Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tom Moody Apex art "as real as it gets"

"Here, there was the continuous purring of a machine at work, the customers shovelled in, heaped in front of the displays and dazzled by the goods, before being hurled against the cash desks."
-Émile Zola

In conjunction with the exhibition As Real As It Gets, organized by Rob Walker.

Tuesday, November 27: 6:30 pm

An exercise in sonic branding, this event asks musicians from the Disquiet Junto collective to create pieces that interrogate the atmosphere and sounds of a department store as described in an Émile Zola novel.

Brian Biggs
Ethan Hein
Shawn Kelly
Kenneth Kirschner
Tom Moody
Joon Oluchi Lee
Roddy Schrock

Musicians affiliated with the online Disquiet Junto collective, organized by Marc Weidenbaum, will gather to perform speculative sound works that employ as source material documentary audio from retail establishments. These musicians will present imagined soundscapes inspired by Émile Zola's characterization of the department store, in his novel The Ladies' Paradise, as "a machine working at high pressure." They'll also discuss their creative and technological practices.

Marc Weidenbaum founded the website in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology. He has written for Nature, the website of The Atlantic, Boing Boing,, and numerous other publications. He's teaching a fall 2012 class on sound at San Francisco's Academy of Art. He's commissioned and curated sound/music projects that have featured original works by Kate Carr, Marcus Fischer, Marielle Jakobsons, John Kannenberg, Tom Moody, Steve Roden, Scanner, Roddy Shrock, Robert Thomas, and Stephen Vitiello, among others. He's currently writing a book about Aphex Twin's 1994 album Selected Ambient Works Volume II for the 33 1/3 series. He lives in San Francisco.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gus Mazzocca: 4 Decades/4 Generations

The University of Connecticut

Contemporary Art Galleries
830 Bolton Road Storrs Connecticut 06269 - 1099 phone 860 486 1511 Fax 860 486 3869

Press Release

Contact information:
Barry A. Rosenberg
(860) 486 -1511

Gus Mazzocca: 4 Decades/4 Generations

Contemporary Art Galleries (Storrs Campus)
January 28 – March 1, 2013

Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
January 28 – March 15, 2013

Gus Mazzocca’s Roast and Reception
Contemporary Art Galleries (Art Building)
January 28 - 5:00 to 6:30 pm

After four decades of teaching printmaking at the University of Connecticut, Prof.
Gus Mazzocca retired at the end of last year. The Contemporary Art Galleries will be
hosting a multi-site retrospective on Gus and his work entitled Gus Mazzocca: 4
Decades/4 Generations, beginning on January 28, 2013. In addition to a monograph
exhibition of Gus's work at the CAG, from January 28 through March 15 we will be
featuring a group exhibition at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. This
show will feature work from four artists who studied with Mazzocca. The multi-site
retrospective stands as a testament to Mazzocca’s legacy at UConn, both as an artist
and as a teacher.

From a short list of outstanding artists provided by Mazzocca, Barry A. Rosenberg,
Direc tor of the Contemporary Art Galleries has selected four to appear at the
Jorgensen—one representing each decade of Mazzocca’s career. All four of these
alumni have gone on to live exciting lives as well as having successful and
idiosyncratic careers, and all four cite Gus’s teaching as a vital influence on their

Representing the 1970s is Michael Maslin, a longtime cartoonist for the New Yorker
whose work has been published extensively. His first-ever publication was printed
for a limited release at UConn in 1976, and he still remembers his time with Prof.
Mazzocca fondly. “I'm thrilled that the university is doing this for Gus, Maslin told
Rosenberg. “I will be sure to attend the opening reception whether or not my work is

Aron Namenwirth, who studied with Prof. Mazzocca in the 1980s, is now a
professional artist living in Brooklyn. He described Mazzocca as his best professor,
including those he studied with for his MFA at Yale. “Gus was one of my favorite
teachers, I look forward to the opportunity to tell him that.” In addition to his work in
printmaking and painting, Aron is also a musician.

Tyler Starr received his BFA from UConn in 1997, and was recommended by
Mazzocca for his Fulbright Scholarship to study in Poland. He received his MFA
from the University of Minnesota. He has worked as an emergency medical
technician, which he cites as an important influence on his art’s interest in mortality
and the unexpected. He is now an Assistant Professor at Davidson College. Starr
holds a PhD from the Tokyo University of the Arts, and he works in video and
animation as well as works on paper.

Representing the 2000s, Kristi Arnold has been living in Australia and is nearing the
end of her studies toward a PhD there, after previously earning her MFA at UConn.
Her work engages vividly with color and symmetry. Mazzocca encouraged Arnold to
spend time in Poland, where she, too, held a Fulbright Scholarship—she cites this as a
profound influence on the trajectory of her career. Arnold commented when invited
by Rosenberg to represent our present decade, “I've always had a soft spot for Gus.
He's such a caring mentor and was such a huge inspiration for me.”

The Contemporary Art Galleries is very excited about the opportunity to put together
this retrospective for Gus Mazzocca. In addition to the retrospective at the CAG and
the group show at the Jorgensen, we will have open walls for student and alumni
contributions their thoughts in words and images of their own connection to Gus and
printmaking on the UConn campus. in the Arena Gallery. The opening reception on
January 28 will feature a roast of Prof. Mazzocca, with Prof. Deborah Dancy as

Gus Mazzocca was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He received an M.F.A. degree in
Painting/Printmaking from The Rhode Island School of Design, a B.F.A. degree in
Painting, and a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.
He has been awarded a Doctor of Arts (honoris causa) from the Akademi Sztuk
Pieknych w Krakowie (The Art Academy of Krakow) His work has been shown in
numerous solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in Austria, Poland, the
Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, and the United States. He
has been teaching at the University of Connecticut since 1970.

“I continue to use the figure as a vehicle to create unfixed narratives that reflect
movement, tension, struggle and celebration. The use of the digitally produced
elements along with the more raw scratched and carved marks of the woodcut present
a dichotomy that is ideally suited to these issues I present visually.”

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Marcin Ramocki Ultra

L’associazione non profit art ex dono e spazio ULTRA sono lieti di annunciare la mostra personale di Marcin Ramocki intitolata
, curata da Chiara Moro. La mostra sarà inaugurata il 17 Novembre alle ore 18.30 presso lo spazio ULTRA _ Piazzetta Valentinis, 5_Udine _ Italia _ e potrà essere visitata fino al 26 Gennaio 2013 dal Mercoledì al Sabato dalle 14.30 alle 19.30 o su appuntamento.

Nella sua prima mostra personale a Udine, Marcin Ramocki presenterà un nuovo progetto incentrato sul concetto di corpo, in particolare del corpo umano e della sua re-definizione.
, titolo della mostra e del suo ultimo lavoro video, che sarà presentato per la prima volta a Udine, è il tag che definisce la fine di tutti i contenuti della pagina web. Fine effettiva del corpo del documento, ma sostanzialmente, inizio di una esplorazione poetica di cui il corpo necessita. Che cosa, quindi, è il "corpo" nell'universo della pura simulazione? Come si sente e percepisce? Ha ancora dei rimandi al corpo del 1993, quando appariva il primo browser pensato per il web?
La ricerca di Marcin Ramocki cerca delle risposte, non definitive, a questi quesiti attraversando linearmente l'intera mostra.

Grazie alla partnership con Accademia delle Belle Arti di Venezia, Assi.Udine, Cec,
ETRARTE, eflux, Visionario, Marcin Ramocki sarà presente:

_Giovedì 15 Novembre presso l'Accademia di Venezia dalle 10.30 alle 17.30 _ Lecture e
_Venerdì 16 Novembre alla proiezione del video documentario 8Bit e alla prima assoluta del suo
nuovo lavoro video alle 20.15 presso il Visionario di Udine, seguirà un party in suo
onore con performance musicale di Railster
_Sabato 17 Novembre all’inaugurazione della sua prima personale a Udine presso lo
spazio ULTRA alle 18.30


The non-profit association art ex dono and ULTRA space are pleased to announce the solo exhibition of Marcin Ramocki entitled , curated by Chiara Moro. The exhibition will be opened on November 17th at 6.30pm at the ULTRA space _ Piazzetta Valentinis, 5 _ Udine _Italy _ and it will be open until January 26th, 2013 from Wednesday to Saturday from 2.30pm to 7.30pm or by appointment.

In his first solo exhibition in Udine, Marcin Ramocki will present a new project focused on the
concept of the body, especially of the human body and its re-definition.
, title of the exhibition and his most recent art-video, which will be presented for the first time in Udine, is the tag that defines the end of all content on the web page. End of the body of the document, but also an opening of certain poetic exploration that the body needs. So, what is "body" in the universe of pure simulation? How does it feel? Does it resemble the body we
remember from 1993, when the first browser for the web appeared?
Marcin Ramocki research seeks to answer these questions crossing as main thread all the exhibition in Udine.

By partnering with the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Venezia, Assi.Udine, Cec, ETRARTE, eflux, Visionario, Marcin Ramocki will attend

_Thursday, November 15th at the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Venezia from 10.30am to 5.30pm _
Lecture and Workshop
_Friday, November 16th at the screening of 8bit, documentary-movie and the world premiere of his
new video at 8.15pm at Visionario in Udine, followed by a party in his honor with
musical performance by Railster
_Saturday, November 17th at the opening of his first solo exhibition in Udine at ULTRA space at
Piazzetta Valentinis 5, 33100 Udine, Italy