The Film Days companion art exhibit, On Arrival opens Friday, November 3 with a reception from 5-7 pm. The exhibit, featuring the work of Pooh Kaye and Cara Wood-Ginder, will be on view in the Village Hall Ballroom at 22 Main Street in Cooperstown through November 19. This newly remodeled space will also host multiple Film Days screenings including Dawson City: Frozen Time, the children's film Song of the Sea, A Sense of Place (4 shorts), Plastic China, and Spettacolo.
The show’s curators, Sydney Waller, gallerist, and Megan Irving, artist, have their own experiences of home around the world so to complement Glimmerglass Film Days 2017 theme of "Home," they chose two artists whose work explores the the line where home of the imagination hits up against reality and defines home as we experience it. There is a cultural understanding of life in the country that goes something like this: the pace is just slower, there are fewer distractions, there is less going on, less to do, the people are simpler. Then there is the place where this dream meets reality and all the expectations give way to something else. Somewhere between the dream, the love for a place, the daily reality, and ridiculous frustrations of maintenance is the place we call home.
Pooh Kaye’s work in dance and video deals with the physical body and its limitations and expressions in a way we can all relate to. In her videos a character is subjected to forces beyond its control symbolized by the cinematic medium of stop-motion: visual effects are created by juxtaposing still images that, when viewed in sequence, appear to be moving. By placing the human body in environments—in this case the rural landscape of a backyard—and subjecting it to unusual interactions with the environment she can combine choreography with visual arts to express the feeling of that body to the audience. Her video’s characters struggle with the domesticated landscape while her portraits of the forest show something more peaceful, aspirational, and tenderly bonded to the location. Which one is home? It’s somewhere in between. Ms. Kaye’s work has recently been profiled in Art in America and Art Forum.
Cara Wood-Ginder’s elegant paintings on wood feature everyday objects, icon-like in their treatment and floating on a black field. The objects are ubiquitous to country living and range from a kerosene lantern or copper kettle to one’s essential home fix-it roll of duct tape. Each is anchored by enigmatic markings in the corners of the painting. In contrast to the realistically-rendered rural life objects, these schematic diagrams suggest engineering or perhaps mad science, and add texture and complexity to each work. Cara Wood-Ginder calls the Hudson Valley home, and also spends time each year in Charlotteville, NY and in California. Her paintings have been exhibited on the East and West coasts, including at the Hudson River Museum and the Fresno Metropolitan Museum. She regularly exhibited at O.K. Harris in SoHo for a decade, from 1999 to 2010. In addition to creating small works, she has worked on large murals for spaces as varied as the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT and an elementary school in Wappinger Falls, NY. She was commissioned to create a 10 ft. diameter globe painted to look like the earth as seen from space for the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida.
On Arrival will open on Friday, November 3, 5:00-7:00 pm in the Village Hall Ballroom with a reception.
The Glimmerglass Film Days Opening Night Party will be hosted in the gallery Thursday, November 9, 7:30-9:15 pm (purchase tickets here). The exhibition is open daily 11-4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm through November 19. Closed on Tuesdays.