Two Community Art Events at stART Space
Taconic Music’s Chamber Music Intensive will perform Bela Bartok and Mozart at stART Space on Friday, July 12, starting at 5 p.m. On Saturday, July 13, from 3 to 7:30 p.m., stART Space will host Brooklyn and Manchester-based artists as they collaborate in a three-part event that cycles several times, providing people with multiple opportunities to participate and observe each part. These are family-friendly events and entry is free.
The first part is John Richey’s ‘Control/Variable, which is comprised of large-scale cyanotype prints on paper and fabric, single channel video, and a series of printed objects and accessories Richey will present the exhibit at 3, 4:45 and 6:30 p.m.
The second part, ‘Enveloping Sun,’ is a collaborative effort by Richey and Amalya Meira. This distinctive collection is made up of cyanotype-based garments that were hand-printed and built using repurposed vintage textiles, and has an original score by Daniel DiFerdinando; it will be accompanied by a live movement performance by local dancer Eva Schmidt. ‘Enveloping Sun’ is ten minutes long and will be performed at 3:15, 5 and 6:45.
In the third part, Michael Watson will be performing ‘Rice Performance Trilogy,’ using rice as a representation for the body as it physically and symbolically breaks down and disperses into the world around it. In ‘The Dwelling Place’ at 3:45 p.m., the rice is contained in a ceremonial box which Watson will unveil in a ceremony that emphasizes its significance and draws comparisons to various religious practices. In ‘After Life’ at 5:30, Watson emerges wearing a garment made of sacks filled with rice. The audience will be invited to release the rice by pulling threads holding the sacks together. The rice will fall to a cloth on the floor and be wrapped in the cloth. Watson will perform a final ceremony. ‘In Remembrance of Me, at 7:15; the three performances are threaded together to explore themes such as afterlife, nourishment and mourning.
stART Space is located at 263 Depot Street in Manchester. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m. Visit startspace.art. or call 802-768-8498 for more information.