Live Arts Fest @ HVCCA Janary 10, 2015

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art Presents

Live Arts Fest

January 10, 2015, 1 pm – 5 pm

1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY

An art making event for all ages!

Imagine the excitement of watching the creative process unfold right before your eyes, as works of art are created from start to finish on one winter afternoon. Engage with professional painters, sculptors, dancers, tattoo artists, and spoken word artists as they make works of art, step-by-step, with your participation!

Not only will the artists be sharing and showing us their methods, but they will invite you to participate in their processes! You will have a chance to interact and to ask questions.

Brody will be making some of her clay books:
Brody creates books and journal pages in clay colored with oxides. It is a method of presenting more complex narratives. Many books have double sided pages and are bound, some are ‘pages’ from a journal, and some are writing on torsos without a page reference at all. Current books explore events just distant enough for some objectivity as she explores issues ranging from surgery, illness, being “the good daughter,” from infertility and divorce. The words come from songs, and musings about life, family, and aging. The accompanying writing is half poetical and half stream of consciousness. The female body serves as Brody’s palette. Mother, wife, old lady, artist, friend – growing older; it’s about (re)evaluating life.

For additional activities and information about the other artists: www.hvcca.org

For any questions, email info@hvcca.org, or call (914) 788-0100
Cost: $10 for non-museum members/ $5 for HVCCA members
$5 for Peekskill residents (With Field Library card or other ID)

Fall 2014

jo-ann brody

The Farm Project 2014 at Saunders Farm         August 30-October 31, 2014
853 Old Albany Post Road
Garrison NY 10524

 My Girl curated by Luis Maldonado                 September 13-October 11, 2014
“It’s All About Things” Project Space
6 N. Pearl St., Suite 204H
Port Chester, NY 10573

Peekskill Presents “The Power of Women Artists” see below
(a citywide series of events and exhibitions featuring women and women’s issues)

Women: the Root, the Rock, the Foundation   November and December, 2014
 at the BRC Patio Sculpture Garden (address posted soon)
Peekskill NY

Brains, Boobs, & Backbones: Women Artists, Women’s Issues   November thru December, 2014
Paramount Paramount Hudson Valley Upper Gallery
1008 Brown St, Peekskill, NY 10566

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Peekskill: The Power of Women Artists

Two shows, part of Peekskill: The Power of Women Artists.

PWA-BRCposter-revAt the Bean Runner I am showing three older pieces:

My work revolves around the female figure. I see women as strong, rooted, connected to the earth, the tree of life, earth mother, and mother earth.

The women are symbolic and iconic of the struggle to remain strong and creative inwardly while being nourishing and cherishing outwardly. Thus they reflect the dichotomy faced by women of the post-industrial era.

My women stand tall and powerful. I make them stronger and more powerful by exaggerating their legs and concentrating on the stance of each figure. The under structure of my cement figures immediately creates a gesture and a stance. As the form develops, she talks to me. Grouping my figures creates conversational groups, dialogs. Here are three figures created over a period of three years. They are the same scale–my size–life size; they relate to one another. They talk to each other and, through their gestures, speak to us. They live in my studio and carry on conversations with each other and with me and with the odd visitor who is ready to listen.

BB&BPoster2smAt the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater Mezzanine Gallery

Hoarder of Tea Tags, stoneware, 16.5 x 13 x 1.5", 2013

Hoarder of Tea Tags, stoneware, 16.5 x 13 x 1.5″, 2013

A scar is a natural part of the healing process; every wound results in some degree of scarring. Scars represent healing of many sorts – healthy or not. Scars form only after healing takes place.

In this piece, part of her series ‘Scar Tissue,’ Brody explores the aftermath of divorce and the complexity of feelings in redefining herself after so long part of a couple. Within this simple image of two couples dancing, she deals with the sense of betrayal and failure and her resolve to rebuild. Brody’s typical vocabulary—elongated figures grouped, gesture, and the dance of life—is utilized here to create this new narrative.

Jo-Ann Brody 10/27/14

Fall 2014

The Farm Project 2014 at Saunders Farm         August 30-October 31, 2014
853 Old Albany Post Road
Garrison NY 10524

 My Girl curated by Luis Maldonado                 September 13-October 11, 2014
“It’s All About Things” Project Space
6 N. Pearl St., Suite 204H
Port Chester, NY 10573

Peekskill Presents “The Power of Women Artists” see below
(a citywide series of events and exhibitions featuring women and women’s issues)

Women: the Root, the Rock, the Foundation   November 1 to December 31, 2014
at the BRC Patio Sculpture Garden
201 S. Division St, Peekskill NY 10566

Brains, Boobs, & Backbones: Women Artists, Women’s Issues   November 1 thru December 31, 2014
Paramount Paramount Hudson Valley Upper Gallery
1008 Brown St, Peekskill, NY 10566

Jo-Ann Brody @ Saunders Farm – The Farm Exhibition 2014

The FARM PROJECT 2014
August 30-October 31  @ Saunders Farm
853 Old Albany Post Road        Garrison NY 10524

Sculpture Installations by over 50 artists
Music, Performance Art, Opera, Theatre, Dance

Opening Reception
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 2-6:00pm
(Rain date Sunday August 31)

Map of art on the farm

Performance Art curated by Marcy B. Freedman
Music organized by Thom Joyce

Visual Artists: Anna Adler-v, Elizabeth Barksdale-i, John Belardo-ii, Ben Birillo-i, John BonSignore-ii, Cindy Booth*-iii, Jo-Ann Brody-v, Susan Buroker-ii, Jodi Carlson-i, John Carruthers & Storm King School **-iii, Diane Carulli-iv, Steven Ceraso-iii, Ada Cruz-v, Augie DellaVecchia-iii, Jeanne Egel*-iii, Florencia Escudero-i, Carol Flaitz-iv, Denis Folz-iii, C. Robert Friedman-v, Barbara Galazzo with Cobly Meagle-v, Ruth Hardinger-i, Sarah Haviland-iii, Barney Hodes-ii, Cathrin Hoskinson-ii, Eric Jacobson-i, Thom Joyce-iii, Dieter Kuhn+-iii, Kevin Laverty-iii, David Link-i, Jim Lloyd-i, Brook Maher-v, Lynne Mayocole-iii, James Mulvaney-iv, Michael Natiello-iii, Jerome Harris Parmet-iii, Francine Perlman-v, David Provan-iii, Winn Rea-v, Sheilah Rechtschaffer-v, Karen Roff-v, Herman Roggeman-iii, Mario Rusich-iv, Peter Schlemowitz-iii, Fred Schlitzer-ii, Hideki Takahashi-v, Naomi Teppich-i, Jim Thomson-iv, Eva Thomson-Whorley-iv, Alex Uribe-iii, Bob Van Winkle-iii, Chuck von Schmidt-iii,  Ellen Wilkinson-ii, Max Yawney+-iii
 
* Sculpture team, + Sculpture team ** Educational Program for Advanced Environmental Art in conjunction with the Eisenhower Learning Center
   
Collaborative Concepts, in its ninth season at Saunders Farm, invited local and national artists to place sculptures throughout 140 acres of a working historic farm in Garrison, NY.  Located across the Hudson River from West Point, the rolling hills and wooded glens of Saunders Farm culminate in panoramic views of the Hudson Highlands. Black Angus cattle can be seen grazing peacefully in stone-walled pastures.

Open daily to the public free of charge dawn to dusk

Collaborative website    845.528.1797
Collaborative on Facebook

The Farm Project

See Post for Farm Project 2014–map and images

Collaborative Concepts is a not-for-profit arts organization based on the idea that professional artists working together can achieve artful accomplishments and provide the community with exceptional cultural experiences.

Below are Brody’s pieces for all the years of Collaborative Project’s Farm Projects. 2006-2013.

2014 Farm Project dates are August to October. A piece is planned but not yet executed or installed.

Peekskill Open Studios June 7 & 8, 2014

This year Jo-Ann Brody will not open her studio but instead show selected work at the

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
1701 Main Street
Peekskill NY 10566
914-788-0100 http://www.hvcca.org
noon – 6pm

HVCCA will be free and open to the public during Open Studios. The current exhibition is “Art at the Core: The intersection of Visual Art, Performance and Technology.” hvcca web site

HVCCA’s 2013-2014 exhibition features works that lend themselves to narrative interpretations. The selected artists employ traditional art materials as well as new technology, video and performance to look to art as addressing the very core of our everyday lives, our ‘weltanschauung’. – See more at: http://www.hvcca.org/current-exhibitions/#sthash.H2xOLxLs.dpuf
HVCCA’s 2013-2014 exhibition features works that lend themselves to narrative interpretations. The selected artists employ traditional art materials as well as new technology, video and performance to look to art as addressing the very core of our everyday lives, our ‘weltanschauung’. – See more at: http://www.hvcca.org/current-exhibitions/#sthash.H2xOLxLs.dpuf
The Intersection of Visual Art, Performance & Technology – See more at: http://www.hvcca.org/current-exhibitions/#sthash.H2xOLxLs.dpuf

Parking is free throughout Peekskill

 

Off The Beaten Track
Westchester Community College
27 N. Division St.
sunywcc.edu

Peekskill Clay Studios
The Hat Factory1000 N. Division Street

 

HVCCA’s 2013-2014 exhibition features works that lend themselves to narrative interpretations. The selected artists employ traditional art materials as well as new technology, video and performance to look to art as addressing the very core of our everyday lives, our ‘weltanschauung’. – See more at: http://www.hvcca.org/current-exhibitions/#sthash.H2xOLxLs.dpuf

Jo-Ann Brody @ The Affordable Art Fair NYC

April 2 -6, 2014

The Affordable Art Fair
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St
New York, NY

José-Marc Gallery

I’ve been invited to show at Jose-Marc Gallery’s booth at the fair along with 5 other artists.

Work will be from my recent show Scar Tissue  and other pieces–all recent.

More info to follow–images, sizes, etc.

 

Scar Tissue

2014-01-08 12.18.08

Scar Tissue
Scars are areas of tissue that replace normal skin after injury. A scar results from the biological process of repair. Scarring is a natural part of the healing process. Every wound results in some degree of of scarring. Scars represent healing of many sorts–healthy or not. Scars are metaphorically and/or literally explored through the artist’s personal iconography. These figures and books explore tissues/issues in the artists life.

Feb 4 – March 1, 2013
Reception Thursday, February 6, 6 – 8pm

Ceres Gallery
547 West 27th Street, NYC 10001
212-947-6100
http://www.ceresgallery.org

Hours: Tu, We, Fr, Sa noon to 6pm; Th noon to 8pm

Scar Tissue Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Jo-Ann Brody
Scar Tissue

February 4–March 1, 2014
Reception February 6, 6–8pm

Ceres Gallery is pleased to present Scar Tissue.

Scars are areas of tissue that replace normal skin after injury. A scar results from the biological process of repair. It is a natural part of the healing process. Every wound results in some degree of scarring. Scars represent healing of many sorts – healthy or not. Scars are metaphorically and/or literally explored through the artist’s personal iconography.

The figures explore tissues/issues in Brody’s life; from surgery, illness, being “the good daughter,” from infertility and divorce, from songs, and musings about life, family, and aging come both form and word. The female body serves as Brody’s palette. Mother, wife, old lady, artist, friend – growing older; it’s about (re)evaluating life. The words used are mantras said frequently to allay the clenching in the gut foreshadowing panic.

Recurring elements such as Raku repaired with gold leaving literal marks suggest that broken and glued can be an element of the work itself with all the symbolism implied; pottery’s necessary involvement with inner and outer surface leads into egg/container imagery; books record major upheavals; the binding on the books invoke stitches; and now words appear on torso/figure as well as in the third iteration of wind chime/mobile. Themes include aging, loneliness, fertility, egg, and family. Woman is additionally both incubator and earth mother. The dance of life suggests movement, acceptance and growth. Brody conflates fertility with creativity.

The artist shapes the clay and cement in a sensuous involvement with her media. Envisioned at first as graceful, sensuous, simple figures, as the pieces develop, they warp into other metaphors. Groupings, and combinations, repetition multiply meaning. The clay/cement combination of both modalities creates a stark contrast of texture, scale, color and approach. These figures incorporate the vocabulary of forms and metaphors Brody has developed in the past but in different combinations.