Problem Guitars Performance
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In conjunction with To Be Of Use, a solo exhibition by David Shrigley in the Newmark Gallery at Art Omi, a one-off performance of a selection of Problem Guitars by Melissa Auf der Maur, Arone Dyer, Rebecca Ruth Borrer, Matt Norman, Jared Ashdown, and Ian Gutierrez. The performance is part of Art Omi's Summer Season Opening on Saturday, May 25, commemorating the installation of new work in the Sculpture & Architecture Fields.
David Shrigley: To Be Of Use showcases practical objects, each with a twist that undermines its anticipated function. Among the objects are selections from a series called Problem Guitars, each of which can be played, but in an altered capacity. On May 25, four accomplished musicians will perform a new composition, created using these one-of-a-kind instruments especially for the exhibition's opening.
Melissa Auf der Maur is Co-Founder and Director of Basilica Hudson, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts center on the waterfront of the historic City of Hudson presenting music, performance, film, food and literary programming, alongside regular film screenings series, art exhibitions, and other community gatherings. From 1994-1999, Auf der Maur was a member and bass player of the alternative rock band Hole and is featured on the Grammy nominated album, Celebrity Skin. She joined the Smashing Pumpkins in 2000, for their Farewell World Tour. She has also released two solo albums, Auf der Maur (2004) and Out of Our Minds (2010). The latter project comprises an album, a comic book, and a short film. Auf der Maur’s photographs have been exhibited internationally, including at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and The Transformer Station in Cleveland, and have appeared in such publications as Spin, Elle, Nylon, and American Photo.
Arone Dyer is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer & founding member of duos Buke and Gase & Mistresses, as well as the composer and director of Dronechoir where she examines social dis/comfort through long-durational choral performance, metamorphosing through a moving meditation of sometimes subtle sonic changes. In addition to her own projects she has made appearances on the National’s 2018 Grammy-winning release Sleep Well Beast, creating and singing the introduction to their #1 Billboard Hit “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”, and collaborated with many other artists including Naama Tsabar’s Composition Series, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Mahogany L Brown, David Garland’s Verdancy, Sondra Sun-Odeon’s UNSILENCING, Adam Schatz’s The Holiday Party, among others.
Rebecca Ruth Borrer is a multimedia artist, composer, and writer. Her work focuses on liminal spaces that exist between definitions and are therefore undefined. She lives in Hudson, NY.
Matt Norman is a musician and recording artist from Petaluma, CA. He was inspired by his two uncles' country band to start learning drums when he was the size of a punching bag. He studied jazz drumming in high school and college, all the while exploring his silly imagination in private recordings. He graduated from Bard College with a BA in music and continues to perform and record in solo and collaborative projects based in the Hudson Valley and New York City. His current musical goal is to record a narrated story set to music.
Jared Ashdown is a hardcore singer, guitarist and sound engineer from Woodstock, NY. He is active in several ongoing improvisation-based projects as well as his band Open Head.
Ian Gutierrez is a guitarist from Albany, NY. He is currently studying music at Bard College and working with his band Umber Kurt.
Camp Omi in a Box is a weekly subscription to a series of make-at-home art projects, online tutorials, and interactive online gatherings that capture the mission and spirit of Art Omi’s popular Camp Omi and Artgarten programs.
WEEK 1: Color Me Happy
This week is all about color and light! Campers (ages 6 - 10) will paint watercolor shadows, build a light-filtering model, make sun-prints, and see the world through handmade, colorful glasses. Campers explore Day Trip by Sarah Braman. Includes sessions at Art Omi from 9 am to noon on Monday, July 6 and Friday, July 10. Camp Omi in a Box boxes are picked up at noon on Monday, July 6.
Artgarten Campers (ages 3 - 5) will collage feelings on canvas, make your own binoculars, create a life-sized body painting, and read along to Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel. Plus a choice of in-person sessions at Art Omi, or interactive Google Meet sessions on Monday and Friday. Artgarten boxes must be picked up between 10 am and 2 pm on Friday, July 3 by children participating in the Google Meet sessions, or at the conclusion of the Monday in-person session on Monday, July 6.
Camp Omi in a Box is a weekly subscription to a series of make-at-home art projects, online tutorials, and interactive online gatherings that capture the mission and spirit of Art Omi’s popular Camp Omi and Artgarten programs. Anchored by a weekly box of specialty art materials, tools, and products Camp Omi in a Box includes activity prompts and access to exclusive online tutorials by Camp Omi Teaching Artists. Children may participate in a single week, or the whole seven-week program.
Camp Omi in a Box is designed for kids ages 6-10, and includes socially distanced in person sessions every Monday and Friday from 9 am - noon. Camp Omi in a Box: Artgarten provides projects for kids ages 3-5 with pick-ups on the Friday before the Monday session. Projects are supplemented with Google Meet sessions, where Campers learn and share! Younger children in both programs will need parent assistance and/or supervision. While some projects are designed to be more independent than others, we like to think of the program as fun and engaging for the whole family!
Camp Omi in a Box : Artgarten is a weekly subscription to a series of make-at-home art projects, online tutorials, and interactive online gatherings that capture the mission and spirit of Art Omi’s popular Artgarten program. Anchored by a weekly box of specialty art materials, tools, and products Camp Omi in a Box includes activity prompts and access to exclusive online tutorials by Camp Omi Teaching Artists. Children also participate in optional in-person sessions from 9 am to noon on Mondays and Fridays, or interactive Google Meet sessions where Campers learn and share! Children may participate in a single week, or the whole seven-week program.