Family Stories @ Ceres Gallery

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Outside / In, 2015 and Woman Gourd, 2014-15, details of work in Fossilcrete and stoneware

November 3-28, 2015

Opening Reception November 5, 6-8pm

Ceres Gallery
547 West 27th Street, Suite 201
212-947-6100
Ceres Gallery

“The problem lies not so much with the feminists’ concept of what femininity is, but rather with their misconception-shared with the public at large-of what art is: with the naïve idea that art is the direct, personal expression of individual emotional experience, a translation of personal life into visual terms.” … “The language of art is, more materially, embodied in paint and line on canvas or paper, in stone or clay or plastic or metal-it is neither a sob-story nor a confidential whisper.”
1971: WHY HAVE THERE BEEN NO GREAT WOMEN ARTISTS?Linda Nocklin, POSTED 05/30/15 4:00 PM Art News

But here are Family Stories introspective, narrative, personal stories told through image, word, and gesture. Is it great art? Maybe not, but it speaks to this artist. By manipulating the stories into visuals, details change; stories grow stronger and more true.

Some sculptures here are bodies with words, some are ‘pages,’ some are simply figures. Brody’s first book in 1997 told the stories of her generations in a familiar book-like sculpture. She continues to combine figures and words illuminating relationships just as she combines figures in gestural illustrations of relationships.

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Donna Barkman and Mara Mills rehearsing

Hand-Me-Downs
Thursday, November 12 at 7:00pm
Saturday, November 14 at 3:00pm
Hand-Me-Downs: Scenes from a Life, with a Little Help from Antigone and Mother Goose
Mara Mills, director, and Donna Barkman, writer/actor
“Barkman portrays a natural-born rebel, who recalls her playful beginnings and proceeds to dramatize the constrictive gender roles and motherhood prescriptions that caused her (and Antigone) to search for a happiness that may always elude them. One of Brody’s sculptures participates in the play.

Hand-Me-Downs is free but reservations are suggested. 212-947-6100

Fall 2015

Saunders Farm
10th Anniversary Exhibition, Garrison NY 10524
Collaborative Concepts

September 5 – October 31, 2015

Receptions:
September 5, 2-6pm
October 3 (rain date October 4) 2-6pm

853 Old Albany Post Road, Garrison NY 10524
Hours: 10am to dusk

 


 

November 3 – November 28, 2015

‘Family Stories’
Ceres Gallery

547 West 27th St
Chelsea, NY 10001
Hours: noon-6pm Tu, We, Fr, Sa, Noon-8pm Th

New work in cement and in clay.

Focusing on family myths, sto­ries, and traditions, the artist recasts and reimagines her foremothers through words, gesture, and image.

Donna Barkman’s ‘Hand Me Downs’ will be performed at the gallery November 12 and 14

This monologue is written and acted by Barkman and directed by Mara Mills.  The play uses one of Brody’s sculptures as an integral part of the piece.


 

Peekskill Project 6
Windows on Main Street
Peekskill NY 10566
Thanksgiving weekend
Opening Location TBD

A community-based installation is done by children during the summer and at workshops where they created their vision of a house that was installed to create a town.

 

Musings: Works in Clay

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June 6 – July 31, 2015

The Filed Library, 4 Nelson Ave, Peekskill NY 10566
914-737-1212   http://www.peekskill.org

Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu 9-9, Wed 11-9, Fri 9-5, Sat 10-2

 The work in the order it is in in the gallery.

Brody creates archetypal female forms that reflect particularly figurative experiences. In “Musings,” the works take a personal turn as the forms become specific.
“The figures explore some of the changes in the past 10 years as I became a grandmother again and as my body and body image change.” Book pages, torsos, incised words on figures in stoneware with oxides are the musings on the state of being a woman of a certain age. Internal references to nature have changed as well from tree forest images as the figures now reflect classical fertility goddesses, incorporating bird features and frog imagery.

Spring 2015

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Highland Falls Sculpture Walk May 16 to November 20, 2015

Opening Reception May 16 pm

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NY Times: Leadership on View near West Point

Dialog invites the viewer to participate in this dialog.  Three figures sit together, actively learning in the Platonic method as they sit under a tree, discussing their topic. The figures, all female, were created as a group specifically in conversation. Brody’s figures are all autobiographical and reflect her musings on being a woman. She creates her figures in series and then groups them into conversations and/or dialogs where the spaces between the figures and relationships of one figure to another enhance the statement. These figures can be reconfigured into other conversations.

Brody explores her world through the female figure in many variations. The figures are distorted and elongated often with extraneous elements eliminated or just suggested. Gesture and relationships are the focus.

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Open Studios June 5 & 6
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Field Gallery
4 Main Street
Peekskill NY 10566
914-862-3287

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4 from Musings 2015, Stoneware, oxides, glaze

Musings: Work in Clay
June 6 – July 31, 2015

Opening Reception June 6, 11-5

Book pages, torsos, incised words on figures in stoneware with oxides all musings on the state of being a woman of a certain age. The figures explore some of the changes in the past 10 years as I become a grandmother again and as my body and body image change. Internal references to nature have changed as well from tree forest images the figures now reflect classical fertility goddesses incorporating bird features and now frog imagery.

Westchester Community College Center for Digital Arts Gallery.
27 N. Division St., Peekskill

Off the Beaten Track
PAA Group Show

June 4 –  July 31, 2015

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

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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.