work in Houston, TX with their two children Madeleine and Emmett. Mary Magsamen is the Curator of the micro-cinema, the Aurora Picture Show and Stephan Hillerbrand is an Associate Professor in the Photo/Digital Media Program at the University of Houston.

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PR: 2013 Photographers’ Fellowship Fund

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Kristina E. Knipe Awarded the 2013 Photographers’ Fellowship Fund.

selected by Larissa Leclair

The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is delighted to announce that Kristina E. Knipe of  Kingston, NY has been awarded the 2013 Photographers’ Fellowship Fund.

Larissa Leclair, Founder and Curator of the Indie Photobook Library was invited to select this year’s recipient for CPW’s prestigious honor.

This year’s applicant pool included submissions from over a dozen counties and over 60 towns, cities, and villages in upstate New York.

Juror Leclair remarked on Knipe’s work, As a young photographer just embarking on a career in photography, it is my 
pleasure to honor Kristina with the 2013 CPW Fellowship. The potential in Knipe and this body of work is astounding. I look forward to following her creative and professional journey.

Kristina Knipe will be presented with the $2,500 fellowship on Saturday, October 19th at CPW’s Annual Benefit Gala held at the Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern in Saugerties, NY.

Also recognized by Leclair, was the 2013 finalist, Nandita Raman (Hudson, NY), who will receive tuition 
scholarship valued at $350 towards a workshop at CPW in 2014. For more information on Raman and to view her work, visit www.nanditaraman.com

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Selections from the Permanent Print Collection

SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT PRINT COLLECTION

 

In harmony with the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s (CPW) mission, to support artists working in photography and related media and engage audiences through opportunities in which creation, discovery, and learning are made possible, CPW maintains and builds a permanent print collection.

The focus of the collection is contemporary voices in photography and related media that CPW has supported, collaborated, and worked with. In recent years the collection has grown to include historic works spanning the late 1800s to modern times so as to increase access and understanding by audiences in our region.

Through the generous gifts of artists and individual donors the collection has grown to include work by: Shelby Lee Adams, Ruth Bernhard, Albert Chong, Fred Cray, Jed Devine, James Fee, Larry Fink, Charles Gatewood, Graciela Iturbide, Kenro Izu, Christopher James, Antonin Kratochvil, Nina Kuo, Elliott Landy, Mary Ellen Mark, Sheila Metzner, Andrea Modica, Bill Owens, Gilles Peress, Sylvia Plachy, Lilo Raymond, Eugene Richards, Stephen Shore, Lorna Simpson, Carlos Somonte, William Wegman, among others. In addition, CPW maintains a unique holding of prints by Woodstock photographers such as Manual Komroff, and the

Gaede/Stiebel Archive of images and audiotapes of the Woodstock Maverick Festivals. CPW’s collection is housed in, archived, and cared for by the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, where it has been held on extended loan since 1996. Today, CPW’s collection features over 1,750 contemporary photographs. This exhibition provides a glimpse into how CPW’s collection has grown since it was established in 1980. The main avenues through which it has grown being our Artist-in-Residence program, Photography Now exhibition acquisition prize, individual donations and works donated from previous exhibitions.

 

PR: Hillerbrand + Magsamen

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Hillerbrand + Magsamen

FAMILY PORTRAIT

on view: October 30 – December 29, 2013

reception: November 16, 2013 from 4-6pm
CPW is proud to present Family Portrait an exhibition featuring the works of the husband and wife team of Stephen Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen.

Steeped in Fluxus practice, which calls for the blurring of boundaries between the intersection of art, life, and ritual, Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s work incorporates humor, performance, photography, video, and everyday objects. They expand their personal life into a contemporary art conversation about family dynamics, suburban life, and American consumer excess.

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PR: Lawrence Getubig

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Lawrence Getubig

on view: October 30 – December 29, 2013

reception: Saturday November 16, 2013, from 4-6pm

The Center for Photography at Woodstock is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of Lawrence Getubig’s project I Want to be Action Figure in our galleries from October 30 – December  29, 2013.

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Marcellus Shale Documentary Project

MARCELLUS SHALE DOCUMENTARY PROJECT

Curated by Laura Domencic

June 29  – August 18, 2013

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The six photographers of the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project have taken on the responsibility of telling, in the best traditions of social and environmental documentary, the complex story of Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania.

For the best part of a year, they have traveled across the Commonwealth, meeting people and listening to and recording their stories. They have reached out to farmers, homeowners, and tenants; medical practitioners, engineers, and legal professionals; casual protesters and full-blown activists; to people who feel they have benefited from gas drilling, and to those who feel they have been victimized; to people whose lives have been forever changed, for better and for worse. Each member of the team has brought a different aesthetic, and has chosen a different angle from which to view the subject. They have identified locations that range from intensively drilled to the margins of the gas fields. Together, they offer a compelling narrative that represents, we believe, an honest appraisal of how the arrival of Marcellus Shale drilling has affected communities around the Commonwealth. Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania has proven itself a deeply divisive phenomenon. Politically and socially, lines have been drawn, between friends and neighbors—sometimes right down the middle of the kitchen table. You are, it seems, either for or against it. But, in clearing away some of the  misinformation from both sides of the debate, the project aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding Marcellus Gas drilling, and at the same time, gives notice to those who claim that this is a process that brings with it no peril.

To learn more about the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project and view more photos by the artists involved, visit the-msdp.us.

This project would not have been possible were it not for the significant financial and moral support of the following: The Sprout Fund, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Josh Whetzel, Nancy Bernstein, and Cathy Raphael.

"Marcellus Shale Documentary Project" curated by Laura Domencic, June 29 - August 18, 2013Noah Addis

"Marcellus Shale Documentary Project" curated by Laura Domencic, June 29 - August 18, 2013Nina Berman

"Marcellus Shale Documentary Project" curated by Laura Domencic, June 29 - August 18, 2013Brian Cohen

"Marcellus Shale Documentary Project" curated by Laura Domencic, June 29 - August 18, 2013Scott Goldsmith

"Marcellus Shale Documentary Project" curated by Laura Domencic, June 29 - August 18, 2013Lynn Johnson

"Marcellus Shale Documentary Project" curated by Laura Domencic, June 29 - August 18, 2013Martha Rial


PR: Marcellus Shale Documentary Project

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Marcellus Shale Documentary Project

curated by Laura Domencic

Artists: Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson, and Martha Rial

on view: June 29 – August 18, 2013
opening reception: Saturday, July 13, from 5 – 8pm

CPW is proud to present the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project. Curated by Laura Domencic, Director of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, this photographic survey, compiled over a period of 10 months beginning in late 2011, features the work of six photographers who have taken on the responsibility of documenting the lives of Pennsylvanians affected by Natural Gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region.

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Phillip Toledano

May 25, 8 PM

Phillip Toledano

Phillip Toledano was born in London to a French Moroccan mother and an American father. He believes that photographs should be like unfinished sentences. Read more