Spirit Rappings: July 1 - August 14

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Spirit Rappings: Retelling Stories

This exhibition features collaborations and work by artists Judy Glantzman and Jeffrey Hargrave, Ben Gocker and Helen Macro, telling and retelling familiar stories and history by repurposing imagery and/or objects.

Spirit Rappings is borrowed from a song with the same title published in 1853 describing the Victorian practice of spirit rapping to communicate with spirits, which began in western New York State in the 1840s with the rise of spiritualism. Messages received through a series of knocks or taps were interpreted by a medium (often a woman) and shared as truths. This exhibition asks us to reexamine commonly held truths and reconsider what we hold as valuable.

This exhibition is curated and sponsored by Saratoga Arts and runs alongside Brighten the Corners: Art of the 1990s from the Tang Teaching Museum Collection, sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation.

This exhibition is made possible with the collaboration of Betty Cuningham Gallery & Ethan Cohen Gallery

Judy Glantzman & Jeffrey Hargrave

Judy Glantzman (1956 born in Long Island, NY) graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978.  She began exhibiting in the early 1980’s in the East Village art scene, at Civilian Warfare and Gracie Mansion.  She followed with shows at BlumHelman and Hirschl & Adler Modern in the 1990’s and at Betty Cuningham Gallery for the past eight years.  She had a 30-year retrospective at Dactyl Foundation in spring 2009. Glantzman was a Painting instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design and part of the drawing faculty at the New York Studio School.

The artist’s work can be seen in numerous public collections, including the Whitney Art Museum, New York, NY; Grey Art Gallery, New York, NY; the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ; The Progressive Collection, Cleveland, OH; and the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, most notably the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 2001; the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation Grant, 1997; the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, 1994; and the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, 1992.  Glantzman lives and works in New York, NY.

During the 2020 Pandemic, Jeffrey and Judy made portraits of one another which they exchanged.

‘I come from a self-portrait orientation…. The more I am in it, the truer it is. And the more I am in it, the less it is about me – even though in truth it is all about me…. There are two things going on, one is to reveal myself to myself and the other is to make something visual with my hands.’ Judy Glantzman

A single dominant strain which has run through Judy Glantzman’s work over the last 40 years is her compassion - her effort to put herself in her subject’s shoes. She has often said it is like “holding hands,” both literally and figuratively.

photo courtesy of the artist

Jeffrey Hargrave (1973 born in Salisbury, N.C) is a North Carolina born, African-American artist based in New York. Hargrave deals with representations of African-Americans, often putting them in the context of art history, remaking works by artists such as Matisse to include black figures, with racially charged stereotypical imagery.

Tapping into his own memories of growing up in the midst of a sharply divided community, Hargrave translates his personal experiences into playful, yet biting images that mix art-history clichés and racial stereotypes. Ultimately, the artist seeks to engage viewers in a dialogue on class, religion, sexuality, racial identity and privilege based on a repertoire of familiar images.

Hargrave attended the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Rhode Island School of Design and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His works have been exhibited at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and other prestigious venues.

Jeffrey Hargrave has produced a compelling, deeply personal body of work that explore the dynamics between race, sexuality and religion in relation to his upbringing in the south and early adulthood as an African American gay male coming to terms with racial and sexual identity.

photo courtesy of Ethan Cohen Gallery

Ben Gocker & Helen Macro

Ben Gocker (1979, Rochester, New York) lives and works in Tupper Lake, New York. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Gocker is represented by PPOW gallery in New York and has exhibited his works, curated shows, and performed at numerous  galleries and institutions, including the New Museum, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Rachel Uffner, James Fuentes,  Interstate Projects, and Wallspace, among others. He has had three solo shows with PPOW in 2012, 2014, and 2019. His work has been  reviewed or received mention in Artforum, The New Yorker, the New York Times, Hyperallergic, and Art in America. He is also the author of the book, The Pisces, published in 2012 by Content.

Helen Macro (1922-2016)

About Gocker's collaboration with Helen Macro

These assemblages represent a suite of works made of wood, paper, wire, and objects that belonged to or were created by a woman named Helen Macro; these include paintings, a book, and pieces of pegboard. The work explores the intertwined histories of Gocker and Macro (the former owner of his home), the concept of artistic legacy extending beyond the grave, accident, and fateful juxtapositions.

 Shortly after he and his family moved from Coney Island into the small fixer-upper in Northern New York, Gocker began learning about the former owner of the home who died in 2016 at the age of 94. In addition to running a dress shop out of her basement -- what is now Gocker’s studio -- Macro was also a dedicated painter, leaving over 100 paintings in her will to the public library in town, the library where Gocker works. Gocker purchased some of these paintings and incorporated them into the works.

A percentage of all proceeds of these works will go to support the Tupper Lake Public Library in Helen's name.

photo courtesy of the artist

photo courtesy of Tupper Lake Library

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