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

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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: 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

FNO Artists: Alicia Renadette

ALICIA RENADETTE

RenadetteDesirePileAlicia Renadette‘s Desire Miser in Repose is a haunted pleasure den of material excess. A storage pod for displaced desires. A pagan speakeasy. In Alicia’s mobile art box, 1-2 viewers at-a-time will experience a chamber that contains a topography comprised of pedestrian materials like free-piled holiday decorations and toys, orphaned formalwear, retired furniture, and mass-produced disposable novelty embellishments layered and entangling in a sickeningly joyous mound. An anemic OCD-afflicted spinster (the Desire Miser) sits amidst the piles and waits for the world to offer her something.

Alicia Renadette is a multi-disciplinary artist based out of Holyoke, MA. Since relocating to Western MA in 2010, Alicia has created immersive installations at the MAP Space in Easthampton (Merger, 2014 *with Elizabeth Alexander), Historic Northampton (Legacy Strike, 2013 *solo), and Wisteriahurst Museum in Holyoke (Discretion is a Holy Virtue: Assume the Position, 2012 * installation in the dining room as part of REACH). Often using a theatrical combination of recognizable objects and textures, sprays of lush color, and soft, puppet-like forms, Alicia Renadette injects this surreal familiarity with her wry humor. The work itself is more referential than narrative. It could be considered a mash-up of several sub-texts of stories once removed. The materials chosen are viewed “symbolic” because of their physical form or due to their function. The may somehow infer something about the social status or gender of their owner/user. Alicia finds special delight in plastic cocktail swords for their ability to encapsulate foreign-manufacturing, social “functions” and dueling colonists. She holds a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from the Hartford Art School

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
This event is not only an opportunity to work within the dimensional parameters of a storage unit, but also the cultural implications of such a container. I am really interested in the psychology of materials, so I’m especially drawn to using this box as a make-shift place of worship for excess. I prefer to work in spaces whose character lends another dimension to the work I install. An event like Florence Night Out is a chance to share possibly off-the radar experiences with a new audience. Also, it’s my birthday on May 6 and I wanted a party.

SEE ALICIA RENADETTE’S DESIRE MISER IN REPOSE
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

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

 

Florence Night Out, May 6, 2016

12783675_1104472499603551_1638131287729634225_o (1)It’s almost spring, and most of the snow has melted, the flowers early spring blooms are coming out, and there is an air around town that spring may have finally put the last nail in the coffin of Winter 2015-2016.

Now that things are starting to warm up, it is time to get out for Florence Night Out! There has been a huge (yuuge?) outpouring of support this year from local businesses and the art community. We also got a grant from Arts Boston and listed on their calendar. From now until the event, we will be posting updates here and on our Facebook page.

See you all May 6th!

 

Florence Night Out

After producing Florence Night Out for one and a half years, Donnabelle Casis decided to return focus to her own work. She handed the reigns to

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Joshua Braska of Valley Free Radio in November 2014. Josh had collaborated with Donnabelle on Florence Night Out since the first one in September 2012. She had laid the foundation for the event and Josh had promoted FNO on his radio show.

Valley Free Radio supports the local music scene. Together with local musicians, artists, and businesses, VFR will continue to take the vision of creativity and community forward with Florence Night Out.