FNO 2016: Art Highlights

FNO Artists: Justin Norris

JUSTIN NORRIS

JNorris_FNOIt’s important in Justin’s more recent pieces that the viewer have their own experience with what he has created. Justin has titled and given descriptions of his pieces in the past. He understands the value and impact that can have on a piece and isn’t opposed to doing so when needed to support the idea trying to be conveyed. With that being said, this project has no description and is simply titled with the event’s date, May 6th 2016.

Justin S. Norris is a self-taught student of multimedia expressions ranging from graffiti, to fine art, to dance and performance. Growing up in Western Massachusetts, he began his exploration with visual art about 17 years ago. His experimentations started with his interest in graffiti and quickly broadened to using more traditional and non-traditional mediums, while still preserving his roots by continuing to use typography and aerosol as a means of exploring painting. While receiving his bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College, Norris began to take art and dance classes. These classes were a turning point in his art making career. By allowing him to question and consider if there was a connection to his visual art and dance, he focused on finding similarities between studio art and performance, which allowed him to distill these seemingly very different ways of expression to a simpler blended form. Justin considers himself not an artist but an explorer of time and space. Figuring ways to include the viewer in his experience while making art has been his focus and a challenge that continues to interest him. His child-like enthusiasm for tinkering never stops. Justin is currently dancing with Pilobolus Dance Theater and is a part of Brick Coworkshop in Holyoke, MA.

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
When I was contacted and asked to be a part on the Florence Night Out i wasn’t sure what I was going to create or wanted to do. As I got more information about the event,  I was excited to hear we would have a pod to create something in. Thinking about transforming a “non art space” into a place where people can have an experience or opportunity to question their ideas of what art is and it’s purpose was what my interest in doing this project.

SEE JUSTIN NORRIS’ MAY 6TH 2016
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

MOBILE ART BOX #4
100 MAIN ST.
(corner of Maple and Main)
FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM

FNO Artists: Fafnir Adamites

FAFNIR ADAMITES

AdamitesPaperFafnir Adamites‘s Dampened is an immersive environment that is darkened, dampened and muted. A space that allows for private reflection and internalization. Paper, light and sound.

Fafnir Adamites creates sculptural and installation work that serve as meditations on trauma, memory and the legacy of emotional turmoil inherited from past generations. Material exploration is the starting point for all of her work and plays a key role in building the conceptual backing of each piece. Fafnir Adamites holds an MFA degree from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Photography and Women’s Studies from UMass Amherst. Her work has been exhibited around New England. She teaches felt-making and other fiber processes at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program. She lives in Turners Falls, MA.

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
The challenge of working within the parameters of the shipping container was one of the reasons I applied to Florence Night Out. I am interested in creating a viewing experience that allows for reflection and focus and the intimate size of the container will play a key role in achieving this goal. I’m excited to be part of a temporary exhibit that brings art outside of a gallery or an institutional setting and will be available to anyone who stumbles upon it, whether they would call themselves art appreciators or not. I grew up in Florence and have many memories of it feeling isolated, limited and uninspiring. I would have loved to have been exposed to art through a public, inclusive event like this one.

SEE FAFNIR ADAMITE’S DAMPENED
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

MOBILE ART BOX #2
4 DEPOT AVE.

(Florence Paint + Decorating, adjacent to the bike path)
FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM

FNO Artists: Sophia Cook

SOPHIA COOK
SophiaCookFNO.jpgSophia Cook has been exploring technologies, humans, and objects. Each work becomes a creature living in a small world. Sometimes their studio feels like a community of creatures chattering with each other. The skin is a body’s largest organ. Every day the skin of living and nonliving things interacts with reality. The skin touches and senses the complexity and habitual nature of life. Sophia’s what happens to you explores the way skin travels, the way it changes over time, and the textures that mark it with life’s repetitive movements and gestures. Skin snares and shares body consciousness. Objects find Sophia and they develop a relationship. They observe how objects live and move and act: the story in a piece of lace, the life cycle of insulation foam, the erosion of a zinc plate. These entities are not inanimate; they are the marrow of the creatures in Sophia’s studio or the topography of their small worlds.

Sophia is a Californian who has been studying art at Hampshire College and graduates this spring.

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
I was excited to share my work and also get to see other people’s work as well. Also,  finding new spaces to install work interests me because it always comes with challenges and puzzles that are exciting to figure out.

SEE SOPHIA COOK’S what happens to you
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

1st Floor Studio
30 N. Maple Street
FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM

FNO Artists: Molly Hardison

MOLLY HARDISON


FNO_MollyHardisonMolly Hardison’s Sympathetic Nervous
System evokes a deep sense of happiness and calm. Using materials that arouse each of the senses, Molly hopes to create a space that promotes feelings of bliss and euphoria.

Molly Hardison is an installation artist who enjoys working with nature, free and found. Often constructing otherworldly stages that stimulate an array of senses, while interspersing the natural with manipulated natural. Molly  graduated from Smith College in 2006 with a degree in Studio Arts. Since graduating she has had two solo shows at Unite in Northampton, and was the artist for their Peace window. She also creates one of a kind jewelry that juxtaposes semi-precious gemstones and seed beads. She loves dogs, and other people’s children. 

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
I’m drawn to producing works outdoors, so the idea of a confined space with detailed parameters intrigued me. I see this as a perfect opportunity to test a few of my theories and engage with the public in regard to what makes them “happy.”

SEE MOLLY HARDISON’S SYMPTATHETIC NERVOUSSYSTEM
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

MOBILE ART BOX #3
100 MAIN ST.
(corner of Maple + Main)
FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM

FNO Artists: Denis Luzuriaga

DENIS LUZURIAGA
FNO_luzuriaga_02Denis Luzuriaga
‘s The Future is a multimedia installation that deals with language and communication. Specifically, what happens when an attempt at communication breaks down because of technological rather than language barriers. In an era when the methods for communicating are so extensive, how is it that “the message” so often fails to get through? Instead of helping us to speak directly and with clear meaning in any language, technology seems to have given us so many choices that one becomes unsure of which is the best method. An unanswered phone call usually signals one to send a text instead (don’t leave a voice message, dummy). But will that text ever be read? Am I making myself clear?

Denis Luzuriaga was born in Quito, Ecuador to a German mother and Ecuadorian father. He spent his formative years in the US, Brazil, and Ecuador. Luzuriaga combines video, painting, and sound in what can be termed “sense-scapes.” His installation pieces rely on the subtle use of materials, and careful integration into new or existing spaces. He lists some of his influences as: Ecuadorian artist Gonzalo Endara Crow, writers Gabriel García Marquez and Carlos Castañeda, The New Leipzig School artist Neo Rausch, pop artist Ron English, painter John Currin, and conceptual artist Nam June Paik.

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
As a Holyoke artist, I welcome the opportunity to engage in an artistic dialog with my fellow exhibitors, the organizers, and the fair people of Florence.

SEE DENIS LUZURIAGA’S THE FUTURE
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

MOBILE ART BOX #5
17 MAIN ST.
(Florence Pie Bar)
FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM

FNO Artists: Joe Saphire

JOE SAPHIRE

JoeSaphireFNOimageJoe Saphire‘s Everything, All of It, All the Time is a multi-channel video and sound installation. It is a collection of images and field recordings reminiscent of long drives and time spent watching shadows on the wall. It is an homage to the pleasure of stasis, and the liminal state of waiting. The title is a reference to the open-ended practice of image and sound gathering employed, as well as a nod to the aesthetics of noise—the nonlinear information, all of it, that resists narrative meaning. It is also inspired by my toddler, who coined the term “night car” to describe how time passes sleepily in the warm, womb-like car on long night drives.

Joe Saphire is a media artist and teacher living in Northampton, MA. Recent projects experiment with the subject of time: its construction, perception, and consumption as both a cultural product and natural phenomenon. Projects resolve as installations, site-specific displays, collaborative events, and web archives, designed to fit various kinds of venues and formats. Joe’s studio, teaching, and collaborative practices have begun to merge into a single aim: to create venues for dialogue and artistic engagement, particularly within non-traditional environments. PlayLaborPlay, an ongoing collaborative and curatorial project, marks this leap into site-specificity and place-making: the pop-up show as medium between product and place. The collaborative’s most recent event, TRACKS, took place in a warehouse at Eastworks, Easthampton, MA, and contained six floors of site-specific sound installations that ranged from electronic composition, to sound sculpture, to performance.

A recent graduate of the UMass, Amherst, MFA studio art program, Joe is currently teaching video and photography at the Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT, and teach in various capacities and disciplines in the New England area.

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
I’m honored to participate in Florence Night Out! The prospect of taking over a pod, such a non-traditional installation space, was inspiring from the start, and to have the chance to show alongside such a diverse span of local artists motivated me as well. As with most event-based work, it’s exciting to present experimental ideas to a crowd that shows up for various reasons: art, food, community, conversation, and open curiosity. These kinds of environments are rich and energetic, and I can’t wait to take it all in.

SEE JOE SAPHIRE’S EVERYTHING, ALL OF IT, ALL THE TIME
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

MOBILE ART BOX #1
30 N. MAPLE ST.

FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM